Toowoomba, often referred to as the ‘Garden City’, boasts a rich calendar of events and festivals that attract visitors year-round. Whether you’re planning a visit or looking for activities during your stay, the city’s events promise memorable experiences for everyone. Here’s a guide to some of the must-see seasonal events and festivals in Toowoomba.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the city’s signature event, held every September. This festival turns the city into a vibrant display of blooming gardens, spectacular parades, and exciting activities. Visitors can enjoy guided garden tours, food and wine events, and live music performances. It’s a perfect event for families, couples, and solo travellers looking to immerse themselves in the local culture.

Dates for 2024: September 20th – 29th

Each year, the Carnival of Flowers grows more vibrant and expansive, offering new attractions and activities to delight visitors of all ages. One of the highlights is the Grand Central Floral Parade, which features creatively decorated floats, stilt walkers, and performers marching through the city’s streets. In addition to the parade, the Festival of Food and Wine showcases the region’s best produce, wines, and culinary talents, making it a foodie’s paradise.

For gardening enthusiasts, the program includes garden tours that offer a glimpse into some of Toowoomba’s most beautiful private gardens, as well as public parks that are meticulously prepared for the event. Whether you’re attending a floral display, enjoying live music in Queens Park, or indulging in gourmet food, the Carnival of Flowers offers an immersive experience that celebrates the city’s horticultural heritage and vibrant community spirit.

Learn more about the Carnival of Flowers.

Toowoomba Farmers Market

Every Saturday, the Toowoomba Farmers Market at Cobb+Co Museum is the place to be for fresh produce, artisanal goods, and local crafts. This market is perfect for those looking to experience the local flavour of Toowoomba. You can find everything from organic vegetables to handmade soaps, making it a delightful morning outing for the whole family.

Market Dates for 2024: Every Saturday from 7 AM to 12 PM

The Farmers Market is not just a place to shop; it’s a social hub where locals and visitors alike gather to enjoy live music, sample gourmet treats, and discover unique, handmade items. It’s also an excellent opportunity to meet the farmers and artisans who bring their wares to market, learning more about the sustainable practices and creative processes behind their products.

For those who love cooking, the market offers a treasure trove of fresh ingredients to inspire your next meal. Pick up some heirloom tomatoes, locally produced cheese, or freshly baked bread, and bring a taste of Toowoomba back to your holiday apartment. The market is also a great spot to find unique gifts and souvenirs, from handcrafted jewellery to natural skincare products.

Learn more about the Toowoomba Farmers Market.

Toowoomba Show

The annual Toowoomba Show, held in March, is a traditional agricultural show that offers a glimpse into the region’s farming culture. With livestock displays, horse riding events, carnival rides, and fireworks, the show is a fun-filled event for all ages. It’s an excellent opportunity to experience the local heritage and community spirit.

Dates for 2024: March 14th – 16th

The Toowoomba Showgrounds come alive with a variety of attractions and activities that showcase the best of rural life. Visitors can enjoy watching equestrian events, sheep shearing demonstrations, and dog shows, as well as exploring the many pavilions filled with arts and crafts, horticultural displays, and commercial exhibits.

One of the main draws of the show is the carnival area, featuring thrilling rides and games for both children and adults. The nightly fireworks display is a spectacular end to a day filled with fun and excitement. Food lovers will also appreciate the wide array of dining options, from classic show food like dagwood dogs and fairy floss to gourmet food trucks offering a range of delicious cuisines.

Learn more about the Toowoomba Show.

Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland

The Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland, held in December, is a magical event that brings holiday cheer to the city. With dazzling light displays, festive decorations, and holiday-themed activities, it’s a must-visit for families and anyone looking to get into the Christmas spirit. The event supports local charities and offers a joyous atmosphere that captures the essence of the festive season.

Dates for 2024: December 1st – 24th

This event, hosted at Queens Park, features an enchanting array of light installations, creating a winter wonderland that delights visitors of all ages. Stroll through the beautifully lit gardens, take photos with Santa, and enjoy live entertainment that ranges from carolers to local bands. Children can participate in craft activities and face painting, while everyone can indulge in festive treats from the various food stalls.

The Christmas Wonderland is a community-driven event, with volunteers and local organisations working together to create a memorable experience. It’s a wonderful opportunity to embrace the holiday spirit, make new friends, and create lasting memories with loved ones. The event is free to attend, though donations are encouraged to support local charities.

Learn more about the Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland.

Find Events Happening Soon

To make the most of your visit, it’s essential to stay updated on upcoming events. Check out the official Toowoomba Tourism Event Calendar for the latest information on what’s happening in the city. Whether you’re interested in sporting events, cultural festivals, or art exhibitions, Toowoomba offers something for everyone.

This is just a taste of the exciting events Toowoomba offers. Keep an eye on the official Toowoomba tourism website for a complete event calendar and more detailed information about all the wonderful activities you can enjoy.

Stay at Laguna Apartments for the Ultimate Toowoomba Experience

Staying at Laguna Apartments makes experiencing these events and festivals even more enjoyable. Our spacious, modern accommodations are ideally situated close to the Toowoomba CBD and its vibrant event locations. 

With private balconies or courtyards, you can unwind after a day of festivities in a relaxing and quiet environment. Laguna Apartments also offer amenities like conference facilities, an on-site café, and an electric vehicle charging station, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay.

Toowoomba’s diverse range of events and festivals ensures there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a music lover, a foodie, or a family looking for fun activities, the city’s event calendar has you covered. Plan your stay at Laguna Apartments to enjoy spacious, modern accommodations ideally situated close to the city’s top attractions and events.

For more information on Toowoomba events, visit our Toowoomba Events page and start planning your memorable trip today.