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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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.

30th June 2016 to
13th November 2016

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 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 July 2016 to
1st 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.

24th July 2016 to
27th November 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 to
8th October 2016

Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival

Celebrate, have some fun and enjoy a tropical island paradise adventure as Magnetic Island bursts with 50+ events and activities during the month-long Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival this September. The program includes island-wide competitions, the Rotary Beer Can Regatta, the Great Barrier Reef Film Festival, Spring Equinox Earth Fest, Youth Talent Quest, Talk Like A Pirate Day, Movies Under The Stars, Mega Markets, the very popular Sand Sculpture Competition, Twin Peaks Challenge, and the Ocean Swim Classic. There are also art exhibitions, gallery openings, environmental walks and talks, workshops, restaurant discounts, comedy cabaret discounts - you name it, the Festival has something for everyone! They advise you book your accommodation early.

2nd September 2016 to
2nd October 2016

Charters Towers Festival

This year, Charters Towers celebrates with 'Party at Charlie's Trousers'! This year's festival will have a party atmosphere with a fuse of events and attractions which features the town's original heritage through to the modern culture the region has developed. Those more adventurous may like to take on 'Towers Rush'. This is an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. Be the team with the most points at the end of the race to take out the title at Towers Rush 2016. The festival includes triathlons, art exhibitions and workshops, heritage walking tours, live shows and theatre productions, the Inland Barra Fishing Classic on the mighty Burdekin River, the Charity Ball, outback races, music festival and much more.

3rd September 2016 to
30th October 2016

Metamorphosis: The Art of Tom Moore

Metamorphosis is the 2016 Glencore Children’s Exhibition, and focuses on the stunning hybrid life-forms of leading Australian glass artist, Tom Moore. Moore’s menagerie of characters combine botanical, zoological, and mechanical elements. Drawing inspiration from “the sharp observational wit of literary absurdists such as Edward Lear and…Dr Seuss” (Slade, 2016), the works are simultaneously humorous and insightful, giving us great joy, while also providing pause for thought about the human impact on the natural world.

20th September 2016 to
23rd October 2016

61st Townsville Art Awards and the Townsville Open Art Award 2016

Organised by the Townsville Art Society, the 61st Townsville Art Awards are an annual exhibition and one of the region's most prestigious showcases for local artists, evidencing the diversity of practice within the region. Headlined by the major acquisitive Townsville Open Art Award, sponsored by Townsville City Council, the exhibition also includes a host of further prize categories celebrating acrylics, watercolours, oils, pastels, ink, pencil and charcoal drawings, printmaking, and miniatures.

23rd September 2016 to
16th October 2016

East Coast Encounter

East Coast Encounter includes the work of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and writers to re-envisage the encounter by James Cook and his crew with Aboriginal people in 1770. Cook's 1770 voyage has become central to narratives of Australian history and precipitated European colonisation of the country. By enabling this significant encounter to be expressed in multiple ways and from varied points of view, East Coast Encounter seeks to promote cultural dialogue and reconciliatory understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This project has been developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast and assisted by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body

23rd September 2016 to
30th October 2016

Luxlumin - Lighting Up The City

For the second time, the Townsville community will have the opportunity to participate in an event which is hard to overlook. Luxlumin - lighting up the city, will transform the Central Business District into an outdoor gallery as the streets and buildings are covered with light, colour and moving images. Luxlumin will combine digital mapping, lighting design and live performance on 21 sites in the Townsville Central Business District to commemorate Townsville's 150th anniversary. The history of heritage listed buildings and the stories of the people who occupied them will be revealed through projection and theatre as a celebration of our rich and diverse history.

30th September 2016 to
3rd October 2016

Exhibition Launch: More than Steel and Stone and Ad Wer: Story of the Stars by Erub Island and Young Indigenous Printmakers

"More than Steel and Stone" - A Main Space exhibition of sculpture, paintings and prints by a group of related artists taking inspiration from aspects of myth and folklore with relevance to today. "Ad Wer: Story of the Stars by Erub Island" - An exhibition by Tommy Pau of 20 new print works examining constellations used by the Eastern Islanders of the Torres Strait. "Young Indigenous Printmakers" - Linocut prints created by local high school students during skills development workshops in the studio downstairs at Umbrella. A collaborative outreach project with Gallery Services Townsville.

