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Concert 4 at Robert Channon Wines 2019 - Corda Spiritus Chamber Players
Date Sun 2nd Jun 2019
The Corda Spiritus String Sextet will be playing a beautiful programme that will include:
- Schoenberg's "Transfigured Night" - a beautiful late romantic string work
- Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante"- wonderful contemporary arrangement of Mozart's masterpiece concerto for viola and violin
- J S Bach's "Air" (on a G String) from the Orchestral Suite
Performance in the winery's Swigmore Hall.
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
The Snowflakes in Stanthorpe winter festival will take place over three days winter themed magical days.

Join them in the stunning Granite Belt region as they celebrate all things cool, in the coolest place in Queensland.



The festivities start in the main street on Friday afternoon and on the Saturday the Main Event is held at the Stanthorpe 'Snowgrounds'.

The whole family will enjoy the massive snowfield, the iceskating rink, plenty of market stalls, food, wine and entertainment.



On Sunday join them back at the 'Snowgrounds' for the Iceman Ironman Competition, Frostys fun fun, vintage cars and so many more activities.



It's Going to be Snow Much Fun!

Abbey of the Roses - Christmas in July
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sat 27th Jul 2019
Christmas In July dinners at the Abbey Country House Manor, have become a popular annual event in Warwick.

They are held every Saturday night plus last two Friday nights in July and include a three course set dinner, three hour beverage package, Christmas trivia, secret Santa and it nearly always snows at the famous Christmas in July Dinners.



Accommodation is limited so book early to stay at this boutique hotel in Warwick.

Warwick Jumpers in Jazz festival is the last two weekends and there is a two night minimum stay these nights.

Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival
Date Thu 18th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
Jumpers and Jazz is an annual festival that occurs in Warwick, on Queensland’s Southern Downs. It is traditionally held over 10 days at the end of July. The festival was born out of a desire to create a positive community response to a major streetscape project in 2004.



As Queensland's quirkiest winter festival, it is a platform for the arts and a celebration of all that is wonderful about winter. Visitors embrace the chill and are inspired by vibrant music and art, while enjoying over 120 trees "wrapped in art" by textile artists from all over Australia.

Add to the mix an eclectic program of workshops, exhibitions, street festivals, a giant bonfire night, dining events, swing dance, live jazz entertainment and you create a festival abundant with colour, creativity and excitement.



Visitors can expect delightful country experiences through to sophisticated jazz performances of Swing, Dixieland and Mainstream Jazz in diverse venues across the region. A festival where there is something for everyone.

Killarney Bonfire Night
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019
Killarney Bonfire Night wards off the frost with fires, fireworks, and food.

Let's heat this place up!

Giant dragons, ships, fiery devils, flaming 44 gallon drums - the glowing wonders created by the Killarney community are the draw card for young and old alike at this winter celebration!

A giant pine bonfire is the centrepiece of an evening to surprise and delight.

Hot chips, barbecue, bar, curry and delicious mulled wine will warm you up, and an outstanding Fireworks display will conclude the night.

Held just two hours from Brisbane and one and three quarter hours from Toowoomba, this event is a fundraiser for Killarney Memorial Aged Care and an official event of Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

Doesn't matter how cold it gets you can expect a warm, warm welcome in Killarney on Bonfire Night!

Come Home to Allora
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
On July 20 and 21, 2019, Allora will celebrate 150 years of Local Government and the Southern Railway connection.

This event is to celebrate an important milestone for the township and will include the official opening of the restored old shire hall, a tribute to Allora's war heroes, re-enactment of a bullock team crossing Dalrymple Creek, a bush poet’s breakfast, lost crafts demonstrations, a pioneers dinner, a beard growing competition and music and food throughout the weekend.

Allora’s historic buildings and museums will be open over the weekend and local groups will showcase other district assets. A souvenir program and booklet will be available prior to and at the event.
Historic Leyburn Sprints
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
The Historic Leyburn Sprints will once again return to the streets of Leyburn for the 24th running! Watch around 200 cars will race around the idyllic country town of Leyburn, vying for trophies over 20 classes, as well as outright placings. Get amongst the drivers and their cars, ranging from the 1920's through to modern classics.



The Historic Leyburn Sprints commemorates the running of the Australian Grand Prix, held at Leyburn on a disused wartime airstrip in 1949. Come for the racing, stay for the sightseeing amongst this historic town and surroundings. Camping is available in the recreational reserve, a short walk from the track.

Celebrity drivers, country markets, live music, Show n Shine, and the Vintage Caravan Comp all add to the entertainment provided by this unique event in a fantastic setting - this event just keeps getting better and better!

Vintage Shiraz Dinner
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019
Join them in a celebration of Granite Belt Shiraz! A unique opportunity to experience a guided tasting of six different vintages of their signature Single Vineyard Dry Grown Granite Belt Shiraz, along with a sumptuous three-course dinner presented by acclaimed local Chef Jason Costanzo. This special event is held just once per year and is an opportunity not to be missed!

