THE CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS, Toowoomba. The HERITAGE BANK FESTIVAL OF FOOD & WINE – Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019: Can’t tell your pale ale from your pilsner? No worries – the tasting sessions will soon fix that. Find out about beer styles, flavours and food-matching. Pair your brew with traditional low and slow BBQ wood-fired meats and you’ve got yourself a perfect match. Book your tickets for this festival through the TCOF website at https://www.tcof.com.au, and head for Upper Queens Park, Cnr Margaret & Lindsay Sts, Toowoomba. (Photo by L.J. May) (Photo by L.J. May)
Coming up - lots of
events for September 2019. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 2, 3, and 5 for more events.
- The locals love it and visitors travel from all over the country to be part of it. The 10-day program of THE TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS 2019 will feature a host of unique events and experiences, including the HERITAGE BANK FESTIVAL
OF FOOD AND WINE. TCOF is happening in the City of Toowoomba (about 129 km west of Brisbane via the Warrego Highway – the A2) from Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 29 September 2019.
- The HERITAGE BANK FESTIVAL OF FOOD & WINE at the TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS 2019, includes the HERITAGE BANK LIVE CONCERT SERIES with cool concert sounds from
some of Australia's most popular bands and musicians, including JOHN FARNHAM. Catch the great line-up in Upper Queens Park, Margaret and Lindsay Streets, Toowoomba, from Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019.
- Turn up to the Brisbane Pride Festival Rally and March on Saturday, 21 September in Brunswick Street at 10.00 a.m., and then
spend your Saturday in beautiful New Farm Park at the BRISBANE PRIDE FAIR DAY to enjoy live music, performances, food trucks, stalls and more, on Saturday, 21 September from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
- During SLAVFEST BRISBANE 2019, a GALA CONCERT featuring the best folk and classical art performers of the various Slavic communities, will take place in the Amphitheatre
in the Roma Street Parkland, on Saturday, 21st September 2019 at 12.00 noon.
- It’s time to dress up, meet your
heroes, and unleash your inner geek at OZ COMIC-CON Brisbane. 2019 will feature exciting multi-genre content from across the spectrum. Dress up in your best cosplay outfit and head for the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street
and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, over the weekend of Saturday, 21 September and Sunday, 22 September 2019.
OUTBACK FESTIVAL IN WINTON is always an absolute hoot with a huge program of entertainment and quirkiness running day and night. If you set off now, you can make it in time, and why wouldn’t you? It’s happening in Winton (north of Longreach) from Tuesday,
24 September to Saturday, 28 September 2019.
- During the 34th ANNUAL SPRINGTIME ON THE MOUNTAIN OPEN GARDENS TRAIL,
five delightful and diverse private gardens will be open to the public as well as the TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN BOTANIC GARDENS, where volunteers will have plants for sale and a sausage sizzle. Head for Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland over the
weekend of Friday, 27 September and Saturday, 28 September 2019, from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
- Find the best vantage
point at SOUTH BANK and around BRISBANE (see list in the WHAT’S ON detailed entry) for the BRISBANE FESTIVAL FINALE – SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE, on Saturday, 28 September 2019. There will be entertainment at South Bank from 4.00 p.m. and
fireworks from 7.00 p.m. (get there early and enjoy!)
The Event: TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS 2019
Date and time: Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 29 September 2019.
The City of Toowoomba, Queensland. How do you get there? Check out https://www.tcof.com.au. Toowoomba is located in Southern Queensland, just a 90 minute drive from Brisbane. The city is 129km west of Brisbane via the
Warrego Highway (A2). You can get there by Air, Coach Transfers and Self Drive Itineraries.
TCOF organizers have some suggested self-drive itineraries with maps to help
you to enjoy the journey before you reach your Carnival destination! They include a Brisbane to Toowoomba Scenic Drive, Gold Coast to Toowoomba Mountain Discovery Scenic Drive, and a Sunshine Coast to Toowoomba Scenic Drive. To download these itineraries as
a pdf, go to the website at https://www.tcof.com.au/getting-here.
Those who really want to arrive in style on Saturday
and Sunday can catch a Carnival of Flowers Steam Train tour from Roma Street, Brisbane to Toowoomba. These are operated by the Australian Railway Historical Society and they’re not cheap, but train buffs will be in seventh heaven (see below).
Ticket price: There is a mix of free and ticketed events. Visit TCOF website at https://www.tcof.com.au to find out more about
what’s on, where, what it costs and how to book.
