Key dates on the Broome social, festival and fun calendar for 2024

Broome Mardi Gras February 28 - March 5,  2024

Broome PrideBROOME PRIDE events are create to promote social inclusion across the entire community which encourages greater unity, cohesion and equality further supporting our vision of "ONE COMMUNITY". Events are not exclusive to LGBT+ events as we wish to promote inclusiveness across the entire community spectrum and promote a safe space for all.

Broome Pride Key Dates  2024

28 February 2024 - The Big Fact Hunt

29 February 2024 - Mardi Gras Cabaret

1 March 2024 - Mardi Gras Cabaret

2 March 2024 - Mardi Gras Dance Party

3 March 2024 - Big Splash Boat Party


Cable Beach Polo  Deferred until 2025

Cable Beach Polo The pristine sands of Broome's iconic Cable Beach ignite when Australia's only multi-day beach polo tournament is played in May each year.

"A polo handicap is your passport to the world." So said Winston Churchill and it holds true for the Cable Beach Polo tournaments, held annually since 2010.

The tournaments have featured leading polo players from New Zealand, Argentina, Colombia, India and Australia, vying for glory across two days of thrilling beach polo action that culminate in an international clash.

A polo arena bordering the sparkling azure waters of the Indian ocean, bikini-clad spectators and Broome's spectacular setting sun signal the end of each day's play.

This extraordinary sporting spectacle is free to watch picnic-style from the sand, but there is also an option to purchase tickets to the Cable Beach Polo VIP Marquee or the Polo Beach Bar and mingle in barefoot elegance with the players and new friends from around the globe.

Broome Race Round  25 May - 19 August 2024

The Broome Turf Club is carved out of bushland at picturesque Gantheaume Point, just a stone's throw from world-famous Cable Beach. This idyllic location perched on the Broome peninsula is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and benefits from the constant cool breezes which are a welcome relief in the hot and humid climate of the Kimberley.

Competitive thoroughbred horse racing and an eclectic mix of entertainment ensure a fun and exciting day enjoyed by all. The never fail perfect "dry season" Broome weather adds to the ambiance of this unique location.

Race Day 1: Sunday 25 May 2024
Race Day 2: Saturday 8 June 2024
Race Day 3: Saturday 15 June 2024
Race Day 4: Saturday 30 June 2024
Race Day 5: Saturday 13 July 2024
Race Day 6: Friday 26 July 2024
Race Day 7: Kimberley Cup Saturday 10  August 2024
Race Day 8: Ladies Day Tuesday 20 August 2024
Race Day 9: Broome Cup Saturday 24  August 2024


Broome Fringe 2 - 11 June 2024

Broome Fringe

Celebrating Broome’s grassroots creative community


Corrugated Lines TBA 2023

Corrugated Lines

The festival is a collaborative effort between Backroom Press Inc, Broome Public Library, Magabala Books and other community organisations.

Shinju Matsuri  17 August to 1 September 2024

Shinju Matsuri Sunset Long TableThe annual Shinju Matsuri (Japanese for "Festival of the Pearl") originated from three cultural festivals – Japanese Obon Matsuri, Malaysian Hari Merdeka, Independence Day from British rule in 1957, and the Chinese Hang Seng. Shinju Matsuri rekindles the excitement and romance of Broome's early days of being a world-renowned producer of South Sea Pearls when the Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Koepangers, Filipino and Europeans flocked to Broome from the late 1800's to be a part of this prosperity. This unique multicultural population of pearl industry workers joined with the local Aboriginal people and Europeans to work on up to 400 Pearling Luggers that sailed out of Broome.

Broome's people and businesses have given generously to show their love of Broome over the 48 year life of the Festival and is a testament to the character and culture of this special place. The volunteer Board of Shinju Matsuri is driven by the community and sees the festival as an opportunity to re-educate and inform the community of the cultural heritage of Broome.  Ensuring that education and information is passed on to young people and new arrivals will assure that Broome's unique and diverse identity is acknowledged and remembered through the generations.

Shinju Matsuri will tempt your senses with an exciting whirlwind of colour, sound, taste and smell as the community shares this beautiful locale with the world and the people who call it home.


Key dates 2024

Opening Ceremony: Saturday 17 August 2024

Floating Lanterns: Sunday 25  August 2024

Cable Beach Sunset Cocktail Party: Friday 30 August 2024

Sunset Longtable:  Saturday 31 August 2024 

Closing Ceremony: Sunday 1 September 2024


StairCase to the Moon 2024: March to November (March to September better than Oct - Nov)

Staircase to the MoonBroome's greatest natural phenomenon takes place along the Roebuck Bay foreshore. Its an amazing visual reminder of the force of the moon's gravitational effects on the giant Kimberley tides. Join thousands of people who gather to watch the full moon rise up over the mudflats of Roebuck Bay, leaving a giant golden staircase in it rising path.

March 2024

Monday 25th - 6.24pm
Tuesday 26th - 6.49pm        
Wednesday 27th - 7.15pm

April 2024

Thursday 25th - 6.20pm
Friday 26th - 6.58pm
Saturday 27th - 7.43pm

May 2024

Friday 24th - 5.40pm
Saturday 25th - 6.32pm
Sunday 26th - 7.31pm

June 2024

Sunday 23rd - 6.26pm    
Monday 24th - 7.35pm  
Tuesday 25th - 8.45pm

July 2024

Monday 22nd - 6.29pm
Tuesday 23rd - 7.41pm
Wednesday 24th - 8.51pm

August 2024

Tuesday 20th - 6.31pm
Wednesday 21st - 7.42pm
Thursday 22nd - 8.52pm

September 2024

Wednesday 18th - 6.28pm 
Thursday 19th - 7.40pm 
Friday 20th - 8.52pm

October  2024

Thursday 17th - 6.25pm
Friday 18th - 7.39pm
Saturday 19th - 8.54pm

November  2024

Saturday 16th - 7.40pm
Sunday 17th - 8.52pm

Western Australian School Holidays 2024

First Term Break: Friday 29 March 2024 - Sunday 14 April 2024

Second Term Break: Saturday 39 June 2024 - Sunday 14 July 2024

Third Term Break: Saturday 21 September 2024 - Sunday 6 October 2024

End of year break:  Friday 13 December 2024- Tuesday 4 February 2025

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