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15th December 2018 to 28th January 2019

Summer Days at the Museum

These school holidays when it's hot outside, the Museum of Tropical Queensland is the cool place to be with a new science exhibition, awesome events and interactive activities for children of all ages. Commencing Saturday 15 December, daily activities include the new Sciencentre gallery - a discovery-zone with plenty of fun with more than 20 interactive exhibits to find out how science challenges the human body, exercises the brain and stimulates the senses. The new Construction Zone will also make for hours of imaginative play with the Big Blue Blocks and LEGO® plus the fun continues with the range of interactive exhibitions found across two massive air-conditioned floors. The excitement factor is taken up a notch from January 7 to 24 with a variety awesome special events including live science and 3D planetarium shows. In conjunction with Reef HQ, on Friday 18 January the Museum will open for one-night only before the school holidays finish and the Summer Days come to an end. Visit for a night of ‘science made simple’ with pop up science buskers, craft and other fun activities. For the full Summer Days at the Museum program visit their website.

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15th April 2018 to 15th December 2019

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 from February to December and the first Sunday of February and March

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26th January 2019

Australia Day

Townsville City Council will host Australia Day celebrations starting at 6.45am at Jezzine Barracks followed by the Great Australian Bites event from 12pm to 4pm at Strand Park. These events bring the community together to celebrate the multicultural society and the values, freedoms and lifestyle of the nation. The 2019 Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony and 2019 Great Australian Bites are presented by the Townsville City Council in partnership with the Queensland Government. The Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony and Great Australian Bites are assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.

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26th January 2019 to 28th January 2019

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.

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4th August 2018 to 7th December 2019

Mercer Lane Markets

Set against the stunning backdrop of Mercer Lane Mosaic, a 42 metre long homage to their heritage, this market brings to life Hinchinbrook's finest hand made local art and craft.

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8th February 2019

Cowboys Community Day

Help the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys kick off the 2019 season at the Cowboys Community Day on Friday 8 February, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Strand Park! There will be a player signing session, live music by 1RAR band, amusements, giveaways, new season merchandise on sale and great entertainment for the kids. Special gift packs are available to collect for the first 1000 members! Become a 2019 member today at their website. The event is free entry for all ages.

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13th January 2018 to 12th October 2019

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

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10th February 2019

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.

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20th February 2019

Gaetano Bonfante with Michael Harvey

Pure Imagination” – Gaetano Bonfante with Michael Harvey, brings ‘beautiful music’ to the stage, with voice and piano. The romantic repertoire includes “Bring Him Home”, “Anthem”, “Be My Love”, “Younger than Springtime”, and songs recorded by Andrea BocelIi and Josh Groban. Together, Gaetano and Michael bring you the fullness of their artistry. Gaetano, an Australian Italian tenor, has performed and studied in Verona, Venice, Shanghai and sang with Opera Australia in TOSCA, PARSIFAL and LA BOHEME. His rich tenor voice, accompanied by Award-winning Composer and Pianist, Michael Harvey, will delight you. Michael, once Musical Director / Conductor for Australia’s iconic performers, Julie Anthony, Peter Allen and Rob Guest, also performs in solo Piano Performance. Gaetano’s sensitivity and Michael’s musical empathy, ‘breathing’ with the singer on every note, is endearing to the audience. Together they bring an amiable and warm conversation to the stage – “Pure Imagination” is pure joy.

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24th February 2019

Castle Hill Trail Run

The first run in the Outer Limits Trail Running Series 2019: The Castle Hill Trail Run. This event being early in the the year is designed to get people into trail running and utilise Townsville's biggest icon. The race will start and finish from the West End State School and the course will cover the trails on the western side of the hill. The trails will not be closed to the public but they will not be using the popular “goat track”. The race has a three kilometre for beginners and kids, a six kilometre and a tough nine kilometre for the more experienced runners. This event will offer a great trail running experience right on your front door step. Registration opens 1 January 2019.

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28th February 2019

Oceans Film Festival World Tour 2019

With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. Find out more at the website.

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28th February 2019

Ocean Film Festival World Tour

With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.  Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.  The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. Find out more at their website.

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2nd March 2019

Ocean Film Festival World Tour

With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. Find out more at the website.

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5th March 2019

I Want To Know What Love Is

Joyous. Sexy. Heartbreaking. Take a dizzying ride through love’s collision course. Based on 800 anonymous love stories submitted by you, your friends and your exes, I Want To Know What Love Is throws a spotlight on long-buried memories, bedroom fantasies, crushes and conquests as secret confessions are transformed into magnificent declarations centre stage. This is for everyone who’s ever loved. Anyone who’s ever hurt. This is for you. *2019 TicketShop Member Discount Available*

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10th March 2019

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.

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10th March 2019

La Traviata at the MET

This is a film of the live Theatrical Performance. Worldly courtesan Violetta has grown tired of her dissolute life. When the pure-hearted Alfredo declares his love for her, she leaves everything behind to live with him, until the fear of family scandal threatens to tear apart the young lovers and everything they hold dear. Yannick Nézet-Séguin makes his debut as the new Met Musical Director by conducting Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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14th March 2019

Room on the Broom

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned. As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind… The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch's lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick's not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? *2019 TicketShop Member Discount Available*

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16th March 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus St George Illawarra Dragons

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by 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. 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!

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27th March 2019

Mountainfilm on Tour 2019 - Townsville

Mountainfilm on Tour is back! The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours - Heart. Join them for a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit. Mountainfilm is one of the world's best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world. Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This year's films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring the likes of climber Alex Honnold, ultra runner Kilian Jornet as well as mountaineering, mountain biking, expedition travel, fly fishing, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer. The event will feature prize draws and a free program for all attendees. All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating with no refunds available.

