Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the festival held?
In the town ofStanthorpe, in southern Queensland, which is approx 3 hours drive from Brisbane. Please see Visitor Info for more information.
When is the festival on?
Friday 26th February to Sunday 6th March 2016. The 2016 festival sees the return to the 10 day format, with additional events and activities. The main weekend is the 5th & 6th March, with the Street parade and fireworks on the Saturday, and the Wine Fiesta in the park both days.
Does the festival cost anything?
There will be a $5 per person per day entry fee for the Heritage Bank Multicultural Carnival & Wine Fiesta in Weeroona Park. No charge for children under 18. Main street events remain free of charge. The Gala Ball, entry to the Mt Marlay Challenge & Fun Run, the Open Gardens and the Wine Masterclass also have charges. The introduction of the $5 Weeroona Park fee is to cover the increasing costs of running this not for profit volunteer run festival.
What about accommodation?
The Destination Southern Downs, the Granite Belt Wine Country websites, or our friendly Visitor Information Centre (phone 07 4681 2057 or 1800 SO COOL) volunteers can assist you with information about the region and accommodation options.
Accommodation in Stanthorpe and surrounds always books out, so please book early. Contact the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre for a list of vacancies that aren't listed online. In addition, Stanthorpe Showgrounds have opened up camping enquiries for the main festival weekend (3-7).
For accommodation a bit further afield try contacting Warwick Information Centre (35 minute drive) on 07 4661 9073 or Tenterfield Information Centre (40 minute drive) on 02 6736 1082. Alternatively, why not visit the first weekend of the Festival or during the week?
How do I apply for a Street Carnival or Multicultural Fiesta Stall?
Please refer to the Stallholders page on this site.
When and where is the Grand Parade?
The Grand Parade is on Saturday, starts at 2:00pm and lasts for at least one hour. The Massed Bands start at 10.45 am.
Can I enter the Grand Parade and how much does it cost?
Yes you can and there is no charge. Please refer to the Grand Parade Participant Manual for more information (coming soon).
How can I participate in the grape crush?
Entrants in the Grape Crush are by invitation to special guests only.
Will there be special seating for the elderly and disable for the Grand Parade?
Limited seating for the elderly and disabled will be provided near St Joseph’s School. You may wish to arrange to bring your own chair.
When and where are the fireworks?
The Fireworks commence at 7.30pm at Carnarvon Bridge at the Southern end of Maryland Street.
Where can I park?
Wherever you can! There is no allocated parking and no vehicles are permitted to access the centre of the town. Finding a suitable parking space should not be a problem, however you may have a short distance to walk to the Festival.
What about parking for people with a disability?
Parking for Disabled persons will be allocated. You will need to display a Disability Parking label in your car.
I would like to be a festival volunteer. Can you tell me more?
We are always looking for people to help out – both prior to and during the Festival. Information for prospective Volunteers is available on our Volunteers page.