What’s on: 30 ways to fill your days this September in Ipswich

Find out what's on this month across Ipswich!
07 Sep 2021
Ashleigh Howarth, Freelance writer

If you’re looking for ways to fill in your diary this month, look no further than our What’s On Guide for the month of September. Featuring everything from theatre shows to markets, drive-in movies, escape rooms, haunted ghost tours, art classes and Drag Queens, Ipswich has plenty to see and do for everyone!

Annual sheering day at Haigslea Ewe Nique

The friendly animals are at Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm are due for a hair cut and you’re invited to see all the action!

See the shearer in action on Sunday September 12 at 8.30am or 10.30am, plus you can feed and pet the baby goats and other animals while you’re there.

Plus see the Ipswich Spinners and Weavers in action spinning the sheared fleece.

Adults are $10, kids $5 entry.


Laugh along at Ipswich Cambrian Choir’s new show

Love is in the air at the Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir’s 2021 Theatre Restaurant: A Lovely Day for a Wedding.

Join them at the Cambrian Centre to celebrate love, both new and old, long-lost and unrequited, problematic and blissfully untroubled, through this original story based on songs from each of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musicals. The final two performances will be held on September 10 and 11, with the show beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets are $45 for adults, and $20 for children. Click here to reserve your seat. The Cambrian Centre is located at 10 South Station Road, Booval.

Get a close up view of Ipswich’s iconic heritage buildings

Take a journey across the city without using all your petrol by stopping in at The Workshops Railway Museum to see its latest exhibition, Ipswich in Miniature.

Here you will be able to see smaller versions of some of Ipswich’s iconic heritage buildings, hand-made by the team at Ipswich Mini Crafters. Ipswich in Miniature will be on display until October 17.

Afterwards, visitors can view the historical photographs from the Picture Ipswich Collection. Click here to see a full list of the permanent exhibitions and activities to help you plan your visit.  

Markets to support the farmers

Summerland cafe

Experience the best of a boutique country market while you enjoy a smorgasbord of food, meet the camels, relax and enjoy the stunning views, or dance along to the live entertainment at the upcoming Buy from the Bush Festival at Summer Land Camels in Harrisville.

There will be lots of market stalls to browse, from local suppliers and makers, even businesses from as far away as Longreach. In addition, there will also be farm tours (book via the website), camel rides (book on the day), a dedicated kid’s corner, raffles and more. There is also plenty of on-site parking available.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous musical takes to the stage

Actors from Ipswich Musical Theatre Company will be taking to the stage to perform the hugely popular show, the Pirates of Penzance, at the Ipswich Civic Centre.

This reimagination of Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comedy promises to deliver singing, swordplay, silliness and all the fun of the seven seas. Tickets are $75 each, or $280 for a group of four. Shows will be held on September 11 at 7.30pm; September 12 at 1.30pm; September 17 at 7.30pm; September 18 at 7.30pm and September 19 at 1.30pm.

Learn more about Ipswich’s haunted past

Ipswich Cemetery Ghost Tour

Spend a night visiting historical landmarks and graves with renowned historian Jack Sim on one of his many haunted ghost tours across Ipswich.

Multiple tours are held each month throughout the Ipswich CBD, as well as the cemeteries in Ipswich and Goodna.

Jack is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to sharing stories about Ipswich’s many resident ghosts, and his storytelling is sure to have the hair on your arms standing up straight. If you would like to book in for a tour, see Ghost Tours Australia.

Tour the exhibitions at the Ipswich Art Gallery

Light Play for Kids

Visitors to the city will enjoy walking through the halls of the Ipswich Art Gallery to browse the four exhibits which are currently on offer.

Art lovers will enjoy looking at the selection of artworks and objects from the Ipswich Art Gallery Collection, as well as be amazed by the display of Australian Heritage Quilts. There are also activities for the little ones to enjoy, with LightPlay for Kids and LightPlay for Babies and Toddlers.

Children can explore their artistic potential in an interactive space created especially for them and play with overhead projectors and illuminated light boxes and discover what happens when light is cast on different materials. Visit the Ipswich Art Gallery website for more information.

Fossick through the many markets across the city

Markets are a great way to pick up fresh local produce, as well as clothing, collectables, plants, jams, honey, bric-a-brac and more. Whatever you feel like filling up your goodie bag with, you are sure to find what you are looking for at these markets:

The Springfield Markets is held on the first Sunday of every month from 8am-1pm at Robelle Parklands in Springfield Central, and the third Sunday of the Month from 9am-4pm at Orion Springfield Central Shopping Centre.

The Ripley Markets are a great way to shop and explore. This dog-friendly market is held on the second Saturday of the month from 3-8pm at Providence, Ripley Valley.

The Ipswich Showplace Markets are held every Sunday from 6-11.30am at the Ipswich Showgrounds on Warwick Road. The markets have long been a popular destination for early risers on a weekend. Entry is a gold coin donation.