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30th March 2019 to 31st March 2019

Burdekin Junior Netball Carnival

The Burdekin Netball Association will this year be holding its annual junior carnival in April 2019 at their Association courts in Twelfth Avenue, Home Hill. They are inviting your Association to nominate club teams and your Representative teams for this Carnival. All teams must supply a competent umpire. Please advise of their level of competency. All teams and officials are advised to be at the courts by 7.30am. This will allow the games to commence at 8am. The draw will be available from control from 7.30am. Please include an email address for the draw to be forwarded if possible as soon as it is complete. Full canteen facilities will be available starting with breakfast.

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30th March 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Cronulla Sharks

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2019 stronger than ever. Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by 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. 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!

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4th April 2019 to 6th April 2019

Home Hill Sugar Bowl

An event over three days using both the Home Hill and Ayr tennis facilities. Teams coming from as far as Mackay and Ingham and out to Charters Towers. Individuals will be coming from Brisbane and Cairns. A team sporting event iconic to Regional Queensland. 2019 will be the 39th Consecutive Staging.

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6th April 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Canberra Raiders

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2019 stronger than ever. Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by 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. 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!

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7th April 2019

Elliot's Revenge Trail Run

The Elliot's Revenge Trail Run is the second event in the Outer Limits Trail Run Series 2019. This run will take you through the beautiful Bowling Green Bay National Park, testing your stamina on steep hills and satisfying your sense of adventure with creek crossings and challenging trails. With multiple distances to choose from, this event offers fun and challenge to the whole family. There will be prizes for the first three runners in each distance as well as prizes for first place in each age category. Reward yourself with complimentary refreshments after you cross the finish line and enjoy great food and drinks from local food and coffee carts. Registration opens 1st January 2019, get in early as the event will sell out!

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10th April 2019

Up, up and away!

Travel with Up, up and away! in this riotous dance cabaret on a once-in-a-lifetime journey around the world. The sassy stewardesses are your live In-Flight Entertainment System which features more than enough razzle-dazzle from the Swing and Retro eras to keep you occupied during your fabulous journey. Join the tipsy mile-high shenanigans through spectacular dance numbers and captivating harmonies as the crew from First Class, Business Class and Economy demonstrate what never goes on at 39,000 feet. In fact, the hosties are far more interested in their own comfort than that of their passengers and you are invited to join their escapades as they leap through the skies on an unmissable musical journey.

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12th April 2019

Movie Magic

There will be pre-movie craft starting from 6pm. Grab your beanbags, deck chairs and blankets and join them for a free movie during the school holidays.

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12th April 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Melbourne Storm

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2019 stronger than ever. Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by 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. 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!

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13th April 2019

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.

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13th April 2019 to 14th April 2019

Shane Muspratt Cup - Junior Rugby League

Burdekin Junior Rugby League is hosting the annual Shane Muspratt Cup and Under 12 Rugby League Carnival at Rugby Park, Ayr. This year there is 24 teams competing for the title of the Shane Muspratt Cup including teams from the Burdekin, Cairns, Townsville, Redlynch, Bowen, Mackay, Proserpine, Charters Towers, Tully, Edmonton, Herbert River and Gordonvale. Please come along and support Burdekin Junior Rugby League and view the young talent of the future on display.

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13th April 2019 to 14th April 2019

Shane Muspratt Cup

The Tropic Shane Muspratt Cup is an annual Under 12s Junior Rugby League Football carnival held at Rugby Park in Ayr. The event attracts visitors from Cairns, Townsville, Charters Towers and Mackay. Nearly 500 junior athletes will converge on Rugby Park for two days of competitive football.

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14th April 2019

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.

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21st April 2019

44th Van Nationals

The humble Panel Van is one of the most iconic vehicles in Australia! The 44th Van Nationals and Street Machine Show will have a variety of vans including big vans, medium vans and small vans, show, classic, vintage and custom, on display as owners and their vehicles will come together from across the country to meet at the historic outback gold mining town of Charters Towers. Easter Sunday, the Charters Towers Showgrounds will be alive with the smooth sounds and visual beauty of these iconic vans, along with a sub section of street machine and classic vehicles on display for spectators to view. Why not soak up the Easter long weekend and take a step back in time and discover the enchanting, outback town of Charters Towers. Driving the streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage. This iconic annual event is the largest Van Show held in Australia and is the first time this event has been held in North Queensland.

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27th April 2019 to 28th April 2019

Eugene Pagotto Memorial Canefield Ashes Carnival

The Home Hill Cricket Association will be hosting the Home Hill Canefield Ashes Cricket Carnival at the Home Hill Cricket Grounds in April 2019. The Canefield Ashes brings the excitement of 20/20 cricket to the sugar capital of Australia. Held at the Home Hill Racecourse in the Burdekin Shire, the competition has quickly developed into a great weekend of cricket, mateship and socialising. The two-day contest is held over a weekend and attracts teams from the Burdekin as well as Bowen, Proserpine and Charters Towers. The Home Hill Cricket Association and the Pagotto family are now calling for teams and sponsors for the Canefield Ashes. This sporting event raises much-needed funds for the Queensland Cancer Council and is held annually in honour of Eugene Pagotto.

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27th April 2019 to 28th April 2019

Adventurethon Magnetic Stage Race

This is an Adventurethon event which has been pulled apart to create three stand-alone individual races (Run, MTB and Paddle), with times that can be tallied together in a stage race format at the end to find an overall champion. However, it can also can be raced as a team, in pairs, or simply just attempt your favourite leg. This is the best way to explore beautiful Magnetic Island. Having a three stage event allows athletes to see more of the island. They find their adventurethoners love this locations. See the beaches, take in the park views and become one with nature. An abseil is including in the run adding an extra spice of adventure to the weekend.

