Regional Tourism Guide for Toowoomba
Traditional Spoon Carving Workshop
Date Sat 4th Aug 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018
Learn how to carve your own wooden spoon using traditional techniques and your own hands by attending this small group one day workshop led by your tutor, Matt Eliason, who has over 2,500 hours experience in spoon carving.

Using local timbers, see how early settler as would have made eating and cooking spoons the way they have been made since the Middle Ages.
Against the flow of my constructed self
Date Sun 5th Aug 2018 to Tue 28th Aug 2018
An exhibition of works on paper by Peter Breen: Co Founder/Director – Jugglers Art Space Inc, Brisbane.

This work is partly representative of Peter’s ongoing exploration around themes of silence, stillness, solitude and spirituality and includes how his various selves have been formed and constructed.

It also seeks to unpack his push against the flow of these constructed selves into a new and more holistic way of living and being.
A little left of centre - Artist: Robyn Dower
Date Sun 5th Aug 2018 to Tue 28th Aug 2018
As the name suggests ‘A little left of centre’ explores the quirkier side of Robyn Dower’s arts practice and the desire try new things.

This exhibition is all about being a little diverse. It is about taking a subject and presenting it in a slightly different way. For the artist, it is about being a little braver and going against what she thinks people may expect from her.

Her aim is to make the viewer look a little harder, think a little harder and to question a little harder, using subjects that we can all relate to.

Along with a body of new work on display this exhibition will also showcase pieces from Robyn's highly successful touring exhibition ‘A Sense of Wonder'.

Ripley Markets
Date Sat 11th Aug 2018 to Sat 13th Jul 2019
Ripley Community Markets are set at Providence Splash n Play Park, on the second Saturday of every month, from 3 to 8pm.

Enjoy foodies, arts and crafts, homewares, live music, jumping castles and animal farm with on site licenced cafe.

Relax with family and friends, with dinner and live music. The kids will have plenty of space to play. Pooches welcome on leads.

Opera Queensland's Ruddigore, or the Witch's Curse!
Date Thu 23rd Aug 2018
The Empire Theatres presents Opera Queensland's Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse!

Jump into the weird and wonderful world of Victoriana.

This irreverent romp through marriage, madness and mayhem has had audiences and reviewers laughing out loud and its colourful bunch of comic characters is sure to resonate with audiences across the state.

Shy and law-abiding, gentleman farmer Robin Oakapple is working up the courage to ask the beautiful Rose Maybud to marry him but he has a dark secret. He is heir to a terrible curse befalling all Baronets of Ruddigore - he must commit a dastardly deed every day or face a tortuous death!

Jam packed with musical gems such as the 'Matter' trio and Rose's 'Etiquette' song, Ruddigore, or the Witch's Curse will tour with an all-star cast including Bryan Probets, Christine Johnston, Kanen Breen, Jason Barry-Smith, Roxanne Hislop and Natalie Christie Peluso as Rose Maybud.
Sue Nicholson - Earth Life and Beyond
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018
The Star of the new Sensing Murder Series Sue Nicholson presents her Sensational new live show Earth, Life and Beyond.

Sue's abilities have been seen on TVNZ's 'Sensing Murder', the 'Good Morning' show and 20/20. Her incredible gift helps to create a communication link between those who have passed over to the spirit world and the living. Through this interaction, she is able to deliver messages to loved ones and help them reach a sense of peace.

You’re going to really enjoy the chance to learn about the mysteries and wonders of Earth, Life and Beyond together with her!

She’ll explore all of the fascinating aspects of our spiritual journeys to this planet we call home, while uncovering the breathtaking world of Spirit!

As always, there will be many opportunities to connect with Spirit throughout the evenings. She will also demonstrate how you can open a spiritual doorway to the other side — the very first step in making contact with your loved ones.

It’ll be a unique learning experience with a difference to enrich your soul.

Prepare to be amazed and enlightened as Sue connects with both spirit and the audience in her uniquely compassionate and uplifting style.
Kingaroy BaconFest
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018
Punters can anticipate a ‘pig day out’ at the inaugural Kingaroy BaconFest.

The three-day sizzling food festival in Queensland’s beautiful South Burnett will celebrate the versatility of bacon and put Australian pork on centre stage.

Festivities will kick off with a SunPork Wine and Swine Cocktail event in the Kingaroy Town Hall forecourt featuring South Burnett chef Roberta Schablon and 10-piece Irish Band, Murphy’s Pigs.

The bacon love will continue across the weekend with a two-day food market featuring specialist food trucks, a bacon eating competition, cooking demonstrations, master classes and a Miss BaconFest pinup pageant conducted by popular Brisbane based pageant coordinator Bettie Butcher.

Newcastle based ska band The Porkers supported by rockabilly favourites Cherry Devine will get trotters tapping at the Kingaroy Town Hall on Saturday night.

The crackling on the cake will be the 24 hour Australasian BBQ Alliance sanctioned SunPork Smoke-off competition.

Festival goers can also attend a Kevin Bacon Film Festival, a Rasher’s Rush cycling and running event along the South Burnett Rail Trail, a Little Piggies in the Park event for kids and a Long Table Breakfast with food by 2013 My Kitchen Rules winner Dan Mulheron.

Cycle and Stars - your wine and wheels weekend getaway!
Date Sat 25th Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018
Join their fully guided two-day leisure cycling tour of the Granite Belt to discover some of the area’s little gems. Pedal along quiet country roads enjoying the scenery, sampling local gourmet produce and wines while they take care of the directions.
The Etnies 2018 Toowoomba Mayoral
Date Sat 25th Aug 2018
The 2018 Etnies Toowoomba Mayoral has been the highest level street skateboarding contest in Queensland over the past four years.

Brought to you by Etnies, Toowoomba Region,Youthconnect TRC, Black Label Clothing Co and a number of other partners this event showcases regional Australia, talent from over five different states and a booming city with plenty to do.
Josephine Wants to Dance
Date Mon 27th Aug 2018
From the award-winning team behind Pete The Sheep comes another hilarious tale of a bush animal you'll never forget. Josephine is a kangaroo - who loves to dance.

When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully, Josephine learns that there is another way to dance - ballet. As the ballet company prepares to perform, Josephine sneaks into town to peer through the window as the dancers rehearse, watching for hours and hours as they perfect their routine. The Josephine goes home and practices all night, all alone, until she knows the dance by heart. She spun, she swirled and pirouetted dreams... and at the end she always curtsies. She desperately wanted to dance like the ballerinas in pink tutus and silk ballet shoes! On the day of the first performance the ballet company was in trouble: the prima ballerina twisted her ankle and the understudy had a splinter in her toe! Who could dance the lead role? Who else could leap that high? Josephine's talents are called upon to help save the day.

