What’s on this November

Gather your friends, enjoy dinner and drinks, and create fun memories...
04 Nov 2020
Ashleigh Howarth, Freelance writer

From live music gigs to comedy shows, markets, arts and crafts workshops, trivia, karaoke and more, there is lots happening across Ipswich throughout the month of November.

So gather your friends, enjoy dinner and drinks, and create fun memories at these great events happening right across the city.

Sing your lungs out at Banshees

Banshees cocktail

If you love to belt out hits from artists such as Bon Jovi, Pink, Beyonce and more, you won’t want to miss out on karaoke at Banshees Bar and Art Space on Thursday, November 12, 19th and 26th beginning at 8pm. Banshees Bar and Art Space is located at 131 Brisbane St, Ipswich.

Learn to paint and make classes


If you are looking to learn something new, head along to this marbled stemless glasses workshop at The Coffee Club at Orion Springfield Central on Thursday, November 12, which will be held from 6-9pm. The event is being hosted by Sip ‘n’ Dip Australia.

A moonrise painting workshop will be held at Moselles Café and Restaurant, on Friday, November 13 from 6-9pm. Tickets are $55 each and can be purchased online.

Amaze your guests at Christmas by showing off your newly made round resin Christmas platter board, which you would have made at a Sip ‘n’ Dip workshop on Saturday, November 14. Places are booking fast for this workshop, which will be held from 5-8pm at The Coffee Club at Orion Springfield Central.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint but not buy all the expensive equipment? Budding artists will be able to learn how to paint their own rainbow snow at a special workshop hosted by Sip ‘n’ Dip Australia at Arizona Café and Grill in Redbank Plains on Saturday, November 14 from 6.30-9.30pm. Tickets start at $55 per person.

If you would like to make your own jewelry, sign up for the clay earring workshop, which will be held by Sip ‘n’ Dip Australia at The Coffee Club at Orion Springfield Central on Thursday, November 19. The workshop will be held from 6-9pm, and the cost is $75 per person.

If you wish your home had more artwork hanging on your walls, you won’t want to miss this painting workshop where you can make your own sunset on canvas. Hosted by Sip ‘n’ Dip Australia, this workshop will be held on Thursday, November 26 from 6-9pm at The Coffee Club at Orion Springfield Central. Tickets are $65 each and includes everything you need to create your own masterpiece.

Join the teachers from Sip ‘n’ Dip Australia and learn how to make your own Christmas ink candles at a workshop which will be held on Friday, November 27 from 6-9pm at The Coffee Club at Orion Springfield Central. Tickets cost $65 per person.

You can learn how to make your own Christmas ink candles at a workshop which will be held on Friday, November 27 from 6-9pm at The Coffee Club at Orion Springfield Central. Tickets cost $65 per person.

Make your own resin sandwich tray at the Ipswich studio, located at 98 Brisbane Tce, Goodna on Friday, November 27 from 6.30-8.30pm. Tickets are $70 each.

If you are looking for a way to make your Christmas presents a little more special, sign up for a workshop where you will learn how to make your own clay gift tags. The workshop will be held at The Coffee Club at Orion Springfield Central on Friday, November 27 from 6-9pm. Hosted by Sip ‘n’ Dip Australia, you will receive all the materials you need, plus have advice and guidance from an experienced teacher. Tickets cost $65 each.

Dance spectaculars

A number of Ipswich dance schools will be holding their end of year performances at the Ipswich Civic Centre this month. NY Dance presents Tinies on Parade on Sunday, November 8, with performances to be held at 9.30am, noon and 2.30pm, with tickets costing $22. The school will also showcase its Junior Dance Spectacular on Saturday, November 21 at 9am and 11.30am at the same price, as well as its show titled Icons at 2.30pm and 6.30pm for $24. In addition, students from the Helen Clarke School of Dancing will perform their routines on Sunday, November 15 at 2pm, with tickets costing $25. 

Little Lifesavers: Springfield

Brisbane Family Explorers at Orion Lagoon

Children will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of water activities, beach games and rescue techniques without the trip to the beach on Sunday, November 8 from 8-10am at the Orion Lagoon.

The Little Lifesavers program is designed to be fun and engaging and help increase your child’s skills and confidence in the water, and is suitable for children aged between 5-11.

The program will be run Sunday mornings from November 8 to December 6. The price for the five-day program is $175 and includes a rashie and Little Lifesavers pack. More information here

Queensland State Fair comes to town

Ipswich Show 2016

This month the Queensland State Fair will roll into town with all your show favorites including dagwood dogs, ferris wheels rides and show bags.

The fair will be held on November 20-22 and again on November 27-28 at the Ipswich Turf Club with a covid safe plan in place.

Entry is $2 and rides are paid for as you go.

For more information follow them on Facebook.