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27th April 2019 to 28th April 2019

Burdekin Auto Festival 2019

The Burdekin Auto Festival is a weekend jam packed full of events celebrating classic automotive culture. The festival includes a Super Cruise, Show and Shine, Live entertainment and a Rockabilly dinner dance. Sunday is a fun filled day for the whole family with a kids corner, slot cars and free jumping castle. There will also be finals for the driving events and judging of the cars and bikes, finishing Sunday afternoon with the trophy presentations. Over 200 vintage cars, hot rods and motorbikes on display including three onsite driving events.

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28th April 2019

Burdekin Sugar Rush

The Burdekin Sugar Rush is the marquee event for the Burdekin Road Runners and Walkers Club. It is a key event in the Athletics North Queensland half marathon series and the only half marathon race within the Burdekin region. It has been run for the past 17 years and continue to grow and attract participants from all around the wider North Queensland region.

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3rd May 2019 to 5th May 2019

Charters Towers Country Music Festival

A weekend of Country Music at it's finest! 2019 will mark the festival's 42nd 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.

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3rd May 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Gold Coast Titans

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2019 stronger than ever. Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by 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. 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!

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5th May 2019

Groovin the Moo

Groovin the Moo (GTM) is now taking reservations for the 2019 tour! Checking-in to Townsville on Sunday 5 May (long weekend). GTM’s increasingly recognised trademark is that of a fun and value-packed day complete with a twist of country hospitality and inclusivity. GTM tours acts from all genres which in turn reflects the importance of diversity for the festival. General on sale starts in early February. Life's better when you're Groovin.

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10th May 2019 to 12th May 2019

Gold City Campdraft

Campdrafting is a fun, family friendly event. Come and experience the art of campdrafting, in which a horse and its rider needs to control a beast around a set course. It requires a 'cowy' horse, a talented rider, lots of skill and a fair bit of luck!

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10th May 2019 to 12th May 2019

MTBA National Championships | Marathon 2019

Mountain Bike Australia in conjunction with Townsville Enterprise Limited, the Queensland State Government, Townsville City Council and the Rockwheelers MTB Club are pleased to present the 2019 MTBA National Championships and Townsville MTB Festival. In its third year, the 2019 Townsville MTB Festival will again offer riders of all ages a varsity of events, including the Marathon National Championships.

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11th May 2019

Carmen at the MET

Don José loses everything to be with the capricious Carmen, with a fierceness that can only lead to catastrophe. Clémentine Margaine stars as opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite superstar Roberto Alagna (who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010) as the passionate solider held in the throes of Carmen’s cruel magnetism Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s thrilling production, a favorite in the Met’s repertoire and one of the most popular operas of all time. Sung in French with English subtitles. *2019 TicketShop Member Discount Available*

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11th May 2019

Burdekin Craft Spectacular

A showcase of home cottage craft and other crafts from around the region. Great dining experience including their High Tea tasty treats. An event for the whole family.

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12th May 2019

May 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.

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12th May 2019 to 8th September 2019

Lucinda Markets

Soak up the relaxing casual atmosphere, enjoy the music, indulge in a coffee, hot food and seaside views. Browse over 30 stalls and find something for everyone. Entertain the kids, stroll the beach, lunch in Lucinda and take in the seaside views. Markets are held on the second Sunday of the month between May and September.

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13th May 2019 to 14th May 2019

Me and My Shadow

Me And My Shadow is a gentle magical visual poem for children, using paper, light, shadow, colour, water, music, sound and words to create a world of play where the imagined becomes real. With fantastical imagery, quirky physical performances and an intriguing score, Me And My Shadow ignites the imagination in a poetical experience that explores the trials and joys of friendship. *2019 TicketShop Member Discount Available*

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16th May 2019

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2019

The original and the best mountain film festival is coming back to Townsville for one huge night. The 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases over two and a half hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll. The tour is hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada. More than 300 of the world’s best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films are shown during the week-long event. A selection of award winners and audience favourites then tours the globe, visiting 390 communities and 35 countries as part of the festival’s official world tour. This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. The program is packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences. Presented by World Expeditions. For more details visit the website.

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18th May 2019

Burdekin Growers Race Day

The Burdekin Growers Race Day is the largest social event on the Burdekin Shire's calendar with thousands of locals and visitors flocking to the Home Hill Race Club. It's not only the horses in the spotlight but the Fashion's of the field are hotly contested amongst race goers. There are thousands of dollars worth of prize giveaways throughout the day and a free box of locally grown fruit and vegetables are packed for every patron.

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18th May 2019

Tasman Turtle's Picnic Day

Enjoy a day of adventure and discovery of art, culture, nature and knowledge with Tasman Turtle and his friends at their annual family Picnic Day. The day will be filled with activities, workshops, games, food and entertainment for you and your family. Cost: Free entry.

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18th May 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Parramatta Eels

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2019 stronger than ever. Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by 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. 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!

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19th May 2019

Move It Festival 2019

Move It Festival is a family fun community event, raising money for 100 per cent local charity, The Townsville Hospital Foundation. Participants will walk or run the 1 kilometre, 5 kilometre or 10 kilometre courses, with Elliot Springs being the race venue for 2019! Come along for a great morning of races, rides, entertainment, food and community fun!

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20th May 2019 to 22nd May 2019

Pint Of Science (Townsville)

Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia (and the world!). In 2019 the festival will run on May 20, 21 and 22. Please visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.

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25th May 2019

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 Arcadia Bay. The event offers a 10 kilometre and a 20 kilometre course, both are challenging and beautiful at the same time.

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26th May 2019

Eco Fiesta 2019

Find out how you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle at Townsville City Council's Eco Fiesta. This popular annual event features exhibitors and market stalls, demonstrations, presentations from guest speakers, live entertainment, tree giveaways, food vendors and amusements.

