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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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2019

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area
20 – 29 September 2019
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a cultural party featuring a floral parade, local food and produce, regional wine, entertainment and all things spring! So come along and entice your senses at the iconic Grand Central Floral Parade, Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine, Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy, Docos After Dark, Progressive Foodie Tours, Historic Walking Tours and many more.

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
14 – 17 May 2020
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 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.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

South Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$25 - 250
31 July – 9 August 2020
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.

The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$40 - 600
7 – 9 August 2020
The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast. It's non-stop rodeo action - bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope and tie, steer wresting, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping.

Quandamooka Festival 2019

North Stradbroke Island,
1 June – 31 August 2019
Quandamooka Festival, held over three winter months, returns in 2019 to coastal region of East Brisbane with up to 55 events including whale watching cultural tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, music, eco boat tours, art exhibitions, fibre art and weaving workshops, bush tucker dining, arts and cultural talks by specialists and new events featuring international acts and First Nations dancers and performances - something to suit all ages!

Cobb & Co Festival

Surat, Maranoa Area
16 – 17 August 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.

Horizon Festival Sunshine Coast

Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Area
23 August – 1 September 2019
Experience the Sunshine Coast's premier multi-arts festival. Horizon Festival connects artists, industries, communities and audiences through an award-winning celebration of arts and culture. They bring local, national and international artists together for 10 arts-fuelled days of visual art, music, performance, words and ideas, film and creative workshops.

BIGSOUND Festival

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
From AU$45 - 85
3 – 6 September 2019
BIGSOUND is Australia's 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.

River Dragon Festival - St George

St George, Balonne Area
6 – 7 September 2019
The River Dragon Festival being held in St George annually displaying the greatest natural asset the Balonne River and all water activities associated. This is a celebration of river activities, dragon boat racing, food and fine dining, and diverse culinary with a focus on St George's connection to the Dragon.

Blackbutt Avocado Festival

Blackbutt, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
14 September 2019
The small rural Queensland town of Blackbutt comes alive in September for the Blackbutt Avocado Festival. The Festival celebrates all things Blackbutt, in particular, their bloomin’ beautiful Blackbutt avocados -the sweetest and finest avocados you will ever find.
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