A delightfully funny tale that looks at the importance of believing in yourself and realising your dreams.
Ruddigore, or the Witch's Curse!
Date Tue 28th Aug 2018
Jump into the weird and wonderful world of Victoriana...

This irreverent romp through marriage, madness and mayhem has had audiences and reviewers laughing out loud and its colourful bunch of comic characters is sure to resonate with audiences across the state.

Shy and law-abiding, gentleman farmer Robin Oakapple is working up the courage to ask the beautiful Rose Maybud to marry him but he has a dark secret. He is heir to a terrible curse befalling all Baronets of Ruddigore - he must commit a dastardly deed every day or face a tortuous death!

Jam packed with musical gems such as the 'Matter' trio and Rose's 'Etiquette' song, Ruddigore, or the Witch's Curse will tour with an all-star cast including Bryan Probets, Christine Johnston, Kanen Breen, Jason Barry-Smith, Roxanne Hislop and Natalie Christie Peluso as Rose Maybud.
John Miners Legends of Country
Date Sun 2nd Sep 2018
Father's Day Concert.

John Miners presents an afternoon of legends of country Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, Leroy Vandyke, Silm Dusty, Don Gibson, Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Charlie Pride, Rodger Miller, Ned Miller, Don Williams, Ray Price, Don Gibson, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.
Women's Adventure Film Tour Volume 2 - Toowoomba
Date Mon 3rd Sep 2018
The Women's Adventure Film Tour is coming back in 2018!

Following the success of the inaugural tour as part of Women's Health Week 2017, the Women's Adventure Film Tour is returning with an all new set of short films celebrating the inspiring women in adventure. This film festival is a celebration of the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things. Join them for a series of inspiring short films with a focus on adventure, the environment and heart warming stories.

The Women's Adventure Film Tour is presented in partnership with She Went Wild - a hub for all things adventure. Through content and events She Went Wild aim's to inspire and empower women to get into the outdoors and live an adventurous life.

Follow their Facebook page for more updates.
Curator Conversation - Toowoomba Gardens - Then and Now
Date Wed 5th Sep 2018
Presented on the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm

Curator Conversation is a series of entertaining talks hosted by Queensland Museum Curator Jeff Powell.

When: Wednesday 5 September 2018, 2pm

Theme: Peter Cullen, Toowoomba Historian will present: Toowoomba Gardens – Then and Now

Poet George Essex Evans called this area The Garden of Queensland – how right he was. To the indigenous for over 60,000 years it was a ready source of food just for the taking. In the 1840s the natural grasses provided fodder for the flocks and herds of the squatters who introduced familiar fruits and vegetables for their own use. Urbanisation intensified this and there are now private and public gardens with native and exotic trees, shrubs and flowers for your appreciation. Toowoomba even has a carnival devoted to the appreciation of the latter with gardens normally private thrown open to the public. How this came about provides some interesting history.

Bookings not required - just turn up.

Admission is free for residents of the Toowoomba Regional Council area with proof of address.
Miles Back to the Bush Festival
Date Thu 6th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
Experience the beauty and charm of rural life in Miles, where every two years the community celebrate life in the bush and invite visitors to experience their warm country hospitality through a range of bush festivities over an extended weekend in September.

Don't miss any of the action from the street parade, vintage car displays, collections tours, country markets, bush poets and performers, and delight in a little quirky fun with tractor pulls and bush obstacle races, beard competitions and pot belly boiling challenges.

Enjoy quintessential bush celebrations throughout the weekend. Meet the locals at the Ladies High Tea, Men's Night or Art Exhibition, and immerse yourself in days gone by at the renowned Miles Historical Village Museum.

Whether you are an adventurer, nature lover, collector, history buff, foodie or music lover; your whole family are guaranteed a unique bush experience.

Experience life in the bush by day and by night.

Hello, Dolly!
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
Hello, Dolly! offers classic musical theatre without a hint of apology. It bursts with humour, romance and is boisterous and charming from start to finish.

In 1890s New York City, the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi (who has been played by a bevy of stars from Carol Channing to Bette Midler) is a socialite-turned-matchmaker and "woman who arranges things". Her latest clients seeking assistance are the cantankerous "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder and a young artist named Ambrose, who is in love with Horace's niece, Ermengarde. Dolly's scheming soon involves Horace's employees as well as a New York hat maker, as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic designs.

Jerry Herman's exuberant score is a show-tune bonanza with some of the greatest songs in music theatre history. It includes the smash hits Hello, Dolly!, Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Before the Parade Passes By and It Only Takes A Moment.

An eternal blockbuster Broadway hit which is currently experiencing a Broadway revival to rave reviews, Hello, Dolly! is energetic and filled with charisma and heart!
Blackbutt Avocado Festival
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018
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.

Family Movie Night: Alice in Wonderland
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018
As the sun sets and your imagination comes to life, you never know who you might encounter!

Bring your cushion and join the Museum for a unique night of family friendly movie fun with a screening of "Alice in Wonderland" which will also include Alice inspired craft activities. The movie screens at 6pm.

Alice in Wonderland is Rated PG

NB. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited.
Rotary Gourmet in Gundy
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
The Rotary Gourmet in Gundy is a food and wine festival held in Goondiwindi on the second Sunday in September. Each year they invite a special celebrity chef to be a part of the festival - and in 2018 the guest chef will be Matt Golinski.

The Rotary Gourmet in Gundy festival is set among the beautiful gardens of the local Goondiwindi Community Cultural Centre, located on the Macintyre River and has been staged in the Goondiwindi region for over 16 years.

The festival focus is 'Food, Wine and Music’ showcasing fine regional food, award-winning wines and live music. Gourmet in Gundy is the key food and wine festival of South East Queensland and all who visit comment on the wonderful ambience this event creates. The weekend also features other regional activities and events such as the Goondiwindi gun club clay pigeon shoot and the Goondiwindi race club ‘Goondiwindi Cup’.
Bony Mountain Folk Festival
Date Mon 10th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018
Highlights this year at Bony Mountain Folk Festival are a special tribute to Slim Dusty with a gallery, a huge exhibition, and the dedication of a special Sandstone Memorial which will be unveiled by Slim's daughter Anne Kirkpatrick and members of Slim's family.

There will be a Slim Dusty Family show on Saturday night. VIP guest is footy legend Shane Webke. The big line up of top artists includes: Hill Billy Goats, Anne Kirkpatrick, Phil and Chris Coad, Gary Fogarty, Errol Gray, Pixie Jenkins, Norma O’Hara Murphy, Jeff Brown, Dean Perrett, Cape Byron Celtic Dancers, Warwick Pipe Thistle Band, Daryl Craft, Blue Violets, Emmagen, The Bums Ukulele Group, Ukulele workshop, Wheatvale School Choir, Warwick Choral Group and much more!

