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14th April 2018 to 15th April 2018

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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6th April 2018 to 29th 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.

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24th March 2018 to 2nd September 2018

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

The Evolution: Torres Strait Masks exhibition takes visitors on a journey from time immemorial when masks were used in ceremonial rituals involving art, theatre and dance and shows how these historic artefacts have inspired new works that are constantly developing and changing. Developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Waiben (Thursday Island) this exhibition celebrates the rich and continuing tradition of mask making in Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) and explores the longstanding importance of ceremonial masks in Torres Strait culture, and how they influence contemporary art forms. The 12 striking masks are created by contemporary Torres Strait artists – Andrew Passi, Eddie Nona, Vincent Babia, Kapua Gutchen Senior, Yessie Mosby, Alick Tipoti, Milton Savage and Seriat Young. A travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia.

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10th March 2018 to 14th May 2018

A Ticket to Paradise?

A Greek girl, sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met; an African journalist fleeing for his life; and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents, are just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise?. This touring exhibition, from the National Archives of Australia, examines the rich diversity of Australian immigrants and the government’s ambitious plans after World War II to encourage mass migration. The exhibition reveals the human aspect of migration, with recordings of new and archival personal stories. These stories give an insight into the rich, complex and very different experiences of the migrants and refugees who have settled here. The exhibition also examines promotional campaigns which presented a Utopian view of Australia as a welcoming country full of opportunity. A national touring exhibition developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia.

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20th April 2018 to 22nd April 2018

Palm Island Deadly Didge n Dance Festival

Be a part of the world record breaking Deadly Didge n Dance Festival on Palm Island. Celebrate the many cultures of Palm Island at this three day, two night music festival. Featuring a star studded line up and special performances of didgeridoo and dance as well as song, storytelling, poetry, markets and more. The Deadly Didge n Dance Festival is a part of the Palm Island Centenary 2018 events and is a family friendly, not-for profit event

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21st April 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Gold Coast Titans

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!

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22nd April 2018

Multi Sport Sprint Series 2018 - Pallarenda

Join Outer Limits for a fun, but yet challenging multi sport adventure in Pallarenda, Townsville. 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.

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25th April 2018

Anzac Day Charters Towers

Anzac Day is the day to remember every Australian who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. A National Day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated annually by both countries on 25 April to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Anzac Day commemorative services will be held in Hervey Range, Pentland, Greenvale, Ravenswood and Sellheim, with a Dawn Service at the Charters Towers War Cemetery and morning service at the Cenotaph, observe the Anzac Parade as it makes its way along Gill Street from City Hall to the Cenotaph.

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27th April 2018 to 29th April 2018

Townsville MTB Festival

Mountain Bike Australia in conjunction with Townsville Enterprise Limited, the Queensland State Government, Townsville City Council and Townsville Rockwheelers are pleased to present the second annual Townsville MTB Festival. The 2018 edition of the event will feature 2018 MTBA, Marathon National Championships, North Queensland, Schools MTB Cup, and evening GLOW Ride. Whether you want to take on the full Marathon National Championships or explore the trails of Douglas by night, this event has something for everyone.

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27th April 2018

An Evening with Jimeoin and Guests

Burdekin Special School P & C presents An Evening with Jimeoin and Guests starring Jimeoin, Courtney Ammenhauser and Attori. From the ridiculous to the hilarious… come and see Jimeoin’s new show at the Burdekin Memorial Hall in support of the Burdekin Special School, as he takes you into the brain of one of the world’s best stand up comedians and masters of observational humour. Following Jimeoin will be performances by Courtney Ammenhauser and Attori. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. An Evening with Jimeoin and Friends is raising money towards a bus for the kids at the Burdekin School. Please note: This is an 18 plus event.

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27th April 2018 to 6th May 2018

10 Days in the Towers

The 10 Days in The Towers Festival brings the historic North Queensland town of Charters Towers to life in a very unique way. Staged during April each year, 10 Days in The Towers is a celebration of many things. To the fore is the sound of country music which can be heard daily in the town's many hotel bars and on the streets of the central business district as the popular buskers entertain shoppers and passers-by. But the 10 Days in The Towers is not only a country music festival - it is so much more than that. Locals and visitors also enjoy line dancing, bush poetry, talent quests, street procession, busking competition, ghost tales and historic tours during the period of the festival which includes the Country Music Festival.

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28th April 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Canberra Raiders

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!

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28th April 2018

Audi Centre Townsville Tropix Classic

The Tropix is the largest regional fitness show in the country and continues to deliver the ultimate fitness experience to Townsville and surrounds. This event is the showcase of models, bikini divas, fitness models and body builders with something for the whole family of all ages. Now averaging over 350 entrants year on year the inspiration provided by this event is one you need to see. Situated in the iconic Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre the venue truly lends itself to showcasing the Townsville Region. With the beautiful winter escape weather there is no better place to come and visit then Townsville, North Queensland in April.

