Southern Queensland Country | Events

All across Southern Queensland Country you’ll find a delightful (and delicious) spread of events year-round. From quirky events celebrating melons and one of the state’s toughest triathlons, to 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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Lyra Parker: Smashing barriers of Judgement

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
21 November – 22 December 2019
Lyra Parker is 28 and lives on the Granite Belt. This is her first major exhibition. Lyra is a mum and a wife. Art is her adventure in life. Her mother is part indigenous, and an elder in Texas, and her father is of English heritage, though Australian born, a brilliant artist himself, this combination of colour and culture reflects within the art pieces, but nothing more unexpected than a vibrant use of colour for landscapes.

Earth + Fire: New ceramic creations from members of the Stanthorpe Pottery Club

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
21 November – 22 December 2019
Earth + Fire refers to the elemental forces at the core of creation in clay and its transformation by fire, fuelled and ignited by challenge and inspiration. Stanthorpe Pottery Club’s new exhibition presents a range of works by potters and sculptors with diverse talents and skills.

Symphony in H2O - 'Sense of Soul' Exhibition

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
3 – 8 December 2019
Artists Louise Corke, Petra Daecke, and Joanne Power Cotton, known as ‘Sense of Soul’ present their interpretations of water in nature through paintings, titled Symphony in H2O.

Cycle and Stars - Two Day Leisure Cycling Tour of the Granite Belt

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$572 - 645
Monthly from 6 – 8 December 2019
Let them show you some Granite Belt 'stars' when you join them on their fully guided two-day leisure cycling adventure. Pedal along quiet country roads, enjoy the magnificent scenery, sample local produce and award-winning wines while they take care of the directions.

Old Time Dance

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
Weekly from 7 December 2019
Old Time Dancing to live music with five different bands on rotation. Delicious homemade supper supplied. Dancing from 8pm until midnight every Saturday night. Lucky door, Monte Carlo, lucky spot and raffle.

Jaby Birriny (Land + Sea)

Free Entry
7 December 2019 – 22 January 2020
Jabu Birriny (Land + Sea) celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its ongoing importance to culture and people. The exhibition brings together stories rich in lineal, past and recent histories through vibrant prints, woven vessels and textured ceramics that embody their land and sea.

Wanderlust: Touring Exhibition of the 2018 Queensland Regional Art Awards

Darling Heights, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
10 December 2019 – 8 January 2020
From dirt roads to rock pools, luscious rainforests to local festivals, Queensland is a state that inspires exploration. It’s full of diverse personalities, local legends and hidden gems valued by tourists and locals alike.

Copy of Festival of Small Halls - Haden

Haden, Toowoomba Area
12 December 2019
Australia's largest dedicated regional music tour, Festival of Small Halls, has announced its 2019 Summer Tour, featuring award-winning English singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop and famed high- energy Queensland duo, Hat Fitz and Cara.

Festival of Small Halls: Glen Aplin Hall

Glen Aplin, Southern Downs Area
From AU$20 - 20
13 December 2019
Celebrate the last day of school with the Festival of Small Halls at the Glen Aplin Hall. Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.

Classic Country Night at the Woolshed

Jondaryan, Toowoomba Area
From AU$15 - 25
13 December 2019
Grab the family and enjoy dinner and live music at the Woolshed. Fill up on a two-course roast buffet, purchase drinks and enjoy the vocal stylings of local singer and songwriter, Amber Goldsmith. A great low-key, family-friendly night!
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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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