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April 14: Festival parade of light

Festival Parade of Light

Favourite storybook characters come to life in an energetic, lively and colourful celebration of everything wondrous at the Festival Parade of Light, themed ‘From the pages of a Storybook’.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April, 7pm

WHERE: Brisbane Street, Ipswich Central

COST: Free

Creative Kidz

Family-friendly entertainment, interactive workshops, craft design, robotics, tech-fun and music transform the city centre into an exciting performance space of imagination, education and enjoyment for the young at heart.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April, 3pm to 9pm

WHERE: Between Brisbane and Ellenborough streets along with d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich Central

COST: Free

Heritage Bank Street Party

Hey there you with the sad face! Come up to d’Arcy Doyle Place and live it up on the dance floor as one of Australia’s most original and admired Aria Hall of Fame rock bands, Mental as Anything, perform their infection party tunes.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April, 7pm to 9pm

WHERE: d’Arcy Doyle Place, Brisbane Street, Ipswich Central

COST: Free


The unique combination of veteran, vintage and classic vehicles, local and fine dining, boutique vintage shopping and superb live entertainment in the main street of Top of Town has kept thousands of people coming back year after year.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April, 7pm to 9pm

WHERE: Brisbane Street, Ipswich Central

COST: Free

Dusty's Bar & BBQ

Dust off those 50s swing skirts and letterman cardigans and celebrate at Dusty’s dazzling rockabilly themed evening. Prizes for best-dressed, fully licensed, live music and American style BBQ.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April, 8pm to 11.30pm

WHERE: 215 Brisbane Street, Ipswich Central

COST: Food and drink prices vary

Ipswich Heritage and Arts Tour

Immerse yourself in the heritage and arts of Queensland’s oldest provincial city. Your informative guide will take you behind the scenes of our great city by exploring heritage buildings and homes, a quilt and art exhibition, d’Arcy Doyle Place and Ipswich Art Gallery. The tour also includes Devonshire Tea and light lunch.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April, 10am to 1pm

WHERE: Departs Ipswich City Council car park, 45 Roderick Street, Ipswich

COST: Adults $55, concessions $50, school-age children $45

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

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

Ipswich Genealogical Society Info Session

Visit Brigg House to find answers to your family history questions. Access records of local families, cemeteries, schools and churches that are unlikely to be found online. Meet experienced researchers on hand to assist you. Refreshments included.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April, noon to 2pm

WHERE: Brigg House, Cooneana Heritage Centre, 1041 Redbank Plains Road, New Chum

COST: $5 per person

Tastes Of Asia Cooking Workshop

Cook Jamie Oliver’s flavour-packed laksa, his take on an Asian classic. This will be paired with a delicious side dish using fragrant spices. The workshop is completely hands-on so you get to see, smell, feel and taste everything you cook.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April, 10.30am

WHERE: Jamie’s Ministry of Food, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Brisbane Street, Ipswich

COST: $110 per person

Art Clique

Experience the emotive and spiritual impressions of landscape as expressed in the artworks and books of Tallegalla artist and author Lyne Marshall.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April and Sunday 15 April, 9am to 4.30pm

WHERE: Mounain Scrub Road, Tallegalla

COST: Free

Ipswich Garden Spectacular

Presented by the Ipswich Orchid Soc. Inc. with Ipswich & District Bromeliad Soc. Inc. Orchid show & sales, bromeliad display & sales, cultural advice. Other plants available to purchase include Australian vatives, cactus & succulents, hoyas, geranium, pelargonium, African violets and much more. Ongoing raffles through out the show. Display of floral arrangements, small and large available for sale. More information contact 32815496

WHEN: 8.30am – 4pm

WHERE: Silkstone State School, Prospect Street, Silkstone

COST: $4, children u12 are 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

Ipswich Jets v Mackay Cutters

The Ipswich Jets season continues at home, taking on the Mackay Cutters in Round 6 of the Intrust Super Cup.

WHEN: Intrust Super Cup kicks off at 3pm

WHERE: North Ipswich Reserve, 54 The Terrace, North Ipswich

COST: Adults $10, concessions, students and seniors $5, under 14s free

LEGO® Brick Challenge Holiday Workshops

Get your hard hats on for a construction zone like no other. Create a masterpiece with LEGO® and other construction systems.

LEGO® Brick Challenge Holiday Workshops (additional cost, bookings essential)

The LEGO® Brick Challenge is an exciting new program that introduces students between the ages of 6 to 12 years, the basic principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through the use of motorised LEGO® bricks.

These workshops are run by Young Engineers and bookings are essential.

WHEN: 9.30am and 1pm (duration 3 hours)

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

COST: $25 per child (includes Museum entry for one child and one parent or guardian) Book Here

Us & the beat

Us & The Beat will play at Golbey’s Basement following the Ipswich Festival Parade. The show will include an appearance by special guests The Lozenges.

WHEN: 7pm-10pm

WHERE: West Street, Ipswich

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


parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. All ages and abilities can go along and run the 5km course. Please register before your first run. Bring a printed copy of your barcode so you can get your time. You are also welcome to grab a coffee in a local cafe with the parkrunners afterwards.

Check out other ways to stay fit at Active and Healthy Ipswich – click here

WHEN: 7am

WHERE: Catherine Morgan Park, Renehan Place, Augustine Heights

Bill Paterson Oval, Limestone Park, Cnr Lion Street and Salisbury Road

White Rock Conservation Park, School Road, Redbank Plains

COST: Free

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

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

West End Juniors Car Wash Fundraiser

The West End Juniors are raising funds with a Car Wash. Get your car washed by a player or committee member.

WHEN: 9am – 2pm

WHERE: Caltex Servo, Hunter Street, Brassall

COST: $10

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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