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

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

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 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

McDonalds Townsville Running Festival

In a setting that sees the sunrise over Magnetic Island, the majestic coral sea, the sunset behind the iconic granite of Castle hill, they have picture perfect prime real estate to bring you a Running Festival that stands like no other. The Townsville Marathon was started by a group of hardcore enthusiasts in 1972, who founded the “Townsville Marathon Club”. The name was a little exclusive and elitist so they toned it down somewhat to become “The Townsville Road Runners” which we all know and love today. In 1999, Townsville Road Runners aimed to raise the profile of running in the region by stepping into the unknown and hosting one of the countries first Running Festivals. The event has evolved into the premier and largest regional marathon in the state today. It is a regional event, with its own vibe, feel and unique welcoming allure, yet the certified racecourses, new race HQ at Jezzine Barracks and professionalism of the event coordinators bring a product on par, if not raising the bar, for major national events and a definite appeal for “race-chasers” and race hardened running purists alike. They are not just a run. They are an experience.

5th August 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Brisbane Broncos

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!

9th August 2018

Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men: Live on stage

Fall in love again with the golden age of dance... Let’s turn back the clock and celebrate the wonderful era of the Hollywood movie musicals and the song and dance men that made it so magical. Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men brings together the exciting dance routines and fabulous songs of legendary performers in one glorious stage production. Following the famous and immortalised male dancers of the Hollywood movie musicals like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Donald O’Connor and Frank Sinatra. Starring Joe Meldrum and Shay Debney, take a nostalgic trip with some of the most memorable music ever written including: The Way You Look Tonight, Pennies From Heaven, Be A Clown, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Blue Skies, That’s Entertainment, You’re the Top, Make Em Laugh and many more. With plenty of toe-tapping tunes and great show-stopping dancing, Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men gives you a sneak peek into the lives, the songs and the dance routines of the best song and dance men of all time, leaving you with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

11th August 2018

Burdekin Craft Spectacular

Burdekin Uniting Church Craft Spectacular, is a day of craft displays, workshops and demonstrations, fruit/vegetables/plant/cake/craft stalls as well as activities for the children. There will also be a dining room, high tea, and outdoor dining area.

11th 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

Townsville Cultural Fest

The Townsville Cultural Festival is a not-for-profit community festival organised by the Townsville Intercultural Centre. The festival showcases the diversity of Australian music, food, arts and culture, bringing tens of thousand of people together each year in celebration of life itself. Over 150 performing groups will offering everything from folk, blues, hip-hop and punk, to Indigenous Australian music and dance, drum circles, fireshows, cabaret, poetry, theatre and traditional dance groups from around the world. This year the JCU sponsored Centre of Learning will host workshops, lectures, discussion panels, theatre shows and the Townsville heat of the National Poetry Slam competition. The Wonky Queenslander will host DJ sets, solo sets as well as workshops and yoga classes. Over 100 food and market stalls from around the world, will offer arts and crafts, cuisines, fashion and produce, and around the grounds you will find art features, interactive games, roving performers, show rides, yarning circle, henna tattoo stalls and gypsy fortune tellers. Join them in this celebration of Unity in Diversity.

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.

18th August 2018

The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M Weekend

It’s where the bush meets the beach and where man meets beast. It’s where music creates mateship and where ute lovers rejoice. It’s R.U.M - Rodeo, Utes and Music. Put on your best Akubra, get a little dust under the nails and head to The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M Weekend. Experience a weekend long program of rodeo, utes, music and just good old fashioned fun. Cheer on Australia’s best Bull Riders from lunch time on Saturday and then dance the night away with live entertainment from The Keely Johnson Band followed by Australia’s biggest country rock band, The Wolfe Brothers. Rise and shine on Sunday and experience North Queensland’s biggest Ute Muster featuring a stellar line up of entertainment including national rockabilly band The Hi-Boys, leading Australian Country Music duo The Long and Short Of It and Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year, Mason Hope. With onsite camping available all weekend, a licenced bar and an array of food and beverages to purchase there’s no reason to leave! Yeeehaaa!

18th August 2018 to
19th August 2018

Seniors Lifestyle Expo

In collaboration with Seniors Week, the Seniors Lifestyle Expo is a fantastic opportunity for residents aged 60 years and over to gain information relative to their needs. This free event showcases products and services from approximately 100 exhibitors. The expo also includes on stage presentations, activities and free goodies ... as well as free tea and coffee. Come along and learn more about what Townsville has to offer their valued senior residents. Connect with your community at these great events.

21st August 2018

Seniors Week Luncheon

The Seniors Week Luncheon celebrates the seniors of Townsville through a free-catered lunch and live entertainment program. With easy parking and access for wheelie-walkers, bring a group of friends or come along to make new ones at this great free event. Seniors must be 60 years of age or older and a resident of Townsville and its surrounds to attend. Registrations are essential so don't forget to book your spot.

23rd August 2018 to
24th August 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Parramatta Eels

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!

24th August 2018

Ride for Road Safety in memory of Sue Bell and Jeff Ashby

Over 200 people ride 18 kilometres, (or the four kilometre option leaving from the Bicycle Pedlar), through the main streets of Townsville with a green wave through all lights thanks to Transport Main Roads. In a spectacular show of symbolism all wear red Operating hats supplied by Queensland Health over their helmets. The Townsville BUG runs The Ride for Road Safety annually in order to highlight the need to improve conditions for cycling in order to get more people riding as part of their everyday. The event began in 2013 as the Sue Bell Memorial ride. With blessing of her family and of Jeff Ashby's, the annual event is designed to attract attention of politicians, the media and the general community. Mrs Bell’s death and the community’s response to it contributed towards the push for the introduction of the laws to protect cyclists where motorists are now required to give at least a metre distance when passing cyclists, and a metre-and-a-half where the speed limit is higher than 60 kilometres per hour. By being part of this ride you are making the impact needed to sustain the push for safer conditions conducive to increased cycling.

26th August 2018

Townsville Expo

The Townsville Expo (incorporating the Townsville Caravan, 4x4 and Outdoor Adventure Expo) returns to Reid Park Townsville for three massive days in 2018 from August 31 to September 2! This event features a major showcase of camper trailers, caravans, motorhomes and all things 4x4. The Townsville Expo will also be home to a major showcase of all things boating and fishing, from jet skis and tinnies to offshore boating. The expo will also incorporate a wider range of products and services for your homes and outdoor lifestyle. From pools and spas to tanks, sheds, tools and more, you will find it all at the Townsville Expo; the biggest leisure and lifestyle event ever staged in Townsville.

31st August 2018 to
2nd September 2018

Townsville Expo

The Townsville Expo (incorporating the Townsville Caravan, 4x4 and Outdoor Adventure Expo) returns to Reid Park Townsville for three massive days! This event features a major showcase of camper trailers, caravans, motorhomes and all things 4x4. The Townsville Expo will also be home to a major showcase of all things boating and fishing, from jet skis and tinnies to offshore boating. The expo will also incorporate a wider range of products and services for your homes and outdoor lifestyle. From pools and spas to tanks, sheds, tools and more, you will find it all at the Townsville Expo; the biggest leisure and lifestyle event ever staged in Townsville.

31st August 2018 to
2nd September 2018