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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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
1st January 2018

Townsville Cultural Fest

The Townsville Cultural Festival is a not-for-profit community festival organised by the Townsville Intercultural Centre. The festival showcases the diversity of Australian music, food, arts and culture, bringing tens of thousand of people together each year in celebration of life itself. Over 150 performing groups will offering everything from folk, blues, hip-hop and punk, to Indigenous Australian music and dance, drum circles, fireshows, cabaret, poetry, theatre and traditional dance groups from around the world. This year the JCU sponsored Centre of Learning will host workshops, lectures, discussion panels, theatre shows and the Townsville heat of the National Poetry Slam competition. The Wonky Queenslander will host DJ sets, solo sets as well as workshops and yoga classes. Over 100 food and market stalls from around the world, will offer arts and crafts, cuisines, fashion and produce, and around the grounds you will find art features, interactive games, roving performers, show rides, yarning circle, henna tattoo stalls and gypsy fortune tellers. Join them in this celebration of Unity in Diversity. Tickets on sale 1 May.

9th March 2017 to
13th August 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

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. Get all the info and tickets from their website.

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

Spirit and Soul Festival

A day to explore and experience a wide range of holistic and natural therapies. Treat yourself to a massage, reflexology or reiki treatment. Seek guidance from the spirit side with clairvoyant, tarot and angel readings. Browse market stalls offering a variety of products including essential oils, crystals, new age products, jewellery and clothing.

7th May 2017

Townsville Fashion Festival

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 caliber 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. Wearable art designs from the regions schools will also be showcased on the runway exploring the talented youth of the region. 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. The Townsville Fashion Festival is now the only fashion festival to be held in Queensland in 2017 and is expected to attract a state-wide audience.

25th May 2017 to
28th May 2017

Townsville Eco Fiesta

Eco Fiesta is a free event that assists the community in becoming more environmentally conscious. There will be a wide range of exhibitors, live entertainment and the JCU Education Hub to provide you with ideas, advice and inspiration! Why not offset your carbon footprint by making a gold coin donation when you enter Eco Fiesta? All donations are distributed and presented to environmentally-focused non-profit organisations at the following year’s event.

4th June 2017

Pop Up North Queensland

Experience Townsville's tropics transformed into a bustling hub of creativity at the Pop Up North Queensland Festival. They've worked with landlords and businesses in the main city street to offer space to artists and other creatives to take them over for nine days. Visit an exhibition or take part in a workshop while you're there to get the most from your experience. Drop in to see an artist work in an open studio, or hear them speak about their work in an artist talk. The Pop Up festival features local, national and international artists - something for everyone. Participants include Ashley Ronning, Jo Lankester, Rosie Deacon, Toby Cedar and international guest artist Piyali Ghosh.

28th July 2017 to
6th August 2017

Strand Ephemera 2017: The North's Sculpture Festival

Beginning in 2001, ‘Strand Ephemera’ has developed to be a locally loved, nationally significant outdoor sculpture festival. The event has grown from within the community, with the support of collaborating partners, and in 2015 attracted over 138,000 visitors. ‘Strand Ephemera’ is a free event and presents a spectrum of work from the popular to the conceptually demanding, and attracts national and international works, while also providing opportunities for regional artists. 2017 will be the biggest and best 'Strand Ephemera' in the history of the event, featuring an exhibition of site-specific works chosen from a nation-wide call for artists; a curated selection of contemporary works by leading Australian and international artists; and a range of musical and theatre performances. Visitors can engage with 'Strand Ephemera' in a range of ways that go beyond viewing the range of artworks on display, including a range of art workshops, guided tours, and taking part in the photographic competitions.

28th July 2017 to
6th August 2017

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 nine day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical warmth of Townsville, North Queensland. The Festival has been delighting audiences for 26 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.

28th July 2017 to
5th August 2017

Australian Italian Festival

The Australian Italian Festival is an authentic Italian cultural event held on the first weekend of August in Ingham, North Queensland. The Festival is staged at the award-winning TYTO Precinct, off the Bruce Highway, 500 metres from Ingham’s Central Business District. For the space of the two day Carnival, the area is transformed into a huge piazza with nonstop world-class entertainment on two stages. Guests gain access to homemade, mouth-watering Italian food and wine, cooking demonstrations, displays, competitions, free amusement rides, market stalls and much more. The atmosphere, the food and the excitement all come together to give you the experience of walking into a festival in Italy.

5th August 2017 to
6th August 2017

Great Barrier Reef Film Festival

It's going to be a fun-filled weekend of film at the Great Barrier Reef Film Festival. Film Trivia Night, Feature Films, Film Industry Forums and Workshops, Kids Film Workshops and more! Discount passes available! Travelling from Townsville? They have a Friday Night Pass, Saturday Pass and a Weekend Pass that are all at discounted prices, and include a return ferry trip. Book your accommodation now and stay for the weekend.

8th September 2017 to
10th September 2017

Ingham Maraka Festival

Ingham Maraka Festival will feature steam train rides, cocktail night, Try-Athlon, rock and roll dinner dance, afternoon tea, pet parade, float procession, finishing with entertainment and fireworks in Rotary Park.

7th October 2017 to
28th October 2017

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 2017. Be part of the event which has captivated the community and led competitors to abseil heritage buildings, constructing food masterpieces, paddling the river, completing puzzles and challenges and much more!

29th October 2017

Stable on the Strand

Townsville's Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its 16th birthday in 2017 at Townsville's premier event location, Strand Park. Stable on the Strand is one of Australia's most spectacular Christmas events, delighting crowds of 40,000 people over five nights as Christmas is shared with story, song and festivity. Stable on the Strand 2017 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 2017 to
22nd December 2017