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Multi-day events

Family activities in the region

  • Walk along Quart Pot Creek or to the Red Bridge

  • Visit Mt Marlay

  • Visit Girraween or Bald Rock National Parks

  • Visit Donnelly’s Castle

  • Get ice cream at The Bramble Patch, Jamworks, Ashbern Farms Strawberry Farm, Vincenzos or Apple Pie at Suttons

  • Visit Lawdogs

Other experiences

  • So many great wineries, breweries, cideries & food venues!

  • Girraween National Park & Bald Rock have tracks both long & short.

  • Hire a bike to see the back roads

  • Go on a country drive

Visit the Southern Downs and Granite Belt and Granite Belt Wine Country websites for more information on the region.

The following offers a day by day overview of Festival events. You can also see the Events listing, and soon the full program will be available.

Friday 28 February

The Festival begins with the turning on of the street lights in the evening, with music & entertainment. The Art Gallery will be open with the Local Artist Exhibition, which will be open every day except Monday during the festival.

Saturday 29 February

A massive event is on this day – the Australian National Busking Championships™ – South East Queensland Regional Finals where buskers line the streets, culminating in a concert in the park in the late afternoon. Join in the Bush Dance in the evening to support local chaplaincy programs. It’s also the first day of our Open Gardens, sporting types might like to join in the park run or mountain bike ride, and Golf rounds off the day. 

Sunday 1 March

Sunday features our new long lunch event, “Banchetto Italiano: Celebrating Italian Culture on the Granite Belt” which will be an afternoon filled with food, wine, fun and entertainment. No rest for the wicked with That Dam Ride, The Summit Lawn Bowls Apple & Grape Triples Carnival, a Wine Masterclass, Open Gardens & the Harvest Thanksgiving Service.

Monday 2 March

A quieter day that will allow you time to check out the regions’ wineries & other delights, or head to the piazza to meet some local growers, producers & chefs in our Paddock to Plate sessions.

Tuesday 3 March

Today we bring you a free senior’s concert and a concert not to miss “Brass, Pipe, Swing, String & Sing” featuring The String Family, the RSL Pipe Band, the RSL Brass Band & Stanthorpe’s Swing Band. Another Paddock to Plate session today in the piazza.

Wednesday 4 March

An amazing chalk artist will be working in front of the Post Office. Many of the shops will be vying for the Decorated Windows Competition. There is another Wine Masterclass, the Open Gardens and a golf day on offer. Another Paddock to Plate session today in the piazza.

Thursday 5 March

It’s Apple Day! Apple competitions galore, and the winners of the Apple Pie Competition will be announced. Our chalk artist will complete her masterpiece today. And another chance to learn all about wine with Mike Hayes in the Wine Masterclass and golf. Our last Paddock to Plate session will be held in the piazza.

Friday 6 March

The Black Toyota Gala Ball will see you dancing into the night, and will feature the band Bassline and Lets Dance Band. Also today: a Wine Masterclass & Open Gardens.

Saturday 7 March

The biggest day! The entire main street will be closed off for the Rebel/The Breeze Street Carnival all day, and the Channel 7 Grand Parade at 2pm. The Heritage Bank Multicultural Carnival & Wine Fiesta in Weeroona Park will be filled with music, wine & delicious food. See some of the artists performing in the park and down the street throughout the weekend. The Border Post Celebrity Grape Crush is sure to make a mess & be a heap of fun. The Power Tynan Mt Marlay Fun Run will keep your blood pumping. The Market in the Mountains will be on both Saturday & Sunday, and the Rodeo will be on at the Showgrounds. The armed forces will entertain – both the Navy Band & Army Band are playing today. Several local gardens will be open. The evening finishes with the Fireworks Spectacular by the creek.

Sunday 8 March

The Heritage Bank Multicultural Carnival & Wine Fiesta in Weeroona Park will continue from 9am until 7pm (featuring Wendy Matthews at 3pm). The Market in the Mountains will continue. It’s your last chance to get to a Wine Masterclass, and wonderful local gardens will be open again. Chill out to a musical quiet hour to settle your soul & relax after the fun & excitement of the Festival.  


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