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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Justice Crew Live Pop Dat Buckle Tour Part 2

Justice Crew - Live on stage - supported by Divine Our Destiny. Eight-time ARIA nominees Justice Crew are hitting the road in June and July 2017 bringing their new show for 17 special performances across Queensland and New South Wales. Performing their biggest hits, including “Que Sera,” “ Boom Boom,” “Everybody,” “ Best Night, ” “Love my Life” and their hottest new material. Since winning Australia’s Got Talent in 2010, Justice Crew has set the nation on fire releasing non-stop chart smashing music including the number one ARIA Single “Boom Boom” - certified six times Platinum.

24th June 2017

The Umbilical Brothers: Speedmouse (Townsville Civic Theatre)

It's legendary and it's live. Direct from another off-Broadway season in New York and an appearance on the Colbert show, the Umbies' most beloved show is back. The Sydney Morning Herald described it as "Marcel Marceau on really good drugs". 'Nuff said. The Umbilical Brothers are an international comedy phenomenon who have so far won a couple of BAFTAs, an Emmy, the Critics' Choice at Edinburgh Fringe and the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performers, They have performed in 37 countries with five different shows. Now they are returning home with one of their most beloved ones, Speedmouse. Full of the stuff you love best, Speedmouse is a live action, fast paced, rewind, slow motion, frame-by-frame adventure where two men create the impossible out of a microphone and a unique physical ability that has no equal. Speedmouse has earned a bevy of five star reviews and numerous awards including best stage production and best international show, along with a multi-platinum DVD that is sold in every corner of the world. Join them in celebrating the return of Speedmouse with a limited live theatrical run. If you haven't seen this show live, you should. Really.

24th June 2017

TheatreiNQ - Alice In Wonderland

Join TheatreiNQ for a madcap adventure down the rabbit hole with Alice and all the crazy characters from Lewis Carroll's enduring classic including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and many many more. "I want a clean cup, let's all move one place down. Clean cup!! Clean cup!!! All move round!" Directed by Terri Brabon, Alice in Wonderland will feature members of the TheatreiNQ ensemble including their youngest actress, Emma Smith in the title role. This TheatreiNQ Original Production will thrill audiences of all ages as Alice and the White Rabbit lead the audience on a hilarious journey through beautiful Anderson Gardens. The performance concludes with a very special Tea Party including photo opportunities with the cast. Tickets are limited to each session so bookings are essential. So grab the kids, pack a picnic and enjoy a Townsville winter with Alice and her friends.

24th June 2017 to
9th July 2017

Landscape with Monsters

Landscape with Monsters is a bold new acrobatic work, a physical symphony to the joyous complexity of being human. Created in response to evolving industrial landscapes, it inhabits the emotional highs and lows of a place faced with uncertainty.

7th July 2017 to
8th July 2017

The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s brilliant opera The Marriage of Figaro follows the adventures of a household over one crazy day. Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters – Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera – but a whole lot more fun!

14th July 2017 to
15th July 2017

Everybody Loves Lucy Charters Towers

Lucille Ball was the Queen of American comedy for decades. As television’s biggest star in I Love Lucy - the most popular sitcom in American history - the wacky, fearless, and totally endearing Lucy broke the mould for the way women were allowed to behave on television. Lucy was joined every step of the way by her real-life and on-screen husband Desi Arnaz. Together they defied conventions and expectations, and ensured total control by creating their own studio. Lucy and Desi held up a fun-house mirror to every marriage in America - exaggerating and making amusing every idiosyncrasy of married life. But as Lucy’s popularity thrived, her relationship with Desi suffered both professionally and privately. Brimming with Lucille Ball’s irrepressible spirit, Luckiest Productions present a tribute to a true trail-blazer. This cabaret-style show is a treat for audiences young and old. Credits: Written by Elise McCann and Richard Carroll Dramaturge Merrily Eastman Musical Director: Steven Kreamer Lucille Ball: Jayde Westaby Desi Arnaz: Steven Kreamer "Everybody Loves Lucy is splendidly written, snappy and lean, taking us on her journey in character, without any cheesy cabaret narrative bits. " Neil Litchfield, Stage Whispers.

