Happening in November
Treasure trove: James Cook University will celebrate a special milestone from Friday, October 30 until January 10 with its 50 Treasures: Celebrating 50 Years exhibition.
Art attack: The outstanding work of TAFE Queensland visual art students is on display at Pinnacles Gallery at Thuringowa Central from Friday, November 6 until December 4.
Hoop dreams: Townsville will be the focus of basketball attention from Wednesday, November 11 when the Women’s National Basketball League kicks off in a North Queensland hub as part of a six-week season ending on December 20.
Drawn to art: Drawn to Pressure is an exhibition of prints featuring the works of artist Gerald Soworka. The works have been developed from his sketches drawn during overseas travel. It runs every day from Friday, November 20 until December 16 at Umbrella Studio.
No bull: Australia’s best bull riders hit town on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 for the PBR Australia Grand Finals. All the action takes place at the Townsville Entertainment Centre.
Barnes stormer: Australian country rock star Casey Barnes takes to the stage on Saturday, November 21 at the Dalrymple Hotel.
Indigenous art: The work of talented indigenous printmakers is on display from Saturday, November 21 until December 21 at Umbrella Studio. You can view the outstanding work between 9am and 5pm every day.
Sweet sounds: Treat yourself to an afternoon of great jazz on Sunday, November 22 when the Dylan Russell Quartet performs at the Fish Inn on The Strand from 5pm.
Walk on: Community members are invited to take a stand against family violence on Wednesday, November 25. The walk against violence starts at 8am from the Townsville City Council headquarters in Walker St.
Dance on: The Ann Roberts School of Dance presents two great nights of entertainment on Wednesday, November 25 and Thursday, November 26. Its Hits of the Stage and Screen gets under way from 6.30pm each night.
Funny time: North Queensland’s best comedians will take to the stage on Thursday, November 26 as part of the Roast Room. The fun starts from 7pm at the Heritage Exchange.
Sounds of now: Entertainer Kim Churchill brings his Bright Night Sessions tour to a pop-up venue, to be announced, on Sunday, November 29.
Environmental volunteers: Help conserve the environment by volunteering with Conservation Volunteers. Projects run most Thursdays and Fridays and volunteers depart from the organisation’s Pallarenda base at 7am and return by 2pm.
Barra Fun Park: Catch a barramundi, hop on the cable ski, or ride the slip ‘n’ slide and frolic in the inflatable water park. A range of passes are available. Book online at https://www.barrafunpark.com/
Charters Towers markets: Take a drive to Charters Towers and enjoy the historic city’s Sunday markets. Baked goodies, bottled jams and all kinds of treats await. The markets are held on the first and third Sundays of the month in the QCWA Jane Black Memorial Hall, 80 Mosman St.
Magnetic Island markets: Catch the ferry to Magnetic Island for a great Sunday, starting with the island’s popular markets. The very best in jewellery, art, clothing and food is available from 9am-2pm every Sunday at Horseshoe Bay.
Willows Rotary Markets: Markets are held every Sunday, from 7.30am until 11.30am, at Willows Shopping Centre. They offer a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables plus clothes, art and jewellery.
The great escape: Grab your friends and head to Townsville’s Escape Academy for a ton of fun. You and your team will be teleported to a new world where you must find clues, solve puzzles and escape before it’s too late. Escape Academy is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.
Photography club: Put yourself in the picture and share a love of photography with other happy snappers at the Townsville Photography Club. Keen photographers meet on the third Monday of each month from 7pm-9pm.
Wet and wild: An outing to the Strand Water Park is a must-do event for families. The water park is open every day of the week.
Stage Door Theatre: Catch the ferry to Magnetic Island and have a great night of entertainment at the Stage Door Theatre’s Ultimate Abba Show. Shows are on Friday and Saturday nights until the end of the year, and Saturday nights during January.