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26th May 2019 to 22nd September 2019

Forrest Beach Market

Unwind and enjoy the relaxed beach setting. Market boasts a variety of local arts and craft, fresh produce, plants, bric-a-brac, raffles, kids activities and barbeue lunch. Market occurs on the fourth Sunday of the month between May and September.

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28th May 2019 to 29th May 2019

Loose Ends

Tie up some ‘Loose Ends’ when this adventurous one-man show loaded with groovy gadgets, naughty puppets and madcap clowning lands in your town. With a touch of Wallace and Gromit and Mr. Bean, Loose Ends is built from hard rubbish and op-shop treasures, is a celebration of the capricious and full of unexpected and quirky situations. A tale of friendship, disappointment and meaningful connections... and all the messy bits in between. Loose Ends is exciting family theatre at its most original and inventive, highly visual, emotional and funny. *2019 TicketShop Member Discount Available*

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30th May 2019 to 2nd June 2019

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival

This event incorporates both the First Fire of the crushing season and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Burdekin region is one of the last regions in Australia to still burn sugar cane before it is harvested. The First Fire celebrates that fact and involves burning the purpose grown cane to be cut in the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships is a test of skill and endurance, with thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs for competitors. Bring the family to experience history coming back to life, in the sugar capital of Australia- the Burdekin region. Sit back and enjoy live cane fire up close, be a part of the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, be entertained by live music, wander through vintage machinery from yesteryear, take part in a workshop or two, enjoy a bite to eat from one of the many food providers or have a cold drink from the bar. There is something to do for the whole family. Both events are held at the Home Hill Showgrounds, about one and a quarter hour's drive south of Townsville, and 15 minutes from Ayr.

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2nd June 2019

All British Day Townsville 2019

All British Day is a display of British vehicles and machinery current and past, highlighting aspects of British culture and heritage and promoting a military theme. The festival was first held in Townsville in 1992 and since 1999 has been hosted annually as a free community event by the Jaguar Car Club of North Queensland. All British Day attracts visitors and participants from all over North Queensland. At least 150 vehicles are displayed in a tropical setting around “The Lagoon” in the beautiful grounds of The Cathedral School Mundingburra. Their aim is to celebrate and preserve the history of the British Motor Industry, a triumph of ingenuity and engineering! Acquisition by various manufacturers over past decades led to the demise of many of the original outstanding marques. The All British Day display showcases the marques still manufactured and also offers a rare opportunity to see these unique discontinued vehicles and machines, many preserved meticulously by their enthusiastic owners. This year’s themes are again special to celebrate All Things British and they continue our Military Theme commenced several years ago to honour the centenary of World War 1. A great family day with free admission for the community and displays.

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7th June 2019 to 9th June 2019

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car buffs featuring a 'show n shine', super cruisers and go-to-whoa. There is something for everyone including a large selection of swap sites, demonstrations, feature attractions, a vast array of vintage cars and stationary machinery on display and much more including live band, licensed bar and children's entertainment.

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7th June 2019 to 8th June 2019

Bruce

From the creator of the international smash hit The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer comes a new low-­fi puppetry spectacular. Get ready to blast off for an epic adventure that bends time and melts your heart. After Tim Watts’ last two Helpmann Award nominated shows (The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and It’s Dark Outside) performed to sold out crowds and rave reviews all over the world, Watts has teamed up with Nickelodeon's Wyatt Nixon-­Lloyd for the debut of Bruce. Keeping you on the edge of your seat, Bruce will sweep you away on an epic adventure of love and revenge. He may be just a floating block of yellow foam, but Bruce is out to prove he’s got a heart of pure gold. These exceptionally skilled puppeteers bring Bruce to life as you witness the incredible comedic story of his life as a self-­proclaimed hero-­cop turned novelist-­astronaut. *2019 TicketShop Member Discount Available*

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7th June 2019

The TEN Tenors present Love Is in the Air

Love is in the air – and they want to share it with you all! Everyone adores songs about love. Songs that celebrate one of the greatest feelings in the world, the glory of love, which is all around us each and every day. They’re the best reminder that love is free but can make you feel like the richest person in the world, if you open your heart. In 2019, The TEN Tenors are embracing love and will be singing some of the most popular feel-good love songs and wedding first dance songs of all time. They’ll cover many of your favourite romantic tunes, from pop songs with a twist to classic love songs, and even a few of the most famous and touching love arias in existence. For anyone with a soft spot for a tender tune, this is an experience not to be missed. The TEN Tenors will be at Townsville Entertainment and Exhibition Centre on 7 June 2019, and is guaranteed to fill you with passion and put a huge smile on your face.

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12th June 2019 to 13th June 2019

Billionaire Boy

Twelve year old Joe has everything a boy could ever want, from a golden underwater Ferrari to his very own cinema. Joe and his Dad have more money than you could imagine, but what Joe really needs is a friend. When Joe arrives at his new school, life really gets tough. Facing the school bully, his Dad’s new girlfriend and the world’s worst school canteen, Joe is about to learn that money might buy you a lot in Raj’s shop, but it can’t buy you everything. David Walliams’ best-selling book comes to life on stage for six to 12 year olds - and their adults! Don’t miss this original Australian adaptation as the team behind Mr Stink and The 13-, 26-, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouses live on stage return with songs, laughs and yes, that cat sick and sweet potato mash from the canteen.

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15th June 2019

Gold Coast SUNS versus St Kilda

Support your Gold Coast SUNS in Round 13 for their first AFL match held in Townsville. See the team take on St Kilda on Saturday 15 June at Riverway Stadium, with all the on-field action kicking off from at 1.45pm local time. It will be a great afternoon for the whole family!

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19th June 2019

1 RAR Band Presents

The Band of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment is made up of a group of exceptional professional Army musicians based in Townsville’s Lavarack Barracks. Amazingly versatile, they can step off a parade ground and put on exciting rock shows, intimate small group events, and masterful big band jazz performances. Their shows are always very popular and sell out, so be quick to get your tickets!