Saturday is their big family day with Pirate Cave, Treasure Hunt, Captain Jack and free activities, a Fairy Cave catering for little ones and face painting.

CWA ladies will do morning and afternoon teas. Boutique coffee will be available along with top fillet steaks and chips at The Shack and wood-fired pizza and Spring Dell fruit wines.

Walk Up program kicks off Monday evening, and brings fabulous entertainment every day until Friday morning when the main Festival kicks off!
Graeme Connors in Concert
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018
Iconic Australian Artist, Graeme Connors, and his band are hitting the road and stopping in at the Empire Theatre for one special performance!

Recognised as one of Australia’s most eclectic country singer/songwriters, Graeme has received numerous awards during his 40 plus year career for his contribution to Country Music. Golden Guitars, ARIA, PPCA and APRA Awards line his shelves, with his most recent prestigious accolade, 2016 inductee into the Roll of Renown (Australia’s Country Music Hall of Fame).

During his highly-anticipated two-hour show, fans will enjoy the hits that made him a household name, a selection of favourites from his massive 19 album catalogue and special debut performances of songs from his upcoming 2018 album.

Connors’ new album, From The Backcountry, will be released in early August and follows his highly successful 2016 album, 60 Summers: The Ultimate Collection, which reached #1 on the ARIA Country Album Chart and saw the title track 60 Summers spend three weeks at #1 on The Music Network Official Country Airplay chart.

The new album, recorded with multi-award winning Australian Producer Matt Fell at his Sydney studio, combines Graeme’s signature modern country sound with elements of rock, blues and roots.
Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
A signature event of Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine.

Find out why the world is beginning to lick its lips over Southern Queensland Country produce. It's simply world-class and you can sample the latest offerings while losing yourself in a vibrant festival atmosphere.

It's three days of spectacular floral creations, prime local produce and boutique wines. See demonstrations from celebrity chefs and landscapers! Sway along to the cool concert sounds and enjoy the sublime musical line-up by some of Australia's biggest bands. There's so much to see and do you should consider a three day pass!
Parkland Entertainment
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
You'll hear music from almost every genre floating out of Toowoomba's beautiful parks. The Parkland Experience covers folk, pop, pop funk, classic, Irish folk, rock, jazz, soul, Memphis, country, rock n roll, Celtic, swing, opera, bush ballads, blues, choral, brass band, old time music, strings and retro rock. Phew! There's also tai chi, yoga, face-painting, balloon sculpture and dancing.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2018
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
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, Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival, Heritage Bank Live Concert Series, Pictures in the Park and many more.
Hanging Basket Display
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Surround yourself with a spectacular display of 60 beautiful hanging baskets as part of the annual Hanging Basket Display.

Each basket has been lovingly created by community members from the Toowoomba region as part of a design competition.

Local artisans and green thumbs as well as students and other community groups take part to help the Museum put a unique twist on carnival festivities. This year's display is set to delight visitors with categories from floral arrangements to artisan creations.

The Hanging Basket Display will be on show at the Museum for the entire duration of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. But expect to see more than just flowers when you visit the Museum during carnival time!

As part of the Queensland Museum Network and home to the National Carriage Collection, visitors to the Museum will discover a variety of interactive displays, exhibits and activities.

The hanging baskets will be on display from 21 to 30 September 2018.

Supported by Yates.
Toowoomba Art Society - Members' Spring Exhibition
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
The Toowoomba Art Society's September exhibition has become a much anticipated event.

This is a selected exhibition where members are invited to submit new work to be judged and displayed in Gallery One.

There will be three major awards - The Anne and Fred Gardiner Award for the best picture, the Nancy Culliford Award for the runner-up and the Harry Hart award for the best experimental work.

At least 60 works are expected to be on display with a diverse range of subjects and media.

Down the Rabbit Hole Trail
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
Time to follow the White Rabbit... "I'm late...I'm late for a very important date."

Follow the clues to help the White Rabbit not be late for his important dates these school holidays!

Join in the family fun activities and follow the clues around the Museum on a self-guided trail following the white rabbit.

Designed for children aged 3 to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Grand Central Floral Parade
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Now in its 69th year, the famous Grand Central Floral Parade winds its way through the heart of the city to Queens Park to the sounds of live bands. The city heart beats as street performers, carnival characters, and stilt walkers escort the stunning floral floats on their journey.

Be early to grab a good viewing spot because the whole town and thousands of visitors turn out for this parade! There's free chalk so you can make your own artistic mark on the parade route and when it's over, head for Godsall Street Oval where the floats are on display and the flowers, fruit and vegies that decorated them are available for sale!

Geham Craft and Garden Show
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
The Ultimate Handmade Shopping Experience.

Celebrating it's eleventh year, this wonderful event offers over 80 stalls displaying a selection of gorgeous quality giftware, home wares, plants, gardening artefacts and handmade crafts.

You will be amazed at the variety on display, with something for everyone.

Do some early Christmas shopping from the huge range of quality handmade, handcrafted and locally grown markets. A classic car display, demonstrating artists, workshops, live music and free art and craft activities for the kids will keep everyone entertained.

This is a great day out for the whole family.

The Spring Café offers delicious coffee, homemade cakes, light meals and traditional milkshakes.

Eat in or dine al fresco style under the 120 year old oak tree in the fresh country air.

Groups welcome - be sure to book ahead to receive discounts and priority service.

As the main annual fundraising event for the Geham State School, they offer visitors a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with the main event being held in the indoor activities centre.

Rain, hail or shine their craft show will be open to the public.

Bus and ample off road parking.

Woolshed Open Weekend
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Step back in time and see what the Darling Downs was like in the 1800s. The event will feature sheep shearing, rope making, whip cracking, blacksmithing, working dog displays, horse and cart rides, spinners and weavers, mini train rides, bee keeping, damper making and much more.

Gold coin donation entry.

*some activities may be at an additional cost.

Powered and non powered sites available for the weekend!

Wondai Spring Garden Expo
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Not just an event, it's a destination.

Discover the diversity of gardening in Queensland's best backyard! A celebration of Horticulture in all its forms in Southern inland Queensland.

Definitely one of the best events of it's kind.

Quality stalls of all descriptions for garden and home with a strong core of quality specialist nurseries.

Bus tours welcome. Please come for a visit to their wonderful region - you won't be disappointed!

Wondai Garden Expo Inc is organised by a committee of volunteers backed by the whole Wondai community.

