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Rockhampton Expo
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018
The 2018 Rockhampton Expo (Incorporating Rockhampton Home Show and Caravan, Camping, Four Wheel Drive and Fishing Expo) is the region’s largest and most successful event of its kind. This event continues to grow every year, with an estimated 180 local and regional businesses will be on showcasing products and services in 2018.

This massive event will feature products and services for your home, lifestyle and outdoor living and all you could need to get out enjoying the outdoors! There will be plenty on display including awnings, bedding, builders, electrical, finance, gardens, guttering, health, hardware, homewares, pools, spas, sheds, solar, tanks, tools and so much more!

Visitors can also expect to see the very latest in caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, vehicles, four wheel drives, fishing, sporting equipment, camping gear and accessories. The best part is that this massive range of products will be on display all in the one convenient location so you will be able to chat with a variety industry experts and compare products and prices!
Mount Morgan Wattle Fun Day and Village Markets
Date Sat 1st Sep 2018
The Mount Morgan Wattle Day and Village Markets – a family fun day at the Historical Railway Complex.

Market stalls, free wattle seedlings, live entertainment, amusements, activities, demonstrations, food, refreshments and much more. It's on from 9 am to 2 pm.

Celebrate Australia's Wattle Day!

Capella Pioneer Village Heritage Day
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018
See the tractors and machinery that built the region's broadacre farming industry in action at the Capella Pioneer Village Heritage Day. The new record for balancing a tractor on the big see-saw is seven seconds, can this be beaten?

Enjoy the big screen while sitting in the renovated canvas sling seating of the C.Q. Cinema - the only one of its kind in Central Queensland.

Marvel at the restored, all hardwood 'Peak Downs' station homestead plus 16 other buildings and their exhibits displaying over 5,000 items.

There will be kid's activities, craft, sheep shearing, blacksmithing, working flywheel engines and much more. All at the Capella Pioneer Village.

Food and drinks available.

Baralaba Saratoga Classic
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
Now in its eighteenth year and touted as one of Queensland’s top inland fishing competitions, the Saratoga Classic falls on the second weekend in September. Attracting 300-plus participants, aged from four years and up, and with rich prizes up for grabs, there’s no shortage of willing challengers. It’s all friendly rivalry though, and a great excuse for family fun with live entertainment until midnight, markets (free to stall vendors), and festival fare provided by the local P&C.

Weigh-in is strictly by 12 noon each day and this year, organisers are offering a new mobile weigh-in service so contestants who don’t want to leave their post, can weigh-in without having to move.

The Baralaba Recreation and Fish Stocking group tops up fish supplies with about 60,000 fingerlings each year.

Camping at the Neville Hewitt Weir is available but works on a first in, best dressed basis.

Sites are limited.

Jambin Champagne Campdraft
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018
Distinctively Australian, campdrafts are a ritual of the drover, harking back to the mid-1880s and passed down through generations.

Hard, fast and unforgiving, good natured gamesmanship between mates around the campfire sparked the now furious campdraft national competition that honours the elite in mustering and drafting skills.

Held in townships large and small right across the country, the heats are a crowd favourite as riders and their horses pitch their skills against man, beast and clock.

Not a sport for the faint hearted, you have to have plenty of bull dust in your veins to want to try your chances at a title. But stock men, women and children still line up to do just that.

Balance, timing and strength are on full show as riders cut one bull, steer or stag away from the herd and guide them into the camp (arena). Suddenly, everything happens at whip cracking speed, horse and rider with only seconds to guide the animal through a course and figure eights and then through the gates (flags).

Held at showgrounds and recreation reserves, onsite catering and camping are available throughout the meets.
Capricorn Food and Wine Festival
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
The Capricorn Food and Wine Festival is committed to providing the premier event for Central Queensland, showcasing the best on offer from the local area and region including gourmet food, wine and local produce, whilst providing a wonderful platform to celebrate the region’s burgeoning hospitality, music and tourism scene.

