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.

15th February 2016 to
29th January 2017

Centenary Park Charity Markets

On the 4th Sunday of each month, local producers gather at Centenary Park to sell fresh produce, home made crafts, jewellery, clothing, and just about anything else you can think of. Each month the markets raise funds for a nominated charity.

27th March 2016 to
27th November 2016

Full Moon Down Under - Base Magnetic Island

The Biggest Island Party In Australia, at Townsville - Queensland. For the last 5 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. We hand pick our 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 April 2016 to
1st January 2017

'The Green Desert' by Peter Elfes -Landscape Photography Exhibition

This exhibition presents the outback in spectacular colour, featuring low level aerial images with intricate detail that capture the beauty and remoteness of this environmentally and culturally significant part of Australia'. Inspired by the beauty of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre in flood over the past few years, and the now receding waters that change the local landscape on a daily basis, acclaimed award winning Australian landscape photographer, Peter Elfes is pleased to be presenting 'The Green Desert' exhibition. From 2009 to 2013, Elfes documented this normally dry eco-system as it transformed with the arrival of water that travelled more than a thousand kilometres to reach Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre Basin. The sudden and dramatic change to this desert landscape are presented with exquisitely prepared large format prints, (framed behind museum grade anti-reflective glass). As a result the exhibition is both a beautiful visual record and also serves as an important educational tool of an event that is viewed with equal importance by indigenous and non-indigenous people of Australia. The flooding of the Australia's largest Lake still remains a fascination that is felt in our nations psyche.

30th April 2016 to
26th June 2016

Percival Portrait Painting Prize

The biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize is North Queensland's own portrait competition and is held at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Having begun in 2007, it is an open competition for artists. While showcasing the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, the competition has also given many emerging artists an opportunity to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them. Across the years participating artists have presented varied styles and approaches to the contemporary portrait - from abstracted images and cool conceptualism to smooth realism and the energetic aura of thick, impasto oils executed with broad brush and palette knife. The Percival Portrait Painting Prize is a key event in the city-wide celebration of portraiture, The Percivals.

6th May 2016 to
10th July 2016

DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize

2016 marks the return of the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize, and new exhibition launched by Pinnacles Gallery in 2014. This new prize was started to coincide with the highly popular Percival Portrait Painting Prize at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and ensure a city-wide celebration of portraiture. Thanks to the sponsorship of DUO Magazine, the exhibition offers a major AUD10,000 acquisitive prize. The exhibition proved extremely popular in its first year, with 105 artists entering a total of 167 works, from which 75 works by 61 artists were selected and displayed as finalists. The DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize is a key event in the city-wide celebration of portraiture, The Percivals.

13th May 2016 to
10th July 2016

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks

What do you get if you fuse some of the most iconic and eye-popping skyscrapers from Asia and Australia with LEGO? You get the awe-inspiring Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks, an interactive exhibition at the Museum of Tropical Queensland that showcases architecture and design in a lively, creative space. Created by Australia’s Ryan McNaught, the only certified LEGO professional in the Southern Hemisphere, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks showcases 15 skyline-defining towers including Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, Taiwan’s Taipei 101, Japan’s Tokyo Skytree, Kuala Lumpur’s twin Petronas Towers and Sydney’s own Sydney Tower. “Creating two to three-metre high versions of these iconic buildings has been an incredible challenge, pushing the almost limitless possibilities of LEGO. The results should amaze and inspire visitors of all ages,” Ryan said. Featuring over 400,000 LEGO bricks weighing more than 1,000 kilograms, the LEGO Towers of Tomorrow took more than 2,000 hours (nearly three months) to build. Visitors inspired by these awesome towers will have the chance to create their own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose LEGO bricks available in hands-on construction areas.

