2022 NTI Townsville 500
When: 8 – 10 July
Where: Reid Park, Townsville
More info: http://www.supercars.com/nti-townsville
The NTI Townsville 500 is North Queensland’s largest annual sporting event, boasting a packed program of races and entertainment. Entry varies from free admission (for kids 12 and under with a paying adult) to group tickets at $788.00.
NAFA – National Australian Festival of Arts
When: 10 June – 10 July
Where: Various locations across Townsville
More info: http://www.nafa-tsv.com.au
Join Townsville City Council for the month-long celebration of artistic, cultural and lifestyle events. Throughout the month, Townsville will come alive with cabaret, theatre, comedy, dance, exhibitions, concerts and more!
The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF)
When: 6 – 10 July
Where: Cairns Convention Centre
More info: http://www.ciaf.com.au
After two years of presenting digitally, CIAF is back in Cairns to deliver a series of thought-provoking arts and cultural events. This year, CIAF will be held at the newly refurbished Cairns Convention Centre and a number of other venues across Cairns.
Tour of the Tropics
When: 3 – 10 July
Where: Various locations
More info: http://www.tourofthetropics.com.au
The Tour of the Tropics festival is a cycling, food and wine festival for pro and amateur cyclists and families. The festival spans eight days, starting with the Ride for Isabel Gran Fondo (Yarrabah to Gordonvale). Midweek will welcome their track and social events, followed by the grand finale – The Tour of the Tropics three-day tour runs from Friday 8 July – Sunday 10 July.
Mareeba Rodeo and Festival
When: 9 – 10 July
Where: Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds
More info: http://www.mareebarodeo.com.au
The 2-week festival will culminate with a one-day ABCRA affiliated rodeo, featuring the finals and the State-Of-Origin. Presenting top-level competition and entertainment, the event gives spectators plenty to watch. Event offerings include all the usual rodeo events such as bull rides, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, ladies and junior events, the Agricultural Show, Downtown Parade, Queen Competition, Cowpokes and Garden Awards. Cost is $40.00 – $90.00.
When: 13 – 15 July
Where: Cairns Showgrounds
More info: http://www.cairnsshow.com.au
Once again, the Cairns Show will bring you an array of exciting family entertainment, competitions, thrilling rides, and more. Early Bird Tickets and Bonus Dollars are available now at Cairns Local Tickets, Earlville Shopping Town from 4 July, and the Cairns Show Grounds from 12 July.
Kuranda Roots Festival
When: 15 July
Where: Kanjini, Emerald Ck
More info: http://www.kurandaroots.com.au
With an eclectic mix of artists, performers, workshops, and activities, the Kuranda Roots Festival celebrates the abundance of culture, art, music, and nature that flourishes in tropical North Queensland. Having moved from its original location at the Billabong in Kuranda, this year’s Kuranda roots Festival takes place at the breathtaking Emerald Creek Falls base at Kanjini. Book your tickets online. Cost: $25.00 – $199.00
Boulia Camel Races
When: 15- 17 July
More info: http://www.bouliacamelraces.com.au
Enjoy two days of professional camel races with this outback adventure. Beyond the camel races you’ll find live entertainment, food, fireworks, children’s amusements and a host of novelty races.
Hughenden Country Music Festival
When: 22 – 24 July
More info: http://www.hughendencountrymusicfestival.com
This year celebrates the festival’s 30th anniversary. Aside from a fantastic party atmosphere, there will be lots of prizes and raffles to enter. Children under 16 are free and adults can purchase tickets online.
Top Dog Film Festival 2022
When: 23 July, 2.00pm – 5.00pm / Townsville 17 August 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Where: CPAC Theatre
More info: http://www.topdogfilmfestival.com.au
Meet dogs from all walks of life on the big screen at the 2022 Top Dog Film Festival. Filled with joyful doggy moments, this delightful event brings you the most inspirational, heart-warming, and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions from independent filmmakers around the globe. Get your tickets before they all sell out. Cost is $26.00 – $33.00
Mackay Chamber Music Festival
When: 22 – 24 July
Where: Various venues
More info: http://www.mackaycmf.com.au
The Mackay Chamber Music Festival is a weekend of inspiring concerts, masterclasses and workshops, featuring some of the finest classical musicians from around the world. The festival delights audiences and is now known for its friendly, intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Aside from enjoying chamber music concerts, you can participate in inspiring masterclasses delivered by eight of the world’s finest classical musicians.
