One thing about elections is that it gets people out and about. Luckily, this weekend there’s plenty to do in and around Ipswich. Take your pick.
1. Open Day

The RAAF Base Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre has an open day on Sunday, August 20. Don’t forget to take your ID – you can fill out a form prior to attending to skip the queue. Find it here.  Be warned that there might be a few delays while security staff positively identify and record all visitors.

When: 9am-3pm, Sunday August 20

Where: RAAF Base Amberley, Southern Amberley Road

Cost: Free

2. Handmade Expo

Ipswich Market celebrates its 9th birthday on Saturday with The Handmade Expo. Here’s a note from the organisers: “We have so much happening, including chances to win a prize hamper simply by shopping at the market.”

When: 8am-1pm, Saturday August 19

Where: Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Road, Bundamba

Cost: Pay for what you buy

3. Bee Gees tribute

This show will have you digging out your flares and dusting off your platform shoes in preparation for a party which celebrates 40 years since The Bee Gees redefined pop music with the release of the Saturday Night Fever album.

When: 8pm, Saturday August 19; Where: Ipswich Civic Centre; Cost: $57.50 ($52.50 concession)

4. Vietnam Vets Concert

Dennis Knight and the Black Cats perform for a Vietnam Vets Day Concert. It’s a rock n roll show with plenty of old hits. And some trivia – Dennis was once managed by the late Johnny O’Keefe.

When: 8pm Saturday August 19

Where: Club Services Ipswich

Cost: Free entry

5. Jam Session

It’s a good old fashioned jam session. Musicians from Ipswich and surrounding areas gather, and you never know who might turn up or who will join them on stage. Everyone is welcome to join in.

When: 7pm, Sunday August 20

Where: Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich

Cost: Free entry


The Jets will be looking to cut down Mackay as Ipswich hosts its final Intrust Super Cup game of 2017 this weekend. The finals are officially out of reach but the boys are aiming to finish the season on a high with only two games remaining.

WHEN: Saturday August 19, 3pm

WHERE: North Ipswich Reserve

COST: $10 for adults, $5 for concession holders and free for under 14s


Hear the stories behind Ipswich artist Lyne Marshall’s latest exhibition. Enjoy a selection of wine, beer, softdrinks and finger food and discover the new book that accompanies Lyne’s work.

WHEN: Friday August 18, 6pm

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

COST: $5 for Friends of the Ipswich Art Gallery and $10 for general admission


Step out at the weekly Augustine Heights parkrun. The 5km run is fun and social – it’s just you against the clock.

When: Saturday August 19, 7am

Where: Renehan Place, Augustine Heights

Cost: Free


Strap in and hold on as you race your car down Willowbank’s iconic quarter-mile strip. There’s a stack of highly sensible safety regulations for this one, so check out the Willowbank website for full T&Cs.

WHEN: Saturday August 19, gates open at 4pm with on-track action from 4.30pm

WHERE: Willowbank Raceway, Champions Way, Willowbank

COST: $50 for racers, $20 for adults, $18 for students with ID and free for children under 13

10. Theatre Class

S-Troupe gives young people with disabilities the opportunioty to perform and learn theatre skills. Performances are interactive with the audience and aim to expose talented Special Actors to a wide range of artistic activities.

When: 3pm-5pm, Sunday August 20

Where: Jean Pratt Building, Incinerator Theatre Complex, Griffin Drive, Ipswich

Cost: Free

11. Vietnam Veterans Day

The day begins with prade fall-in at Evan Marginson Park, Woogaroo St, Goodna. The parade arrives at the cenotaph at Goodna Services Club at 5pm, where there will be a ceremony and commemorative service. The service finishes between 5.45pm and 6pm. At the club, there will be live entertainment by the David Lee Band from 8pm until midnight.

When: Friday, August 18

Where: Goodna Services Club

Cost: Free entry

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