Just an hour’s drive away from Perth CBD lies the historic Avon Valley.

The region is often known as the gateway to the Wheatbelt, with long stretches of scenic views, pioneering history, and fertile waterways of the Avon River, as well as an array of annual festivals and events. Planning a trip to the region? Be sure to mark your calendars with our round-up of the biggest events in Avon Valley in 2024.

Beverley Art Prize & Markets

When: 28 March 2024

Now in its 55th year, the Beverley Art Prize & Annual Art Exhibition will take place on Thursday 28 March, with the preview running from 10AM to 4PM and the official opening commencing at 7PM until 9PM. Offering generous prize money, the show is consistently praised for the quality of its artwork, attracting upwards of 300 paintings from some of the most talented artists Australia-wide. Held at the iconic art deco Beverley Town Hall, the exhibition is open daily for the duration of Easter weekend. 

Beverley Town Hall
Beverley Town Hall
York Motorcycle Festival

When: 6 April, 1PM-8PM and 7 April 10AM-4PM

Rev up your excitement for the York Motorcycle Festival, a thrilling and family-friendly gathering along Avon Terrace in York. The festival kicks off on Saturday, April 6th, at Peace Park, featuring market stalls, food trucks, entertainment, and delightful activities for kids. On Saturday night, the Harley-Davidson concert at the Imperial Homestead adds a rockin' touch with Johnny Law and the Pistol Packin Daddies – a free concert you won't want to miss. Day two is the main event, promising a spectacular showcase of motorbike stunt shows, live music, Show & Shine, Vintage Collective Markets, kids' motorbike rides, and the charitable Black Dog ride. 

The York Festival and Regional Writers Weekend

When: 9AM to 5PM, 12-14 April 2024

In partnership with Writing WA, the York Festival and Regional Writers Weekend runs a jam-packed weekend of literary delights. Catering to all ages, the festival attracts lovers of literature, young adventurers, and families looking for weekend entertainment. With a full regional writers program to inspire and engage with the literary community, as well as a festival program of family entertainment, there is something for everyone here. Enjoy guest speakers, interactive theatre, an audio play, a guided tour full of spooky tales, and more – find the full program [here].

York Festival
The York Festival and Regional Writers Weekend, York's Dark Corners, credit: Ross Vegas
York Heritage Festival 2024

When: 25-28 April, 2024

A packed Heritage Weekend for the whole family to enjoy! Experience a traditional country-style Anzac Day including Dawn Service on Mt Brown followed by a gunfire breakfast at the RSL and parade to the Cenotaph. 
Be sure to check out the York Society photographic exhibition and Antique Roadshow style sessions, which will allow the public to bring in items to be identified. There'll be a family fun day on Sunday so you can enjoy old-style games such as hobby horse racing, a visit from the miniature donkeys, plus a lot more.

Northam Motor Sport Festival

When: Sunday, 28 April, 2024 – 9AM to 5PM

The Northam Motorsport Festival is a free classic car event for all ages and is a major annual highlight of The Shire. Enjoy the history and spirit of classic racing cars and watch as the main streets of Northam are transformed into a circuit with classic racing cars competing in regular time trials. The event incorporates the Mount Ommanney hill climb, SCBC Motokhana on Saturday, and the Northam Flying 50 on Sunday. 

Northam Motor Sport
Northam Motor Sport Festival
An Evening with Marina Prior, Beverley

When: 17 May 2024 – 7PM to 10PM

Australia’s leading lady of Musical Theatre, Marina Prior, is returning to WA in May 2024 for an intimate series of performances at select theatres. Accompanied by piano maestro David Cameron, Marina will perform songs from her repertoire of musical theatre hits, fan favourites and contemporary classics. After sold-out shows across WA in 2023, this is not a performance to be missed!

Toodyay Moondyne Festival

When: 5 May 2024 - 9AM to 3.30PM

This free annual event invites you to step back in time and embrace the pioneer spirit by donning period costumes – whether you choose to be a floozie, swaggie, or street urchin. The festivities come alive with street theatre, a colonial village, entertainment, artisan crafts, and healthy food stalls, promising non-stop, incredible fun for the entire family. As the Avon Valley's legendary bushranger, Moondyne Joe, takes centre stage, Toodyay transforms into a lively historical town, echoing with re-enactments of Joe's daring escapades, arrests, and mock trials. Join the merriment as Joe runs wild, robbing shops, escaping custody, and causing a delightful ruckus.

Moondyne Festival
Moondyne Festival, credit: Michael Sinclair-Jones
Transcend Trails Avon Valley

When: Saturday, 22 June 2024

If you're the adventurous type looking for a challenge, the Transcend Ultra is a trail run through the entire Avon Valley. The 65km distance kicks off at sunrise in the Walyunga National Park and finishes at Cobblers Pool, near Toodyay. The course travels through 4 parks and can be run solo or as a relay in teams of 2 - 5 people. As well as the Ultra distance, there is also a 40km hike, a 6km trail hike & fun run option. 

Toodyay International Food Festival and Family Fun Day

When: Saturday, 10 August 2024 – 10AM to 4PM

Join Toodyay's International Food Festival nestled on the banks of the Avon River in the heart of Toodyay with the perfect view of the Avon Descent. Choose from dozens of stalls offering an incredible range of international cuisine, a licensed bar and an assortment of sweet treats, ensuring there is something for everyone. There'll be live music, free bouncy castles and activities for the kids.

York Motorcycle Festival
York Motorcycle Festival
The Avon Descent

When: 10-11 August 2024

Join one of Western Australia's most iconic and longest-running multisport events! The Avon Descent is a 124km race travelling along white rapids through some of WA's most scenic regions including the historic towns of Northam and Toodyay, national parks, steep gorges, the Swan Valley and eventually, into the tidal waters of the upper Swan River. Competitors challenge in a variety of power dinghies and paddle craft including single, double and triple kayaks and single or double surf skis. Relay teams of 2 and 4 can also compete.

Toodyay Picnic Races

When: Sunday, 22 September 2024 – 11AM

Get ready for a weekend of thrills and tradition as the Toodyay Picnic Races return in 2024! This lively event promises exhilarating horse races, delicious food, local crafts, and live entertainment. Gather your friends and family for a fun-filled day of cheering on the horses and soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. 

The Avon River
The Avon River
Northam Cup

When: Sunday, 27 October 2024

The 2024 Northam Cup has announced that the race will be held on Sunday 27th October 2024, at Northam Racecourse. Nestled in the Avon Valley, the Northam Racecourse is located on the eastern border of the town, on the edge of the Mortlock River. The track is considered one of the best winter tracks in Western Australia, hosting approximately 25 meetings per year from May to November.
Check back in for more details on the event closer to the date.

Don't miss out on the biggest events that Avon Valley has to offer this year. From cultural festivals to motorsport races, you'll have no trouble finding something memorable for all ages.