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The annual Laidley Spring Festival is on again showcasing the spring delights in the Lockyer Valley from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 September. 

This year the Laidley Spring Festival will bloom into a bigger and better event with a number of exciting activities lined up. Come and visit Laidley to see the quaint little town turn into an abundance of Spring Fun.

Celebrations will kick off on Thursday 12 September with great shows and exhibitions to be seen flowing through to an exciting FAMILY FUN DAY and entertaining street parade on Saturday 14 September.  Once again a free shuttle bus will run between the main venues assisting you to see all the festival has to offer.

The 2019 festival theme is..............................Australian Flora and Fauna!! Visitors to the festival will see this theme throughout the displays, shop windows, market stalls and the street parade entries.

Festival Program

The festival program will be ready for release in August so watch this space! Festival teasers will be uploaded over the next few months. 

Stall Holder Applications For Family Fun Day Family-Fun-Day

The festival is hoping to offer patrons a wide range of stalls at all venues - Thursday to Saturday at the Laidley Cultural Centre, Laidley Uniting Church, Laidley Lutheran Church, Das Neumann Haus; Friday in the Laidley Mall and Saturday at the Make It, Bake It, Grow It Markets beside Das Neumann Haus and at the Family Fun Day, corner Whites Road and Patrick Street, Laidley.

Stallholder applications for the Family Fun Day markets on Saturday 14 September at the Laidley Recreational Reserve are now closed. Thank you to all those that applied, a final list will be available soon.

Free Shuttle Bus

A free shuttle bus will run between the main venues during the three days. This year’s drop-off and pick-up points include the Laidley Cultural Centre, Laidley CBD (opposite the mall), Anglican Church (Ambrose Street), Das Neumann Haus, Uniting Church (Patrick Street), Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church Hall, Laidley Showgrounds and Laidley Pioneer Village & Museum. Please note the bus is not wheelchair accessible.

Thursday/Friday – Buses depart every 30 minutes from 9am at the Laidley Cultural Centre, stopping at all stops. The last bus is at 4pm from stop 1.

Saturday – Buses depart every 30 minutes from 9am at the Laidley Cultural Centre, stopping at all stops. The last bus will depart at 2pm from stop 1.

Festival 3-Day Entry

Most festival venues are free to enter, except for just the Spring Orchid Show ($3) at the Laidley Cultural Centre and the Quilt and Craft Expo at the Laidley Uniting Church ($5). If you are staying for the weekend, you will be given a Frequent Flyer sticker that gives you “Jump the Queue” access to these venues over the three days.

So, for less than $10, you can head off to explore what the festival has to offer. Just look for the Bali flags - they are outside all the festival venues!

Street Parade Street-Parade---Banner---No-Dates

A highlight of the stellar program will be the Spring Festival Grand Parade, in Patrick Street kicking off at 10am on Saturday 14 September. The parade will showcase stunning decorative floats, as well as heritage trucks, vintage vehicles, community groups, schools, businesses and bands. Entries for the street parade are now open! You can download the entry form here. Remember the theme for this year is Australian Flora and Fauna!

Celebrations will kick off on Thursday 12 September with the Spring Orchid Show, Lockyer Valley Artists' Exhibition, Quilt and Craft Expo, Church displays, Das Neumann Haus, Laidley Pioneer Village & Museum and markets officially opening to the public.

Laidley Cultural Centre, home of The Spring Orchid Show * and the Botanical Café featuring the Laidley Garden Club

The Laidley Cultural Centre is your first stop after leaving the Warrego Highway and arriving at the festival. Home to the Spring Orchid Show, the Botanical Café, the Laidley Garden Club and market stalls, entry to the centre is free and the café’s homemade goodies (and bathrooms!) are too good to pass up.

Make your way to the top function room, home of the Botanical Café featuring the beautiful display of Floral Art and delightful feature of “Flora & Fauna” presented by members of the Laidley Garden Club. Set amongst magnificent displays of foliage and plants, there will be lots of plants for sale at the stalls and people from the Garden Club on site to chat with you about all things in the garden. Have a relaxing break at the Botanical Café and enjoy homemade goodies, sandwiches, tea and coffee, lovingly prepared by the Kentville State School P&C. Why not buy some homemade biscuits for a treat on the way home?