The Potters Picnic
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Come and join them for the second instalment of The Potters Picnic. There will be ceramic stalls featuring wares by local artists and potters. Sausages will be sizzling, pottery demonstrations and more. Interested stall holders can email them for further information.
12th Annual Texas Country Music Roundup
Date Mon 24th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Texas comes alive for a week of country music and bush poets with walkup artists welcome from Monday to Thursday and invited artists performing on the main stage from Friday to Sunday.

Artists for 2018 are still being finalised.

Camping is available onsite. Market stall holders are also welcome. A canteen and bar operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday and night meals in the dining room are available Friday and Saturday.
Write Like an Author
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Fri 28th Sep 2018
'Write Like an Author' is a fun holiday camp for young writers, created by award-winning author and writing coach Brian Falkner. Held in a fun and supportive setting, this camp will see children aged 10 to 14 years create, develop and write awesome stories with help from Brian.

Creative writing is a great way for children to use their imagination and help develop self-confidence and identity. Over four jam-packed days, children will develop their writing skills and discover how they too can write like a professional author!

Brian will show children the tricks of the trade and be on hand to answer any questions and offer one on one guidance. If your child enjoys creative writing, they are sure to love this special school holiday camp. Not only will they be able to focus on their writing, they will also make new friends!
Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Queens Park will spring to life with amazing and interactive lighting displays that weave through a secluded section of the parkland. As twilight settles in, this iconic park will become an illumination of glowing colour.
Hotel Sorrento
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018
Hotel Sorrento by Australian playwright Hannie Rayson is highly commercial and relateable comedy/drama and familial story. This award winning play, which inspired the film of the same name, tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in the seaside town Sorrento.

Hilary lives in the family home in Sorrento with her father and 16 year-old son. Pippa, a business woman, is visiting from New York and Meg, a successful writer, returns from England. When the three sisters are reunited after 10 years apart they again feel the constraints of family life. A semi autobiographical book written by middle sister and expat Meg triggers the familial tensions and dramas that eventuate.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Films and Flowers
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018
Movie buffs, this concert is for you! Come along and enjoy the beauty and power of some of cinema's finest soundtracks in this concert fit for everyone!

Savour the dark power and menace of Thunderball with its trumpets, piercing french horns and soul-stirring strings. Be lost in the bittersweet themes of classic La Dolce Vita. Embrace Morricone's nostalgic score for Cinema Paradiso, which adds depth to every scene. And try and stop yourself from crying as Lai's award-winning Love Story reminds you of the film's tragic tale.

This performance is a must for all film aficionados and lovers of music! (full program will appear here in 2018)
Docos After Dark
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Get back to nature and explore life in the undergrowth at this year's Docos After Dark. Lie back and enjoy the picturesque surrounds of Laurel Bank Park as you watch the free screening of one of David Attenborough's world-famous documentaries, Life in the Undergrowth. Learn about the creepy crawlies that inhabit parks and settle in for an evening of ants, arachnids and aphids.

Bring your blanket, picnic rug or chair and cosy up for a relaxing night with friends and family.
Maryvale History and Heritage Weekend
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Explore the Good Old Days at Bestbrook for FREE.

Bestbrook is celebrating all things old.

The morning is kicking off with a Bush Poets Breakfast - this is not a competition it is more a chance for people to share their story in verse if they dare, it will be a walk up on the morning and give it a run.

The Coachhouse restaurant will be open from 7am for anyone who wants breakfast.

The rest of the day will be full of demonstrations from the past, they will have Rohan from Gleneden Family Farm doing some Black Smithing and Whip Making. Cyril will be spinning a yarn and doing some butter making and billy tea and damper. Bruce will be showing of his horsemanship skill’s on a young horse and Mick will be shearing a sheep and Shoeing a horse or two.

Bestbrook has a wonderful collection of things from the good old days to ponder and wonder how they use to be used, the Maryvale Progress Association has prepared a display board featuring the original land sale from 1911 and a few old photos of when Maryvale had a train station.

Spring Polo
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
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 Hit FM Canopy Lounge , the Belle Property Grande Marquee, the Lexus of Toowoomba Atrium and the private areas, 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.
Wheelwrighting Hands On Workshop
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Wed 3rd Oct 2018
On the day:
You will assemble a complete 12 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.

Meet your tutor:
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.

How to book:
Book now or contact Cobb+Co Museum.
The Gruffalo
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
After sell-out seasons across the world, including London's West End and Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there's no such thing as a Gruffalo - is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups.
Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival's hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs!

So call your pals and grab your tickets to the funniest night of entertainment you will see all year - don't miss out on a huge night of laughs!

The comedians all knew what they had to do to get a laugh, and had the crowd in constant stitches...the talent on show definitely left the crowd wanting more.

- AU Review

Murgon Rail Trail Festival and Marathon
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018
The Murgon Rail Trail Festival and Marathon is an annual festival for the family.

Based around the rail trail in Murgon the feature events includes the marathon and mega obstacle course which spreads three football fields.

The day has something for everyone with live entertainment, markets, food and wine and heaps of activities for the kids.

Flying Arts – Artiz Street Art
Date Wed 3rd Oct 2018 to Fri 5th Oct 2018
Make your mark on Toowoomba, the street art capital of Queensland! Extend your skills in street art mediums, put theory into practice to create a large street art mural at the University of Southern Queensland, and explore the potential of a career in art.

Participants will take a walking tour of First Coat Festival murals, before participating in a series of workshops and activities, including concept development, tape work, working with stencils and aerosol painting. The intensive will culminate in participants creating a collaborative public mural measuring 30 metres wide by three metres high.

Registrations close: 5pm, 24 August
Participants: Year 9 to 12

Travel Subsidies are available thanks to Brian Tucker Accounting. Students travelling more than 300 kilometres in each direction to attend the program may receive a subsidy of up to AUD250 to cover travel costs. Subsidies are limited in number and are provided on a needs basis.
Feelin' Groovy
Date Thu 4th Oct 2018
Fresh off a successful sold out season at the Adelaide Fringe, South Australian musicians Harry Baulderstone and Marcus Ryan make their Queensland debut with: Feelin' Groovy - The Songs of Simon and Garfunkel.

The two capture the spirit of the legendary duo's classic tunes as well as highlighting the highs and lows of the pair in an intimate setting. With a guitar and two voices, this honest adaptation is a must see. Their unique yet faithful spin on the iconic sound of Simon and Garfunkel is sure to impress.

With hits including The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, Cecilia, The Boxer and Bridge Over Troubled Water, get ready to Feel Groovy...