What’s happening: The 70TH ANNIVERSARY CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS will bloom in the beautiful garden
city of TOOWOOMBA from Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 29 September 2019. Experience 10 breathtaking days of flowers, flavours and sounds, with a program of more than 70 unique events, including award-winning parks, stunning private gardens, a street parade
bursting with floral colour, internationally acclaimed musical acts, some of the best food and wine to be found in Queensland, and a multitude of cultural and natural adventures.
Those who really want to arrive in style can catch THE CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS STEAM TRAIN TOUR for a full day trip from Roma Street Station, Brisbane to Toowoomba, on Saturday, 21 September and Sunday, 22 September 2019. At Toowoomba you’ll join
a coach tour to view some of the prize-winning gardens. You can book in for an optional lunch for an additional cost. Return trip.
These trips are organised by SUNSHINE
EXPRESS RAIL TOURS (Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division). If this idea get you all steamed up, book early as seats are limited. Phone them on (07) 3252 1759 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m., on Tues, Wed and Thurs, or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For three mouth-watering days at the HERITAGE BANK FESTIVAL OF FOOD & WINE, from Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019, you can sample the world-famous produce of Southern Queensland Country,
all in one location. Treat yourself to incredible flavours, produce and wine fresh from the bountiful pastures, orchards and wine vineyards of the region. For FAQs, check the website at https://www.tcof.com.au/heritage-bank-festival-of-food-wine-faqs.
Meet one of the nation's favourite celebrity chefs, Adrian Richardson, and the Block's famous landscapers, Dave Franklin. To see what’s included in your Festival ticket, please click on https://www.tcof.com.au/ticketing-information, and to take advantage of the handy shuttle bus operating every 30 minutes on Saturday, 21 September and Sunday, 22 September, visit https://www.tcof.com.au/heritage-bank-festival-of-food-wine for times and locations.
Your HERITAGE BANK FESTIVAL OF FOOD & WINE ticket includes not only entry to the festival, but also A GREAT LINE UP OF CONCERTS. The talent at this year's festival is blooming
great, so don't miss a beat! Join the crowd for cool concert sounds from some of Australia's most popular bands and musicians, including JOHN FARNHAM, while you enjoy fine food and wine. To find out what’s on, go to https://www.tcof.com.au/heritage-bank-festival-of-food-wine. It’s
all happening in Upper Queens Park, Margaret & Lindsay Sts, Toowoomba (Google map).
The iconic GRAND CENTRAL FLORAL PARADE is one of Toowoomba’s
favourite events of the year! Over 100,000 people line the streets to watch street performers, carnival characters, and roving entertainment escort the stunning floral floats on their journey through the heart of the city. Come along early to grab
a good viewing spot as the whole town and thousands of visitors turn out for the parade! Get more information here https://www.tcof.com.au/grand-central-floral-parade.
The parade is FREE to see, and will depart from the corner of Herries & Hume Streets at 3.00 p.m.
on Saturday, 21 September 2019, continue along Herries Street, turn right into Ruthven Street, right into Margaret Street, left onto Hume Street, (breathe) and finish on the Godsall St Oval on the corner of Hume & Godsall Streets. At the oval, the floats
will be on display, and the flowers, fruit and vegies that decorated them available for purchase. See a map of the locations here (Google map).
The Event: THE HERITAGE BANK LIVE CONCERT SERIES – PART OF THE HERITAGE BANK FESTIVAL OF FOOD & WINE AT THE TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS 2019
Date and time: Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019.
Heritage Bank Community Stage, Upper Queens Park, Margaret and Lindsay Streets, Toowoomba, Queensland. Find details of the handy shuttle bus operating every 30 minutes on Saturday, 21 September and Sunday, 22 September at https://www.tcof.com.au/heritage-bank-festival-of-food-wine.
Ticket price: Your HERITAGE BANK FESTIVAL OF FOOD & WINE ticket includes not only entry to the festival, but also a great line up of concerts. There are several
different passes available from 3-day to 1-day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Prices range from $15 to $105. NOTE: Children aged 2 years and under are free.
early to avoid disappointment at https://www.tcof.com.au/heritage-bank-festival-of-food-wine – these tickets sell out quickly. To see what’s included in your Festival ticket,
please click on https://www.tcof.com.au/ticketing-information.
What’s happening: The
HERITAGE BANK LIVE CONCERTS will present yet another impressive live musical line-up. HIGHLIGHTS: On Friday, 20 September 2019: 5.30 p.m. Pink Matter; 7.00 p.m. Sloane Peterson; 8.30 p.m. Middle Kids. Saturday, 21 September 2019: 5.30
p.m. Electrik Lemonade; 7.00 p.m. Queen Forever; 8.30 p.m. Bjorn Again. Sunday, 22 September 2019: 4.00 p.m. Cheap Fakes; 6.00 p.m. Dragon; 7.45 p.m. JOHN FARNHAM.
