Noosa Festival of Surfing

What’s on this summer in Queensland

Ready to mix up your summer plans?

If you’ve already tracked down Queensland’s secret beaches, sipped spritzes at these rooftop bars and had your fill of island camping, it’s time to add something new to your holiday calendar.

Check out what’s on in this summer in Queensland. From blockbuster sports to folk festivals and art exhibitions, get set to cheer on your team, find your community – or simply just escape the humidity in the glorious air conditioning of Brisbane’s galleries.

Woodford Folk Festival | Brisbane

Fire Ceremony Woodford Folk Festival - What's On this summer in Queensland

When: 27 December 2019 – 1 January 2020

Swap your usual summer campsite for a pitch-perfect spot amongst the forest of Woodfordia.

One of the country’s premier folk festivals, bring in the new year with music, performance art, circus, comedy and sustainability forums at this community-centred event.

While you’re at it, add these festivals to your radar for 2020.

Brisbane International & ATP Cup | Brisbane

What's on this summer in Queensland - Brisbane International

When: 3-12 January 2020

Want to see world number one Ash Barty battle superstars like Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova?

A summer of tennis arrives in the River City with Brisbane International – so grab your tickets for a front row seat to see who claims the title.

Brisbane also welcomes the inaugural ATP Cup from 3 – 8 January. Headliners for the Brisbane Group Stage include Serbian superstar and 16 time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, the Aussie contingent including Alex De Minaur and Canada’s Milos Raonic.

The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival | Gold Coast

Magic Millions

When: 11 January 2020

Dig out your race day finest, because you’ll want to look a million bucks at Gold Coast Magic Millions $10 million Raceday.

Whether you’re a punter watching the action for all nine races – or more interested in the bubbly and Fashions on the Field – you’ll see why this event has cemented itself on the international racing calendar.

Water at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art | Brisbane

QAGOMA Water exhibitions 2019-2020

When: 7 December 2019 – 26 April 2020

When you think of Queensland summer you certainly don’t think snowman. But that’s exactly what you’ll get when Water bursts onto the art scene at GOMA this December.

Tiptoe across a vast rocky riverbed, see animals gather at the watering hole and swing your way across suspended gymnastics rings in this interactive exhibit.

Water is the most talked about exhibition of the summer – and it’s set to quench your thirst.

Whitsunday Clipper Racing Carnival | The Whitsundays

Whitsunday Clipper Carnival 2018

When: 11-18 January 2020

Set sail for The Whitsundays as Airlie Beach hosts the final stop of the Australian leg of the spectacular Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Out of the water, there’ll be a long lunch on iconic Whitehaven Beach, a rodeo on the sands of Bowen’s beaches and one epic welcome party in Airlie.

Festival of Hell | Goondoowindi

When: 7-9 February 2020

Can you handle the heat?

Festival of Hell is one of the toughest (and oldest) triathlons in Queensland. Get set for a 2km swim in the mighty Macintyre River, 80km “dead flat” cycle along the Barwon Highway heading west and 20km hot as hell run.

Temperatures of up to 38C can be expected at this time of year – and it’s this heat that the athletes love.

Sand Safari Arts Festival | Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise Sand Safari Arts Festival | What's On this summer in Queensland

When: 14 February – 1 March 2020

What’s on this summer in Queensland for families? Fond memories of building sandcastles are taken up a few notches at Sand Safari Arts Festival.

This larger than life beach-side exhibition brings artistic flair to the sands of Surfers Paradise, with the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships hosted as part of the festival.

NRL Harvey Norman All Stars | Gold Coast

NRL All Stars Gold Coast | What's on this summer in Queensland

When: 22 February 2020

Indigenous and Maori male and female teams will face off when the NRL Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars returns to the Gold Coast in February.

Celebrating its tenth year, catch the action of all your favourite players as they go into battle at Cbus Super Stadium.

Noosa Festival of Surfing | Sunshine Coast

Noosa Festival of Surfing 2020

Defending World Champion Steven Sawyer. (ZAF) advances directly into Round 5, Heat 4 after winning Round 4, Heat 4 at the 2019 Noosa Longboard Festival, Noosa Heads, QLD, Australia

When: 26 Feb – 1 March 2020

Noosa’s surf culture soars as perfect waves and the comraderie of the global surfing community combine for the Noosa Festival of Surfing.

Find your spot on the sand to watch the action – or bring your board and enter a heat!

It’s also your chance to see dogs hang-ten with their human pals in their own special event.

Discover the full calendar of what’s on this summer in Queensland here.