Mike Carney Toyota Paluma Push 2022
When: 16 – 17 July
Where: Paluma Village
More info: http://www.palumapush.com.au
Celebrate all things Paluma Push and mountain biking in North Queensland by joining Townsville’s iconic Mountain Bike event. Starting in the dreamy Paluma Village, riders follow a course that winds its way through lush World Heritage Rainforest, past Paluma Dam, and down into open cattle country, before finishing at the historic tin mining settlement Hidden Valley. Book your camping spot at the Cricket Oval or online and enjoy a weekend with live music, a food truck fiesta, bonfires, and beers.
Australian Festival of Chamber Music
When: 29 July – 7 August
Where: Various venues
More info: http://www.afcm.com.au
Set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in this wonderfully unique and innovative ten-day program. For over 30 years, the festival has delighted audiences and is now known for its friendly, intimate, and relaxed atmosphere. More than 35 musicians from all around the world travel to Townsville to bring the audience unique combinations of music. The festival’s tropical location creates a special atmosphere that entices audiences and artists back year after year.
Cairns Italian Festival
When: 28 July – 6 August
Where: Cairns and Surrounds
More info: http://www.cairnsitalianfestival.com.au
Held annually in the Hinchinbrook Shire, the Cairns Italian Festival is a significant regional cultural event with world-class entertainment, fun, and culinary delights. The festival also pays homage to the Italian immigrants that left their homeland in search for a better life and future in Australia. Bring the family along to enjoy the unique food and entertainment. Tickets cost $12.00 – $197.00.
McDonald’s Townsville Running Festival 2022
When: 7 August
Where: Jezzine Barracks, North Ward, Townsville
More info: http://www.townsvillerunningfestival.com
Townsville Running Festival has evolved into Queensland’s largest regional running event to date. With its certified racecourses, the event appeals to race-chasers and race hardened running purists alike by incorporating the Townsville Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 and 5km Fun Run and Walk, 5km Junior Fun Run and Walk, 2.5km Hero Run, and a 5km Corporate Challenge. Registrations close Monday the 26th of July at 9.00pm and registration fees vary.
Taste Port Douglas
When: 11 – 14 August
Where: Various venues
More info: http://www.tasteportdouglas.com.au
Presented by the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Taste Port Douglas is one of Australia’s premier culinary events showcasing the region’s best food, beverages and talent. Food lovers can immerse themselves in a dynamic four-day program boasting exceptional cooking, unforgettable dining experiences, and the opportunity to learn from some of the food and beverage industry’s most talented experts.
Better in Blackall Festival
When: 17- 21 August
More info: http://www.betterinblackall.com
Combining the best that Blackall has to offer, this four-day festival is packed with local grazing plates, wine and food tastings, entertainment, art and cultural displays, billy cart races, and live music. Bring the family along to enjoy this outdoor event.
Mackay’s BBQ and Beer Festival
When: 13 August 2022
Where: South Mackay
More info: http://www.mackaybbqandbeerfestival.com.au
Mackay’s annual BBQ and Beer festival is the perfect day out with friends. Listen to live music, enjoy tasty food, and drink your choice of over 50 Australian and International Beers. Join into the fun and watch local and travelling rivals fight it out to impress the judges in competitions. This year, the BBQ Battle is sanctioned by the Australasian Barbecue Alliance with a huge prize pool of $9500.00 going to participants.
NQ’s Rock’n Country 2022
When: 19 – 21 August / 8.00am – 11.00pm
Where: Mackay Showgrounds
More info: http://www.nqsrockncountry.com.au
This year’s NQ’s Rock’n Country is a three-day country music festival showcasing over 40 local and national country music artists. Bring your camp chairs and picnic blankets and settle in for a big weekend. Onsite camping is available for three day pass holders, with camping opening on Thursday 18th August. Campers also have access to the campers only After Party, so the party will continue after the main stage closes. The festival is proudly raising funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity, with a goal of $100,000 to be raised. There will be raffles and an onsite auction held where you can win yourself a signed guitar, a signed Akubra, plus much more! Ticket costs range from free entry to $650.00 for groups and full weekend access.
Curley Cattle Transport Elite Rodeo
When: 19 – 20 August
Where: Hervey Range Rodeo Grounds
More info: FB North Queensland Elite Rodeo
With two nights of action-packed fun, the Curley Cattle Transport Elite Rodeo shows the very best Rodeo athletes competing against the best Rodeo stock in the country. As one of the greatest competitions for spectators, the event offers junior and emerging rodeo stars a pathway for this great sport. Tickets cost $10.00 – $250.00.
