The secret is out … The Hills District is home to a vibrant community and its very own month-long festival, which kicks off in May with workshops, entertainment, rides and even fireworks. There's more than 25 events to choose from.
The Hills Festival is a celebration of the district, just north of Brisbane which takes in the suburbs of Arana Hills, Bunya, Draper, Everton Hills, Ferny Hills and Albany Creek.
For the entire month of May, residents and visitors can enjoy an expansive program of unique events and activities.
It is the fourth year the festival has been organised by the team at Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism.
Chairman Shane Newcombe says it will give festival-goers the chance to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the region’s hidden gem and it ties in nicely with Anywhere Festival events throughout May.
“The Hills District is a rich tapestry of art, culture and experiences, which is showcased by an equally vibrant festival program,” Mr Newcombe says.
“There truly is something for everyone and several opportunities to try something new.”
There’s everything from travel writing for beginners, LEGO Engineers Club, drawing workshops, yoga, pilates, scooter and skateboarding clinics, theatre, dance, business networking and much more. See the full program here
This year’s Hills Festival has linked in with events being held in the district as part of the Anywhere Festival (link to go here) to turbo-charge the program.
Moreton Bay Region Mayor Peter Flannery says as much as locals might like to keep The Hills District all to themselves, the secret is getting out.
“The Hills Festival celebrates everything the community loves about this part of our region, and includes four weeks of events such as cabaret shows, picnics, art classes and more run by local groups and organisations,” Mayor Flannery says.
“I’ll give you a red-hot tip and recommend you put the Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park event in your calendar right now, to remind yourself to pack a picnic and don’t let her do any of the chores.”
Cr Matt Constance (Div 10) says the party will last the entire month of May.
“The Festival culminates with the Hills Carnivale a fiesta of food, family and fun as well as a fireworks spectacular not to be missed,” Cr Constance says.
“The music line-up offers something for everyone in the family and roving entertainment and workshops will keep the kids entertained. I promise it’s the best free fun for your family before the winter months hit, so come and join the party.
“The only costs are the amusement rides, at the bargain price of $2 a go. So, this is a lot better value than the Ekka.”
Hills Festival is proudly presented by Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council, with the assistance of silver sponsor Keperra Golf Club and media partners B105.
What: Enjoy a picnic in the park, with a range of food stalls and live entertainment
When: May 9, 1.30-4pm
Where: George Willmore Park, Ferny Hills
Bring: Picnic rug
What: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will be screened
When: May 15, 5.30-8.30pm
Where: George Wilmore Park, Ferny Hills
Bring: Picnic blanket or folding chair. Food and drinks available for purchase
What: Stage performances, creative activities, market and food stalls, roving performers and much more
When: May 20, 10am-2pm
Where: Leslie Patrick Park, Arana Hills
Bring: Picnic blanket and register via QR code on arrival
What: Family fun to end the Hills Festival including a jam-packed entertainment program split between two stages – with one specifically for children in the designated Kids Zone. There’s also $2 amusement rides, workshops and games, and roving entertainers to enjoy. For the adults, there’s dozens of lifestyle markets and multicultural food stalls and entertainments. Fireworks at 7pm
When: May 29, noon-7pm
Where: George Willmore Park, Ferny Hills
Bring: Picnic rug and sense of fun
See the full program and register for events here
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