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Townsville, Queensland.
29 July to 07 August 2022
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A Festival Experience like no other

A Festival Experience like no other

Enter a wonderfully enchanting garden setting where formal and informal concerts and performances will take place throughout the 10 days of the Festival. Food, wine, tables and chairs will be available for guests to enjoy the tropical outdoor atmosphere.


With two stages in the Festival Garden – the outdoor stage and the Empire Tent – there is something to entertain you each day of the Festival, from 5pm and all day on weekends. The Late Night Empire Lounge features jazz and blues performances, the outdoor stage features big band, salsa, orchestral, dance, family and schools concerts. Swing by anytime for a bite to eat and soak up the Garden atmosphere. Some Empire Lounge events are ticketed. VIEW THE FULL PROGRAM HERE.


The much anticipated Festival Garden Concert (previously in Queens Gardens) is a magical afternoon of music on Sunday 31 July at 4pm. Be entertained by Barrier Reef Orchestra and visiting Festival musicians. Other free performances in the Festival Garden include outdoor movie nights, Drum Circle, Celtic Music, William Barton and the Wulgurukaba  Walkabout Dancers, the Mike Rivett Jazz Quartet, dance classes with Dancenorth and more! Pop back shortly for the full program of free events.


Music is such a wonderful thing to share with children and we have a variety of events to bring the family along to. The AFCM Families’ Concert at 4pm on Saturday 6 August presents Carnival of the Animals, a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements featuring different animals including lions, roosters, elephants, birds and even kangaroos! It’s lively, fun and wonderfully entertaining for all ages. Plus on Saturday 30 July and Saturday 6 August at 12.30pm come along and enjoy an free concert on the main stage by talented high school musical groups. Pack a picnic or treat yourself to a tasty offering from the food trucks.  


For all of you night owls out there, and those keen for more music after a Festival concert in the Civic Theatre, this is the place to be! Each evening of the Festival (except Sunday and Tuesday), commencing between 9.30pm and 10.30pm the Late Night Empire Lounge comes alive with swagger, soul and very groovy music. Take in a jazz performance or some blues and kick back with a drink and good company.  

Pop back shortly for the full program and ticket details.