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

Trash Test Dummies

The Trash Test Dummies are on duty! “Three men took to the stage with their wheelie bins, what happened next blew our minds.” The Funny Tonne The Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises. Three dexterous dummies deliver a dump truck full of hilarity. These world class circus performers and their household wheelie bins take fun to new heights with riotous stunts and an astonishing display of balance, acrobatics, slapstick and juggling. Jamie Bretman, Jack Coleman, and Simon Wright are passionate about creating innovative circus and physical theatre works that demonstrates the highest jaw dropping circus skills and takes audiences on a journey into their playful imagination, where they explore the infinite uses of everyday objects. The Trash Test Dummies are taking to the stage with their award winning sell-out show. Make tonight ‘bin night’ and take a fresh look at the humble household wheelie bin. For audiences of all ages, be prepared for a great time. “A Circus and acrobatic show perfect for families.” Edinburgh Festival For Kids ***** “ A near-perfect, laugh-out-loud blend of physical comedy, old-fashioned vaudeville slapstick, mime, dance, juggling, clown capers and circus performance.” Herald Sun, ****½

12th 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

GSM Gruelling Games

Done Miss Muddy…Done Tough Mudder? Accept the gruelling games challenge. Plenty of mud, sweat, tears and prizes! Get your team together, dress up and come for a great day of fun. GSM Gruelling Games is an obstacle course event over two kilometres in length with 20+ obstacles. Complete it as many times as you want in an hour.

20th 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

Burdekin Growers Race Day

Burdekin Growers Race Day has cemented its place in the 2017 North Queensland Events Calendar, celebrating their 18th year for the event this year. The day has been hailed as 'the best tropical race day in North Queensland' and boasts one of the states richest fashions on the field prize packages. Their local produce growers display their fruit and vegetables and at the end of the day patrons are invited to take a box of produce home with them. They anticipate another excellent crowd of in excess of 3,000 patrons to be in attendance at the track once again this year.

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

Oliver [Live]

The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist : live on stage with some of the most memorable characters and songs. Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. He escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family. With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver is a musical classic.

26th May 2017 to
27th 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

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