Events

Townsville North Queensland offers a huge line up of entertainment and events with sports, food, cultural and music festivals in full swing throughout the year. Cheer yourself hoarse at a national sporting match, bask in the sun during Magnetic Island Race Week or enjoy a performance by the world’s finest chamber musicians at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Become part of the exciting calendar of events and immerse yourself in the laid back, vibrant lifestyle. 

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Townsville turns 150; the old and the news

This significant exhibition at the Museum of Tropical Queensland reveals the news stories, events, developments and local personalities that shaped the Townsville region from 1866 to 2016. From the declaration of the municipality of Townsville in 1866, to the spirited rejuvenation of the city heart in 2016, this exhibition tracks the development of the Queen City of the North. This exhibition was developed in partnership with James Cook University, Townsville City Council and the Townsville Bulletin.

10th July 2016 to
29th January 2017

Full Moon Down Under - Base Magnetic Island

The Biggest Island Party In Australia, at Townsville - Queensland. For the last five years, Full Moon Down Under has become one of Queensland's, and Australia's most iconic events. Full Moon is staged monthly and set on the ridiculously beautiful Magnetic Island's Nelly Beach. They hand pick the artists, bringing the biggest acts Australia and the world has to offer so they can commit to delivering an explosive night full of entertainment. With up to 3,000 people from different parts of the world travelling to experience their unique island party, you can expect nothing less then fire twirlers, body paint, plenty of colour and good times! From sunset to sunrise, it is a night you may or may not remember.

22nd July 2016 to
31st December 2017

Da Vinci Machines

Pinnacles Gallery is set to host the major international touring exhibition, loaned from the Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci, Florence. Over 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci conceived possibilities far beyond the understanding of others. His ideas about nature, anatomy, mechanics and flight, reveal a man of extraordinary vision. Da Vinci Machines brings the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci to life, featuring over 75 exhibits reconstructed from illustrations and writings by the mastermind. Encounter and test his amazing machines, see his magnificent artworks, and reflect on the genius that was Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibition is presented by The Niccolai Group Artisans of Florence Pty Ltd, together with The Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci, Florence - Italy, under the auspices of Comune di Firenze (Florence) Professor Carlo Pedretti, UCLA (Los Angeles), Associazione Culturale - La Cittá Ideale (Vigevano).

12th November 2016 to
12th February 2017

Picturing Townsville

Drawing works from the incredible City of Townsville Art Collection, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery marks Townsville's celebration of its 150th year with Picturing Townsville, an exhibition of hidden treasures created across those 150 years. Each work captures a moment in time and tells a story of the development of our city, and the issues and events that have shaped our community.

2nd December 2016 to
22nd January 2017

Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous

Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous gives you a chance to experience life on earth 145 million years ago. Featuring more than 20 animated, life-size dinosaur models, including the fearsome T-Rex, and Queensland’s very own Muttaburrasaurus, the Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition will transport you back millions of years to when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

10th December 2016 to
8th July 2017

Goldfield Ashes

The Charters Towers Goldfield Ashes is the largest amateur cricket carnival in the southern hemisphere. It is conducted in January by the Charters Towers Cricket Association Incorporated (CTCA). The event was recently given the status of being a Queensland Iconic Event. Matches are played on 58 different playing fields, including some which are privately owned. Whilst 'The Ashes' has grown to levels well beyond the imagination of President Jack Mann's original concept, it has not lost its reputation for friendliness and hospitality. Perhaps within that reputation, lies the secret of its past success and assured growth in the future.

20th January 2017 to
22nd January 2017

Australia Day - Jezzine Barracks

Come along for the Australia Day Fun Run, Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony, State Flag Raising Ceremony, Military Gun Salute, amusement rides, food court and live entertainment throughout the day. Further details available early January 2017.

26th January 2017

Exhibitions Launch: 'Venus Rising, Furies Raging: Bodies Redressed' + more

'Venus Rising, Furies Raging: Bodies Redressed' Laurel McKenzie’s PhD graduate exhibition critiques representations of women through reconfiguring imagery from Western art history, right through to contemporary gameworlds, challenging persistent gendered imaging traditions. 'A Work for Clandulla State Gallery' Developed as a site-specific installation, Hayley French and Carla Liesch’s exhibition has become a rolling amalgamation of sites and interactions, creating new situations and photographic works at each stop. 'Coal Sugar Reef Magik: NQCC Fundraising Exhibition' North Queensland Conservation Council’s invitational exhibition and fundraising auction of collectable miniature works from many of North Queensland’s most respected artists.

