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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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.

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.

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.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

Beaudesert, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$10 - 300
30 June – 8 July 2018
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is your backstage pass your backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of the Scenic Rim. Eat your way around the region through a program of festivals, farm-gate events and culinary experiences to suit foodies of all ages.

Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival

Aratula, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$10 - 10
7 July 2018
The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch the cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
12 – 13 July 2018
From where ever you are, come and join Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own. The CIAF 2018 cultural festivities will take place in less than a month on 13-15 July.

Rockhampton River Festival

Rockhampton City, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
13 – 15 July 2018
Rockhampton River Festival is a massive three day celebration which is Regional Queensland's premier winter festival. Offering a suite of programs from music, performers, art installations, food and market stalls, a signature show and those smaller quirky things that you make go ‘ahhhhh’, this free* (some ticketed events within) festival is the must-do event on the Rockhampton calendar.
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