The Western Downs is getting 2017 off to a flying start with an events program that has something for everyone. From horse racing (and Yabbie Racing) to gourmet food markets, art exhibitions, book readings, cocktail parties and strenuous sporting events – the Western Downs will be a fun place to be.

The highlight of the calendar will be the Chinchilla Melon festival which sees the town attract more than 20,000 visitors over the weekend.  As well as the usual festival fun a Big Bash cricket match has been organized and a movie night for the kids at the school.

So SAVE THE DATES and JOIN US at these fantastic community events!

1 January      

WDOP Dalby Markets – Dalby Railway Station from 9am

12 January    

Tara School Holiday Activity - Indigenous Art workshops from 10am

13 January    

Same Same but Different Exhibition Opening - Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla from 6pm

15 January     

Chinchilla Country Markets will recommence on 15 January and start at 7am

18 January     

Author Adele Jones will host a Crime Fighting Fiction Writing workshop at the Dalby Library at 10am

26 January    

Celebrate Australia Day with family and friends at the Juandah Heritage Site on Thursday 26 January 2017 from 7am 

4 February    

Family Race Day and 2017 Season Lunch at Dalby from 12:00 pm

Cocktails for a Cure

Cocktails for a Cure is a charity event held at the historic Jimbour House to raise awareness and funds for the Mater supporting Ovarian Cancer research. This event will start at 6pm.

Chinchilla Melon Festival 2017

16 - 19 February 2017

World’s biggest melon festival! Everything watermelon related and more. There will be watermelon games including skiing (slip’n’slide), tossing, seed spitting, and chariot racing! Barbecues, Fashion parades, markets, story telling... the list goes on.

Melon Big Bash

16 February

Chinchilla & District Cricket Association present the Melon Big Bash.  Gates open 5.30pm. Come along for a great 20-20 night of cricket featuring the Queensland Bulls Masters players!!

Friday Festival Feast

17 February 2017 9:00 am

Chinchilla Melon Festival Presents Friday Festival FeastFriday from  6pm – 10pm.  Join for a night of relaxation and delicious food with entertainment by singer/songwriter Jane Zerbst.

Kids Movie Night

17 February

Western Downs Regional Council in partnership with the Western Downs Youth Hub Event presents ‘Kids Move Night’ showing two movies from 6pm.

4 March

Come ‘n’ Try Girls’ Rugby League Clinic – Chinchilla

The W.O.L.F Moonie Yabbie Races

A chance to bid on your favourite Yabbie, or enjoy the family entertainment, watch the fashions & spend up at the stalls. Great day out starting at 2pm.

Dalby Triathlon

5 March

Dalby Triathlon

For more information on these events and more log onto the Western Downs website.

For all your accommodation needs in Chinchilla and the surrounding areas, Kings Park Accommodation really is the best place to stay. Our welcoming managers Warwick and Lindi will make sure you have nothing to worry about and you can just go and enjoy these great events. Call us today to book your room.