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Concert 5 at Robert Channon Wines 2019 - The Brisbane Concert Orchestra
Date Sat 24th Aug 2019
Enjoy the big orchestral sound as the Brisbane Concert Orchestra presents a programme of of "Sounds from the Silver Screen".

The concert is indoors in the winery's Swigmore Hall and lunch is available beforehand in the winery's Singing Lake Café.
Concert 6 at Robert Channon Wines 2019 - Ormiston College on Tour
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019
Ormiston College is bringing its Music Department on tour again and the College's bands, ensembles, singers and choirs will be performing in the winery courtyard if the weather is fine or in the Swigmore Hall if it is not. It is always a privilege to hear their exciting young musicians perform. This is a free concert.
Bony Mountain Folk Festival
Date Fri 20th Sep 2019 to Mon 23rd Sep 2019
The Bony Mountain Festival is a celebration of everything Australian-the History-the Heritage-their very own music.

2019 will feature top Band-Bluegrass/grass roots Hill Billy Goats. Brand new Brisbane Band Open Road, an exciting mix of original Country/Folk/Bluegrass/Blues. An award winning Celtic Band String Loaded-featuring two great young fiddle players!

There will be songwriters (Jim Williams), their hostess-Norma O'Hara Murphy, their best Bush Balladeers, Poets, Ukulele School, real bush bands with some old traditional songs and music. They'll celebrate their Celtic roots and their pioneers. You're all invited to come along. This is a family festival- a fabulous community event in the tradition of wonderful country hospitality! Big Slim Dusty Exhibition returns again.



Saturday is a huge family day with Pirate Cave, Treasure Hunt, Captain Jack and free activities, also a special Fairy Cave catering for little ones. Friday and Saturday nights also feature their amazing flaming/dragon/ lizard. From Killarney - Dragons who breathe fire are a fabulous spectacle!

Their catering is second to none and features all the best of home-cooked meals (The Shack) top fillet steaks, hot chips, big hot breakfast and Boutique Coffee shop.

Walk Up program kicks off Tuesday or join their Ukulele School. Learn with Mick.

Warwick Rodeo National APRA National Finals and Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft
Date Mon 21st Oct 2019 to Sun 27th Oct 2019
In traditional country style, “Australia's Most Famous" rodeo and campdraft celebrates and epitomises the determination and skill of riders. It honours Warwick being home of the Australian Championships since 1928.

Watch bull, horse and rider fly out the gate as campdrafting and rodeo merge in a historic high-stakes week-long event.

You’ll be in awe of the high level of skill and connection between campdrafting riders and their steeds as women, men and juniors vie for various race honours.



The Rodeo is the final of the Australian APRA series, so you’ll feel the tension build as each member of an elite group make their final pitch to win the Warwick Gold Cup event and achieve the pinnacle of their sport.

You can also browse tradeshow alley for genuine country attire, tuck into great country cooking, wash away the dust with a refreshing drink, chat to the locals and soak up stories about Australian country icons, snag an autograph from rodeo celebrities roaming the grounds, stay on to party with live music ‘til the early hours and meet the riders and learn how they prepare for bull-rides and campdrafts.

Dinner Under the Stars
Date Sat 9th Nov 2019
A food and wine experience not to be missed. Indulge in their hand crafted single vineyard wines, all sourced from their sustainably managed dry grown vineyard, matched with a range of exciting dishes created by acclaimed local chef Jason Costanzo. Celebrate with them the joy of Spring in the Granite Belt, with a sumptuous dinner featuring ingredients from a variety of local small scale producers.

A truly unique dining experience with guests seated at long tables in the grounds of their stylish 1920s Queenslander cellar door building, all framed by the spectacular Granite Belt night sky!

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival
Date Fri 28th Feb 2020 to Sun 8th Mar 2020
The Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival (official organisation name: Stanthorpe Festival Association Inc.) is one of Queensland’s longest running and most successful Festivals! Voted Queensland in the top 10 favourite Iconic Event/Festival during the Queensland Q150 Celebrations, the Festival is a “must do” on the Queensland events calendar.

The biennial festival is a celebration of the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry.

An average of over 70,000 people attend the festival and this is arguably Australia’s leading harvest festival having a successful track record spanning five decades.

It’s in Stanthorpe, heart of the Granite Belt Wine Region, on the New England Highway just north of the New South Wales border.

Stanthorpe is less than three hours drive from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Byron, Armidale, Dalby and Goondiwindi, a bit more from the Sunshine Coast, two hours from Lismore and the Northern Rivers, and a comfortable one and a half hours from Toowoomba.

‘Something for everyone’! With the districts successful wine, tourism, produce and horticulture industries, the potential crowd attraction of this Festival is significant and growing.