Things to do in September

There's a multitude of things to do this month from art shows to theatre and sporting events, find something to do now.
12 Sep 2019
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

There’s heaps of things to see and do this month in Ipswich, whether you’re into motorsport, markets or multicultural events you’ll find something to do.  We also have a list of things to do with the kids these school holdays – click to read more.

Visit the Ipswich Art Gallery

Art Deco

When you think of Art Deco you might think of the Chrysler Building in New York or the high fashion illustrations that graced the cover of Harpers Bazaar and Vogue.  Or maybe Ipswich’s very own Studio 188, which was a Baptist Church built in 1877 but given an Art Deco makeover in 1938 by George Brockwell Gill.

In Queensland’s only showing, the Ipswich Art Gallery is currently exhibiting Art Deco from the National Collection: The World Turns Modern.  The free exhibition is on loan from the National Gallery of Australia until October 27.  The Ipswich Art Gallery is one of the few galleries that has the adequate temperate and humidity controls and adequate size to be able to host sensitive items from the national collection.  

Between the 1920s and 40s the Art Deco period was driven by a generation of youth who wanted to throw off the shackles of wartime austerity. Style and luxury was the aim.  Technological advances such as motor cars and air travel combined with urbanisation called for a new style that echoed the modern world.

Australian artists responded to the international movement by creating images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.  Buildings lost their decorative embellishments and fashion became less structured and corseted.  Among works on show are the ways in which Australian artists embraced, adapted and advanced the Art Deco style.  The Art Deco from the National Collection: The World Turns Modern exhibition also shows selected international examples, including a vivid red tea service by the German-born Margarete Heymann-Loebenstein.

Art Deco from the National Collection: The World Turns Modern is a free exhibition on daily at the Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich from 10am to 5pm.

Spend a night at the theatre

Mamma Mia

The award winning Ipswich Musical Theatre Company (IMTC), that brought sold out performances of The Phantom of the Opera (2014), Mary Poppins (2015), Wicked (2016), Les Misérables (2017), and Strictly Ballroom (2018) to the stage, now brings a brand new production of the world’s favourite feel-good musical MAMMA MIA!

With the stage transformed into a Greek island paradise and featuring the incredible songs of ABBA including Dancing Queen, Voulez Vous, S.O.S, Take a Chance on Me, and The Winner Takes All, MAMMA MIA! tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father.

Don’t miss it from September 13-22 at the Ipswich Civic Centre.

Browse some market stalls

Markets at the Boulevarde

Markets at the Boulevarde

Markets at The Boulevarde invite you to come along to their Spring Fling markets on Saturday, September 14 to enjoy a morning of food, fun and fabulous finds. With an array of fresh produce, homemade jams and relishes, new and exciting artisan stalls and much more, there is something for everyone!

Introduce yourself to the shops already located at The Boulevarde and grab a coffee or breakfast at Seed Coffee, a unique gift in the treasure trove that is Country House. Book in an appointment with M Hair, Beauty on Belle, or Tone Town Music. There’s so much to see and do!

Ripley Markets

The Ripley Markets will be on Saturday, September 14 from 3pm to 8pm.

The local market is buzzing with handcrafted goodies and the mouth-watering aroma of street food to tempt your taste buds.

​Over 60 stalls featuring live music, delicious food stalls from all around the world, handmade homewares, fantastic fashion and farm animals, jumping castle and even a circus school to boot.

The market is held next door to the Providence Splash’N’Play – kids of all ages will love the cool adventures and boundless fun of Providence’s adventure park.

Its all pooch, pram and wheelchair friendly for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy.

Handmade Market Expo

Come along the monthly Handmade Market at the Ipswich Turf Club on September 21 from 8am-1pm.

They are exclusively handmade/baked/grown along with a few quality crafting supplies for you to create your own handmade experience. This is an outdoor market with up to 100 amazing stalls of products and food.

It is free entry and loads of easy access free parking. Come along and join them for a handmade adventure at the market.

A Night with the Queens

This Saturday (September 14) Palace A Night with the Queens returs to Casa Mia Italian Restaurant.  Dina Tunnel will host a line up of drag queens.

Show starts at 7.30om with meals from 6.30pm with an all you can eat buffet option.  Raffles and lucky door prizes.

Sporting events


Flight Centre Cycle and Trail Run Epic

This month Ipswich will host Queensland’s largest Mountain biking event – the Flight Centre Cycle Epic held at the Hidden Vale Adventure Park.  The award-winning Flight Centre Cycle Epic is a great mountain biking tradition that began in 2002 with a bunch of mates challenging themselves on a 117 kilometre epic trail ride. In 2003, the inaugural Australian mountain bike marathon started a new era in the sport.

Over the past 16 years, the EPIC has gone through multiple evolutions, most recently due to the 2011 floods which destroyed much of the track infrastructure. The track-building team have worked hard to develop extensive tracks of an international standard – creating rides that cater for different ages and skill levels.

The EPIC weekend now has something for everyone, from the novice riders, runners and walkers through to the professionals of each discipline, offering eight races and several categories to challenge and reward riders and runners alike.

Held at Hidden Vale Adventure Park September 14-15 from 8am – 5pm.

McGrath Greater Springfield Running Festival

On September 15 Ipswich’s Springfield will host the second annual McGrath Greater Springfield Running Festival. Whether this is your target race or a special training run, the McGrath Greater Springfield Running Festival has the perfect challenge with IAAF-AIMS certified Half Marathon, 15km, 10km, 5km and 1km distances

Queensland XCO State Championships

Hosted by the Ipswich cycling club the Queensland XCO State Championships will be held at Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve on September 29 from 7.30am to 2pm.


Ipswich MultiFest is a rich celebration of the diverse cultures of Ipswich, featuring multicultural youth performances, cultural activities and foods from around the world. Come and celebrate Ipswich MultiFest on the last day of school before the spring holidays.

Friday September 20 from 10am – 6pm at Robelle Domain Circle, Springfield.




Queensland Raceway regularly hosts Friday Night Drift Practice which provides top drivers a chance to test new setups and equipment but more so an opportunity for newcomers and social drivers to see how their car performs – and most importantly how their driving stacks up.

Friday Night Drift Practice is a great social night as they run two drift circuits simultaneously as well as the skid pan next to the Control Tower.  The next one is on September 27 from 4pm-10pm.

Ipswich Doll Bear and Craft Fair

Doll show

The Ipswich Doll Bear and Craft Fair is returning to the city of Ipswich on Sunday September 29 and will be held at the Ipswich Civic Centre.

Ipswich has been hosting doll shows for over 40 years and this upcoming show promises to delight people of all ages from the astute collector to the novice.  Free doll and bear valuations take place from 11am to 12pm.

Everything you can possibly think of related to collecting of antique dolls, bears, toys, furniture and more is on sale to the public. Doors open from 9am to 2.30pm.

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 showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, 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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