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Discover Farming Festival
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019
The Discover Farming Festival is an annual agri- tourism celebration during the month of May that offers agricultural and entertainment experiences in the highly productive Goondiwindi region. It provides an opportunity for domestic and international visitors to gain a clearer understanding of the complexity and scale of agriculture in the region, recently branded as "Regional Australia At It's Best".

The Festival highlights quality niche producers of beef, pork, lamb, chickens, dairy products, olives and olive oil, vegetables, grains, cotton, healthy snack foods and lavender and jojoba products. It also features the comprehensive range of ag tech innovations that have originated in the region, from precision farming to remote sensing to state-of-the-art drone technology.

A typical program of events during May follows. All of these are advertised and, where applicable, tickets are available at www.discoverfarming.com.au and on the Discover Farming Facebook page.

Weekend 1: Display and product tastings at the Goondiwindi Show

Weekend 2: Farm tours and Supper Under the Stars at Inglewood

Weekend 3: Farm tours and Black Tie dinner at Goondiwindi

Week 3: School farm tours and ag immersion day

Week 4: Ag Tech Expo with displays and demonstrations

For more information, contact Bruce McCollum on the number provided.
It's a Case of Art in the Mill (2019)
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
Set in the iconic Ballandean Case and Timber Mill It's a Case of Art in the Mill features the works of a range of artists from the Granite Belt region.

Stunning silks, brilliant batik, wondrous Things of Glass and Wood, practical pottery, sculptures, probing pieces in paint, pencil or pastel, gorgeous glass, hand made paper, cards and books.

All this treasure is located in the Aladdin’s cave of rustic memorabilia and historic echoes, that is, Pedro Curr’s case and timber mill. If you are really lucky you might even have an opportunity to give the whistle a toot on the Mill’s old steam engine.

Everyone is welcome to opening night, Friday 7pm, the 3rd of May. Join us for mulled wine, music, nibbles and a warming fire.
Open Saturday and Sunday - 9 am until late. Monday 9-4.
Curr Road, Ballandean. ‘Catch us on the way to the opera’
Follow us on Facebook “It’s A Case of Art in the Mill”

We look forward to seeing you there,
2019 Art in the Mill Team

Lost Trades Fair
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Lost Trades celebrates traditional trades and the artisans and makers that continue to practice these trades. At the Lost Trades Fair you meet and watch career artisans practising traditional trades.
Blacksmithing 3 Day Project
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
All of their Blacksmithing Workshops have a maximum of eight participants to ensure you receive all the assistance and direction you require. Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Basics Workshop.

On the day:
Take your pick of one of three intricate projects using traditional scroll work, twisting and other decorative techniques.

Meet your tutor:
Terry Drennan began training as a blacksmith and farrier in Melbourne when he was 21 years old. He has won the Australian champion in blacksmithing and farriery on many occasions. At the same time, Terry never lost the skills and enthusiasm for the other traditional facets of his trade such as making decorative gates and furniture. He has been teaching blacksmithing courses at Cobb+Co Museum for over 15 years.

Spectators are welcome at all workshops.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Arcadia
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
Arcadia unveils an exciting two day and night program for the May long weekend.

Arcadia will return to the scenic surrounds of Goomburra Valley with an unrivaled line up playing out over the May long weekend from Saturday 4 through Monday 6 May.

Now in its fourth year, the event continues to evolve while remaining true to the concept of Arcadia; simplicity and happiness in harmony with nature. As in previous years, on-site camping adjacent to the event space is included in the ticket price which is dotted with plenty of trees and hugged by the banks of Dalrymple Creek.

With an ethos to showcase local electronic sounds, the Arcadia team has sourced talent primarily from south-east Queensland, extending down the east coast of Australia. Guests will be treated to a spectacular celebration for the senses, illuminated by a myriad of stars suspended overhead across two nights.

2019 Lineup:

Set Mo [DJ Set]
Planéte
Luboku
DVNA
Penelope Two-Five
Daste
MDWS
Dream Coast
Hannah Doody
Chris George
Sevader
Avaxa
Gldnsmk
Xavi Xavi
BTHC DJs
AM Colony
Health Club
GOO

Buff Girls
Will D. Ness
Matt Haynes
Tait Le Couteur
Nathan Sellin
Matt Treffene
Day on the Plain
Date Sat 4th May 2019
See legends of Aussie rock Jon Stevens, John Paul Young, Ross Wilson, Deni Hines and Pseudo Echo at the iconic Jimbour Station for the Day on the Plain rock concert, Saturday 4 May 2019. Join thousands of other music fans for great tunes, an open air bar and market lane behind a one-of-a-kind colonial mansion.

It's the best of classic Aussie rock — west of the Great Divide.
Yarraman to Wulkuraka - Rail Trail Adventure Ride
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail reimagines the romance of rail travel in Queensland into a unique opportunity for bike riders to experience the scenic beauty and history of South-East Queensland.

