Events, Things To Do

Events on Australia’s east coast: cancelled, postponed and virtual

Our favourite ways to socialise and connect are in a bit of a sticky situation thanks to COVID-19, but there’s a million and one ways to have a good time regardless. Here’s a quick round-up of the major events that have been cancelled due to the era of social distancing, and the online events that are quickly taking their places.


Splendour in the Grass

It was supposed to be the spunky 20 year celebration of the birth of Splendour in the Grass, but the July event has been postponed until October 24th. This year’s event had a stunning set of international artists lined up, including The Strokes, Flume, Tyler the Creator, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more. The good news is that all tickets purchased for the original Splendour dates will be valid – and those who are not able to attend the new dates will be eligible for a refund.


Sydney Fringe Festival

Sadly, the Sydney Fringe Festival has been completely cancelled for 2020 in light of the current situation. CEO and director Kerry Glasscock said in place of the physical event, they’ll be hosting an online stream of performances from Fringe Festivals across the world during September. 


The Rubens national tour

Early in the piece, The Rubens announced that their ‘Live in Life’ national tour would be postponed. In a silver lining for Rubens fans, they recently said the tour would be moved to commence in September. Alice Ivy is set to support the band at most of their 28 shows, but unfortunately, their set in Mittagong was cancelled due to venue issues.


Melbourne International Film Festival

The beloved Melbourne International Film Festival has been cancelled for 2020, with organisers letting punters know that memberships and passes will be valid for the following year. 


CMC Rocks QLD 2020

Queensland country music fans looking to let loose are being told to wait until next year. The event was due to take place in March in Ipswich, but it was cancelled in a last-minute decision. All tickets and passes will be valid for the following year.



Online Events to quench your event thirst


From our House to Yours (Sydney Opera House)


A digital series of live broadcasts, archival footage and premieres are gracing screens across the country, with new content available each week from Wednesday to Sunday.


From Sarah Blasko performing with the Sydney International Orchestra, to tips for cooking with Yotem Ottolenghi, there’s an amazing range of entertainment to keep you occupied indoors.


Classes in Victoria’s High Country

A range of informative bookable experiences are giving homebodies the opportunity to brush up on their creative skills. High Country chefs, winemakers, brewers and beauty therapists are sharing their expert tips and tricks – for more information, head to their website.


Virtual Wine Tour with Winery Walkabout

For those who miss the social side to a good glass of vino, Victoria’s longest running wine festival has pulled out their best cards for you. The event is going virtual, with DJ Hot Dub Time Machine headlining the event.

Winemakers of Rutherglen will group on Saturday June 6 to showcase the most celebrated wines of the region. There will be online wine chats, masterclasses and live entertainment. 

Instead of purchasing a ticket, participants are encouraged to buy a wine pack for $85. Place your order to automatically grab a virtual ticket to the event! For more information head to their website


Settle down with Taronga TV


Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo have teamed up to bring animal-lovers some in-house joy. In a virtual zoo experience, Taronga TV streams live, packed with a daily schedule of talks, shows, animal footage and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks. For more information, head to their website.