The core focus of the festival is to continue to engage and celebrate the local community and produce from within their region and to continue to showcase the diversity of talent and produce they have.

The Festival will again play host to signature events including Twilight Tasting, Ladies of the Vine Afternoon Soiree, The Long Lunch, and some newcomers including Pinot, Pots and Pork, and demonstrations by renowned local chefs, masterclasses and more.

Make the most of your weekend enjoying the festival and visit the gorgeous Great Keppel Island, experience breathtaking views from Mount Archer canopy walk, enjoy the beauty of the Fitzroy River and so much more including local restaurants, and the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo.

You will need to secure your tickets early as some of the major ticketed events sell out quickly. They look forward to welcoming you to the Capricorn Food and Wine Festival this September!
Rockhampton Invitational PBR
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
The concept is simple: Match the nation’s best bull riding athletes against the toughest animal athletes on the planet in an eight-second battle of man versus beast.

The 2018 Tour is all about old Traditions in New Territories as they prepare to unleash the beast in the first of its kind state of the art PBR designed mobile stadium that ensures each and every seat delivers the ultimate pro bull riding experience.

Experience a once in a lifetime event as the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) prepare to deliver one huge night of the toughest sport on dirt.

Choreographed with pyrotechnics, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience in the comfort of PBR’s new stadium.

This is a sport where eight seconds can cost you everything. Welcome to the world of the PBR.

This event is open to all ages with food, bar and ATM facilities on site.

Please note: DSLR/ Video cameras, chairs, umbrellas, eskys, alcohol and glass are not permitted inside the venue.

Run Nation Film Festival 2018 presented by Travelling Fit (Rockhampton)
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018
Live the passion, the purpose and the people.

Now in the fourth tour, the very best running films have been selected to leave your heart pounding and your mind mesmerised. Presented by Travelling Fit, the 2018 collection of original short films will focus on human-interest stories that use running as the medium of storytelling..

Two hours of heart-pounding of running – you won’t break a sweat, but you may wipe a tear. From the elite athletes’ experience through to the back of the pack runners, you’ll live the good, the bad and the painful. Because it’s more than just tracks and trails, roads and ultras; these are films that will inspire you all to put on your sneakers and pound the pavement. Real life stories with heart, soul and passion that will leave you thinking, talking and to inspire you to reach your next level best.

*Please note: All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating with no refunds available.
Yeppoon Lions Tropical Pinefest
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
The Yeppoon Lions Tropical Pinefest is packed with traditional spectator events and stalls and includes a historic and highly popular Street Parade.

They welcome all visitors to Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast for the Lions Yeppoon Tropical Pinefest!
Summer Solstice Light Spectacle
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018 to Tue 15th Jan 2019
The Summer Solstice Light Spectacle, a dazzling light display, is a natural phenomenon unique in the southern hemisphere.

It occurs throughout December and early January.

Due to the alignment of the sun over the Tropic of Capricorn brilliant direct sun light penetrates the darkness of the Belfry Cave through a 14 metre vertical shaft in the cave roof at midday.

The effect is electrifying. The colour of peoples clothing is reflected all round the cave walls and a disco mirror ball creates light patterns on the roof.

This is a special experience for visitors and a delight for photographers.

Mount Morgan Christmas Tree Festival
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018 to Sat 8th Dec 2018
The Mount Morgan Christmas Tree Festival is set to “make the season bright” for Mount Morgan locals and visitors when the Mount Morgan School of Arts is decorated with an impressive display of Christmas Trees.

Along with the dazzling tree and light displays, browse the market stalls with selections of gifts at affordable prices, relax and listen to the live entertainment from various local artists and enjoy food and refreshments.

