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

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

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

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

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow - Townsville

With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers they’ve got all your comedy bases covered. Featuring everything from stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show. Every year their cast of intrepid entertainers board the bus and set their sights on over 80 destinations across this great Southern land. No road is left untraveled and no sides are left un-split, from Darwin to Devonport and everywhere in between!

29th April 2017 to
30th April 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

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.

30th April 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

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

Warmwaters

If you love folk music, you will love this show. If you hate folk music, you’ll love it even more. Everyone enjoys good roots, and Warmwaters stand ready to folk you right up with their songs of romance and other issues. They’ve got a lot of issues. A cross between Spinal Tap, The Kransky Sisters, and David Brent, Warmwaters leaves audiences with a smile on their face and all tingly below. Featuring Bridget Boyle and David Megarrity.

13th May 2017

A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire, is an all singing, all dancing tribute to the man who went on to become the most famous dancer of all time. You will love the costumes, the songs, the glitz, the extraordinary dancing and of course, the music. This show has something for everyone.

16th May 2017 to
17th May 2017

Rainbow Vomit

Welcome to the world of Rainbow Vomit, a place where anything is possible, everything can happen, and much more than colour erupts from the darkness. Rainbow Vomit is an immersive work designed to target young audiences, whilst maintaining appeal for kids of all ages. Created and Directed by Kyle Page and Amber Haines.

17th May 2017 to
20th May 2017

The Witches - Townsville

When one little boy unwittingly stumbles into the annual meeting of witches, he hears their nasty plan to get rid of all the children in the world – by turning them into mice! It’s going to take smarts and sneakiness to stop them and not get squished in the process. Think you can outwit a witch and outrun a mouse? Then grab a seat in the front row for The Witches, bursting onto the stage as a mind-boggling and madcap one-man show. Brave boys and girls, rat-racers and retirees are in for a wicked and wonderful time. Lucas Jervies directs this bubbling concoction, based on David Wood’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, with one actor running amok in a virtuosic physical performance. Recommended for ages six and over.

19th May 2017

Nitro Circus Live - Townsville

The world’s most exciting, adrenaline-charged, live action-sports show, Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live, is returning to Australia to launch it’s all new, 10th anniversary, party of the decade tour. Aussie fans will be treated to a newly designed, multi-million dollar set with unbelievable features that will be seen for the very first time worldwide, on this tour. This will be the Nitro party of the decade and they want all of their fans to celebrate with them, so if you don’t want to get involved with the show, don’t bother showing up! You can expect to see brand new tricks and stunts never before performed, anywhere in the world. New riders, new ramps, new contraptions … with and without motors, a fully loaded bar on set, full of celebrity guests, full audience interactive moments and incredible giveaways. It’s time to celebrate 10 years of Nitro Circus in Australia. You do not want to miss the Nitro party of the decade. *Rider line-up subject to change without notice

20th May 2017

Nitro Circus Live- Townsville

Direct from sell out shows across the globe, the world's greatest action sports show, Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live, is coming to 15 cities across Australia! Featuring 30 of the world's best extreme athletes in freestyle motocross, BMX and Skate, plus a host of ridiculous contraptions being launched 50ft into the air, by the crazy Nitro daredevils. Expect to see the world’s biggest and most dangerous stunts, in a fully choreographed, actions sports, theatrical spectacular!

20th May 2017

Heritage Day - Townsville

Heritage Day returns to West End Park in 2017! Take a ride on a vintage Chevy bus, enjoy the live entertainment and experience guided tours through the historic cemetery. There will also be loads of historic information displays and plenty to keep the kids entertained including: Free amusements, face painting and fairy-floss. Food and drink will be available for sale - ensure you bring cash as no ATM facilities will be available.

21st May 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

The Two Bays Trail Run

Outer Limits hosts the Two Bays Trail Run on Magnetic Island. The spectacular run takes you from Nelly Bay to the other side of the Island and finishes at the picture perfect Horseshoe Bay. There will be a 10 kilometre and a 20 kilometre course to choose from.