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29th April 2018

Spirit and Soul Festival

A day to explore and experience a wide range of holistic and natural therapies. Treat yourself to a massage, reflexology or reiki treatment. Seek guidance from the spirit side with clairvoyant, tarot and angel readings. Browse market stalls offering a variety of products including essential oils, crystals, new age products, jewellery and clothing.

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2nd May 2018

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow - Charters Towers

Buckle up Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is back on the bus, hitting the road to home deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival! Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. Tickets on sale now... give the gift of laughter this Xmas. 2.5 hours — including interval. Bar open from 6pm.  With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers they’ve got all your comedy bases covered. Featuring everything from stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show. Every year their cast of intrepid entertainers board the bus and set their sights on over 80 destinations across this great Southern land. No road is left untraveled and no sides are left un-split, from Darwin to Devonport and everywhere in between! Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy roadtrip rolls into town! MA Suitable for ages 15+. Performances may contain coarse language, sexual references and material that may offend some audience members.

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4th May 2018 to 6th May 2018

Charters Towers Country Music Festival

A weekend of Country Music at it's finest! 2018 will mark the festival's 41st 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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4th May 2018 to 27th May 2018

Exhibition - 'Iconic Queensland - 2018 Exhibition Tour of the Queensland Regional Art Awards

Queensland is rich with iconic structures, people, locations, events and lifestyles that shape the State’s identity. Regional Queensland artists present the unique and iconic elements within their own regions in works that reflect the diverse Queensland communities. This exhibition is an outcome of the 2017 Queensland Regional Art Awards by Flying Arts Alliance Inc.

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6th May 2018

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Australia’s largest comedy festival is packing up and ready to roll! Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far. Featuring fantastic funnymakers from Australia and beyond, the Roadshow has it all. It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show! For nearly 20 years this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere in between. There’s nowhere these exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so the show is bound to be heading your way. You won’t want to miss it when this bounty of belly laughs rolls into town. Come on Australia – pack your laughing gear and get on board the Roadshow! Artists confirmed for the 2018 Burdekin Comedy Festival Roadshow are: Brennan Reece (UK) Dane Simpson Gillian Cosgriff And Sam Taunton With one more act to be announced.

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6th May 2018

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Australia’s largest comedy festival is packing up and ready to roll! Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far. Featuring fantastic funnymakers from Australia and beyond, the Roadshow has it all. It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show! For nearly 20 years this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere in between. There’s nowhere their exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so they’re bound to be heading your way. You won’t want to miss it when this bounty of belly laughs rolls into town. Come on Australia – pack your laughing gear and get on board the Roadshow! Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.

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6th May 2018

Groovin the Moo

Get your 2018 planners out because Groovin the Moo (GTM) is weaving its way back to its beloved Townsville. GTM is the perfect way to explore paths less travelled with your mates, with plenty to experience both on the way to, and at the event. Each event showcases what makes these regions special – a combination of communities, artists, local food and beverages. 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. Each GTM event is licensed and all ages with capacities remaining at a manageable number to ensure all in attendance enjoy the day in a laid-back and queue-free environment.

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13th January 2018 to 8th December 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

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13th May 2018

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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13th May 2018 to 9th September 2018

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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18th May 2018 to 26th May 2018

The Townsville Fashion Festival

This coming May, Townsville will become North Queensland's fashion capital, full of style, creativity and passion. The Townsville Fashion Festival presented by Escape Travel gives those who love to be styled, love to look great, enjoy being pampered, and find all things creative to be inspiring, a week of activities that will culminate in a Fashion and Creative show for all to adore. TFF will continue to assist in the development of the regional creative industries including retail, design, manufacturing, hair and beauty, photography, art, dance and media. The event has grown to become a programmed product in the regions calendar and now falls in line with the fashion season, events season and Townsville's tropical winter climate.

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19th May 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus South Sydney Rabbitohs

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!

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19th May 2018

Tasman Turtle Picnic Day

Discover fun this May at TYTO. 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, music, games, food and entertainment for you and your family. Tasman Turtle lives at TYTO and is a grand adventurer. He loves to explore and discover the world. He is alive with curiosity, always having fun and he wants you to join in. This is a free family event. All entertainment, activities, workshops and games are free of charge or gold coin donation. Food and beverages available for purchase.

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15th April 2018 to 17th February 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 April to December

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15th April 2018 to 17th February 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 April to December

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20th May 2018

Heritage Day

Heritage Day is a free, family friendly event that promotes Townsville’s unique heritage and increases community awareness of our local heritage groups and organisations. Enjoy live entertainment, food court and a range of other free activities. Set in West End Park, a popular activity is the guided tours. Pay a visit to stalls featuring almost 30 local heritage and historical groups.