Morning Tea served from 10am.
The Grigoryan Brothers
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Regarded as Australia's finest guitar duo, The Grigoryan Brothers take the classical guitar into genres such as jazz, folk and contemporary music. There are no boundaries, only new frontiers to cross. In concert, mix it all together and you have a dimension to guitar-playing rarely seen in the musical world.

Their latest release, Songs Without Words sees a return to classical repertoire and includes songs by composers such as Bach, Elgar, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Faure, De Falla and Ponce all masterfully arranged for them by their father Edward.

Also including other works highlighting Slava and Leonard's diverse skills: their deep appreciation of a broad spectrum of musical styles has resulted in many collaborations involving music, both written and improvised. Combine this with their classical training and the result is a unique sound incorporating all these influences. It is not classical, not jazz, not world is the Grigoryan Brothers.
Australian Camp Oven Festival
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
The Australian Camp Oven Festival is a weekend of great family fun that celebrates Aussie cultural bush heritage. Kids can be part of the damper throwing or billy boiling competitions, while adults might like to try their hand at making a damper or even putting together a team for one of the friendly cooking competitions.

Visitors are encouraged to slow down and savour the country pace and choose to do as much or as little as they like, you can sit back while watching the cooking demonstrations, or enjoy the arts, crafts, and old working machinery. Enjoy some authentic camp oven food before you kick up your heels with the Saturday night entertainment. The Poet's Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings brings the best poets from afar. Aussie dining and full bar facilities are available throughout the weekend and visitors can camp on-site with convenient amenities.

Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International 2018
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
The Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International (HBTI) is a multi-award winning professional tennis tournament that is part of Tennis Australia’s Australian Pro Tour.

Held at the Toowoomba Regional Tennis Centre – USQ the event provides opportunities for the world’s rising tennis stars to compete for prize money and all important World Ranking Points. This is truly an event of international standing delivering a week of entertaining tennis and associated community activities.

Sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) the international flavour of the Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International is best highlighted when considering the list of past champions since the events inception in 2012. Previous champions have come from the USA, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, Sweden, Canada and Australia. We are expecting another strong international contingent to contest the Men’s and Women’s Draw in 2018.

Opportunity exists for the community to participate in the event as a player rather than just a spectator. The hugely popular Hutchies Corporate Challenge presented by Horizon Accounting Group is a feature of the weeks' schedule and adds colour, fun and networking opportunities for local businesses, their staff and clients.
Lost Trades Fair
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
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.
Unleash the Beast Writing and Wellbeing Symposium
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018
This Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland event aims to share, promote and propagate the conversation about mental health in a relaxed, entertaining and engaging manner.

The symposium will provide these writers the opportunity to share their own stories about how mental health affects us as individuals, as families and as a community.

If one in five adults experience mental health issues, then the remaining four out of five adults need to know how to support them. This event will also raise money to assist LDDSWQ in providing free confidential professional counselling services for anyone who needs it.
Women Like Us
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018
Women Like Us isn’t just a comedy show, it’s a movement. This two hour stand up comedy show, performed an hour a piece by Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan, sees the seasoned stand ups share reflections on their failure to parent, the beauty industry, strange surgeries, special diets, obsessions, frustrations and at the end of the day the serious politics of ‘who unpacks the dishwasher’.

Nominated for Best Comedy at this years Perth Fringe Festival, Women Like us sells out at nearly every stop. Women Like us is comedy about women who are tired of the messages that they are too fat or too thin or too old or too young. This isn’t just a show for women though. This is a show for men who love women. Men with mothers, sisters, wives, daughters. Men who work with women. Women Like Us is an opportunity for blokes to step inside the female psyche and get an insight into what women really think. So often women leave the show declaring ‘I wish I had bought my husband! He needed to hear this!’ Although the show does come with a warning for men who don’t like women. Stay in the car.
Women Like Us - Toowoomba FUNdraiser
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018
Women Like Us comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are different from other comedians, they’re women, they’re mothers, they’re middle aged and they’re country girls.

With more than 60 sold out shows and packed houses at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival’s Enmore Theatre, Adelaide Fringe and Perth Festival, they are constanting touring to country halls, pubs, clubs and theatres around Australia.

Described as a ‘two Tena pad show’. These are untold, laugh out loud, women’s stories.

Few sacred cows remain unmilked by these two small town Showgirls, with seven children, four husbands and 35 years stage time between them, their material is hilarious first hand account of parenting, beauty industry, getting older, getting fatter, strange surgeries, weird television shows, obsessions, frustrations and most importantly - who unpacks the dishwasher.

Mandy Nolan, a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo, writes for Mamamia, with appearances on ABC's Q and A, SBS's Mums The Word and About Women and is a corporate and club performer nationwide.

Ellen Briggs, a national Finalist for RAW comedy and winner of Foxtel Comedy Channels Be A Comedian.

Cully Fest
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
Cully means friends.

The Cully Fest brings together friends, new and old, helps bridge the gap between city and country, improves knowledge and understanding and celebrates the heart and spirit of outback culture, tradition and history.

Their aim is to inspire, entertain and educate the local community and visitors on the many facets of outback life, by showcasing unique attractions (opal, dinosaurs), facilitating workshops, activities and staging performances which incorporate indigenous culture, outback characters, country and folk music.

Shrek The Musical
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
What's big, green, lives in a swamp, and is heading your way in 2018?

It's Shrek - The Musical! This Tony-Award winning production is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film and brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on the Empire Theatre stage in an all-singing, all-dancing, must see musical comedy.

Shrek's quiet life is turned upside down courtesy of a wisecracking Donkey who won't shut up, a love-sick fire breathing dragon, a vertically challenged villain, a feisty princess, a cookie with attitude,a wooden boy with trust issues, and a host of other fairy tale misfits. But the biggest challenge of all for the unlikely hero, Shrek, may be dealing with matter of the heart...Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek - The Musical proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

Join the Toowoomba Philharmonic Society as they bring this classic animated tale to life on the Empire stage in this fun-filled performance perfect for the family and guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018
A night of glamorous classic tease and modern neo-burlesque that will dazzle, delight and stimulate the senses! Varietease will consist of some of the best and most entertaining international and local burlesque performers. Join them in celebrating traditional Bump n’ Grind, vintage-flavoured tease, sizzling cabaret and variety entertainment! Be delighted, tantalised and pleasantly entertained as you experience jaw-dropping glamour and high quality shows from leading stars of the stage.

Celebrating nine successful years. The biggest celebration of burlesque in the Southern Hemisphere. If you are going to one burlesque event this year make it this one!!

This show may contain implied nudity. Adults 18 plus only.
Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
The Warwick Cup is now firmly branded as one of regional Queensland’s richest and most respected race meets and has become a ‘must attend’ event on the Queensland regional racing calendar.