My Local Market is held on the first Sunday of the month on Parkland Drive, Walloon, from 8-11am.

The Riverlink Market Zone is held on the second Saturday of every month from 8am-1pm at Riverlink Shopping Centre, corner Downs St and The Terrace, Ipswich.

The Handmade Expo Markets are held on the second Saturday of the month at the Nicholas Street Precinct.

Queensland Ballet’s Teen Unite Immersion Weekend

Teens of all skill-levels aged 13-17 are invited to unite for three days of jam-packed fun led by Queensland Ballet teaching artists and industry affiliates to learn a wide range of dance moves, including ballet, contemporary and hip-hop.

There will also be entrepreneurship and mentorship workshops that will prepare them for their next move. These workshops will be held at 1 Nicholas St, Ipswich from September 24-26. Tickets are $150. Click here to reserve your child’s place.

Take in a movie at the drive-in

A number of family favourites will be shown on the big screen at the Tivoli Drive-in including Moana, Jungle Cruise, Tinkerbell: The Pirate Fairy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars 3 and Free guy. For movie dates and times, click here.

Participate in a traditional tea ceremony

Enjoy a guided tour of Nerima Gardens before arriving at the Tea House to view the Japanese tea ceremony; a traditional cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (powdered green tea). 

The next ceremony will be held on September 25. The cost is $40 for adults, $35 for concession/students, and $30 for a child aged up to 12 years old. Bookings are essential. To reserve your place, click here.

Take a trip back in time

Join other history buffs and take a journey on a bus from the 1960s as you are chauffeured around the historic Blackstone area.

The wonderful driver Donald stops at a number of historical sites on the tour and provides a great commentary, assisted by Hugh Taylor, President of Ipswich Historical Society. The next tour will be held on September 12.

The Heritage Bus leaves Cooneana Heritage Centre at approximately 10am, with the tour taking approximately two hours.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children occupying a seat. Tickets include entry to the Cooneana Heritage Centre after the tour.

Bookings are essential, and can be made here.  If you wish to see the many exhibits and memorabilia on display, you can head to the Cooneana Heritage Centre on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm, as well as the second and fourth Sunday of the month from 10am-2pm from now until November. Find them at 1041 Redbank Plains Road, New Chum.

Enjoy a Saturday night on the town with the Queens

The hit Drag Queen show Palace is back again, featuring Dianna Tunne’l, Iona Toyboi, Alexis Diamond and special guest Carrie MeClutch, who will be appearing at Banshees Bar and Art Space for one fabulous night on September 11.

Tickets are $25 each. The night will feature three shows, including the Gaymes segment, raffles, lucky door prizes and more. For more information, including how to book tickets, like Banshees Bar and Art Space on Facebook.

Test your science skills these school holidays

Let your kids test out their science skills and learn more about animals, chemistry and physics at a number of daily workshops during the school holidays at The Workshops Railway Museum during Science on Track.

Over two big weeks kids will have a ball channeling their inner Einstein from September 18 to October 2.

Free for Annual Pass members. Your ticket also includes access to more than 15 interactive exhibitions, including the new Sciencentre, train simulators and Nippers Railway playground.


Jump on your bike for an epic adventure

Flight Centre Active Travel Cycle Epic 2016 | Hidden Vale Adventure Park

The 99 Bikes Cycle and Trail Run Epic event will be held over two big days this month, welcoming riders to take on the tracks at Hidden Vale Adventure Park on September 11-12.

This epic weekend has something for everyone, catering from novice riders through to professionals. There will be three races over two days, as well as several categories to challenge and reward riders. 

Battle it out against other fantasy gamers

If you’re into fantasy games, you won’t want to miss out on the Age of Sigmar Campaign, which is being held on the third Sunday of every month in Goleby’s Basement. The six-month campaign sees players battle against one other in a bid to raise enough points to be crowned the winner and take home the all-important champion trophy. Scenarios and missions will be posted on the Dark Magician Pop Culture Superstore Facebook page.

Superheroes to drop by Ipswich to meet their biggest fans

Marvel superstars Iron Man and Spider-Man will be dropping by Tulmur Place to meet and greet their biggest fans these school holidays.

There will be two big events for Marvel fans to enjoy including; Iron Man: Avengers-In-Training-Unite – Join Iron Man for a training session where you will learn to memorise the origin stories, stances, mottos and weaponry of their superhero heroes; and, Spider-Man Appreciation Day – Peter Parker will stop by for ‘Spider-Man Appreciation Day’ to take photos, listen to stories, chant cheers and share facts!

When Spidey does arrive, his Spidey sense kicks in and Spider-Man must leave before Peter Parker can take a snap of the super-hero and his number one fan.

Be sure to be at Tulmur Place between September 20-24 for your chance to see your favourite superheroes. Times of appearances can be found here.

