There is no better way to enjoy the region’s parks during February and March than with an outing to Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) free Summer Tunes program starting Sunday, 2 February.
TRC Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said the Summer Tunes program provides free, live music at popular parks across the Toowoomba region.
“The Summer Tunes program is a great way to relax with friends and family, so grab a picnic blanket, some snacks, a hat and settle in for some downtime,” Cr McDonald said.
“Concerts feature local musicians from a variety of music genres and can be enjoyed on weekends throughout February and March.
“Summer is a great time of year to enjoy a morning playing with your children or grandchildren in Queens Park or roll out a picnic with friends at the other venues while listening to a wide range of performers.
“Summer Tunes are as much a part of summer as cicadas, sizzling barbecues, backyard cricket and the buzz of lawnmowers.”
“The opening week line-ups also includes the catchy croons of the family band, The Hobsons as part of The Big Bands theme at Picnic Point Picnic Point and get your toes tapping of 2 Timing at Laurel Bank Park from 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm.”
TRC Parks and Recreation Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said Council’s civic parks and gardens offered a perfect setting for summer holiday escapes with ideal picnic settings and plenty of playgrounds for children to enjoy.
“It is a great showcase of talented musicians set against the spectacular backdrop of our magnificent civic parks,” Cr Ramia said.
“Our region’s parks are a top tourist drawcard at any time of year, and this is an extra reason to head outdoors and see the beauty of the region’s recreation areas.
“The extended eight-week season of Summer Tunes will see performers across pop, rock, Celtic, country, jazz, and big band genres, throughout February and March.
“Regional audiences in Oakey, Crows Nest, Cecil Plains, Pittsworth, Goombungee and Cambooya plus, for the first time, Yarraman and Wyreema will be treated to musical afternoons from the beginning of March.
Enjoy performances by 2 Timing, Alison Bryant Quartet, Black Velvet Quartet, Flashback, Jim Miller Big Band, Johnny Jump Up, Killin Time, Paul Edwards Quartet, Slow Train Coming, The Hobsons, Timeless, Toowoomba Municipal Band, TUX, Undercover and Vavachi Jazz & Swing, as well as Cleo the Clown appearing in Queens Park.
The Regional Summer Tunes program is:
Oakey: March 1, Arthur Shooter Park, Killin Time. 10.00am-1.00pm.
Crows Nest: March 1, Centenary Park, Slow Train Coming. 11.00 am-2.00 pm.
Yarraman: March 14, Errol Munt Park, corner of Margaret and Emmert Street, 2 Timing. 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.
Cecil Plains: March 15, Cecil Plains Homestead on the Condamine River, Flashback. 10am-1.30pm.
Wyreema: March 22, Obst Park Oval, Umbiram Road, Black Velvet Quartet. 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm.
Pittsworth: March 22, Pittsworth Pioneer Village and Museum, Paul Edwards Quartet. 3.00 pm-6.00 pm.
Goombungee: March 29, Mocatta St near war memorial, Tux. 12 noon-3.00 pm.
Cambooya: March 29, Cambooya Recreation Grounds, Johnny Jump Up, 3– 6 pm.
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The full program can be viewed at www.tr.qld.gov.au/summertunes
For a listing of other holiday activities, visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/events