April 13: Mayor’s Festival Ball

Mayor's Festival Ball

Ipswich’s gala event of the year transports you to the 80s when walkmans, floppy discs, cassettes, and eight-track videos were king. Featuring entertainment by Mental as Anything. Bookings on 3812 2974.

WHEN: Friday 13 April, 6.30pm

WHERE: Ipswich Civic Centre, Nicholas Street, Ipswich

COST: $220 each or $2,100 for a table of 10

Ipswich Art Awards

More than 200 works will be on display at this major regional art exhibition. Categories include photography, painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking. All art will be available for purchase.

WHEN: Thursday 12 April to Sunday 22 April, 10am to 4pm

WHERE: St Paul’s Anglican Church, 124 Brisbane Street, Ipswich

COST: Free


Ipswich school students showcase their amazing artistic skills, painting 1.5m-high masks representing the theme ‘Waterways and the fate of the Sea’.

WHEN: Thursday 12 April to Sunday 22 April

WHERE: St Paul’s Anglican Church gardens, 124 Brisbane Street, Ipswich

COST: Free

St Paul's Quilt and Craft Display

See magnificent quilts, lace making, tatting and other handcrafts on display in the beautiful setting of St Paul’s Anglican Church. Among the amazing creations you will find a sporting display to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, hand applique quilts and old Singer Sewing Machines.

WHEN: Wednesday 11 April to Saturday 14 April, 9am to 3pm, Sunday 15 April, noon to 3pm

WHERE: St Paul’s Anglican Church, Brisbane Street, Ipswich

COST: $5 each

Solidarity Külture Club

It’s time for end-of-the-week drinks and chills at the Solidarity Külture Club, now at Goleby’s Basement. Music-themed films and live original music from local and inter-city artists, all enveloped in cool tunes courtesy of your host, MSG.

WHEN: Friday 13 April, 6pm til late

WHERE: Goleby’s Basement, West Street, Ipswich

COST: $5 entry, cash bar

Black & White Challenge

An exhibition by 40 locals who have created original art on timber boards using only black and white with no colour representation.

WHEN: Friday 13 April, 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Arts Alive Creative Arts School, 5 Jacaranda Street, East Ipswich

COST: Free

Free donut decorating

Come along and decorate your own unique donut at Redbank Plaza. And of course, it’s all yours to keep and eat too! Located outside Donut King on level 3.

WHEN: 11am-2pm

WHERE: 1 Collingwood Drive, Redbank

COST: Free


This selection of new works by award winning local artist Margaret Klumpp uses splashes of vibrant colours and a simple mixture of styles, strokes and textures, leaving all imagination to the theatre of the mind.

WHEN: Until Monday 30 April, 9am to 1pm

WHERE: ARTtime Supplies, 203 Brisbane Street, Ipswich

COST: Free

Tech Time: Wikipedia Wizards

Ever thought about getting involved with Wikipedia but not sure where to start? Join our hands-on training course and learn how you can contribute to one of the largest online knowledge communities in the world.

Participants must have experience with computers.

This is a four week program that runs for 90 minutes each week.

Booking into the first session will be considered as a booking for the entire program.

Participants are still able to book into the following sessions for the remainder of the months.

Program dates:

Friday 6th / 13th / 20th / 27th April 2018 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Wednesday 9th / 16th / 23rd / 30th May 2018 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am

WHEN: 10.30am – 11am

WHERE: Ipswich Central Library, Community Training Room, 40 South Street, Ipswich

COST: Free

Under Construction

Get your hard hats on for a construction zone like no other. Create a masterpiece with LEGO® and other construction systems. Make a day of it with entry to the Museum and all exhibits included in your entry ticket.

Things to see and do for the kids:

Inventors Workshop – Have you ever wanted to build your own transport invention? How will we travel in the future? What types of engineering masterpieces will you create to take home? Let your imagination run wild in this hands on inventors workshop area.

Dream it! Design it! Build it! – Kids and adults will love this area, jam-packed full of Lego® and other construction gear ready for them to build and test their own inventions. Includes a special under 3’s big block builder’s activity space.

Miniature Train Rides – Take a miniature train ride around the Museum grounds. Train operates 10 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm daily. Additional charges apply.

