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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. 

Events

26th December 2019

Australia Day - Great Australian Bites 2020

• Multi-cultural food court • Kite display along the foreshore • Live entertainment featuring local bands • Free amusements and kids activities • Licensed bar area showcasing local craft beers and distilleries (TBC)

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31st December 2019 to 1st January 2020

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 2019 to 1st January 2020

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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26th January 2020

Australia Day

Townsville City Council will host Australia Day celebrations starting at 7am at Jezzine Barracks followed by the Great Australian Bites event from 12pm to 5pm at Strand Park. These events bring the community together to celebrate the multicultural society and the values, freedoms and lifestyle of the nation. The 2020 Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony and 2020 Great Australian Bites are presented by the Townsville City Council in partnership with the Queensland Government. The Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony and Great Australian Bites are assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.

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15th February 2020

Hotter Than Hell 2020 - Townsville

The sizzling Hotter Than Hell line up has arrived in style, with 90s and 00s USA rock and punk royalty Everclear and Unwritten Law leading the announcement. Everclear (US) head up the bill with memories of triple j Hottest 100 hits like 'Santa Monica' and 'Father of Mine' due to come burning back as Hotter Than Hell unleash their first ever international headliners. Previously laying low after a 14 year absence, Everclear last made an appearance down under celebrating their 20th anniversary tour in a string of hugely successful shows and return for the first time in three years to pump out their unique brand of singalong rock. Adding more fuel to the fire, multi-platinum punk outfit Unwritten Law (USA) heat things up in Mt Evelyn. The Southern Californian punk legends have endured with Aussie fans for their high energy live shows and distorted power riffs across favourites such as 'Celebration Song' to 'Seein' Red' and 'Save Me'.

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7th April 2020 to 10th April 2020

Life Festival 2019

Life Festival will be held at 210 Palmerston Street, during the Easter School holidays from 7 April to 10 April 2020. Guest Artists: Pat Morgan - Award-winning Australian Indigenous Country Gospel Singer-Songwriter. More artist to come. Local Artists will also performing Activities will include carnival rides, jumping castles, children and youth activities and a resource expo.

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25th April 2020

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 are 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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25th April 2020

ANZAC Day Services 2020

Townsville City Council presents official ANZAC Day Commemorations in partnership with the Townsville RSL Sub-Branch and the Thuringowa RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day is nationally recognised as a day to pay respect to and acknowledge those Australian and New Zealand service men and women who have served and lost their lives in war ANZAC Day services and marches are held to mark the anniversary of the first major military action, wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

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3rd May 2020

Groovin the Moo

Groovin the Moo (GTM) is now hitting the road for the 2020 tour! Landing in Townsville on Sunday 3 May (long weekend). GTM’s increasingly recognised trademark is that of a fun and value-packed day complete with a twist of country hospitality and inclusivity. GTM tours acts from all genres which in turn reflects the importance of diversity for the festival. General on sale starts in early February. Life's better when you're Groovin.

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23rd May 2020

Tasman Turtle's Picnic Day

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

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28th May 2020 to 30th May 2020

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival is now a three day festival that incorporates the First Fire of the crushing season, Burdekin Cultural Fair and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Burdekin region is one of the last regions in Australia to still burn sugar cane before it is harvested. The First Fire celebrates that fact and involves burning the purpose grown cane to be cut in the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Burdekin Cultural Fair celebrates the many cultures that make the Burdekin the friendly, multicultural town it is and 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. The First Fire and 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. The Burdekin Cultural Fair is held next to the PCYC on Macmillan Street in Ayr.

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11th June 2020 to 14th June 2020

Palm Creek Folk Festival

The Palm Creek Folk Festival is held annually on the first weekend on June starting on the Thursday and running until Sunday. The festival features live music from a cross section of musical genre's from artists and bands from all over Australia and internationally. The festival incorporates workshops, a Kids Festival, Youth live music stage, great market stalls, street theatre and performance art. The festival is snuggled at the foot of the Mount Surround at the Mountain View Caravan park on the Bruce Highway. The festival is run by the Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club.

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2nd July 2020 to 2nd August 2020

North Australian Festival of Arts

Get ready Northern Australia for the return of the North Australian Festival of Arts! NAFA will return bigger and better in July 2020 with an exciting new focus that puts emphasis on a NAFA concert series and The Northern Fringe Festival. After a hugely successful debut in 2019 the festival is bound to be jam-packed with performances including live headline acts, cabaret, theatre, dance, circus, exhibitions and more.

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2nd July 2020 to 2nd August 2020

Northern Fringe Festival

The Northern Fringe – in the spirit of Fringe Festivals across the globe – is an inclusive and organic festival hosted in theatres, cafés, pop-up venues, laneways and street corners right across Townsville. From live acts, music and comedy to cabaret, freaks and funk; all forms of art and performance can play in what will become a welcomed addition to the Australian Fringe Festival scene.

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17th July 2020 to 19th July 2020

Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival

The focus of the “Ignite Your Mind” Burdekin Readers’ and Writers’ Festival has always been to bring together Australia’s best authors so residents and visitors could enjoy an intimate weekend of words, while also enjoying the delights of this beautiful region.

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26th July 2019 to 9th August 2020

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative ten day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland. The Festival has been delighting audiences for almost 30 years and has earned an international reputation for the quality of its programming and performances along with its friendly, intimate and relaxed atmosphere. More than 40 musicians from all around the world travel to Townsville to perform in world exclusive combinations. 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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1st August 2020 to 2nd August 2020

Australian Italian Festival

The Australian Italian Festival is a signature event in North Queensland. It brings authentic home-cooked Italian food. The entertainment, displays, demonstrations, competitions and workshops including amusement rides are all free to their visitors. It is a two day event held on the first weekend of August each year. This event showcases and relives the heritage, culture and traditions of the first Italian immigrants to Australia. It is truly a unique event and leaves visitors with life long memories.

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29th August 2019 to 2nd September 2020

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week

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

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5th September 2020

Burdekin Water Festival

Celebrating the abundance of water in the district. The Burdekin Water Festival is one of the longest running festivals in Queensland. The celebrations include a wide variety of exciting events that encompass the whole community. This includes an art exhibition that features an extensive display of artworks various mediums created by local artists.

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12th September 2020

Rollingstone Pineapple Festival

The Rollingstone Pineapple Festival is an annual event held in Balgal Beach, North Queensland to celebrate Australia's real gold fields - the farms and communities who grow and sell the worlds best pineapples. The Pineapple Festival has an ever evolving format of markets, food, workshops and music throughout the day with kid's activities and plenty of games for people of all ages. It's a fun family day in support of local farmers and the local community. The Festival is a licensed event celebrating everything pineapples!

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17th October 2020

Ingham Maraka Festival

For two weeks in October, Hinchinbrook comes alive with a diversity of events. Ingham Maraka Festival features steam train rides, cocktail night, Try-Athlon, dinner dance, afternoon tea, pet parade, float procession finishing with entertainment and fireworks in Rotary Park. Main event: Street Parade 17 October 2020. Float procession commencing at 5pm followed by street entertainment at 6pm.

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