Events


Townsville North Queensland offers a huge line up of entertainment and events with sports, food, cultural and music festivals in full swing throughout the year. Cheer yourself hoarse at a national sporting match, bask in the sun during Magnetic Island Race Week or enjoy a performance by the world’s finest chamber musicians at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Become part of the exciting calendar of events and immerse yourself in the laid back, vibrant lifestyle. 

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Lustre: Pearling and Australia Exhibition

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

2nd September 2017 to
28th January 2018

Manggan - gather, gathers, gathering

Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering presents and shares knowledge, stories and art from nine tribal groups of rainforest people from far North Queensland - the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhun, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people. The exhibition includes documentaries, still photographs, weaving and ceramics by 19 internationally renowned artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, together with artefacts from the South Australian Museum Collection of material collected from the Girringun region. Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering is a travelling exhibition in partnership between Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, the South Australian Museum and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians. It is also supported through the Australian Government's Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program and the Queensland Government, and proudly sponsored by Conrad Gargett and Urban Arts Projects.

9th September 2017 to
26th November 2017

Horrible Histories - Pirates: The Exhibition

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

16th September 2017 to
4th February 2018

TAFE Emerging Artists Exhibition

The annual exhibition by Visual Arts students of TAFE Queensland North’s Townsville Campus showcases the talent of the individual artists emerging from the school, and includes traditional 2D art forms, 3D design, sculpture and new media art such as video and animation.

27th October 2017 to
19th November 2017

Dread Sovereign: Jonathan McBurnie

Dread Sovereign demonstrates a reconfiguration of the act of drawing in response to digital technologies, culminating in what the artist terms ‘metadrawing.’ Within the exhibition, questions of genre, form and medium are abandoned for an interdisciplinary approach. The internet search engine is adopted into the artist’s toolbox, integrating the countless accessible and disposable images as raw matter for the artist to fossick and sift through. Specific images are selected by McBurnie and reconfigured through studio practice, creating a new imbrication of the raw image matter.

3rd November 2017 to
28th January 2018

Drawn: From the City of Townsville Art Collection

This exhibition is curated from works which are drawn from the City of Townsville Art Collection. The focal point of the show is works with a drawn aspect to their medium, as drawings can be seen as the fundamental skill underpinning most, if not all, forms of visual art.

24th November 2017 to
21st January 2018

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.

27th May 2018

MagnetiCon - Townsville Pop Culture Event

Townsville's first Pop Culture Event was a roaring success, so they are set to bring everything pop culture to Townsville. There will have movie stars, cosplayers from Australia as well as cartoonist that have done work from the Simpsons to My Little Pony. Join in the cosplay competition , see Doctor Who's Tardis a Dalek and you might even see someone dressed up as the eleventh Doctor. They will have memorabilia from the Infamous Geek(Platinum Sponsor) on site as well. Dioramas from Hemble Creations from Star Trek, Star Wars, Indianna Jones and much 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.

2nd June 2018 to
3rd June 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!

5th July 2018 to
6th July 2018

Pop Up North Queensland 2018

Pop-Up North Queensland (PUNQ) is a festival of pop-up exhibitions and shops to activate empty spaces throughout the Central Business District. The festival will feature all things creative such as films, workshops, and performances. Pop Up North Queensland will bring local and interstate creatives into various spaces across the Central Business District, activating the area and demonstrating the importance of a vibrant and active community and the exciting possibilities of creative business.

27th July 2018 to
12th August 2018