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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Lustre: Pearling and Australia Exhibition

From a 2,000-year-old natural pearl found in a Kimberley rock shelter to modern lustrous pearl jewellery, the exhibition Lustre: Pearling and Australia traces the fascinating heritage of pearling across the north of Australia, from Shark Bay to the Torres Strait Islands. The exhibition delves into the gritty human story of pearling, weaving together intersecting strands of Aboriginal, Asian and European histories to reveal insights into one of Australia’s oldest industries. Discover the intriguing stories behind northern Australia's unique pearling tradition. Immerse yourself in the qualities of the shell itself, its evolution and habitat, and the people who have collected and harvested these treasures from Saltwater Country. The Museum of Tropical Queensland also unravels the layers of pearling in the Torres Strait from a time before Europeans through to the golden age of luggers and beyond.

2nd September 2017 to
28th January 2018

Horrible Histories - Pirates: The Exhibition

Do you have what it takes to be a pirate? Get hands-on with pirate history at this Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition based on the bestselling Horrible Histories series and developed in association with Scholastic UK. Take command of a pirate ship, design and project your own pirate flag, try out different weapons from cutlasses to cannons, find your fate on the wheel of misfortune, discover the best loot to steal and splat rats in the quayside tavern. Along the way, discover why the pirate women were just as wicked as the men and learn to talk the patter of a pirate. Learn about the ships they sailed on, the punishments they suffered and the rules they lived by. The Museum of Tropical Queensland is the first venue in Queensland and only the third in Australia to host this travelling exhibition.

16th September 2017 to
4th February 2018

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

Home Hill Harvest Festival

Home Hill Harvest Festival celebrates the rich agricultural history of the Burdekin and the great lifestyle that comes from living off the land. The festival program commences early October and concludes with the Grande Parade and Mardi Gras in early November. The Grand Parade is a display of colourful floats, magical performances and lots of giveaways. The Mardi Gras features children’s activities, rides and entertainment. As well as interesting and interactive information stalls, displays and art exhibitions. Food and beverage stalls are a plenty offering a wide array of locally made delights and the bar has cold beverages ready to serve. Enjoy live entertainment from an array of musicians and performers throughout the night.

11th November 2017 to
10th November 2018

Australia XI versus England 4-day Cricket match

November will bring international cricket to Riverway Stadium, when Cricket Australia Xl hosts the English Men’s Team in a four-day pre-Ashes series from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November 2017. This red ball (day match) four-day series will run in the immediate lead up to the opening Ashes Test Match at the Gabba, which is set to take place from 23 to 27 November 2017. Tickets are on sale now and offer affordable family entertainment. You can also purchase a four-day pass and there are plenty of corporate hospitality packages on offer too! Tickets are also available at the venue on day, from Gate 2. All tickets are sold as general admission and include access to the grandstand. There is no way to reserve a seat in the grandstand. Be sun smart - make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen and water bottle!

15th November 2017 to
1st November 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

Conroy Hall Markets

A fantastic all weather market with a great selection of antiques, bric-a-brac, books, home made treats, local craft and clothing Market held on the second Saturday of the month

13th January 2018 to
8th December 2018

Raintree Markets

Under the shade of Ingham's iconic raintrees of Rotary Park, right in the heart of Ingham. This market offers a diversity of offerings from local craft, bric-a-brac, fresh produce, real coffee, tropical plants and tasty treats. Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month

21st January 2018 to
16th December 2018

International Darts 2018

It's time for a showdown that really hits the target. For the first time ever, the Townsville community will have the chance to see international champion dart players up close and personal! Come and join the action of one of the fastest growing sports and see for yourself why audiences are hailing pro darts as one of the best nights out by far.

24th January 2018 to
25th January 2018

Australia Day Celebrations - Townsville

Townsville City Council presents a free community event and fun day in celebration of Australia Day. The morning’s schedule of events will include a fun run, free Aussie breakfast, Citizenship Ceremony, State Flag Raising Ceremony with 21-gun salute and Australian Defence Force flypast and will conclude with the Australia Day Awards Ceremony. 6am - Fun Run registrations open 6:45am - Townsville Aussie Day Fun Run start 8am - Fun Run presentations followed by free Aussie breakfast, Car display, Free Children's Amusements, Food Court 8:30am - Citizenship ceremony 9am - Live entertainment starts 10am - State Flag Raising Ceremony followed by 21-gun salute and flypast 11am - Australia Day Awards Ceremony 12pm - Event finish Please be aware this is a smoke and alcohol free event. Be sun smart and slip, slop, slap, seek shade and drink plenty of water. Sunscreens stations will be available. Hydration station will be available to refill your water bottle.

