The event scene is in full bloom in the Margaret River Region this October.

There’s no shortage of events and happenings this spring. With a strong lineup of everything from wine, food and live music to agriculture, wildflower shows and pedal power, sunnier days and brighter evenings make us want to celebrate. Whether you’re seeking school holiday fun or a laid-back weekend with your mates, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s what you should carve in your calendar this month.

Wine and homegrown produce unites in the olive grove at Bettenay's Long Table Lunch, Fine Vines Festival. Photo: Bettenay's

Museum Gala Day | 1 October


Bring the whole fam to the annual Busselton Museum Gala Day and enjoy a day of live demos of milking, butter making, blacksmithing, woodturning, pottery and knitting, to name a few. Or let live music, the Museum Surplus sale (read: long-lost treasures), Simmo’s Ice-cream and half price entry to the Museum seal the deal.

Kick off October with the iconic Busselton Museum Gala Day. Photo: Busselton Museum

Wildflower & Environment Show | 6 - 7 October


Immerse in two days of beautiful wildflowers, guest speakers, workshops, exhibits and displays at the Wildflower & Environment Show. Book your spot for the engaging workshops and enjoy live music, food and native plants for sale over the entire weekend. The majority of this community event is free (excluding a couple workshops to cover material costs).

Explore a variety of workshops at the Wildflower & Environment Show. Photo: Tim Campbell

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

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Run across three epic days, Strings Attached delivers an incredible line-up of guitar talent spanning a range of genres from acoustic to classical, electric to bass. Music and acoustic lovers, immerse yourselves in all things strings with over 90 shows, masterclasses and workshops, as well as panel discussions with artists & luthiers and an exhibition featuring guitar makers, techs, tool makers, suppliers, collections and more. For all Strings Attached and music events, head here.

Wil Thomas at Settlers Tavern
A weekend of live music is coming up with Strings Attached. Photo: Martine Perret

Open Nature Gardens Weekend | 14 - 15 October

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Curious what kind of native plants and wildlife grows, lives, and thrives in a gardener’s very own backyard? So are we! A new batch of inspiring nature and wildlife gardens will be open to the community when the annual Open Nature Gardens Weekend returns mid-October. Hosted by Nature Conservation Margaret River Region, the ticket fee ($15) goes straight back into supporting nature conservation activities.

Wildflowers Chapmans Spider Orchid
The annual Open Nature Gardens Weekend returns after a huge success in its previous years. Photo: Supplied

Cape To Cape MTB | 19 - 22 October

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Starting at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta, and finishing four days later at Cape Naturaliste, the Cape to Cape MTB course makes its way through a network of trails along the coast, through National Parks, forest, farmlands, mountain bike parks and bush. Riders will undertake an impressive 45 to 65 kms per day, so while not for the faint of heart, those up for the challenge will be rewarded with gorgeous scenery and the ultimate bragging rights.

The Cape to Cape MTB is a thrilling multiple-day riding event. Photo: Daniela Tommasi

Fine Vines Festival | 20 - 29 October

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For aficionados and occasional drinkers alike, Fine Vines Festival invites you to explore all aspects of wine through exclusive museum tastings, tours, dining experiences, masterclasses, garden parties and more over 10 awesome days. Browse them all here. This festival is an absolute must-do, so grab your tickets before they’re gone! For all Fine Vines and wine events, head here.

close up image of a a bar counter with a bar tender pouring wine into multiple short wine glasses
Channel your inner Signora and Signor at the Fine Vines Festival: Italian Disco at Shelter Brewing Co. Photo: Shelter Brewing Co

Margaret River Agricultural Show | 21 October

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A favourite on the local event calendar, and the town’s largest community event, “The Show” is always full of fun events and displays to showcase the regions’ offerings and provide a glimpse into its rich heritage. A one-day event filled with non-stop entertainment, don’t miss the popular art, photo, craft, Lego, produce and flowers exhibitions, the scarecrow section, rides, carnival games and over 100 food and beverage vans.

The iconic Margaret River Agricultural Show. Photo: Elements Margaret River

Hiking For Healthy Hearts | 27 October

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Follow your heart and join Hiking For Healthy Hearts for an exciting adventure of fun, fitness, friends and fundraising, proudly supporting the Heart Foundation. Hike the 35km or 20km along Margaret River’s spectacular coastline and the lush forest scenery of the famous Cape to Cape track and be part of their wildest Coastrek yet.

Coastrek 2023 - Hiking for Healthy Hearts
Australia’s most iconic hiking challenge for women, Coastrek. Photo: Supplied


The 41st Margaret River Classic | 3 November

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The Margaret River Surf Classic is one of the longest running events in Western Australia, with huge prestige and an epic list of past winners including some of WA’s best surfers. All divisions include huge prizes with entry into the Trials of the 2024 Margaret River Pro awarded to the winners of the Open Men and Open Women divisions.

The 41st Margaret River Classic. Photo: Supplied

Eagle Bay Epic Adventure Race | 4 November


The Eagle Bay Epic is the ultimate off-road adventure race in a magnificent setting. Swim and kayak in the calm waters of Geographe Bay, run along the scenic coastal trails, and hit the flowing single tracks for a high-octane mountain bike in the Meelup Regional Park.

Endurance Events - Eagle Bay Epic, Dunsborough
Eagle Bay Epic Adventure Race. Photo: Supplied

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