Multi-day events

Family activities in the region

  • Walk along Quart Pot Creek or to the Red Bridge
  • Visit Mt Marlay
  • Visit Girraween or Bald Rock National Parks
  • Visit Donnelly's Castle
  • Get ice cream at The Bramble Patch, Jamworks, Strawberry Fields or Apple Pie at Suttons
  • Visit Lawdogs

Other experiences

  • So many great wineries, breweries, cideries & food venues!
  • Girraween National Park & Bald Rock have tracks both long & short. 
  • Hire a bike to see the back roads
  • Go on a country drive

Visit the Destination Southern Downs and Granite Belt Wine Country websites for more information on the region.

The following offers a day by day overview of Festival events. You can also see the All Events listing, and soon the full program will be available.

Friday 26 February

The Festival begins with the turning on of the street lights in the evening, with music, markets & entertainment. The Feast of Sounds workshop will also be held that day, and the busker's who have arrived for the championships will be performing throughout the town all day, including The String Family, last year's winners. The Art Gallery is open with the Local Artist Exhibition, which will be open every day except Monday during the festival.

Saturday 27 February

Two massive events are on this day - the Australian National Busking Championships™ - South East Queensland Regional Finals and Feast of Sounds. It's also the first day of our Open Gardens and the fantastic Wine Masterclass with Mike Hayes. Golf & a Night of Art & Music round off the day. 

Sunday 28 February

No rest for the wicked with That Dam Ride, The Summit Lawn Bowls Apple & Grape Triples Carnival, a Wine Masterclass, Open Gardens & the Harvest Thanksgiving Service.

Monday 29 February

A quieter day that will allow you time to check out the regions' wineries & other delights. The Apple Pie Competition entries are due today. Musicians will be performing at the Open Mic at the Piazza and Kent Saddlery will be doing a Whip Cracking performance.

Tuesday 1 March

Open gardens, a senior's concert, poetry with Jack Drake and a concert not to miss “Brass, Pipe, Swing & String” featuring The String Family, the RSL Pipe Band, the RSL Brass Band & Stanthorpe’s new Swing Band.

Wednesday 2 March

It's Apple Day! Apple competitions galore, and the winners of the Apple Pie Competition will be announced. An amazing chalk artist will be working in front of the Post Office. Many of the shops will be vying for the Decorated Windows Competition, as judging is today. Musicians will entertain at the Open Mic in the Piazza in the afternoon. Local artists will display their works (every day until Saturday), Kent Saddlery has billy tea & damper and children can do their own leather stamping, and there is another Wine Masterclass, the Open Gardens and a golf day on offer.

Thursday 3 March

Our chalk artist will complete her masterpiece today. And another chance to learn all about wine with Mike Hayes in the Wine MasterclassKent Saddlery has billy tea & damper as well as tours & entertainment.

Friday 4 March

The "When in Rome..." Gala Ball will see you dancing into the night, and will feature the band Bassline as well as the Japanese Kinzan Drumming Band. Also today: the Open Mic night, a Wine Masterclass, Open Gardens and golf.

Saturday 5 March

The biggest day! The entire main street will be closed off for the Rebel/The Breeze Street Carnival all day, and the Channel 7 Grand Parade at 2pm. The Heritage Bank Multicultural Carnival & Wine Fiesta in Weeroona Park will be filled with music, wine & delicious food. See some of the artists performing in the park and down the street throughout the weekend. The Border Post Celebrity Grape Crush is sure to make a mess & be a heap of fun. The Market in the Mountains will be on both Saturday & Sunday, and the Rodeo will be on at the Showgrounds. And don't miss the medieval re-enactment group on Rogers Street. It's your last chance to get in to the Wine Masterclass, and the gardens will be open from 10-1. Warwick residents can ride to the Festival in style via train. Music fans will also get to enjoy the Australian Navy Band & a musical quiet hour. Fruit and vegetables will be on sale at the Uniting Church. The evening finishes with the Fireworks Spectacular by the creek.

Sunday 6 March

Start off your day with the Big Bush Breakfast at the Stanthorpe Museum. The Heritage Bank Multicultural Carnival & Wine Fiesta in Weeroona Park will continue until 7pm. The Market in the Mountains and the the medieval group will continue, and it's your last chance to see the gardens from 10-1. Warwick residents can ride to the Festival again today via train. Chill out to a musical quiet hour to settle your soul & relax after the fun & excitement of the Festival.  Fruit and vegetables will be on sale at the Uniting Church so stock up before you head home!