The Event: BRISBANE PRIDE FESTIVAL & BRISBANE PRIDE FAIR DAY
and time: The BRISBANE PRIDE FESTIVAL launched on Sunday, 1 September 2019. On Saturday, 21 September 2019 the Pride Rally & March in Brunswick Street kicks off at 10.00 a.m., followed by BRISBANE PRIDE FAIR DAY at New
Farm Park from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Venue: FAIR DAY is held in New Farm Park, New Farm, Brisbane.
Ticket price: BRISBANE PRIDE FAIR DAY: General entry $27.20 incl. $2.20 fee; Concession (pensioners, students etc.) $16.65 incl. $1.65 fee; Kids (12-17) $11.38 incl. $1.38 fee; Kids under 12
are free. Family (2 adults and 2 children) $53.58 incl. $3.58 fee. Stall holder tickets $27.20 inc. $2.20 fee.
For tickets to Fair Day, visit https://brisbanepride.org.au
– tickets are through Eventbrite on https://www.eventbrite.com.au. SALES END ON 21 SEPTEMBER 2019.
happening: The BRISBANE PRIDE FESTIVAL is Queensland’s largest LGBTIQA+ event (and Australia’s third largest – beaten only by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival). And it’s in your
own back yard. The festival attracts more than 50,000 festival-goers over a four-week period in September each year. Go to the Facebook page and click on ‘events’ for a schedule of events at https://www.facebook.com/BrisbanePride.
It’s time to gather up your family and friends to spend a Saturday in beautiful New Farm Park for the second all-ages, family-friendly BRISBANE PRIDE FAIR DAY since the passing
of marriage equality. Enjoy a day in the sun in beautiful New Farm Park which will be transformed into a playground of culture and celebration.
There will be over 100 community
stalls, food vendors, the famous Queer Beer tent, two stages of fantastic live entertainment and an informative and fun adults-only pavilion. Plus the usual array of food trucks, roving entertainers and more. Enjoy!
VOLUNTEERING: Would you like to assist your community and volunteer with Pride Fair Day? Shifts are only 2 hours per person and in return you will receive free entry to Pride Fair Day for the entirety of the
event. If you’d like to get involved, please register your details at https://brisbanepride.org.au/volunteers.
SLAVFEST BRISBANE 2019 – GALA CONCERT
Date and time: Saturday, 21 September 2019 at 12.00 noon.
Venue: Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland. For visitor's information and a map, go to https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/roma-street-parkland-and-spring-hill/visitor-information?sc_lang=en-au.
The Parkland is beside the Roma Street train and bus stations and you can walk it in 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. To avoid the pain of parking and navigation you’d be wise to take public transport.
Ticket price: FREE to attend. To view a video and find out what else is on during Slavfest, visit the website at http://www.slavfestbrisbane.com/index.html.
What’s happening: In September 2016, ten of Brisbane’s Slavic communities committed to creating the inaugural Festival of Slavic Culture, planned for
August–September 2017. The aim was to produce ‘One Slav Fest That Connects Us Together’ to inspire recognition of each Slavic community’s history as well as the contributions made by people and organisations of Slavic origin to Australia.
To introduce the general community to Slavic culture, organisers wanted to demonstrate the rich and vibrant Slavic culture through a Gala Concert, and a series of exhibitions and
tastings of Slavic cuisines, and to provide public education and awareness of the extraordinary contributions provided by both the Slavic communities and individuals of Slavic origin during times of peace and war.
A GALA CONCERT IN THE AMPHITHEATRE OF ROMA STREET PARKLAND, featuring the best folk and classical art performers of the various Slavic communities, will take place on Saturday 21st September at 12.00 noon. Traditional
food from various Slavic cuisines as well as souvenirs will be sold at the venue.
The Event: OZ COMIC-CON BRISBANE
Date and time: Saturday, 21 September and Sunday,
22 September 2019.
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.
Ticket price: Go to https://ozcomicon.com/brisbane for tickets, Facebook events, guests, Join the crew info, Merch store,
What’s happening: Yes fans! Once again it’s time to dress up, meet your favourite sci-fi and fantasy heroes, and unleash your
inner geek. OZ COMIC-CON BRISBANE 2019 will feature exciting multi-genre content from across the spectrum, showcasing all the latest studio activations, comics, anime, Cosplay and video games.