Ripley Drive-In Cinema

Ripley Drive In

Ripley’s very first FREE drive-in cinema is coming to Ripley Town Centre on Saturday November 28.

Experience Jumanji: The Next Level (PG) on the big screen from the comfort of your own car!

Grab a bite to eat before the movie with food trucks, Raku Sushi and Golden Lor Chinese open from 5pm.

Arrive early to secure your spot in the Town Centre Carpark, movie starts at 7.05pm-9.30pm.

Follow the Facebook event for more information.

See priceless art pieces at the Art Gallery

The Ipswich Art Gallery currently has a number of exhibitions on display for art lovers to enjoy. Ipswich-based artist Kylie Stevens currently has a number of works on display as part of the Ways of Water exhibit, but you will need to be quick as her exhibition finishes on Sunday, November 8.

Artist Robert Moore also has a number of his creations on display for The Amberley Series, which celebrates 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force and 80 years of RAAF Base Amberley. This display features works created by Robert Moore when he was commissioned to undertake an eight-week residency at the RAAF Base Amberley in 2001.

The works depict the iconic F1-11 fighter bomber (retired in 1998), the Caribou carrier aircraft (retired in 2009), along with the tag system for tools used in aircraft maintenance. Younger kids will also enjoy the Wind Tubes exhibition. Wind Tubes is a hands-on exhibition that challenges you to make a flying creation out of everyday materials and launch it into large, clear vertical tubes of moving air. It’s a playful way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects. The Ipswich Art Gallery is located in D’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich.

Explore a haunted mansion

Woodlands of Marburg

Partake in a two-hour journey through the historic Woodlands of Marburg estate on a Haunted Mansion tour on Friday, November 13. Seeing as Friday the 13th is one of the spookiest nights of the year, Woodlands of Marburg has created an extra special event for the night, starting with an exclusive screening of the classic 1980’s slasher film Friday the 13th, on their new outdoor Moonshine Theatre.  

If this doesn’t get your skin crawling, jumping straight into a tour of The Haunted Mansion straight after surely will! Join Katie Harvey and her team for the paranormal experience of your life. Explore the grand halls of this old bohemian mansion tuning into a time long past but still evidently ever so present. Tickets are $10 per person for the movie, and $90 for the tour. An additional tour will be held on November 28 from 8-10pm. Woodlands of Marburg is located at 174 Seminary Rd, Marburg.

Support the stall holders at the Ripley Markets

Ipswich Markets

Enjoy an afternoon of shopping, food trucks, live music, entertainment and more at the Ripley Markets on Saturday, November 14 from 3-8pm. The day will also feature a jumping castle and animal farm for the kids to enjoy. The markets are held at the Providence Splash n Play Park. 

Enchanted Wonderland Market

Explore the many beautiful stalls, treat yourself to some yummy food and join in a number of workshops at the Enchanted Wonderland Market, hosted by Soulful Dreams Expos and Events. The markets will be held at the Ipswich Showgrounds on Saturday, November 14 from 11am-7pm. Entry is $5 per person. The Ipswich Showgrounds are located at 81 Warwick Road, Ipswich.

Latin America night

Café Kalina in Springfield’s newest community, Stockland Kalina, will be coming alive with the culture, music and cuisine of South America on Saturday, November 14 from 5-8pm. Guests will be able to taste test a variety of Tapas from Peru, Chile and Columbia, as well as enjoy a live Latina performance, sip on featured cocktails and more. The café is located on Panorama Dr, Springfield, next to the Stockland Kalina Land Sales Office. 

Roll Racing

Roll Racing at Queensland Raceway is all about taking racing off the streets and putting it onto the circuit. Roll Racing Brisbane will be all the street style racing you can handle without the risk of getting in trouble! Roll Racing is all about having fun with your car and your mates and actually driving your car. All the action begins when the gates open at 4pm on Saturday, November 14, and the cars taking to the track from 6-10pm. 

EP launch

Indie/folk/pop songstress Sarah Hogan has launched her new music alias Annie at the Helm for the release of her debut EP Waters of Love. She will be showcasing her raw talent and honest song writing when she performs at Studio 188 on Sunday, November 14 from 8-10pm.

Tickets are $40 for a table of two, or $80 for a table of four. Studio 188 has implemented a COVID safe plan while still preserving a genuine live music experience. Studio 188 is located at 188 Brisbane St, Ipswich.

Live! at the Baptist featuring Jack Botts

Jack Botts is a breath of fresh air out of the Northern Rivers of NSW, creating a brand of Surf Folk drenched in depth and substance. The release of his debut EP Summer Nights showcases this in droves. He will be appearing at Studio 188 on Sunday, November 15 with special guests Boatkeeper and Paulina. There will be two sessions for people to attend – The early session begins at 5pm whereas the late session kicks off at 8pm. Tickets are $60 for a table for two, or $120 for a table of four. 

