ALL the dates for your content calendar!

I found myself staring at a blank calendar this week, wondering what on earth we’re going to post across our social-media channels over the next 365 days!

Then I remembered a little trick that REALLY helps fill the gaps in your content calendar. At the beginning of each year, I like to make a note of all the dates that are relevant to Hancock Creative and the work that we do; for instance, International Women’s Day on March 8, IDAHOBIT on May 17 and RU OK? Day on September 12 (to name but a few!). I jot all these down on my calendar and straightaway my content planner doesn’t look so empty!

I don’t know exactly WHAT we’ll post on those significant days (we’ll plan that a week or so in advance) but marking down the dates gives me a starting point for my social-media content calendar.

The hard part, of course, is finding all the significant dates. There are so many to choose from! That’s why I’ve done the hard work for you and listed all the dates I can think of below. Pick and choose the ones that are relevant to your organisation and your audience.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few! If there are any glaring omissions, please let me know and I’ll update the list. But hopefully all the big ones are here!


20: Penguin Awareness Day


2: World Wetlands Day

4: World Cancer Day

5: Safer Internet Day

5: Chinese New Year

13: National Apology Day

14: National Condom Day

14: Valentine’s Day

20: World Day of Social Justice

22: World Thinking Day

27: Teal Ribbon Day

28: Rare Disease Day


1: World Compliment Day

3: World Wildlife Day

3: Clean Up Australia Day

8: International Women’s Day

16: Close the Gap Day

17: St Patrick’s Day

20: International Day of Happiness

21: Harmony Day

21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21: World Poetry Day

21: Close the Gap Day

22: World Water Day

26: Purple Day

30: Earth Hour

31: Neighbour Day


2: World Autism Awareness Day

19: Good Friday

21: Easter Sunday

22: International Mother Earth Day

22-26 Patient Experience Week

25: ANZAC Day

28: Pay it Forward Day


3: Starlight Day

4: Play Outside Day

7: World Asthma Day

7: National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day

12: Mother’s Day

15: International Day of Families


20-26: National Volunteer Week

23: Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

26: National Sorry Day


1: Global Day of Parents

3: Mabo Day

5: World Environment Day

8: World Oceans Day

14: World Blood Donor Day

15: National Buddy Day

20: World Refugee Day

28: Red Nose Day

30: Social Media Day


7-14: NAIDOC Week

19: National Pyjama Day

24: Stress Down Day

26: White Ribbon Night


9: Genes for Jeans Day

12: International Youth Day

19: World Humanitarian Day

23: Daffodil Day


1: Father’s Day

1: Footy Colours Day

5: International Day of Charity

10: World Suicide Prevention Day

12: R U OK? Day

14-15 Clean up the World Weekend

19: Talk Like a Pirate Day

21: International Day of Peace


1: International Day of Older Persons

2: International Day of Non-Violence

4: Odd Socks Day

5: World Teachers’ Day

10: World Mental Health Day

10: World Homelessness Day

11: International Day of the Girl Child

16: World Food Day

17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

21-27: Bird Week

29: World Internet Day


11: Remembrance Day

13: World Kindness Day

14: World Diabetes Day

16: International Day for Tolerance

19: World Toilet Day

20: Universal Children’s Day

21: World Television Day

25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

26: Giving Tuesday


1: World AIDS Day

3: International Day of People with Disabilities

7: Patient Solidarity Day

5: International Volunteer Day

10: Human Rights Day

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