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25th May 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Melbourne Storm

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!

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26th May 2018

Dance Tropics Dance!

Dancenorth, 1RAR and Otto’s join forces once again to present… Dance Tropics Dance! One part mini festival… one part dance show… all parts fun and participatory! Featuring the hilarious MC Ian Zaro and a cracking showcase of local dancers from Movimiento, Lindyhop Swing group, Dancenorth Company, and crews from Dancenorth’s Public Program “Open Class”- Hip Hop crew, 80s Jazz crew and the gorgeous “Forever Young” over 50s dance group. A night full of party tunes by 1RAR’s kickin’ band playing songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, naughties, and Top 40s with a huge dance floor, delicious eats by Otto’s Market food trucks, a licenced area and easy (no stress!) social dance lessons…. this is Townsville’s newest dance party under the stars! Bring your loved ones, your hot date, your squad! This is an all ages events so make sure you join us for this magical evening! No dance experience necessary and family friendly. All proceeds from this event go towards charities Dancenorth and Ronald McDonald House.

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26th May 2018

The Two Bays Trail Run

Outer Limits hosts the Two Bays Trail Run on Magnetic Island. The spectacular run takes you from Nelly Bay to the other side of the Island and finishes at the picture perfect Horseshoe Bay. The event offers a 10 kilometre and a 20 kilometre course, both are challenging and beautiful at the same time.

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27th May 2018 to 23rd September 2018

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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27th May 2018

Ingham Car Show and Shine

Check out the display of vintage and classic vehicles. Prizes and free kids entertainment. Gates open at 6.30am for Swap Meet and Entrants. Spectators are welcomed from 8am to 3pm. Bring your most prized possessions and show it off to the local region and visitors.

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1st June 2018 to 3rd June 2018

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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2nd June 2018 to 3rd June 2018

MagnetiCon - Townsville Pop Culture Event

This will be MagnetiCon's third time in 2018 and will feature 90s TV legend Kevin Sorbo aka Hercules. There will be cosplayers from Australia as well as cartoonist that have done work from the Simpsons to My Little Pony. Join in the cosplay competition , see replica cars like Huntress, Bumblebee, KITT, Bandit One and more . They will have memorabilia from the Infamous Geek(Silver Sponsor) on site as well. Dioramas from Hemble Creations from Star Trek, Star Wars, Indianna Jones and much more. There will have vendors travelling from all over Queensland selling everything pop culture so they can't wait to see you in Tropical North Queensland during their beautiful winter 17 to 26 degrees.

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2nd June 2018

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. Spectators will have the opportunity to walk through a paddock of burnt sugarcane - an unusual and memorable experience for many city dwellers. The dirty, back-breaking work of a by-gone era, the expertise of the 'old-timers', and the excitement of the 'Cut, Top and Load' will be on show again at this iconic Australian event. Sit back and enjoy live entertainment, wander through vintage machinery from yesteryear, take part in a workshop or two, enjoy a bite to eat from one of their many food providers or have a cold drink from the bar. There is something to do for the whole family with free children’s craft and activities, an animal farm, jumping castle and mini train rides. The Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships 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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3rd June 2018

All British Day

A display of British vehicles and machinery current and past, highlighting aspects of British culture and heritage and promoting a military theme. It has been hosted annually by the Jaguar Car Club of North Queensland since 1999 at The Cathedral School Mundingburra. All British Day was originally conceived 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 theme is again special to celebrate "All Things British" and will be also "Military" to honour the centenary of World War 1 and is appropriate for this military city. Fresh food including English delights such as bangers and mash will be in the canteen and dining room all day. British music will be broadcast all day by 4TTT. Barista coffee will be provided and a whip ice-cream van will be there. It is free admission at All British Day for the community and the displays.

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3rd June 2018

Townsville Eco Fiesta

Eco Fiesta is a free event that assists the community in becoming more environmentally conscious. There will be a wide range of exhibitors and live entertainment. The event will provide you with ideas, advice and inspiration! Why not offset your carbon footprint by making a gold coin donation when you enter Eco Fiesta? All donations are distributed and presented to environmentally-focused non-profit organisations at the following year’s event. * This is a family friendly, smoke and alcohol free event. ATM onsite.

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7th June 2018 to 10th June 2018

Women's Masters State Championships

Townsville will see an influx of visitors during the four-day affair, with hundreds of athletes and their supporters set to converge on the town from around the state. Masters hockey is one of the fastest growing forms of hockey in Australia and is one of Hockey Queensland's biggest tournaments. Players aged 35 and over compete in teams from their local area, with Queensland state teams selected at the end of the Championships in age groups 35+ to 65+.

