12 Queensland events you shouldn’t miss in 2019
There are moments in life you just don’t want to miss: Man stepping foot on the moon, the birth of your child, John Farnham’s Last Tour… So it pays to be on the front foot when it comes to blockbuster Queensland events.
Make 2019 a year to remember and fill your calendar now with these top 12 Queensland events worth travelling for.
Woodford Folk Festival | Brisbane
WHEN: 27 December 2018 – 1 January 2019
Catering to your every sense, you’ll be enthralled by magic, theatrical performances, music and an epic fire event that puts all bonfires to shame. Not only is Woodfordia a place for the young at heart, it’s also a great spot for families to count down to 2019 together. With circus acts, workshops and visual art, it’s like there’s an entire children’s festival happening simultaneously.
9th Annual Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art | Brisbane
WHEN: 24 November 2018 – 28 April 2019
Art and creativity are catalysts for social change and the 9th Annual Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is a melting pot of over 30 countries from around the world. With art created specifically for this event ranging from ink paintings by China’s Qiu Zhijie to sculptures of sea shells traditionally used as currency by PNG tribes, you’ll be provided with unique perceptions of the world in which we live.
CMC Rocks QLD | IPSWICH
WHEN: 14-17 March 2019
For the love of country music, don’t miss this chance to belt out your favourite tunes as they’re performed live on stage. Sway, sing along and shed a tear alongside a crowd of fellow fans at the annual CMC Rocks QLD.
The artist line-up is already making us giddy with excitement, with the likes of Thomas Rhett, Luke Combs and the Florida Georgia Line coming all the way from the USA. Not to mention Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey Chambers flying the flag for homegrown talent.
Gold Coast Men’s and Women’s Pro | Gold Coast
WHEN: 3-13 April 2019
The Gold Coast has produced more surfing world champions than any other stretch of coast in the world, so it’s the perfect stage for the opening event of the World Surf Leagues 2019 Championship Tour.
Snapper Rocks will transform into the ultimate surf hub when it attracts thousands of fans in April. Together they’ll witness the top men and women surfers in the world take to the air or stalling for deep, draining sand-bottom barrels. Can Queensland local Julian Wilson go back to back in 2019 and will Queen of Snapper Rocks, Stephanie Gilmore, reign supreme? Be there on the sand to find out.
NRL Telstra Premiership Brisbane Magic Round | Brisbane
WHEN: May 2019
All manner of mythical creature will descend into Brisbane to do battle in the NRL Magic Round. You can expect to see Dragons, Raiders, Titans and Knights lace up the boots and run out onto Suncorp Stadium.
The Storm will come charging in, while animals galore will leave their tracks on the turf when all 16 teams line up to play a game in Brisbane over one football packed weekend. The Broncos take on the Sea Eagles on Friday night to kick off the extravaganza and with this much football, Caxton St might just become your new home.
(Here’s where to head before and after the game.)
Noosa Food & Wine Festival | Sunshine Coast
WHEN: 16-19 May 2019
Two words: Instagrammable goodness. Well, that’s what we think of when the words Noosa + Food + Wine are used conjunctively. You can almost picture the flat lays and close-up shots of tastefully decorated plates of deliciousness. And, that’s exactly what you could be doing at the Noosa Food and Wine Festival. Well, that plus eating GREAT food of course.
Gold Coast Marathon | Gold Coast
WHEN: 6-7 July 2019
They say you’re guaranteed to set your personal best at the Gold Coast Marathon because it’s the flattest and fastest course in Australia.
The course is picture-perfect, taking in both the Broadwater and surf beaches of the Gold Coast and this alone will make any non-runner want to lace up their shoes and get involved. Serious athletes are able to compete in the 10km run or the 5.7km challenge and junior runners can compete in the 4km or 2km dashes.
If you’re not interested in participating, why not provide spectator support, AKA “runspiration”, to runners by cheering from the sideline (or the beach)?
Birdsville Big Red Bash | Birdsville, Outback Queensland
WHEN: 9-11 July 2019
What happens when you combine a 40m high red sand-dune with live rock music and a star-studded sky in Outback Queensland? You get the Birdsville Big Red Bash!
Erect your camp, marvel as the sun sets over Big Red and then watch it light up as the music festival’s backdrop. You’ll feel the guitar strains and bass-lines fill the desert and before you know it, you’ll be rocking out to the most remote music festival in the world. The musicians on stage are almost as iconic as the event itself.
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) | Tropical North Queensland
WHEN: 12-14 July 2019
Did you know Queensland is the only state in the country where you can experience both of Australia’s Indigenous cultures? Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures are celebrated at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair every year.
The festival showcases amazing Indigenous artworks across various forms, from fashion, film screenings and live performances. You’ll also be able to meet talented artists and learn the history behind their work.
Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing | The Whitsundays
WHEN: 8-15 August 2019
Dubbed as the tropical festival of sailing, if you love mucking about in boats then Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing is the event for you.
Catering to multiple divisions from IRC Racing craft to cruising catamarans there are plenty of opportunities to raise the spinnaker and coming flying home for the win. On land, enjoy live music and a fun run all centred around the Whitsunday Sailing Club clubhouse. What’s not to love about the reliable tradewinds of the Whitsundays when sailing?
Mount Isa Mines Rodeo | Outback Queensland
WHEN: 9-11 August 2019
Yee-ha, cowboy! In this town of true grit and hard yakka, the locals count down every year for the annual Mount Isa Rodeo. It’s a time to celebrate all things great about the Australian outback. And in true Aussie fashion, riders pull on their R.M. Williams (boots) and put their bravery to the ultimate test… riding one-tonne bucking bulls.
Vodafone Gold Coast 500 | Gold Coast
WHEN: 25-27 October 2019
If you’re a sucker for all things motor racing, then you’ll want to be at the Vodafone Gold Coast 500 in October. Get a glimpse of internationally acclaimed drivers as they skid by, burning rubber and winning hearts.
As they move into the final lap, your heart will be revving faster than the engines waiting in suspense to know who will take home the chequered flag.