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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Australia XI versus England 4-day Cricket match

November will bring international cricket to Riverway Stadium, when Cricket Australia Xl hosts the English Men’s Team in a four-day pre-Ashes series from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November 2017. This red ball (day match) four-day series will run in the immediate lead up to the opening Ashes Test Match at the Gabba, which is set to take place from 23 to 27 November 2017. Tickets are on sale now and offer affordable family entertainment. You can also purchase a four-day pass and there are plenty of corporate hospitality packages on offer too! Tickets are also available at the venue on day, from Gate 2. All tickets are sold as general admission and include access to the grandstand. There is no way to reserve a seat in the grandstand. Be sun smart - make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen and water bottle!

15th November 2017 to
1st November 2018

Conroy Hall Markets

A fantastic all weather market with a great selection of antiques, bric-a-brac, books, home made treats, local craft and clothing Market held on the second Saturday of the month

13th January 2018 to
8th December 2018

Raintree Markets

Under the shade of Ingham's iconic raintrees of Rotary Park, right in the heart of Ingham. This market offers a diversity of offerings from local craft, bric-a-brac, fresh produce, real coffee, tropical plants and tasty treats. Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month

21st January 2018 to
16th December 2018

Lucinda Markets

Soak up the relaxing casual atmosphere, enjoy the music, indulge in a coffee, hot food and seaside views. Browse over 30 stalls and find something for everyone. Entertain the kids, stroll the beach, lunch in Lucinda and take in the seaside views. Markets are held on the second Sunday of the month between May and September.

13th May 2018 to
9th September 2018

Forrest Beach Market

Unwind and enjoy the relaxed beach setting. Market boasts a variety of local arts and craft, fresh produce, plants, bric-a-brac, raffles, kids activities and barbeue lunch. Market occurs on the fourth Sunday of the month between May and September.

27th May 2018 to
23rd September 2018

Ingham Show 2018

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!

5th July 2018 to
6th July 2018

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

At the halfway point in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the racing is sure to be fierce when the spectacular Supercars race through the streets of Townsville once again at the Watpac Townsville 400, 6 to 8 July 2018. There is something for the whole family, from the on-track action of the Supercars, Dunlop Super2 Series, ECB SuperUtes Series and more, to the evening concert entertainment. Kids 12 and under receive free trackside admission with a paying adult. Don’t miss the fastest and loudest weekend in North Queensland!

6th July 2018 to
8th July 2018

Style Over Speed Black Tie Bike Ride

Riding your bike is an ad for cycling…so do it in style! Style Over Speed is a traffic-stopping black-tie affair. Over 80 cyclists parade through town along The Strand, out to the casino and back finishing with live music, a bar and a fashion parade by participants with their bikes. Have fun and get dressed up in your fanciest formal gear, match your handbag or manbag to your bicycle and come along! The ride is designed to encourage spectators to smile and cheer at their display because cycling is something to celebrate.

7th July 2018

Carmen - Live Ballet

"Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame..."  Melbourne City Ballet reimagines “Carmen” to Bizet’s famous score to bring to life an evocative opera ballet paying homage to the well known Spanish inspired tragedy. ”Carmen" tells the story of a city policeman Don Jose whose mother calls him to return home to marry childhood sweetheart Micaela but a chance encounter with the enchanting gypsy girl Carmen, leads them both into a relationship of both passion and destruction. Pappalardo’s “Carmen” is designed to be a loud and bold affair, pulling the audience in from the first overture. Choreographer: Michael Pappalardo.

13th July 2018

Adventurethon Demolish Townsville

The team at Adventurethon Australia are super excited to bring Townsville Adventurethon Demolish on July 14 and 15, 2018 Adventurethon Townsville is a multi-sport event incorporating four stage; mountain bike, paddle, trail run and sprint featuring all three. The recently created Demolish format offers athletes the opportunity to participate in one, two or all three legs, with each leg being a stand alone race. This event offers different distances over the race weekend, giving opportunity to all athletes no matter the skill level. Sunday will include Sprint, Taste and Junior events. Townsville offers world class trails at Cape Pallarender, this new exciting format is a great shape up to the racing community, giving athletes time to freshen up between legs, recover and achieve personal best efforts. It also provides the opportunity to tackle longer distances they wouldn't normally do. Who can forget the added feature of an abseil to the trail run! Any Adventurethon challenge can be done as an individual, tag team or side by side team to gain a different experience for the day. They want you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

14th July 2018 to
15th July 2018

July 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 Four Wheel Drive 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.

