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The Power of the Flower!

THE CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS, Toowoomba. The HERITAGE BANK FESTIVAL OF FOOD & WINE – Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019: For three mouth-watering days, you can sample the incredible flavours, produce and wine fresh from the bountiful pastures, orchards and vineyards of the Southern Queensland Country region. See headline acts, cooking demonstrations, garden design and demonstrations, beer and BBQ demos, and visit over 50 food and wine stalls. 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)

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Coming up - lots of events for September 2019. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 2, 4 and 5 for more events.   

  • If you’re about to renovate or build, you’ll find hundreds of new ideas and get free expert advice from more than 280 leading Queensland suppliers at the BRISBANE HIA HOME SHOW. It’s all under one roof at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, from Friday, 13 September to Sunday, 15 September 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.
  • The SCARECROWS are coming to Tamborine Mountain on the Scenic Rim of South East Queensland for the TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN SCARECROW FESTIVAL 2019. It’s an easy one-hour’s drive from Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Head for Main Street, North Tamborine in the Gold Coast Hinterland, to start your selfie hunt for the hundreds of scarecrows which will line the 17km trail from Friday, 13 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019.
  • Australia’s biggest rescue day, the RSPCA’s BIG ADOPT OUT, is where lots of animals in need of a good home are just waiting for you. Find your new best friend at The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, on Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • Smash your avo in the town of Blackbutt at the BLACKBUTT AVOCADO FESTIVAL, a celebration of all things avocado, whether on toast, in tacos, or any other way that takes your fancy. Take a country drive, catch a coach, or take a holiday, and enjoy a fun family day at this great festival in the town of Blackbutt (about 100km west of Caloundra) in the South Burnett Region, on Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 8.00 p.m. until late.
  • THE CHILDREN’S MOON FESTIVAL is a FREE showcase of Vietnamese culture for all ages, and is celebrated when the moon is at its roundest and brightest, to symbolise happiness and harmony for all. See a children’s lantern procession, colourful shows, songs and dances, and fireworks, at the C.J. Greenfield Sports Complex, 149 Kimberley Street, Richlands, on Saturday, 14 September 2019, from 4.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
  • Kids aged 4+ are invited to come and play with THE DRAWING MACHINES! Make a frenzy of marks with wind-up mice and chickens. Swing the pendulum table and see magic spirals appear. Experiment with a giant Spirograph to create large geometric designs. Take your drawings home or hang them in the exhibition. This great FREE activity is on NOW at the Children’s Gallery, Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place (Nicholas Street), Ipswich, and runs until Sunday, 15 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.
  • THE BRISBANE THAI FESTIVAL 2019 will play host to your favourite Thai foods, dance, music and boxing. The Festival is FREE, and will delight people of all ages at the Roma Street Parkland on Sunday, 15 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

 

The Event: BRISBANE HIA HOME SHOW 2019

Date and time: Friday, 13 September to Sunday, 15 September 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.

Ticket price: Buy tickets online and SAVE! Adults online tickets $16; at the show $20. Concessions $16. Trade members and kids under 14 are FREE! For more information, visit the website at https://www.brisbanehomeshow.com.au. Phone (07) 3719 4222 or email marketing@eea.net.au if you have any questions. NOTE:  RACQ MEMBERS can save 50% off entry – get your tickets now and visit the RACQ website at http://racq.com/homeshow for more details.

What’s happening: About to renovate or build? Then visit the BRISBANE HIA HOME SHOW to see, try, and buy all the latest products for your kitchen, bathroom or interiors upgrade. There are hundreds of new ideas to renovate your house, both inside and out. You can get FREE expert advice from more than 280 leading Queensland suppliers, so bring your plans and photos. See everything under one roof – trade members and kids under 14 are FREE!

 

The Event: TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN SCARECROW FESTIVAL 2019

Date and time: Friday, 13 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019 from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Main Street, North Tamborine, Gold Coast Hinterland. For a map, click on the link + Google Map. Various locations around Tamborine Mountain, on the Scenic Rim, en route to the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds. The Scenic Rim is easily accessed from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich and Northern New South Wales.

The region is an easy one-hour’s drive from Brisbane City and the Gold Coast – see directions at http://www.visitscenicrim.com.au/travel-info. For more information, contact Linda Hogan, Scarecrow co-ordinator, at scarecrow@tamborinemtncc.org.au, or phone 0414 300 558 if you get lost.

Ticket price: Visit https://visittamborinemountain.com.au/event/tamborine-mountain-scarecrow-festival-2019 for what’s on and where. Some events are ticketed and some are free.

What’s happening: Stone the crows! The scarecrows are coming to Tamborine Mountain on the Scenic Rim of South East Queensland, with hundreds of scarecrows lined up along the 17km trail. The TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN SCARECROW FESTIVAL is one of the largest community events involving the whole of Tamborine Mountain. You can drive the trail and enjoy the scarecrows at any time during the Scarecrow Festival – pull over and take a ‘selfie’.

