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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Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art

This national touring exhibition project commemorates the 60th anniversary of the British atomic test series at Maralinga. The exhibition visits the events and its location through the artworks by Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary artists across the mediums of painting, print-making, sculpture, installation, photography and new media.

22nd July 2017 to
3rd September 2017

Head in the Clouds: Ben Trupperbäumer, June Tupicoff and Ron McBurnie

The high altitude tropical cloud forests of the Atherton Tablelands are the focus of an exhibition of new works by Ben Trupperbäumer, June Tupicoff and Ron McBurnie. Each artist has created a body of work that is reflective of their different relationships to this unique landscape. Head in the Clouds aptly highlights the friendship that exists between these three artists and their different approach to rainforest, which is at the heart of the exhibition.

25th August 2017 to
15th October 2017

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week

Bringing together the excitement of competitive sailing and community events, along with the ambience of Magnetic Island each August, SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week offers an experience to remember. With top notch racing, live bands and partying galore, the shore side program of this annual regatta is sure to leave you wanting more year after year. You don't need to be a competitive sailor to participate in this great event, there is something available for everyone whether it be jumping onboard the a racing yacht or partying after dark with the crews at one of the social functions.

31st August 2017 to
6th September 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

31st August 2017 to
3rd September 2017

Ingham Sugar City Rodeo

Featuring The King of the Cane Fields steer wrestling (Friday night), break-away roping, barrel racing, Pop Sheahan Memorial Bronc Ride, Harry Burdell Memorial Bare Back, jnr. Rodeo and Open Bull Ride Final.

1st September 2017 to
2nd September 2017

62nd Townsville Art Awards and Townsville Open Art Awards

The Townsville Art Society has held an annual or biannual Arts exhibition since the society’s inception, and The Townsville Art Society’s Awards Exhibition is now a major exhibition in the cultural life of the city. Held in the Townsville’s Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, this exhibition provides an opportunity for North Queensland artists, who are affiliated with an Art Society, to display their work in a major gallery and compete for prizes.

1st September 2017 to
24th September 2017

Ingham Gold Cup

Since 1879 the annual Ingham Gold Cup provides exciting horse racing, excellent fashion, live music and a great social day. Stay on after the race and party till late with a live band and DJ.

2nd September 2017

Great Barrier Reef Film Festival

The Great Barrier Reef Festival is one of North Queensland’s leading film festivals and serves up an exciting program of feature films, short films, documentaries, industry talks and workshops from around the world. The world premiere of ‘Zelos’ and Gala Opening Night will be on Thursday 7 September at Event Cinemas, Townsville Central Business District. The weekend continues with ‘Shorts At the Sea - Official Selection’ on Friday 8 September which is held at a spectacular tropical island location in Geoffrey Bay with food and beverages available on the night. The GBRFF weekend continues at the Arcadia Village Hotel with ‘Village Shorts - Director’s Choice’ and includes a wide range of feature films, documentaries, workshops and forums - film events that will satiate the appetites of everyone from film enthusiasts to film professionals, with special events for families. Discount ferry and movie tickets are available. You will need to get in early to secure accommodation on Magnetic Island, and to book your tickets.

7th September 2017 to
10th September 2017

Pete Murray Camacho Tour

Listen to the smooth tunes of Pete Murray at The Ville! Pete Murray has delivered a cool, uplifting, emotive, and powerful album and it will be celebrated and brought to life on this greatly anticipated Camacho Tour. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. Subject to availability, change and cancellation. *Ticketing fee applies to all online and phone bookings, plus a two per cent transaction fee applies to credit card bookings. Seating is general admission, not allocated.

7th September 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

Fantasea Destination Adventure Steve Moneghetti Running Retreat

Your time is now! Join Steve Moneghetti for a running retreat on a tropical island – a sweet escape from daily routine to explore your running potential and the hidden beauty of Magnetic Island. They invite you to join them in a place where you can challenge yourself and relax completely, learn new skills , flirt with adventure or hang at the beach. Join them for a running experience that spans all its offerings: long runs, fartlek, motivational seminars, nutrition, strength sessions, mobility workshops, intervals and yoga. There will be time to walk or run the unique island tracks, explore the nearshore coral reefs, and time for the beach. We offer healthy meals or the alternative of self-catering, simple group accommodation or the alternative of seeking your own space, and gaps in the program for precious time to yourself. The program is adaptable to different weather conditions and the running sessions will be modified to suit most levels of ability.

7th September 2017 to
10th September 2017

Townsville Expo

The new look Townsville Expo, incorporating the Townsville Caravan, 4x4 and Outdoor Adventure Expo, returns to Reid Park Townsville. This event features the region’s largest showcase of camper trailers, caravans, motor homes and all things 4x4. The Townsville Expo will also now be home to a showcase of all things boating and fishing, from jet skis and tinnies to off shore boating. The new look event will now also incorporate a wider range of products and services for our homes and outdoor living. From pools and spas to tanks, sheds, awnings, finance, kitchens, tools and more, you will find it all at the 2017 Townsville Expo, the largest leisure, home and lifestyle event to be staged in Townsville.

8th September 2017 to
10th 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

Rollingstone Pineapple Festival

The Rollingstone Pineapple Festival is an annual event held in Balgal Beach, North Queensland to celebrate Australia's real gold fields - the farms and communities who grow and sell the worlds best pineapples. The Pineapple Festival has an ever evolving format of markets, food, workshops and music throughout the day with kid's activities and plenty of games for people of all ages. It's a fun family day in support of local farmers and the local community. The Festival is a licensed event celebrating everything pineapples!

9th 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

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

Townsville Young Artist Awards

Townsville is home to a strong contingent of young and emerging artists, practicing in a variety of traditional and digital mediums. The annual exhibitions showcase works by a selection of these artists, with the Young Artist Awards offering prize categories for participants aged from pre-school to 18 years. Each year, Gallery Services engages a leading Australian contemporary artist to undertake an intensive workshop for Townsville’s youth and emerging artists. The annual Youth and Emerging Artist Exhibition features the works produced by the participants at these workshops.

29th September 2017 to
22nd October 2017

Glendi Festival

For thousands of years, the Greeks have enjoyed interaction and trade with neighbours around the Mediterranean and farther east to Asia. In a nod to this, the Festival will expand its offerings to include cuisines and displays from around Greece’s ‘neighbourhood’ ­celebrating Townsville’s cultural diversity. The exciting addition to the cultural experience at Greek Fest and potential for further expansion of the new narrative has culminated in a name change for the festival to 'Glendi'. Glendi translates to festivity, revelry, merrymaking ­ a celebration. The festival has always been and continues to be, a free event for over 25,000 attendees. This year the festival will be held over the long weekend. Festival goer's senses will come alive with traditional music and dancing displays, delectable foods and cooking demonstrations from around the Mediterranean. There will also be a variety of children's entertainment and fun­filled activities for the whole family to be involved in. The festival is proud to offer the community an opportunity to reflect on the values and traditions that have helped shape our country and, more importantly, our region.

30th September 2017 to
2nd October 2017