26th January 2018

Goldfield Ashes

The Charters Towers Goldfield Ashes is the largest amateur cricket carnival in the southern hemisphere. It is conducted in January by the Charters Towers Cricket Association Incorporated (CTCA). The event was recently given the status of being a Queensland Iconic Event. Matches are played on 58 different playing fields, including some which are privately owned. Whilst 'The Ashes' has grown to levels well beyond the imagination of President Jack Meeson's original concept, it has not lost its reputation for friendliness and hospitality. Perhaps within that reputation, lies the secret of its past success and assured growth in the future.

26th January 2018 to
28th January 2018

Exhibition - 'Four Walls' by David Rowe

An exhibition of paintings and drawings of the artists unresolved faith. 'Four Walls' examines the creation, the fall, the stories and the event of Christ. This is an interpretation in relation to modern times.

2nd February 2018 to
25th February 2018

Cowboys Community Day

Help the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys kick off the 2018 season at the Cowboys Community Day on Saturday 3 February, from 10am to 12pm at Townsville RSL Stadium! There will be a player signing session (10am to 11am), live music by 1RAR band, amusements, giveaways, new season merchandise on sale and great entertainment for the kids. Become a 2018 member today at cowboys.com.au or if you’re already a signed up as a 2018 full season member collect your exclusive 2018 player calendar! Please note: Townsville Stadium is an indoor venue - enjoy the air conditioning and please wear soft-soled shoes only. The event is free entry for all ages.

3rd February 2018

The Pirates of Penzance, with a Cast of only Six - Live on Stage

A true family musical comedy is what lies ahead, with the pirates clashing swords and trading barbs in this modern take.  Songs such as I Am The Pirate King, Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One, Cat Like Tread and Poor Wandering One, are just a few performed in this riveting production. So, say farewell to the Pirates as they sail off into the sunset, but not before providing the whole family with a truly great time in the theatre. Don’t miss out!

9th February 2018

Not Far to Go Now

Katie Jones is a classically trained artist who works primarily in charcoal. She lives with her husband and three children in Pentland; her family are her primary subjects. Born and raised in Canada, it was after she met her husband and moved to the Australian bush that she 'found her muse'. The images in 'Not Far to Go Now' have been used to illustrate a children's book sharing the same name. The book, which tells the story of a cattle muster, will be launched at the opening of the exhibition.

10th February 2018 to
11th March 2018

February 4x4 Fun Day

Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery. Located just nine kilometres from Charters Towers central business district, the Millchester Motor Sport and Recreation Facility has it all from winch walls to mud pits that host the NQ Off Road Challenge, participants can come for the weekend and enjoy all that the Towers has to offer. CT 4x4 Club is a family friendly club catering for all 4x4 enthusiasts.

11th February 2018

Sweet Valentines: Dinner and Neil Diamond Tribute Show

Romance will be in the ‘Ayr’ when Canadian entertainer Bobby Bruce reprises his role as Nearly Neil during a very special Valentines Day dinner and show in the Burdekin Theatre foyer on 14 February 2018. With doors open at 6pm, dinner will be served from 6:30pm. Bobby Bruce will entertain guests with his exhilarating Neil Diamond repertoire over a 1 hour and 45 minute two-act set, with desert served during the acts. The Burdekin Theatre bar will be open throughout the night to ensure guests can celebrate the night of love. Nearly Neil For almost two decades, Canadian singer Bobby Bruce has been astonishing and amazing packed houses throughout America, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Asia with his passionate, exhilarating and vocally brilliant salute to music legend, Neil Diamond. The power and purity of Bobby’s voice put him in a league of his own and audiences will love the way he glides through a powerful package of Diamond hits – from Cracklin’ Rosie and Kentucky Woman to Cherry Cherry and Sweet Caroline.

14th February 2018

Morning Melodies: Nearly Neil starring Bobby Bruce

For almost two decades, Canadian singer Bobby Bruce has been astonishing and amazing packed houses throughout America, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Asia with his passionate, exhilarating and vocally brilliant salute to music legend, Neil Diamond. The power and purity of Bobby’s voice put him in a league of his own and audiences will love the way he glides through a powerful package of Diamond hits – from Cracklin’ Rosie and Kentucky Woman to Cherry Cherry and Sweet Caroline. Such is Bobby’s following now in Australia, his Shows are enjoying the best numbers ever as Australians increasingly recognise the talent of this “Master of Music”. It is little wonder he has been nominated two years consecutively for the best international touring artist for the Australian ACE Awards.