The festival is an annual event to celebrate the great lifestyle that people enjoy on the Mountain and they want to share it with visitors. It is essentially a huge Sculpture Show with the subjects being Scarecrow-related! Everyone and anyone is encouraged to make a scarecrow and display it on the ‘SPOT THE SCARECROW DISCOVERY TRAIL’ or in front of their homes or businesses.

The Scarecrows on the Discovery Trail compete in several categories, for great prize money and local fame. Young, old, clever and artistically-challenged all participate, and the result is hundreds of scarecrows that have to be seen to be believed.

There will be a Scarecrow Lantern Parade from 5.00 p.m. along Main Street on Saturday, 14 September, and family fun, rides and entertainment at the SCARECROW SPRING FAIR from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds. Stay up-to-date and follow their Facebook Page!

Local restaurants will be offering a great range of share platters, pizzas, wine and other refreshments. While you’re on the mountain, explore and enjoy handicraft and antique shops, art galleries, wineries, the cheese factory and brewery, cafés and restaurants and organic produce outlets.

Spring is here, and the mountain is home to some spectacular gardens. You can extend your fun by staying at one of the local boutique accommodation houses, hotels, motels or make use of the camping facilities.

 

The Event: THE BIG ADOPT OUT – WITH RSPCA QUEENSLAND

Date and time: Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Venue: The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Queensland.

Ticket price: Gold coin donation on entry. Go to https://www.bigadoptout.com.au to see a video of this event. To find out how it all works, go to the website at https://www.bigadoptout.com.au/event-detailsOn that page there’s also a link to parking and transport information, and a map to help find your way there.

Can’t find what you need to know? Please email your enquiry to events@rspcaqld.org.au or call (07) 3426 9943. NOTE: During the event you should contact the RSPCA Call Centre on (07) 3426 9999.

What’s happening: Australia’s biggest rescue day, the BIG ADOPT OUT, is on at the Brisbane Showgrounds, and has reached new heights. All the best rescue groups and welfare organisations are gathering under the one roof in a special Dog and Cat pavilion to bring you the widest ever variety of cats and dogs.

Big Adopt 2018 saw 296 animals find new homes. There will be over 20 rescue groups, 8,000 people, and more than 300 animals waiting for their forever homes, plus plenty of food vendors, vet advice, pet service stalls and pet products to help you get your new family started off on the right paw.

This event is a one-of-a-kind initiative where many Queensland rescue groups come together to tackle dog and cat homelessness, while helping animals and communities in the process. Please note that you will be required to purchase a lead and harness if you are adopting a dog. Go to https://www.bigadoptout.com.au/faq for FAQ to help you get the most out of your day.

Organisers say that when you rescue an animal you give them the second chance that they always deserved and in return you receive a lifetime of love, happiness and laughs. The animals available for adoption will be coming from all over Queensland, so please be patient with staff and volunteers, as new animals will be arriving throughout the day.

 

The Event: BLACKBUTT AVOCADO FESTIVAL

Date and time: Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 8.00 p.m. until late (breakfast available at the Blackbutt IGA Country Canteen from 7.00 a.m.)

Venue: Town of Blackbutt (about 100km west of Caloundra) in the South Burnett region. For how to get there, go to the website at https://www.avofest.com.au/visitor-info. FROM TOOWOOMBA, Check out Discovery Coaches on their website at Discovery Coaches, Avocado Festival Coach, or please contact Discovery Coaches on (07) 4638 4661. There is free parking available and you can take your pets – on a leash please.

Ticket price: Most events are free. You have to pay for food and drink obviously – and there’s a lot of it. Go to the website at https://www.avofest.com.au/program to find out what’s happening.

What’s happening: Smash your avo in the town of Blackbutt at the BLACKBUTT AVOCADO FESTIVAL, a celebration of all things avocado, whether on toast, in tacos, or any other way that takes your fancy. Avocado icecream and cheesecake? Yep! Get some ideas and come shopping with Blossom for all your ‘avocado inspired’ merchandise at the new online shop Avocado Central.

Take a country drive, catch a coach, or take a holiday in the South Burnett region, and enjoy a fun family day celebrating the Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt and the delicious Avocados the region produces at Australia's Best (and only) Avocado Festival on the East Coast of Australia! As well as enjoying what the town and region has to offer, you and your family can win substantial prizes by taking part in Avocado games and activities.

There will be entertainment all day for young and old. The Ken Mills Toyota Street Parade starts in Coulson Street at 11.00 a.m. with avo-themed floats and lots of dressed-up participants, colours, music and entertainment to delight locals and visitors. After the parade, head down to the Blackbutt Showgrounds Arena at the end point of the street parade and see the spectacular floats up close.