Cairns Tropical Writers Festival
When: 26 August – 4 September
Where: Cairns, various locations
More info: http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com
As a biannual event, the Cairns Tropical Writers Festival is a cultural experience that celebrates the distinct voices of our tropical region by bringing together a regional community of writers and readers with Australian and internationally revered authors and celebrities. Literary minds will be inspired and motivated to expand their skills, connect with like-minded creators, and learn from the best.
Great Barrier Reef Ocean Swim Series – The 2022 Relay
When: 2 September
Where: Various locations
More info: http://www.greatbarrierreefswims.com.au
The Great Barrier Reef Ocean Swim Series consists of two events. Swimmers are transferred out to the reef by the Quicksilver ferries, leaving Cairns at 8.30am in the morning. The first swim takes place at Moore Reef, approximately 50 kilometres off the Cairns coastline, and is a 1500 metre course marked out by buoys. The second event is a relay race, starting at Agincourt Reef, 70 kilometres off Port Douglas. Due to tide and weather considerations, confirm the times closer to the date by checking the website. Post swims there will be lunch, snorkelling opportunities, scuba diving, and underwater viewing with a Semi Submarine. This is a full day on the reef experience and all swimmers will receive extensive gift packs, full complimentary photography of the swim, and options to purchase snorkelling and scuba shots later on.
When: 2 – 3 September
More info: http://www.birdsvilleraces.com
The Birdsville Races are celebrating their 140th anniversary. Known as the Melbourne Cup of the Outback, crowds of racegoers converge on Birdsville each year to enjoy two days of quality outback racing and entertainment. Entertainment includes the Fashions on the Field, Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe, entertainment at the Birdsville Hotel, a Fun Run, Cocktail Party, and much more.
When: 10 – 12 September
Where: Cannon Park Racecourse
More info: http://www.cairnsamateurs.org.au
As one of Australia’s premier spring horse racing carnivals, the Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is three days of fashion, fun, festivities, and friends. Horse racing is complemented by a host of social activities, making this event interesting and entertaining for everyone.
Subtropics Festival 2022 – Magnetic Island
When: 23 – 25 September
Where: Base Backpackers Magnetic Island
More info: http://www.subtropicsfestival.com
Located on the picturesque Magnetic Island, this three day festival celebrates DnB, Reggae, Dubstep, UKG and HipHop music. Hosted at the Base Backpackers Venue, visitors can stay in Cabins or camp, and have full access to amenities and a fully serviced bistro and bar. For adults 18+, this tropical holiday festival is an experience like no other!
Wallaby Creek Festival
When: 23 – 25 September
Where: Wallaby Creek Festival Grounds
More info: http://www.wallabycreekfestival.org.au
Celebrate the 20th birthday of Wallaby Creek Festival at
this year’s event! Nestled in the confluence of the Annan River and Wallaby Creek at Helenvale / Rossville, Wallaby Creek Festival is a wonderful family-focused event. The three day program offers original music on three stages, with entertainment including Poets Breakfasts, workshops, circus, dance, Roving Street Theatre, a complete children’s festival, delicious food stalls, healing spaces and market stalls. Croc-free swimming holes are nearby in the Wallaby Creek and the Annan River. Camping is included, with bush showers and toilets accessible to everyone.
Savannah in the Round
When: 30 September – 2 October
More info: Kerribee Park Mareeba Rodeo Arena
Savannah in the Round is Tropical North Queensland’s very own music and camping festival, taking place at the Mareeba Rodeo Arena. Featuring more than 40 international and Australian country, rock, roots, and pop artists, this event is bound to entertain the whole family. Complimentary entertainment includes cultural exhibits and performances, market vendors, paddock to plate, a funfair and more.
Babinda Harvest Festival
When: 8 October
Where: Munro Street, Babinda
More info: http://www.babindaharvestfest.org
This full day of events begins with the Traders Day Competition at 8.00am and includes the Grand Street Parade, festivities
and the Tractor Pull afterwards at the Babinda Showgrounds. With plenty of food stalls, children’s entertainment, market stalls, live entertainment and a bar, the whole family can enjoy the day. There’s a firework display and cane burning at 8.30pm, and the bands play until midnight.