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8th June 2018 to 10th June 2018

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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9th June 2018

RSL Townsville 2 Year Old Classic

Find yourself trackside this June as North Queensland’s finest weather sets a back drop to the ultimate day of family racing. Known for picnics, flowing bubbles and fierce racing. The Townsville RSL 2 Year Old Classic is set to keep the whole family happy. Featuring a great day of racing including the much anticipated 100,000.00 RSL 2 Year Old Classic and the popular Kids Fashion on the Field Competition.

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13th June 2018

The Ten Tenors - Wish You Were Here- Townsville

In the summer of 2016, The Ten Tenors were back in Melbourne Australia, running through David Bowie’s Heroes for the very first time when they learned the news of his unexpected passing. Performing that song took on a whole new meaning for them. On tour just a few months later, the group was deeply affected like many around the world by the departure of another icon, Prince. Out of these sorrows came the inspiration for their new show Wish You Were Here, a celebration of musical legends lost before their time. This tribute is a feel-good journey through some of the world’s greatest hits of all time, including a mix of the group’s own fan favourites: classic rock , current day chart toppers, soaring arias and other traditional favourites. With over 700 sold out shows across the US, six albums that have gone platinum and gold, appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and PBS, and performances alongside greats like Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli and Keith Urban, Australia’s “vocal wonder from down under” has won over audiences worldwide with their stratospheric voices and undeniable Aussie charm. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this international singing sensation live!

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15th June 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus New Zealand Warriors

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!

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17th June 2018

Carmen presented by Melbourne City Ballet

Melbourne City Ballet’s portrayal of the classic “Carmen”, tells the story of Don Jose, a young spanish policeman working away from home. Don Jose receives a letter from his mother calling on him to return home to marry childhood friend Micaela. Don Jose’s world is changed when Carmen, a local popular gypsy girl, seduces Don Jose into freeing her from police custody after she has an altercation with her friend at a cigarette factory. Melbourne City Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Pappalardo reimagines “Carmen” to Bizet’s famous score to bring to life an evocative opera ballet paying homage to the well known spanish inspired tragedy. Pappalardo’s “Carmen” is designed to be a loud and bold affair, pulling the audience in from the first overture. To celebrate this exciting performance, Burdekin Theatre will be offering an exclusive hour ballet workshop with Melbourne City Ballet’s professional artists. This session will not only provide Burdekin residents the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of ballet artistry but to meet some of the cast of “Carmen”. No ballet experience required! Just bring your fitness clothing and your sense of fun. This event has very limited available so make sure you don’t miss out.

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17th June 2018

Pet Expo

This free community event educates the public on the importance of responsible pet ownership in Townsville. With competitions and giveaways, the event offers something for owners of pets, great and small. Visitors to the expo can take part in a range of fun activities and speak to pet-related exhibitors. Pet Expo is a free event for the public and stallholders’ sites are free of charge. Stallholders are required to provide a donation in the form of a product or gift voucher, which will be given back to pet owners on the day as prizes for competitions.

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17th June 2018

Ross River Rush- Trail Run

Ross River Rush takes in the exciting trail network at the Ross Dam. These trails are usually only accessible for selected mountain bike riders, so don't miss the chance to take in the great views and run these fun and challenging trails. Make sure to stick around once you have finished to enjoy the race HQ atmosphere, refreshments and of course cheers on your fellow runners.

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20th June 2018

Morning Melodies: Rachael Beck- This Girl

Join Rachael on an intimate journey of song, story and laughs as she dissects her career and life thus far. Through songs from shows such as Cabaret, Les Misérables and A Little Night Music, to rock anthems penned by artists such as Bob Dylan, Kate Bush and KD Lang, Rachael will leave you with your heart on your sleeve. As one of Australia’s best-loved performers, Rachael Beck is a multi-faceted, award-winning powerhouse whose talents span across stage and screen as both an acclaimed vocal artist and actress. Performing songs from her stunning new album, This Girl, join Rachael on an intimate journey of song, story and laughs as she dissects her career and life thus far. Through songs from shows such as Cabaret, Les Misérables and A Little Night Music, to rock anthems penned by artists such as Kate Bush and KD Lang, Rachael will leave you with your heart on your sleeve.