Warwick Cup Day is stylish, surprising and fun for the most humble to the most sophisticated.

Bill Bailey- Earl of Whimsy
Date Mon 15th Oct 2018
After the 2016 sell-out tour, Larks in Transit, the UK’s very own straggle-haired polymath, Bill Bailey, returns to Australia with his new comedy and music extravaganza, Earl of Whimsy.

It has Bill’s trademark blend of satire and surrealism, stories and dismantled jokes, crowd sing-alongs, weird instruments and musical showstoppers. But there’s a distinctly historical feel to this show. With its tales of Britain’s fortunes past and present, of ancient Viking battles, of Shakespeare’s contribution to comedy, and Bill’s own ancestry, this is both a mockery and a celebration of national identity.

It’s also a journey of discovery. We find out where Knock Knock jokes came from, how we got days of the week, and why Nicky Minaj rejected a puffin sample for her latest single.

There are lively audience discussions, a mass German singalong, and even some Cockney crab-dancing. Something for everyone.

While the world tumbles into a seemingly more chaotic place by the minute, what better way to find a moment of calm in the chaos, than a trip round Bill’s mind, described recently as ‘A huge, lavishly decorated and nicely untidy place… its contents spill out with an infectious enthusiasm during this wonderful show’.

Toowoomba Expo
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
This event is a major shopping experience for Toowoomba and surrounding districts. The 2018 event will host an extensive range of quality home and lifestyle products including building, renovating, green living, home improvements, homewares, kitchenware, electrical, pools, spas, finance, gardening, solar energy and heating, and loads more.

The Caravan and Leisure Expo is a huge success and returns with a great range of products and services for getting outdoors and enjoying the warmer months ahead with family and friends, with the latest caravans, camper trailers, auto and four wheel drive accessories, camping equipment and more on show.
Menopause The Musical
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realise that Menopause is no longer "the silent passage", but a stage in every woman's life, which is perfectly normal! Men love it too! This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles!

Join the sisterhood and see what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about!

It's the hilarious celebration of women and "the change".
Toowoomba Gemfest - Gems and Jewellery
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
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 is a free service to the public, done by a member of the Gemmological Association.

The kids will love the Fossicking for Children area.

Missing a gemstone in your jewellery? Bring it along and see if you can find a matching gemstone. Create your own unique piece of jewellery: purchase a setting and select your favourite gemstone and have it set before you go home.

Tickets for three fabulous jewellery raffle prizes will be on sale; also hourly lucky door prizes.

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

Catering provided by Toowoomba business.

ABBA-solutely Fabulous
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
After sell out shows across Australia in 2017, award winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy bring their smash hit live concert ABBA-solutely Fabulous to the Empire Theatre!

Get ready to experience an outrageously funny romp through ABBA’s smash hits. The original dynamos from the world-wide musical sensation MAMMA MIA! will delight with their irresistible humour and explosive renditions of songs. Burchmore and Mulcahy are two of the country’s most formidable entertainers.

With their platform boots, lycra cat suits and big hair this dynamic duo - who channel a fair splash of Patsy and Eddy of 'Absolutely Fabulous’ fame – will have audiences dancing in the aisles as they sing their way through ABBA’s smash hits. Think Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance, Ring Ring, Does Your Mother Know, Money Money Money, Fernando and many more! Designed to thrill super fans who and charm a whole new generation, it’s the ultimate party night out!

Catch Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulchay live in a hysterical romp through ABBA’s smash hits! It’s unlike any ABBA show you’ve ever seen before; it’s ABBA-solutely Fabulous!
A Russian Triple Bill
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Following sell-out performances of A Festival of Russian Ballet, The Imperial Russian Ballet return to Australia with A Russian Triple Bill, the first time the company has brought this stunning program to Australia.

Act 1 - Carmen
Carmen is a flirtatious and seductive gypsy woman whose love affair with two men ends in tragedy.

Act 2- Les Sylphides
A short ballet in one act about a young man, who while walking at night encounters a groups of sylphs or magical women.

Act 3 - Sleeping Beauty (from Act III)
A holiday is declared for the wedding of Princess Aurora and Prince Desire. This is a joyous and happy ballet which will be loved by all!

In a night that overflows with all things ballet, you can't help be swept up by the sheer panache of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company - The West Australian
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
“I’m late…I’m late for a very important date”

Come dressed in your favourite Alice attire and join Toowoomba’s biggest tea party – it’s going to be mad! Craft activities include making your own wacky hat, painting the roses red, flower masks and many other mad things!

Grab your picnic pack for AUD7.50 on the day.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Warwick Rodeo National APRA National Finals and Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft 2018
Date Mon 22nd Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
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.

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is coming back to the Empire Theatre after a sell-out performance in 2017. The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon which we know and loved as "Looking Through a Glass Onion" was re-produced and rebranded for its Off-Broadway debut at the Union Square Theatre.

Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters, and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, part concert and part biography, reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century with a story and 31 songs including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, All You Need is Love, Come Together, Help, Working Class Hero, Mother, Jealous Guy, and more.

For the audience this is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of our time.

“Lennon’s spirit shines through on “Glass Onion”” – NEW YORK POST
Brews and Barbie Bash
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
A must attend one day Food Drink and Music Festival featuring the best Breweries, Wineries and Foodies in South East Queensland. A celebration of their abundant agricultural lands, farmers, meat producers, providores and small businesses from the Darling Downs and Surrounds.
Queensland Pops Orchestra - Amigos Para Siempre
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Pavarotti, Carreras and Domingo - The Three Tenors catapulted arias like Puccini's Nessun Dorma to hit single status. They redefined the musical performance landscape and their vocal combination became the stuff of legend. Not to be outdone, Patrick Pickett and the mighty Queensland Pops Orchestra revisit the artistry of this winning sound with Gregory Moore, Nathan Kneen and Adam Lopez. Having performed with The Pops over several decades, their soaring voices and entertaining stage banter is showcased in this performance.

Amigos Para Siempre is the first time these three friends have performed together in a concert of this scale and scope. They've worked alongside each other in operas and musicals over the years but, as Greg reflects, "It's taken us twenty years, so this is something worth celebrating! It's unique to have three friends, quite diverse in our respective careers, to come together and perform as a headline act for the first time."

Join them for the long-sought stage reunion of our very own Amigos Para Siempre...a concert that will linger in your heart forever!
The Johnny Cash Country Festival
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018 to Sat 3rd Nov 2018
The outstanding success of Stanthorpe’s 2017 Johnny Cash Country Festival confirmed the organisers objective of it becoming an annual event generating to our local economy.