30th September 2016

Bell Shakespeare's Othello

A violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy, Othello is a relentless journey of vicious passion. A warrior on the fields of war, felled by the sharpness of whispered words, Othello is a man swept up in desire, quickly turned to murderous rage when he is betrayed by his military brother-in-arms, the cynically destructive Iago.

6th October 2016

Light the Night

In October each year, over 40,000 Australians join in a twilight walk to Light the Night. The walk is to remember those loved ones lost to a blood cancer, support those who are receiving treatment and give hope to all. It is visually spectacular and emotionally uplifting and raises vital funds to ensure the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland can continue to offer support to blood cancer patients and their families as well as fund the continuing research to provide better patient outcomes.

7th October 2016

Sweet, Sour and Saucy

Join self-appointed "experts on love" Barbara and Barry (aka Melissa Western and Tnee Dyer) for well-intentioned, yet questionable advice through talkback radio and a unique mix of sweet, sour and saucy songs of yesteryear. A vintage Ocker musical duo where hilarious banter, virtuosic piano playing and rich harmonies are just the beginning! This 1950s inspired Australian talkback radio love show features songs by Eartha Kitt, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Nat King Cole and more. One piano, two glorious voices, erotic spoons ... what's not to love?

11th October 2016 to
12th October 2016

Roaring Twenties - Riverway Sessions

It's VooVoo's birthday and she's throwing a wild party. She's bringing her hot jazz band, gorgeous special guests and promises a night filled with decadence and surprise. Come dressed in 1920s style and become the speakeasy set celebrating The Roaring Twenties in a smoky, authentic experience of twenties hedonism. Filled with excess, decadence and hot jazz this is a night where audience members help create the atmosphere by dressing in theme and becoming the speakeasy crowd. Tickets include tapas served to your table at 7.45pm. Book now!

12th October 2016

1RAR Fundraiser - 40 Years of Pop Divas

A fundraising concert performed by the 1RAR Big Band with music from 40 Years of Pop Divas, there will be something to delight and entertain everyone. Acknowledging the importance of the Australian Defence Force presence in the Townsville region, Dancenorth has partnered with the 1RAR Big Band to create a series of fundraising events throughout the year, raising money for the Dancenorth Enrichment Projects and Mates4Mates.

13th October 2016 to
14th October 2016

Proppa Solid

It's 2067, Australia's first Aboriginal President had made plans for the day, time travel wasn't one of them. A humorous story brimming with Aboriginal vernacular and optimism, about how things are, what they could be and the importance of remembering your roots. Paul Toppy is your everyday Aboriginal President of Australia. The problem is Paul doesn't know much about being Aboriginal. All that changes, however, when, one day, while on the election trail Paul steps onto country. Paul if flung back to 2014, where disgruntled, and not to mention highly inconvenienced, he happens on a family of not-quite-so-tall (obviously unrelated) Toppys, who welcome this new (obviously crazy) Toppy into their home and their lives. During his time with the Toppy Clan, Paul starts to question his beliefs about family and identity, and begins to discover the true meaning of success. In the tradition of Bran Nue Dae, The Sapphires, Redfern Now and Mabo, Proppa Solid joins a rapidly growing genre of contemporary Aboriginal story-telling which has an irresistibly wide appeal.

15th October 2016

T150 Defence Force Air Show and Townsville Bulletin Sky Show

Townsville celebrates 150 years in 2016 (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. Council is conjunction with the RAAF will stage a major air show along the Strand. This will be the signature grand scale community event of the T150 year. The air show will be followed by a community concert, fireworks and live/simulcast music.

15th October 2016

JCU New Media Arts Graduate Exhibition

James Cook University's Graduate Exhibition is an opportunity to showcase the talents of Townsville's emerging artists as they transition from student artists to professional artists.

