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Annual Magnetic Island Events

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annualeventsRemember to check the What's On Calendar closer to the event date, for updates on all of these events:

Australia Day
Monday 26 January 2015
Whether you're listening to the Triple J Top 100 countdown over a BBQ with friends, or wanting to head out, check the weekly What's On calendar for last minute listings and events celebrating Aus Day.

Battle The Barge - Race 1
Saturday 14 March 2015

(Townsville to Magnetic Island return)
Take on the Townsville Fantasea Barge as it takes off to Magnetic Island and back. Battle your way through Townsville's ocean waters and attempt to beat the Barge to the finish line. This race is filled with adrenalin and suspense as competitors give it all they got to prove man can overcome machine! See the What's On calendar or the NQ Ocean Paddle Series.

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 March 2015

Are you up for a dirty weekend? 5 events, 2 days and 1 tropical island! Paddle, mountain bike and trail run this awesome multi-sport festival on Magnetic Island from 29 - 30 March 2014. Events include 'Ultra Adventurethon', 'Enduro Adventurethon', 'Dirty Endurance Duathon', 'Taste of Adventurethon' and 'Junior Adventurethon'. It's going to be BIG so check out the details today! See the 2012 race on YouTube. For more information, or to register visit Adventurethon.

Easter Weekend
Friday 3 - Monday 6 April 2015

Easter is peak season on Magnetic Island, so book your accommodation early and settle in for a tropical island holiday. Check the weekly What's On calendar for last minute listings, live music and events, plus church services.

Saturday 25 April 2015

The dawn ANZAC Day service on Magnetic Island can be a particularly moving ceremony of up to 1000 people. At 5am a pre-dawn start at the RSL leads a parade to Alma Park where the main ceremony is held. The 2009 ANZAC Day service on Magnetic Island is a typical example of what you can expect to experience at this annual memorial. After the main ceremony participants usually venture back to the RSL Hall for a hearty breakfast. Check out the calendar for this year's event details.

Music On Magnetic
2 - 9 May 2015

See the 2015 Music On Magnetic promo.

It's a week of fun and discovery in music and dance. The inaugural May 2010 camp was a huge success and included songwriting, world music choir, looping and improvising, flamenco dance, flamenco percussion, ensemble improvisation, Georgian vocal music, humarimba, Spanish guitar, Pushme Pullme dance and Reading Music Made Easy. Each year MOM has increased with interest and provided outstanding teachers combined with a friendly mix of willing pupils. Visit Music On Magnetic or
see the 2015 Music On Magnetic promo to find out what's in store this year. Book early - spaces are limited!

Mother's Day Classic
Sunday 10 May 2015

The Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) in Alma Bay, Magnetic Island raises money for breast cancer research, and is an easy
walk or run. This annual fundraising event has been held in major cities and regional areas across Australia since 1998, with local volunteer groups driving the regional events. The 2015 event will be Magnetic Islands first event, so lets make it a great one! Check the What's On calendar for event details.

Magnetic Island Open Day
Sunday 24 May 2015

There's a bunch of great activities for the whole family to enjoy across the island including
FREE guided walks of The Forts by a local military historian, FREE guided wildlife walks, plus dining specials, live music, a jumping castle, self guided snorkel trail, island art exhibition and auction and much more. The weather is perfect too for one of our many bush and beach walks (1-3 hours). Download or view the 2015 Magnetic Island Open Day Activities Sheet, or check the daily What's On calender for more information and updates.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
Thursday 28 May 2015
If the Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation, then the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is the cuppa that stops an island. Magnetic Island's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea has been a long held tradition where local residents take a break to support the Cancer Council’s leading fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of it's kind in Australia. A day in the park full of great home-made entertainment, scones and tea. Check out the What's On calendar for this year's venue and times.

The Coral Coast Yacht Race & Rally
Fri 5 June 2015
Formerly known as the Dent To Dunk race, the race was renamed in 2012 and starts at Airlie Beach (Whitsundays) and finishes at Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island. The distance is approximately 130nm. For more information contact the Abel Point Yacht Club.

NQ Home Brew Competition
Sunday 7 June

2013 was the inaugural NQ Home Brew Competition on the deck at Peppers Blue On Blue Magnetic Island. With prizes valued at over $5,000 plus raffles, tastings, expert judges and great food, it's bound to be another fun day 'on the deck', starting at 11am until 4pm. For more entry details on the 2015 NQHB, email Col Foley at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

World Oceans Day
Monday 8 June 2015
Queen's Birthday Holiday - Long weekend)
Magnetic Island celebrates World Oceans Day with a mix of fun family events, activities, a beach BBQ and live music at Base Magnetic Island in Nelly Bay - check the What's On calendar for details.

Also check the calendar for last minute long weekend listings and events.

