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

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

TheatreiNQ's Frankenstein

Celebrating 200 years since Mary Shelley first penned her gothic masterpiece, TheatreiNQ presents an original interpretation of this much-loved classic. With the support of the Griffin Group, Frankenstein will be presented in the historic Old Townsville West State School building on Ingham Road. This promenade, site-specific production will take audiences on a nightmarish journey through the halls and rooms of this beautiful heritage listed building. Due to the heritage nature of the building, and the use of stairs during the performance, please contact them if you have any mobility issues or concerns. For mature audiences aged 15 years and older.

19th April 2017 to
7th May 2017

Townsville MTB Festival

Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to announce the inaugural Townsville MTB Festival presented by Mike Carney Toyota. This 2017 event will incorporate MTBA Cross-Country Marathon National Championships, Discover Townsville Adventure Ride and a Family Festival Day at Cape Pallarenda on the Labour Day Public Holiday. The Discover 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. This event will kick off as part of the Festival of MTB at Cape Pallarenda on Monday 1st, May when families will have the opportunity to ride the XCM National Championship course from the day prior. The XCM National Championships will as always be open to all MTBA members with categories ranging from Junior through to Masters. Come along and join in the festivities of the Festival of MTB at Cape Pallarenda from 10am - 4pm. The day will include a Corporate Challenge, Kids Skills Course, Live Music, Food Trucks, Jumping Castle and a Family Ride. This truly unique event is sure to offer something for all mountain bike enthusiasts.

29th April 2017 to
5th May 2017

Tomorrow Makers

Tomorrow Maker’s features a series of short works choreographed by Dancernorth’s contemporary dance ensemble with an eye to supporting the next generation of choreographers. Dancenorth's ensemble will have the opportunity to create short works with full production values. Curated by Artistic Director Kyle Page, Tomorrow Makers invites the company dancers to investigate the potential of 'tomorrow.' 'What are the issues and opportunities facing humanity in the 21st century? What does the future look like? What steps do we need to take in order to create an idyllic and sustainable future?

4th May 2017 to
6th 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

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 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