Though the tracks and the trains are long gone, the quaint historical stations remain with the rail line now reborn as a fantastic off-road trail running from Yarraman to Wulkuraka in Ipswich.

The trail meanders through gullies and around the tough hills, climbing and descending along gentle gradients.

This three-day adventure along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail will find you camping overnight in Moore and Coominya, and passing through many classically country Queensland towns, steeped in a history forged by the rail line.

Like the old steam trains of yesteryear – take your time as you travel from Yarraman to Moore on day 1 (50 kilometres), Moore to Coominya on day 2 (70 kilometres), and Coominya back to Wulkuraka (40 kilometres) where you left your car three days earlier.

Join them on this three-day adventure through farmland and forests, fording more than a creek or two, and relishing the quality, gravel surface along the trail. It’s the perfect trail for all levels of riders, both new and experienced.
Opera in the Vineyard
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Opera In the Vineyard is a charity event held on the first weekend in May each year in the spectacular vineyards of Ballandean Estate Wines. The event is one of South East Queensland's premier cultural events, and the jewel of the Granite Belt's social calendar. Opera in the Vineyard attracts up to 1800 people each year providing an intoxicating mix of music, wine, food and an unforgettable time.

Opera’s leading stars are set to sizzle onstage at Opera in the Vineyard 2019, held in the spectacular vineyards of Ballandean Estate on the Granite Belt Sunday 5 May. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolic will be thrilling the audience with her husband, powerful international tenor Rosario La Spina.



Event founder and Ballandean Estate patriarch Angelo Puglisi is looking forward to the 27th iteration of the gala event which has raised over AUD1 million for charity in partnership with Rotary Stanthorpe. Funds raised will be distributed to Rotary charities Ending Trachoma, Hummingbird House in Brisbane and several more.

“It’s a great way to be introduced to opera with be a celebration of Granite Belt food and wine. This year the theme is Diamonds Are Forever, so bedazzle in black tie!” says Angelo.

St George Show
Date Mon 6th May 2019 to Tue 7th May 2019
Come and experience the spectacular St George Show on the first Sunday May 5, 2019 for a weekend of fun and excitement.

Held at the St George Showgrounds there's plenty of entertainment and fun the whole family will enjoy.

Ring events kick off at 7am and you won't want to miss the cattle and sheep events, sideshow alley plus the pavilions including photography, cooking and preserves, flowers and floral work, fruit and vegetables.

As the sun sets a Rodeo and fireworks display are sure to be a highlight.

Plenty of food and drinks available.

Come and experience the St George Show and enjoy a day of country fun and hospitality.

Path to Everest - Toowoomba (Strand)
Date Wed 8th May 2019 to Mon 13th May 2019
Kilian Jornet, the best mountain runner in history, wrote as a child a list of all the races he would like to win and all the mountains he dreamed of climbing.

In May 2017 he ticked off the last on the list with the historic double, solo ascent of Everest, without oxygen and in a single climb. It marked the climax of the Summits of My Life project which over five years took him to some of the world’s most famous peaks, accompanied by a small group of climbers.

Path to Everest, directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset and Josep Serra, follows the path that led Kilian Jornet to the highest peak in the world in an intimate portrait that reveals his fears, contradictions and his desire to keep seeking new challenges so that he can continue to dream, surrounded by the mountains and people who are his inspiration.

Path to Everest is presented by Adventure Entertainment and perfect for anyone who enjoyed the Oscar-winning documentary, Free Solo.
Maidenwell Country Muster
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
The Maidenwell Country Muster has secured an all-country line-up straight out of Tamworth 2018, including national headlining act, Beccy Cole! The first of the inaugural, country-music-only Muster will come together on Mother's Day weekend, May 11 and 12 2019, Maidenwell Sportsground, Maidenwell. With eight hours of entertainment lined up at the Maidenwell Sportsground grates open from 11am, you can expect to see award winning, country artists including Libby O’Donovan, Gina Timms, Aleyce Simmonds, Kiara Rodrigues, Liam Kennedy-Clark, Dean Perrett and The Spurs!

Limited free camping is available onsite and surrounding areas with plenty of alternate accommodation places listed nearby in neighbouring towns of the South Burnett.

Sunday also has it's own entertainment and breakfast events. Be sure to find the ticket that gives you the full country-music, country-Queensland experience.

Check out their website for more information.
Grazing the Granite Belt
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Enjoy two days of lazy grazing with award winning wines and dozens of gourmet food dishes.

Spend Saturday on the hop on hop off bus visiting the participating cellar doors and enjoying the wines on offer as well as indulging in the wonderful meals prepared with local ingredients by their food artisans.

