• Australia Day Celebrations

    There are many Community Events being held throughout South-east Queensland, to celebrate this year's Australia Day. A wide range of fun, free and interactive activities are planned for the whole family, so come out and enjoy all things Australian.

    When: 26 January 2016

    Where: Various venues throught South-east Queensland. Check the special event listings below for further details.
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Fetes, Fairs and Festivals

Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast 2016

What's on and Where in SE Queensland

Jan 20th - 22nd: Ginger Flower and Food Festival

The Ginger Factory’s iconic Ginger Flower and Food Festival is back for its 21st year and promises to delight the senses with three spectacular days of food, flowers and entertainment for all. From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January 2017 the park will burst alive with colour, showcasing the largest and most exquisite range of ornamental gingers and heliconias that thrive in our sub-tropical climate. A must-do for foodies and garden lovers alike, the festival will be brimming with local talent keen to share their best kept cooking and gardening secrets; Informative garden talks; lifestyle and foodie workshops; cooking demonstrations from renowned chefs across the three days; live entertainment and fun activities for all ages; a stunning array of over 3000 plants that will be for sale. Come and share in the celebration of all that is local to the Sunshine Coast. The Ginger Factory - 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina.

For further details, please visit our website.

Jan 26th - Australia Day Bribie Island

Bring the whole family down to Brennan and Apex Parks in Bribie Island for the perfect Australia Day celebration. Enjoy some fun in the sun with Aussie Day games and activities. There will also be live stage entertainment, market stalls and food stalls. Or you can kick back with a traditional Aussie Day BBQ – whatever floats your boat. Make sure you hang around for the fireworks at the end of the night. It’s going to be a corker! - Brennan Park - Bribie Island.

Please visit our website for further details.

Jan 26th - Australia Day Redcliffe

Join in the celebrations at the gorgeous Suttons Beach in Redcliffe for an easy-going Aussie time. This community event includes some great entertainment such as thong throwing competitions, beach cricket, and a good ol’ fashioned Aussie BBQ. You’re bound to find something to your liking at the great market and food stalls. There will also be plenty of live stage entertainment and the event will finish with a huge fireworks display. This event is free to attend and one the whole family can enjoy.  Suttons Beach, Marine Parade - Redcliffe.

Please visit our website for further details.

Jan 26th - 28: Great Australian Bites

Make the most of your Australia Day long weekend and head to South Bank Parkland’s River Quay for 2017 Great Australian Bites. Set against the picturesque background of the Brisbane River, local restaurants will showcase Queensland produce with a variety of taster plates, picnic baskets and drinks in pop up food stalls. There is full program of live entertainment featuring performances from Phil Jamieson, Dan Kelly and more to enjoy. Great Australian Bites provides a great view of the spectacular Australia Day fireworks on Thursday 26 January, from 7.30 pm. 11.00am to 8.30pm - River Quay, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane.

For further details, please visit our website.

Jan 26th - Gold Coast Australia Day Celebrations

Join us as the Gold Coast comes out to celebrate Australia's birthday with the only fireworks display in the City! Bring your appetite and indulge in the huge food truck feast or grab a snag from the barbecue. There'll be Aussie sporting activities for the kids and some sweet tunes from local artists along the pier. The highlight of this celebration of our great nation will be a massive fireworks display not to be missed! Bring your picnic rug, get a great spot on the lawn to watch this feast for the eyes. 4:00pm to 8pm - The Great Lawn, Broadwater Parklands, Southportl.

For further details, please visit our website.

Jan 26th - Australia Day BBQ in the Park - Burleigh Heads

Everyone is invited to come along to Australia Day BBQ in the Park at the North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club on Thursday 26 January between the hours of 11am and 3pm. Bring you blanket or chairs with you and enjoy a BBQ lunch for a very reasonable price. There will be games for the children, face painting, jumping castle, games on the beach and free entertainment on the stage. For further details, please contact the North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club.


Feb 18th - BBQ & Beer Roadshow

Imagine sitting on the grass and gnawing on a giant hunk of meat from some of Brisbane’s Best BBQ Foodies whilst sipping on some of Australia (and the World)’s most delicious craft brews. Cruise the BBQ Arena where some of Australia’s BEST BBQ Crews will be battling it out right in front of your eyes. They’ll tease you with their smoke and sauce creations, melting their meats to their final flavour destination whilst competing for a prize pool of over $15,000. Whichever way you want to plan your Roadshow, there will be a kick arse Live Music lineup to tickle your ear drums and play soundtrack to a truly awesome Summer Saturday. We bring to you the BBQ & Beer Roadshow. You’re welcome. Doomben Race Course - 75 Hampden Street, Ascot.

For further details, please visit our website.

