What's On


FOR a full list of upcoming events refer to our events calendar

For a list of 2019 key events, download the Event Calendar at a Glance.

Rockhampton River Festival

The Fitzroy River has been the lifesource for the people of Central Queensland since the time of the Dreaming. In a celebration of its glory, and its strength to support the community, the Rockhampton River Festival was born in 2014. The three-day celebration leverages the riverbank’s stunning natural and built heritage to forge fond and fun memories in the minds of many. The festival will embrace these foundations to offer more arts, culture, entertainment, food and enjoyment for visitors. For more information visit www.rockhamptonriverfestival.com.au.


Tyres will burn, drag races will take over city streets and drifting champs will send it sideways at the greatest horsepower party Rockhampton has ever seen!

From 2020, the one and only Summernats will bring the noise and smoke of its most iconic events to Rockhampton for the brand new annual ROCKYNATS, with the first event being held June 26 – 28 2020.

Cultural Festival

Exotic music, food from across the globe, colourful costumes and more…it’s a time to celebrate our great diversity at the Rockhampton Cultural Festival. For more information visit Council's Facebook page.

Capricorn Food and Wine Festival

The Capricorn Food and Wine Festival has something for everyone.  The weekend offers a relaxed and inviting atmosphere for foodies, wine connoisseurs and everything in between. The Festival celebrates the redevelopment of Quay Street along the banks of the Fitzroy River, showcasing Rockhampton’s elegant streetscapes and majestic sandstone buildings. For more information visit www.capricornfoodandwine.com.au.

Barra Bounty

The Barra Bounty is a tag and release event and was the first event to introduce photographing then releasing of fish instead of having the fish weighed or bought back for the event site. For more information visit www.rockybarrabounty.com.

WTF Women that Fish Competition

Women That Fish was founded in 2012 as a not for profit organisation for ladies 18 years and over. Their aim is to empower women and build their confidence on the water as well as providing an amazing friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy. Their competition is held annually on the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton and is a catch and release competition with lots of great prizes. For more information visit the Women That Fish Facebook page.


Big Boys Toys Expo Rockhampton will be held at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on 11th and 12th JULY 2020. There’s tonnes of caravans, Camping gear, Fishing Gear, 4 x 4, Cars and Motors, Jet skis, Boats, and all “man stuff” that (of course) the ladies love to come and see! For more information visit https://bigboystoysexpo.com.au/big-boys-toys-expos/rockhampton/.

Golden Mount Festival

Forty one years ago, a festival began. Morphed from the “Back to Mount Morgan Week” and the Springtime Carnival, the Golden Mount Festival has become one of the longest, if not the longest surviving festival in Central Queensland. Like the mine before, it has endured, often against great odds. For more information visit www.goldenmountfestival.org.au.

Winter and Spring Racing Carnivals

Frock up or suit up for a day at the races. Rockhampton's Spring and Winter Racing Carnivals are fun day out for everyone and have regular race days and feature race days held throughout the year. For more information and upcoming race dates visit www.callaghanpark.com.au.

Community Events and Activities

For an up-to-date list of Community Events and Activities, visit Council's website.

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