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29th June 2019 to 30th June 2019

Adventurethon Townsville

In line with popular demand, Townsville returns to the standard Adventurethon Format again. Gear up for a full on, three discipline, race to test your stamina on the waters and tracks around Pallarenda. Not just an event for the elite athletes, Adventurethon also caters to the whole family from juniors to first-time​ adults and those seeking a bit more of a challenge. Paddle, run and ride courses are designed to provide you with the best experiences of the location and to throw in a little adventure

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29th June 2019 to 30th June 2019

Neck of the Woods Music Festival

Neck of the Woods Music Festival is a local music and lifestyle festival set in a family friendly environment on a property in the suburb of Pinnacles, 30 minutes from the Townsville central business district. Neck of the Woods celebrates the local music scene, hosting 20 musical acts over two days, including a selection of North Queensland’s best original artists and some of Australia’s up and coming spotlight touring acts. The festival will feature two nights of onsite camping, BYO, lifestyle activities such as yoga workshops, art installations, an interactive children’s area and a festival marketplace showcasing some of Townsville’s best street food and artisan market stalls.

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30th June 2019 to 2nd July 2019

U18 State Hockey Championships 2019 - Men

Hundreds of athletes and their supporters from all across Queensland will converge in Townsville for the U18 State Hockey Championships. Spectators are welcome to come along and see the best Under 18 hockey players from across Queensland battle it out everyday. Thanks to Townsville Enterprise and Townsville City Council for their support of the event.

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4th July 2019 to 5th July 2019

Ingham Show 2019

Come along to this classic country show with all the favourites: horses, dogs, birds, wood chopping, art, cooking and school displays, animal nursery, fireworks, night entertainment and side shows. The whole family will enjoy it!

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5th July 2019 to 7th July 2019

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

Soak up the colour and atmosphere of North Queensland’s largest annual sporting event at the 2019 Watpac Townsville 400, 5 to 7 July. The rivalry between Supercars teams has never been more intense, and at the halfway point in the Championship the racing is sure to be fierce including a stellar line up of support categories that will round out the on-track action. With a host of family entertainment both on and off the track, and free Trackside admission for kids 12 and under, you can bring the whole crew. Tickets at Ticketek.

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6th July 2019

Style Over Speed 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.

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11th July 2019

Faulty Towers The Original Dining Experience - at Ingham

Officially the world’s longest running and most successful tribute to the BBC’s famous sitcom, this Australian original has made its international mark as an ‘unforgettable night out’ (The West Australian). Selling out at shows all over the world – including Sydney Opera House and London’s West End – it’s now coming to Herbert River RSL in July 2019. But be warned: tickets will sell out here too, so early booking is essential! Basil, Manuel and Sybil are in town – and they’re bringing a healthy dose of mayhem to your door. Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this is the top-flight show where anything can happen and usually does – and with 70 per cent of the show improvised, it’s never the same twice. With two hours of comedy, three courses of food and five-star reviews, expect chaos, laughs, and a brilliant night out. - ‘Seriously funny’ The Advertiser, Adelaide Fringe - ‘Laughs galore!’ The Holiday and Travel Magazine, Sydney Opera House The cast for Herbert River RSL features Amie Currie (Sybil), Rob Langston (Basil) and Andy Foreman (Manuel). * Performer bios are on the Actors page at the website.

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14th July 2019

July 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.

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19th July 2019 to 20th July 2019

Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus

Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling, as musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist. To those who know him, he is Wolfgang, the dart-playing, pun-loving ratbag. To those who are watching and listening, he is the wigged genius Mozart. Come and discover his irrepressible spirit and vibrant compositions through physical comedy and mischievous antics. Designed to amaze people from the age of three and upwards, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus reinvents the composer’s magical music in a skillful and illuminating show featuring Circa’s dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist. Watch as the notes are physically lifted off the page as performers bring the renowned compositions to life amidst a storm of powder, tumbles and crashes, all under the eccentric swirl of the conductor’s baton. *2019 TicketShop Member Discount Available*

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19th July 2019 to 21st July 2019

Ingham Autofest

Ingham Autofest is back and will taking place in Far North Queensland from July 19 to 21 2019. Ingham Autofest will be held at the Ingham Showground each year and the Autofest Crew look forward to working together with local clubs as well as other events already running in Far North Queensland and they are sure that this exciting new event for their region will also compliment their events as well. Autofest is open to everything automotive from Cars, Trucks, Bikes in fact anything that has wheels is welcomed to join in on all the fun and with the theme of a Family Friendly Festival. Autofest events include, Go To Whoa, Spear A Spud, Dyno Shootout, Show N Shine, Autokana and everyone's favourite, the Mighty Burnout Comp. More details will be released over the coming weeks and Entrant Forms will be posted up at their website.

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20th July 2019

Kids Rock Junior Rodeo, Heart of the Goldfields Rodeo and King of the Goldfields Steer Wrestling

Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the North and has a long history with Rodeo with the Charters Towers Rodeo Association hosting events since 1948. The event features bulls, broncs, barrels, roping, bulldogging and bucking bareback ponies. A live band will keep the mood going once the arena action is completed. The rodeos is a great family friendly outing, with all of the extreme rodeo action taking place under the covered arena at the Charters Towers Dalrymple Equestrian Complex.

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22nd July 2018 to 21st July 2019

The Paluma Push

Held in July each year, the Paluma Push is a race from the Paluma Village via the Paluma Dam through World heritage rainforest and cattle property to Hidden Valley cabins. Three courses are available, the 42 kilometre recreational course, the 53 kilometre intermediate course and the competition course which is 70 kilometres. This is a race that changes lives! If you are competitive, the prizes are substantial with both cash and equipment on offer. If you are a rider who loves a challenge, The Push is your perfect ride. But if you want to try an achievable personal challenge that will guarantee you a smile and helpful encouragement then this ride will change your life. Sign on commences before Easter 2019. Don't miss out! Hop in and register when the gate goes up. More than 600 riders every year can't be wrong.