When: 8 October
Where: German Club Cairns
More info: FB German Club Cairns
Known as the world’s largest Volksfest, beer festival, and travelling funfair, this year’s Oktoberfest is presented by the German Club Cairns. Held annually in Munich, Germany, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year, Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. You can pre-purchase entry tickets from September onwards via the event’s Facebook page. As a family-friendly event, competitions and prizes entertain everyone throughout the night.
All of Us Festival 2022 – Celebrating Mental Health Week
When: 9 October / 03.00pm – 08.00pm
Where: Fogarty Park
More info: http://www.kochfoundation.org.au
Hosted by the Dr Edward Koch Foundation’s Suicide Prevention Taskforce, this free festival aims to raise mental health and suicide prevention awareness in an all-inclusive, diverse, multicultural and family friendly event.
Tablelands Folk Festival
When: 21 – 23 October
More info: http://www.tablelandsfolkfestival.org.au
Celebrating music, friendship and cultural understanding, the Tablelands Folk Festival is the longest running folk festival in Queensland. Over four days, the event features
family entertainment, concerts, workshops, comedy, blues jams, poet breakfasts, brekky, a wellbeing fair, market stalls, free children activities, the famous Pub Verandah and more.
Dinosaur Lantern Festival Mackay
When: 21 – 23 October / 9.00am – 4.00pm
More info: http://www.mackay.dinofestivalaustralia.com
Transfer back in time to meet the roar-some, giant, weird, and wonderful creatures who once roamed our planet. Discover wildlife on earth, starting from the origins of life appearing as a dazzling array of little microbes, the big five of Africa, the Australian kangaroo, Egyptian camels, the polar bear, Indian tiger and Chinese panda, to a world of dinosaurs. Creating awareness about important climate change topics, the event features various threatened species. Arrive early to enjoy the beautiful sunset, picnic, festival food, and family amusement rides. Tickets must be purchased online prior to the event. Cost is $6.00 – $65.00.
Festivals in 2023
Roma Picnic Races
When: 24 – 25 March 2023
More info: http://www.romapicnicraces.com.au
Visit Roma for a weekend of racing, wining, dining and dancing at the 2023 Roma Picnic Races. A Black Tie Ball kicks off the event and is a must attend affair for everyone wanting to celebrate in style. Book in the date for 2023 for a weekend not to be missed.
Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival
When: 26 – 27 May 2023
Where: Home Hill Showgrounds
More info: http://www.sweetdayshotnights.com.au
This festival is all about showcasing and celebrating Far North Queensland’s rich agricultural region and lifestyle. From fresh produce and culinary delights through to adventure and sports tourism experiences, great music and family-friendly entertainment, this festival is sure to delight all ages. Headline events include the Burdekin Cultural Fair and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships.
Townsville Cultural Fest
When: 2023 dates TBC
Where: Venue TBC
More info: http://www.culturalfest.org
This festival is one of the most inclusive in Australia, bringing together thousands of people each year in a celebration of life. Multicultural performances include folk, jazz, blues, hip-hop and rock, cultural performances, and more. While the 2023 dates are yet to be confirmed, the festival celebrating diversity, unity, and friendship is one to watch.
Laura Quinkan Dance Festival 2023
When: 7 – 9 July 2023
More info: http://www.lauraquinkanfestival.com.au
Approximately 25 Dance troupes from throughout
Cape York gather to showcase their culture at the
biannual Laura Quinkan Dance Festival. People collectively rejoice and share stories through music and dance performances, sharing history and uniting as one. Tickets cost $110.00 to $450.00 and can be ordered via
Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival
When: 2023 dates TBC
Where: Magnetic Island
More info: Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival
The Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival is a fabulous month of entertainment, fairs, dining, tours, sport, art, and fun competitions on Magnetic Island. The program includes the famous island-wide Scarecrow Competition, the Maggie Motor & Bike Show, Magnetic Mystery Tour, Spring Equinox Fair, Indigenous culture events, Mega Markets, and the highly popular Sand Sculpture Competition. This festival has something for everyone!
Groovin’ The Moo
When: 2023 dates TBC
Where: Venues TBC
More info: http://www.gtm.net.au
Groovin’ the Moo is an annual music festival that takes place at various regional locations across Australia in late April and early May. While on pause throughout the pandemic, it celebrated its return early this year with various local and international rock, dance, indie, and hip-hop. Check out the website for more information, and stay tuned for confirmation of the 2023 dates.