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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North Queensland Elite Rodeo

North Queensland Elite Rodeo is an invitational only event putting the very best rodeo athletes against the best animals in the country. Theur goal is to not only put on one of the greatest competitions for spectators but to also show junior and emerging rodeo stars that there is a pathway for this great sport.

27th August 2016 to
26th August 2017

CT 4x4 Fun Day

Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced 4WD Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery. Located just nine kilometres from Charters Towers central business district, the Millchester Motor Sport and Recreation Facility has it all from winch walls to mud pits that host the NQ Off Road Challenge, participants can come for the weekend and enjoy all that the Towers has to offer. CT 4x4 Club is a family friendly club catering for all 4x4 enthusiasts..

12th February 2017 to
12th November 2017

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

Charters Towers Cup

Enjoy a great family day and experience an authentic country race meeting. Enter the fashions on the field and dance the afternoon away to Live Music by '52 Pick Up'! The race meeting includes a five race program, TAB and on course bookies with a total AUD57,000 in cash and prizes. Take part in the New Foot Races - Magic Mile and 100 metre sprints for your chance to with cash and prizes. Gates open at 11.30am, see you at the track!

24th June 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

Kids Rock Junior Rodeo, Heart of the Goldfields Rodeo and King of the Goldfields Steer Wrestling

Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the North and has a long history with Rodeo with the Charters Towers Rodeo Association hosting events since 1948. The event features bulls, broncs, barrels, roping, bulldogging and bucking bareback ponies. A live band will keep the mood going once the arena action is completed. The rodeos is a great family friendly outing, with all of the extreme rodeo action taking place under the covered arena at the Charters Towers Dalrymple Equestrian Complex.

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

The Paluma Push

Held in July each year, the Paluma Push is a race from the Paluma Village via the Paluma Dam through World heritage rainforest and cattle property to Hidden Valley cabins. Three courses are available, the 42 kilometre recreational course, the 53 kilometre intermediate course and the competition course which is 70 kilometres. This is a race that changes lives! If you are competitive, the prizes are substantial with both cash and equipment on offer. If you are a rider who loves a challenge, The Push is your perfect ride. But if you want to try an achievable personal challenge that will guarantee you a smile and helpful encouragement then this ride will change your life. Sign on commences before Easter 2017. Don't miss out! Hop in and register when the gate goes up. More than 600 riders every year can't be wrong.

23rd July 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

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

Ewan Races

The Ewan Races honour the true spirit of country racing, by conducting its annual two-day race meeting, on the banks of Stockyard Creek, Charters Towers in North Queensland. With its on track facilities, EATC is proud to offer two days of first class, professional country racing with a prize pool of over AUD80,000, making it one of the richest country meetings on the racing calendar. And what is racing without fashion? Ewan’s Fashions on the Field is a fiercely contested event: Friday dedicated entirely to Microfashion (ages 0-17), and Saturday for the adult categories. Other activities include: Trivia Night, live music each night, children’s fancy dress, jumping castle and face painting, fun run and children’s sports.

22nd September 2017 to
23rd September 2017

Towers Rush

This year you'll participate in an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. Be the team with the most points at the end of the race to take out the title at Towers Rush 2017. Be part of the event which has captivated the community and led competitors to abseil heritage buildings, constructing food masterpieces, paddling the river, completing puzzles and challenges and much more!

29th October 2017

Goldfield Ashes

The Charters Towers Goldfield Ashes is the largest amateur cricket carnival in the southern hemisphere. It is conducted in January by the Charters Towers Cricket Association Incorporated (CTCA). The event was recently given the status of being a Queensland Iconic Event. Matches are played on 58 different playing fields, including some which are privately owned. Whilst 'The Ashes' has grown to levels well beyond the imagination of President Jack Meeson's original concept, it has not lost its reputation for friendliness and hospitality. Perhaps within that reputation, lies the secret of its past success and assured growth in the future.

26th January 2018 to
28th January 2018