On Sunday, join them for breakfast with the wine-makers before venturing out on your own to use up any vouchers you have left at the participating venues.

Tickets include four food vouchers, four wine vouchers, one breakfast with the Winemakers ticket and the hop on hop off bus on Saturday.

Menus will be available on their Facebook page so that you can create your own itinerary before you arrive.
Concert 3 at Robert Channon Wines 2019
Date Sat 18th May 2019
The Stanthorpe RSL Swing Band will entertain you during the afternoon, playing in the winery courtyard. Enjoy the music outdoors or in the Café. A special entertainment for all, but especially for those of you who are Grazing the Granite Belt that day.
Hampton Festival
Date Sun 19th May 2019
Set in the unique atmosphere of their high country village, the Hampton Festival is a vibrant celebration of local food production, regional artisans, art and music.

The Festival is a three day food and cultural extravaganza with an extensive events program giving you a unique, authentic High Country experience and highlights the autumn season and natural beauty of the Hampton region.

Bring your family for a few days and enjoy hands-on art and food experiences and gain an understanding about the region’s history and heritage through experiences such as the Historic Homestead progressive dinner.

Experience hands-on food and artistic workshops, regional farm tours and enjoy the ‘Tastes of the Region’ local produce events at local venues on Friday and Saturday.



On Festival Sunday your family will enjoy a wide range of activities from the celebrity chef demonstrations, to live music, the Hampton Art exhibition and interactive art sessions as well as great children’s food and artistic activities. The festival’s Chapman Park is an idyllic setting to relax under the majestic blue gums and enjoy the Festival’s live music and taste superb, local produce and locally made food and wine from one of the many featured regional restaurants and wineries.

Ration Shed Reconciliation Fun Run
Date Sun 19th May 2019
Fun Run participants run or walk between the towns of Murgon and Cherbourg. The post-race festival provides the opportunity to learn about and experience Cherbourg’s rich history. The event concludes with presentations of medals and prizes.

Some of the objectives of the Ration Shed Reconciliation Fun Run include promoting reconciliation, building bridges between communities, having fun, getting to know neighbours, raising funds for the Ration Shed Museum, making new friends, getting fit and healthy and opening people up to the future.
Pint of Science (Toowoomba)
Date Mon 20th May 2019 to Wed 22nd May 2019
Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia (and the world!). Pint of Science aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub!

Please visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.
Southern Downs Harvest Lunch
Date Sat 25th May 2019
This annual lunch at Historic Melrose Station, Killarney, celebrates the wonderful local food and wine from the Southern Downs. as well as showcasing the beautiful countryside of Killarney.

Each year they have three guest chefs join their team to come up with a fresh, exciting new menu. The hero of the day is always the famous Killarney Beef as well as freshly dug potatoes from Mal Smiths farm on Spring Creek Mountain.

Their guest chefs this year, Richard Ousby from Stokehouse in Brisbane and Caroline Jones from 3 Girls Skipping in Graceville and Jocelyn Hancock from Cake & Bake West End, will join Bev Ruskey from Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages, Killarney.

S.D.H.L. is a not for profit organisation, and all proceeds from the day go to local charities and community groups.

A fun day with good food, wine, music and company at one of the most beautiful properties in Queensland.
Rustic Furniture Workshop
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Join Andrew MacDonald, Wood and Metal Artisan, for a weekend of creating rustic furniture from branches and sticks. This workshop will introduce you to suitable pest variety timbers for basic chair, stool and table making, the tools and techniques to work the materials, options for design of your own pieces, and you will make your own piece of furniture to take home!

Andrew MacDonald worked as a furniture maker before studying sculpture. His art practice combines the practical knowledge and skills of a tradesman with originality and creative design. He has exhibited his pieces in galleries throughout the world. Many of the tools Andrew uses are traditional ones, rarely seen in modern workshops, which he has even forged and made himself. Andrew's metal sculpture can be seen at various locations around Toowoomba and Brisbane.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Blacksmithing Advanced Workshop
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
Further your blacksmithing skills and create your own fireside and barbecue tool set.

On the day:
Move to the next level and learn scroll work and make a decorative fire poke and rake. Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Beginners Workshop.

After completing this workshop, you are eligible to participate in the Blacksmithing Project Workshops.

Meet your tutor:
Terry Drennan began training as a blacksmith and farrier in Melbourne when he was 21 years old. He has won the Australian champion in blacksmithing and farriery on many occasions. At the same time, Terry never lost the skills and enthusiasm for the other traditional facets of his trade such as making decorative gates and furniture. He has been teaching blacksmithing courses at Cobb+Co Museum for over 15 years.