15th July 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Hermia and Lysander are madly in love and wish to marry. But Hermia’s father, Theseus, wants her to marry Demetrius, who is keen to marry her. Her father threatens Hermia with a future in a nunnery or death if she does not obey him. Hermia’s childhood friend, Helena is in love with Demetrius and his romantic feelings are not returned. Lysander and Hermia run away together into the forest, and Demetrious and Helena follow after. Oberon, the King of the fairies, sees Demetrious and Helena and wants to give her the man of her dreams, with a little help from a love potion. Whilst a person is sleeping, the potion can be poured over their eyes and they will fall in love with the first person he or she sees. He asks his fairy friend, Puck, to help him with the task. But something goes wrong. Falling in love can make fools of us all…

21st July 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream [Live] Ballet

7.30pm Saturday 22 July.... Melbourne City Ballet offers another Shakespearian classic for audiences with their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream Live on stage at The World Theatre Charters Towers. Choreographed by Artistic Director, Michael Pappalardo, audiences will see a range of diverse movement, executed by some of Australia’s most talented artists. This comical tale explores the lives of two couples whose lives are affected by the meddling fairies who live in a mysterious forest. “A Midsummer Nights Dream” is suitable to both new and more sophisticated classical ballet palates, with an excerpt being selected in 2015 to be performed at the Australian Dance Awards in Adelaide. With a full cast of talented artists, dazzling costumes and beautiful sets, experience the magic, mischief and love that is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

22nd July 2017

Tectonic

Tectonic exists within shifts: Shifts in land, sea, time, space and thought. Dancenorth join forces with the Urab Dancers from Poruma Island, Torres Strait for the creation of this bold new collaboration. Measuring 1.1 kilometres long and 400 metres wide, Poruma is home to 180 residents and is about as close to paradise as you can get. However as global sea levels begin to rise, Poruma is slowly sinking. Performed along a beautiful stretch of the Townsville Strand, Tectonic unites sculpture, movement and sound in a dazzling site specific performance presented as part of the 2017 Strand Ephemera. With the Coral Sea and Magnetic Island as the backdrop, and featuring 180 fit balls buried in the sand; Tectonic is unlike any dance show you have seen before. These micro-trampolines ignite the performance and the dancers as they run, bounce, flip, soar and ricochet across the stage. The fits balls remain buried for the duration of the festival, providing a large-scale interactive installation for the public. Choreographed by Kyle Page and Amber Haines, with guest artists from Poruma Island.

29th July 2017 to
5th August 2017

AFCM Concert

Co-presented by Townsville City Council and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, this free outdoor music concert is proving to be an incredibly popular event in the calendars of music lovers. Located in the beautiful Queens Gardens this is a perfect Sunday afternoon of classical music, showcasing local talent alongside some of the featured artists from the festival. Further details to follow. *Strictly no bring your own alcohol.

30th July 2017

Falling in Love Again

Jennifer Ward-Lealand pays tribute to the iconic Marlene Dietrich with songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Frederic Hollander and Pete Seeger. Beautifully lit and featuring an exquisite recreation of one of Dietrich’s famous gowns, this critically acclaimed cabaret show vividly captures her timeless style and glamour. With Grant Winterburn, piano and Aaron Coddel, bass. Presented by Andrew McKinnon Presentations.

1st August 2017

#FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Botox Party

Since their sell-out season in 2014, #FirstWorldWhiteGirls have been making audiences squirm with delight with their hilariously narcissistic brand of slick comedy and catchy vocals. And now they are back with #FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Botox Party! - that further satirises first world entitlement and the self-obsessed “me” generation. #FirstWorldWhiteGirls are throwing the most exclusive party in town and you’re invited. Grab a botox cocktail and join the girls for an outrageous hour of confessions, makeovers, celebrity worship and backstabbing in this hilarious celebration of first world vanity. Take a peek into the lifestyles of the rich and heinous, set to a soundtrack of original comic songs exposing the struggles of our age - quinoa enemas, Snapchat filters, accidental sexting, foetus facials and the Refugee Diet. Don’t miss this chance to see just how offensive privilege can be.