14th February 2018

Elvis: An American Trilogy

Take three of the world’s leading Elvis tribute artists then start from the very beginning. Vic Trevino Jnr embodies the rockabilly sound and raw dance moves of the young Elvis. Gino Monopoli recreates the sophistication feel and sound of the movie years taking in tracks from the most iconic movies such as GI Blues, Kid Gallahad, Speedway and many more as well as recreating Elvis’ 1968 comeback TV special. Steve Michaels channels Elvis in the famous White Eagle jumpsuit passionately re-creating the seventies era of An American Trilogy with the moves, songs and nuances that made Elvis the most recognisable figure in history. Elvis an American Trilogy is the complete story that takes three of the world’s leading Elvis tribute artists starring in one of the most spectacular live concert productions that takes you on a journey through the music of the ‘The King.’

19th February 2018

Exhibition - 'Shine - the third edition'

Shine - the third edition, is a collective exhibition showcasing 20 artists across a range of genre from local and regional Queensland locations. This exhibition showcases the work of 20 professional and emerging artists which best represent their current art practices. Offering a wide selection of 2D and 3D works, which include a wonderful assortment of sculptural and ceramic pieces, photography, basket weavings as well as paintings, drawings and mix media art works. This exhibition showcases the incredible artistic talent they have locally and regionally.

2nd March 2018 to
29th March 2018

Gold Coast SUNS versus Geelong Cats JLT Community Series, Townsville

See AFL live in North Queensland! Gold Coast SUNS take on the Geelong Cats, Sunday March 4, 3.35pm at Riverway Stadium, Townsville for the JLT community series. All Gold Coast SUNS 2018 Members receive free general admission entry, subject to capacity. Tickets on sale Monday 5 February for Club/AFL members and Tuesday 6 February for General Public. Registration or upgrade is recommended for members to secure entry.

4th March 2018

Gold Coast Suns versus Geelong Cats

Riverway Stadium comprises of an Australian Football League (AFL) and cricket oval, a 1,000-seat grandstand and supporting facilities, the Riverway Oval, and cricket practice nets. Riverway Stadium has been home to AFL and cricket matches at local, regional, state and national levels. Watch the Gold Coast Suns take on Geelong Cats, 4 March 2018 at Riverway Stadium.

4th March 2018

March 4X4 Fun Day

Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery. Located just nine kilometres from Charters Towers central business district, the Millchester Motor Sport and Recreation Facility has it all from winch walls to mud pits that host the NQ Off Road Challenge, participants can come for the weekend and enjoy all that the Towers has to offer. CT 4x4 Club is a family friendly club catering for all 4x4 enthusiasts.

4th March 2018

Multi Sport Sprint Series 2018 - Paluma

A fast, yet challenging course featuring all three discipline, kayaking, mountain biking and trail running. Do it solo or in a team of two or three. Option for Duathlon available as well, solo category only. Explore the beautiful trails in Paluma while challenging yourself in this great sprint event. Registration opens January 1 2018. Limited entries available!

4th March 2018

Women's Mountain Bike Retreat

That's right - they have another Women's Mountain Bike Retreat with Lauretta Howarth from Ride Fundamentals Mountain Bike Skills for you. March 8 to 11, 2018 on Magnetic Island. Learn new skills, meet new friends, maybe even discover a new 'you'? Add in strength sessions with Maggie Island Bootcamp, yoga with Magnetic Island Yoga and free diving with the Freedive Tribe and you've got yourself an awesome three day tropical island getaway!!

8th March 2018 to
11th March 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Cronulla Sharks

Witness the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2018! Following a successful season in 2017 and a second Grand Final appearance in three years, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2018 stronger than ever. Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by 2017 Australian Rugby League World Cup champions Michael Morgan and Jordan McLean, dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. Lock in your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

9th March 2018

Leaving Jackson: The Johnny Cash and June Carter Story - Charters Towers

For more than 40 years, Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache.  A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now Jeff Carter Cash together with Brooke McMullen bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert not to be missed, their onstage performance has to be seen to be believed. Two hour live concert event will have you singing, laughing and crying for more. Starring Jeff Carter Cash and Brooke McMullen.

9th March 2018

Leaving Jackson- The Story of Johnny Cash and June Carter

For more than 40 years, Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now Jeff Carter Cash together with Brooke McMullen bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert not to be missed, their onstage performance has to be seen to be believed. This two hour live concert event “Leaving Jackson- The Johnny Cash and June Carter Story” will have you singing, laughing and crying for more. Starring Jeff Carter Cash and Brooke McMullen.

10th March 2018

Welcoming Babies Ceremony

To welcome new families and babies into the community. Event involves ceremony with Mayor handing out certificate, gift bag and seedling to each registered baby. Also includes exhibitors and market stalls and kids’ activities.

11th March 2018

Queen's Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. The Relay arrives in Townsville on Sunday 18 March and will move from West End to Jezzine Barracks from 2pm to 5.30pm. On Monday the Relay will begin at 7.40 am from Reid Park finishing in Cranbrook at 9.45 am. More details will be released early February 2018, please refer to the Townsville City Council website for more information.