Feb 26th - Logan Car Show

Calling all car enthusiasts and clubs! The date is set again for another huge Logan Car Show for 2017! This will be our 10th Anniversary so is set to be bigger and better than ever before! With rides, entertainment, bands, trade stands, exhibitors, food, drinks plus of course, cars, bikes and utes! 9am to 2pm - Lot 7 Jacaranda Avenue, Woodridge (Behind Logan City Council Chambers) - Woodridge. For further details, please visit our website.

May 4th - 14: Ipswich Festival

From May 4 to 14, the Ipswich Festival is the region’s premier event, showcasing nationally acclaimed artists, emerging local talents from specialised community interest groups to diverse arts cultures. The Ipswich Festival incorporates a range of free community based and special interest events, a street parade of lights, public celebration, fireworks, exhibitions, artistic presentations and public art, theatre and ticketed programs.

For further details, visit our website www.ipswichfestival.com.au

May 7th - Junction Park State School Fete

Junction Park State School is once again bringing you a massive school fete in 2017, filled with all the fanfare you love and plenty of new delights. Please come along and celebrate our community and help us raise funds for our beautiful school. There will be rides, food, craft, jams, trash and treasure, books, clothes, plants, vintage items, music, dancing and more! See you there! 9.30am to 3pm - 50 Waldheim Street, Annerley.

For further details, please vist our website junctionparkfete.com.au

May 18th - 21st : Blues on Broadbeach

There will be plenty of national and internationally renowned artists heading to the 2017 Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival Driven by Gold Coast Volkswagen on May 18-21, 2017. The FREE event staged in the streets and in venues over four huge days throughout the popular Gold Coast hub has something for not only blues music lovers but fans of great entertainment, with live music, roving entertainment, markets and much more it’s the perfect place to bring your friends and family. Apart from being free, what is so unique about Blues on Broadbeach is that you can stay in the heart of the festival, and everything is within walking distance.

For further details, please visit our website.

May 20th - 21: Paniyiri Greek Festival

Experience all things Greek at the iconic Paniyiri Greek Festival! Dine al-fresco en masse, inhale the smell of the Greek BBQs, dance the Zorba, smash plates, soothe your inner Greek with the live sounds of the bouzouki and the lira, eat 25 honey puffs in one minute, see a film, experience traditional Greek cooking demonstrations, stomp grapes, see inside the stunning Greek Orthodox Church. You can do it all at the PANIYIRI Greek Festival! Musgrave Park - South Bank.

For further details, visit our website paniyiri.com

May 28th - St Pius X Primary School Country Fair

Join us and St Pius X Primary School Country Fair on Sunday, May 28. We have all the fun you love about school fetes including * Rides in sideshow alley * Raffles incl wines & spirits * Tombola * Crazy hair stall * Displays * Performances * Home made cakes & sweets * Lob-a-Choc * Great food and drinks * Entertainment and much more. 10am to 3pm - 73 Golda Avenue, Salisbury. For further details, please visit our Facebook page.

Jun 17th - Thornlands State School Winter Solstice Fair

Thornlands State School is gearing up for their Winter Solstice Fair on Saturday, June 17. The fair starts at 12.30pm and will have fun-filled activities for the whole family including a huge variety of rides, yummy food, markets stalls, side show alley games, major raffles and entertainment throughout the day. The fair will culminate in a fireworks display at 5.15pm. All funds raised on the day will go to various school programs, including the Special Education Program. 12.30pm to 5.30pm - South St Thornlands. For further details, please contact Thornlands State School.

Aug 11th - 20th : Brisbane EKKA

The Ekka is where country and city join to celebrate the great lifestyle, industries and rich heritage Queenslanders enjoy. Ekka features a diverse range of industries including arts and crafts, lifestock, fashion, cuisine and more. There is an abundance of sights to see at the Ekka. Talented performing artists roam the area, ready to entertain! You will come across shearing demonstrations and food showdowns, cattle judging and fireworks displays, scavenger hunts and belly dancing displays - Ekka has it all! Accomplished circus performers, dancers, bands and celebrities will woo crowds while adrenalin seekers can send their pulses soaring on the many extreme rides. The hundreds of pavilions on offer include animal nurseries, automotive vehicles, Australian-made products, agricultural displays, fashion parades, international food and much more! One of the most sought after Ekka attractions is the Showbags. There really is something for everyone at Ekka!

For further details, please visit our website

Sep 9th - Capalaba State College Fete

The Capalaba State College Fete will be the culmination of dedicated parents, teaching staff, and community members working together to bring the Redlands an event which will celebrate our College and showcase the students and their talents in Visual Arts, Dance and Music. Come along and enjoy this Great Family event with Rides, Entertainment, Prizes, Show Bags, Face painting, Food, Market Stalls and much more. 11:30am to 6:00pm - School Road, Capalaba.

For further details, please visit our website.

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