Shinju Matsuri

Shinju Matsuri, the Festival of the Pearl,  celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of the Broome and surrounding Kimberly region, which was enriched by the boom in the Broome pearl industry in the late 1800’s.

The Shinju Matsuri Festival unites the heritage and culture of the local Aboriginal community with that of the Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Koepangers, Filipino and Europeans. This diversity is celebrated through an array of elaborate, colourful events ranging from Mardi Gras to a sunset long table dinner along the famous Cable Beach.

Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl 2020

Important Dates 

When: Friday 28th August - Sunday 6th September 2020

Keep the spirit of Broome alive and get immersed in the 50th annual Shinju Matsuri Festival. This annual event is run and organised by local residents who pass the celebrations onto the next generation and visitors alike.

With over 20 different events, the Matsuri Festival has something on its menu for foodies, families and explorers alike.

Here are our top 3 picks for Shinju Festival Broome events of 2020:

1.  Opening Ceremony
When: 5:30pm on Friday 28th August, 2020
Where: Streeter’s Jetty

The opening ceremony sets the tone for Shinju Festival Broome with the ‘Wake the Dragon’ theme. Bring the family along to meet Sammy the Dragon and watch more than 50 different nationalities come together to represent the Broome community. Join in on the fun at this not-to-be-missed family-friendly event.

 2.   Floating Lantern Matsuri
When: 4:30pm on Friday 4th September 2020
Where: Gantheum Point

Send your message out to the universe in one of the most symbolic ways possible at The Floating Lantern Matsuri.  Whatever your message is, watch it float in glowing unison with all other messages to the universe. 

3.   Sunset Long Table Dinner
When: 5pm on Saturday 5th September 2020
Where: Cable Beach

Enjoy a night to remember with dinner on the famous Cable Beach, with free flowing beverages and a culturally infused four course menu served by a world-renowned chef.  This highly-anticipated event sells out well in advance, and is a real highlight on the Broome social calendar.