Spectators are welcome.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
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.
Queensland Winter Craft Festival
Date Mon 3rd Jun 2019 to Fri 26th Jul 2019
A showcase for artisans with high end quality crafts, this event provides an opportunity for sharing your passion onto others, as well an opportunity to be inspired by others. Exhibitions at the Queensland Winter Craft Festival include fibre and textile art, ceramics, quilts, paper-crafts and a whole lot more.

Eight weeks buzzing with activities including specific workshops to skill sharing demonstration. This two month long event is a showcase of interesting and diverse craft for others to enjoy and learn. There will also be mini 'Make and Take' opportunities, and an opportunity to view and purchase completed works of established crafters.

Full detail of the exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops will be posted on the Gallery's website.
CRT Farmfest
Date Tue 4th Jun 2019 to Thu 6th Jun 2019
CRT FarmFest is Queensland’s premier primary industry field days.

Showcasing over 2,000 companies and attracting over 60,000 visitors from across the nation and overseas.

This is one of the fastest growing and successful field days in Australia.

The event is organised and promoted by Fairfax Rural Events, the organisers of many major events in Australia and New Zealand including the giant AgQuip Field Days in Gunnedah NSW.

Rugby Race Day
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Where too much sport is never enough on a crisp winter's afternoon in the country, rugby, then racing, then more rugby.

Old boys, young boys and some just right fellas take to the field inside the racetrack and between the races (no horses are harmed in staging this event) to showcase western rugby prowess and have a punt in the bookies ring during half time.

Live music, live heating and lively patrons make for a cracker day in Roma at Bassett Park, home of the Roma Cup (where it's very warm come November).
Wondai Country Running Festival
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019 to Sun 23rd Jun 2019
A day of country fun with markets, music, kids entertainment and more. Do come early to enjoy as part of your running weekend.

Wondai is a small country town on the Bunya Highway. About 2.5 kilometres from the Sunshine Coast and 3 hours from Brisbane. They are friendly and welcoming.

The Wondai Country Festival will commence at 7am on 22 June 2019 with the Wondai Country Market in Coronation Park.

The normal Wondai Parkrun starts at 7am and a 2 kilometre fun run at 9am, as well as many other running events including a full marathon.

During the markets there will be a huge number of rides, market and food stalls. They will have a full day of entertainment at the Percy Iszlaub Pavilion which will include live country music with the Stolzenberg Brothers, Wondai Town and District Band, local choirs and performers including local whip crackers.

They have once again engaged Cilla and Eden from ‘Blue Gum Farm’ to perform their new interactive show for the children. A live concert is held in the RSL from 3pm, tickets to be purchased from the Wondai Art Gallery.

For the festival program and updates, check the website.
Ball Park Music – Good Good Mood Tour
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
Ball Park Music have announced their 'Good Good Mood Tour', taking their latest album 'Good Mood' and favourite hits to regional towns and cities all around Australia. Joining them on the road will be indie singer-songwriters Tia Gostelow and Butternut Sweetheart.

2018 was a tremendous year for Ball Park Music. Their fifth record 'Good Mood' debuted at #6 on the ARIA chart and received ARIA Award nominations for Best Cover Art, Best Producer and Best Engineer. triple j listeners voted it their #1 album of 2018 in triple j’s Album Poll. The euphoric single ‘Exactly How You Are’ landed at #18 on triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2017 and ’The Perfect Life Does Not Exist’ came in at #39 on Hottest 100 of 2018.

Their national tour with San Cisco saw them play the biggest venues of their career, taking on hometown venue the Riverstage, Big Top in Sydney, Fremantle Arts Centre and selling out Festival Hall in Melbourne. Regional fans, don’t miss this unforgettable live show when it comes to town.
Dinner Under the Stars
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
Enjoy a succulent four course hot meal served up under the stars at the Kingaroy Observatory, while professional astronomer and mine host James Barclay, takes you on a unique Green Laser Pointer guided commentary tour of the Night Skies, pointing out various Constellations and Stars, while you sip on Kingsley Grove Estate local South Burnett wines and your choice of spirits.

James will tell you the facts of what he points to that will have you reeling of just how small our planet and Solar System is, compared to what makes up our Milky Way galaxy.



During the 4 hour, 6pm to 10pm session, you also get to view through the Observatory's three large professional telescopes, of Nebulas. Star Clusters, Galaxies and Binary Stars to name a few, as James gives an ongoing commentary off what you are viewing and some facts that defines the imagination.

Complimentary drink on arrival at 5.30pm for a 6pm sit down.

If it's cloudy, the dinner still proceeds outside. If its raining, the dinner is held under cover.

Each attendee will then get a Rain-Check receipt valid for 3 months to come back and enjoy a 2 hour observing session.

St George Yellowbelly Country Music and Poets Festival
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
It's the best week in country music, bush poetry, food, drink, camping, fishing, friends and country hospitality.

Come along to St George Yellowbelly Country Music and Poets Festival and be part of this annual week long event.