Enjoy a night at the theatre

A warm-hearted comedy about fun, untold secrets, optimism and the joy of friendships will be shown on the stage at the Incinerator Theatre this September and October.

Members of Ipswich Little Theatre are delighted to present their new show, titled ‘Ladies’ Day’. The story takes place in a fish processing factory in Yorkshire where four ladies find their lives a big hard slog.

Fortunes are set to change when one lady finds tickets to the Ladies’ Day at the races. Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ladies ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. If their luck holds, they could win the jackpot and more. Tickets start at $16 and can be purchased online or at the Ipswich Visitor Centre. 

Try your hand at being creative

Sip 'n Dip Ipswich

Learn to paint the gorgeous cliffs of Greece, make your own resin clock, or create an alcohol ink lantern at one of the many workshops that are held by Sip ‘n’ Dip Australia throughout Ipswich. There’s lots of activities suitable for people of all ages and abilities, so whether you are a beginner or experienced artist, you are sure to find a workshop to suit your taste. Like Sip ‘n’ Dip Australia on Facebook for more information about their upcoming events.

Frock up for a day at the races and a bubbly brunch

Fashions on the Field

Dress to the nines and head to the Ipswich Turf Club for a Beers, Bubbles and Brunch event on Sunday September 19.

The event is being held in the Grange Lounge from 11am-2pm and costs $50pp for bottomless brunch and bubbles with live entertainment.

Then on September 29 head back for a day of horse racing. Gates open at 10am.

Click here for more information about the Ipswich Turf Club.

Solve the puzzles at Ipswich’s escape room

Seraphim Escape

Gather up the crew and visit Seraphim Escape Rooms where you will have an hour to solve all the puzzles and unlock the door to reclaim your freedom. 

Bungee bounce fun

It’s time to bounce, spring, flip and jump into the school holidays on the bungee trampolines that will be set up inside Redbank Plaza these school holidays. 

Battle your family and friends at the Nerf battle zone

The whole family will have fun over the September school holidays in the NERF battle zone which will be appearing at Tulmur Place from September 27 to October 1. For more information, click here.

Discover what your future holds at The Soul Nook Collective

The Old Church Marburg

Fifth generation clairvoyant/cartomancer Anne Maree will be appearing at The Soul Nook Collective over three days where she will be reading tarot cards.

It costs $45 for a 30-minute reading. Like The Soul Nook Collective on Facebook for more details.

Say hello to Ipswich’s cutest residents

Head to the Ipswich Nature Centre inside Queens Park to see a number of cute and adorable native animals, including a wombat, dingoes, kangaroos, bilbies, spotted quolls, an emu and more! The best thing is it is free to enter, and you can go as many times as you like.

Also running on the school holidays will be Animal Encounters, more information here.

Find out who’s who in the zoo here.

Test out your car at the raceway

Head on down to Queensland Raceway for their Friday Night Drift Practice which provides drivers a chance to test their new setups and equipment.

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 event will be held on September 17 from 6-10pm. Log onto the Queensland Raceway website for more details.

Treat yourself to few laps in a V8 racecar

V8 Race Experience

Experience the thrill of a lifetime driving a Holden or Ford V8 Race Car around the infamous Queensland Raceway in Willowbank. Your next opportunity will be September 19 from 8-11.30am.  More information here.

Cheer on the racers at the upcoming BMX championships

There will be lots of thrills when racers take to the track at the Ipswich BMX Club from September 22-25 for the 2021 AusCycling Queensland BMX State Championships. Head along to cheer on the competitors who will be battling it on their bikes. More information can be found here. 

Test your racing skills

Roll Racing is all about having fun with your car, your mates, and racing it in a safe environment. Racers can head to Queensland Raceway at Willowbank to test out their car without the risk of getting in trouble. Organisers have designed this event to give you as much track time as possible and they limit numbers to make sure you get value for money as an entrant. This event is held from 4-10pm on September 18. 

Hip-Hop dance classes

Families with young ones are invited to head down to Redbank Plaza every Thursday morning for their free Tiny Tot Hip-Hop dance class hosted by the crew from Eight8 Dance Co. The classes are one hour. Like Redbank Plaza on Facebook for more information.

Beers to be flowing for Oktoberfest


I’m going to be sneaky and add in an extra event here which is happening in early October, but it is something you will need to book in early for! Don’t forget Oktoberfest is almost here, and the beer will be flowing at many pubs and establishments throughout the region. The Ipswich Turf Club will be hosting its Oktoberfest German Smorgasbord on October 2-3, so be quick and reserve your seats now.

Ashleigh Howarth Freelance writer
Ashleigh Howarth is a journalist with more than nine years experience in the media industry. Her passions include travelling, dessert bars, cocktails and attending music concerts. She aims to inspire others to unlock their own sense of wanderlust to explore this beautiful big world, whether that be on a local or more global scale. You can keep up to date with her stories by following @journo_ash_ on Instagram.

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