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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?

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is an iconic ten-day community festival held in September each year. It is dubbed the longest running floral event of its kind in Australia as the premiere celebration of flowers, food, wine, culture and entertainment. The Carnival offers a vibrant street parade, blooming flowers and floral displays, a range of delicious food and wine, a collection of inspiring art, interactive workshops and unbeatable entertainment.

Winning the 2013 Queensland Tourism Award for Festivals and Events and also the Gold for the Festivals & Events category at the Australian Tourism Awards in 2015, the Carnival of Flowers is the perfect event for all of the family to enjoy! The Carnival have even announced that they look forward to bringing a new and exciting program to this years event and are announcing celebrities and artists in April.

History of 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 overall figures up by 29 per cent with 255,639 attendees recorded.

2019 Carnival of Flowers dates

Running for its 70th year, this annual event will be held in 2019  from Friday the 20th to Sunday the 29th of September.

Sideshow Alley

Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September at Lower Queens Park (Frogs Hollow)

Located in Lower Queens Park, Sideshow Alley is sure to bring a smile to your kids’ faces. It offers thrill seeking rides, traditional fair foods such as a classic dagwood dog and fairy floss for the sweet tooth of the family to enjoy, not to forget show bags and amusement stalls filled with top shelf prizes. Also held in Sideshow Alley is a light up display of fireworks and a stunning laser light show in the evenings to top off the day of carnival fun. You can catch Jai Waetford giving a stellar performance as well! There’ll be fireworks every night from 7:30pm. 

Entry is FREE but you will need to purchase coupons inside.

Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 September at Upper Queens Park

The Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine is a signature event staged over three days in Queens Park, showcasing numerous market stalls, cellar doors and a range of activities including cooking demonstrations.  There’s also the entertainment factor with a great lineup musical on the main stage! There will also be a carnival choir that you can pre-join to be a part of. 

It’s open 10-10 on Friday and Saturday and 10-9 on the Sunday. 

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Grand Central Floral Parade

Saturday 21 September at 3pm!

An annual tradition, the Grand Central Floral Parade delivers an impressive line up of fresh floral floats, street performers, carnival characters, stilt walkers, walking groups and live bands. Kids are encouraged to make their mark on the Parade route prior to its commencement with free pavement chalk distributed by volunteers. Arrive early to ensure you secure the best spot. Our tip? Check out the chalk art!

Remember – there will be THOUSANDS of people viewing the parade and space will be at a premium so plan your trip carefully. 

And there’s more!

  • QANTAS Gala Dinner (Degustration ticketed event – Thursday 19th September 6pm, ticketed event at $199 pp)
  • NIGHT GARDEN (from Ergon Energy). Queen’s Park will be lit up by glowing lights in a beautiful interactive space. Thursday 26th September – Saturday 28th, every night from 630pm-9.30pm. There is a small cost involved for entry.
  • Twilight Tours every night!
  • Daily entertainment throughout the parklands – perfect for a picnic celebration!

Lock in the dates and get ready for the flowers, food and fun this year’s Carnival of Flowers has to offer!

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