8th August 2017

Be Your Self Redux

In Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self (Redux), audiences are engaged in a complex dialogue in which they are compelled to explore what makes you ‘you’. The athletic dancers of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) are transformed into erupting, powerful, and emotional entities, projecting startling physical images. Arising from conversations with a Buddhist monk, neurologist, physiologist and literary academic, Stewart situates the body at the centre of his inquiry and reveals that despite our civilising cultural influences, the body is still a force to be reckoned with. A distilled version of the original Be Your Self, Be Your Self Redux fuses Stewart’s audacious choreography with spoken word to create an exciting dance work that leaves audiences questioning the underpinnings of who they are.

15th August 2017

Don't Shoot Me I'm The Piano Player with David Sheel

A runaway success in London’s West End, at successive Edinburgh Festivals, at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and right across the USA, this is a hilarious send-up of classical music, which has established Australian pianist, David Scheel, as the successor to the legendary Victor Borge. Beautiful music, and musical fun performed in so many accents/voices that David has also been compared to the late Robin Williams, and Peter Ustinov. Hear a familiar tune played in the styles of the old masters and an i-Pod; two famous pieces played simultaneously, one with the right hand, one with the left, plus his “translation” of the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda, already a comedy classic. “As funny as any, wittier than most, and, uniquely, a concert pianist of international stature...He stands alone, in a class of his own.” [BBC Arts Review]. “The only show in town that can satisfy lovers of classical music and comedy alike.” [San Francisco Chronicle].

19th August 2017

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is the wonderful story of a family out for walk and on the lookout for a growling bear - they have to march through long swishy grass, wade through thick gloopy mud and even battle a snow storm before entering a big dark cave where maybe they will finally spot the glinty wet eyes of a slobbering, gigantic bear winking at them through the blackness. This 55 minute mini-musical captures the fun and frolics of a father who is clearly still a child at heart, his three children including a tiny intrepid bear hunter in the making – baby is strapped to dad’s back plus the family dog and of course....a big brown cuddly bear! Recommended for ages two to eight years.

7th September 2017 to
8th September 2017

Blue Love - Live

Live on stage... Award-winning Australian choreographer Shaun Parker presents Blue Love. Infused with intense physical theatre, film and dance, Shaun Parker’s Blue Love is a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia. From a fantastic place where television soap meets art-house film, Glenn and Rhonda Flune take the audience on an expedition in search of the perfect relationship. Blue Love is inspired by famous works of art, theatre, music, and film, all of which deal with the concept of love. This quirky, character-based work is a multi-media, physical theatre comedy: accessible, challenging and enormously entertaining. “It’s a tight package of snappy acting… and a fat dose of funny.” The Daily Telegraph “Blue Love is so much fun it can’t possibly be good for you.” The Sydney Morning Herald

8th September 2017

Charters Towers Variety Spectacular - Live

Share in the theatre experience, celebrate local talent, remember the World Theatre Opening Gala 21 years ago, and surprises galore! Bring the family along for an evening to remember. Comedy, music, dance, old friends, new acquaintances and lots of colour, movement and memories.

9th September 2017

TheatreiNQ - A Midsummer Night's Dream

TheatreiNQ's A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare Under the Stars 2017. This September, Shakespeare’s most popular comedy comes to Queens Gardens, Townsville. Join us “Under the Stars” for a magical romp where anything can happen. Where fairies play havoc with humans, where lovers battle for their fairytale ending and where a Queen can fall deeply in love with a donkey called Bottom - All thanks to a mischievous goblin called Puck! Dine under the stars by booking one of their premium table seats or bring a picnic to share with family and friends, and experience the very best of Townsville theatre. Directed by Terri Brabon and featuring Brendan O’Connor with Rachel Nutchey as Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream will definitely be a "Shakespeare Under the Stars" to remember.

12th September 2017 to
24th September 2017

QSO Plays Sibelius

Join Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) for an evening of classical favourites. Under the baton of Toby Thatcher QSO will indulge audiences with Dvorák’s splendidly vibrant Carnival Overture, alongside one of Sibelius’ most popular works, Symphony No.2. Esteemed violinist Kristian Winther will light up the stage with Mendelssohn’s beloved and joyful Violin Concerto in E minor. Conductor: Toby Thatcher Soloist: Kristian Winther Program: Dvorák Carnival Overture, op.92 Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, op.64 Sibelius Symphony No.2 in D major, op.45

