What's on: Toowoomba
BASTILLE DAY CONCERT
VIVE la France! Toowoomba Municipal Band will perform two concerts dedicated to all things French, at 2pm and 6pm on Sunday, July 14 at USQ Arts Theatre. The concert will include classics such as Bolero and Les Miserable.
For the last 10 years, the band has put on a concert in support of the Toowoomba Hospice, with this year's concert including the voice of Martin Paroz and the Philharmonic Society Choir, as well as Dance Central interpreting Bolero and the Can Can.
Bookings through Artsworx on 07 4631 1111 or go to artsworx.usq.edu.au. Cost is $25 adults.
JUMPERS AND JAZZ
IT'S that time again, when Warwick's trees get rugged up for winter, with this year's theme being Connect! Walk through a living, outdoor art gallery at Warwick's Yarnbombing and Jazz. The annual festival over 10 days at the end of July (this year July 18-28) began in 2004 and has become Queensland's quirkiest winter festival and a platform for the arts.
Over 120 trees will be "wrapped in art" by textile artists from all over Australia and there will be live jazz, swing dance, dining events, workshops, exhibitions, street festivals and a giant bonfire night.
Phone Warwick Visitor Information Centre 07 4661 3122 or go to jumpersandjazz.com.au.
NATIONAL PYJAMA DAY
ON FRIDAY, July 19, why not get your group or club together to wear their PJs or onesies to help raise vital funds for children in foster care.
Register to receive a free host kit. Money raised will help offer learning skills to more than 1000 children, fund educational resources and help provide stable, positive relationships.
Go to nationalpyjamaday.com or phone 07 3256 8802.
THE Winter Orchid Show is on at St Paul's Lutheran Church Hall, Toowoomba on the weekend of July 20-21. Admission is just $4. The show runs 8.30am-3.30pm Saturday and until 2.30pm Sunday. Check out the beautiful blooms and maybe take a plant home with you, or get some advice.
Phone 07 4696 9772.
OPERA AT JIMBOUR
QUEENSLAND Music Festival and Opera Queensland are again bringing the spectacular outdoor experience of Opera at Jimbour on Saturday, July 27.
Located on the impressive grounds of Jimbour House this is a full day of entertainment, including opera favourites, market stalls and pack a picnic or enjoy the food and wine on offer from the local region. Performers will be Rosario La Spina, Hayley Sugars, Sarah Crane and Shaun Brown. Gates open at 10am with the performance from 2.30pm. General admission is $42 adults.
Westbrook Wheels' Show 'n' Shine is an annual event raising money for local residents. This year it is supporting a local family whose daughter has been diagnosed with leukaemia.
There will be a large variety of cars on display, as well as fun for the grandkids. Gold coin donation. It's on 9am-1pm on Saturday, July 27 at Centenary Park, Westbrook.
Phone 0418 399 892.
THE Oakey Together Street Parade celebrates 50 years since the Oakey Airfield was transferred to Army control, establishing the Oakey Army Aviation Centre.
The parade and activities are on from 2.30-5pm Saturday, July 27. That's followed by a Black Tie Dinner in the Oakey Cultural Centre, where you will hear from those involved in the operations, as well as enjoy music by the Army Band.
Email oakeychamberof firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Bec on 0418 534 575.
OKAY, it's a couple of hours drive west, but ... why not? The Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races is billed as a unique three-day event which only occurs every two years from August 2-4. In addition to the iconic camel races, there is an eclectic mix of live entertainment, bands headlined by the McClymonts, roving performers, food stalls, arts, markets, cultural music and dancing, and workshops. An adult three-day pass is just $35, or $10 Friday and Sunday, and $30 Saturday. If you've got a caravan, there's camping on site unpowered from $30.
Phone 0427 059 692 or go to tarafestival.com.au.
THE HANDMADE EXPO
HELD quarterly in Toowoomba at Harristown State High School, you will find market stalls in the auditorium and around the grounds on Sunday, August 4 from 9am-2pm. The Handmade Expo Markets include works of talented artisans, bakers, creators and art & craft supplies to assist you with your own creations.
Phone 0488 791 379 or go to thehandmade expo.com.au.