Friday 26th April till Sunday 5th May 2024. Gala Day Saturday 4th May. 2025 Dates 25 Apr - 4 May 2025

Al Findlay Memorial Gala Day

Al Findlay Memorial Gala Day
Saturday 4 May 2024

The Al Findlay Memorial Gala Day is the high point of the Bright Autumn Festival, falling this year on Saturday 4th May 2024, named in honour, and celebrating the life of Al Findlay who had such a significant impact on the development of the community over 30 years and had a special interest in the development of young people specifically. Look for the tribute.

The highlight of the day is the Gala Parade, one of the regions last high street parades, where Bright’s central business district is opened up exclusively for visitors and locals for the Gala Day Carnival.

Features of the day include (to be finalised):

  • Bright Rotary Market from 9am – 1pm
  • The Al Findlay Memorial Parade from 1:45pm
  • Live music
  • Bright’s Got Talent at the Sibley Sound Shell
  • Along with the Annual Art Exhibition at the Bright Art Gallery and the open gardens, it is an exciting day to celebrate all the colour of autumn.

More details of the day can be found in the program.

Al Findlay Memorial Gala Parade Theme

Every year schools, businesses, community groups, motivated individuals and the odd person who has lost a bet, enter a float in the annual Gala Parade through the Bright town centre. It’s an exciting time with teams battling it out for one of the six cash prizes.

Hours and hours of preparation for some (and not so many for others) come together for a proud display of community spirit.

This year’s theme? 

Back to the Sixties

The Bright Autumn Festival began all the way back in 1962 when Bright was primarily known as a ski town. Local businesses set up the festival as an effort to attract visitors to Bright outside of the winter season and it has now become one of the longest running festivals in Australia and is now into its sixties. So time to celebrate the sixties in style.

There are prizes – so have a go!

Entries for the Parade are now open. Skip, hop and jump over the Entry Form to enter.

Gala Parade Entry Form

Bright Rotary Market (preceding the Gala Parade)

The market is back in Ireland Street with loads of stalls, food vendors and live music and has a wonderful atmosphere as hundreds of Visitors come to town for the market and the ensuing parade. The parade kicks of after the markets and is a fantastic celebration from the many groups that make up the vibrant community of Bright.


Thanks to the Businesses and Volunteers who make this Parade possible.