Step back in time to discover Ipswich’s rich past

Cooneana Heritage Centre

The Historical Motorcycle Club of Queensland Ipswich Area and the Ipswich Historical Society Blacksmiths will lead an open day with reference to Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 15 at the Cooneana Heritage Centre. Ned Kelly, one of their blacksmiths, has built a replica of a WW1 horse-drawn Dray Forge, used to support mounted troops overseas in WW1, that will be demonstrated on the day.

Visitors can also take a ride on a heritage bus around the historical Ipswich suburb of Blackstone and hear about the places you will see.  Book your tickets online here.

The Cooneana Heritage Centre is located at 1041 Redbank Plains Rd, New Chum.

Search for one of Santa’s elves in the Top of Town precinct

Where's TOTI

One of Santa’s special helpers will be making a special visit to Ipswich, and all the good boys and girls of Ipswich are invited to come and join the search in the Top of Town precinct.

TOTI, the Top of Town Ipswich elf will be hiding in participating businesses until Friday December 18.

Come and find TOTI for your chance to win an amazing prize pack filled with gifts and vouchers from Top of Town Ipswich valued at over $1000.

Venture through the cafes, retailers and participating businesses, search the store windows and try to catch a glimpse of TOTI the elf.  Complete an entry form available at participating stores.

Kim Churchill – The Bright Night Sessions

The Bright Night Sessions are all about reconnecting with all of the phenomenal, regional music communities that Kim has had the pleasure of joining over the years in Australia. Kim has partnered with Yamaha Australia and Undercover Creative to build a solar powered touring stage and production that can go, quite literally, anywhere. Kim will be appearing at Studio 188 on Friday, November 20 for two sessions. His first session at 6.30pm is sold out, but tickets are still available for his show which begins at 9.30pm. Tickets are $34.10 each and can be booked online through the Studio 188 website.

Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack Live in Concert!

Adam Thompson and the We Will Rock You Band will bring their ode to Queen and Freddie Mercury to the Ipswich Civic Centre on Sunday, November 22 from 7-9.10pm. The Bohemian Rhapsody Concert Live was originally just a one-off event, slated for April 2019 in Melbourne. Adam Thompson, with the We Will Rock You Band, announced the show just as the biopic landed in theatres in 2018 and the concert sold-out within minutes. The band’s popularity, with help from the movie, sparked a number of regional tour dates for the band. Tickets are $69 each and can be purchased online.

Sing along with an award winning artist

Originally from the Northern Territory, Emily Wurramara always wanted to inspire and empower members of her community, especially young Indigenous women, to find their voice. Emily has touched hearts across Australia and the globe with her songs, and debut album received an ARIA nomination and AIR award for Best Blues and Roots Album. Emily will be appearing at the Ipswich Civic Centre for one night only on Friday, November 27 at 8pm. Tickets cost $35 each and can be purchased online.

FRYDAY at Queensland Raceway

Car enthusiasts will enjoy a full day of action at Queensland Raceway in Willowbank with a full day of burnouts, powerskids, racing, cruising and more on Friday, November 27 from 8.30am-5pm. If you consider yourself a rev head, like the Queensland Raceway Facebook page for more details.

Limerick Modern Celtic Band

The Winners of the 2020 Australian Celtic Music Award for New Celtic Talent of the year will be appearing at Banshees Bar and Artspace on Saturday, November 28 at 7pm. Limerick bring together four talented musicians who have a passion for high-energy music broadly representing the Celtic rock genre, including originals, classics and traditional tunes. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online.

Handmade Expo 

Addicted to Buttons are a regular stallholder at their monthly market in Ipswich.

On Saturday 28 November 2020, stage two of the new Nicholas Street Precinct will be revealed, with the official opening of Tulmur Place, your new civic plaza, as well as the Handmade Expo Markets.

This is the first of many exciting, community events you can expect to see in your Nicholas Street Precinct.

The switch will also be flicked on the fun new water play zone – the perfect way to entertain your kids in the shade throughout our long, hot summer.

There will be more than 100 handmade market stalls, live music, food trucks, picnic areas, and even a special visit from Santa.  The markets are a COVID Safe event, with free entry, free parking, face painting and more. All the fun will be held from 9am-2pm.

Hops and Hounds

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4 Hearts Brewing Company welcome all the good doggos and their humans to enjoy some treats, beers and music in the Pumpyard laneway on Sunday, November 29 from 12-2.30pm. There will be free house baked doggy treats for your furry friends and delicious craft pints for the humans to enjoy. Search 4 Hearts Brewing Company on Facebook. 4 Hearts Brewing Company is located at 88 Limestone St, Ipswich.

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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