Summary

As August unfolds, these days provide rich opportunities for Australians to engage with important causes, celebrate diverse cultures, and reflect on both historical and contemporary issues. Each day invites a moment of awareness, action, and community spirit. Whether it's celebrating scientific achievements, participating in vibrant community events, or supporting meaningful causes, this month offers something for everyone. From national observances and cultural celebrations to international awareness days, here’s a closer look at the significant dates Australians will be observing:

August 2024 Australia Calendar: Special Days, Full List of National Holidays and International Events
August 2024 Australia Calendar: Special Days, Full List of National Holidays and International Events

August 2024 Calendar - Special Days and Observances in Australia

August 2: Genes For Jeans Day

Genes for Jeans Day is an annual fundraising event that supports the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) in Australia. Australians are encouraged to wear jeans to work or school and donate to help fund research into genetic diseases affecting children. This day is not just about denim fashion but is a powerful movement to provide hope and support for families affected by genetic disorders.

August 2: International Beer Day

Although not an official holiday, International Beer Day is widely celebrated by beer enthusiasts in Australia. It’s a day to appreciate the craft of brewing and enjoy the variety of beers available, from local microbreweries to international brands.

August 4: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day celebrates the resilience and strength of Indigenous children. This day highlights their rights, culture, and importance within the Australian community. It is a time for all Australians to learn about and support the cultural heritage and future of these young people, which the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) has initiated.

August 5: Picnic Day (NT)

Observed in the Northern Territory, Picnic Day is a public holiday providing a well-deserved break for locals to enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends. Traditionally linked to the railway workers' union and their annual picnic, it has evolved into a day where Territorians take advantage of the beautiful weather for barbecues, beach outings, and community events.

August 5: Bank Holiday (NSW)

Celebrated on the first Monday of August, the Bank Holiday is specific to New South Wales and is traditionally a day off for bank employees. However, many businesses take advantage of this day to give their employees a long weekend, marking it as a time for a mid-winter break.

August 6: Hiroshima Day

Hiroshima Day is a global day of remembrance for the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. In Australia, it serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating impacts of nuclear warfare and promotes peace and the elimination of nuclear weapons. Communities and peace organizations often hold vigils and educational events to honor the memory of those affected and to advocate for a nuclear-free world.

August 8: St Mary Mackillop Day

St Mary Mackillop Day
St Mary Mackillop Day

St Mary MacKillop Day commemorates Australia’s first canonized saint, Mary MacKillop, who founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. Known for her dedication to providing education and care to the poor, her legacy is celebrated with special masses, community services, and educational events throughout the country, highlighting her contributions to Australian society.

August 8: International Cat Day

International Cat Day celebrates the joy and companionship that cats bring to millions around the world. In Australia, it’s a day for cat owners to pamper their feline friends, and for animal welfare organizations to promote the adoption of cats. Shelters and rescue groups often hold special events to find loving homes for stray and abandoned cats.

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August 9: Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) Public Holiday (QLD)

Known affectionately as the "Ekka," this public holiday marks the opening of the Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane. It is a celebration of Queensland’s rich agricultural heritage, featuring livestock competitions, rides, and showbags. The day is a significant event for locals, drawing visitors from across the state.

August 9: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

This day is dedicated to recognizing the rights and contributions of Indigenous peoples worldwide.

In Australia, International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples shines a light on the unique cultures, languages, and knowledge systems of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Events focus on cultural preservation, advocacy for rights, and raising awareness about the issues facing Indigenous populations globally.

August 9: Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is an annual fundraising and awareness campaign aimed at reducing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and supporting bereaved families. Participants wear red noses and engage in various activities to raise funds for research and education programs. The day highlights the critical need for safe sleep practices and the ongoing support for affected families.

August 9: Singapore National Day

Singapore National Day marks Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965. In Australia, the vibrant Singaporean community celebrates this day with cultural performances, traditional cuisine, and community gatherings. It’s an opportunity for Singaporeans and friends to reflect on the country’s progress and share their rich cultural heritage with the broader Australian community.

August 10: World Lion Day

Australia, home to numerous zoos and wildlife parks, joins the global celebration of World Lion Day. This observance raises awareness about lion conservation and the threats they face in the wild. Many zoos offer special programs and events to educate the public about these magnificent creatures.