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26th July 2019 to 4th August 2019

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 ten day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland. The Festival has been delighting audiences for almost 30 years and has earned an international 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, winter warmth and tropical location create a special atmosphere that entices audiences and artists back year after year.

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28th July 2019 to 30th July 2019

Charters Towers Show

Charters Towers will be alive with live performances, agriculture, produce, exhibitors and the famous side show alley for three exciting days. There is always something happening in the ring with showjumping and ring events to sit and watch throughout the day. Entertainment aplenty with local performers, whip cracking, wood chopping, racing mowers, agricultural alley and of course, fireworks! The kids will be kept busy with sideshow alley full of rides for all ages and lots of fun to be had, don't forget to pick your self up a showbag! The Pavilions are a must see with competitions featuring art, craft, wood-turning, photography, baking, confectionery, fruit, vegetables, plants, home brew, school student displays and many more.

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2nd August 2019 to 11th August 2019

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 10 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.

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3rd August 2019 to 4th August 2019

Australian Italian Festival

The Festival is an artistic and cultural Festival highlighting the Italian influence on Ingham and North Queensland and their involvement in the Sugar Industry. The Festa area is transformed into a huge piazza with non-stop world-class entertainment on two stages. Guests gain access to entertainment, competitions, free amusement rides for the children, market stalls, homemade, mouth-watering Italian food from the best local Italian Nonnas.

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4th August 2019

McDonalds Townsville Running Festival

In a setting that sees the sunrise over Magnetic Island, the majestic coral sea, the sunset behind the iconic granite of Castle hill, they have picture perfect prime real estate to bring you a Running Festival that stands like no other. The Townsville Marathon was started by a group of hardcore enthusiasts in 1972, who founded the “Townsville Marathon Club”. The name was a little exclusive and elitist so they toned it down somewhat to become “The Townsville Road Runners” which we all know and love today. In 1999, Townsville Road Runners aimed to raise the profile of running in the region by stepping into the unknown and hosting one of the countries first Running Festivals. The event has evolved into the premier and largest regional marathon in the state today. It is a regional event, with its own vibe, feel and unique welcoming allure, yet the certified racecourses, new race HQ at Jezzine Barracks and professionalism of the event coordinators bring a product on par, if not raising the bar, for major national events and a definite appeal for “race-chasers” and race hardened running purists alike. They are not just a run. They are an experience.

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5th August 2019

Townsville Careers Expo 2019

The 15th annual Townsville Careers Expo presents an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in education and training or those seeking professional career development and employment opportunities. With exhibitors including Universities, private education providers, TAFE institutes, graduate employment, Defence Force recruiting, student support services and employers, the Expo provide a unique opportunity to find everything related to education and employment, under one roof. The Job Shop is organised in conjunction with the Expo, presenting career seekers with "real jobs" and the opportunity to meet face to face with local and national employers. A variety of positions will be available and can be viewed on the website closer to the event. Visitors have the chance to win multiple prizes! For more information on the Expo, please visit the website and click on the Townsville icon, or visit the Facebook page. The expo is on Monday August 5, 2019 from 10am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 7pm. Admission is free!

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10th August 2019 to 18th August 2019

Townsville Triathlon Festival

Introducing the brand new Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival Multisport Event. The TTF is entering its 17th year and is established as a significant race on the National Triathlon circuit as a World Age Group Qualifying Olympic Distance event. The Festival will host the Triathlon Queensland Club Championships North Queensland. The Townsville Triathlon Festival is the “Big Weekend” - a weekend of racing, fun and a full festival atmosphere with an array of events and activities to take part in across one massive weekend. Triathlon is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Multisport events (Aquathon, Duathlon and Cross Tri) are set to be added to 2019 event schedule. The Festival will also offer dinner competitors entertainment options including the opening night ‘With The Stars’ dinner, the option to go to the North Queensland Cowboys home game on the Saturday night, and post event get together on the Sunday afternoon, as part of the “Big Weekend”.

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16th August 2019 to 18th August 2019

Townsville Cultural Fest

This year the Townsville Cultural Fest celebrates its 25th anniversary; a quarter of a century of developing community spirit through dance, music, food and fun. A quarter of a century of celebrating diversity, and promoting acceptance and understanding in regional Queensland. In that time, they’ve engaged with more than 200 communities and groups, and brought together thousands of people from a range of diverse backgrounds. The festival has truly been a life-changing phenomenon for so many. Such an incredible achievement calls for a grand community celebration and they plan to do that in style. But they also believe it’s time to share the story of this journey internationally; time to show the rest of the world what 25 years of commitment to peace and harmony looks like. That’s why the theme for the 25th anniversary will be “Unity In Diversity.” In the last 25 years, the Townsville Cultural Fest has helped raise two generations of young people who understand the concept of Unity In Diversity and the need for harmony and community cohesion. Given the many issues facing the world today, this achievement is fundamental to the future stability and sustainability of this region, this country and the global community.

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16th August 2019 to 24th August 2019

North Queensland Elite Rodeo

North Queensland Elite Rodeo is an invitational only event putting the very best rodeo athletes against the best animals in the country. Their goal is to not only put on one of the greatest competitions for spectators but to also show junior and emerging rodeo stars that there is a pathway for this great sport.

