It may be getting cooler in Australia but that doesn't mean there isn't fun to be had.
Regional towns and communities are readying for winter festivals and events to keep the seasonal blues away.
From live music to food and wine, light shows, arts and gatherings for the deep-thinkers; there's something for everyone.
Here's some of the many winter events and festivals to brighten the cooler months.
Celebrate the winter solstice in the Blue Mountains at Katoomba's Winter Magic Festival.
On June 24 the main street will be transformed with the traditional parade before revellers meander among stalls, food and art, live music and sideshows.
There's entertainment for the kids and fireworks in the evening.
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Three days of music and art at the North Byron Parklands with huge global acts Lizzo, Mumford and Sons and Lewis Capaldi joining Aussie DJ Flume to headline the festival.
It's the 21st year of the annual event on NSW's north coast.
Tickets are still available for the July 21 to 23 festival which offers family camping and activities for kids too.
A series of events takeover Orange and surrounds, in the state's central west, to bring some light and warmth to the final month of winter.
The week of events kicks off with the Millthorpe Village Night Markets on August 4.
The following afternoon relax with some woodfired pizza and sample local food and wine for a cosy afternoon at Woodfire Eugowra.
A new major festival is bringing together creative thinkers, innovators and artists for 10 days of events in Canberra.
The July 7 to 16 festival is all about progressive ideas, entrepreneurship and creativity.
The program is yet to be released but organisers have announced a world-first project will make its debut.
Lucie in the Sky is a combination of technology and art with six dancers and five drones to take the The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre stage.
Across four days Murray River border towns Echuca and Moama will become a haven for blues lovers.
The free event features artists performing at 15 local pubs and venues from July 27 to 30.
Vineyards, outdoor stages and even a luxury river cruiser will play host to performers.
It's Christmas in July at Ballarat's Sovereign Hill as the gold rush museum transforms from June 24 to July 16.
Take in pantomimes and theatre shows during the day and stay for the night time projections lighting up streetscapes.
Mulled wine and gingerbread, St Nick and festive arts and crafts create a 'white Christmas' experience.
The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival is celebrating its 10th year on July 14 and 15 at Willie Smith's apple orchard, half an hour west of Hobart.
The "Big Willie Burning Man" kick-starts the festival with a bang on the Friday night.
The event features live music, storytelling and even bush dancing for those keen to learn.
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