August 12: International Youth Day

Recognized globally, International Youth Day focuses on issues affecting young people and celebrates their contributions to society. In Australia, events and activities are held to engage youth and highlight their role in shaping the future.

August 14: Royal Hobart Show (TAS)

Tasmania’s capital will host its annual show in August this year. The Royal Hobart Show is an agricultural and entertainment event that has been a staple since 1822. Residents enjoy the vibrant atmosphere filled with agricultural displays, carnival rides, and artisanal food markets.

August 14: World Lizard Day

World Lizard Day raises awareness about the conservation of lizards and their habitats. Australia, home to a diverse range of lizard species, uses this day to educate the public about these fascinating reptiles. Zoos, wildlife parks, and conservation groups hold events to highlight the ecological importance of lizards and the threats they face from habitat loss and climate change.

August 15: Assumption of Mary

The Assumption of Mary is a significant feast day in the Christian calendar, commemorating the belief that the Virgin Mary was taken up into heaven body and soul. In Australia, it is observed by Catholics and other Christian denominations with special church services and community gatherings, reflecting on Mary’s role and significance in the faith.

August 15: India Independence Day

India Independence Day celebrates India’s liberation from British rule in 1947. The large Indian community in Australia marks this day with vibrant festivities, including flag hoisting ceremonies, cultural programs, and traditional Indian food. It is a day of pride and unity for Indian Australians, celebrating their rich heritage and the enduring ties between India and Australia.

August 15: National Science Week

Running from August 10 to August 18, this week-long celebration of science and technology aims to foster a love for STEM fields among Australians of all ages. Events across the country include hands-on workshops, science shows, and interactive exhibits that highlight Australia’s contributions to the global scientific community.

August 16: Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

The Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence is a national initiative aimed at preventing bullying and promoting safe and supportive school environments. Schools across Australia participate in activities and campaigns to educate students about the impacts of bullying and empower them to stand up against it. The day fosters a culture of respect, inclusion, and kindness.

August 17: Indonesia Independence Day

Indonesia Independence Day commemorates Indonesia’s declaration of independence from Dutch colonial rule in 1945. The Indonesian community in Australia celebrates with parades, traditional music and dance, and cultural exhibitions. It’s a day to honor Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage and to strengthen the bonds between Indonesians and Australians.

August 18: Long Tan Day (Vietnam Vets' Day)

Long Tan Day, also known as Vietnam Veterans' Day, honors the Australian soldiers who served in the Vietnam War, particularly those who fought in the Battle of Long Tan on August 18, 1966. Ceremonies and memorial services are held across Australia to remember the sacrifices and bravery of the veterans and to provide support and recognition to those who served.

August 19: World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is dedicated to recognizing humanitarian workers and the efforts they make in crisis situations around the globe. In Australia, it’s a day to celebrate those who provide aid and relief, often in the most challenging circumstances. The day highlights stories of courage and the importance of global solidarity in addressing humanitarian needs.

August 19: National Aviation Day

August 19 marks National Aviation Day, a day to celebrate and recognize the achievements in aviation, particularly those of Australian aviators. This day also highlights the crucial role of aviation in connecting Australia with the rest of the world.

August 21: International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

This day honors the memory of those who have lost their lives to terrorism and acknowledges the suffering of survivors. In Australia, the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is observed with ceremonies and educational events that aim to foster resilience and support for victims and their families, while promoting peace and understanding.

August 22: National Book Week

Spanning from August 17 to August 23, National Book Week encourages a love of reading among children. Schools and libraries across Australia participate with themed activities, author visits, and the popular Book Week parade where children dress up as their favorite book characters.

Learn More: World Book Day: Date&Time, History and Theme to Celebrate

August 22: International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the victims of violence due to their religious beliefs. In Australia, the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief is observed with interfaith dialogues, community gatherings, and advocacy efforts aimed at promoting tolerance, protecting religious freedom, and supporting victims of religious persecution.

August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition commemorates the fight against slavery and the people who resisted and fought for their freedom. In Australia, this day is observed with educational programs and events that highlight the history of slavery and the importance of ongoing efforts to combat modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

August 24: St Bartholomew

St Bartholomew’s Day honors St Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles. For many Christian denominations in Australia, it’s a day of reflection and prayer, celebrating his missionary work and legacy. Churches hold special services, and the faithful remember St Bartholomew’s dedication and contributions to spreading Christianity.

