PRECIOUS PORKERS: Pig racing at the Commercial Hotel for Father’s Day.
PRECIOUS PORKERS: Pig racing at the Commercial Hotel for Father’s Day. Inga Williams

10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

1 Father's Day Fun

  • The Commercial Hotel, Redbank
  • Tomorrow, 11am

AT A family fun day planned for Father's Day, fleet-footed piglets are sure to hog the limelight as they support the Redbank Plains State School.

The Commercial Hotel will host an event for families to celebrate Father's Day this year, featuring pig racing events.

The pigs will be auctioned off during the day, with proceeds going towards the school.

The free event will also feature live country music by Neil Duddy.

For more information phone 3818 2500


2 Day Out in the Park

  • Ipswich wider region
  • All weekend

IPSWICH has over 500 parks, from The Kholo Gardens in Pine Mountain to the Robelle Domain in Springfield to Ipswich's Queens Park

And with Saturday forecast for sunshine and a top of 29° why not take the family out to one of these locations for a picnic lunch.

With playgrounds, barbecues, large, open spaces and lush vegetation, these sites can make for an ideal setting for a relaxed outing.

To find a park near you visit

3 Rosewood Show

  • Events and shows begin today at John St, Rosewood
  • Today, 8am - 6pm

THE small town of Rosewood continues its celebrations with the final day of its annual Rosewood Festival.

It features a range of new and exciting events alongside the usual favourites such as the country carnival and the street parade.

For more information visit or phone 5464 1088.

4 Steam Train Ride

  • Between Swanbank and Bundamba Racecourse
  • Tomorrow, train runs between 10.15am - 3.10pm

ENJOY the day by taking a vintage ride on the Swanbank Steam Train.

Sunday runs are popular so passengers are encouraged passengers to make a booking in advance.

For departure times and other information phone 3103 5653 or visit

5 Compact Prints 2012

  • Ipswich Art Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Plc
  • All weekend, 10am - 5pm

PROVING good things do come in small packages; Compact Prints 2012 brings dramatic examples of printmaking to the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Curated by Umbrella Studio Compact Prints 2012 features the works of North Queensland's printmaking talent, alongside national and international artists, framed in clear compact disc cases.

The display will remain at the gallery until October 20. For more information phone 3810 7222

6 Book Launch

  • Riverlink Shopping Centre, North Ipswich
  • Today 10.30am

JACK Sim, author of Boggo Road Goal: Escapes, will be at Angus and Robertson Riverlink today to launch the new print run of his book.

The first volume is a collection of accounts of gaol breaks from Boggo Road between 1883 and 1946 and the reprint is the third of this very popular title.

The event provides a great chance for fans to meet the author.

For more information phone 32816920.

7 Walk, Talk, Eat

  • Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield
  • Today 7am - 1pm

COME and enjoy this free event which will feature a community walk through the parklands, which includes a gnome hunt, at 9am.

At 10am inspirational speeches will be presented by Toastmasters and other health professionals and at 7am Robelle Domain Markets and cafe.

For more information phone Trina on 0423 880 629.

8 Steampunk Show

  • The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich
  • 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, d'Arcy Doyle Plc
  • 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 and discover the darker exploration of decay and decomposition.

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

10 School Fair

  • Silkstone State School, Silkstone
  • Today, 8am - 1pm

THE school's annual spring fair is on again with more than 50 stall holders featuring products ranging from fruit and vegetables, fudge and chocolate.

Children's rides and displays will also be available. Funds raised form the event will go towards supporting children who attend the school.

To book a stall or for more information phone Karyn on 0421997244.

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