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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. 


6th April 2019 to 10th November 2019

Natural Curiosity: Discovering the secrets of Queensland's Greatest Collections

An exhibition created by the Museum of Tropical Queensland. We are all curious about the natural world. We are intrigued by how things began, what they are like now and how they will be in the future. Venture across land and sea, over millions of years through Queensland’s State Collection to learn how researchers today work with the past to predict the future. From discovering new animal species, to understanding the effects of climate change, this vast collection of over a million specimens holds the secrets of Queensland’s natural heritage.

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27th April 2019 to 28th April 2019

Burdekin Auto Festival 2019

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

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11th May 2019 to 12th May 2019

Townsville Weekend Warrior Expo by Big Boys Toys

The Weekend Warrior Expo is all about the weekend enthusiast and the activities you love to get up to on your days off.  This is a family friendly event (including your dog on a leash). You will see products from ATVs to Zzzz. Bring your Mum along. She'll love it too.

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26th May 2019

Eco Fiesta 2019

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

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1st June 2019 to 2nd June 2019

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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2nd June 2019

All British Day Townsville 2019

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

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7th June 2019 to 9th June 2019

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

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

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22nd June 2019 to 23rd June 2019

Townsville Fishing and Outdoor Expo

This is a truly local event made by locals for locals all about a topic that locals love. One of their main goals of the Expo will be to provide a platform for local fishing and outdoor businesses, clubs and services to provide interesting and interactive exhibits that local enthusiasts will learn from and enjoy. There are so many amazing fishing and outdoor organisations right here in Townsville. While fishing is the main focus of the Expo, the weekend will also incorporate all things outdoor including camping, boating, 4WDs, caravanning, adventure sports, motorbikes, outdoor fitness, hunting, diving and more. There will absolutely be something for the whole family to enjoy over the two days, through a range of demonstrations, fishing personalities, workshops, interactive displays, fresh seafood, live entertainment and some extra special surprises that they currently have in the pipeline.

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4th July 2019 to 5th July 2019

Ingham Show 2019

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

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26th July 2019 to 4th August 2019

Strand Ephemera

Strand Ephemera – the North’s Sculpture Festival held biennially is Townsville’s highly anticipated outdoor sculpture exhibition of state and national significance. This event was established by Townsville City Council to provide regional artists an opportunity to showcase their talent within a national arena, with a focus on works being ‘ephemeral’ for the short-lived exhibition of around 10 days encouraged artists to use inexpensive materials. In 2017 Strand Ephemera reached new heights attracting over 155,704 visitors during the 10 day display period. The exhibition was supported by a multitude of engaging public programs, and featured a selection of curated works alongside those competing for the major AUD10,000 prize.

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28th July 2019 to 30th July 2019

Charters Towers Show

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

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5th August 2019

Townsville Careers Expo 2019

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

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20th August 2019

Seniors Lifestyle Expo 2019

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

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30th August 2019 to 1st September 2019

Townsville Expo 2019

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

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