August 24: Daffodil Day (Cancer Council)

Daffodil Day (Cancer Council)
Daffodil Day (Cancer Council)

This day is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research. The daffodil is a symbol of hope and resilience, and on Daffodil Day, Australians are encouraged to donate and support the Cancer Council’s efforts in battling cancer. Communities across the nation hold events, and volunteers sell daffodils and merchandise to raise awareness and funds.

August 25: Social Justice Sunday

Social Justice Sunday is observed by many Christian churches in Australia to focus on social justice issues. Each year, a specific theme is addressed, encouraging congregations to reflect on social inequalities and advocate for change. It’s a day for Australians to consider their role in fostering a more just and equitable society.

August 26: National Dog Day

National Dog Day celebrates the joy and companionship dogs bring to our lives. It’s a day to appreciate dogs of all breeds, whether they’re family pets, working dogs, or rescue animals. In Australia, this day is marked by events promoting dog adoption, responsible pet ownership, and the work of animal shelters and rescue organizations.

August 29: International Day Against Nuclear Tests

The International Day Against Nuclear Tests promotes a world free of nuclear testing and raises awareness about the devastating effects of nuclear explosions. In Australia, the day is observed with educational events and advocacy campaigns, reflecting on the country’s own history with nuclear testing and advocating for global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

August 30: International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

This day brings attention to the global issue of enforced disappearances, where individuals are secretly abducted or imprisoned by the state or political organizations. The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is observed in Australia with campaigns and events that call for justice for victims and highlight the need for international human rights protections.

August 30: Wear It Purple Day

Wear It Purple Day is a youth-led initiative that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion for LGBTQ+ young people. Australians show their support by wearing purple, participating in school and community events, and spreading messages of acceptance and respect. The day aims to foster safe and supportive environments where every young person can thrive, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

OverviewAugust 2024 Australia's Calendar

  • August 1, Thursday: Normal Day
  • August 2, Friday: International Beer Day
  • August 3, Saturday: AFL and NRL Finals Series Begin
  • August 4, Sunday: Normal Day
  • August 5, Monday: Bank Holiday (NSW)
  • August 6, Tuesday: Normal Day
  • August 7, Wednesday: Normal Day
  • August 8, Thursday: Normal Day
  • August 9, Friday: Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) Public Holiday (QLD)
  • August 10, Saturday: National Science Week Begins, World Lion Day
  • August 11, Sunday: Normal Day
  • August 12, Monday: International Youth Day
  • August 13, Tuesday: Normal Day
  • August 14, Wednesday: Royal Hobart Show (TAS)
  • August 15, Thursday: National Science Week Continues
  • August 16, Friday: Normal Day
  • August 17, Saturday: National Book Week Begins
  • August 18, Sunday: City2Surf (Sydney)
  • August 19, Monday: National Aviation Day
  • August 20, Tuesday: Normal Day
  • August 21, Wednesday: Normal Day
  • August 22, Thursday: National Book Week Continues
  • August 23, Friday: Normal Day
  • August 24, Saturday: Daffodil Day
  • August 25, Sunday: AFL and NRL Finals Series Continue
  • August 26, Monday: Normal Day
  • August 27, Tuesday: Normal Day
  • August 28, Wednesday: Normal Day
  • August 29, Thursday: Normal Day
  • August 30, Friday: Normal Day
  • August 31, Saturday: Normal Day

Australia's Weekly Observances in August 2024

Keep Australia Beautiful Week
Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Homelessness Week (August 4 - August 10)

Homelessness Week is a national event that aims to raise awareness and advocate for the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Organized by Homelessness Australia, the week includes activities such as forums, workshops, and public events that highlight the challenges faced by homeless individuals and families. It also encourages community involvement and policy action to provide support and sustainable housing solutions.

National Stroke Week (August 5 - August 11)

The Stroke Foundation hosts National Stroke Week, which aims to support stroke victims and raise awareness about stroke prevention. The week’s activities include educational campaigns, community events, and fundraising efforts to promote healthy lifestyles and improve stroke care services across Australia. The 2024 theme, "Every Step Counts," encourages Australians to take small steps towards reducing their stroke risk.