There's heaps for the children to do including free balloons, lollies, and on the Saturday there will be free amusement rides. Santa will visit each night with treats for the children.
One Hot Night
Date Sat 29th Dec 2018
A celebration of music and community hosted by Busby Marou in Rockhampton, Queensland. One Hot Night kicked off the inaugural even in December 2017 and organisers are thrilled to bring One Hot night back to Rocky in 2018!
The Great Australia Day Beach Party
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
The Great Australia Day Beach Party has well-earned reputation as one of the biggest and best Australia Day events in the State.

With the availability of the Keppel Kraken Water Play Area, this year’s event will undoubtedly be one of the best ever with a jam-packed 12 hour non-stop entertainment and beach fun activity program. Check it out!

Activities include the Sand Sculpture Competition, Beach Games, Face Painting, WOW Balls and entertainment for young and old. A sensational program of entertainment and family fun.

There will a sensational 10 hour marathon stage program featuring national headline acts, bands, dancers, circus performers and a showcase of other CQ talent.

Come along and start your day with a Fun Run then go on to enjoy games like Tug O War, Bare Bottom Boat Regatta, Sand Castle Competition and many many more.

For early birds, things start at 8am with market stalls, arts ad crafts, food and refreshments, along with street theatre and rides to entertain the kids.

Australia Day wouldn’t be the same without fireworks. The party concludes at 8pm with the JRT Monster Fireworks Finale.

Gemboree 2019
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
The Gemboree is a national annual event supported by the Australian Federation of Lapidary and Allied Crafts Association Incorporated.

The 2019 Gemboree is being hosted by the Queensland Gem Clubs Association Incorporated and is being held in Rockhampton.

The Gemboree will attract competitors from all over Australia and Internationally and traders from all over Australia. Traders may sell only items related to lapidary.

As well as the competition and trading there will be demonstrations and workshops of lapidary related skills.

Marlborough Show
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
The annual Marlborough Agricultural Show is organised by a committee that is made up entirely of volunteers, including residents and business owners from the local area. This volunteerism has enabled the Show to prosper to what it is today. Their volunteers work in all sections of the show from cake making to arts and craft.

The ring still remains a focus point as it did 33 years ago, with the number of horse and cattle events remaining strong. The show continues with its traditional theme and events with strong community support, school participation, and a growing attendance each year.

Whilst they appreciate their agricultural heritage, the committee recognises the need to continually ensure that the event is relevant for today’s show goers and has successfully made the transformation to a modern show full of agricultural, community and entertainment features.

The committee is excited to present this year’s 33rd Annual Show in April 2018. All your favourites will be back - stalls, kids entertainment, dog jumping and time trials.
Capella Show
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sat 25th May 2019
The Capella Show is an annual event held at the Capella Showgrounds.

The show includes ring events, cattle judging, woodchop, entertainment, pavilion, animal nursery, exhibitions, competitions, grand parade, poetry recital, side show alley and fireworks.

There will be a bar on-site and food will be available.
Ag-Grow Emerald Field Days
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Ag-Grow in Emerald is one of the most successful marketing events available to businesses wishing to access the agricultural, mining and associated demographic of Central Western Queensland and beyond.

Now recognized as an event of events it has grown to become not just one of the largest spending field days on the national circuit but a social event of the year for the surrounding regions. It has created a momentum of its own as it defies challenges such as the drought and subsequent economic conditions and continues to grow, consistently introducing a minimum of 30 to 50 new exhibitor sites annually.

Ag-Grow is ideally located in Emerald, Central Queensland. This area is home to a diverse range of industry from broad acre to horticulture entwined within the dominant mining and cattle industries. Attracting over 1500 companies and crowds in excess of 28,000 visitors Ag-Grow is more than a field day – it is a complete marketing package.

Held over three days, Ag-Grow now incorporates many renowned events including the Ag-Grow Superior Bull Sale, Central Highlands Colt Starting Challenge, Ag-Grow Premier Invitation Horse Sale, Working Cattle Dog Sale, AgGrow KidsZone, AgGrow's Entertainment Square and much more.