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, Ashbern Farms Strawberry Farm, Vincenzos 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 Southern Downs and Granite Belt 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 Events listing, and soon the full program will be available.

Friday 23 February

The Festival begins with the turning on of the street lights in the evening, with music, markets & entertainment. The Art Gallery will be open with the Local Artist Exhibition, which will be open every day except Monday during the festival.

Saturday 24 February

A massive event is on this day - the Australian National Busking Championships™ - South East Queensland Regional Finals where buskers line the streets, culminating in a concert in the park in the evening. It's also the first day of our Open Gardens and a fantastic Wine Masterclass with Mike Hayes. Golf rounds off the day. 

Sunday 25 February

Sunday features our new long lunch event, “Banchetto Italiano: Celebrating Italian Culture on the Granite Belt” which will be an afternoon filled with food, wine, fun and entertainment. 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 26 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. 

Tuesday 27 February

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

Wednesday 28 February

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. There is another Wine Masterclass, the Open Gardens and a golf day on offer.

Thursday 1 March

It's Apple Day! Apple competitions galore, and the winners of the Apple Pie Competition will be announced. Our chalk artist will complete her masterpiece today. And another chance to learn all about wine with Mike Hayes in the Wine Masterclass, the Open Gardens and golf.

Friday 2 March

The Black Toyota Gala Ball will see you dancing into the night, and will feature the band Bassline and Lets Dance Band. Also today: a Wine Masterclass & Open Gardens.

Saturday 3 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 Power Tynan Mt Marlay Fun Run will keep your blood pumping. The Market in the Mountains will be on both Saturday & Sunday, and the Rodeo will be on at the Showgrounds. Several local gardens will be open. The evening finishes with the Fireworks Spectacular by the creek.

Sunday 4 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 will continue. It's your last chance to get to a Wine Masterclass, and wonderful local gardens will be open again. 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!