27th January 2017

Dancenorth Open Day

To launch Dancenorth’s Open Class Program for 2017, they warmly invite you to join them at their open day for an exciting series of free classes led by local teachers. Dancenorth’s Open Class Program 2017 embraces a diverse array of movement styles from their vibrant multicultural community in Townsville, with some new offerings this year including warming Tribal Fusion (merging flamenco, bellydance and tribal rhythms) beat-filled Natya Bollywood, hot hot hot Cuban Salsa and Lindyhop Swing Dance.

28th January 2017

Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7

Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7 presents a group of artists who were a central feature of QAGOMA’s flagship 2012 exhibition, The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. These works join the state’s pioneering collection of contemporary Indonesian art, and builds on the strong relationship we maintain with one of our closest neighbours.

3rd February 2017 to
19th March 2017

Simon Gillespie sings Peter Allen Live

Simon Gillespie grew up just about as far away from Peter Allen as it’s possible to get and yet has an uncanny affinity for the music of this extraordinary singer/songwriter. Including Olivia Newton John’s landmark recording of ‘I Honestly Love You’ and Peter’s own soulful and heart-wrenchingly honest delivery of ‘Tenterfield Saddler’ these songs are lovingly recreated in this outstanding new show. From working as Judy Garland’s opening act [Quiet Please – There’s a Lady Onstage] to international stardom as an openly flamboyant and controversial artist [Bi-Coastal] these songs take us on a journey through life, love and finally having to say goodbye [Once Before I Go]. For almost 15 years audiences across the globe have been clamouring for Simon to deliver a purely ‘Peter Allen’ set as only he can. Well here it finally is, working to standing ovations and encores everywhere! Peter Allen’s songs are his legacy and with Simon's skilfully sensitive interpretations they serve so well to tell the story of his life and his loves in this new very personal, very intimate cabaret.

11th February 2017

National Servicemen's Day - Rowes Bay

National Servicemen's Day will be commemorated on 14 February, commencing with a Memorial Service at the National Servicemen’s Memorial Park Rowes Bay. The service will commemorate the supreme sacrifice paid by the National Servicemen who died in conflicts in Borneo and Vietnam and those National Servicemen who have since passed on.

14th February 2017

A Few of My Favourite Things with Rachel Cairns

Rachel Cairns is no stranger to the Townsville musical theatre stage, having played leading roles in many productions for the Townsville Choral Society and NQOMT including both seasons of Les Miserables, All Shook Up, Nunsense, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Chess. 2017 marks Rachel's 25th year of performing musical theatre in Townsville, and the concert will feature some of her most favourite and iconic songs.

21st February 2017 to
22nd February 2017

Fantasea Destination Adventure Women Mountain Bike Retreat

This is your time! Three days of mountain bike skills, snorkelling, yoga, strength session, seminars, food and friendships all whilst discovering the hidden gem that is Magnetic Island.

23rd February 2017 to
26th February 2017

Remember Me: The lost diggers of Vignacourt

During the First World War, the small French town of Vignacourt was always behind the allied front lines. It was used as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for the troops moving to and from the battlefields on the Somme. For them, it became a home away from home. In February 2011, over 3,000 glass-plate photographic negatives were discovered in the attic of a farmhouse in Vignacourt. They are informal photographs, taken by French couple Louis and Antoinette Thuillier, of allied soldiers, many of them Australian, during their time in Vignacourt. An Australian War Memorial Travelling Exhibition.

24th February 2017 to
30th April 2017

Awesome Achievers: Stories from Australians of the Year

An inspiring array of talent, passion and achievement – with many examples of triumph over adversity – is celebrated in this exhibition. Awesome Achievers: Stories from Australians of the Year has been developed specifically as a National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition to regional Australia, with major portraits drawn from the NPG collection and supplemented with works from private and institutional sources. This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

24th February 2017 to
16th April 2017

Fantasea Destintation Adventure Mountain Bike Retreat

Three days of Mountain Bike Skills, 23 bays and beaches, strength sessions, informative seminars, snorkelling the fringing Great Barrier Reef, Ambrose golf and Craft Beer. Bring your bike, a sense of freedom and join them for an exploration of magnificent Magnetic Island.

