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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LAP it up - Local Art Prize

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
13 – 18 August 2019
Local artists are the stars during their biennial LAP It Up Local Art Prize. Open to artists residing within 100 kilometres of Stanthorpe, this exhibition displays the best their residents have to offer.

Scots in the Bush

Boondooma, South Burnett Area
From AU$75.00 - 75.00
16 – 17 August 2019
Scots in the Bush is a Scottish and Celtic Festival held annually at Boondooma Homestead. The event is held to celebrate the settlement of Boondooma Station by three Scotsmen back in 1846. Robert and Alexander Lawson and Robert Alexander arrived in the South Burnett with 100,000 sheet and took up leases covering 958 square miles.

Historic Leyburn Sprints

Leyburn, Southern Downs Area
From AU$20 - 30
17 – 18 August 2019
The Historic Leyburn Sprints will once again return to the streets of Leyburn for the 24th running! Watch around 200 cars will race around the idyllic country town of Leyburn, vying for trophies over 20 classes, as well as outright placings.

Blacksmithing Basics

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$410 - 410
Monthly from 17 – 18 August 2019
Learn the basics of blacksmithing and create your own set of blacksmithing tools with Terry Drennan. You will make a set of blacksmithing tools including a cold chisel, hot cutter, round punch, oval punch, centre punch and tongs.

Old Time Dance

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
Weekly from 17 August 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.

InStudio Art Trail

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
17 – 18 August 2019
The InStudio Art Trail is an annual weekend event during which a variety of local artists open their home studios to the public, take up residence or exhibit in a central community space. It is a self drive trail offering a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the picturesque countryside around Crows Nest and Hampton area whilst visiting artists in their creative space and gaining a glimpse into their working life and artistic journey.

Traditional Spoon Carving Workshop

Kearneys Spring, Toowoomba Area
From AU$120 - 120
18 August 2019
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 (AKA Spoonguy) who has over 2,500 hours experience in spoon carving.

Crisps Youth Art Prize

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
22 – 25 August 2019
Their annual Youth Art Prize sponsored by Crisps will be held again this August to September. The theme for this year is Art in Space. All ages are encouraged to enter. Prizes For All Year Levels.

National Seniors Proudly Presents Seniors Expo

Darling Heights, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
22 August 2019
Garden City Branch of National Seniors Australia is hosting a Seniors Expo during Seniors Week. This is an opportunity for your organisation/group to engage with a significant number of seniors. They anticipate having over 75 displays on the day.

Kingaroy BaconFest

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
23 – 25 August 2019
Punters can anticipate a ‘pig day out’ at the Kingaroy BaconFest in August 2019. The three-day sizzling food festival in Queensland’s beautiful South Burnett celebrates the versatility of bacon and puts Australian pork on centre stage during the Year of the Pig.
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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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