The festivities are about the begin in Ipswich and there is an action-packed program waiting for you to enjoy. To ensure you don’t miss out on all the fun here is our run down on the must do activities.



The festival is set to start off with a bang as a spectacular explosion of fireworks and lasers light up the sky. ‘Fire on the River’ will launch the Ipswich Festival and for the best views its tipped you head to Riverlink Shopping Centre or David Trumpy Bridge.


When: Thursday 4th May, 7pm

Where: Riverlink Shopping Centre, Ipswich

Who: All ages

Price: Free Entry




Get whisked away as a spellbinding parade trails down Brisbane Street. Featuring giant lanterns & marching bands, the parade themed ‘Wizards, Witches and Mystical Creatures’ will be a kaleidoscope of magical moments including famous characters from Harry Potter to Nanny McPhee.


When: Saturday 6th May, 6pm

Where: Brisbane Street, Ipswich – between Waghorn & Bell Streets

Who: All ages

Price: Free Entry


Source: Ipswich Festival Facebook Page




Show cars, customs, classics, vintage vehicles and club cruisers will close the street as we journey through motoring history! The Top of Town will be the place to be as we are taken back to the glamorous 1900’s to classic 80’s whilst munching on fabulous food and strolling through vintage stalls.


When: Saturday 6th May, 7pm-9pm

Where: Brisbane Street, Top of Town, Ipswich

Who: All ages

Price: Free Entry



Fancy a bit of spook hunting? Take a lantern lit tour through the Old Ipswich Cemetery and experience thirteen spine-tingling ghost stories of real haunted graves and sites in Ipswich.


When: Saturday 6th & Saturday 13th May, 7.30pm

Where: Ipswich Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Ipswich

Who: Over 12 years old

Price: $30 Adults, $25 Concession, $20 Teens (12-17) Book Here



Celebrate Ipswich’s cultural diversity and party your way around the world at the Global Fiesta! Groove to the upbeat tunes of Brazilian music or get captivated by a modern spin on the didgeridoo while indulging the glorious street food from around the globe. But it doesn’t stop there! There are also plenty of activities such as creating your own musical instrument to getting an African hair braid. Make sure you also pop into the bustling Global Market and discover some beautifully hand crafted items.


When: Saturday 13th May, 2pm-8pm

Where: Queens Park, Ipswich

Who: All ages

Price: Free Entry


Source: Ipswich Festival Website


The Ipswich Festival is the city’s annual art and cultural celebration showcasing nationally acclaimed artists and emerging local talents through the presentation of specialised community activities and diverse cultural and artistic programs.Festivities commence on Thursday 4 May and continue with an 10 day program of theatre, exhibitions, visual and public art, music, and family focused entertainment until Sunday 14th May. Source: Discover Ipswich