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21st June 2018

Kevin Bloody Wilson- Almost Awesome Tour

Tick off the bucket list with Kevin Bloody Wilson ‘The Almost Awesome Tour’. The Kevin Bloody Wilson Show is not just a concert performance, for most, it’s a full on event. Kevin has become a national institution – a must see for any person wanting to see absolute original Australian comedy. His recently released biography ‘DILLIGAF, The Life And Rhymes Of Kevin Bloody Wilson’ is a raucous, earthy, in depth look at perhaps one of the only Australian comedians who has not bowed to the pressures of political correctness. Kevin Bloody Wilson’s story is remarkable. He has become a part of Australian Culture, a part of who we are and how we define ourselves. His DILLIGAF attitude is a quality to be envied. He’s been listed in Who’s Who, his entire body of work has been preserved for future generations with the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra and his fan base stretches from Broken Hill to Buckingham Palace. It’s also a known fact that nobody tells Australian stories better than Kevin Bloody Wilson.

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23rd June 2018 to 24th June 2018

NQ Super Series Off Road Racing

Round three of the NQ Super Series Off Road Racing held in Charters Towers. Off Road racing is a format of racing where various classes of specially modified vehicles (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buggies) compete in races through off-road environments.

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23rd June 2018 to 7th October 2018

Magnetic Island Triathlon

North Queensland's own tropical destination adventure island brings you a great weekend of thrills and spills, an exotic racing adventure begins on the Friday evening, all the way through to Sunday afternoon. They have a Barge to Beach mystery swim on the Saturday to whet your appetite for some scrumptious cuisine on Saturday evening. Sunday you get to swim over part of the Great Barrier Reefs pristine waters as you start your triathlon, for a magnificent sprint course, all around Picnic Bay. Then relax after the race in the iconic bay with a celebratory beer and cocktail.

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30th June 2018

Skate Titans / Operation X Townsville

Operation X is an annual skateboarding contest which began seven years ago when the president of The Youth Network NQ, Rachel Cook, saw a need for kids in the community to be engaged around Skateparks. The contest has grown every year, and Rachel has partnered with Donny Fraser from ASCI over the years to work as a collaborative team to grow and improve this contest every year since its inception. The Skate Titans is a series of contests around Australia which allow local winners from different regions to compete at a high level at major contests around Australia.The collaboration of Operation X, a historical event in Townsville joining with the Skate Titans ensures Locals from the region are able to get exposure and advance their opportunities.

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5th July 2018 to 6th July 2018

Ingham Show 2018

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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6th July 2018 to 8th July 2018

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

At the halfway point in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the racing is sure to be fierce when the spectacular Supercars race through the streets of Townsville once again at the Watpac Townsville 400, 6 to 8 July 2018. There is something for the whole family, from the on-track action of the Supercars, Dunlop Super2 Series, ECB SuperUtes Series and more, to the evening concert entertainment. Kids 12 and under receive free trackside admission with a paying adult. Don’t miss the fastest and loudest weekend in North Queensland!

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7th July 2018

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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13th July 2018

Carmen - Live Ballet

"Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame..."  Melbourne City Ballet reimagines “Carmen” to Bizet’s famous score to bring to life an evocative opera ballet paying homage to the well known Spanish inspired tragedy. ”Carmen" tells the story of a city policeman Don Jose whose mother calls him to return home to marry childhood sweetheart Micaela but a chance encounter with the enchanting gypsy girl Carmen, leads them both into a relationship of both passion and destruction. Pappalardo’s “Carmen” is designed to be a loud and bold affair, pulling the audience in from the first overture. Choreographer: Michael Pappalardo.

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14th July 2018

Guy Sebastian Then and Now Regional Tour - Townsville

This winter, for the first time in two and a half years, Guy Sebastian will be taking his band on the road with a hit-laden Then & Now regional tour. One of Australia's most popular and successful male artists, Guy will bring a blockbuster set to some of his favourite regional cities throughout June and July. Supporting Guy on his Then & Now tour is Aussie-born, Chicago-based singer Fatai. Since releasing her debut single Purple in late 2015, and her debut EP Undone shortly after, Fatai has gone on to sell out multiple headline tours in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and she is currently working on her sophomore EP. The regional run of shows will see Sebastian and his band travel around northern and southern New South Wales, across the Victorian border to Frankston, Geelong, Shepparton and Dandenong, over to the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, and up to northern Queensland.

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14th July 2018 to 15th July 2018

Adventurethon Demolish Townsville

The team at Adventurethon Australia are super excited to bring Townsville Adventurethon Demolish on July 14 and 15, 2018 Adventurethon Townsville is a multi-sport event incorporating four stage; mountain bike, paddle, trail run and sprint featuring all three. The recently created Demolish format offers athletes the opportunity to participate in one, two or all three legs, with each leg being a stand alone race. This event offers different distances over the race weekend, giving opportunity to all athletes no matter the skill level. Sunday will include Sprint, Taste and Junior events. Townsville offers world class trails at Cape Pallarender, this new exciting format is a great shape up to the racing community, giving athletes time to freshen up between legs, recover and achieve personal best efforts. It also provides the opportunity to tackle longer distances they wouldn't normally do. Who can forget the added feature of an abseil to the trail run! Any Adventurethon challenge can be done as an individual, tag team or side by side team to gain a different experience for the day. They want you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

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15th July 2018

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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20th July 2018

Winter Racing Carnival Cocktail Launch

Where Racing Glamour meets the Ocean. The 2018 Winter Racing Carnival is an eight-day carnival featuring a range of trackside entertainment, Fashion and quality North Queensland Racing. 2018’s launch is set kick off the carnival with a bang. More action, more glamour and more fun will greet you at this first event of the Winter Racing Carnival.

