Chinchilla Melon Festival
16-19 February 2017
A celebration of all things melon and a tribute to our town's melon farming reputation, the Chinchilla Melon Festival has become a renowned Queensland event. Held in February every second year, the festival encompasses a week of activities with the highlight being the classic Family Fun Day and colourful street parade. If you've never skied on watermelons or attempted a melon bungee, then you need to put the Chinchilla Melon Festival at the top of your to-do list!
Opera at Jimbour
22 July 2017
Hosted by the Queensland Music Festival in conjunction with Western Downs Regional Council and Jimbour Station, Opera at Jimbour has become one of regional Queensland's most popular free events. Every second year, up to 8000 music lovers converge on the magnificent grounds of heritage-listed Jimbour House to experience the divine sounds of operatic voices and orchestral musicians from the comfort of their chair or picnic blanket on the grass. Wander through the colourful array of market stalls exhibiting local arts and produce for sale as you soak up the warm winter sunshine before the captivating performances begin.
Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races
4-6 August 2017
Capturing and celebrating the diversity of culture in the Tara District and Western Downs region is what this festival is all about. Held every second year, the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races is a truly unique event of cultural entertainment, cuisine, displays, demonstrations and spectacular sunsets over the festival camping grounds. With two full days of camel racing and an entire day devoted to cuisines of the world, there is ample opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of relaxed rural life and discover why we love living on the Western Downs.
To learn more about this truly unique festival, please visit www.tarafestivalncamels.org.au or contact the Tara Customer Service Centre on (07) 4678 7804.
Dalby Delicious and DeLIGHTful
26-27 August 2017
An annual spring gathering, Dalby Delicious and DeLIGHTful is an intimate festival that celebrates community collaboration, cultural diversity and international cuisine. The beautiful banks of the Myall Creek come to life with locals and visitors indulging in multicultural food, entertainment and workshops in the crisp evening air. Watch as the highlight of the event unfolds with over 400 handmade lanterns spilling soft light onto the streets while they meander down to the banks of the Myall Creek in a spectacular street parade. A truly DeLIGHTful illustration of our district's pride in its rich heritage and growing multicultural identity, this event is sure to please.
For more information on Dalby Delicious and DeLIGHTful, please visit www.deliciousanddelightful.com.au or contact the Dalby Visitor Information Centre on (07) 4679 4461.
Jandowae Timbertown Festival
10-12 June 2018
Our rich timber heritage is honoured as the diverse industries and community groups of today come together to showcase our town in the biennial Jandowae Timbertown Festival. A full weekend program includes an art exhibition, sporting competitions and casual Sunday markets, but the big event is our Street Festival and Timbertown Grand Parade. The streets of Jandowae become a mass of colour and energy with community performances, musical acts, buskers, bush poets, and fun and entertainment for all ages. Mid-morning you cannot miss the Grand Parade, which kicks off at our iconic Athlone Cottage, featuring the biggest timber log you have ever seen, walking trees, vintage cars and vibrant floats of all shapes and sizes. After a jam-packed day of celebrations, join us at the Rodeo Extravaganza for a full line-up of bull and horse events followed by great music playing late into the evening.
For more information on this significant regional event, please visit www.jandowaetimbertown.org.au or contact the Jandowae Community & Cultural Centre on (07) 4668 4480.
Beef, Bells and Bottle Tree Festival
9-11 September 2018
A festival held every two years that truly captures our living history and celebrates the relaxed country lifestyle of the Miles District, the Beef, Bells and Bottle Tree Festival has evolved out of past Miles festivals and is named after three iconic symbols of the district. The cattle industry has long been an important part of our economy, and the famous Condamine or "Bullfrog" Bell is significant of the working bullocks that helped to shape this region. Bottle trees are a distinctive feature of our landscape and can be seen amongst the paddocks as you pass through our communities. The Beef, Bells and Bottle Tree Festival showcases the vitality of our district through a range of arts and cultural activities, entertainment, and a vibrant street parade which meanders down our main street and ends with a carnival style family fun day. Coinciding with the spring flourish of wildflowers, this is the perfect time of year to visit and explore our unique neck of the woods.
Learn more about this spring festival by visiting the Facebook page or by contacting the Miles Visitor Information Centre on (07) 4627 1492.