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Toowoomba Carnival of the Flowers
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Get out your calendars and pencil in this year’s Carnival of Flowers for an action-packed event suitable for the whole family!

What is the Carnival of Flowers?

A breathtaking 10 days of flowers, flavours, and sounds, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers takes over the Southern Queensland city of Toowoomba in the most beautiful of ways each September with a program of more than 30 unique events and experiences including award-winning parks, stunning private gardens, streets bursting with floral colour, internationally acclaimed musical acts, some of the best food and wine to be found in Queensland and a multitude of cultural and natural adventures. 170,000 blooms have been planted across the city’s major parks and public spaces to create a spectacular canvas of colour for much-needed celebrations in September.

History of the Carnival of Flowers

Since its inception in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has flourished and is now an iconic Queensland event.  The brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Carnival was introduced as a way for the city to use their “Garden City” reputation to promote increased economic activity following the hardships of war.

On October 21, 1950 the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers commenced with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, it was a resounding success.  The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the current title holder of Gold Award for Major Festival and Event at the annual Australian Tourism Awards.  Last year attendances across the 10-day event skyrocketed, with 294,000 attendees recorded.

2020 Carnival of Flowers dates

This annual event will be held in 2020 from Friday the 18th to Sunday the 27th of September.

Play in the Petals: floral-filled public parks

  • Feature Floral Displays at the Botanic Gardens at Queens Park and Laurel Bank Park will feature Alyssum, Antirrhinum (Snapdragon), Bellis, Calendula, Candytuft, Cherianthus, Chrysanthemum, Cineraria, Delphinium, Dianthus, Digitalis (Foxglove), Dutch Iris, Hollyhock, Larkspur, Linaria, Lobelia, Mesembryanthemum, Nemesia, Ornamental Kale, Pansy, Parsley, Petunia, Polyanthus, Poppy, Primula, Ranunculus, Rhodanthes, Schoenia, Statice, Stocks, Sweet Pea, Tulips and Viola. Council gardeners promise a kaleidoscope of colour!
  • Twilight Tours of Laurel Bank Park will take place mid-week, hosted by the Toowoomba Regional Council Parks & Recreation team, secure your ticket.
  • Both Queens and Laurel Bank Parks will be home to entertainment each weekend in September starring local talent, music makers and storytellers.
  • An absolute favourite for thousands, the Ferris Wheel at the Botanic Gardens will operate for 10 days from 18 to 27 September, providing the best way to see the splendour of Queens Park!

Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy Retail

As twilight settles in, Queens Park will spring to life with lighting displays that weave through a secluded section of the parkland. Designed as an family-friendly space, the Night Garden features light installations and illuminations of colour!  Get your camera ready to capture each installation.  Plus don’t miss the pop-up foodie options that will invigorate your taste buds.This event will ‘brighten’ your night! Don’t miss it from 6 pm to 8.30 pm each night!

Introducing #trEATS

New to 2020 is a region-wide food trail called #trEATS aimed at celebrating the amazing array of ‘eats’ available in the Toowoomba Region.  Organisers are hoping to showcase more than 60 local flavour-makers, each offering a $20 springtime #trEATs on their menu during September, inspired by the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

Foodie Tours!

  • Talking Pubs Tour – hugely popular each year, these tours feature Bar Wunder, Muller Bros, Irish Club Hotel and George Banks rooftop Bistro.
  • Foodie Dinner Tour – a modern progressive dinner around Toowoomba, there’s two to choose from this year: Tour 1 goes to the Cobb+Co Museum, Inbound at the Toowoomba historic railway station and Gip’s restaurant while Tour 2 goes to Café Valetta overlooking Queens Park, Charred atop the Toowoomba range and Kingfisher Café.

Walking Tours

With a distinct architecture focus in 2020, the Walking Tour program will include:

  • Laneways and Street Art Tour
  • The Dark Side Walking Tour
  • Architecture Styles Tour
  • 150 Years of Rail Walk & Talk Tour

Toowoomba’s Finest Craft Show

Showcases of over 40 of Toowoomba’s best artisan and craftspeople and their wares will be on show in a beautiful historic hall. Visitors can meet the craftspeople and purchase a unique handmade momento.  Fairy Dell will help children make fairy gardens and there will be flowers for sale. You can view the crafts on Saturday 19 Sept – Monday 21 Sept , 9am – 3pm (20 Sept, 9am – 5pm)

For more information call 0488 404 637 or ddieckmann1@bigpond.com

Community Events

Community groups and floral group display events will again enable locals and visitors to choose their own experiences. The full list of community events is available at tcof.com.au

Grand Central Floral Parade

Given COVID-19 restrictions, the traditional street parade has been reimagined in two ways for 2020.  Grand Central shopping centre will be home to the Parade of Colour this September School holidays, which is a static installation of decorated floats that reflect the incredible community spirit in the city. To celebrate 71 years since the first parade made its way through the city, the Itty-Bitty Grand Central Floral Parade will take place! Featuring miniature floats set to make a big impact, this is a virtual parade that will screen at 3pm on Saturday 19 September! Check the event website for more details.

Rowes Carnival of Light Shows

Bring the whole family to watch the entire front of the Rowes building come to life with spectacular animations to celebrate a Symphony of Spring! You’ll see the magical, miniature world of the garden gnomes with flowers the size of buildings, giant bees, butterflies and lady birds. Watch crepe myrtle trees bop to the music whilst thousands of tiny flowers sprout and bloom and a giant oak tree grows and delivers dancing gnomes to the party!

And there’s more!

Lock in the dates and get ready for the flowers, food, and fun at this year’s Carnival of Flowers! Find out more about the event at the Carnival of Flowers website.

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