TUNING UP: Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band players Alwyn Clarke (left) and Don MacSween.
TUNING UP: Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band players Alwyn Clarke (left) and Don MacSween. David Nielsen

10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

1 Pipe championships

  • Limestone Park
  • Today, 8am-6pm

IPSWICH Thistle Pipe Band will host the 2013 Queensland Pipe Band Championships and Solo Piping and Drumming Championships today. Solo competition will take place from 8am, band competition from noon and mass bands at the end of the day. Come along and enjoy the music, competition, Scottish stalls, food, drinks and a licensed bar.

For more information phone 0414 776 361 or visit ipswichthistle.com.

Grounds entry and parking is free


2 Australian Lure and Fly Expo

  • 32 Bankscreek Rd, Fernvale
  • All weekend 9am-3pm

THOSE with a fondness for fishing will be sure to attend this weekend-long celebration of Aussie-made lures, lure making and fly tying. Come and browse old lures, new lures, platic lures, skirted lures, dry flies, wet flies - it doesn't matter. If it's Aussie made then this is the place to see them.

Entry is $10 for adults or $15 for a two-day pass. Entry for children under 16 is free. For more information visit lureshow.com.au


3 Redbank Plains Markets

  • Eastern Taipan cricket ground, Redbank Plains
  • Today, 6am-noon

A GENERAL market with arts and crafts, trash 'n' treasure, on-site haircuts, local produce and more will be held today.

If you have something to sell, bring it along. If you are looking for something then come along and take a look. Public entry is free and $15 for stall holders.

For more information phone Denis on 0413 893 793.


4 Middle Eastern night

  • Masonic Centre, Nicholas St
  • Tonight, 4-10pm

THE International Cafe will feature a Middle Eastern night and Aladdin's bazaar this evening with markets, a three-course dinner and live music and dance entertainment.

The event will cost $30 and bookings need to be made in advance for catering purposes.

To make a reservation or for more information phone Hedy on 0414 703 842


5 Ipswich Jets

  • North Ipswich Reserve
  • Today, gates open 10am

THE Ipswich Jets will celebrate their next home game against Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles with a free kids day. As well as the excitement of watching the Intrust Super Cup sides battle it out on the field, kids can enjoy a jumping castle, face painting and a range of other activities.

In addition there will be a special half-time kicking competition where the prize will be a three-day weekend at Angourie Resort, at Yamba, worth $525. The main game starts at 3pm.

For more information phone 3202 1887.


6 Junior Eisteddfod

  • Ipswich Civic Centre 
  • All weekend

THE 68th Annual Junior Eisteddfod continues with the competition for the dance group category.

Today will feature performances in hip hop, jazz, ballet and more. Sessions will start at 8am, 1.30pm and 7pm at Ipswich Civic Centre and continue tomorrow with sessions at 8.30am, 1pm and 6pm. Ipswich residents are invited to attend.

For more information visit google.com/site/eisteddfodipswich


7 The Fuchs Winternationals

  • Willowbank Raceway, Champions Way
  • All weekend, 8am

IT ALL comes down to this. The Fuchs Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway is the final round for the 2012-2013 ANDRA Pro Series, where championships will be decided. The weekend event will include spectacles such as nitro-burning Top Fuel dragsters, the two-wheeled mad men of Pro Stock Motorcycle plus the Rocket Allstars Racing Series, where Australia's best sportsman racers will compete for their last chance at gold.

For more information and ticket prices visit willowbankraceway.com.au


8 Dinner theatre

  • Old Courthouse, Ipswich, corner of East and Roderick Sts
  • Tonight 7pm

THE Ipswich Musical Theatre Company is holding a dinner-theatre event tonight with a performance of Secrets Every Smart Traveller Should Know.

The show is an off-Broadway musical comedy review that will accompany a three-course meal.

Tickets are $35 or $32 for table bookings of eight. Reservations are essential.

For more information or to book phone Pat on 0419 665 049 or visit ipswichmusicaltheatrecompany.com.au


9 Double tribute band performance

  • Racehorse Hotel, Booval
  • Tonight 7.30pm

A DOUBLE bill featuring Livin' on a Prayer: A Tribute to Bon Jovi, and Summer of 69: The Brian Adams experience, will have guests out of their seats and rocking to these first-class tribute bands.

Entry costs $10 per person and tickets are available at the Brisbane St venue.

For more information visit racehorsehotel.com.au


10 Environmental Education Centre

  • Queens Park
  • All weekend

AFTER two weeks of being closed for maintenance and the upgrade of displays, the Environmental Education Centre has opened its doors again. The new display features installation artwork, an aquarium, interactive educational displays and more.

The centre is open seven days a week from 9.30am - 4pm. For more information phone 3810 6666

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