FROCK UP: Head along to the gatton Races this Saturday at 11am.
FROCK UP: Head along to the gatton Races this Saturday at 11am. Contributed

10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

1 Race Day

  • Burgess Park Racecourse, Gatton
  • Today, 11am

PUT away those winter coats and put on your finest attire for the Lockyer Valley Regional Council Race Day.

The event will feature an exciting five-race program. Local fashionistas will have the chance to show off their get-up and win some great prizes in the Fashions on the Field competition.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

For more information phone the Lockyer Race Club on 5462 2850.


2 Paintball

  • National Paintball FieldsBlacksoil
  • Today, gates open promptly at 7.30am. Games run from 9am to 9pm.

THE famous National Paintball Fields 12-Hour Scenario Games are back with a full day of unbeatable paintball action.

Anyone can play with no experience required by players must be at least 15 years of age.

The event costs $45 for prepaid or $50 for walk-ons with prizes and giveaways to be won.

For more information or to book phone 3891 5366.


3 Ipswich Theatre

  • The Ipswich Incinerator Theatre complex
  • All weekend, 1pm and 4pm

THEATRE group S-Troups is set to hit the stage for their second and final week of their latest production titles 'A Little Bit of Country and A Little Bit of Rock 'n' Roll'.

This entertaining play features classic songs such as Is this the way to Amarillo, Boot Scooting Boogie and Blue Suede Shoes.

S-Troupe is one of the very few special needs theatre groups in the South East Queensland region.

Tickets are $10 each and can be booked online at or at the Ipswich Visitors Centre 3281 0555. Limited numbers of tickets available at the door.

4 Quilt Show

  • Rosewood Cultural Centre, Rosewood Showgrounds
  • All weekend, 9am - 4pm

ROSEWOOD Craft and Quilters will celebrate 25 Years with their biggest Craft and Quilt Show ever this weekend.

Their bi-annual quilt show will feature a wide range of quilts and handwork on display.

Entry is $5 and all proceeds will be shared between Ipswich Legacy and Ipswich Hospice.

For more information phone Lenore on 5467 9279

5 Light Play

  • Ipswich Art Gallery
  • All weekend, 10am - 5pm

IT IS the last weekend to enjoy the dazzling world of Light Play where children can explore their artistic potential in an interactive space created especially for them.

Kids can play with overhead projectors and illuminated light boxes and discover what happens when light is cast on different materials.

The display is recommended for children aged three to 12 years.

The specially created children's space will remain at the gallery until August 25. For more information phone 3810 7222

6 Gardener's Expo

  • Glebe Road Uniting Church complex, Booval
  • Tomorrow, 8.30am - 3pm

THIS year's expo comprises of 60 - 70 different stalls with a focus on many varied aspects of plants and gardening as well as a number of guest speakers including 4BC gardening host Clair Levander.

Entertainment will be on offer throughout the day as well as food and refreshments.

Admission is $3 per person and children aged 12 years and under are free.

For more information contact Mavis on 3281 0665.

7 Redbank Market

  • Taipans Cricket Grounds on Redbank Plains Rd
  • Today 6am - 11.30am

LOOKING for something old or new? Come along to this fortnightly market which offers a variety of stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables to trash 'n' treasure.

Stall holder fee is $15 and entry and parking is free to public.

For more information call Denis on 0413 893 793.

8 Steampunk Show

  • The Workshops Rail Museum
  • All weekend, 9.30am and 5pm

CONTEMPORARY technology and Victorian styling collide in spectacular fashion at The Antipodean Steampunk Show.

The event attempts to answer the question: if today's technology had been introduced in the 19th century, what would the world look like?

Artists contributing to the exhibition come from a range of cross-discipline backgrounds including engineer-sculptors, artist-scientists, performers and more.

The display is held at The Workshops Rail Museum until October 13. For more information visit or phone 3432 5100.

9 Art Exhibition

  • Ipswich Art Gallery
  • All weekend, 10am - 5pm

BIKE diaries: Artworks by Tim Acutt is an observation of the world from two wheels.

The free exhibition features mixed media paintings inspired by real-life scenes the artist encountered during bicycle rides throughout Ipswich and Rosewood.

See how Tim Acutt uses colour to enhance the aesthetic appeal of his work and attract attention.

Discover the darker exploration of decay and decomposition that is then revealed through the depiction of abandoned homes and roadkill.

The display will be featured at the Art Gallery until October 21. For more information phone 3810 7222.

10 Flying Foxes

  • RSPCA Queensland Conference Room, Wacol
  • Tomorrow, ride departs at 9.30am - 4.30pm

A FLYING fox rescue and new carer training session will be held by the Bat Conservation and Rescue QLD Inc

Participants will receive instruction on techniques used for netting, barbed wire entrapment and other rescues, bat handling during a rescue, initial assessment, medications and rescue gear needed.

Sign-on will take place at 9am. For more information email

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