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20th July 2018

Absolute Elvis - Tour the Tropics

Elvis Presley's life in Music performed by UK's Multi Award Winning Elvis Tribute Artist - Johnny Lee Memphis. Songs that will get you rockin and a rolling as Johnny performs Elvis's greatest hits from the 50s to the 70s. Tickets on sale now - book early for an ideal music lovers gift.

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20th July 2018 to 22nd July 2018

Ingham Autofest

Autofest Performance Car Festivals are pleased to announce the addition of an All New Autofest event that will taking place in Far North Queensland from July 20 to 22 2018. To be known as the Ingham Autofest and to be held at the Ingham Showground each year from mid 2018 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 2018 to 22nd July 2018

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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21st July 2018

Ladies Race Day

Part of the Winter Racing Carnival the Townsville Turf Clubs Ladies Race Day is a must attend event on the social Calendar. Featuring immaculate Fashion, great entertainment and a trackside celebration not to be missed. Children must be accompanied by a responsible guardian at all times.

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21st July 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus St George Illawarra Dragons

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!

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22nd July 2018

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 2018. 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 2018

Guineas Race Day

The official start of the Winter Racing Carnival - The Guineas Race Day. Join them for a fabulous day of live racing with bookmakers and tote onsite, air conditioned bars and a great atmosphere. Gates open 11am. Children must be accompanied by a responsible guardian at all times.

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27th July 2018 to 5th August 2018

AFCM Concert

The 28th Australian Festival of Chamber Music, will take place in tropical North Queensland from Friday 27 July to Sunday 5 August. Their new artistic director, Kathryn Stott, will bring more than 30 musicians from all around the world to Townsville to perform over the 10 days. Some 25 concerts and five special events, including a magical concert on the beach of Orpheus Island and a concert on Magnetic Island, will entertain visitors and locals alike.

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27th July 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Newcastle Knights

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!

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27th July 2018 to 5th August 2018

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 nine 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 2018

The Mater Townsville Cup

The pinnacle of racing in North Queensland, The Mater Townsville Cup is the finale of the Winter Racing Carnival. With a great range of marquees and areas to relax and enjoy the fun racing atmosphere.

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29th July 2018 to 31st July 2018

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 is aplenty with local performers, whip cracking and of course, fireworks! The kids will be kept busy with sideshow alley with 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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4th August 2018 to 5th August 2018

Australian Italian Festival

The Australian Italian Festival is an authentic Italian cultural event held on the first weekend of August in Ingham, North Queensland. The Festival is staged at the award-winning TYTO Precinct, off the Bruce Highway, 500 metres from Ingham’s Central Business District. For the space of the two day Carnival, the area is transformed into a huge piazza with nonstop world-class entertainment on two stages. Guests gain access to homemade, mouth-watering Italian food and wine, cooking demonstrations, displays, competitions, free amusement rides, market stalls and much more. The atmosphere, the food and the excitement all come together to give you the experience of walking into a festival in Italy.

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5th August 2018

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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9th August 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Brisbane Broncos

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!

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11th August 2018

Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men: Live on stage

Fall in love again with the golden age of dance... Let’s turn back the clock and celebrate the wonderful era of the Hollywood movie musicals and the song and dance men that made it so magical. Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men brings together the exciting dance routines and fabulous songs of legendary performers in one glorious stage production. Following the famous and immortalised male dancers of the Hollywood movie musicals like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Donald O’Connor and Frank Sinatra. Starring Joe Meldrum and Shay Debney, take a nostalgic trip with some of the most memorable music ever written including: The Way You Look Tonight, Pennies From Heaven, Be A Clown, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Blue Skies, That’s Entertainment, You’re the Top, Make Em Laugh and many more. With plenty of toe-tapping tunes and great show-stopping dancing, Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men gives you a sneak peek into the lives, the songs and the dance routines of the best song and dance men of all time, leaving you with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

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17th August 2018 to 19th August 2018