WHEN: 9.30am – 4pm

WHERE: The Workshops Rail Museum, North Street, North Ipswich

COST: Adult $14.50, Child 3-15 $11.50

Strictly Ballroom audition

Strictly Ballroom – Ipswich Musical Theatre Company’s main 2018 production auditions are on today. This is an amateur musical theatre production performing with a professional orchestra. Performances are 14 – 23 September. Click here for more details.

WHEN: 6 – 9pm

WHERE: Metro Hotel Ipswich International, 43 South Street, Ipswich

COST: Free

Active Breaks

Get out and active during the Easter school holidays for free activites with Ipswich City Council’s Active Breaks. There’s tee ball, OZ tag, athletics and lots more at a range of parks across Ipswich. Ages 5+, reserve a spot to avoid missing out. The program for the April 2018 school holidays is packed full of exciting activities designed to get your kids up, out and about in a healthy way. See the schedule here.

WHEN: various times

WHERE: Robelle Domain (Pyramid Lawn) 155 Southern Cross Circuit, Springfield Central

COST: Free, bookings recommended.

Disco Weave

Create your very own Disco Weave!

Weave and decorate a recycled compact disc using groovy neons, metallic wools and quirky plastics. Want to make it pop? Why not purchase a bag of funky beads to bedazzle your creation available for $2 at the Gallery Shop.*

Take home your disco weave, or hang it up in the Gallery’s shimmering wall of colour.

WHEN: 10am – 1pm

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Nicholas Street, Ipswich

COST: Free

Springfield Markets

It’s market day at Springfield. Hop on down to Robelle Domain Parklands for an afternoon treat, browse through local talented artists and crafters, shop for homewares and enjoy dinner with family and friends from food trucks and multicultural stalls.

WHEN: 3pm-8pm

WHERE: Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield Central

COST: Free entry

Climbing Web

Reach new heights and explore a hand crocheted climbing tunnel created by Evelyn Roth. Complete with music and spinning disco lights, kids can climb, tumble, dive and spin while safely suspended off the ground.

WHEN: 10am to 5pm

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’arcy Doyle Place‚ Ipswich

COST: Free

Mums, Dads and Bubs

The Springfield Mums, Dads and Bubs runners group aim to get parents out of the house and meeting with other parents.

See more activites for Mums and Bubs at Active and Healthy Ipswich – click here

WHEN: 9.30am every Friday

WHERE: Robelle Domain Parklands, 155 Southern Cross Circuit, Springfield Central

COST: Free

Railway Swimming Club

Railway Swimming Club is a family friendly club run by volunteers. Races are for kickboard swimmers through to Seniors.

WHEN: Friday nights at 7pm

WHERE: Georgie Conway Swim Centre, Toongarra Road, Leichhardt

COST: Pool entry free with membership. Membership fee is $50 for the six month season


The Goodna Youth Service exists to empower young people in their communities, to maximize their potential in the face of the barriers or challenges to positive living.

WHEN: Friday afternoons 3.30pm – 4.30pm

WHERE: GYS Office, 11 William Street, Goodna

COST: Free

Eighty8 Hip Hop

End the working week with a bang with hip ho classes for beginners. Fun, easy and cheap. Open to all levels of dance and to those with no experience at all. Taught by one of New Zealand’s finest dancers so you will definitely be promised a great session week after week.

WHEN: 6.30pm

WHERE: Lifestyle Health Clubs, 344 Redbank Plains Road

COST: $12

ANZAC: Photographs by Laurence Aberhart

ANZAC is the result of acclaimed New Zealand photographer Laurence Aberhart’s thirty year journey photographing World War One Memorials across New Zealand and Australia.

Focusing on the lone ‘digger’ memorials Aberhart’s photographs chart a seemingly simple pathway through the landscapes of these two nations, reflecting the scale the conflict had on these regions.

This exhibition is presented to coincide with the centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War.


WHEN: 10am – 5pm

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, Darcy Doyle Place‚  Ipswich

COST: Free

19th & 20th Century Works

View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery’s collection of 19th and early 20th century fine art and folk art, as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich’s heritage.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until October 14

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Nicholas St, Ipswich

COST: Free entry

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