What's On In the Albany Region
‘What’s On’ – a list of events in and around Albany, for our tourism industry operators, visitors and residents.
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Thank you to Judy Walker Photography for your photo of the 'Albany Daisy'
Each year, Albany commemorates the anniversary of the Australian New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) dawn landing in Gallipoli during the First World War. It is now a tradition imbedded into our culture to honour and remember those who sacrificed so much, so Australia could be what it is today.
Every year on 25 April, cities around Australia hold commemorative events to pay respect to the men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation.
The City of Albany works with the Returned and Services League to deliver a program of events which complement traditional RSL Anzac Day commemorative events.
ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE (5.30AM) The tradition Dawn Service will be held at the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial. Like previous years, this will be a non-ticketed event with free buses available from the Albany Entertainment Centre and Middleton Beach between 3-5am (or while there is capacity at the Memorial)
Capacity at the Memorial is limited. Patrons are advised to get a bus early, or consider attending one of the live sites instead.
ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE – LIVE SITE SIMULCASTS (4.15am for 5.30am start) The Dawn Service will be simulcast live at three sites, Town Square, Albany Entertainment Centre and Anzac Peace Park.
ANZAC DAY GUNFIRE BREAKFAST (6-8.30am) The traditional Gunfire Breakfast will be held at the Albany Entertainment Centre
TROOP MARCH (10-10.30am) The traditional march down York Street.
ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE (10.30am) The traditional Anzac Day service at Anzac Peace Park.
TWO-UP (noon until late) The traditional game of two-up will be played at Stirling Club
Australian Heritage Week is an annual national celebration of Australia’s unique heritage. It is an opportunity for all Australians to join together to celebrate our shared and special heritage.
In 2016, Australian Heritage Week will run from Saturday 16 April until Sunday 24 April.
Heritage Week Events in Albany
DIGGING UP THE PAST
STARTS:MONDAY, 18 APRIL 16
ENDS:WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL 16
Pick up a trowel and get your hands dirty. Explore what archaeologists found when they excavated the site and take part in activities where you too will make a discovery!
Old Strawberry Hill, 174 Middleton Road, Albany, WA
FREE ENTRY SUNDAYS @ OLD FARM
STARTS:SUNDAY, 17 APRIL 16
ENDS:SUNDAY, 15 MAY 16
Visit Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, the oldest Government Farm in WA, established in 1827 by Napoleonic War hero Richard Spencer and his wife Ann. Learn more about this fabulous site and its history by exploring the vegie patches and wandering through the interior where you can view information panels.
Old Farm, Strawberry Hill 174 Middleton Road, ALBANY, WA
Saturday, 7 May
The Vancouver Street Festival is a large-scale street festival held in conjunction with the Western Australia Heritage Festival.
The event will focus on the historic Vancouver Street in Albany with a program featuring fabulous music, artisan markets, street entertainment and Great Southern food and wine.
Come along for a great day out!
Colonial Artillery Gun Firing Demonstrations
16 APRIL 2016 10:00AM - 25 APRIL 2016 15:00 PM
Location:Forts Road, Albany, Western Australia
Once again the atmosphere at the Princess Royal Fortress will ring out with the explosion of gun fire to commemorate Albany’s unique military heritage. Experience a range of rotating experiences and activities through out the day/s, like guided tours detailing the history of the guns and life at the fortress during the 1890’s.
The Albany Annual Gun Salute is a captivating experience for visitors to the Albany Heritage Park, and is the only location in Western Australia where a colonial 1874 nine-pound riffled muzzled loading gun is fired. Take a little extra time to visit the fabulous new National Anzac Centre, the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial and Padre White Lookout, all located in the vicinity.
Daily demonstrations Saturday 16 April – Monday 25 April. Gun firing at 1.30pm sharp, activities throughout the day. Activities rotate from day to day.
An event not to be missed.
Weekender Annual Classic Motor Event
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June 2016
The Albany Classic Motor Event is run through the heart of Albany's CBD, overlooking the ANZAC Peace Park and Princess Royal Harbour. This spectacle of historic motor sport presents a wide variety of cars from vintage wire wheels, post-vintage and classics as well as open wheel racers and big cube muscle cars.
Saturday- Mt Clarence Hill Climb from 09:00
Sunday- CBD car events & festival start 10:00
Alison Hartman Gardens for circus, entertainment & market stalls
St John's Church grounds for children's activities
Monday- Wind Farm Rd for LFP State Speed Event Series Hill climb (to be confirmed)
Albany first experienced motor racing in 1936 with the 'WA 50 Mile T.T. Car Race'. This was the first round the houses style race in Australia and was run over a 4 mile circuit through the town. The modern layout follows part of the revised 1938 Grand Prix circuit and is 1.5 km in length overlooking the picturesque Princess Royal Harbour.
The Albany Classic is the premier round the houses historic regularity event in Australia and is one of only two events of its type still going today. The modern event is as much a festival as serious motorsport but now caters for the whole family and a diverse range of motoring interest. Crowds line the city streets to witness the enthralling sight of vintage and classic cars taking part in the annual motor event. This year, cars covering 87 years of motoring development are competing or on display.
ANNA BOLENA: A TUDOR OPERA BY DONIZETTI
Albany Entertainment Centre
Friday 15th April 2016 at 7.30pm
Sunday 17th April 2016 at 3.00pm
Presented by OperaBox
23 April at 19:30
Handpicked for the Australian production of Jersey Boys by Frankie Valli himself and after three years and over 850 performances, Bobby Fox returns to the stage, taking you through his journey of the Jersey Boys with all of your favourite Frankie Valli songs, including "Oh What A Night!", "Sherry", "Walk Like A Man", "Grease", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"and many more.