2nd March 2017 to
5th March 2017

Fluorophone

Flurophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Flurophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuostic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound. Featuring special commissioned works by a prominent team of leading composers.

14th March 2017

Resolution: New Indigenous Photomedia

This exhibition brings together works from some of Australia’s leading and emerging Indigenous artists made over the last five years. Featuring still photographs made using modern and historical processes, video and multimedia installation, the exhibition provides an experience of contemporary photomedia and indigeneity that is physical, embodied and thought-provoking.

24th March 2017 to
28th May 2017

World Science Festival Brisbane Townsville Regional Tour

In March 2017, the World Science Festival Brisbane will once again bring together the world’s best thought leaders to produce a stunning program of live and digital content that connects Asia-Pacific audiences of all ages with the concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping our world. The Festival’s regional program in 2017 will again provide Queensland communities the opportunity to get involved locally in the World Science Festival Brisbane. Programs designed to engage community members in stimulating and inspiring experiences, will be unique to each location, and will offer a selection of STEM-related activities such as discussions with leading scientists, workshops, hands-on activities or visual displays. The World Science Festival Brisbane regional program is presented by the Queensland Museum and the Queensland Government, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland with proud support from their community partner QGC

26th March 2017 to
27th March 2017

Melanoma March Townsville

Register and help to end melanoma. Did you know that more than 13,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year? And that melanoma makes up 20 per cent of all cancer cases in young Australians (15-39 years old)? Help us change this statistic and put an end to melanoma by uniting with thousands of Australians for Melanoma March. Melanoma March is a fun community event where participants unite together and walk along a short course to raise awareness and funds for life-saving research. It is an exciting day for the whole family - there will be entertainment, food, drinks and lots more. Melanoma March will be happening at Riverway, Village Boulevarde, Thuringowa. Can’t make the march? Why not Move for Melanoma instead. Move for Melanoma by organising your own group activity or event, or create a personal challenge to get moving in March.

26th March 2017

Shirley Valentine Live - Charters Towers

Shirley Valentine by the award winning Willy Russell and starring Mandi Lodge (Menopause The Musical and Always...Patsy Cline) is a wonderfully entertaining monologue by a 42-year-old Liverpool mother whose self-esteem has been battered by school, marriage and life in general. When her best friend wins a Greek vacation for two, Shirley grasps the chance to head for the sun, to re-find herself, follow her dreams and to get a new lease on life. With much humour, warmth, sympathy, human insight and a great deal of empathy for his female protagonist, Willy Russell brilliantly shows Shirley breaking out of the mould in which she was cast by society. “This play is a modern classic and its theme of achieving your full potential remains universal and very relevant today.” Director, Denny Lawrence

31st March 2017

Adventurethon Magnetic Island

Paddle, mountain bike and trail run tropical Magnetic Island, North Queensland in the Adventurethon Magnetic Island. This multi-disciplined physical challenge has varying levels of difficulty, catering to the most seasoned athletes or first time fitness enthusiasts. The great thing about this multisport challenge is that newcomers can tackle the leg of the race they are comfortable with, and share the other legs as part of a team. There is even a duathlon option for the non-paddling athlete! The Magnetic Island Adventurethon is one of Queensland's toughest races, and the pinnacle in a series of five events around Australia. Completing this challenge creates a lasting memory for those with the courage to take it on. Be part of the action, either as a supporter or as a competitor. Add a splash of tropical adventure to your life!

1st April 2017

La Dolce Vita - A Morning In Italy

When in Rome do as Romans do… let Rick Romeo from Attori and friends take you on a musical and laughter filled journey to the most romantic and passionate country in the world! Rick shares funny anecdotes of what it is like growing up in a Sicilian/ Italian family peppered amongst some of the most beautiful songs made famous by artists such as Patrizio Buanne and Andre Boccelli.

4th April 2017 to
5th April 2017

Emily Loves to Bounce

Inspired by three of the most loved books of Stephen Michael King, Emily Loves to Bounce creates a whimsical world full of balls and boxes where amazing ideas are expressed in extraordinary ways. Follow carefree Henry and practical Amy as they turn the world upside down and right way round, and learn that working together in spite of their differences brings out the best in everyone. Emily Loves to Bounce weaves together the stories of Henry and Amy, Emily Loves to Bounce and Patricia, adapted from the books by Stephen Michael King. Henry And Amy, Emily Loves To Bounce and Patricia adapted by Patch Theatre Company from the books by Stephen Michael King. Recommended for ages four to eight.