Held from July 1 to 7, 2019, there's always a great line up of country music performers and bush poets and lots of fun walk-ups held throughout the week.



The St George Yellowbelly Country Music and Poets Festival is held at the St George Showgrounds where camping is available. For those wanting to secure a powered site then it's 'first in, best dressed' so make sure you get in early. Show and camping tickets are available at the gate. The main concert is Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7 from 10am.

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.

Blacksmithing Teen Workshop
Date Wed 10th Jul 2019
Forge a marshmallow fork in this three hour workshop designed for teens aged 13 to 17 years.

Teens will learn the process of heating and forging a piece of metal into a marshmallow fork under the expert tuition of their resident champion blacksmith, Terry Drennan.

Terry Drennan began training as a blacksmith and farrier in Melbourne when he was 21 years old. He has won the Australian champion in blacksmithing and farriery on many occasions. At the same time, Terry never lost the skills and enthusiasm for the other traditional facets of his trade such as making decorative gates and furniture. He has been teaching blacksmithing courses at Cobb+Co Museum for over 15 years.

Book now by contacting Cobb+Co Museum or on their website.

Spectators are welcome at all workshops.

Requirements: Please wear closed in shoes, long trousers and long sleeves.
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.
Murgon Rail Trail Festival and Marathon
Date Sun 21st Jul 2019
The Murgon Rail Trail Festival and Marathon is an annual event based around the rail trail in Murgon.



For the serious runners, or those who just want to have some fun, the festival celebrates all that Murgon has to offer with a half marathon and mega obstacle course rolling out across the stunning 'Rail Trail' at Murgon.

The Rail Trail Fun Run Fever is a one-of-a-kind inflatable obstacle challenge based on one thing: having fun. Be prepared to wind your way through an imaginative and creative course across 45 minutes that is sure to challenge and surprise you.

The mega inflatable race course includes mattress run, hurdles and the famous ninja wall making it one of the biggest obstacle courses ever to come to the bush.

For the gung-ho runners ready to work up a sweat, the half marathon kicks off from 7am followed by a 10 kilometre and a 5 kilometre rail trail run along the breathtaking bush backdrop.

The festival has something for everyone with all day live entertainment, markets, food and wine and heaps of activities for the little ones. Pig races, animal farm, mini obstacle course and racing go-carts just to name a few.

Opera at Jimbour
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019
Be delighted once again, as Queensland Music Festival together with Opera Queensland bring you the spectacular outdoor experience, Opera at Jimbour. Pull out your Sunday best, gather your friends and join them for Queensland’s largest opera gala!

Located on the glorious grounds of Jimbour House in the Western Downs region of Queensland, Opera at Jimbour promises a full day of magnificent entertainment for the whole family.

Stroll through the market stalls, pack a picnic or enjoy the food and wine on offer from the local region.

Book tickets now for Opera at Jimbour: a country experience with a classical twist.

Leatherplaiting Workshop
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Mon 29th Jul 2019
Learn the basics of the intricate trade of leatherplaiting. Using Kangaroo leather, you will make your choice of an eight strand whip or a 13 strand belt. Kangaroo leather is often used by Australian leatherplaiters as it is one of the strongest leathers available. Its unique structure allows it to be cut very thin and still retain its strength.

Your tutor Bill Webb has been leatherplaiting for over 40 years. He started when he was just five years old and perfected his skill under the guidance of the late RM Williams. Bill is a four-time Dame Mary Durack Award Winner and took first and second places in the 2015 Australian Plaiting Championships.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races
Date Fri 2nd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races is a three day event in which visitors can experience a unique blend of multi-cultural entertainment and an authentic camel race meet in a country location.

Staged every two years on the first weekend in August in the tiny town of Tara, just 3.5 hours west of Brisbane and 2 hours west of Toowoomba, the population of the town swells during festival time.

In addition to the iconic camel races there is an eclectic mix of live entertainment, bands, roving performers, cuisine, arts and culture, providing an opportunity for education and interaction for everybody, with free workshops also on offer.



You can camp onsite at the festival, encouraging some 2,000 camping, caravans and motorhomes.

Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo 2019
Date Fri 2nd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
Each year, the Toowoomba Showgrounds hosts the region’s largest outdoor adventure event – The Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo. Over three huge days, you’ll see Australia’s best caravans, camper trailers, vehicles, 4x4 accessories and more all in the one convenient location! View and compare the best brands and find the perfect solution to fit your needs.

Bring the family along as they have entertainment to suit everyone. From jumping castles and wildlife shows for the kids through to a high flying stunt show and luxury vans for the adults. Discover a world of adventure at the 2019 Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo from 2 to 4 August at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.
Brewoomba 2019
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019
Brewoomba is Toowoomba's own annual celebration of the amber ale (and red and white and black and brown).

