Your Long Weekend Guide

Get cultured this weekend, with a range of events across the city appealing to everyone. IMAGE: Neck of the Woods 2017 by Aaron Ashley

The only thing I like about the Townsville Show is that we score a long weekend. There, I said it. The food tastes three days old, the only thing you can get for free is some sort of sickness, and I get more thrill from the drive down Castle Hill than I do from any of the (sometimes functioning) rides.

It’s such an enjoyable experience for families with $500 to spare, or students celebrating holidays by throwing hygiene to the wind… but there are so many ways to be entertained while stretching your dollar further. Check out some of our other favourite events this long weekend!

Neck of the Woods @ Pinnacles
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Neighbourhood Sessions. Nicole and Sam have given local and touring independent musicians an incredible spotlight with their pop-up gigs, before introducing Neck of the Woods – a music festival which will expand to a two-night event this year. Featuring local artists including Late November, Dan Baker and Broadcast Fiasco, plus national artists including Didirri, Greta Stanley and Clea. For more information and tickets, click here!

Theatre iNQ’s First Born @ Dancenorth
A Greek tragedy like you’ve never seen before. First Born is an original production by Townsville’s Terri Brabon featuring NIDA graduate and Theatre iNQ alumnus Emily Edwards. If you’ve ever been to a Theatre iNQ show, you’ll know what to expect. And if you haven’t, strap in. This’ll be a show you won’t forget. Grab your tickets here!

Visual Art Fix
Townsville’s galleries are pumping with incredible work at the moment – with The Drill Hall Studio’s Butterfly Effect exhibition launched last week; the Sydney Printmakers’ In The Shade exhibition on display until this Sunday at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts; the Percival Portrait exhibitions still on display at both Perc Tucker and Pinnacles Galleries; and check out Sylvia Ditchburn’s pop up artspace at 261 Flinders Street, next to Perc Tucker!

Incredible photographs by Andrew Rankin and Amelia Lewis are now on exhibit at the Drill Hall Studio. IMAGE: Andrew Rankin

North Queensland Performing Arts’ What’s Your Beat Mid-Year Concert
Take a sneak peek at what Townsville’s next generation of performers can do! North Queensland Performing Arts’ mid-year concert features a range of skill levels and styles, in a showcase encouraging audience members to believe in themselves rather than comparing to others. Check it out at the Riverway Arts Centre on Saturday afternoon, with tickets available here!

Live on the Lawn ft. King Social, Wanderers, Trent Bell and more @ The Ville
Have you been dying to check out the latest expansions at The Ville? Die no longer – Stop by the Splash Bar and Pavilion this Saturday for six hours of incredible music from local and national artists including Townsville favourites King Social and Trent Bell. Tickets are extremely limited, grab yours here!

Sunday on Flinders Suitcase Sale
Everything old is new again! Check out some of Townsville’s best vintage and bric-a-brac offerings at the Cotters Market, with Sunday on Flinders hosting a Suitcase Sale from 8:30am-1pm! Check all the action out in the mall this Sunday, or if you’d like a stall, grab more info here!

The first weekend of July is always exciting – with a smorgasbord of events from the Townsville Show through to live music and theatre right across the city. For information about other events or ways to keep the kids entertained for the next few weeks, check out Townsville City Council’s School Holiday Guide here!

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