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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Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
18 – 20 May 2018
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, May 17 to 20, 2018. 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
6 – 10 June 2018
Cooly Rocks On™ is an annual celebration of everything 50s and 60s, 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.

Mary Poppins Festival

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
29 June 2018
This year’s Festival presents a two week program of storytelling for all ages through all art forms. From music concerts backstage and onstage at the Brolga to pop up performances in the Bond Store Basement.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$50 - 80
27 July – 4 August 2018
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative nine day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland.

The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$40 - 500.00
9 August 2018
Join them for their sixtieth Rodeo , the Diamond Jubilee in 2018 from August 9 to 12. 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.

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.

The Planting

Woodford,
From AU$91 - 91
4 – 6 May 2018
The Planting is a cultural, environmental and culinary festival held over three days and nights at Woodfordia, Queensland. With a diverse and interactive program involving workshops, masterclasses, talks and presentations and a full program of musical performances, ceremony and visual arts, The Planting focuses on sharing skills and knowledge.

Captain Cook 1770 Festival

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
From AU$0 - 11.00
25 – 27 May 2018
In 2018, the 26th annual Captain Cook 1770 Festival will commemorate the landing of Lieutenant James Cook on 24 May, 1770 at Bustard Bay. The award winning festival includes a foreshore re-enactment event at dusk on Friday 25 May 2018, followed by two full days of entertainment at the SES Grounds on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018.

Relish Fraser Coast

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$10 - 15
2 June 2018
Maryborough's heritage streetscapes and riverside parks are the setting for the Relish Food and Wine Festival - a delicious feast of culture and cuisine serving up celebrity chefs, gourmet tastings, cooking workshops, live music and art.

The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$15 - 15
29 June – 7 July 2018
The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, Winton, Queensland. 9 days / 30 films / A zillion stars Winton's Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is a film festival like no other. It celebrates Australian film and culture under the stars of Winton in Outback Queensland.
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