Each of The Spotted Cow Hotel, Tapestry Bar, Blank Space and Fitzy's car park party will feature their own unique line up of Australian and International craft beers on tap and in bottles/cans plus special events and opportunities to meet some of the brewers.

From 1pm to 9pm a shuttle bus will make it easy to move between the venues so that you don't miss out on any of the action.

Included in the ticket price:
* Your first tap beer at each of The Spotted Cow, Tapestry Bar, Blank Space and Fitzy's car park party (that's four amazing beers included!)
* Unlimited use of the festival shuttle bus from 1pm to 9pm
* Brewoomba 2019 "Here's to 5 years!"souvenir stubby holder (while stocks last)
* Access to exclusive festival precincts, events and beers
Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival
Date Sun 11th Aug 2019
"One World Many Faces" is the theme of the Iconic Toowoomba Languages and Cultures (TLC) Festival - an annual celebration of the diversity in the community and a showcase of talents and colour from across the world! The vision of the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures (TLC) Festival is a celebration of the diversity of languages and cultures that exist within the Toowoomba region.

Over 22,000 people attend the event.

The Festival Features:

- Performances ( three stages with 65 plus performances).
- International Food Stalls.
- Mindful Wellbeing Expo.
- Exhibition Hall and Exhibition Lane.
- Languages Activities and Performances for all ages.
- Schools Language Activities and Performances.
- Market Stalls.
- Information displays.
- Multi-faith Displays.
- Kids Entertainment.
- Camel Rides, Animal Farm, Reptile Display.
- Workshops/demos.

Cobb & Co Festival
Date Thu 15th Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
Travel in a horse drawn carriage, see a bullock wagon in action, celebrate a piece of Australia’s unique outback history - just don’t tangle with the bushrangers!

Come to the Maranoa to celebrate the last run of the Cobb & Co Coach service in Australia along the Cobb & Co Way. Book a seat on the horse-drawn coach for a section of the historic route, bring a horse and team up with the trail ride, or join the celebration in event transport – this family friendly event retraces the 76 kilometre route of Cobb & Co Mail Service No. 177.

Celebrations include coach rides around Yuleba and Surat, a bush dance, markets, an open air concert, live theatre, an exhibition by national award winning artist Kathy Ellem, classic Australian movies showing in Surat’s heritage listed Shire Hall, and the list goes on…

Come along in period dress and join in the celebration of Australia’s history.

Tickets are required for most events. Keep an eye on their Cobb & Co Festival Facebook page for when bookings open.

And beware the bushrangers!
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!

InStudio Art Trail
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
The InStudio Art Trail is an annual weekend event during which a variety of local artists open their home studios to the public, take up residence or exhibit in a central community space.

It is a self drive trail offering a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the picturesque countryside around Crows Nest and Hampton area whilst visiting artists in their creative space and gaining a glimpse into their working life and artistic journey.

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.
Kingaroy BaconFest
Date Fri 23rd Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
Punters can anticipate a ‘pig day out’ at the Kingaroy BaconFest in August 2019.

The three-day sizzling food festival in Queensland’s beautiful South Burnett celebrates the versatility of bacon and puts Australian pork on centre stage during the Year of the Pig.

Discover the joy of bacon fries and chocolate dipped bacon at a two-day food market featuring specialist food trucks, attend a bacon eating competition, or learn from the best in the business at cooking demonstrations and master classes.

Bacon lovers with a flare for fashion may want to enter a Miss BaconFest pinup pageant conducted by popular Brisbane based coordinator Bettie Butcher.

There's even a Rasher’s Rush cycling and running event along the South Burnett Rail Trail and special activities for little piglets with a corner of the festival devoted to kids.

The crackling on the cake will be a 24 hour Australasian Barbecue Alliance sanctioned SunPork Smoke-off competition with up to 50 teams competing for a prize pool worth AUD14,000.

Ticketed events not to be missed include 'Wine and Swine' on Friday night, showcasing local wine and produce, and a 'Long Table Breakfast' on Sunday morning in Kingaroy's Central Business District.

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.
Bloom presents the Linda Ronstadt Songbook
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019
Acclaimed singer/songwriter, Bloom, will bring the music of Linda Ronstadt to life at Empire Church Theatre with an incredible band featuring some of Australia’s most respected musicians. The tour is raising awareness for Parkinson’s Disease, supporting the Shake It Up Australia Foundation’s quest to find a cure.
River Dragon Festival - St George
Date Fri 6th Sep 2019 to Sat 7th Sep 2019
The River Dragon Festival being held in St George annually displaying the greatest natural asset the Balonne River and all water activities associated. This is a celebration of river activities, dragon boat racing, food and fine dining, and diverse culinary with a focus on St George's connection to the Dragon.
Heritage Nanango Country Muster
Date Thu 12th Sep 2019 to Sun 15th Sep 2019
Nanango Show Society holds its annual Country Muster featuring traditional Australian Country Music on the second weekend in September.

