Southern Queensland Country | Events

All across Southern Queensland Country you’ll find a delightful (and delicious) spread of events all-year-round. From the quirky events about melons, one of the state’s toughest triathlons, Hell of the West, horse races, seasonal foodie events and a massive flower carnival you’ll be quite surprised at how much is going on. See below to find out exactly what's on in Toowoomba and surrounds. 

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a celebration of everything this region has to offer. You’ll find it’s not only the blooms that come out to play at this 10-day festival to welcome spring, but locals and visitors from far and wide who are ready to shake off the shackles of winter with some good food, good wine, and good music. 

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May Exhibitions and Opening Night

Wondai, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
1 – 31 May 2019
Opening Night: Friday, 3 May, 2019 from 6pm. AUD5.00 entry includes Punch, Hot and Cold Supper. Wine will be served by Crane Winery. Live Entertainment. “DARE TO DREAM” - Gallery 1 - Belinda Kranz of BAKZ Photography.

Discover Farming Festival

Goondiwindi, Goondiwindi Area
14 – 31 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".

QAGOMA - Physical Video

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
17 May – 16 June 2019
'Physical Video' features video art drawn from the QAGOMA Gallery’s Collection. While thematically diverse, each work engages the human body and shows how artists use physical gestures and actions to illustrate social, political and aesthetic concerns.

Fay Roselt: An Odyssey In Stitch and Fibre

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
21 – 26 May 2019
Fibre Artist, Fay Roselt feels that her practice is intuitive and irresistibly drawn to stitch. A keen recycler, she collects bones, feathers and weathered, rusty, worn and torn things, a Japanese art concept called Wabi Sabi which means impermanent, imperfect and incomplete.

Deathgate by Dan Elborne

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
22 – 26 May 2019
Comprising 1.3 million handmade ceramic pieces and made over three and a half years, Deathgate presents an object for each detainee of the Auschwitz network of concentration camps. Each piece has been individually made by the artist's hands:

Southern Downs Harvest Lunch

Killarney, Southern Downs Area
From AU$170 - 190
25 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.

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

Goomeri, Gympie Area
Free Entry
26 May 2019
Enjoy a smashin, fun filled day at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival. Roll a pumpkin down Policemans Hill in the unique, Great Australian Pumpkin Roll™, enjoy quirky, novelty pumpkin competitions, a street parade, all day live entertainment on stage, huge street markets, demonstrations, displays and much, much, more.

Bunya Mountains Community Markets

Bunya Mountains, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 26 May 2019
The Bunya Mountains Community Markets are held on the last Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm. Enjoy over 20 market stalls with locally grown produce, homemade products, art and craft. Located within the iconic Bunya Mountains National Park, the markets make for a fantastic day out for the entire family.

Blacksmithing Advanced Workshop

East Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$420 - 420
Quarterly from 1 – 2 June 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.

Nanango Country Markets

Nanango, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 1 June 2019
Held on the first Saturday of each month, these markets are possibly one of the biggest in Rural South East Queensland. Averaging 380 Stalls covering much of the 35 acres of the Nanango Showgrounds visitors have a huge array of enticing produce to browse and purchase.
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Food and Wine Festivals

All things food and wine is something Southern Queensland Country know and do extremely well. So naturally, they celebrate this through a variety of food and wine events throughout the year. As a taste, why not get well acquainted with the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry at the Apple & Grape Harvest Festival! Or for a true homegrown Aussie experience, the Australian Camp Oven Festival is a must. From damper throwing to billy boiling, this is a weekend of great family fun. 

But this is just the beginning, find more delicious events below.

Music Festivals

While Southern Queensland Country music festivals aren’t what you would typically expect, they certainly are memorable... and a little wacky! Bring your knitting needles or crochet hooks and settle in to enjoy a program of jazz events in the local cafes and parks with Warwick’s very own Jumpers and Jazz – and so much more!

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