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Events & Festivals

For a full list of events and festivals, visit the Southern Downs and Granite Belt website.

To submit community events and festivals for consideration in the calendar, please email

Major Events 

 Apple and Grape Harvest Festival mascots Bella and Jonno at the Festival  

Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival

Stanthorpe’s Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is one of Queensland’s longest running festival and a must do on the state’s event calendar. The biennial festival (on every two years in March on even numbered years) is a celebration of the Granite Belt’s produce and booming wine industry with unforgettable colourful street carnivals and the renowned wine fiesta. 

Visit the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival website

Snowflakes in Stanthorpe Festival - boy enjoying snow


Snowflakes in Stanthorpe

The Snowflakes in Stanthorpe winter festival takes place over three winter themed magical days every second year (on odd numbered years). The whole family will be kept busy with snowfields, ice skating, snow globes, a climbing wall, petting zoo and heaps more. Image by Glenda Riley. 

Visit the Snowflakes in Stanthorpe website.

 Jumpers and Jazz in July event attendees looking at colourful tree  

Jumpers and Jazz in July

Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July is Queensland’s quirkiest yarnbombing and jazz winter festival, on every year. The locals yarnbomb Warwick’s deciduous trees, turning our streets into a remarkable exhibition. With live jazz, tastes of country cuisine and huge program of events spanning 10 days, the festival is bookended by two big weekends of celebrations. 

Visit the Jumpers and Jazz in July website.

 Leyburn Sprints start of the race

Historic Leyburn Sprints

The Historic Leyburn Sprints returns to the streets of Leyburn every August, with over 200 cars racing around the idyllic country town, vying for trophies in over 20 classes. The Sprints commemorates the running of the Australian Grand Prix, held in Leyburn in 1949. 

Visit the Historic Leyburn Sprints website.

 Cowboy does campdrafting at Warwick Rodeo

Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft

Every year for the last full week in October the nations’ top rodeo riders and the best broncs and bucking bulls gather for the Warwick Rodeo – known far and wide as ‘Australia’s most famous’. The Warwick Gold Cup is Australia’s most prestigious campdraft and boasts huge prize money. Hear the roar of the crowd, see the dust rising as the cowboy launches himself onto that beast and smell the victory! 

Visit the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society website.

Other Events

For a full list of all events in the region, visit the Southern Downs and Granite Belt website. For a list of community events in the region, visit the SDRC Community events calendar.


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