4th October 2017

A Lady's Guide to the Art of Being a Wingman

Girls dressed as boys, using techniques for picking up women to pick up men … while wearing pink beehives - Got it? If not, perhaps you’d better consult Melbourne’s hottest cabaret trio The Desperettes. If you’re not familiar with the term “Wingman” it is simply a name for the person who helps you out when approaching potential partners. Originating from the movie Top Gun this term is usually reserved for guys, however, Melbourne’s newest cabaret trio The Desperettes are adopting these techniques and applying them to the modern lady. Their new show A Lady’s Guide to the Art of being a Wingman will take you on a hilarious and eye-opening night out which includes pickup lines, daggy dancing and that all important first move. In this hilarious show these girls defy gender as they highlight not only how ridiculous the world of dating has become, but also the gender stereotypes associated with it.

6th October 2017

Midnight Oil The Great Circle

The time has come … for Midnight Oil. From the northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they have stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, and broken new ground. Midnight Oil is more than just a rock’n’roll band. In 2017 they will finally bring things back to where they all began with this one special tour. The circle remains unbroken. Live in Townsville.

10th October 2017

Benjamin and Me

Benjamin is Will’s best mate in the whole wide world. Benjamin is also a dog. One morning, Will wakes up with an idea. He has decided to build the first ever boy-dog operated flying machine. And so, this coming-of-age adventure takes to the skies… Follow the extraordinary journey of this young boy, his dog, their wild imagination and a ukulele. The show features a smattering of songs, crazy contraptions and illustrations by visual artist Jacinta Larcombe. Benjamin and Me is a show for families and adventurous adults. It’s the newest work from award winning writer and performer Mark Storen (The Polite Gentleman), and is the debut production for his new company Whiskey and Boots. Produced for Whiskey and Boots by Georgia King. Recommended for audiences aged eight and over.

10th October 2017 to
11th October 2017

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!

14th October 2017

Danny Elliott In Concert

Danny Elliott is truly an extra-ordinarily talented musician, singer and all-round entertainer. Audiences watch in disbelief as Danny plays instrument after instrument, song after song, climaxing in a flourish on his favourite, the Piano.

17th October 2017 to
18th October 2017

Phelan Groovy

A wise man once said “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story” That wise man was Kurt Phelan. Kurt is no stranger to the stage. He has performed major roles in some of the biggest musicals in Australia over the past decade, including Singin’ In The Rain, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and most recently channelling his inner Patrick Swayze onstage in the national tour of Dirty Dancing. Now, he returns home to Townsville with the show that has taken the country by storm and seen a sellout season in New York City. Phelan Groovy is a cabaret of riotous proportions, full of hit songs you thought you knew before, until now. A hilarious night of unabashed laughter where you will get a personal tour inside the mind of Australia’s newest leading man. Part biographical, part celebrity dish and all laugh a minute entertainment. If growing up has taught him one thing, it was to only say 10 per cent of what he thinks, out loud. Well, you get that other 90 per cent (complete with a killer soundtrack.) So, come and share a night with this North Queensland-Gemini’s-rapid-firing mind, and have a good laugh.

27th October 2017

Vov Dylan - Sentimental Journey

Vov Dylan is an Australian Violinist with music that flows from every fibre of his body. A third generation musician, Vov was born to the Violin! As a child he became a regular in the Classical music circuit. Alongside the shows, Vov has become a regular in the recording studio where he has now released six studio albums, all of which are available globally and receive frequent airplay on radio stations all over the world.

14th November 2017 to
15th November 2017

Women in Docs

Women in Docs are an independent, folk pop act (with a little bit of country), based in Brisbane. They have been compared to the Indigo Girls, the Dixie Chicks and The Waifs. With a reputation for stirring and humourous live performances and a vigorous touring schedule, Women in Docs have spent ten years building a fiercely loyal following throughout Australia, as well as touring internationally to win over audiences throughout North America, Europe, New Zealand and China. Roz Pappalardo and Chanel Lucas as women in docs have wooed the world with their award-winning songs and live shows which incorporate soaring harmonies, rhythmic guitar and authentic story telling. Their refreshing acoustic style of music, a little bit country, a little bit folk, is a breath of fresh air at any festival. They are loved worldwide by audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds, deserving recognition as one of Australia’s most enduring independent and hardest working acts.

18th November 2017