Here are more things to see and do: Cooking Demonstrations with Jason Ford; Avo Grow Displays & Demonstrations; Avo-Go Crafting Competition & Displays; Avo-Toss CompetitionsNew Event at 2.00 p.m. – Avo Drop Tombola; Market Stalls; Food Stalls & Wine Alley; Best Avocado Costume Competition; Live & Local Music & Buskers; Machinery Alley; Kids Central fun activities; ‘Iron Jack’ Woodchop and Woodcutters Bar; and the Country Canteen Breakfast & BBQ. Yum!

 

The Event: CHILDREN MOON FESTIVAL

Date and time: Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 4.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Venue: C.J. Greenfield Sports Complex, 149 Kimberley Street, Richlands. 

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: THE CHILDREN MOON FESTIVAL is known as TET TRUNG THU and is a showcase of Vietnamese culture for all ages. It is held when the moon is at its roundest and brightest, and symbolises happiness and harmony for all. Traditionally it marked the end of the harvest season when family and friends gathered under the moon to celebrate.

There will be lots to see at this event, with a children’s lantern parade, costume performances, lion dances, food, colourful shows, songs and dances, music, gifts, rides, games, prizes to win, fireworks and more. In Vietnam this is a time for happy, laughing children to enjoy an evening sweetened with lotus-paste filled moon cakes. Along with offerings to the lady in the moon, neighbours and friends exchange gifts in a renewal of friendship, and lovers renew vows in the light of the moon.

 

The Event: COME AND PLAY WITH THE DRAWING MACHINES – IDEAL FOR KIDS 4+ YEARS

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 15 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.

Venue: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place (Nicholas Street), Ipswich.  

Ticket price: FREE to attend and no bookings are required. Visit the website at  https://www.ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au/allevents/drawing-machines-2 and phone (07) 3810 7222 if you have any questions. For more information about the children’s gallery, visit https://www.ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au/kids/childrens-gallery.

What’s happening: Swinging pendulums and spinning discs… come and play with the Drawing Machines! Make a frenzy of marks with wind-up mice and chickens. Swing the pendulum table and see magic spirals appear. Experiment with a giant Spirograph to create large geometric designs. Every drawing made by these mesmerizing machines is one of a kind. Take your drawings home or hang them in the exhibition. This event is recommended for children 4+ years. Toddler space is available for kids 3 years and under.

The Ipswich Art Gallery’s Children’s Gallery is an Australian first. It is the country’s first permanent, interactive children’s gallery space designed for the under-twelves, with specific programs aimed at the early childhood, lower primary and upper primary age ranges. Learn more about the Children’s Gallery. View their exhibitions and events for kids to help you decide when you’re going to come and what you’d like to see!

 

The Event: BRISBANE THAI FESTIVAL 2019

Date and time: Sunday, 15 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Celebration Lawn, Roma Street Parkland, 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane City. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend. Check out Facebook for the festival program at https://m.facebook.com/OfficialBrisbaneThaiFestival.

What’s happening: Get ready for Brisbane’s most anticipated culinary and cultural event extraordinaire! THE BRISBANE THAI FESTIVAL 2019 is coming to the Roma Street Parkland and will play host to your favourite Thai foods, dance, music and boxing. The festival is an annual event hosted by the Thai-Australian Association of Queensland Inc., which celebrates the wealth of Thai culture and traditions.

You won’t believe the amount of delicious food available. Try the Pad Thai and Som Tam made by Brisbane’s most famous chefs, grab a smooth, crisp and refreshing Chang Beer and tempting colourful Thai Drinks. Let your family explore the traditional arts and crafts activities – and all of it just a short walk from Queen Street Mall.

 

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THE CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS, Toowoomba. The HERITAGE BANK FESTIVAL OF FOOD & WINE – Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 22 September 2019: Your ticket to The Heritage Bank Festival Of Food & Wine includes entry to the HERITAGE BANK LIVE CONCERT SERIES with cool concert sounds from some of Australia's most popular bands and musicians, including JOHN FARNHAM, who will appear on Sunday, 22 September 2019 at 7.45 p.m. Older people will remember John Farnham as Johnny Farnham, teen pop idol from the early 1960s, when he burst onto the scene with ‘Sadie, the Cleaning Lady’. Later he billed himself as John Farnham (because you can’t stay Peter Pan all your life), and has enjoyed a long career as an adult contemporary rock/soft rock singer. In 1986, his solo single ‘You’re the Voice’ peaked at No. 1 on the Australian singles charts. The associated album ‘Whispering Jack’ was No. 1 for 25 weeks and remains the 2nd highest-selling album in Australian history. The single and album also had Top Ten success internationally, and reached No. 1 in Sweden. John became one of Australia’s best-known and popular performers and is the only Australian artist to have a number one record in five consecutive decades. He makes more farewell appearances than Nellie Melba, so grab this chance to see him before he finally does it. Head for Upper Queens Park, Cnr Margaret & Lindsay Sts, Toowoomba. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)