Compete in the Australian Championships of Cosplay, see appearances by film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors, check out gaming demonstrations, and take part in creative workshops and master classes. You can also search
for hard-to-find memorabilia and grab some exclusive merchandise from vendors.
Here are some of the great people you can meet at OZ COMIC-CON 2019:
- HAYLEY ATWELL (Captain America and Avengers) Hayley trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She made her name in the acclaimed British television series BBC Two’s
The Line of Beauty (2006), the adaptation of William Boyd’s Any Human Heart (2010) and Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth (2010), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Her career since then has been stellar.
- JOHN BARROWMAN (Torchwood, Doctor Who, Arrow and DC Legends of Tomorrow) He sings, he dances, he acts, he presents and he judges. John can currently
be seen in the regular role of Malcolm Merlyn (aka The Dark Archer) in the hit American drama series Arrow, based on the Green Arrow comic books, which has been a huge success all over the world.
- TOM TAYLOR – Welcome Tom Taylor, an award-winning comic writer for DC Comics gritty DCeased comic series and the best-selling Injustice series.
- ALISON AND NICHOLS LOCHEL – The brother-sister duo and masterful authors behind the Zarkora book series. The best-selling series has been shortlisted for several awards, and there is a fourth and final story on the way.
- OSRIC CHAU – The World of God tells us that the young prophet is Kevin Tran from Supernatural, portrayed by Osic Chau. Osric has also portrayed Junjie Chan in Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
- QUEENIE CHAN – The incredible art of Queenie Chan returns to Oz. She is a comic artist beloved by fans for her unique manga-style artwork. Some of Queenie Chan’s most
notable works include the 3-volume mystery-horror series The Dreaming’ and the fairytale inspired fantasy series Fabled Kingdom.
THE CREW: Oz Comic-Con is looking for outstanding community members to join the Crew for Oz Comic-Con Brisbane (and/or Sydney). Whether you’re a returning veteran or a first timer, they would love to hear from you. Check out the Apply to Join Crew and
How to apply Instructions links on this page https://ozcomicon.com/brisbane/join-the-crew.
Also on that page, Q&A – what are the benefits of becoming a crew member at Oz Comic-Con? Apart from experience working
on one of Australia’s largest pop-culture events, there are lots – see what they are. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to become a Crew Member.
The Event: THE OUTBACK FESTIVAL – WINTON
Date and time:
Tuesday, 24 September to Saturday, 28 September 2019.
Venue: Winton is located in Central West Outback Queensland
on the Landsborough Highway and there are three other towns, Opalton, Corfield and Middleton – all located in the vicinity. Winton is fully accessible via bitumen roads, or for the off-road enthusiasts there are plenty of back roads and little-known
routes to explore.
You can travel to Winton by vehicle, air, rail or coach. Don’t forget when travelling in the Outback to take care, and check your mobile phone
reception areas. Visit the website to find out the best way to travel to the town for you at https://outbackfestival.com.au/visitor-info/how-to-get-here.
Ticket price: See the website for what’s happening and how much the different events cost at https://outbackfestival.com.au. If you have any
questions, phone the organisers on (07) 4657 1558, or email them at email@example.com.
THE OUTBACK FESTIVAL IN WINTON is always an absolute hoot. There is a huge schedule of entertainment running both day and night and 2019 will include some exciting new entertainment options, as well as the hugely popular SUNSET DINNER EXTRAVAGANZA held in
an exclusive location under the Outback stars. You can enjoy an authentic BUSH POET’S BREAKFAST or kick up your heels along with one of their big name performers.
fans can test their skills with some GRUELLING SPORTING CHALLENGES, including the Outback Century Cycle Challenge, or you can front up for the Outback Iron Man, Woman and Junior events. And organisers haven’t forgotten THE KIDS. They have plenty of free
workshops and events to keep them busy and entertained. Why not take an Outback road trip for the September school holidays? Did you know that they have dinosaurs out there near Winton.
The AUSTRALIAN DUNNY DERBY is Outback Queensland’s quirkiest event. Watch the fun and mayhem as people race the humble outhouse (or dunny). If you’re looking to grab your share of over $5,000 in prize money, gather a team together
for the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby.
The big event happens on Friday, 27 September 2019 and everyone is welcome to participate – but you’ll need a Dunny,
also called an Aussie outhouse, outdoor loo or thunderbox. Contact organisers for information on how to get your Dunny prepared according to race specifications. Go to https://outbackfestival.com.au/whats-on/quilton-australian-dunny-derby for more.