Townsville Triathlon Festival

World Age group Qualifier – Olympic Distance, over AUD20,000 in cash and prizes. The TTF is entering its 16th 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. To give the Townsville Triathlon Festival a point difference “The Big Weekend” will appeal to all ages and all fitness level wanting to be involved and have fun. The “Big Weekend” provides a unique opportunity that no other Triathlon event in Australia offers, the ability to race in multiple events over one weekend. 11 events across three days. 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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17th August 2018 to 19th August 2018

Townsville Cultural Fest

The Townsville Cultural Festival is a not-for-profit community festival organised by the Townsville Intercultural Centre. The festival showcases the diversity of Australian music, food, arts and culture, bringing tens of thousand of people together each year in celebration of life itself. Over 150 performing groups will offering everything from folk, blues, hip-hop and punk, to Indigenous Australian music and dance, drum circles, fireshows, cabaret, poetry, theatre and traditional dance groups from around the world. This year the JCU sponsored Centre of Learning will host workshops, lectures, discussion panels, theatre shows and the Townsville heat of the National Poetry Slam competition. The Wonky Queenslander will host DJ sets, solo sets as well as workshops and yoga classes. Over 100 food and market stalls from around the world, will offer arts and crafts, cuisines, fashion and produce, and around the grounds you will find art features, interactive games, roving performers, show rides, yarning circle, henna tattoo stalls and gypsy fortune tellers. Join them in this celebration of Unity in Diversity.

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18th August 2018 to 19th August 2018

The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M Weekend

It’s where the bush meets the beach and where man meets beast. It’s where music creates mateship and where ute lovers rejoice. It’s R.U.M - Rodeo, Utes and Music. Put on your best Akubra, get a little dust under the nails and head to The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M Weekend. Experience a weekend long program of rodeo, utes, music and just good old fashioned fun. Cheer on Australia’s best Bull Riders from lunch time on Saturday and then dance the night away with live entertainment from The Keely Johnson Band followed by Australia’s biggest country rock band, The Wolfe Brothers. Rise and shine on Sunday and experience North Queensland’s biggest Ute Muster featuring a stellar line up of entertainment including national rockabilly band The Hi-Boys, leading Australian Country Music duo The Long and Short Of It and Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year, Mason Hope. With onsite camping available all weekend, a licenced bar and an array of food and beverages to purchase there’s no reason to leave! Yeeehaaa!

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18th August 2018

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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21st August 2018

Seniors Lifestyle Expo

In collaboration with Seniors Week, the Seniors Lifestyle Expo is a fantastic opportunity for residents aged 60 years and over to gain information relative to their needs. This free event showcases products and services from approximately 100 exhibitors. The expo also includes on stage presentations, activities and free goodies ... as well as free tea and coffee. Come along and learn more about what Townsville has to offer their valued senior residents. Connect with your community at these great events.

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23rd August 2018 to 24th August 2018

Seniors Week Luncheon

The Seniors Week Luncheon celebrates the seniors of Townsville through a free-catered lunch and live entertainment program. With easy parking and access for wheelie-walkers, bring a group of friends or come along to make new ones at this great free event. Seniors must be 60 years of age or older and a resident of Townsville and its surrounds to attend. Registrations are essential so don't forget to book your spot.

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24th August 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Parramatta Eels

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!

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26th August 2018

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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31st August 2018 to 2nd September 2018

Townsville Expo

The Townsville Expo (incorporating the Townsville Caravan, 4x4 and Outdoor Adventure Expo) returns to Reid Park Townsville for three massive days! This event features a major showcase of camper trailers, caravans, motorhomes and all things 4x4. The Townsville Expo will also be home to a major showcase of all things boating and fishing, from jet skis and tinnies to offshore boating. The expo will also incorporate a wider range of products and services for your homes and outdoor lifestyle. From pools and spas to tanks, sheds, tools and more, you will find it all at the Townsville Expo; the biggest leisure and lifestyle event ever staged in Townsville.

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1st September 2018

XTERRA Townsville

XTERRA represents a bold new racing format that attracts outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, mountain bikers and triathletes. The race consists of an open water swim, a mountain bike race, and a trail run. This premier event will be held at Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park, once a quarantine station in the early 1900s and a strategic defence location in World War II. The park offers a fantastic trail network for mountain biking and trail running, all whilst taking in the great views onto Magnetic Island and the Townsville mainland.

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1st September 2018

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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2nd September 2018

Cape Pallarenda Trail Run 2018

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 5 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 kilometre. Join them for a great day out on the trails.

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8th September 2018

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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12th September 2018 to 13th September 2018

Dancenorth's Dust Showing - Townsville

Dust is a new collaboration created by Dancenorth’s Artistic Director Kyle Page and Associate Artistic Director Amber Haines, featuring live violin by Canada’s Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion and Godspeed You Black Emperor) and an architecturally designed set by award winning Liminal Studio. Dust is as an investigation into the architecture of passive personal, social, cultural and political inheritance. Experience that magic that is Dust at the Dancenorth Theatre.