18th March 2018 to
19th March 2018

Neil Diamond 50 Year Anniversary Tour

Neil Diamond will perform on March 20 at Townsville's 1300SMILES Stadium as part of his wildly successful 50 Year Anniversary Tour. The tour will celebrate Neil Diamond’s incomparable 50 year career and hits spanning decades such as Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy, Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Solitary Man, Sweet Caroline, Love on the Rocks, Desiree and Shilo. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek.

20th March 2018

Multi Sport Sprint Series 2018 - Magnetic Island

Join Outer Limits for a fun, but yet challenging multi sport adventure on the island. This event combines kayaking, mountain biking and trail running into a fast multi sport event. You can either do it solo or in a team or two or three. You can even chose to do the Duathlon option and avoid the kayaking if water isn't your thing. Entries are limited so make sure you register soon. Registration opens January 1 2018.

25th March 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Penrith Panthers

Witness the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2018! Following a successful season in 2017 and a second Grand Final appearance in three years, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2018 stronger than ever. Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by 2017 Australian Rugby League World Cup champions Michael Morgan and Jordan McLean, dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. Lock in your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

29th March 2018

Opening Ceremony of Commonwealth Games and Launch of Festival 2018

Opening of Commonwealth Games 2018 with live cross to the official opening ceremony on the Gold Coast, athlete appearances, 1RAR Performances, official speeches and Festival 2018 launch.

4th April 2018

Festival 2018

Festival 2018 in Townsville will see a program of diverse arts and culture of all forms, the likes of which never before seen in North Queensland. Located over three iconic Townsville sites their festival program will include national, international, and importantly, local performers and artists in a 12 day program that will amaze visitors and the local community and build a legacy of what an arts festival can bring to the city and region.

4th April 2018 to
15th April 2018

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Basketball - Townsville Prelims

Individual athleticism and skill, combined with teamwork and tactics will have Basketball crowds cheering and chanting all over Queensland. With four captivating quarters of end-to end action each match, spectators will witness sporting entertainment like nothing else. The men’s and women’s Basketball competition will be staged at magnificent indoor arenas in Cairns, Townsville and the Gold Coast, enabling fans far and wide to experience Basketball at its best. Each competing nation will be represented by up to 12 players rotating in this on-court battle for Commonwealth supremacy. Amongst them will be some of the world’s best players ready to display their talents defending, rebounding, dribbling, dunking, shooting and scoring.

5th April 2018 to
10th April 2018

Exhibition - 'Reef to Rainforest' by Susan Hollamby

Award winning artist Susan Hollamby elicits the inner character of her subjects, drawing the viewer to contemplate the potential stories and emotions the artist holds close to her heart. Hollamby believes every being has a story and strives to unearth these narratives with her work. An exceptionally technically accomplished artist, Hollamby has been featured in numerous international galleries, won many first prize awards and has been accepted for a wide assortment of prestigious displays including the Archibald and Percival Portrait Prize. Most recently Sue received the winning prize in the Painting 2D section of the second Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Awards along with the Peoples Choice award for the same exhibition.

6th April 2018 to
29th April 2018

The Grigoryan Brothers: Songs Without Words Tour [Live]

Regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo performing today, the Grigoryan Brothers’ have a passion to expand their horizons through new arrangements, their own compositions and the classic guitar repertoire . This ambition can be heard as the brothers take the guitar into genres such as jazz, folk and contemporary music. In concert, mix it all together and you have a dimension to guitar-playing rarely seen in the musical world. “The Grigoryan Brothers have a reputation of performing together so emphatically, they become extensions of each other.”  – Courier Mail When not on stage they are in the studio, having released six duo albums, four of which have been nominated for ARIA awards (Australia’s prestigious music awards). ‘…..Slava and Leonard belong in a special category of excellence’  – The West Australian    "Slava Grigoryan won ARIA for Best Classical Album" 2017

7th April 2018

Dust N Gold Rodeo

Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the north and has a long history with rodeo. You will be entertained by the best competitors in rough stock and timed event action. A live band will keep the mood going once the arena action is completed. The rodeo is a great family friendly outing and constantly draws crowds in excess of 1,000 people. All the extreme rodeo action takes place under the covered arena at the Dalrymple Equestrian Complex.

7th April 2018

April 4X4 Fun Day

Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery. Located just nine kilometres from Charters Towers central business district, the Millchester Motor Sport and Recreation Facility has it all from winch walls to mud pits that host the NQ Off Road Challenge, participants can come for the weekend and enjoy all that the Towers has to offer. CT 4x4 Club is a family friendly club catering for all 4x4 enthusiasts.

8th April 2018