What’s on: Fun ideas to fill up your calendar this June

Read on to find out What's On this month in Ipswich...
27 May 2024
Ashleigh Howarth, Freelance writer

If you’re looking for the ultimate weekend road trip, then a trip to Ipswich is in order!

Whether you’re into car racing, live music, skateboarding, or just wanting to try a new cuisine or bar, there’s plenty happening across the city of Ipswich this month for people of all ages to enjoy!

Get revved up for the Festival of Horsepower

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It’s going to be a big month of power, excitement and adrenaline this June when the hugely popular Festival of Horsepower returns to Ipswich. This month-long festival is all about celebrating a number of Australia’s signature racing and motorsports events like the Gulf Western Oil Internationals, the TAB Ipswich Cup, Western Star Feature Race Day, Queensland Kart Championships, 2 Days of Thunder, Winternationals Warm Up, Cruise the Night, Hi-Octane Burnouts, plus the V8 Drift Experience, just to name a few! For a full rundown of the festival program, visit the Festival of Horsepower Website.

Frock up for the TAB Ipswich Cup

Ipswich Cup

For a day full of fun, excitement, elegance and unforgettable memories, make sure you’re at the TAB Ipswich Cup at the Ipswich Turf Club on June 22. Known as Ipswich’s social event of the year, the day is all about getting together trackside to cheer on the jockeys and the horses, showing off your style with an amazing outfit, feasting on tasty food, and partying with several nationally and internationally recognised DJs. Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or a first timer, this iconic and exciting event is not to be missed!

Get gnarly with pro skateboarders in Redbank Plains


Australia’s only Pro Skateboarding Tour is back, and after touring the country since the beginning of the year, its Ipswich residents’ turn to see some of the best skateboarders in the world when the BMD Rumble Pro Tour Series hits up the Redbank Plains Skatepark on June 28-29. Featuring an impressive lineup of homegrown legends, they will be showcasing some of the best skateboarding tricks the sport has to offer.

Get a taste of country life at the Rosewood Show

Its nearly time for the Rosewood Show Photo: Rosewood Show Society Facebook Page

Featuring everything you could want from an iconic country show like lots of show judging, animals, bull riding, rides, entertainment, showbags, Dagwood Dogs and much more, the Rosewood Show will have something for everyone when it returns to the Rosewood Showgrounds from June 28-29. Follow the Rosewood Show Society on Facebook for updates.

Treat your tastebuds at Homage Restaurant

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Embark on an unforgettable culinary journey with the masterminds behind Homage Restaurant’s sensational dishes during an exclusive behind-the-scenes Roaming Degustation Dinner where you will witness the magic that goes into crafting each dish. Held on June 8, this is your opportunity to sample some of the freshest and finest produce sourced locally from the Scenic Rim, as well as straight from the smokehouses, market garden, fermenting room and The Barn coal pits. This event is presented as part of the 2024 Scenic Rim Eat Local Month.

Explore a new immersive garden at Queens Park

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The Queens Park Environmental Education Centre is set to be transformed into a fibre arts garden full of activities later this month for the opening of a new immersive art installation called In A World Of My Own. Featuring large scale installations, plus plenty of fun activities like finding hidden animals and making your own flowers, this relaxing garden has been designed to provide accessible, educational, and fun art for children. There will also be plenty of photo opportunities for the parents to take home a keepsake. Head on down between June 24 and July 13.

Treat your four-legged bestie to a fun day out at Ipswich Dog Day

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Grab the leash and your four-legged best friend because Tulmur Place is about to be transformed into a dog lovers’ playground on June 29 for Ipswich Dog Day. With dozens of market stalls selling accessories and treats, including special doggy ice cream, plus live entertainment, food trucks, cool competitions and more, you have to be barking mad to miss this ‘pawesome’ day out.

Shop for a new wardrobe at Quibble Market

Quibble Market

Explore a wide selection of pre-loved men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and accessories, all under one roof at the Quibble Market. You can find them inside the Events Centre at the Ipswich Showgrounds every Sunday, plus a special pop-up event at Orion Springfield Central on June 9.

Browse the city’s other major markets

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If you love shopping, there are plenty of great local markets where you can stock up on fashion, homewares, records, fresh produce – you name it! You should definitely check out the Springfield Markets, Ripley Markets, the Riverlink Market Zone, and the Handmade Expo Markets.

Party hard at Orion’s Throwback Fridays

From the Bee Gees through to Beyonce, and every other amazing artist in between, there will be plenty of great hits to dance along to at the Orion Hotel every Friday night. With a rotating lineup of tribute acts, live musicians and vinyl DJs, this is the place to be to get your weekend off on the right foot.

Celebrate World Gin Day at Imbibis

World Gin Day 2022

Get into the spirit of World Gin Day by heading to Ipswich’s newest distillery Imbibis, where the gin and tonics will be flowing and the music pumping all afternoon. Elevate your experience by bringing your own charcuterie board or try something from the newly opened Banjos Café just down the road. Doors will open from 12pm-6pm. By all means have a fun time, but drink responsibly.

Catch a movie at the Tivoli Drive-in

Tivoli Drive-in

If you feel like binging one weekend and having a movie night, head on down to the Tivoli Drive-in where you can watch two blockbusters back-to-back. Movies screening this month include Migration, The Fall Guy, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Force of Nature: The Dry 2, If, and the new Mean Girls movie.

Explore The Workshops Railway Museum

The Sciencentre

With multiple interactive exhibitions to explore, The Workshops Railway Museum isn’t known as Ipswich’s best tourist attraction for nothing! Kids and adults alike will love the Model Railway, Platform 9, Might and Muscle, plus the Sciencentre, just to name a few.

Pick up a sledgehammer at Rage Cage

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Have you ever wanted to destroy plates, microwaves, or a television with a sledgehammer? You can do all this plus more in a fun and controlled environment at Ipswich’s Rage Cage. If you’re looking to extend the festivities, head around the back to Rampage Axe Throwing.

Take a trip back in time at Cooneana Heritage Centre

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Explore what life was like for people before motor vehicles were the norm when you travel back in time at the Horses to Horsepower Family Fun Day at the Cooneana Heritage Centre on June 23. Some of the displays will include horse-drawn vehicles, Clydesdale horses, vintage cars, historical motorcycles, as well as trackless train rides. But the fun doesn’t end there – learn more about blacksmithing, try your hand playing old-fashioned games, visit the old school room and museum displays, and even learn some bush dances!

Find your new career at the Ipswich Jobs Expo

Ipswich Region Business, Careers and Jobs Expo

Discover some of Ipswich’s amazing local businesses or find a new job or the career you have been searching for at the upcoming Ipswich Region Business, Careers and Jobs Expo. Held at the Events Centre at the Ipswich Showgrounds, this will be your opportunity to explore different career paths and learn about industries you might not have considered before. There will also be interactive displays, live music and food trucks.

Sing along with Ben Lee at Studio 188

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In anticipation of his new upcoming solo album, Australian musician Ben Lee will be returning to Studio 188 on 21 June for a night of romantic anthems, clever wordplay and indie pop classics. This is of course just one of the many incredible live shows happening in the city this month, including comedian Dave O’Neil on 5 June and cultural leader David Bindi Hudson on 30 June. Visit the Ipswich Civic Centre and Studio 188 websites to see the full schedule.

For more fun things to do see our What’s On page.

Ashleigh Howarth Freelance writer
Ashleigh Howarth is a journalist with more than 12 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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