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Music and Festivals

Whether you're into music, yoga, surfing, flowers, eating, movies or even pumpkin rolling, you'll find a concert, performance or festival in Queensland that celebrates it.

Music Festivals

With international musicians and artists frequently touring Queensland, you'll be able to see one of your favourites at a music festival, and in Queensland we do music festivals a little differently. One of the most iconic is the Birdsville Big Red Bash which is set in Outback Queensland and uses a large red sand dune as its backdrop. Other music festivals you'll love are:

  • CMC Rocks QLD; the home of country music in Ipswich.
  • BIGSOUND, where you can discover the next Australian music superstar in Brisbane.
  • Caloundra Music Festival, hosted on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Blues on Broadbeach, a chance to be nostalgic and twist your hips.
  • Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival, where you celebrate music in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.
  • Gympie Music Muster; camp under the stars and watch performances from a line-up of Aussie talent.
  • Broadbeach Country Music Festival, hosted on the Gold Coast.

Lifestyle Festivals

Our lifestyle festivals range from family-friendly events to retreat-like festivals to treat your soul. Take your pick from:

  • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, where they celebrate Spring in true Queensland fashion.
  • Woodford Folk Festival; see in the New Year with a huge bon fire, arts, crafts and music.
  • Ekka: Royal Queensland Show; when the country comes to the city to showcase farm life, food and produce.
  • Wanderlust; an opportunity to cultivate your best self and revive your mind, health and spirit.
  • Noosa Festival of Surfing, see dogs hang ten and celebrate surf lifestyle.

Outback Festivals

Head to Outback Queensland for quirky events that celebrate the beauty of the region, the people, lifestyle and classic outback hospitality:

  • Birdsville Big Red Bash; the world's most remote music festival.
  • Winton Splendid Film Festival; celebrate the film industry with open air cinemas, tours and meet the stars behind the scenes.
  • Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo; adrenalin pumping non-stop rodeo action, street celebrations and music.
  • Birdsville Races; the Melbourne Cup of the Outback.
  • Winton Way Out West Festival; a four-day music and cultural experience.
  • Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival, where you can participate in an intense triathlon or have a go at bog snorkelling.

Indigenous Festivals

Queensland is home to both Indigenous cultures of Australia; Aboriginal and Torres Strait. Get beneath the surface of both cultures at a festival. Experience traditional dancing, singing, art and crafts at one of these cultural festivals:

  • Cairns Indigenous Art Fair; see Indigenous artwork, fashion and dancing on show.
  • Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, where Indigenous family groups meet to pass down cultural knowledge and dancing to the next generation.
  • Winds of Zenadth Festival; a celebration of Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage and history.
  • Quandamooka Festival; where you can participate in weaving workshops and cultural tours.

Quirky Festivals

Looking for something a little quirky? Try your hand at:

  • Pumpkin rolling at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival where they celebrate all things pumpkin.
  • Have a spoon full of sugar and watch the Great Nanny Challenge at the Mary Poppins Festival in Maryborough.
  • Bring your merry men to the Abbey Medieval Festival in the Moreton Bay region.
  • Get rugged up in Warwick at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

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Gympie Music Muster

Amamoor, Gympie Area
23 – 26 August 2018
The Gympie Music Muster is Australia's favourite outdoor country music and camping festival. Held in the beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, this iconic Aussie music festival brings music and mateship together under one big open roof, offering an experience like no other.

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
16 – 19 May 2019
The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival hosts free international and Australian talent annually across 20 outdoor stages and venues throughout Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. The free event, staged in the streets, parks and venues of Broadbeach over four huge days, throughout the popular Gold Coast hub will also feature plenty of talent from all genres of Blues music and is unique in its location with access to plenty of accommodation, dining, retail options.

Cooly Rocks On™ Festival

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
5 – 9 June 2019
Cooly Rocks On™ is an annual celebration of everything 50s, 60s and 70s bringing the colourful and vibrant beachside towns of Coolangatta and Tweed together for the ultimate party. Music, dancing, cars, nostalgia and good old-fashioned family fun are all on the program, right here in one of the best destinations in the world.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$20 - 230
26 July – 4 August 2019
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative ten day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland.

Horizon Festival Sunshine Coast

Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Area
24 – 25 August 2018
Experience the Creative Soul of the Sunshine Coast. Immerse yourself in 10 arts-fuelled days at Horizon Festival; featuring performance, visual art, music, street art, comedy, theatre, dance and new media.

BIGSOUND Festival

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
From AU$45 - 85
4 – 7 September 2018
BIGSOUND is Australia's premier festival of new music. BIGSOUND is where the world discovers Australian music. For four nights every September, a vibrant collection of musicians, music industry professionals and music lovers from across the globe assemble in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley to witness the best new Australian music.

Taste Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$0 - 150
15 – 16 September 2018
Taste Port Douglas is Far North Queensland's annual premier food, beverage and restaurant festival. Long regarded as one of the best holiday destinations in the country, Port Douglas is also considered the culinary highlight of the region, home to a thriving restaurant and food industry.

Caloundra Music Festival

Kings Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$17 - 415
28 September – 1 October 2018
Birds of Tokyo, John Butler Trio, The Living End, The Waifs and The Temper Trap head up an explosive list of first round artists locked in to perform at the 2018 Caloundra Music Festival. Enjoy four days of Sun, Surf and Soul at beautiful Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast, during the12th annual Caloundra Music Festival, 28 September to 1 October 2018.

Cairns Tropical Pride

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$50 - 50
12 – 14 October 2018
Cairns Tropical Pride is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus (LGBT+) festival to celebrate the diverse and beautiful people and places of the Cairns region. Once a year, Cairns Tropical Pride invites visitors from Australia and the world to join them for a week of play in the gorgeous environment that is Tropical North Queensland.

Spirit of Bundaberg Festival

Bundaberg East, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
13 October 2018
Serving up rum-inspired food, rum cocktails, the best in local music and the latest Bundaberg Rum Distillery releases – the festival is a celebration of all that Bundaberg has to offer, bringing together locals, travellers, and food and drink lovers alike.
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