15th July 2018

Absolute Elvis - Tour the Tropics

Elvis Presley's life in Music performed by UK's Multi Award Winning Elvis Tribute Artist - Johnny Lee Memphis. Songs that will get you rockin and a rolling as Johnny performs Elvis's greatest hits from the 50s to the 70s. Tickets on sale now - book early for an ideal music lovers gift.

20th July 2018

Winter Racing Carnival Cocktail Launch

Where Racing Glamour meets the Ocean. The 2018 Winter Racing Carnival is an eight-day carnival featuring a range of trackside entertainment, Fashion and quality North Queensland Racing. 2018’s launch is set kick off the carnival with a bang. More action, more glamour and more fun will greet you at this first event of the Winter Racing Carnival.

20th July 2018

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.

20th July 2018 to
22nd July 2018

Ingham Autofest

Autofest Performance Car Festivals are pleased to announce the addition of an All New Autofest event that will taking place in Far North Queensland from July 20 to 22 2018. To be known as the Ingham Autofest and to be held at the Ingham Showground each year from mid 2018 the Autofest Crew look forward to working together with local clubs as well as other events already running in Far North Queensland and they are sure that this exciting new event for their region will also compliment their events as well. Autofest is open to everything automotive from Cars, Trucks, Bikes in fact anything that has wheels is welcomed to join in on all the fun and with the theme of a Family Friendly Festival. Autofest events include, Go To Whoa, Spear A Spud, Dyno Shootout, Show N Shine, Autokana and everyone's favourite, the Mighty Burnout Comp. More details will be released over the coming weeks and Entrant Forms will be posted up at their website.

20th July 2018 to
22nd July 2018

Ladies Race Day

Part of the Winter Racing Carnival the Townsville Turf Clubs Ladies Race Day is a must attend event on the social Calendar. Featuring immaculate Fashion, great entertainment and a trackside celebration not to be missed. Children must be accompanied by a responsible guardian at all times.

21st July 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus St George Illawarra Dragons

Witness the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2018! Following a successful season in 2017 and a second Grand Final appearance in three years, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2018 stronger than ever. Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by 2017 Australian Rugby League World Cup champions Michael Morgan and Jordan McLean, dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. Lock in your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

21st July 2018

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 2018. Don't miss out! Hop in and register when the gate goes up. More than 600 riders every year can't be wrong.

22nd July 2018

Guineas Race Day

The official start of the Winter Racing Carnival - The Guineas Race Day. Join them for a fabulous day of live racing with bookmakers and tote onsite, air conditioned bars and a great atmosphere. Gates open 11am. Children must be accompanied by a responsible guardian at all times.

26th July 2018

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 nine 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. 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.

27th July 2018 to
4th August 2018

AFCM Concert

The 28th Australian Festival of Chamber Music, will take place in tropical North Queensland from Friday 27 July to Sunday 5 August. Their new artistic director, Kathryn Stott, will bring more than 30 musicians from all around the world to Townsville to perform over the 10 days. Some 25 concerts and five special events, including a magical concert on the beach of Orpheus Island and a concert on Magnetic Island, will entertain visitors and locals alike.

27th July 2018 to
5th August 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Newcastle Knights

Witness the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2018! Following a successful season in 2017 and a second Grand Final appearance in three years, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2018 stronger than ever. Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by 2017 Australian Rugby League World Cup champions Michael Morgan and Jordan McLean, dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. Lock in your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

27th July 2018

Pop Up North Queensland 2018

Pop-Up North Queensland (PUNQ) is a festival of pop-up exhibitions and shops to activate empty spaces throughout the Central Business District. The festival will feature all things creative such as films, workshops, and performances. Pop Up North Queensland will bring local and interstate creatives into various spaces across the Central Business District, activating the area and demonstrating the importance of a vibrant and active community and the exciting possibilities of creative business.

27th July 2018 to
12th August 2018

The Mater Townsville Cup

The pinnacle of racing in North Queensland, The Mater Townsville Cup is the finale of the Winter Racing Carnival. With a great range of marquees and areas to relax and enjoy the fun racing atmosphere.

28th July 2018

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 is aplenty with local performers, whip cracking and of course, fireworks! The kids will be kept busy with sideshow alley with 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.

29th July 2018 to
31st July 2018