7th April 2017 to
8th April 2017

Fantasea Destintation Adventure Clint Robinson Paddling Retreat

How does four days of learning from the master Clint Robinson on Maggie Island sound? A paddling intensive clinic with technique lessons, downwind paddling, strength and endurance sessions , cross training, motivational seminars and some great local food! Each paddler will also go home fully decked out in Zhik 's Clint Robinson range of paddling gear. Awesome! Only 12 places available for this amazing event at Peppers Blue On Blue Resort. Get some skills for the Adventurethon Australia in Townsville or a perfect lead in to Molokai2Oahu if you're keen.

20th April 2017 to
23rd April 2017

Circus Oz - Model Citizens - Townsville

Circus Oz explodes back onto stage, audaciously unpacking the myths of modern Australia with their latest high octane circus show Model Citizens, the first creation fuelled by the new Artistic Director Rob Tannion. Set in a beautiful yet chaotic model kit world, Model Citizens seamlessly blends the risk, beauty and rawness of acrobatic circus with pumping live music, stunning lighting, breathtaking physical improbability and no shortage of absurdity. Breaking conventions of scale, oversized everyday objects become an intriguing world of possibilities for the all human ensemble.

21st April 2017 to
22nd April 2017

10 Days in the Towers

The 10 Days in The Towers Festival brings the historic North Queensland town of Charters Towers to life in a very unique way. Staged during April each year, 10 Days in The Towers is a celebration of many things. To the fore is the sound of country music which can be heard daily in the town's many hotel bars and on the streets of the central business district as the popular buskers entertain shoppers and passers-by. But the 10 Days in The Towers is not only a country music festival - it is so much more than that. Locals and visitors also enjoy line dancing, bush poetry, talent quests, street procession, busking competition, ghost tales and historic tours during the period of the festival which also includes the Dust N Gold Rodeo and the Country Music Festival.

21st April 2017 to
30th April 2017

Tropix Townsville Classic

The Tropix is the largest regional fitness show in the country and continues to deliver the ultimate fitness experience to Townsville and surrounds. This event is the showcase of Models, Bikini Divas, Fitness Models and BodyBuilders with something for the whole family of all ages. Now averaging 350+ entrants year on year the inspiration provided by this event is one you need to see. Situated in the iconic Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre the venue truly lends itself to showcasing the Townsville Region. With the beautiful winter escape weather there is no better place to come and visit then Townsville, North Queensland in April.

22nd April 2017

Dust N Gold Rodeo

Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the north and has a long history with rodeo. You will be entertained by the best competitors in rough stock and timed event action. A live band will keep the mood going once the arena action is completed. The rodeo is a great family friendly outing and constantly draws crowds in excess of 1,000 people. All the extreme rodeo action takes place under the covered arena at the Dalrymple Equestrian Complex.

22nd April 2017

ANZAC Day Townsville

Commemorate ANZAC Day with services and parades taking place throughout Townsville. Anzac Day is nationally recognised as a day to pay respect to and acknowledge those Australian and New Zealand service men and women who have lost their lives in war. Dawn Services will be held at at Anzac Park and Thuringowa Central as well as a parades in both locations in which veterans, local schools, community groups, service organisations and the armed forces participate. Townsville City Council assists the Townsville and Thuringowa RSL  Sub-branches in coordinating these Anzac Day commemorations. The Townsville ANZAC Day Commemorations include Townsville City Dawn Service, Anzac ParkThuringowa Central Dawn Service, RiverwayTownsville City Parade: Strand Park to Anzac Park, Thuringowa Central Parade: route to be advised. Further details to be advised in the coming months.

25th April 2017

Anzac Day Charters Towers

Anzac Day is the day to remember every Australian who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. A National Day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated annually by both countries on 25 April to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Anzac Day commemorative services will be held in Hervey Range, Pentland, Greenvale, Ravenswood and Sellheim, with a Dawn Service at the Charters Towers War Cemetery and morning service at the Cenotaph, observe the Anzac Parade as it makes its way along Gill Street from City Hall to the Cenotaph.

