New 2022 Events and Festivals

EVENTS GALORE IN 2022!

It’s not just Outback Queensland’s attractions and experiences that are popping up in 2022 – the Outback calendar is also jam-packed with quirky outback events. Along with Outback Queensland’s major annual events, here are five fantastic new events launching or returning in 2022.

ORCHESTRAL LUMINESCENCE, 17 March 2022

Set amongst the Qantas Airpark displays at the Qantas Founders Museum, this open-air concert will feature a collaboration between Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Celebrating the future of the creative and performing arts in Queensland, this unique experience is available for one night only in Longreach on 17 March 2022.

DIRT ‘N DUST – JULIA CREEK, 22-24 April 2022 Julia Creek

We’re so excited the Dirt ‘n Dust is back in 2022! There will be some changes to the event program, but you can still expect all the same fun and excitement. There will be a new Adventure Mud Run, Artesian Express Race Day, and Fashions on the Field. Nightly bull rides and live concerts will keep the whole family entertained.

ROAD TO RODEO – LONGREACH, 30 April-1 May 2022

Road to Rodeo Longreach will bring a taste of the legendary Mount Isa Mines Rodeo to Longreach, featuring a full rodeo competition and live Rodeo Rock. The Road to Rodeo Longreach weekend will feature the Wolfe Brothers, leading the live music line-up for the Rodeo Rock Concert. Two local Longreach music-makers will star on stage too – Corinne Ballard and John Hawkes, who will come with his bullock named Ollie!

FESTIVAL OF OUTBACK OPERA, 18-27 May 2022

Queensland’s Festival of Outback Opera is back! Co-presented by Opera Queensland and Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, the event features internationally renowned performers alongside Queensland’s leading opera singers accompanied by its premier orchestra. A series of concerts will be presented in Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall and Windorah.

BLACKALL-TAMBO FESTIVAL OF CIRCUS, 19-28 August 2022

A celebration of Blackall-Tambo’s circus connections, the birthplace of the great Australian circus industry. Ten days of all thing’s circus, clowns, acrobatics, trapeze artists, musicians, dancers, hula-hoops, tightrope walkers and jugglers. All the fun of the fair and the magic and mystery of the circus will be held over two action-packed weekends in Blackall and Tambo.

Don’t miss events happening in Outback Queensland this year – for the full 2022 Events Calendar click here.

And if you’d like to discover more new things happening in Outback Queensland – check out our “22 New Reasons to visit the Outback in 2022” list.

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