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19th August 2019

Spencer

A brand new comedy-drama looking at a gloriously dysfunctional Australian family, this is modern story telling at its best! Told over the course of one weekend in a suburban Australian family home, Spencer tells the story of a tight-knit family led by single-mum matriarch Marilyn and her three adult children – wayward daughter Jules, mouthy coulda- been Ben and AFL golden-boy Scott. About to meet the young son – Spencer – he never knew he had, Scott and the family have returned home to help mark the occasion. With the surprise appearance of Ian, the father they barely remember, the entire family is forced to work together to clean up both the house and their own fractured relationships as the clock ticks down to Spencer’s arrival. *2019 TicketShop Member Discount Available*

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20th August 2019

Seniors Lifestyle Expo 2019

Held as part of National Seniors Week, the annual Seniors Lifestyle Expo provides seniors access to information and services available to them. Don't miss over 100 displays and live entertainment including talks, demonstrations and music.

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22nd August 2019

A Night at the Opera

Opera Queensland will be coming to Ingham to tour "Songs to Die for" . Come along to experience the wonder, magic and joy of opera at close range. Enjoy a wonderful evening under the stars at the TYTO Ampitheatre overlooking our tranquil lagoons.

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25th August 2019

Ride for Road Safety in memory of Sue Bell and Jeff Ashby

Over 200 people ride 18 kilometres, (or the four kilometre option leaving from the Bicycle Pedlar), through the main streets of Townsville with a green wave through all lights thanks to Transport Main Roads. In a spectacular show of symbolism all wear red Operating hats supplied by Queensland Health over their helmets. The Townsville BUG runs The Ride for Road Safety annually in order to highlight the need to improve conditions for cycling in order to get more people riding as part of their everyday. The event began in 2013 as the Sue Bell Memorial ride. With blessing of her family and of Jeff Ashby's, the annual event is designed to attract attention of politicians, the media and the general community. Mrs Bell’s death and the community’s response to it contributed towards the push for the introduction of the laws to protect cyclists where motorists are now required to give at least a metre distance when passing cyclists, and a metre-and-a-half where the speed limit is higher than 60 kilometres per hour. By being part of this ride you are making the impact needed to sustain the push for safer conditions conducive to increased cycling.

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25th August 2019

Cape Pallarenda Trail Run 2019

Their signature event in the Outer Limits Trail Run Series. So close to home and taking in some of the best trails in Townsville with stunning views onto Magnetic Island. The event offers a distance for everyone, a five kilometre course for the kids or first timers, 12 kilometres for the runners who are craving more, 21 kilometres- the half marathon distance and of course, Townsville's only full trail marathon, 42 kilometres. Join them for a great day out on the trails.

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25th August 2019

Ride for Road Safety

Over 200 people ride 18 kilometres (or four kilometre option leaving from the Bicycle Pedlar) through the main streets of Townsville with a green wave through all lights. In 2013 two cyclists where injured and Sue Bell killed when a truck driver attempted to overtake a group of cyclists on Shaw Road. This incident galvanised the Townsville community in the call for safer roads. Mrs Bell’s death and the community’s response to it contributed towards the push for the introduction of the laws to protect cyclists where motorists are now required to give at least a metre distance when passing cyclists, and a metre-and-a-half where the speed limit is higher than 60 kilometres per hour. in 2016 Jeff Ashby was killed by a B double. More needs to be done to improve conditions both in road design and consideration and courtesy given on the roads and by being part of this ride you are making the impact needed to sustain the push for safer conditions. Become a member of the BUG and join the ride. Please register to order your shirts.

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29th August 2019 to 4th September 2019

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week

Bringing together the excitement of competitive sailing and community events, along with the ambience of Magnetic Island each August/September, SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week offers an experience to remember. With top notch racing, live bands and partying galore, the shore side program of this annual regatta is sure to leave you wanting more year after year. You don't need to be a competitive sailor to participate in this great event, there is something available for everyone whether it be jumping onboard the a racing yacht or partying after dark with the crews at one of the social functions.

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30th August 2019 to 1st September 2019

Townsville Expo 2019

The 2019 Townsville Expo is the region’s largest outdoor adventure, home and lifestyle event, with well over 100 local and national companies on show. This is your opportunity to view and compare the very latest caravans and campers, 4x4's, vehicles, boats, accessories and more, all in the one convenient location. Plus discover dozens of home and lifestyle companies and uncover new holiday destinations! This event has something for everyone, from jumping castles and wildlife shows for the little kids through to luxury vans, 4x4's and camp oven cooking demonstrations for the big kids. Bring the whole family and discover a world of adventure at the Expo, August 30 to September 1, Reid Park Townsville. Friday 8.30am to 4pm. Saturday 8.30am to 5pm. Sunday 8.30am to 4pm.

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31st August 2019

Ingham Gold Cup

Since 1879 the annual Ingham Gold Cup provides exciting horse racing, excellent fashion, live music and a great social day. Stay on after the race and party till late with a live band and DJ. This is an 18 plus event.

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1st September 2019

Burdekin Water Festival

The Burdekin Water Festival is a celebration of the abundance of water in the district. It is one of the longest running festivals in Queensland, with the first festival being held on 6 September 1958. The celebrations include a wide variety of exciting events that encompass the whole community. For more information on events held as part of the Burdekin Water Festival visit the official website.

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14th September 2019

Ingham Sugar City Rodeo

A full-points ABCRA affiliated rodeo, Ingham Sugar City Rodeo is action-packed family fun for competitors and spectators alike. Bulls, Broncs, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Rope and Tie, Break-Away Roping, Steer Undecorating, Barrel Racing – just to name a few events – will keep spectators engaged and enthralled. Licenced bar and hot food is available for purchase.

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22nd September 2018 to 21st September 2019

On Country

Mungalla Station presents On Country, an invitation to everyone to come and celebrate their way of life. It will be held on September 22 from 10am to 4pm. You will be swept away by the history and splendor that Mungalla has to offer. See the amazing story of the Aboriginal people and that were exhibited as cannibals and savages in the nineteenth century circuses and sideshows of Europe and America now a permanent photographic exhibit housed in the historic homestead. Try your hand at throwing a boomerang. Enjoy a "Kup Murri" (food cooked underground) or their good old fashioned country barbecues. Enjoy the majestic wetlands and birdlife, whilst spotting a crocodile. Enjoy free Indigenous entertainment, local food and market stalls, Girringun Artist Displays, cart rides and children's activities.