25th April 2017

Constellations

So if everything we’ve ever done, and never done, has happened in alternate universes, that means there are universes in which we’ve never met. Universes where I married Prince Harry and you went to jail for tax fraud. How romantic, darling. Lovers often say fate brought them together, and fate doesn’t get much credit after that. But in Constellations, by hot young British playwright Nick Payne, every moment Roland and Marianne share is at the mercy of the infinite and unknowable universe. Lucas Stibbard (Boy Girl Wall) and Jessica Tovey (Wonderland, Home and Away) play a lovestruck beekeeper and a quantum physicist. The odds of them getting together are astronomical. But when their worlds do collide, all the possibilities of their life together – good, bad and ugly – flicker across the stage in a series of snapshots, from first date to farewell.

26th April 2017

Groovin the Moo

Groovin the Moo is thrilled to be marching back to Townsville in 2017, bringing you a stella line up of international and national acts as well as some amazing Queensland bred musicians. Arts and Culture groups such as Umbrella Studios will be coming on board and rounding up the local community to get involved in creating an artwork installation for the day. Keep an eye out on our socials and website for more details on how to get involved. Plus, there will be plenty of tasty eats and drinks on the day from local and national suppliers. GTM 2017 is not one to be missed. The countdown is on to their 2017 GTM line up announcement. Stay tuned to their socials for all the exciting line up and further ticketing details in the next few weeks. Here are some important ticketing dates; Wednesday 1 February 9AM local time: GTM 2017 National Presale Tuesday 7 February 9AM local time: Wayville/Maitland/Townsville tickets on sale Wednesday 8 February 9AM local time: Bendigo/Canberra/Bunbury tickets on sale

28th April 2017

Charters Towers Country Music Festival

A weekend of Country Music at it's finest! 2017 will mark the festival's 40th year, the Charters Towers Country Music Festival appeals to all ages - young and old. The festival offers both an amateur Talent Quest that has seen the likes of Samantha McClymont, Brendan Walmsley, Anthony Taylor and Judah Kelly compete and win prizes; and professional live shows in the evenings of the three day event.

28th April 2017 to
30th April 2017

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow - Townsville

With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers they’ve got all your comedy bases covered. Featuring everything from stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show. Every year their cast of intrepid entertainers board the bus and set their sights on over 80 destinations across this great Southern land. No road is left untraveled and no sides are left un-split, from Darwin to Devonport and everywhere in between!

29th April 2017 to
30th April 2017

Townsville MTB Festival

Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to present the inaugural Townsville MTB Festival. This event will incorporate: - 2017 Cross-Country Marathon National Championships - Explore Townsville Adventure Ride - Castle Hill DHI Eliminator The Explore Townsville Adventure Ride will be a family-friendly event, consisting of two to three hours of riding various trails and locations throughout greater Townsville each day. The Castle-Hill DHI Eliminator will be an invitational and wild-card event for participants and is sure to draw a crowd of spectators. The XCM National Championships will as always be open to all MTBA members with categories ranging from Junior through to Masters. This truly unique event is sure to offer something for all mountain bike enthusiasts.

29th April 2017 to
5th May 2017

Fantasea Destination Adventure Melinda Gainsford Taylor Running Retreat

This is your time! Join them for three days on beautiful Magnetic Island learning from the Olympic Legend Melinda Gainsford Taylor. The package includes motivational and informative seminars, strength sessions, mobility workshops, yoga, free dive lessons, amazing local food all whilst exploring the hidden gem that is Magnetic Island

4th May 2017 to
7th May 2017

Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing: From book to film

Set in a city overrun by bureaucracy, Shaun Tan’s picture book The Lost Thing tells the story of a boy who befriends a strange creature that doesn’t appear to fit in any of the available pigeon holes. Melbourne-based production company Passion Pictures Australia invited Shaun to direct an animated version of The Lost Thing. Several years later, the Oscar®-winning short film emerged. This exhibition features Shaun’s exquisite original drawings and working sketches alongside exclusive footage of the animators and sound artists demonstrating how the drawings were brought to life on screen with movement, sound effects, music and narration.

5th May 2017 to
2nd July 2017

North Queensland Festival of One Act Plays

Celebrating 25 years! The annual North Queensland Festival of One Act Plays provides amateur actors and directors an opportunity to produce a quality theatre for the enjoyment of live audiences, and to receive feedback from industry professionals through the adjudication process. You'll enjoy everything from comedy and drama, experimental to the absolutely absurd. Multiple ticket types are available so that you can create your own experience!

5th May 2017 to
7th May 2017