What’s on in August in the Toowoomba region

Toowoomba Languages and Cultural Festival

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the theme of this year's festival is One World Many Faces. Diversity and harmony are key themes with the many languages and cultures within the Toowoomba region taking centre stage at this family-friendly event. Entertainment includes an Indian arts spectacular, music and dance performances and a Health and Wellness Expo. International food and market stalls will satisfy all taste preferences. The festival will be held on Sunday, August 9 in Toowoomba's Queens Park, with free entry for children (adults pay $5). Contact Frances Holmes on 0408 070 300 or visit www.tlcfestival.com.au.

Old Time Dance - The Woolshed at Jondaryan

The Friends of the Woolshed are organising an old time dance on Saturday, August 8, from 8pm. Featuring a live band monte carlo, raffles and supper, this is a family-friendly event with the option of staying over for the night. (Camping and accommodation options are available on site.) Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. There is disabled access at. Call 4692 2229 or email info@jondaryanwoolshed.com.au

Titanic the Musical - Toowoomba Empire Theatre

Presented by Toowoomba Grammar School and Fairholme College, this musical retelling of the unsinkable ship features more than 100 students in authentic period costumes. The musical takes a human approach to the tragedy that unfolded on the morning of April 15, 1912, by detailing the real life stories of some of the actual passengers. To be staged in the beautifully restored Empire Theatre from August 13-15, the event promises a memorable evening of entertainment. Tickets are available at the box office - adults $25, concession $18, children under 14 $15. Contact 1300 655 299 or boxoffice@empiretheatre.com.au.

Sea and Sky - Stanthorpe

If you love music and you love wine, then this could be the event for you. Hosted by Robert Channon Wines (32 Bradley Lane), the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra will be presenting a program "inspired by the beauty and splendour of wind and water". Held within the toasty confines of the winery's Swigmore Hall, the event on Sunday, August 16 promises to be a wintery treat. Bookings can be made on 4683 3260 or email info@robert channonwines.com. $25 inclusive of glass of wine during the interval.

Chinchilla Markets

Held in the grounds of the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre on the third Sunday of every month, the Chinchilla Markets have something for everyone. It offers a variety of goods, you'll never know what you might find. So if you are in the area, go along for a look. Next market is scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 7am-noon. Phone 4665 7556.

NTI Rosebowl Polocrosse Carnival - Warwick

Sometimes described as a cross between polo and lacrosse or a ball game for horse lovers, polocrosse is a fast-paced, exciting team sport that has been played in Warwick since 1953. The weekend of August 21-23 sees the return of the NTI Rosebowl Polocrosse Carnival, featuring both daytime and evening games. The carnival will be held at Morgan Park (Old Stanthorpe Rd) and admission is $12.50 for a day/night ticket or $8 just for the night games. For more information, contact Les Fraser on 0419 714 545 or visit www.warwickpolox.com.au.

Millmerran Sheep Races

This fun-filled day scheduled for Saturday, August 29 is suitable for all age groups and is a fundraiser for St Joseph's Primary School. Held at the Millmerran Showgrounds, this year's event boasts a Mexican theme. Admission is free, with the gates opening at 11am, first race at 1pm. Further information can be obtained from the school on 4695 1349; millmerran@twb. catholic.edu.au.

Bunya Mountain Markets

Set in the gorgeous surrounds of the Bunya Mountains, this great little market offers a variety of goods ranging from handicrafts, fruit, vegetables, cheese, fudge and delicious homemade biscuits. Running from 9am-2pm, the markets are held on the last Sunday of every month, with the next market scheduled for August 30. The nearby walking trails, abundance of wild wallabies and cafes make this a pleasant - if somewhat chilly - day out. Call 4668 3126 or visit www.bunyamountains.com.au.


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