21st October 2016 to
13th November 2016

BMW Townsville Taste The North

Taste The North is a regional Performing Arts, Produce and Culinary Festival in North Queensland Whether you are looking for cutting edge arts, cuisine or sampling stunning local produce there is something for all arts and culture connoisseurs. On Saturday, enjoy the Townsville BMW Performing Arts, Produce and Culinary Gala Dinner. An exclusive evening showcasing the talent and produce of North Queensland, set under the Breezeway at Quayside Terminal overlooking Magnetic Island and Castle Hill. Experience a Stella evening of fine food, champagne and wine while being entertained by local performing artists including one of Australia's leading dance companies- Dance North On Sunday 23rd October enjoy a "Paddock to Plate" long table farm lunch at Harvey Range Tea Rooms. Chefs from JAM and A Touch of Salt will create a 3 course regional share table luncheon. Enjoy Petaluma wines with Amy Zaghini performing.

21st October 2016 to
23rd October 2016

Townsville Rock Fest - Not Too Old To Dance

The first Townsville Rock Fest (known then as the Not Too Old To Dance concert) was held in October 2012 in a bid to give the oldies a great night out with the music they love – not that doof-doof garbage the youngin’s listen to. In that time, they’ve been proud to bring some iconic rockers to Townsville including 1927, The Choirboys, Mental as Anything and the Souper Group featuring John ‘Swanee’ Swan, Kevin Borich, Mark Gable, Harry Brus and Mick O’Shea… and this year they’ve got even more legendary acts up their sleeves with the Baby Animals and Pseudo Echo headlining and some great local acts to be announced soon. The team of passionate old rockers – and some young ones who they just keep around to help with the techie stuff (you know how it is!) – had been dreaming of a music fest exclusively for over 40s for many years before Townsville man Richard Fuller was famously told he was “too old to dance” at a Cold Chisel concert.

22nd October 2016

Noni Hazlehurst in Mother

Christie (Noni Hazlehurst) has found herself at the fringe of the world. Homeless, ageing, living on the outskirts of suburbia, she attracts the curiosity of the locals with the story of her colourful, troubled life. Delving into the significance of our primary relationships, this provocative performance will leave you haunted with understanding and sympathy for those living on the farthest edges of society. There but by the grace of God go we.

27th October 2016

SALT: Murray Fredericks

Salt, Murray Fredericks - The Salt Series (2016) is a sumptuous collection of shots from perhaps Fredericks’ most lauded series, Salt. Each photograph presents a unique view of Lake Eyre, the Australian outback’s uninterrupted dry salt pan. The artist made 16 solo journeys to Lake Eyre between 2003 and 2010, at times spending as long as five weeks in complete solitude, absorbing the very essence of the location. Widely celebrated, the works have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and are collected in major public and private collections internationally. Now, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is proud to be able to present these landmark works for Townsville audiences.

28th October 2016 to
27th November 2016

Towers Rush

This year you'll participate in an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. Be the team with the most points at the end of the race to take out the title at Towers Rush 2016. Be part of the event which captivated the community in its inaugural event in 2015 which had competitors abseiling heritage buildings, constructing food masterpieces, paddling the river, completing puzzles and challenges and much more!

30th October 2016

An Evening with Groucho - Riverway Sessions

Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray for Captain Spalding," and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Tickets include tapas served to your table at 7.45pm. Book now!

4th November 2016

Groucho

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray For Captain Spalding," and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and re- acquaints the audience with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM's Louis B. Mayer. A show perfect for all ages! What the Critics Said: "Nothing short of masterful" - Chicago Tribune. "Hilarious" - Chicago Reader, Critics Choice. "What Mr. Ferrante offers is a re-creation accurate and rooted in character." - London Times.

5th November 2016

Exhibition Launch: Generation: Umbrella Annual Members Prize and An Island Almanac

"Generation: Umbrella Annual Members' Prize 2016" - Umbrella Studio reaches a milestone in 2016 by turning 30 years old. This year, the theme Generation invites our artist members' to reflect upon how Umbrella has impacted this generation of artists in Townsville or their own interpretation of the word generation. The exhibition has a AUD1,000 artist prize sponsored by Sister City Partners. "An Island Almanac" - A Vault Space exhibition of 12 mixed media artworks by 12 Magnetic Island artists. Each framed work depicts a personal view of a month on Magnetic Island.

11th November 2016

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

PBR Iron Cowboy

Experience a once in a lifetime event as the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) prepare to deliver two huge nights of the toughest sport on dirt. It's a showdown like no other - elite cowboys versus the toughest bulls on the planet in a three hour action packed sporting entertainment event that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Cowboys all eager for glory as they strive to overcome the power of the 52 most extreme bucking bulls in a battle of power, agility and the fight of the fittest eight seconds at a time. Choreographed with pyrotechnics, lasers, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience inside the Townsville Entertainment Centre. .

