Ipswich festival rolls out good times

A high-energy pyrotechnics show with daredevils in jetpacks is just the beginning as Ipswich Festival fires up for 2018.
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer


Lights, colour, action… Ipswich Festival returns

Ipswich Festival erupts in colour and action this Thursday night with Fire on the River set to kick the annual party into gear in the most spectacular show Ipswich has seen.


Jetpacks and pyrotechnics to thrill Ipswich Festival crowds.

A highlight of the Fire on the River fireworks and laser show will be Jetpack Entertainment & Events operating on the Bremer River for the first time. The crew have performed in Brisbane on the river and at locations around Australia and overseas but never before in Ipswich. Their show – featuring a man and a woman in water-powered jetpacks and LED-lit suits – promises to be a real thriller.


Fire on the River, Ipswich Festival

The event signals the start of the 2018 Ipswich Festival which is set to unleash a colourful program across the city right up to April 22.

Highlights will include a huge day of events and entertainment on Saturday, April 14 – including the annual Festival Prade of Light from 7pm in Brisbane St in the heart of the city, the Heritage Bank Street Party in D’arcy Doyle Square and Honk! classic car show.


Honk! is part of the 2018 Ipswich Festival

Variety is key this year and one of the quirkier components of the 2018 festival is Cabaret Five Foot Two running at the Ipswich Civic Centre on April 18 featuring “pocket dynamite” singer-actor Melissa Western presenting her tribute show to the “vertically challenged.” Fans of Dolly Parton, Edith Piaf, Lady Gaga and many more are in for a treat here!

Other festival highlights will include Fiesta with family fun and flavours from around the globe in Queens Park on Friday April 20, and Jazz Wine & Blues on April 21 featuring some great acts including Asa Broomhall, and Joe Camilleri & the Black Sorrows.


Joe Camilleri & the Black Sorrows will perform at Jazz, Wine & Blues on April 21, 2018

Music fans have plenty more to get excited about too, such as – Sounds of the 60s on April 19 at the Ipswich Civic Centre and the 2018 Annual Proms Concert on April 20 in St Paul’s Anglican Church in the heart of Ipswich.

Ride On – a celebration of cycling features different events from April 15 to 22.

For the many other art, cultural and family highlights of this year’s event see the festival website.


Parade of Light returns to Ipswich on April 14, 2018
Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy blogging or hanging out with his bestie Windora the Bilby, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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