1. FUSED

Ipswich’s creative side comes to the fore with 25 events across 15 CBD locations. FUSED includes:

Markets and entertainment: d’Arcy Doyle Place will be a hive of activity with an artisan market, workshops and stage performances from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

Street art mural: Artist Mike Shankster is working over four days to transform the brick wall at the back of Goleby’s into a street art mural celebrating the region’s heritage and strength.

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Ipswich Art Society presents an exhibition in the historic court house on the corner of Roderick and East streets.

Fused Harmony: Art forms collide when live painting, poetry, music and projectionist art feature in a unique event at Art Time and Goleby’s Basement.

For a full FUSED schedule go here.

2. Harry Potter celebration

Enter the magical world of Harry Potter as Professor Frankie Falconette brings to life the characters, creatures and adventures from J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series.

WHEN: Saturday 9 September, 11.45am to 12.45pm
WHERE: Ipswich Central Library, South Street, Ipswich
COST: Free

3. Come and Try Canoeing

Enjoy some family fun and try your hand at canoeing as part of the Ipswich Fishing and Water Fest. Canoes and equipment will be provided.

WHEN: Sunday 10 September, 9am to 12pm
WHERE: Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve, Mt Crosby Road, Chuwar
COST: Free

4. Powercruise

Adrenaline-fuelled fun on and off the track includes cruises, burnouts, drag racing, powerskids, drifting, Miss Powercruise, rides, trade stalls and stunts.

WHEN: Friday 8 to Sunday 10 September, gates from 8am
WHERE: Queensland Raceway, Champions Way, Willowbank
COST: Friday $35, Saturday $40, Sunday $35

5. Loose Ends

The workshop is open for a preview performance of Paris-trained circus artist Jens Altheimer’s show about friendship and acceptance in an eccentric world of puppets. Book and pay for tickets here.

WHEN: Saturday 9 September, 10.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 2.30pm
WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich
COST: $7 per person, under 2s free

6. StoryArts Reception

Celebrate the official opening of StoryArts with two of Queensland’s most talented contemporary children’s authors and illustrators, Peter Carnavas and Gregg Dreise.

WHEN: Friday 8 September, 6pm to 8pm
WHERE: Ipswich Central Library, South Street, Ipswich
COST: Free

7. Kitsch in the Swich

Swich takes an intergalactic twist with a prom pageant, vintage fashion, pinup parlour, market stalls, live music, burlesque, dancing and bar.

WHEN: Saturday 9 September, 12pm to 6pm
WHERE: Ipswich City Mall, Nicholas Street, Ipswich
COST: Free

8. Amazing Stories

Tanya Batt will entertain you with amazing stories from all over the world. This interactive, thought provoking session draws on traditional and original stories.

WHEN: Saturday 9 September, 9am to 10am
WHERE: Ipswich Central Library, South Street, Ipswich
COST: Free

9. Les Misérables

The longest running musical in the world comes to town, presented by Ipswich Musical Theatre Company.

WHEN: Tickets still available for 9, 10, 13, 15, 16 and 17 September
WHERE: Ipswich Civic Centre, 50 Nicholas Street, Ipswich
COST: Adults $68, concessions $58, children 3-14 $35, group discounts available

10. Willowbank Raceway Diesel Assault

If you have a diesel-powered vehicle this is the event for you. Best of all, print this form and you can race down the quarter mile for free.

WHEN: Friday 8 September, gates from 5.30pm with runs from 6pm
WHERE: Willowbank Raceway, Champions Way, Willowbank
COST: Adults $20, students with ID $18, under 14s free

11. Great Houses of Ipswich

Explore three iconic Ipswich properties as part of this celebration of heritage and history.

WHEN: Saturday 9 September, 10am to 4pm
WHERE: 30 Quarry Street, 70 Thorn Street and 88 Nicholas Street
COST: $5 per person per property, free for National Trust members, children and students