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Mornings are getting brighter, days longer and warm, and the sun is finally starting to shine and if that isn’t enough to cause serious celebration, we also have one of the region’s most anticipated artistic events upon us, Open Studios!

Step into a realm where art comes to life – from the whimsical woodland ceramic creatures of Jolene Hewison to Emily Jackson’s vibrant depictions of WA biodiversity, to the colourful patterns and tantalising textiles of Scarlett Tull. Let the lens of Martine Perret’s camera transport you to stunning vistas and aerial expanses that capture the essence of the beauty that surrounds us. Be inspired as you admire pure artistry at work. This is the world of Open Studios, an enchanting exploration of local creative brilliance, just waiting to be discovered.

For those seeking solace in the region’s natural splendour, the call of the Karri forests and coastal tracks beckon, over 2,500 wildflower species burst into full bloom, and nearly 40,000 whales head past our coastline on their annual migration journey.

From artistic immersion to nature’s grandeur, a world of excitement awaits this September. With school holidays starting on the 23rd and the King’s Birthday public holiday on the 25th, there is plenty to look forward to. Plus, don’t forget to celebrate dad on the 3rd!

Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come.

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Immerse yourself in the world of cabernet at Hap Shed Hill

World Cabernet Day Lunch I 1 September


Celebrate World Cabernet Day in style with Hay Shed Hill. Let the incredibly knowledgeable sommelier, Chris, guide you on an unforgettable journey through the winery’s most exquisite Cabernets, complemented by a decadent five-course degustation menu. Enrich your understanding of wine, as you unravel insights into the region, variety, vineyard and winemaking. Delve into the enigmatic nuances and endless delights of the world’s most iconic red in this afternoon of indulgence.

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Martine Perret at Margaret River Open Studios

Margaret River Region Open Studios I 9 -24 Sept

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Embark on an epic artistic odyssey that will take you to the very heart of the region’s creative spirit with Open Studios. Now in its 10th year, this beloved event boasts an unprecedented 166 artists and 48 new studios. Unlock the treasure trove of imagination scattered across our region’s vineyards, beaches, back roads, side streets, and charming farm lanes.

Covering 16 days, this completely free event allows tourists and locals alike a chance to glance into the often-veiled world of our creative community and uncover the extreme talent and limitless imagination that abounds. Aimed at anyone from art critic to curious connoisseur, this event allows you to connect with local artists and maybe even buy a piece or two. Encompassing a myriad of genres including tattoo art, hat crafting, sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, jewellery crafting, painting, and more, this two-week art extravaganza offers a diverse array of aesthetics. Just remember to always keep an eye out for the bright and cheerful ‘Open Studios’ signs that adorn street corners and sidewalks – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the sheer volume of talented creators right in our midst.

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Margaret River Region Open Studios returns

Margaret River Region Open Studios Annual Art Dinner I 9 Sept

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To commemorate its 10th anniversary, Margaret River Region Open Studios is teaming up with Aravina Estate to bring us an evening of fine wine, exquisite cuisine, captivating art, and mellow tunes all within the lavish setting of the Yallingup winery.

Start the evening with canapes and drinks followed by three delicious courses all paired with fabulous wine, then end the evening with the highly anticipated Art Dinner Auction. Bid on a selection of priceless, once-in-a-lifetime experiences presented by Open Studio’s partners and artists. The online auction begins on Friday, September 1st, at 11 am, but the real excitement will crescendo as the auction transitions to a live event after dinner. Tickets are extremely limited, so secure yours now!

Meet the Artist with Magda Joubert I 16 Sept


Cherubino and Linton & Kay Galleries introduce their inaugural ‘Meet the Artist’ session featuring the extraordinarily talented Magda Joubert. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 16th, for the chance to delve into the mesmerizing artworks that make up Joubert’s “Mataro” exhibition, which draws inspiration from feasts and flavours.

Experience a mesmerising journey guided by the artist herself, accompanied by the soothing melodies of live music. Elevate your senses further with a thoughtfully curated wine flight perfectly complemented by a selection of artisanal cheeses.



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Cherubino and Linton & Kay Galleries present their first 'Meet the Artist' session with the talented Magda Joubert

The Waifs 20th anniversary tour I 13 Sept

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Australia’s beloved folk legends, The Waifs, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking album, Up All Night, with an extensive tour across the country and they are stopping in at the Margaret River HEART – Nala Bardip Mia.