Dental Health Week (August 8 - August 14)

Organized by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), Dental Health Week promotes the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. This year's theme, "Healthy Mouth, Healthy You," focuses on the connection between oral health and overall well-being. Activities include public education campaigns, dental check-up drives, and school programs to encourage healthy dental habits.

National Family History Month (August 1 - August 31)

Throughout August, National Family History Month celebrates the exploration of family history and genealogy. The month-long observance includes workshops, seminars, and exhibitions organized by genealogical societies, libraries, and community groups. It encourages Australians to delve into their ancestry, preserve family stories, and understand their heritage.

National Science Week (August 10 - August 18)

Australia's largest celebration of science, National Science Week, features a wide array of events and activities aimed at engaging the public with science and technology. From science fairs and workshops to public lectures and interactive exhibits, the week showcases the contributions of Australian scientists and inspires the next generation of innovators. The 2024 theme, "Innovate to Regenerate," focuses on sustainability and environmental science.

National Book Week (August 17 - August 23)

Run by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), National Book Week encourages children and young adults to read and enjoy literature. The week is filled with school activities, book fairs, and the beloved Book Week parade, where students dress as their favorite book characters. This year’s theme, "Reading Beyond the Lines," aims to inspire creativity and a love for reading among young Australians.

Keep Australia Beautiful Week (August 19 - August 25)

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability and community action against littering and pollution. The 2024 theme, "Clean Up for Future Generations," encourages Australians to take part in local clean-up activities, reduce waste, and adopt sustainable practices. The week includes various community initiatives, educational campaigns, and volunteer events aimed at preserving Australia's natural beauty.

Speech Pathology Week (August 25 - August 31)

Organized by Speech Pathology Australia, Speech Pathology Week highlights the vital role of speech pathologists in supporting people with communication and swallowing difficulties. The week’s activities focus on raising awareness about speech and language disorders and advocating for accessible services. This year’s theme, "Communication for All," emphasizes the importance of inclusive communication in everyday life.

International Overdose Awareness Week (August 27 - August 31)

International Overdose Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about drug overdose, reduce the stigma associated with drug-related deaths, and promote policy change to support harm reduction. The week includes memorial events, educational programs, and advocacy efforts to prevent overdoses and support affected individuals and families. It also encourages open discussions about drug use and the importance of accessible treatment options.

Australia's Monthly Observances in August 2024

National Tradies Health Month
National Tradies Health Month

National Tradies Health Month (August 1 - August 31)

National Tradies Health Month focuses on the health and well-being of tradespeople, who often face high physical demands and occupational hazards. The month includes safety workshops, health check-ups, and awareness campaigns aimed at preventing workplace injuries and promoting healthy lifestyles among tradies.

Women's Health Week (August 1 - August 31)

Women’s Health Week, led by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, provides a platform for women to focus on their health and well-being. Throughout August, events and educational resources are made available to address issues such as mental health, physical activity, and preventive care, encouraging women to prioritize their health.

Tradies National Health Month (August 1 - August 31)

Organized by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Tradies National Health Month aims to raise awareness about the health risks faced by tradies and promote injury prevention. The month includes health and safety initiatives, educational workshops, and resources focused on physical and mental health for tradies and their families.

Australia's National Festivals in August 2024

Desert Harmony Festival
Desert Harmony Festival

1. Darwin Festival (August 8 - August 25)

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory

The Darwin Festival is one of Australia’s most dynamic cultural events, celebrating the tropical charm and diverse cultures of the Northern Territory. Spanning over two weeks, this festival features a vibrant mix of live music, theater, dance, visual arts, and culinary delights. Key highlights include the opening night concert at the Darwin Waterfront, the lively Festival Park with food stalls and performances, and Indigenous art and cultural displays. This festival encapsulates the spirit of Darwin with its inclusive and multicultural vibe.

2. Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) (August 1 - August 18)

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the world’s oldest film festivals, renowned for showcasing a diverse range of films from Australia and around the globe. The 2024 festival offers a platform for independent filmmakers and features a mix of feature films, documentaries, and short films. With screenings held at iconic venues across Melbourne, MIFF attracts cinephiles eager to explore contemporary cinema and participate in discussions with filmmakers.