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21st September 2019

On Country 2018

Mungalla Station and the Nywaigi Peoples openly invite locals and visitors to the Hinchinbrook region to come and join the inaugural On Country Event, which is a celebration of nature, culture and the Hinchinbrook Way The event will be held at Mungalla Station, which is on Forrest Beach Road, just over half way between Ingham and Forrest Beach. Entry to the event is free, and there will be a range of free and ticketed activities. Activities on the day includes a large diversity of kids activities, face painting, local artisan, craft, and produce stalls, live indigenous music and dance, helicopter rides, cart rides, wetland tours, cultural tours, boomerang throwing competitions, art displays and of course the iconic Mungalla Station kuppmurri lunch featuring a selection of incredible Hinchinbrook produce! It will be a jammed packed day… perfect for families!!

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26th September 2019 to 28th September 2019

Ewan Races

The Ewan Races honour the true spirit of country racing, by conducting its annual two-day race meeting, on the banks of Stockyard Creek, Charters Towers in North Queensland. With its on track facilities, EATC is proud to offer two days of first class, professional country racing with a prize pool of over AUD100,000, making it one of the richest country meetings on the racing calendar. And what is racing without fashion? Ewan’s Fashions on the Field is a fiercely contested event: Friday dedicated entirely to Microfashion (ages 0 to 17), and Saturday for the adult categories. Other activities include: Live music each night, children’s fancy dress, jumping castle, fun run and children’s sports.

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6th October 2019

Magnetic Island Triathlon 2019

North Queensland's own tropical destination adventure island brings you a great Sprint Triathlon - last year was a sell out - so don't leave it too late to swim on one of the best kept secrets which is Magnetic Island and one of the best destinations for this spectacular Triathlon.

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9th October 2019

The Beggars

The Beggars are Renee Donaghey, Stuart Day and Quinton Dunne, their sound is often compared to legendary Australian Vocal group The Seekers. Since forming in 2006 The Beggars have made multiple Australian and International tours, topped the European country music charts and made over 150 appearances on the iTunes music charts.

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12th October 2019 to 13th October 2019

Millchester Festival of Dirt

Come and check out a round of the NQ Super Series Offroad Championships to be held in Charters Towers! Offroad racing is from 9am to 4pm Saturday. Sunday has more Offroad racing from 8am till 12pm followed by presentations and CT 4x4 Club Come and Try where you can take your vehicle on the 4x4 tracks!

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13th October 2019

October 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..

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23rd October 2019

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Melbourne City Ballet will recreate the cherished story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for audiences across Australia in 2019. The dancers will click their heels together and get a little bit wicked as they follow the classic tale of Dorothy Gale, a young country girl who is swept away to the magical world of Oz. Full of enchanting characters, some friendly and some truly wicked! The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be imaginatively brought to life in this brand new production for Melbourne City Ballet. With stunning new sets and costumes and the company’s largest ensemble to date, this brand new ballet proves there is no place like home, and will be and enchanting event suitable for the whole family.

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26th October 2019

Halloween Dance - Ravenswood

Dance the night away! You're going to have a frightfully great time! Live Band: Mystery Road, Awesome prizes for best dressed categories and lucky door prizes. Bar and Food available throughout the night. Accommodation available at: Imperial Hotel, Railway Hotel, Top Camp Hotel and Camping at the Campgrounds. The Halloween Dance is proudly supported by Resolute and Carpentaria Gold.

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26th October 2019

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.

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27th October 2019

Towers Rush

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

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27th October 2019

Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2019

Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a six kilometre, 10 kilometre and 20 kilometre course, taking you through the stunning rainforest scenery of Paluma, up and down hills and across creeks. The cooler temperatures make it perfect for running at this time of the year.

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1st November 2019 to 9th November 2019

Queensland Country Home Hill Harvest Festival

The Queensland Country Home Hill Harvest Festival celebrates the rich agricultural industry and the laid back lifestyle of the Burdekin. The annual program of events runs from October through to early November each year and provides an array of fun, activities and experiences for all.

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10th November 2019

November 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.

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15th November 2019 to 16th November 2019

PBR Australia Grand Finals

Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenalin cowboy as they take on the nation’s most extreme bucking bulls in a three-hour action packed event that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first bull of the night through to the last. This is the final and deciding chapter of the PBR year-long race for National Titles. It’s a showdown like no other – 22 riders all eager for glory as they strive to overcome the power of the most extreme bucking bulls in a head to head battle of power, agility and the fight of the fittest eight seconds at a time over the course of two nights of competition. Choreographed with pyrotechnics, lasers, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience inside the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre. This is an event not to be missed. This is the one and only PBR National Finals.

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16th November 2019

Ingham Family Race Day

An all age event that provides exciting horse racing, excellent fashion, live music and a great social day. The annual 'Family Race Day' race meeting is the start of the festive season and this late November race meeting is the perfect venue to celebrate. Whether it be Christmas parties, end of cane season celebrations or just an excuse to have some fun, don't miss this family race day.

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20th November 2019

Christmas with Karen Knowles

Karen Knowles, one of Australia's favourite singers, will return to Townsville for a special Christmas concert on 20 November 2019. Well known for her Carols and Christmas repertoire and regular performances as part of the Lord Mayors Carols broadcast throughout Queensland on Channel 7, Karen will perform with her musical director.

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18th December 2019 to 22nd December 2019

Stable on the Strand

Townsville's Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its 18th birthday in 2019 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 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 ambiance of Stable on the Strand while enjoying free tea, coffee and Christmas Cake. Entry is free!

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