27th 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

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

3rd June 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

Fantasea Destination Adventure Fitness and Wellbeing Retreat

Your time is now! A Fitness Retreat and a Tropical Island holiday all rolled into the one week – a sweet escape from daily routine to explore your true potential and the rugged beauty of Magnetic Island. They invite you to join them in a place where you can challenge yourself and relax completely, seek insight or escape, flirt with adventure or hang at the beach. Join them for an fitness experience that spans all its offerings, from strength sessions to mobility workshops, free diving, snorkelling and mountain biking to yoga and mediation. Informative seminars to keep your mind active. There will be time to walk the unique island tracks, explore the nearshore coral reefs and time for the beach. They offer healthy meals or the alternative of self-catering, simple group accommodation or the alternative of seeking your own space, and gaps in the program for precious time to yourself. The program is adaptable to different weather conditions and the sessions will be modified to suit all levels of ability. Book now, and let them take care of the rest

5th 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

1RAR Band

Come and be entertained as they showcase the many musical talents of Townsville's own 1 RAR Band, featuring vocalist Corporal Deb O'Toole. Enjoy the sounds of the Big Band as they perform music selected from musical theatre, the big screen and popular recorded artists over the past 50 years.

20th June 2017 to
21st June 2017

TheatreiNQ - Alice In Wonderland

Join TheatreiNQ for a madcap adventure down the rabbit hole with Alice and all the crazy characters from Lewis Carroll's enduring classic including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and many many more. "I want a clean cup, let's all move one place down. Clean cup!! Clean cup!!! All move round!" Directed by Terri Brabon, Alice in Wonderland will feature members of the TheatreiNQ ensemble including their youngest actress, Emma Smith in the title role. This TheatreiNQ Original Production will thrill audiences of all ages as Alice and the White Rabbit lead the audience on a hilarious journey through beautiful Anderson Gardens. The performance concludes with a very special Tea Party including photo opportunities with the cast. Tickets are limited to each session so bookings are essential. So grab the kids, pack a picnic and enjoy a Townsville winter with Alice and her friends.

24th June 2017 to
9th July 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Penrith Panthers

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

24th June 2017

Spartan Race Townsville

Welcome to Spartan Australia’s first Winter Escape event. By the end of June most people are over the cold and wet, dreaming of warm summer sunshine. In 2017 you’ll be able to escape it all to tropical Townsville where June temps will be in the mid 20s to soak up the sun, race an all new Spartan course on a stunning property is less than 15 minutes from the central business district. This Townsville winter escape will be much more than just a race weekend, they are partnering some of the best locations in Townsville to bring you amazing travel/accommodation package options. The weekend will include a four hour Hurricane Heat on the Friday evening up and around the iconic Castle Hill; Spartan Sprint, Beast and Ultra race on the Saturday, a post-race street party on Saturday night with live music, food and drink, and a free group hike around stunning Magnetic Island on Sunday finishing back at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort for a poolside barbie.

24th June 2017

Fantasea Destintation Adventure Yoga Holiday

Somewhere between a yoga retreat and a tropical island holiday – a sweet escape from daily routine to explore your potential on the yoga mat and the rugged beauty of Magnetic Island. They invite you to join them in a place where you can challenge yourself and relax completely, seek insight or escape, flirt with adventure or hang at the beach. Join them for an experience of yoga practice that spans all its offerings, from dynamic to soft asana practice, pranayama, guided relaxation and meditation, to lively discussions of yoga philosophy, and more. There will be time to walk the unique island tracks, explore the nearshore coral reefs, and time for the beach. We offer healthy meals or the alternative of self-catering, simple group accommodation or the alternative of seeking your own space, and gaps in the program for precious time to yourself. The program is adaptable to different weather conditions and the yoga sessions will be modified to suit most levels of ability. Book now, and let us take care of the rest.

29th June 2017 to
2nd July 2017

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 cyclists parade through 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.

1st July 2017

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!

1st July 2017 to
2nd July 2017

Landscape with Monsters

Landscape with Monsters is a bold new acrobatic work, a physical symphony to the joyous complexity of being human. Created in response to evolving industrial landscapes, it inhabits the emotional highs and lows of a place faced with uncertainty.

7th July 2017 to
8th July 2017

Supercars Townsville 400

North Queensland’s loudest weekend is coming for the Virgin Australian Supercars Townsville 400. Featuring high octane Supercars racing through the streets of Townsville and exciting on and off track entertainment. The heart and the soul of Australian rock and roll Jimmy Barnes and James Reyne will be performing under the SuperTop on Saturday night. Children 12 and under receive free Trackside Admission with a paying adult.

7th July 2017 to
9th 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

The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s brilliant opera The Marriage of Figaro follows the adventures of a household over one crazy day. Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters – Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera – but a whole lot more fun!

14th July 2017 to
15th July 2017