11 wacky and weird events to try this year
I bet I can guess what’s topping your list of goals for 2018. Who hasn’t thought, ‘I’m just itching to shot put a pumpkin!’? And how often have you said to your mates, ‘I know what to do this weekend! Let’s put a bet on the camel races’?
Well, you’re in luck my friend, because in Queensland we not only breed em’ tough, we also breed em’ fantastically flamboyant and quirky as hell.
Mark your calendar and make it your mission to tick off these weird events and quirky Queensland celebrations this year.
Easter Vintage Festival | Southern Queensland Country
WHEN: April 2018
Have you ever wished you could go back in time and experience a bygone era? Well, no need to invent a time machine, you can experience rural life of the Australian Pioneer days at the annual Easter Vintage Festival. Set on 20 acres of open field, this festival encourages visitors to come dressed in their bonnets or overalls ready to celebrate.
Turn your phones onto flight mode (yes, the camera will still work) and snap your adventure in a piece of Australia’s rich history.
GOOMERI PUMPKIN FESTIVAL | GOOMERI
WHEN: 27 May 2018
Proving there’s a whole lot more to this humble vegetable than meets the eye, Queensland’s pumpkin capital comes alive each year for this wacky festival. Hurtle your pumpkin down Policeman’s Hill in their signature event, the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll, show your strength in the Pumpkin Power Shot Put and enter in the many other novelty pumpkin events. Oh, the fresh pumpkin scones are worth the drive, too.
Cooly Rocks On | Gold Coast
WHEN: 6-10 June 2018
Ladies put on your polka dot dresses, gents slick your hair with Brylcreem because the Cooly Rocks On is back. Celebrate the good ol’ days in true 50’s and 60’s fashion with Rock’n’Roll, vintage cars and lots of dancing.
Get nostalgic and watch as the beachside streetscape of iconic Coolangatta transform into a time capsule. Complete with outdoor stages, live music and a signature street parade, you’ll soon be twisting your hips like they did back then.
MARY POPPINS FESTIVAL | MARYBOROUGH
WHEN: 29 June – 8 July 2018
You won’t need a spoonful of sugar to swallow this fun-filled event. Mary Poppins’ author, Pamela Travers, was born in Maryborough and the city celebrates its link to the iconic nanny with the world’s only Mary Poppins Festival. Picture this: Nannies race each other pushing prams in the Great Nanny Challenge; chimney sweeps battle it out in the Chimney Sweep Dash while Mary Poppins characters come to life and mingle with the crowd. Supercalifragilistic fun for everyone!
ABBEY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL | CABOOLTURE
WHEN: 13-15 July 2018
Anyone for Turkish oil wrestling? Bring your merry men to Caboolture and step back in time at The Abbey Medieval Festival to discover jousting and falconry, watch combatants taking up armour in front of the castle, enjoy gypsy dancing and gorge on medieval cuisine and fine mead. Dive into time past amongst the colourful encampments and fine re-enactments.
VIVA SURFERS PARADISE | GOLD COAST
WHEN: 13-22 July 2018
Surfers Paradise will become a sensory swirl of jumpsuits, black leather, blue suede shoes and some of the 20th century’s finest rock ‘n’ roll. The Elvis action will be on the beach and foreshore, in the heart of Surfers and includes the invitation-only Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition, the ‘world series’ for Elvis impersonators (who can actually sing).
JUMPERS AND JAZZ FESTIVAL | WARWICK
WHEN: 19-29 July 2018
When the temperature drops in Warwick, the people get rugged up in crazy crochet outfits and artists dress the trees in woolly ‘tree jumpers’ of all shapes, colours and sizes. Bring your knitting needles or crochet hooks and settle in to enjoy a program of jazz events in the local cafes and parks – spontaneous creativity is encouraged at this quirky winter festival!
BOULIA CAMEL RACES | BOULIA
WHEN: 20-22 July 2018
Giddy up! If you’ve never seen a camel race, Boulia is the place to be. The tiny outback town bursts at the seams with around 3000 people making the pilgrimage to watch the hotly contested Camel Cup races. Away from the track, there are camel rides, skydivers, belly dancers, market stalls and live music to keep you entertained.
Gemfest ‘Festival of Gems’ | Queensland Outback
WHEN: 9-12 August 2018
Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to Gemfest we go! Over four sparkling days, gem enthusiasts can admire, purchase and learn about these unique treasures of the outback. See diamonds, pearls, zircons and opals in real life and up close. And, the kids will enjoy the fireworks and entertainment on the last night of the festival too.
AUSTRALIAN CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL | MILLMERRAN
WHEN: 6 October 2018
Are you planning ahead and keen to stretch your one-pot cooking skills to more than possum stew? Then head off to the Australian Camp Oven Festival on the western fringe of the Darling Downs where experts show you how to whip up brownies, apple turnover and the prized Chelsea Pot in a single iron pot warmed up over scorching coals. In a weekend that celebrates cultural bush heritage, there’s also damper throwing and billy boiling competitions, sheep shearing and a bush poets breakfast.
Buskers by the Creek | Gold Coast
WHEN: October 2018
What do Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Steve Martin have in common? Well, they all started their careers busking and showcasing their talents to lucky passers on the street.
You could discover the next big star at Buskers by the Creek where over 300 performers celebrate the old-fashioned art of busking. Yep, that’s right! Bring your gold coins because every dollar helps the artists and performers on their road to success.