17th May 2016 to
13th November 2016

Sydney Writers' Festival - Live and Local Townsville

Live and Local is the biggest project of its kind and is in its second year running. The complete selection of 18 interactive events featuring the festival’s best authors and thinkers will be beamed live into Townsville at the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies. Audiences will be able to participate in Q and A sessions as they happen and send questions directly to their literary heroes. Highlights from the live-stream program include: Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes and prolific prize-winning novelist William Boyd combine forces for a provocative conversation about the intersection of history and fiction. Jeanette Winterson joins Tim Flannery and James Rebanks for a wide-ranging discussion about our connection to the land and our complex and often contradictory relationship with nature. How many female CEOs will it take to change the world? Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Indian activist Ira Trivedi and journalist Laura Tingle talk candidly to George Megalogenis about women at the top. Hanya Yanagihara, author of one of the most-talked-about and confronting books, A Little Life, explores the fascinating relationship between a reader and the writer.

20th May 2016 to
22nd May 2016

Wuthering Heights - Townsville

When Heathcliff, a mysterious boy is rescued from the street and brought to Wuthering Heights, he develops a passionate bond with Cathy Earnshaw and a repulsive distrust of her brother Hindley. As time passes, Heathcliff and Cathy's relationship deepens to the point of dangerous obsession, until one day, Cathy marries another man. Overcome with jealousy, Heathcliff flees the Heights only to return, years later, ready to exact revenge on those he believed ruined his one chance at happiness.

2nd June 2016 to
3rd June 2016

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is an international celebration declared by the United Nations and held on June 8 each year. Magnetic Island will hold its WOD 2016 celebration on the weekend before at Base Backpackers, on the beach at Nelly Bay. It will be a fun day with interesting displays, talks by experts, community beach clean up, arts and crafts and games for kids on the beach. There will also be a barbecue on the beach and the bar at Base will be open, with live music into the evening. The Nelly Bay Snorkel Trail is nearby for those who want to get in the water (weather permitting). This is where snorkellers can view giant clams and other reef life. If you love the ocean, come and join in. This project is proudly presented by TOBMI (Tourism Operators and Businesses Magnetic Island) and Base Magnetic Island.

4th June 2016

T150 4TOFM Pacific Festival

Townsville celebrates 50 years (T150) with a year-long program of celebrations and activities, including council and community festivals, events, concerts, exhibitions, sporting events and much more; and they want you to join them. The T150 Pacific Festival is a re-creation of the city's annual traditional festival which ran for over 21 years. The Saturday program would be a parade of floats, community and school groups followed by a carnival, culminating in a fireworks show. On Sunday the carnival would continue accompanied by entertainment.

4th June 2016 to
5th June 2016

IF_ WAS _ Presented by Dancenorth

World premiere. Created by Stephanie Lake and Ross McCormack. When presented with both familiar and abstract ideas, the human mind is biologically predisposed to generate meaning and association. Scientists use terms such as 'mental simulation' to refer to the process by which each of us draws upon past experiences to create sensory representations of objects, concepts and ideas. Even when you have no prior experience or understanding of a particular notion, your imagination draws from your own immense personal library of thoughts, feelings and actions to generate a unique interpretation / simulation of the concept. Presented as a double bill, IF _ WAS _ offers unique insight into the fanciful and illusory worlds of two extraordinary choreographers, Stephanie Lake and Ross McCormack. Each artist’s history, personal experiences and perspectives provide the framework from which they are invited to fall down the rabbit hole of imagination and “fill in the blanks”. The performance runs for 80 minutes including an interval.

9th June 2016 to
11th June 2016

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car buffs featuring a 'show n shine', super cruisers and go-to-whoa. There is something for everyone including a large selection of swap sites, demonstrations, feature attractions, a vast array of vintage cars and stationary machinery on display and much more including live band, licensed bar and children's entertainment.

10th June 2016 to
12th June 2016

Live and Loopy - Linsey Pollak - Live Music

Linsey makes music by live looping instruments of his own making such as the saxillo, Mr Curly, Rubber Glove bagpipes and the carrot clarinet. Using these instruments as well as voice, a bubble wrap drum, jawharps and a balloon, he cunningly creates layers of music so you can enjoy the process of composition as well as the product of performance. Watch and listen as he uses electronic wizardry neatly combined with "do it yourself" ingenuity to create the rich mellow sound of a watering can clarinet quartet, or voice-generated rhythm tracks together with a dose of seventies style funk with "Mr Curly" (a contra-bass clarinet made from plastic garden hose). He even turns a carrot into a beautiful sounding clarinet as you watch.

