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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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

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

Australian Italian Festival

The Australian Italian Festival is an authentic Italian cultural event held on the first weekend of August in Ingham, North Queensland. The Festival is staged at the award-winning TYTO Precinct, off the Bruce Highway, 500 metres from Ingham’s Central Business District. For the space of the two day Carnival, the area is transformed into a huge piazza with nonstop world-class entertainment on two stages. Guests gain access to homemade, mouth-watering Italian food and wine, cooking demonstrations, displays, competitions, free amusement rides, market stalls and much more. The atmosphere, the food and the excitement all come together to give you the experience of walking into a festival in Italy.

4th August 2018 to
5th August 2018

McDonald's Townsville Running Festival

The McDonald's Townsville Running Festival includes a Marathon (42.2 kilometres) Half Marathon (21.1 kilometres), 10K Classic, adult and junior 5 k Run/Walk, 5 kilometre Corporate Challenge and Hero Run. Their AIMS accredited courses are fast, flat and hug the coastline as well as feature the 43rd Townsville Marathon - Australia's second oldest race. All runners experience spectacular views of the Coral Sea, Magnetic Island and the Marina as they follow their tropical blue line and vie for AUD23,000 prize money. With a predawn start marathoners experience a breath taking sunrise over Cleveland Bay as they run along Townsville's award-winning Strand Beach. Arrive early for the pre-race dinner, take in a Cowboys NRL home game and stay for the famous after-party. Treat yourself to a tropical winter getaway this August. Run Townsville and Explore the region. An event Run by Runners for Runners.

5th August 2018

Townsville Triathlon Festival

World Age group Qualifier – Olympic Distance, over AUD20,000 in cash and prizes. The TTF is entering its 16th year and is established as a significant race on the National Triathlon circuit as a World Age Group Qualifying Olympic Distance event. The Festival will host the Triathlon Queensland Club Championships North Queensland. The Townsville Triathlon Festival is the “Big Weekend” - a weekend of racing, fun and a full festival atmosphere with an array of events and activities to take part in across one massive weekend. Triathlon is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. To give the Townsville Triathlon Festival a point difference “The Big Weekend” will appeal to all ages and all fitness level wanting to be involved and have fun. The “Big Weekend” provides a unique opportunity that no other Triathlon event in Australia offers, the ability to race in multiple events over one weekend. 11 events across three days. The Festival will also offer dinner competitors entertainment options including the opening night ‘With The Stars’ dinner, the option to go to the North Queensland Cowboys home game on the Saturday night, and post event get together on the Sunday afternoon, as part of the “Big Weekend”.

17th August 2018 to
19th August 2018

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. Their 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.

25th August 2018