It's four days full of country music, poetry, gospel and all those things that make the Australian Bush lifestyle great.

The committee prides itself on the choice of artists as well as the variety from year to year. In the days leading up to the festival you are entertained by "Walk Up Artists" who are itching to showcase their talent.

The festival was founded in 2003 to provide an event that encourages tourists to stop and experience the warm country hospitality of Nanango and the South Burnett. So bring your caravan, tent, ute, or whatever you have and settle in for the celebrations of this traditional style of music.

Full camping facilities available from the Monday, 1 September (bookings essential). Plenty of hot showers and toilets available. A real bush atmosphere.

Blackbutt Avocado Festival
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
The small rural Queensland town of Blackbutt comes alive in September for the Blackbutt Avocado Festival.

The Festival celebrates all things Blackbutt, in particular, their bloomin’ beautiful Blackbutt avocados -the sweetest and finest avocados you will ever find.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to visit "Avo Central" where they will learn how to cook, eat and grow avocados. Everything avocado featuring Blackbutt avos will amaze and entertain all.

Join in the avo juggling and other avo games and tests of skill. Make sure you have a roll or two in the famous Blackbutt Avo Roll and be in the roll for a AUD1,000 first prize for closest to the pin.

But the Festival is much more than that. Live music, street entertainment, free kids activities, historical guided tours, a grand street parade and much, much more.

Don’t miss it. Visit the website or the Facebook page for more information.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2019
Date Fri 20th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a cultural party featuring a floral parade, local food and produce, regional wine, entertainment and all things spring! So come along and entice your senses at the iconic Grand Central Floral Parade, Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine, Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy, Docos After Dark, Progressive Foodie Tours, Historic Walking Tours and many more.
Lexus of Toowoomba presents Spring Polo
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019
This action packed, high adrenalin and endorphin rich, horse riding spectator sport has traditionally been secluded to the paddocks of our regional and rural areas. Spring Polo shifts the norm of this rural tradition and brings all the excitement of Polo and more right into the heart of the Toowoomba Central Business District. Patrons of Spring Polo are walking distance from the café culture and glamourous gardens of Australia's famous garden city.

It takes two teams of three players, a couple of umpires, at least eight horses, a beautiful oval, goals, mallets and a ball to get a chukka of polo underway.

Adding to this, event patrons will be attending a sensory explosion of live music, delicious eats and drinks, beautiful fashions, and a chance to enjoy a day out with your friends and family. With so much on offer Spring Polo will become a consuming passion with visitors returning year after year.

It is the only polo match in Australia that is located in the heart of the Central Business District of Toowoomba. Close proximity for those staying in town to easily walk from accommodation or to public transport.

Spring Polo 2019
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019
Spring Polo gives the Darling Downs, South East and South West Queensland communities a unique event to coincide with the official Carnival of Flowers Week.

Polo seemed to be the perfect fit. It offered something for all demographics and proved to be an event that attracted people from all over the South West and South East Queensland communities.

This year Spring Polo will feature two spectator friendly polo matches, all easily visible from the Canopy Lounge , the VIP Pavilion, and the reserved marquees, all with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating.

Field side champagne, live music and scrumptious food mixed with polo is the perfect reason to be a part of Toowoomba's Spring Polo in Queens Park.

It is the only polo match in Australia that is located in the heart of the Central Business District of Toowoomba. Close proximity for those staying in town to easily walk from accommodation or to public transport.
Wooden Wagon Wheel Workshop (Wheelwrighting)
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019 to Wed 2nd Oct 2019
You will assemble a complete twelve spoke wagon wheel from a hand made kit provided by their resident wheelwright Kerry Riehl. You will also personally make one of each item used in the construction including a spoke, felloe and hub. At the end of the five day workshop you will have a completed wheel to take home.

Wheelwright Kerry Riehl is a joiner by trade. He has been making and repairing wooden wheels for over 30 years, starting with his grandparents' old carts and drays. Kerry is passionate about passing on the skills of wheelwrighting and is a regular demonstrator at Cobb+Co Museum.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Toowoomba Skateboarding Festival
Date Thu 3rd Oct 2019 to Sun 6th Oct 2019
A festival around the Urban Street Skateboarding Culture of Australia. Video nights, demonstrations, contests and more. Based in the Central Business District in a giant warehouse, enjoy this epic week in Toowoomba!
Heritage Waterhole Rocks
Date Wed 16th Oct 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
The Nanango A. P. and M. Society Incorporated, (The Nanango Show Society) is presenting the 8th Annual Waterhole Rocks Rock n Roll Campout weekend.

The program for this event is actually a combination of three events all combined into one.



