Opening night: Friday 26 February

Joins us to celebrate the start of the festival with the turning on of the lights in the main street, music & markets.

As part of the Festival Opening, the Stanthorpe Farmers Market will be operating into the evening in the Piazza (commencing at 1pm) and other stalls will be in the Main Street.  The start of the festival signified by Turning on of the Lights will be at 7.15pm with Festival Young Ambassadors.  Part of Maryland Street will be closed from 5.30pm – 9pm.

Winners of the 2015 Australian National Busking Championships, the exciting String Family, will be performing alongside anchor band The John Hibbins Trio outside The Country Club, Stanthorpe for the night program running from 5.30pm – 9pm.

Rounding up the evening entertainment is  the very talented local trio John Hibbins, Andy Willmot and Wolfgang Greve. The John Hibbins Trio has recently formed and have the right mix of music for the Friday night street party to start the festival.