The Waifs are renowned for their independent spirit and trailblazing ethos as they continue to illuminate the musical scene even three decades on, embracing an unwavering commitment to their unique path. Presented by Double J, this special evening promises an unforgettable experience with the band performing the complete album plus fan favourites.

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Icon folk trio The Waifs stop by Margaret River this month on their huge Australian tour

Old Friends and New at happs I 13 Sept

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Set in the natural amphitheatre of Happs Wines and featuring some of Western Australia’s most exceptional musicians, this is sure to be a truly enchanting musical experience.

With a shared history of performing together spanning decades, the Darlington String Quartet is united by their profound appreciation for classical compositions and enduring camaraderie. They will be joined by the supremely talented Australian-born mezzo-soprano, Caitlin Hulcup, renowned for her mastery in delivering powerful performances. Tickets not only include an amazing performance but also a delightful array of nibbles plus a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

Gracetown Groms I 16 Sept


Head down to Gracetown this September to take part in a historic surfing tradition- the 27th edition of the Gracetown Grommets junior surfing competition!

This event holds a special place in our hearts as it commemorates the lives of the nine souls lost during the Gracetown cliff collapse of 1996. This comp promises a thrilling display of young surf talent. Mark your calendars for an action-packed weekend, as the event will unfold on the most optimal day, either Saturday (16th) or Sunday (17th). With the surf gods on our side, we’re all set for an unforgettable showdown that pays homage to the past while embracing the boundless energy of the future.

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The Big Bike Film Night | 19 Sept


Gear up for The Big Bike Film Night, a global cycling film extravaganza on a mission to thrill, inspire, and unite riders like you!

Pedal your way through 2.5 hours of gripping bike films that deliver action, drama, humour, and heaps of inspiration. Designed exclusively for diehard two-wheel enthusiasts, this evening promises an immersive journey into the heart of cycling. The 2023 lineup is a treasure trove of cinematic adventures, featuring everything from an awe-inspiring ride through postcard-perfect Tuscany to a five-year quest for one wild descent down New Zealand’s rugged Kaikoura ranges. Join in for a cinematic journey that will reignite your cycling fervour and remind you why life is always better on two wheels.

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The Big Bike Film Night heads to Busselton

Dice live at Shelter I 22 Sept


Head down to Shelter this month to catch the magic of DICE, the breakout WA band making waves across the country.

Hailing from Perth’s northern suburbs, the alt-rock four-piece are back on tour after a sold-out success last year, bringing their dreamy live performances to new heights. Dear Sunday and Sunsick are supporting, setting the stage for an unforgettable night. The party won’t stop there either – DJs will keep the vibes alive late into the night.

Perth alt-rockers DICE bring their summer vibes to Busselton this month

For The Diary

Fine Vines | 20-29 October

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It’s every wine-lovers dream – ten days filled with all things grape, vine, and wine set in the gorgeous surroundings of the Margaret River Region.

Deemed ‘Australia’s Best Wine-Themed Event’ by Wine Communicators Australia, Fine Vines is once again bringing you 35 thoughtfully curated events set across all the best wineries, vineyards, and eateries that the region has to offer. Wine experts and enthusiasts alike can experience the region’s top producers, winemakers, and venues like never before through exclusive behind-the-scenes excursions, exceptional wine degustations, enlightening “In Conversation” lunches and masterclasses. Tickets are on sale now.

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Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival | 6 - 8 October

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Get ready because every muso’s favourite festival is just around the corner! Spanning three magical, musical days every October, Strings Attached is a not-to-be-missed spectacle of strings, strums, and slides featuring both Australian and International guitar virtuosos.

With over 90 epic shows, masterclasses, and workshops covering an eclectic array of genres, attendees are enveloped in a world of mesmerising melodies and irresistible rhythms. The event also boasts an enthralling exhibition and insightful panel discussions showcasing the ingenuity of guitar makers, technicians, tool artisans, timber suppliers, collectors, and more. Adding to the festival’s appeal is a FREE youth program, thoughtfully designed to foster the talents of the future generation of players. Stay tuned for the eagerly awaited lineup and start planning your trip to the Margaret River Region now.

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