NQ Ocean Paddle Series
- Race 3 Fantasea Horseshoe Gallop

Sunday 21 June 2015

(Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island to Townsville)
The long course takes competitors on a wild journey from Horseshoe Bay, around tropical Magnetic Island ending in Townsville, landing at the Rockpool on The Strand. For more information, see the What's On calendar or visit NQ Ocean Paddle Series.

June (Winter) School Holidays
Sat 27 June - Sunday 12 July 2015 (QLD)

It's a busy time of year for Magnetic Island, but it's also a great time to get outdoors and enjoy your holidays by the sea. Check the weekly What's On calendar for last minute listings and events.
Just make sure you book your accommodation early, as this is peak season for the island.

Magnetic Island Wine Expo
Saturday 18 July 2015
The 2010 inaugural Magnetic Island Wine Expo featured over 12 wine merchants and the opportunity to sample over 50 wines with live music plus lucky draws all afternoon! $20 entry included your own glass (to keep). For a great afternoon head to the Water Garden Oasis as part of the Picnic Bay Hotel and sample a wide selection of wines while enjoying tropical views of Picnic Bay.

Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim
Sunday 26 July 2015 (The 2015 event has been cancelled)
The Magnetic Island To Townsville Swim starts at the waters edge in front of the Picnic Bay SLSC Magnetic Island and finishes at water's edge in front of the SLSC Clubhouse on the Strand Beach adjacent to the Strand Park jetty in Townsville. The swim has been held almost every year since 1954. Over the years, the who's who of Australian swimming and surf-lifesaving have competed in the race. Over the past 60 years, the event has grown to become a very iconic event unique to Townsville. They encourage all capable swimmers to train hard, put in the distances and, have a go at conquering the waters of Cleveland Bay and, become a part of both Australian and World Swimming History. It doesn't matter whether you come first or last, it is about giving it your best shot.

MI Arts Safari
Map available for year round self-drive Safari's!

Sunday 5 August 2012 was the Magnetic Island Arts Safari and Open Studio's Day. With an island brimming with talent, the 2012 featured 12 local artists starting in Picnic Bay in the morning and finishing in Horseshoe Bay in the afternoon, followed by a cocktail party from 4-6pm at Barefoot gallery. The 2013 MI Arts Safari date is yet to be decided but you can enjoy a self drive Safari in the meantime by downloading the 2012 brochure. Download the 2012 Art Safari Brochure.

Great Tropical Jazz Party
22 August 2015 - One Concert ONLY
For over 14 years the Great Tropical Jazz Party has been three nights and two days of cool jazz, held beneath the palms on beautiful Magnetic Island, attracting visitors and jazz aficionados from all over the world. The 2015 Party will be for one concert only featuring an all start line-up of musicians from around Australia. For more information on the artists performing visit the  Magnetic Island Great Tropcial Jazz Party. Check out the What's On calendar for more details.

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week
27 August - 1 September 2015
Sunferries (now SeaLink) Magnetic Island Race Week in 2009 was a huge success with plenty of great sailing, picture perfect weather and parties to be had with approximately 56 entries. 2011 grew with 86 entries and excellent sailing. The 2014 race starts on Thursday 28 August - Tuesday 2 September and looks to be even bigger with fun events for everyone to take part in! Check out all the info at
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.

MI Care Biennial Arts Show
Friday 28 August (Opening night) - Friday 11 September 2015
The Magnetic Island Care Biennial Art Exhibition is t
he island's largest art exhibition, and features a wide range of paintings, local hand crafts and sculpture at Arcadia Village Hotel in Alma Bay. All proceeds go to MI Care and it's support of our elders.

Magnetic Island
Bay Dayz Festival

Fri 4 Sept - Sun 4 Oct 2015

It's a fantastic month that includes 50+ events including:

• VP70 Jitterbug 40s Dinner & Dance Night: Sat 5 Sept
• Rotary Magnetic Island Beer Can Regatta: Sat 19 Sept
• Morleys Spring Equinox Earth Fest: Sun 20 Sept

• Junior Fishing Competition
• Talk Like A Pirate Day
• Oktoberfest
• Bookfest
• Magnetic Island State School Fete
• MI Musos Youth Talent Quest

• Best Of Magnetic Ocean Classic Swim
• Twin Peaks Challenge
• Photographic Competition
• The island-wide Festival Front Yard Fantasies Competition

• Sand Sculpture Competition

...plus writing workshops, ceramic workshops, live music, art exhibitions, environmental walks and talks, kids workshops, restaurant discounts and mega markets - you name it, the Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival has something for everyone. Plus extra mid-week kids activities during the school holidays! Just remember to book your accommodation early.