The Festival celebrates the fact that Johnny Cash and wife June Carter visited Stanthorpe regularly during the 1980s and 1990s. They came to visit an American friend of Johnny's, who had moved to Australia for family reasons related to his Australian wife. They came to love this small country town, its people and the district, hence their regular visits.

This year’s main event will again feature one of Australia’s top Johnny Cash Tribute bands, supported by three well respected Country and Rockabilly groups celebrating music of the era. There will also be a market, an American themed menu and full bar service.

Pre-concert activities: Once again, they will have their movie night on the Friday night, featuring Johnny Cash themed films (charges apply).

Then on Saturday morning in the town centre, they will hold their Man in Black song contest along with other musical entertainment (free). This was so much fun last year!
Viva Vivaldi: Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra
Date Wed 7th Nov 2018
Revel in the passion and energy of Vivaldi’s complete set of instrumental concertos, L’Estro Armonico – a musical monument considered one of the most innovative and influential of its time.

While the title translates literally as The Harmonic Fancy, the meaning conjures up so much more – heat, drive and frenzy. Italian Baroque violin virtuoso Davide Monti joins Camerata as soloist and director to share his dynamic stage presence and passion for improvising. Davide’s own journey reflects a lifetime of making music in diverse settings, including jazz and folk music around campfires on his travels as a boy with his father, to leading orchestras throughout the world including The European Baroque Orchestra and Il Tempio Armonico.

Join them as they dive head first into an epic season finale!


Antonio Vivaldi - L’Estro Armonico, Op.3 (complete 12 concertos)

Featuring: Davide Monti (Italy) – solo violin and guest director
Livvy & Pete
Date Thu 8th Nov 2018
Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths and acclaimed cabaret darling Amelia Ryan celebrate the songbooks of Aussie icons Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen.

From their humble small-town beginnings to world domination in sequins and jumpsuits, revisit all of their sing-a-long classics from Rio to Tenterfield, all the way to Xanadu and beyond.

As camp as maracas and tender as Pete's gift to Livvy I Honestly Love You, there promises to be rollerskates, T-birds, Pink Ladies, 80s jazzercise and an Oscar winning song to boot!

A complimentary morning tea is served from 10am.
Dinner Under the Stars
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
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.
An Evening with Johnathan Thurston
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
An Evening with Johnathan Thurston provides a rare insight into the mind of a champion. From humble beginnings to rising through the ranks collecting every individual rugby league accolade and team honour, Johnathan Thurston is a once in a generation footballer. With a nomination in 2018 for Australian of the year Johnathan has a passion for education and leadership, in particular representing the Australian indigenous community. Johnathan Thurston is embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand commencing in October 2018, and will be live on stage at a variety of fantastic venues talking in depth about his life, career and culture.
The Royal on 99 Roma Cup
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
The Roma Cup is western Queensland's largest and most glamorous race meeting.

Attracting around 8,000 punters from around the state, accommodating them on site at Swag Central or in motels around town, the race meeting and the weekend festivities make it the best weekend that can be had in the bush. All within a half day drive or a one hour flight from the south-east corner.

This is bush racing at it's finest and most colourful, with a guarantee of country hospitality and a convening of everyone who is anyone from western Queensland looking for action.

The weekend kicks off Friday evening with the Calcutta in town. Saturday race day starts around 11am and is an action-packed day of racing, fashion and socialising. In fact, their race meeting works more effectively than Tinder for introductions and relationship kickstarts.

After the races, live music at an after-party that finishes in the wee hours of Sunday morning and a recovery breakfast at Bassett Park sends travellers on their way with a full stomach and some spectacular memories.

Blacksmithing 2 Day Project Workshop
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
On the day make a traditional hatchet or pattern-welded knife in a range of styles such as a dagger, skinning or kitchen knife. Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Basics and Advanced Workshops.

After completing this workshop, you are eligible to participate in other 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. 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.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Triple M Mayoral Carols by Candlelight
Date Sun 9th Dec 2018
For more than a decade thousands have been pouring into Toowoomba's iconic Queen's Park for the annual Carols by Candlelight events as up to 15000 people are led in traditional Christmas celebrations by a lineup of talented local musicians and singers.

This free event kicks off with pre-show entertainment from 5.30pm, Carols from 6.30pm and concludes with fireworks at 8.15pm.

Christmas markets, food and rides kick off at 4pm.

New Year's Eve Bush Dance
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Kick you boots off for a night you won't forget. With a buffet, open bar, late night burger bar and live music all night there is no better way to kick start the new year. Best of all, you can stay onsite in your tent or caravan so there is no need to worry about getting a cab or driving home! Bookings are required so please book online or phone their friendly team to reserve your place.
Australian V8 Dirt Modified and Australian AMCA National Championships
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Sat 19th Jan 2019
Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Toowoomba is excited to announce a spectacular double header Australian Championship weekend as a major season highlight for the 2018/2019 season.

The Australian V8 Dirt Modified and Australian AMCA Nationals Championship will share the bill in what will be an historic and significant weekend for the iconic Toowoomba venue.

The Australian Titles will run for both categories over both nights as well as other classes, Street Stocks on Friday and Compact Speedcars, Production Sedans, F500 and Microsprints on the Saturday night.

The Hi-Tec Oils Speedway is an iconic venue operating since 1977 with improved and upgraded facilities completed over the past two years.

Bring a picnic rug and sit on the hill, in the grandstand or even hire a Catered Corporate Box for family, friends and work functions.

Buy a Pit Pass and view the Race Teams in action prepping their cars and drivers before and after the events, this is a real spectacle to watch.

Hi-Tec Oils Speedway prides itself as being a family-friendly, value for money, excitement plus entertainment option not only for rusted-on speedway fans but to a significantly wider audience.

Australia Day at the Woolshed
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Celebrate Australia Day at the Woolshed at Jondaryan.  

What better way to spend this national day other than immersing yourself in the culture and history that makes Australia great.  

Accommodation available on site, stay in Heritage Listed Cottages, Rustic cabins or even the authentic Shearers Quarters or camp under the stars on powered and non-powered camping and caravan sites.

Entry is by a gold coin donation (Australia Day only).
Hotter than Hell
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Last year, Hotter Than Hell embarked on its devilish maiden voyage bringing sold-out festivals to punters across the country and reuniting the biggest Aussie rock acts of the 90s and naughties for the first time since the classic era of Livid, Homebake and Big Day Out. Hotter Than Hell 2019 returns in the traditional December/January festival sweet-spot, bringing together Spiderbait, Shihad, Jebediah, Killing Heidi, Bodyjar, 28 Days and more, in a hellish lineup of legends.