The Event: SPRINGTIME ON THE MOUNTAIN – TAMBORINEMOUNTAIN IN THE GOLD COAST HINTERLAND
Date and time: The Open Gardens Trail will be held on Friday, 27 September and Saturday, 28 September 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, Forsythia Drive, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, + Google Map. Visit the Botanic Gardens website at https://www.tmbotanicgardens.org.au/springtime. Go to the website at https://visittamborinemountain.com.au/event/springtime-on-the-mountain-2019
for information on the festival, and for more details click here to go to the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club Facebook page. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Amanda on 5545 2253.
Ticket price: Trail passes to all gardens are $20 per person, and are available at all of the open gardens.
Dependent children are FREE. Single garden passes are $5 – cash only please.
What’s happening: The Tamborine Mountain Garden Club is proud
to present the 34th ANNUAL SPRINGTIME ON THE MOUNTAIN OPEN GARDENS TRAIL. September is a great month for gardening enthusiasts. During the Springtime Festival on Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland, five delightful and diverse private gardens
will be open to the public over the weekend.
As well as the private gardens, the event also includes the TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN BOTANIC GARDENS where volunteers will have plants
for sale and a sausage sizzle. These beautiful gardens are a must-see experience on any visit to the region. They are a short drive through the hinterland west from the Gold Coast and combine a colourful and diverse range of exotic and native flora. There
is a glorious lake as the centrepiece, a tranquil Japanese garden, and a tropical rainforest walk.
Bring a picnic, bring the children, take a stroll along the many walks
and learn why the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens are truly where Tropical meets Temperate. The Gardens are supported, maintained and administered by volunteers and members of the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club, one of the most dynamic and active organisations
promoting the values and enjoyment of gardening in south-east Queensland.
If you feel like a drive around the area, Devonshire teas and light lunches will be available
at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds, and there also will be local produce and Botanical art and craft for sale.
The Event: BRISBANE FESTIVAL FINALE – SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE
Date and time: Saturday, 28 September 2019. There will be entertainment from 4.00 p.m. at South Bank and fireworks from 7.00 p.m. (get there early for the best spots).
Venue: Mostly at South Bank for a day of activities before Riverfire begins, but there are some other great vantage points – see below for a list.
Ticket price: FREE to attend. Organisers recommend using public transport or catching an Uber. Delays are anticipated to CityCat services due to demand, particularly throughout the afternoon and evening. CityCat and CityFerry
services will cease operation between 6.45 p.m. and 7.45 p.m.
For more information, visit TransLink at http://www.translink.com.au
or call TransLink on 13 12 30. Visit http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/practical-stuff/road-bridge-river-closures for updates on road, bridge and river closures.
What’s happening: Queensland’s ultimate fireworks event, SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE, will wrap up the Brisbane Festival with a dazzling display set to
a music soundtrack broadcast in stereo on Triple M. There will be entertainment from 4.00 p.m. at South Bank and fireworks from 7.00 p.m. At South Bank, spectators will be wowed by aerobatics from the AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE with RAAF Super Hornet and Army
helicopter displays late in the afternoon and evening.
During Riverfire, close to half a million people will converge on The City, South Brisbane, Kangaroo Point and Fortitude
Valley precincts to watch the city sky light up as fireworks erupt from the many launch sites across the Town and South Brisbane Reaches of the Brisbane River.
manage to get to one of the vantage points can tune into TRIPLE M’S LIVE BROADCAST of Channel Nine’s television coverage from 6.30 p.m. and hear an almighty soundtrack celebrating 1989 – Riverstage’s birthday. Can’t get there
in person? Fear not! Grab something nice to eat and drink, and tune in to CHANNEL NINE’S EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE in the comfort of your own home. And don’t forget to look after your pets, many of which will be terrified by all the noise. Enjoy!
THE BEST VANTAGE POINTS for Riverfire are the Victoria Bridge, South Bank, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, River Terrace at Kangaroo Point, Captain Burke Park, Wilson’s Lookout, the Howard Smith Wharves, and the City Riverwalk, including the Riverside Centre and the Eagle Street Pier. Many
of these sites will offer food and beverages for sale, or you can bring your own. For people who have limited mobility, access is available at South Bank, Eagle Street Pier, Riverside Centre and Captain Burke Park.
Don’t forget that South Bank is an alcohol-free space for Riverfire. If you bring pets bikes, scooters, drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink), glass, knives or alcohol, these
items will be confiscated by South Bank security staff. You’ve been warned. The upside is that these rules make it safe for everyone and particularly for families with children.
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