16th June 2016

I am Woman : the songs of Helen Reddy

I am Woman : the songs of Helen Reddy Starring Nikki Bennett. As the "Queen of 70s Pop", Helen Reddy rose to massive international super-stardom. With 15 singles in the American top 40 and three number one hits in the same year, her signature tune, I Am Woman, became the feminist anthem of a generation and earned her the honour of becoming the first Australian ever to win a coveted Grammy Award in the United States of America. During her extraordinary career she starred in Hollywood movies and on the West End, played to sell-out houses in Vegas and around the world and was the first Australian to host her very own own variety show on an American network television. In this beautiful one woman show, Nikki Bennett's performance captures the essence of this amazing artist through her life story, with all of its extraordinary highs and lows.

18th June 2016

Townsville Pet Expo

The annual Townsville Pet Expo will include 90 exhibits with information and products about your pets. The free event will also include guest speakers, demonstrations and heaps of fun pet-related activities. You can also make enquiries on Animal Management and Local Laws, and even register your pet while you're there.

19th June 2016

Charters Towers Cup

Enjoy a great family day and experience an authentic country race meeting. Watch the fashion parade or enter fashions on the field and dance the afternoon away to Live Music! The race meeting includes a 5 event card, TAB and on course bookies. Gates open at 10.00 am, see you at the track!

25th June 2016

Townsville Billy Cart Dash for Variety

The 2016 Townsville Billy Cart Dash for Variety will be held at Jezzine Barracks, Kissing Point, North Ward. The annual Townsville Billy Cart Dash raises money for Variety - the Children's Charity of Queensland, a national non-profit organisation supporting kids who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs. To date, we have raised close to AUD40,000 for Variety, and look forward to continuing to raise funds for such a worthwhile charity while providing a fantastic community event. This event, now in its fifth year, has proved a huge success, with teams entering every type of billy cart you can imagine, from the old-fashioned wood and rope soap-box style through to sleek welded machines complete with air brakes, parachutes, air horns and sub-woofers. They get some amazing cart designs, from dinosaurs to pirate ships to outdoor dunnies on wheels! Enter your own cart this year, and come down for a fantastic family day out, with billy cart racing, a fun obstacle course, face painting, balloon artists, food stalls, a jumping castle and an outside broadcast with 4TO radio personality and V8 race-caller Minty.

26th June 2016

Motoco Dam Fine Rally

The Motoco Dam Fine Rally will be held at Ross Park Kelso from June 30 to July 4, 2016. Open day for the public to visit will be on Saturday July 2 from 9am to 3pm. Admission to the Rally will be a gold coin donation and all proceeds will go to Camp Quality. Please come and enjoy a great day of entertainment, market stalls, displays and Motorhomes open for inspection. Food and drinks will also be available.

30th June 2016 to
4th July 2016

Night and Day, The Doris and Shirley Show

After rave reviews for her shows The Women of the 60's and The Belles of Broadway, the fabulous Gina Hogan returns to the stage with another standout show featuring songs from Doris Day and Shirley Bassey. You'll be taken on a trip down memory lane, with stories and music performed as only Gina can with her "amazing vocal versatility and engaging stage presence". Tickets include tapas served to your table at 7.45pm. Book now!

1st July 2016

MagnetiCon - Townsville Pop Culture Event

Townsville's first Pop Culture Event, set to bring everything pop culture to Townsville. They will have movie stars, cosplayers from all over Queensland as well as cartoonist that have done work from the Simpsons to My Little Pony. Come try the Zombie obstacle course, go down Artist Alley, see Doctor Who's Tardis a Dalek and you might even see someone dressed up as the 11th Doctor. Also AUD5 from ever ticket goes to The Golden Octopus Foundation. They will have memorabilia from Civic Video - Fairfield Water Movies and Collectibles (Platinum Sponsor) on site as well. They have vendors travelling from Sydney and all over Queensland selling everything pop culture so they can't wait to see you in Tropical North Queensland during their beautiful winter 17 to 26 degrees. The Townsville Show is also on this weekend and the V8 Supercars Townsville 400 is the next weekend so come up and spend the week there.