Rock 'n' Roll music and dancing, Custom Cars and Hot Rods, and competitions with a Car and Vintage Caravan Show 'n' Shine with Grass Driving and Games.

Along with the Rock 'n' Roll bands there will be entertainers performing all weekend with free dance lessons (rock 'n' roll) for the public.



The show society will be running a canteen during the weekend and there will be plenty of camping plus a good number of stalls on site to wander and browse. Check them out on Facebook - The Waterhole Rocks.

South Queensland Energy and Resources Expo 2019
Date Wed 16th Oct 2019 to Thu 17th Oct 2019
The South Queensland Energy and Resources Expo is a meeting place for all businesses with an interest in accessing growth opportunities across Southern Queensland.

From renewable energy, gas and mining through to infrastructure, engineering, construction and transport, this event aims to connect companies with the diverse opportunities available within the region.

Apply for your exhibition site today and place your company in front of the many industry delegates who will attend. Showcase your company and gain maximum benefit from the developing opportunities and investment becoming available within Southern Queensland.

Attend the exhibition as a delegate to access suppliers, products, services, and information sessions from our industry experts, also attend the TSBE evening function for your chance to network with local businesses and hear from industry leaders.



Register today for your free pass to attend at their website.

Toowoomba Gemfest - Gems and Jewellery
Date Sat 19th Oct 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
This is a great two-day event for the whole family!

Selling a wide range of cut and uncut gemstones, jewellery, semi-precious gemstones, beads, pearls, fossils, opals, crystal and mineral specimens from all over the world.

Carvings from precious and semi-precious stones are great for gifts, including Christmas presents. All items are for sale.

Gemstone testing/identification will again be available. This service, available to the public for a gold coin donation, is provided by a member of the Gemmological Association of Australia.

The kids will love the Fossicking for Children trailer.



Missing a gemstone in your jewellery? Bring it along and find a matching gemstone. Create your own unique piece of jewellery: purchase a setting and select your favourite gemstone. Have it set before you leave.

Raffle tickets for three fabulous jewellery prizes will be on sale; also hourly lucky door prizes.

Inside the hall, around 28 gem traders from Central Queensland in the north, to Sydney in the south put together this two-day spectacle. Around 30 traders will sell their merchandise outside the hall.

Catering provided by a local Toowoomba business.

Crows Nest Antique Bottles and Collectables Fair
Date Sat 19th Oct 2019
The event is run by the Darling Downs Antique Bottle and Collectable Club Inc. in conjunction with Crows Nest Day.

Buying and Selling Area will have Antique Displays, Old tins, Coins, Stamps, Toys, Antique Bottles, Tools, Glassware, Garagenalia, Insulators, Jugs, Jewellery, Kitchenalia, Medals, Money Boxes, Postcards and much more.
Crows Nest Day 2019
Date Sat 19th Oct 2019
A fun day in the High Country north of Toowoomba, the theme is Crows Nest goes down Memory Lane.

There will be an antique fair, carnival rides, games and competitions, including gumboot throwing, whip cracking and crow calling, entertainment, procession and fireworks.
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.

Murgon Music Muster
Date Tue 29th Oct 2019 to Sun 3rd Nov 2019
Now in its ninth year, the Murgon Music Muster is an annual event held over six days during the first week in November at the Murgon Showgrounds in the small rural town of Murgon in South-East Queensland and proudly run by the Rotary Club of Murgon.

The 2019 Muster will include a wide variety of country music including Australia’s premier country music artists, Tania Kernaghan, Anne Kirkpatrick, Tracy Coster, Amber Lawrence and Chris Callaghan. Along with other award winning artists Brendan Smoother, Bridget O'Shannessy, Clarrie Weller, Steve Sparrow, Chris Pritchard, Jack Viljoen, Homegrown and Brendan Radford.

Backed by one of Australia's best country music bands led by Brendan Radford, musical director for the Golden Guitar Awards.

The Muster has something for everyone including walk-up artists, bush poets, professional artists, aboriginal dancers, a bus trip to local attractions, an old time dance and daily raffles. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is catered for as well as a bar operating daily. All entertainment is held indoors.

Powered and unpowered camping sites are available as well as hot showers, including a disabled shower and toilet and a caravan dump point on the grounds. EFTPOS will also be available at the gate for your convenience.

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.
Silversmithing Workshop
Date Sat 16th Nov 2019 to Sun 17th Nov 2019
Discover a variety of chain making and linking methods and create your own unique chain under the instruction of seasoned silversmith Dan Cox.

This workshop is conducted by renowned silversmith, Dan Cox. Specialising in handcrafted jewellery, Dan has conducted workshops throughout Queensland and has exhibited his work across Australia and internationally. Dan enjoys working with clients and students to create one-off meaningful pieces.

Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
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.