Hotter Than Hell will again feature a rotating line-up of alternative rock royalty, hitting Townsville, Gladstone, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Ipswich in massive outdoor events at some of the country’s most unsuspecting venues with more to be announced.

With all shows in this year’s run selling out, tickets for 2018/2019 are expected to go in record time. Don’t miss out!!

Summer 2019 will be Hotter Than Hell.
E&E Waste Hell of the West Triathlon and GTH+ Super Saturday
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
The Hell of the West Triathlon is a long course triathlon consisting of a two kilometre swim in the mighty Macintyre River, an 80 kilometre "dead flat" cycle along the Barwon Highway heading west towards, St George and a 20 kilometre 'hot as hell' run along the picturesque Macintyre River (which consists of three loops).

2019 sees the continuance of the GTH+ Super Saturday which involves the Hell Kids Triathlon, the Firestarter Triathlon (enticer length) and a five kilometre and 10 kilometre Gundy Inferno Charity Runs.

The iconic Queensland long course triathlon event is described as the "toughest triathlon in Queensland" and one of the longest running triathlons in Australia.

Temperatures of up to 38 degrees can be expected at this time of year and this heat is what the athletes love. Many athletes use the triathlon as part of their ironman training sessions, some athletes use it as their first long course triathlon and many athletes compete as part of a team, just to add to the spirit of sportsmanship.

It is a 'bucket list' triathlon for all triathletes world-wide.

Roma Picnic Races
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Roma Picnic Races is the most elegant meeting in the Roma Races calendar.

An old fashioned black tie country ball open the racing weekend on Friday night.

A five race program sees most of the region's finest horseflesh turn up to have a gallop before the busy Autumn carnivals begin in April.

Delightfully local, this is the Roma Races meeting where graziers come in for a blow and the social activity is almost as important as the athletic action.

Weetwood Handicap
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
Experience the Toowoomba Weetwood which is synonymous with racing in Toowoomba, a historical event of 128 years in the making. Saturday April 6, 2019 will further see the Toowoomba Weetwood make another momentous step, transforming from a great local race day to a national event. The event will also showcase some of the best racehorses, from their rising two and three-year-old track stars to seasoned gallopers vying for Weetwood and Toowoomba Cup honours.

Clifford Park is the home of the Toowoomba Turf Club (TTC) and Toowoomba’s premier racing, events and function venue, offering the perfect setting to witness metropolitan racing, in an electrifying atmosphere, where all racegoers can ‘be part of the action’. As the introduction to Queensland's Winter Racing Carnival, be captivated by the highly competitive racing program with over AUD600,000 of prize money on offer.
Wondai Street Sprints
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Following the inaugural Wondai Street Sprint held in 2016, and the follow-up in 2017, the next event in 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Held on a brand new asphalt track provided by the South Burnett Regional Council and run from a safety perspective under the banner of C.A.M.S. the committee is looking to build on the accolades received from competitors in previous years as one of the best events of its type they have attended.

For 2018, a change of date to mid April is expected to encourage more Historic cars to the event and following the acquisition of more concrete barriers, spectator viewing areas will be extended and augmented by grandstand seating at a number of interesting locations. Over time, the Wondai Street Sprint is expected to become a major event on the sporting calendar for race cars in South East Queensland.
Roma's Easter in the Country Festival
Date Thu 18th Apr 2019
Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its fortieth year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.

The festival offers a range of activities for the thrill-seeker, the cultural buff, and for those that like to take things a little more leisurely.

The event gives an opportunity for the residents of Roma to invite their relatives and friends to spend a long weekend in the country to enjoy the atmosphere and friendliness that Roma and the Maranoa has to offer.

Australian Rocketry's Thunda Down Under 2019
Date Thu 18th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Welcome to the fastest event in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian Rocketry's Thunda Down Under (TDU).

After the huge success of Australian Rocketry’s Thunda Down Under 2015, the Aussies are doing it again, bigger and better in 2019!

The inaugural four-day event in 2015 saw over 1,500 onlookers descend onto a farming property in Western Darling Downs where over 1,000,000 feet in altitude was flown by rocketeers from all over the world.

Three world records were obtained including the world’s largest flying amateur rocket (full scale V2). International participants from New Zealand, USA, India, Germany, Netherlands, England, Namibia and Japan attended this true world stage of rocketry and now the invitation is being extended to the far reaches of the globe.

Easter Family Fun Weekend
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Easter at the Woolshed is a fun filled weekend with activities for all ages! In 2018 they have bundled all these fun activities together with your camping to make it even easier to enjoy your weekend with them!

Activities for all include:
Horse and Cart rides, Bee Keeping demos, Blacksmithing demos, Whip cracking demos, Arts and crafts, Old time games, History Tours, Sheep Shearing demos, Machinery Displays, Family discos, Kids movies, Twilight tours plus many more displays throughout the museum! And of course the most loved and favourite Giant Easter Egg Muster!
Adina Polocrosse World Cup
Date Mon 22nd Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
See the world’s best battle it out at the Polocrosse World Cup in Warwick, Queensland.

Combining the strategy of netball, the toughness of rugby, and the ball skills of lacrosse, polocrosse is an Australian-made sport where action, power, skill and pace dominate.

Celebrating 80 years in 2019, the Polocrosse World Cup will bring players from eight countries – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, UK, Ireland, Zambia and Zimbabwe - to southern Queensland to see which team reigns supreme. As current world champions, South Africa will be fighting to hold onto the title, while former champions, Australia, will use their home turf and supporters to their advantage to try and take it back!

The event takes place over seven days in Warwick, with spectator numbers are expected to be in the tens of thousands for this world-class event.

While the horses and riders show off their talents on the field, spectators will get an up close and personal experience from the sidelines where they can literally smell the sweat on the horses!

Polocrosse is king of the one-horse sports. Be there in 2019 to live the action!
Anzac Day at the Woolshed
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019
Commemorate Anzac Day at the Woolshed on the 25 April.

Enjoy a wonderful day of activities to remember the soldiers and enjoy the true Aussie spirit with friends and family.

Come for the day or stay at their comfortable camp ground.

Mother's Day Lunch at The Woolshed
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Why not escape to the country with your mother this Mother's Day?

Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Woolshed Cafe Restaurant. The Woolshed Cafe will be open for Breakfast and Lunch, please be sure to book a table to secure your spot! Jump on the Horse & Cart for a relaxing trip around the Woolshed grounds.
The Ration Shed Reconciliation Fun Run
Date Sun 19th May 2019
The Cherbourg Aboriginal community welcomes people of the South Burnett region and beyond to a Fun Run and Finish-Line Fun Festival - in the name of friendship, good health and reconciliation.
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).
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.

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!