2020 Update

Hello Petals

We are super excited to be launching the 2020 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers!  And while it may look a little different than it has in past years, the groundwork has commenced with an abundance of flowers already planted so you can play in the petals this Spring!  Carnival was originally created as a way for the city to use its ‘Garden City’ reputation to promote increased economic activity following the hardships of WWII, this year’s Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will continue to flourish and remain an iconic Queensland event.

Parks & Gardens

Our public gardens are overflowing with entertainment including Queens Park, Laurel Bank Park, Picnic Point, Spring Bluff as well as the University’s Japanese Gardens, Boyce Gardens and Gumbi Gumbi.  Starting Saturday 5 Sept you will be able to see local artists create unique outdoor art, hear local talented musicians and taste an array of locally produced springtime delights.

It’s also rumoured that Queens Park will again host the giant Ferris Wheel and be home to the Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy!  Laurel Bank Park will again host a number of the very popular Council’s gardening staff directed twilight tours where you can discover the secret world of the parklands at night.

Grand Central Floral Parade…reimagined

We are budding with the news that the Grand Central Floral Parade is being reimagined with a Static Display featuring stunning floral floats.  These blooming floats will be on display throughout Grand Central Shopping Centre over the last two weekends of September (hello school holiday activity!).

We are also introducing the virtual mini Itty-Bitty Grand Central Floral Parade where screens will blossom with beautifully decorated mini floral floats handmade and decorated by local Toowoomba Businesses and Community Groups.  Check in at Grand Central or on your own device on Saturday 19 Sept at 3pm!

Tastes of Toowoomba

For all the foodies, we are launching #trEATS where we encourage residents and visitors to share some of the love with our local eateries who will be creating a brand new $20 springtime special, exclusively for the month of September.  Keep checking in for a full list of tasty #trEATS!

We will also be running our ever popular Talking Pub Tour that takes you to four local pubs – all within easy walking distance – for food, drinks and amusing anecdotes by a much loved local personality.  For a different kind of palatable evening we have our Friday Foodie Tours and Saturday Foodie Tours where you will be transported to a four different venues each night.

Tours

Locals and visitors have the chance to be part of the Toowoomba Trails Walk & Talk tours as more of Toowoomba is discovered.  Tours include Royal Bulls Head Inn Tour, Architecture Styles, Toowoomba During World War II, 150 Years of Rail, Laneways + Street Art and a walk on the Dark Side!

Our locally run tours this year are continuing around the Toowoomba Region with thanks to Cultivate Country Garden Tours, Toowoomba Sightseeing Tours; Australian Getaway Tours and the Cabbie Capers Parks & Garden Tours.

Community Events

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is supporting a number of local community events including the Toowoomba Bromeliad Society Inc Annual Spring Show and the Spring in the Garden from the Toowoomba Organic Community Gardens Association. 

Other events during Carnival time include  St Luke’s Flower and Music Festival; St Patricks’ Cathedral Floral Display; Carnival of Trains; Toowoomba’s Finest Craft Show; The Golden Gouge Wood Woodcraft competition and the Rowes Carnival of Light Show.

Cobb+Co will be running their Hanging Basket Display. Also, The Toowoomba City Library will showcase a presentation and the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery will display two exhibitions – Ikebana and Artificial Paradise.

 COVID-19

Unfortunately due to current circumstances some events have been rested this year including The Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine, Sideshow Alley and the Qantas Gala Dinner.

The health of our visitors is a priority and to help prevent the spread of possible infection we have made a difficult decision to rest these events.

Some community run events that will not be proceeding in 2020 include the:

  • Toowoomba Exhibition Gardens
  • Toowoomba Bonsai Group Inc Annual Show
  • Toowoomba Geranium Society Inc Show
  • Toowoomba Clivia Society Annual Clive Show
  • Toowoomba Orchid Society Spring Show
  • Native Orchid Society of Toowoomba 
  • Succulent Fest 
  • St Stephens Uniting Church Craft Display
  • St James Church Stained Glass Windows & Floral Display
  • St David’s on Display
  • Teapot Extravaganza
  • Downlands Art Exhibition
  • Floricum
  • Highfields Lions Show and Shine. 

We want to send our heartfelt appreciation to all Community Groups as they negotiate the health restrictions, so many of our wonderful events are run by volunteer committees and we support all the decisions they have made this year. 

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