Upcoming Events at the Opal Inn
Coober Pedy Opal Festival
When : 25–27 March 2016
The Coober Pedy Opal Festival celebrates the vibrant and culturally diverse community, end of a long hot summer and the commencement of what many hope is a very prosperous opal mining season. The festival will be action packed with a street parade, fireworks, live band and novelty events. The festival commences with the Festival Street Parade from the RSL to the OZ Minerals Oval. Coober Pedy, Opal Capital of the World, not only produces the majority of the world’s opal, it boasts over 45 different nationalities and is one of the most multicultural towns in Australia. The Opal Capital of the World is also unique for its underground living lifestyle and famous landscapes featured in many films. The Opal Festival celebrates all these features and is the biggest local event of the year. The Festival also provides an opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate and strengthen its cultural and social bonds. Incorporating food and beverage, craft and market stalls, games and entertainment, the festival provides activities for all ages and cultures in an engaging and entertaining event. So join us for a weekend of action, excitement and entertainment.
For more information visit http://www.opalfestival.com.au/program
The Great Breakaways Marathon
When : 28 May 2016
The GREAT Breakaways Marathon travels from the Breakaways, along the Dog Fence, down Kempe Road (road to Oodnadatta) and finishes at the town oval where it wraps up with a BBQ. Participants can either walk, run or ride the distance as a personal challenge or as a group completing a portion of the distance together, doing either 5, 10, 15, 21 or the full 42km (can only walk to 21km). Participants are required to pay an entry fee.
For more information http://www.greatbreakawaysmarathon.com.au
Coober Pedy Races & Gymkhana
When : 13–14 August 2016
The Coober Pedy Racing Club started in 1969 with the aim of bringing together town and station people to make new friendships and renew old ones. Among the names that are associated with the early days of the club are Ian Rankin, Dick Nunn, Ron Gough and Frank Cresp.
For some thirty-eight years the race meeting was held over the Labour Day long weekend in October, but that was often very hot and windy weather, so in 2007 it was moved to early August. From the beginning, the race carnival has been a two-day event. Each year station people arrive in town with their horses and swags in time to meet up with old friends at and to enjoy the hospitality of the town throughout the weekend.
For more information visit - http://www.cooberpedyraces.com