Download/view the 2015 Festival Program

Sunday 6 Sept 2015
Bag a bargain book or two at Bookfest. Kids or adults, fact or fiction, romance, biographies, reference, westerns, text books - loads of fun for all including trash and treasure, raffles, cake stalls, coffee shop, sausage sizzle and children's activities. Come along to C&K Magnetic Island Early Childhood Centre at 25 Nelly Bay Rd, Nelly Bay with all proceeds going to Magnetic Island Early Childhood Centre. Feel free to drop off books or donations before the Bookfest at the centre, or to book a stall contact Lana or Kirralea on 4758 1168.

Magnetic Island Community Fair (Bi-annual)
Saturday 12 September 2015
Formerly known as the Magnetic Island School Fete, the MI Community Fair
is a huge fun day for the entire community. Locals support this bi-annual event with great gusto, to make the day of live entertainment, market stalls and fun games a definite on the calendar. The day is a major revenue builder for the Primary School.

Rotary Magnetic Island Beer Can Regatta
Saturday 19 Septemer 2014
(Sunday 4 September 2016)
The challenge is on! Warm up with giant bean bag races, try your strength at the kids tug of war, and then sit back and enjoy the fun of The Grand Challenge - the Beer Can Regatta.

Spring Equinox Earth Fest & MI Musos Youth Talent Quest
Sunday 20 September 2015
As part of the Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival, this fabulous day in Alma Park celebrates the world we live in with demos, workshops, markets and the Youth Talent Quest. Come along and enjoy the fun!

Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September 2015

The 2013 inauguaral Magnetic Island Oktoberfest was a huge success at Sandi's On Magnetic Island, in Horseshoe Bay and it's looking to be even bigger in 2015. With imported German beer, traditional Bavarian Brass Band music, beer wenches and lederhosen, Bavarian food specials including succulent 'spit roast' pig, beef roast, steaks, pretzels, pork belly, schnitzels, bratwurst and sauerkraut, you'll be set to enjoy another authentic Oktoberfest in 2015! 10am-late each day.

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KiteFoil - SeaLink Boat vs Board Showdown
2015 Date to be confirmed
The 1st annual SeaLink Boat vs Board Showdown from Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island to Townsville in 2014 included the current worlds best KiteFoil Boarders
in the fleet. Held during the KiteFoil Gold Cup Australia from September 25 to October 1 2014. See more on Instagram.

Labour Day (Long Weekend)
Monday 5 October 2015

Check the daily What's On calendar for all of this long weekend's events and activities.

Townsville Road Runners Magnetic Island Run
Saturday 3 October 2015

The Magnetic Island run starts from the Nelly Bay terminal after the 7.05am ferry from Townsville arrives (at about 7.30am).
This event consists of any one of four runs, all finishing at Horseshoe Bay, where there will be tea / coffee etc. There is no timing or placings for this event. Register on the day at the start.

Adventure Games, Magnetic Island
Saturday 17 October 2015 - Date to be confirmed

This year participate in an Amazing Race style treasure hunt around the gorgeous Magnetic Island where you will find hidden checkpoints and participate in challenges with your team. We have enough challenges and checkpoint over the Island to fill up your day so put it in your diary, get your team together and prepare for an Island experience like no other.
Everyone can participate. Each team can consist of between 2-5 people to share in the awesome experience. For more information visit Adventure Games.

Melbourne Cup on Magnetic Island
Tuesday 3 November 2015

It's the race that stops the nation, (and Magnetic Island), and one of the best places to be is the Picnic Bay Hotel. Big screens, HEAPS of atmosphere, and the only place on the island to place your bets. So head to Picnic Bay to catch Melbourne Cup fever.
9.00am: TAB help desk and R&R Restaurant open.
10am: Sports bar opens.
Fashion on the field prizes and live
music. Come dressed for race day!

Schoolies Week
2015 Dates to be confirmed
Unlike many other southern centres, schoolies week on Magnetic Island is a much safer and quieter celebration.
The island offers schoolies the opportunity to get out on the water or stroll it's many beaches during the day before enjoying nights out with friends. Additional activites and police and support are scheduled for the island during Schoolies Week.

New Year's Eve on Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island is buzzing with a massive selection of NYE events to choose from.
From live music, dinners and shows, it's famous NYE Full Moon Down Under Party and fireworks on the shoreside in Nelly Bay. Just make sure you book your accommodation early, as this is peak season for the island. For more information, visit the NYE listing on our home page (Dec), or check the daily What's On calendar for individual listings for each venue.

Check out the daily Magnetic Island What's On calendar (on the top left of this page), for the latest listings of events, festivals, gigs, exhibition openings and fun things to do while you're visiting. If you're more of a nature lover, check out the Magnetic Island Eco Calendar.

Top things to do on Magnetic Island
Download our handy list of the Top Things To Do while you're visiting.

Staying over? Find your Magnetic Island Accommodation.
Remember to book early for the high seasons!: Easter, June and September school holidays and the Christmas/New Year break.