2nd July 2016 to
3rd July 2016

Adventurethon National Challenge Townsville

Adventurethon is a multi-sport outdoor activity incorporating paddling, mountain biking and trail running. Each event offers five exciting off-road courses to suit all types of fitness levels including pain seekers, the casual trainers to parents, family members and even juniors! Routes can range from one to eight hours, depending on what the competitor believes they can achieve. Their courses are off road, frequenting areas like national parklands, beaches and hiking trails to enjoy the spectacular sceneries and to experience the alfresco of each location. Any Adventurethon challenge can be done as an individual, tag team or side by side team to gain a different experience for the day. They want you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

2nd July 2016 to
3rd July 2016

Townsville 400 Super Street Party

Before the engines start rumbling, before the big acts complete their mic checks, and before Townsville turns into an action-packed, fast-paced course for the V8 Supercars, the aspiring motor-heads of the region will get their chance to get up close and personal with the masterminds behind the machines. Previously held at Jezzine Barracks, the newly-relocated event will begin with a convoy of all your favourite drivers, arriving in style in Townsville's iconic Flinders Street! The Townsville 400 Super Street Party is the place to kick off the V8 Supercars party with V8 drivers descending on the Townsville Central Business District.

7th July 2016

V8 Supercars Castrol EDGE Townsville 400

North Queensland will heat up when V8 Supercars arrive at the tropics for the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400. The event features high octane V8 Supercar racing through the streets of Townsville and with critical Championship points on offer the racing is sure to be intense. The Dunlop Series will also take to the streets as the rising stars battle it out in the breeding ground for the main game. Other premium Australian motorsport categories will round out the support category line up. There is something for the whole family from the on track action to the trackside entertainment, the V8 Supercars Paddock and more. Kids 12 and under receive free trackside admission with a paying adult.

8th July 2016 to
10th July 2016

Exhibition Launch: Celebrating Townsville: the City’s visual history drawn from the James Cook University Art Collection and Wallflower

"Celebrating Townsville: the City's visual history drawn from the James Cook University Art Collection" This select exhibition in the Main space will showcase works by Townsville based art educators and their students demonstrating the lineage of teacher to student and the value of studio practice. "Wallflower" An Access and Vault Space exhibition by Jo Lankester & Hannah Murray featuring print collaborations that explore the symbolic and aesthetic qualities of abstracted patterns and imagery found in nature.

8th July 2016

Townsville Style Over Speed (SOS) Black-tie Bike Ride

Riding your bike is an ad for cycling…so do it in style!!! Style Over Speed is a traffic-stopping black-tie affair. Over 80 of us are parade from town along The Strand, out to the casino and back finishing with live music, a bar and a fashion parade by participants with their bikes. Have fun and get dressed up in your fanciest formal gear, match your handbag or manbag to your bicycle and come along! The ride is designed to encourage spectators to smile and cheer at their display because cycling is something to celebrate.

9th July 2016

Romeo and Juliet (Live Ballet)

Catch the romance of Michael Pappalardo's re-imagining of the classical Shakespearean tale "Romeo and Juliet". Shakespeare's most well known tragedy tours the country with a full cast to tell the story of two lovers who must endure the strongest hate just to stay together. Melbourne City Ballet is a full time classical ballet company currently based in Brunswick, Victoria. The organisation is focused on developing classical ballet throughout metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia, at ticket prices affordable to most audiences.

15th July 2016

Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival

Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival is a three day event which gives the local community and surrounding regions the opportunity to attend "conversations with high profile Australian authors" and explore and expand their writing skills by attending Writing Workshops. On the Friday evening "Dinner with the Authors' is a further opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with guest authors in a pleasant, social atmosphere. Differing from the sometime industrial feel of big city festivals, this Literary Festival will inspire, stimulate and entertain.

