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2019 Events and Insider Guide

Whether it's on the beach, the stage, or field, be prepared to experience world-class events in spectacular settings. View or download your 2019 Events and Insider Guide to start planning your perfect holiday to Townsville North Queensland. 


30th November 2019 to 8th March 2020


How would you react in a high-pressure scenario with lives at stake? Rescue puts you in charge as you discover what it’s like to be involved in land, sea and air rescues. Experience the challenges, technology and training used by specialist rescue teams through a range of exciting hands‑on exhibits. Take the controls of a full-size helicopter simulator, navigate jet skis around obstacles, find your way through a smoke-filled room and much more!

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6th March 2020

Rescue Up Late

The Museum of Tropical Queensland becomes a live action, interactive playground for everyone 18+ at a special event to celebrate the final weekend of the exhibition 'Rescue'. Rescue puts you in charge as you discover what it's like to be involved in land, sea and air rescues. You can experience the challenges, technology and training used by specialist rescue teams through a range of exciting hands-on exhibits. Take the controls of a full-size helicopter simulator, navigate jet skis around obstacles , find you way through a smoke-filled room and much more. At Rescue Up Late enjoy live music, drinks, fun activities and access to all the Museum galleries - without kids to worry about! Tickets will be available to purchase online in early 2020.

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18th April 2020 to 19th April 2020

Townsville BIG BOYS TOYS Expo

It's the Expo to discover New Products & Services. We'll be showcasing the Latest Models of 4WDs; Bikes; Boats; BBQs; ATVs; Campers; Cars; Caravans; DIY; Fishing Gear; Hobbies; Quad Bikes; Remote Control Vehicles; SUVs; Tanks; Tents; Trucks; Utes. Plus Weekend Getaways; Staycations & Holiday Destination suggestions Plus everything the Consumer needs to take with them - from Aftermarket Accessories to Home & Travel products It's a Family-friendly Event. Entertainment for ALL ages. 2020 line-up includes: Jetpack Stunt Show; Flying Motorcross Show;

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24th April 2020 to 26th April 2020

Burdekin Auto Festival

A three day event with up to 200 classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles on display including three on site driving events, dancing, live entertaintment and competitions. To keep up-to-date with the event details, please like the Burdekin Cruisers Car Club Inc on Facebook.

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16th May 2020

Street Science! Townsville

Word Science Festival Brisbane returns to Townsville in 2020 with an action-packed regional program! On Saturday 16 May the Museum of Tropical Queensland will turn into a science playground with free admission all day and immersive, family-friendly events for everyone to enjoy. From virtual reality to robotics, and geoscience to chemistry, the wonder and excitement of STEM will be open for business in all its colour, noise and glory!

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22nd May 2020 to 19th July 2020

The Percivals 2020

Having begun in 2007, The Percivals is an open competition for artists. Call for entries are now open for the biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize (North Queensland’s own portrait prize), together with the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize (returning for the fourth instalment since its debut in 2014) and the Percival Animal Portrait Prize. The Percivals awards provide a platform to showcase the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, both experienced and emerging.

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30th May 2020 to 31st May 2020

Townsville Magneticon Cosplay and Gaming Expo

Townsville's first and largest Cosplay and Gaming Expo with exhibitors from all over Australia. A local event that allows those to find their alter ego and dress in their favourite character. Join in the fun and explore the many things to see and do over a massive two day fan fair.

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5th June 2020 to 7th June 2020

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car enthusiasts featuring a 'show n shine', super cruises 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 2020

Eco Fiesta 2020

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. Come along and also celebrate the Queens Gardens 50th Anniversary!

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14th June 2020

Pet Expo

Gather your paw-fect pals and slither on down to Townsville City Council’s Pet Expo! All pets are welcome if they are safe and secure at this FREE family event. Don’t miss the huge range of exhibitors attending including animal behavioristics, groomers, vets, pet services and so much more. Plus, there will be lots of Op-paw-tunities to enter competitions and win prizes!

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21st June 2020

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. Pay a visit to stalls featuring local heritage and historical groups.

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25th June 2020 to 26th June 2020

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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17th July 2020 to 13th September 2020

North Queensland Ceramic Awards

Pinnacles Gallery and the North Queensland Potters’ Association Inc. invite entries into the 2020 biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards. The biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards has long aimed to increase public exposure to a high standard of pottery from around the nation. A showcase for both well-known and emerging artists, this competition displays the diversity of ceramic art currently being produced in Australia. The City of Townsville Art Collection Award of AUD10000 continues to provide both opportunity for artists to become a part of one of the nation’s most significant ceramic collections, as well as ensuring the continued growth of this important subsection of the City of Townsville Art Collection.

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23rd July 2020 to 26th July 2020

9th Biennial Queensland Heritage Rally

Step back in time and experience a weekend of vintage machinery in action, including for the first time on display the only functioning 1910 Marshall Tractor in the world. The rally is also aiming to bring together the largest collection of vintage motorcycles ever seen in Australia.

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26th July 2020 to 28th July 2020

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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3rd August 2020

2020 Townsville Careers Expo

The 16th 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. Visitors have the chance to win multiple prizes! For more information on the Expo, please visit the website and click on the Townsville Tab, or visit the Facebook page. The expo is on Monday August 3, 2020 from 10am to 1.30pm and 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Admission is free!

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28th August 2020 to 30th August 2020

Townsville Expo 2020

Bring the family along and discover all the latest outdoor adventure gear and accessories plus home and lifestyle products at the 2020 Townsville Expo. Everything will be on display from the latest caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes to vehicles, camping accessories, holiday destinations and more! There’s so much to see across the weekend including great entertainment the whole family will love. They look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Townsville Expo.

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