Not only are fireplaces, aged whiskey and fluffy mittens keeping you warm this June, but the event scene is also heating up like never before.

With the arrival of Makuru, the coldest and wettest of the six Wadandi seasons, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a fireside wine and enjoy hearty long lunches with friends. But if you’re even close to thinking about hibernating, think again. A variety of exciting events, from groovy live music and comedy to mountain biking and foodie festivals, are ready to keep you just as warm and bubbly as a bubble bath.

Read on to discover what’s happening in June.

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Unlock the Cellar | 1 - 2 June


No plans locked in for the June long weekend? Check out the maturing barrels of the recent 2024 harvest at Howard Park’s annual Unlock the Cellar event and restock your home cellar with all of your favourite wines. Cowaramup food truck favourites The Hungry Brown Cow will serve their famous burgers on Saturday, so grab your tasty fare and a bottle of wine and linger a while.

Howard Park lawns
Enjoy a bite and a glass of wine on the beautiful Howard Park grounds. Photo: Scott Bauer

Shiraz & Venison | 1 June


To keep the delicious burger bonanza going, join Passel Estate’s much-loved event Shiraz and Venison. Passel Estate’s delicious Shiraz paired with local produce from Margaret River Venison Farm door is any meat lover’s dream come true. Vegetarian? Get ready to drool over the grilled halloumi cheese salad, available by prior request.

Down South MTB Festival | 1 – 2 June

Dunsborough & Margaret River

The first few rounds of rain have prepared our region’s sensational mountain bike tracks for the iconic Down South MTB Festival. With more than 500 participants expected to compete over the weekend, ranging from elite cross-country mountain bikers to kids having a great time, this action-packed event is a treat for cyclists and spectators alike.

Down South MTB Festival
The trails are waiting for you at the Down South MTB festival. Image: supplied

WAAPA Jazz and Contemporary Unplugged Busselton | 1 – 2 June


Experience a magical evening of free live music, with re-imagined arrangements of songs you know and love, produced collaboratively between the incredibly talented WAAPA’s Jazz and Contemporary Music students. Plus, if you’re ready for a fun and interactive workshop with tomorrow’s superstars, join the free WAAPA Like a Version Workshop on Sunday morning.

Josh Pyke — Revisions | 1 June

Margaret River

It’s now or never! This is your last chance to catch Josh Pyke’s hugely successful Revisions Tour for the very last time. For his intimate performance at Margaret River HEART – Nala Bardip Mia, Pyke will be joined on stage by Glenn Hopper and Freya Schack-Arnott.

Josh Pyke
Don't miss your last change to catch Josh Pyke's extraordinary 'Revisions' tour. Image: supplied

Live Music at Caves House | 1 – 2 June


Heading to Caves House Hotel on a long weekend for live music and a beverage or three never disappoints. Add a cosy fireplace to the mix and you’re all set for a relaxed afternoon with your favourite people.

Walking Together on Tallinup Boodja (Augusta Country) | 2 June


In recognition of National Reconciliation Week, you’re invited to join Walking Together on Tallinup Boodja (Augusta Country), a wonderful open classroom on the banks of Goorbilup Bilya (Blackwood River), to learn about our shared history with Wadandi Cultural Custodians, Zac Webb and Wadandi Rangers from Undalup Association. Enjoy a yarn with Zac as he shares his extensive kaartijin (knowledge) of ancient and modern history through the eyes of Wadandi (Saltwater) People.

Cultural walk
Experience beautiful Tallinup Boodja through the eyes of Wadandi Cultural Custodian Zac Webb. Photo: Dylan Alcock

In Conversation with Anna Downes | 6 June

Margaret River

Ah, so you loved the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival and are back for more? Join international bestselling thriller writer Anna Downes (The Safe Place and The Shadow House) for the launch of her latest captivating thriller, Red River Road.

A Taste of Ireland – The Irish Music & Dance Sensation | 10 June

Margaret River

Forget Riverdance! With its energetic blend of melodic folk music mash-ups, live jaw-dropping acapella tap battles, and heartwarming emotion, A Taste of Ireland transports you through the story of Ireland’s tumultuous history – complemented by a stunning production and lighting show.

Comedy Brew HA HA | 15 June


The combination of award-winning craft beer and outstanding comedy acts has the power to brighten even the greyest of winter days. Grab your friends and head to Shelter Brewing Co. in Busselton for the hilarious Comedy Brew Ha Ha.

Si Mullumby/DJ Laila at The River | 15 June

Margaret River

Si Mullumby is teaming up with DJ Laila to bring unstoppable dance floor vibes to The River, with a little help of a didgeridoo, flamenco guitar, drum kit, percussion, harmonic flute and voice.

Barracking for the Umpire | 15 June

Margaret River

If you love sports and footy, this is the play for you. Family drama Barracking for the Umpire by Back Swan State Theatre Company explores the fragility of the human body and the impacts of the great game on our players, our family and our community. What we are willing to sacrifice for the game?

A captivating footy family drama tackling important issues. Image: supplied

Backyard Brewing Tournament | 21 June

Margaret River

To all the backyard brewers out there, if you’ve got a uniquely-you brew on the boil, the judges want to taste it! The winning beer of the Backyard Brewing Tournament will become part of the Brewhouse Legend, and your creation will be on tap for everyone to enjoy while you sit back and bask in the warm embrace of victory.

Souljah Kaptivez at Settlers Tavern | 22 June

Margaret River

A bit of reggae will warm anyone up immediately. Souljah Kaptivez are set to heat up the Settlers stage with their dynamic and fresh sound, and is a night not to be missed.

Truffle Kerfuffle | 28 – 30 June


Foodies and foragers, it’s time for our neighbours in Manjimup to throw the epic Truffle Kerfuffle again! The Margaret River Region is only 90 minutes away from Australia’s black truffle capital, and the cooler season is perfect for celebrating the region’s most luxurious indulgences. How does a wine and truffles weekend Down South sound?

Truffle Kerfuffle
Enjoy truffle laden experiences and exquisite dining events at Truffle Kerfuffle. Image: Jessica Wyld


Cabin Fever | 12 – 21 July

Margaret River Region

There are so many reasons to love winter in the Margaret River Region, and Cabin Fever might just top the list. With more than 40 events from Busselton to Margaret River, they’re bringing all the fire, food and fun in July. Just make sure to book your tickets early, some events have already sold out and the rest are going like butter in the sun.

Red Hot Swings
Be quick and grab one of the last tickets for Cabin Fever classic Red Hot at Swings. Image: supplied

CinefestOz Festival | 31 August – 8 September

Margaret River Region

Australia’s answer to the Cannes Film Festival, CinefestOZ, is a shimmering festival not to be missed. Think world premieres with red-carpet events and after parties, intimate in-conversation lunches, and the screenings of the finalists for the prestigious CinefestOZ Film Prize. And if that’s not enough, the festival includes IndigifestOZ, the Cinesnaps Student Competition, the CinefestOZ Short Film Awards, plus free community screenings.

Immerse yourself in extraordinary film experiences at CinefestOZ. Image: supplied

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