15th July 2016 to
17th July 2016

Tastes of the Burdekin

Tastes of the Burdekin is a celebration of food and the many cultures that make up their Burdekin community. As part of the Water Festival, this annual event now in its 13th year and really brings the Burdekin community together to celebrate the universal love of food. With an array of food stalls to tempt the taste buds, cooking demonstrations and an exhibition of local produce supplied by the Burdekin's leading producers this is a great family event, with something for all to enjoy.

16th July 2016

Kids Rock Rodeo, Heart of the Goldfields Rodeo and 5 Head Steer Wrestling Challenge

Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the North and has a long history with Rodeo with the Charters Towers Rodeo Association hosting events since 1948. The event features bulls, broncs, barrels, roping, bulldogging and bucking bareback ponies. The rodeos is a great family friendly outing, with all of the extreme rodeo action taking place under the covered arena at the Charters Towers Dalrymple Equestrian Complex.

22nd July 2016 to
23rd July 2016

Paluma Push Mountain Biking Adventure

The Paluma Push is a point to point adventure mountain bike race. North Queensland's glorious weather makes it perfect for those southerners looking to escape the winter chill. The ride starts in Paluma Village and winds its way through World Heritage rainforest to Paluma Dam, down into big timber and open cattle country and finishes at the historic tin mining settlement of Hidden Valley. The course consists of dirt road, old Four Wheel Drive tracks and sections of single track with some climbs and lots of fun down hills. The Paluma Push recreation course is approximately 42 kilometres long and is recommended for the novice to intermediate riders. The Paluma Push Competition Course is approximately 70 kilometres long and has extra technical sections, difficult climbs and descents to make it more of a challenge and is recommended for the more experienced and fitter rider.

24th July 2016

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative ten day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical warmth of Townsville, North Queensland. The Festival has been delighting audiences for 25 years and has earned a reputation for the quality of its programming and performances along with its friendly, intimate and relaxed atmosphere. There is truly nothing else like it in the world - the unique combination of music, warmth and tropical location create a special atmosphere that entices audiences and artists back year after year.

29th July 2016 to
6th August 2016

The Three Dancers presented by Dancenorth

World premiere. Created by Lee Serle. Internationally celebrated choreographer, Lee Serle returns from New York to create a new contemporary dance work, The Three Dancers. Composed by world-renowned composer, Elena Kats-Chernin, and inspired by Picasso’s painting of the same name, The Three Dancers was originally presented in 2015 as a chamber music concert. Dancenorth’s re-imagining of the score is a unique collision of sound, light and movement. Score co-commissioned by Wimbledon International Music Festival, Dancenorth, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Sitka Summer Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, Northwest Bach Festival and the Rambert Dance Company. Love, desire and betrayal are the ingredients of the shocking true story which inspired Picasso’s masterpiece, Lee Searle’s rendition reveals the intricacy within one of the twentieth century’s greatest artworks. The performance runs for 25 minutes as is presented as part of the AFCM concert crawl.

31st July 2016

Dine with the Dancers - Dancenorth

Join them for a performance of Three Dancers followed by post-show fine dining experience with their inimitable dancers, choreographer Lee Serle and Artistic Director Kyle Page at the award-winning restaurant JAM Corner.

2nd August 2016

Australian Italian Festival

The Australian Italian Festival provides an opportunity to engage in the unique Italian Heritage that abounds in the Ingham Region. It is a celebration of how the Italian Migrants who left their home country have contributed to the Australian way of life. From authentic food to cooking demonstrations, to arts and crafts, historical displays, sports, competitions and entertainment, there is an opportunity for all to be involved in the Festival activities. The Festival features a popular program of primarily Italian influenced cultural and gourmet experiences. Entertainment is a very important part of the Italian Culture and the festival presents high-class entertainers from Sydney, Melbourne and overseas. A group of 24 Flag Throwers from Bologna, Italy, will be performing the art of fifteenth century flag throwing dressed in period costumes. Workshops with the Blue Roo Theatre Company explores creativity in acting for all ages.