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15th September 2018 to 16th September 2018

Millchester Festival of Dirt

Come and check out the first ever 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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22nd September 2018

The Great Island Trek

An awesome adventure with spectacular scenery. Trek, walk or run across Magnetic Island and see secluded bays, spot koalas in the wild, keep at eye out for sea turtles and discover the hidden gem that is Magnetic Island.

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5th October 2018 to 7th October 2018

Ravenswood's 150 Year Celebration

Celebrate Ravenswood's sesquicentennial with a spectacular weekend of entertainment for the whole family. The town's gold mining history through to the present day mining operations is transformed by a mosaic art project by Local artist Shelley Burt in the town common.

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6th October 2018 to 7th October 2018

Glendi Festival Townsville

Enjoy 'A Taste of the Mediterranean' with the Glendi Festival! Glendi is Greek for festivity, revelry, merrymaking ­ - a celebration. Festival goer's senses will come alive with traditional music and dancing displays, delectable foods and cooking demonstrations from around the Mediterranean including Greece, Italy, France and Turkey The festival has always been and continues to be, a free event for over 25,000 attendees. There will also be a variety of children's entertainment and fun­filled activities for the whole family to be involved in. The festival is proud to offer the community an opportunity to reflect on the values and traditions that have helped shape the country and, more importantly, the region.

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7th October 2018

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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12th October 2018 to 14th October 2018

Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival

Ignite Your Mind Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival 2018 will be the third literary festival staged, the inaugural festival occurring in 2015. Organisers of the three day event endeavour to give the local community and surrounding regions the opportunity to attend "conversations with high profile Australian authors" and explore and expand their writing skills by attending Writing Workshops. On the Friday evening "Dinner with the Authors' is a further opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with guest authors in a pleasant, social atmosphere. Differing from the sometime industrial feel of big city festivals, this Literary Festival will inspire, stimulate and entertain.

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13th October 2018

Townsville Rock Fest

Townsville Rock Fest is an outdoor Rock Concert for the "Mature" minded person , but still young at heart !! With live music from 2pm to 10pm, food trucks and a great atmosphere for an afternoon/evening of catching up with mates and dancing into the night the Townsville Rock Fest is a must for anyone who wants to relive their concert - going heydays and even the younger generation with an appreciation for some good old classic Rock! This is a capped event so get in and secure your tickets quickly so you don't miss out!

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14th October 2018

Towers Rush

This year you'll 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 2017. Be part of the event which has captivated the community and led competitors to abseil heritage buildings, constructing food masterpieces, paddling the river, completing puzzles and challenges and much more!

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20th October 2018

Wearable Art Townsville

“Creativity is contagious passion” – Einstein Wearable Art Townsville 2018 will present the magical form of Wearable Art from across Queensland and beyond through a highly entertaining stage performance. Presenting over 45 spectacular wearable creations alongside professional theatre, dance and music. Tickets are going on sale soon.

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27th October 2018

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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27th October 2018

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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28th October 2018

Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2018

Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a 6 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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4th November 2018

Cyclone Sunday

Cyclone Sunday is a free community-awareness event for the public and new residents to Townsville. It informs the community on how to be ‘Cyclone Ready’ at the beginning of the Cyclone Season. Held in Strand Park there are predominately community and emergency organisations that have information available to assist residents prior to, during and after a cyclone. Gather tips on how to prepare yourself, your family and your property for cyclones. Bring the kids, bring the family and get prepared for cyclone season!

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11th November 2017 to 10th November 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.

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11th November 2018

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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17th November 2018

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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23rd November 2018 to 24th November 2018

PBR Australia National 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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23rd November 2018 to 24th November 2018

Professional Bull Riding

Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenalin cowboy as they take on the nation’s most extreme bucking bulls 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.

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9th December 2018

Carols by Candlelight

Join Townsville City Council and celebrate the Christmas spirit at the 2018 Carols by Candlelight. The event will feature a headline artist, performances from plenty of local talent and vocal support from the 80 piece community choir - all backed by the 1RAR band!

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18th December 2018

Stable on the Strand

Townsville's Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its 17th birthday in 2018 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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31st December 2018

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Welcome in the New Year in a relaxed, North Queensland style with Townsville City Council's New Year's Eve celebrations! Join them at any one of the locations for a fun family night out involving a movie on the big screen, food vendors, amusements and exciting fireworks display.

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31st December 2018

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Welcome in the New Year in a relaxed, North Queensland style with Townsville City Council's New Year's Eve celebrations! Join them at any one of the locations for a fun family night out involving a movie on the big screen, food vendors, amusements and exciting fireworks display.

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