18th November 2016 to
19th November 2016

The Ultimate Tribute to Shirley Bassey

Brunie has a voice of outstanding quality, range and power and caresses the lyrics of a ballad, as only she can. Her infectious smile and total commitment to her audience, stamps Brunie with that "Rare Touch Of Class". Brunie's interpretation of Bassey, and her music, is second only to the lady herself. The show includes many Bassey hits, such as Diamonds are Forever, Goldfinger, Big Spender, This is my Life and many more! Brunie and Shirley have a lot in common, firstly their fabulous Voice, and their passion for beautiful Clothes and Diamonds.

22nd November 2016 to
23rd November 2016

Shirley Bassey Tribute - Brunie Riley

The ultimate tribute to Shirley Bassey featuring Brunie Riley - The Showstopper! Brunie has a voice of outstanding quality, range and power, and caresses the lyrics of a ballad - a lady of considerable experience and talent, who's career has taken her around the world. "The Power .. The Image .. The Presence!" That is how people review this show, Brunie is a knockout singing all of Bassey's greatest hits. The Show boasts an eight or a ten piece Orchestra, and one or two opening acts. Indulge yourself, if you are a Shirley Bassey fan, you will love this show. The songs in the show include: Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, As Long As He Needs Me, Nobody Does It Like Me, Big Spender, This Is My Life, Unchained Melody, New York, The Lady Is A Tramp and Don't Cry Out Loud. Just to name a few!

26th November 2016

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

Carols by Candlelight - Townsville

Celebrate the Christmas spirit with the 2016 Carols by Candlelight! Held at Reid Park under the big top, the evening begins with pre-show entertainment showcasing some of Townsville's local dance schools. With free entertainment, a special visit from Santa, amusement rides and a variety of food and beverage stalls, the night will be one to remember.

4th December 2016

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

Stable on the Strand 2016

Townsville's Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its fifteenth birthday in 2016 at Townsville's premier event location, Strand Park. Stable on the Strand is one of Australia's most spectacular Christmas events, delighting crowds of 40000 over five nights. Stable on the Strand 2016 will feature the Town of Bethlehem: the story of the birth of Jesus told interactively using live actors as wise men, shepherds, Roman soldiers, King Herod, and of course Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus; camels, chickens, goats, sheep, and a donkey for children to pat; huge carousel in the Stable Village; fabulous youth program; great children's activities; amazing entertainment on the Main Stage with local and guest artists; hospitality areas: enjoy the ambience of Stable on the Strand while enjoying free tea, coffee and Christmas Cake. Entry is free!

18th December 2016 to
22nd December 2016

New Year's Eve - The Strand

The Strand, Riverway and Northern Beaches See the sky light up across the city to bring a close to Townsville's 150 Celebrations and welcome in the new year. Fireworks displays will be held across the city in four locations at the Strand, Riverway, Magnetic Island and the Northern Beaches area. In addition, the popular Pictures in the Park will also continue to be held at Strand Park and Riverway with the screening of two movies either side of the fireworks displays. Come along and join in the family friendly fun and welcome in the New Year in a traditional relaxed no-fuss North Queensland style!

31st December 2016

Charters Towers PBR Touring Pro Series

40 of the Nation's most accomplished bull riders annually converge on the gold mining town of Charters Towers for the annual PBR in the Outback New Years Eve Touring Pro Series Event. Great family entertainment filled with the thrills and spills of this major league sporting event will keep you entertained from the first bull until the last. Come to the outback this New Years Eve and witness the Toughest Sport on Dirt.

31st December 2016

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

Townsville MS Swimathon

The Kokoda Memorial Pool will host the last MS Swimathon event of the season to raise vital funds to help people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). It doesn't matter if you can do 100 fast laps or doggy paddle one, everyone can join in, have fun and support people living with MS - an incurable disease which affects a person's central nervous system. Designed as a relay event, teams must have one swimmer in the water at all times throughout the entire 12 hour event period. Participants can raise donations by asking for a one off donation from friends and family or being sponsored based on the number of laps they can do. Registrations open 29 February, so get involved to help support those individuals living with MS and their families.

7th May 2017