6th August 2016 to
7th August 2016

McDonald's Townsville Running Festival

The McDonald's Townsville Running Festival includes a Marathon (42.2 kilometres) Half Marathon (21.1 kilometres), 10K Classic, adult and junior 5 k Run/Walk, 5 kilometre Corporate Challenge and Hero Run. Their AIMS accredited courses are fast, flat and hug the coastline as well as feature the 43rd Townsville Marathon - Australia's second oldest race. All runners experience spectacular views of the Coral Sea, Magnetic Island and the Marina as they follow their tropical blue line and vie for AUD23,000 prize money. With a predawn start marathoners experience a breath taking sunrise over Cleveland Bay as they run along Townsville's award-winning Strand Beach. Arrive early for the pre-race dinner, take in a Cowboys NRL home game and stay for the famous after-party. Treat yourself to a tropical winter getaway this August. Run Townsville and Explore the region. An event Run by Runners for Runners.

7th August 2016

Rocket Man songs of Elton John

Rocket Man is a unique and entertaining salute to Sir Elton John, one of the most iconic popular music figures. The show covers Elton's remarkable career from his first hit song through the disco era to his music for the Disney film "The Lion King". You'll also hear intriguing and often hilarious tales about Elton's life and the stories behind the songs. Rocket Man stars classically trained musician Brenton Edgecombe. Brenton learned his first Elton John song at the age of nine while studying the violin. He has played violin with several professional orchestras and once performed as Elton John backed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Brenton's career in both classical and pop music led to the formation of the double-act String Fever with his wife Jacqui on cello, keyboards, backing vocals and percussion! String Fever are the recipients of five Australian Entertainment Industry MO Awards.

13th August 2016

Danny Elliott - I've Got The Music

Danny Elliott is one of the world's most versatile entertainers, playing more than 12 different musical instruments, singing and even tap dancing. No wonder there's little argument that Danny Elliott is a truly gifted musician and performing artist. In his new show, aptly named "I've got the Music", Danny brings his talents to the fore in a spectacular showcase of musical expertise. His showmanship and incredible singing voice add to teh entertainment extravaganza that unfolds on Stage. Whether playing light classics or swing on traditional instruments like piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone; a little country guitar, banjo, fiddle and harmonica; perhaps the didgeridoo, the haunting pan flute, the Irish Penny whistle or even some rock and roll on the bagpipes, there is no doubt about the energy and enchantment Danny creates on stage and shares with his audience.

13th August 2016

Townsville Cultural Fest

Beneath the clear and sunny winter skies of Townsville, Townsville Cultural Fest celebrates the depth and diversity of Australian culture with ever increasing jubilation. With this year's festivities being the twenty-second anniversary, they are taking it to the next level. There will be 90 performing groups, 30 food stalls, nine days, four stages and 75 art/craft market stalls. Local and international acts will be offering everything from folk, rock and pop, to Indigenous Australian music, African drum troupes, Pacific Islanders, Middle Eastern and Latin dance groups. The event will start on August 17 with a massive parade of lanterns including exciting and decorated community and cultural entries, from Harmony Park (Corner Warbutton and McKinley Street). Festival activities will be from August 13 to 21. Registration of participants opens online from January and tickets will be available online from February 2016.

13th August 2016 to
21st August 2016

Opera Queensland: The Barber of Seville - Townsville

Dashing Count Almaviva has lost his heart to the sassy young maiden Rosina. But Rosina's guardian is determined to marry her himself until Figaro - king of charisma and silken style - leads the charge to unite the young lovers through a series of hilarious, "fool proof" schemes. Will it all add up to a Spanish mission impossible? Get ready for a rollicking fiesta of sunny Spanish madness as Rossini's celebrated, razor-sharp, musical wit is brought to life by director Lindy Hume and a fabulous cast of Queensland artists.

17th August 2016