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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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

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

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

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

Townsville Fashion Festival presented by Escape Travel

Designers from across Queensland take part and embrace the North Queensland culture through runway, fashion, food and entertainment. The extremely creative team of designers, hair and makeup artists will produce work of a calibre that would not be out of place on a national fashion runway event. Fine food, drinks and entertainment are the support acts to a night of glamour on the runway. Showcasing style, creativity and passion, the Townsville Fashion Festival engages all facets of the creative industries including retail, design, manufacturing, hair and beauty, photography, venues, restaurants and media. The aim is to profile, celebrate, encourage and support the established and emerging local fashion industry.

25th May 2017 to
28th May 2017

Ingham Car Show and Shine

Check out the display of vintage and classic vehicles. Prizes and free kids entertainment. Gates open at 6.30am Swap – Meet and Entrants, spectators welcomed from 8.00am – 3.00pm. Bring your most prized possessions and show it off to the local region and visitors

28th May 2017

Strata: Faraway Nearby

The collaborative artworks in Strata: Faraway Nearby are not simply an illustration of the experience of place. Rather, they are a layering of similar and diverse experiences from and of different places and spaces that bring varied parts of both Barbara Cheshire and Deborah Cavanagh together to work in concert. Although the sense of a place can be unique, the conception behind each artwork was experienced as more than the sum of parts. Each painting has overarching characteristics from both macro and micro experiences that are identified and described as they understand they are their places and not separate from them.

2nd June 2017 to
9th July 2017

MagnetiCon - Townsville Pop Culture Event

Townsville's first Pop Culture Event was a roaring success, so they are set to bring everything pop culture to Townsville. They will have movie stars, cosplayers from Australia and the United States of America as well as cartoonist that have done work from the Simpsons to My Little Pony. Join in the cosplay competition with a new Corporate Cosplay Competition this year, see Doctor Who's Tardis a Dalek and you might even see someone dressed up as the eleventh Doctor. They will have memorabilia from the Infamous Geek(Platinum Sponsor) on site as well. They will have vendors travelling from 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.

3rd June 2017 to
4th June 2017

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.

9th June 2017 to
11th June 2017

Australian Exotica: An MGA travelling exhibition

Ever since the 15th century, when European cartographers began including the contour of Terra Australis Incognita (‘the unknown land of the south’) in their speculative maps of the globe, the continent of Australia has been thought of as an exotic place. For many of the artists in this exhibition, this European vision is something that needs to be subverted and critiqued. For others, the idea of living in an eccentric environment, with surreal undertows, continues to inform a distinctively Australian sense of place.

16th June 2017 to
16th July 2017

Ingham Show

Come along to this classic country show with all the favorites: horses, dogs, birds, wood chopping, art, cooking and school displays, animal nursery, fireworks, night entertainment and side shows. The whole family will enjoy it!

6th July 2017 to
7th July 2017

Teeming with Life: The Wongaloo Project. Pamela Griffith

Townsville is blessed by beautiful wetlands. In 2014 artist Pamela Griffith visited Clevedon / Cromarty protected wetlands 30 kilometres south of Townsville. Some of the most extensive water-bird habitat in Australia occurs between Giru and Cleveland Bay. This area, with Wongaloo Regional Park at the core is seen by many thousands of travellers passing along the Bruce Highway that runs beside the Mt Elliot range. This is the subject of Pamela Griffith’s exhibition.

14th July 2017 to
20th August 2017

Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art

This national touring exhibition project commemorates the 60th anniversary of the British atomic test series at Maralinga. The exhibition visits the events and its location through the artworks by Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary artists across the mediums of painting, print-making, sculpture, installation, photography and new media.

22nd July 2017 to
3rd September 2017

Head in the Clouds: Ben Trupperbäumer, June Tupicoff and Ron McBurnie

The high altitude tropical cloud forests of the Atherton Tablelands are the focus of an exhibition of new works by Ben Trupperbäumer, June Tupicoff and Ron McBurnie. Each artist has created a body of work that is reflective of their different relationships to this unique landscape. Head in the Clouds aptly highlights the friendship that exists between these three artists and their different approach to rainforest, which is at the heart of the exhibition.

25th August 2017 to
15th October 2017

62nd Townsville Art Awards and Townsville Open Art Awards

The Townsville Art Society has held an annual or biannual Arts exhibition since the society’s inception, and The Townsville Art Society’s Awards Exhibition is now a major exhibition in the cultural life of the city. Held in the Townsville’s Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, this exhibition provides an opportunity for North Queensland artists, who are affiliated with an Art Society, to display their work in a major gallery and compete for prizes.

1st September 2017 to
24th September 2017

Townsville Young Artist Awards

Townsville is home to a strong contingent of young and emerging artists, practicing in a variety of traditional and digital mediums. The annual exhibitions showcase works by a selection of these artists, with the Young Artist Awards offering prize categories for participants aged from pre-school to 18 years. Each year, Gallery Services engages a leading Australian contemporary artist to undertake an intensive workshop for Townsville’s youth and emerging artists. The annual Youth and Emerging Artist Exhibition features the works produced by the participants at these workshops.

29th September 2017 to
22nd October 2017

JCU 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.

7th October 2017 to
19th October 2017

TAFE Emerging Artists Exhibition

The annual exhibition by Visual Arts students of TAFE Queensland North’s Townsville Campus showcases the talent of the individual artists emerging from the school, and includes traditional 2D art forms, 3D design, sculpture and new media art such as video and animation.

27th October 2017 to
19th November 2017

Dread Sovereign: Jonathan McBurnie

Dread Sovereign demonstrates a reconfiguration of the act of drawing in response to digital technologies, culminating in what the artist terms ‘metadrawing.’ Within the exhibition, questions of genre, form and medium are abandoned for an interdisciplinary approach. The internet search engine is adopted into the artist’s toolbox, integrating the countless accessible and disposable images as raw matter for the artist to fossick and sift through. Specific images are selected by McBurnie and reconfigured through studio practice, creating a new imbrication of the raw image matter.

3rd November 2017 to
28th January 2018

Drawn: From the City of Townsville Art Collection

This exhibition is curated from works which are drawn from the City of Townsville Art Collection. The focal point of the show is works with a drawn aspect to their medium, as drawings can be seen as the fundamental skill underpinning most, if not all, forms of visual art.

24th November 2017 to
21st January 2018