3. Ekka (Royal Queensland Show) (August 9 - August 18)

Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Known affectionately as the Ekka, the Royal Queensland Show is Queensland’s largest annual event, bringing the city of Brisbane to life with agricultural showcases, carnival rides, and entertainment. Since 1876, Ekka has been a celebration of Queensland’s rural and urban communities, offering everything from livestock competitions to showbags filled with goodies. The festival’s rich history and community focus make it a beloved tradition for Queenslanders of all ages.

4. Desert Harmony Festival (August 2 - August 6)

Location: Tennant Creek, Northern Territory

The Desert Harmony Festival is a unique celebration of art, music, and culture in the remote town of Tennant Creek. This festival highlights the creativity and resilience of the Barkly region’s diverse communities, including a strong representation of Indigenous artists. With a focus on cultural exchange and community engagement, Desert Harmony offers a range of performances, workshops, and exhibitions that reflect the rich heritage and vibrant spirit of the outback.

5. SALA Festival (South Australian Living Artists Festival) (August 1 - August 31)

SALA Festival (South Australian Living Artists Festival)
SALA Festival (South Australian Living Artists Festival)

Location: Adelaide and regional South Australia

TheSALA Festival is the largest visual arts festival in Australia, dedicated to promoting and showcasing the work of South Australian artists. Throughout August, the state transforms into a sprawling gallery with thousands of exhibitions and events. From established artists to emerging talents, SALA provides a platform for artists to present their work in unconventional spaces like cafes, wineries, and outdoor venues, making art accessible to all.

6. Garma Festival (August 2 - August 5)

Location: Gulkula, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

The Garma Festival is a significant celebration of Yolngu culture and one of the most important Indigenous festivals in Australia. Held in the remote Arnhem Land, Garma is a gathering that fosters cultural exchange, reconciliation, and understanding. The festival includes traditional ceremonies, music and dance performances, and discussions on Indigenous issues and rights. Attendees from across the nation and around the world participate, making it a powerful event for cultural dialogue and learning.

7. National Science Week (August 10 - August 18)

Location: Nationwide

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. With events held in every state and territory, the week includes a diverse range of activities designed to engage Australians of all ages in science. From interactive exhibits and open days at research institutions to science fairs and school competitions, National Science Week inspires curiosity and highlights the country’s scientific achievements and innovation.

8. Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) (August 9 - August 11)

Location: Cairns, Queensland

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is a premier event showcasing the art and culture of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. CIAF features a vibrant program of art exhibitions, performances, and workshops. It provides a platform for Indigenous artists to present their work to a broader audience, fostering appreciation and support for their cultural heritage. The fair also includes a bustling market where visitors can purchase unique artworks and crafts.

9. Barunga Festival (August 9 - August 11)

Location: Barunga, Northern Territory

The Barunga Festival is a renowned celebration of Indigenous culture, music, and sport in the Northern Territory. Since its inception in 1985, Barunga has become a significant event for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The festival features a lively program of cultural activities, including traditional sports, art workshops, and performances. It serves as a platform for promoting cultural pride, community spirit, and reconciliation.

10. Brisbane Festival (August 30 - September 21)

Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Although it begins at the end of August, the Brisbane Festival is a major cultural event that extends into September. This festival transforms Brisbane into a hub of creativity and celebration with a rich program of theatre, music, dance, and visual arts. The festival is known for its spectacular Riverfire finale, featuring a dazzling fireworks display over the Brisbane River. The Brisbane Festival brings together local and international artists, creating an inclusive and festive atmosphere across the city.

Sporting Events

Saturday, August 3 - Sunday, August 25: AFL and NRL Finals Series Begin

As August rolls in, the excitement builds for the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) finals series. Fans across the country gear up for thrilling matches as their favorite teams vie for the championship titles. The finals are not just about sport; they are a celebration of community spirit and Australian culture.

Sunday, August 18: City2Surf (Sydney)

This iconic 14 km road race from Sydney's CBD to Bondi Beach is one of the world's largest fun runs. Participants include elite athletes and enthusiastic amateurs, all raising funds for various charities. The City2Surf is a testament to Sydney’s vibrant community and a highlight of the city’s sporting calendar.

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