10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

1 Robowars Championships

  • Ipswich Art Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Place
  • Today, 10am - 4pm

ROBOWARS is back. See some of the nation's top combat robots do battle this October long weekend in the Australian Robowars National Championships 2014. Take your place ringside as the robot builders go head-to-head in the specially designed combat arena with their Featherweight (13.6kg) and Antweight (150g) machines. Sparks are sure to fly.

Entry is free, to find out more visit ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au

2 Historical Museum

  • 1041 Redbank Plains Rd,New Chum
  • Today, 10am - 2pm

THE Ipswich Historical Society was founded in 1966 as a result of a recognised need in the community for the collection and preservation of the history of the Ipswich region. The museum is open this Saturday and has a vast range of historic items, from furniture and antiques to farm and mining equipment. Entry costs $2 donation per person.

For more information visit ipswichhistoricalsociety.com or phone 3282 0358.

3 Allensworth Performance

  • Royal Mail Hotel,Goodna
  • Today, 12.30 - 3.30pm

ALL the way from California, Allensworth will be playing their unique style of Californian soul and roots music at the Royal Mail Hotel in Goodna. This feel-good band has been together since high school and know how to get the crowd moving. Food and drinks available.

For more information visit the RoyalMail Goodna Facebook page.

4 Ipswich cinemas

  • Cinemas located across Ipswich
  • All weekend, opening times vary

WITH new release films like Gone Girl, The Maze Runner and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, why not visit one of Ipswich's cinemas. Reading Cinemas is located in Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre, Limelight Cinemas is located in Riverlink Shopping Centre and Event Cinemas is located at the Ipswich Mall.

For more information phone 3818 8044 (Reading), 1300 792 579 (Limelight) or 3281 8887 (Event).

5 Showplace Markets

  • Ipswich Showgrounds, Warwick Rd
  • Tomorrow, 6am - 11.30am

COME along to the Ipswich Showplace markets held every Sunday.

There is a lot to see and browse around with an array of stalls.

You can even come and have some breakfast and grab yourself a coffee before you start to wander.

For more information phone 3281 1577. Onsite parking is available.

6 Tivoli Twilight Markets

  • Tivoli Drive-In, 50 Coal Rd, Chuwar
  • Tonight, 4pm - 8pm

ENJOY a family and dog-friendly market that boasts a variety of local and family-run stalls, face painting, party planners, jewellery, handmade craft and novelties, and a regular fruit and veggie vendor.

Come for the market and stay for the drive-in with the event followed by a double screening of Mr Peabody and Sherman and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

For more information visit facebook.com/TivoliTwilightMarket.

7 Greyhound racing

  • Ipswich Showgrounds, Warwick Rd
  • Tonight, first race 7pm

HEAD to the showgrounds for some great greyhound racing action.

The event will feature a full range of racing from maidens to 5th-grade races. The restaurant, TAB and bar will be open from 6.15pm.

Admission costs $5.50 for adults, $3.30 for concessions and children under 18 are free. For more information phone 3202 2977.

8 Labour Day races

  • Ipswich Turf Club,Bundamba
  • Monday public holiday from 10am

THE Ipswich Handmade Expo Markets are joining forces with the Ipswich Turf Club to create an amazing day of family fun. There will be 50 stalls to browse as well as the Labour Day races to enjoy. Entry and parking are free and there will be live music to entertain all ages.

For more information visit facebook.com/handmadeexpo

9 Oz Night Market

  • Booval Fair Shopping Centre
  • Today, 6pm - 10pm

TASTE the world in one delicious event. About 30 food stalls with dishes from across the world will be on offer at this popular market.

Weather will not stop this weekly indoor event from going ahead on Saturday night. Aside from the delicious food, the market will also feature live entertainment and kids' rides.

Entry is $1 for adults and free for kids younger than 15 years and pensioners. For more information phone 3123 2800.

10 Green thumbs

  • Silkstone State School
  • Today, 8.30am - 4pm and tomorrow, 8.30am - 2pm

THE Ipswich District Orchid Society Inc and the Ipswich District Bromeliad Society will present the 2014 Spring Garden Spectacular this weekend. The two-day event will include plant sales, craft stalls, cultural information, raffles and refreshments and will be wheelchair friendly. Admission $3 per person. The event proudly supports Ipswich Meals on Wheels Inc.

For more information contact Tricia Woodcock on 0414 257 132.

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