Once you are refreshed, don’t miss the Spring Orchid Show in the auditorium for only $3 entry. The Lockyer Valley Orchid Society will transform the auditorium into a colourful paradise! From the delightful Vandas through to the magnificent Cymbidiums – they will delight and enthral even the most passionate orchid lover. The range of colours on display is like a magic carpet and yes, there will be plants for sale again this year. You will need to be quick though, they tend to sell out early in the festival. Keep watch for the workshops on offer on Thursday and Friday.

Opening hours – Thursday and Friday, 9am – 4.00pm and Saturday, 9am – 2.00pm

Quilt and Craft Expo, Laidley Uniting Church *IMG 2550

Celebrating 35 years, this expo showcases some of the best quilts you will see in South East Queensland. Displayed in the Laidley Uniting Church, you are welcome to amble through, soaking up the colours, patterns and themes of the quilts. Each one is made by a very creative person with a passion for their craft. The Uniting Church also offers demonstrated crafts for sale and The Courtyard Café - a huge dining area with a menu for both morning and afternoon tea and lunch. Bookings for large groups are preferred to avoid disappointment.

Opening hours – Thursday and Friday, 9am – 4pm and Saturday, 9am – 2pm 

Laidley Lutheran Church

The Laidley Redeemer Lutheran Church presents ‘Biblical Flora and Fauna’. Browse the church and floral displays, craft and plant stalls and then relax with a free cuppa! Sandwiches and dessert are also available to purchase. There is ample coach parking at the front of the venue. This church is always a pleasant surprise with a shuttle bus stop right outside.

Opening hours – Thursday and Friday, 9am – 4.00pm and Saturday, 9am – 2.00pm

Laidley District State School Under 5’s Event – Building Bright Futures for the Lockyer

The Together4Lockyer in partnership with Laidley District State School are providing this unique and special event for the festival. Families with children 5 years and under are welcome to explore a range of activities suited to small children including, arts and craft, face painting, an animal nursery, music, games, story times and emergency service displays including a fire truck, police car, SES boat and ambulance. 

There will be information stalls for young families to visit and a “Pop-Up Health Clinic”, with experienced health nurses available for short consultations and ready to answer any of your questions.  With a coffee van on site and prizes on offer, it will be a great place to visit. Free entry with bus drop off and pick up available.

Opening hours - Thursday, 9.00am - 12.00pm 

Laidley Anglican Church Display

This is a stop worth making. The church display is open each day of the festival for browsing. Amble through the historic church and read the Foundation stone which was laid on 15 November 1909 by the Archdeacon of Toowoomba, A.R. Rivers. The church community has a market stall on Saturday at the Make It, Bake It, Grow It Markets in William Street so be sure to stop off there as well.

Opening hours – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10.00am – 3.00pm

Lockyer Valley Artists’ Exhibition

The Lockyer Valley Art Society once again has plans for a display that will outdo that of past years. Held at the Lutheran Church Hall, the theme ‘Australian Flora and Fauna’ is like a blank canvas for this talented group. Each year it is a delight to see the individual interpretations of the theme, reflected in a variety of mediums, with each telling a different story. The exhibition encourages browsing and purchasing that special piece. Opening night - Wednesday 11 September – put this in your calendar!

Opening hours – Thursday and Friday, 9am – 4.00pm and Saturday, 9am – 2.00pm

Laidley Markets

Stalls of all types, there is something for everyone held in Patrick Street and the Mall on Friday 13 September until 1pm.

Das Neumann Haus Museum & Annie’s Place Coffee Shoppe

This historic house museum opens each day of the festival and Annie’s Place Coffee Shoppe offers a special pancake menu from 9am – 3pm. There are market stalls, music and more in the gardens outside – it is a great place for the family to have a break in between venues. Relax to music by Vintage Gold each day while the kids enjoy the playground and the shade of the Jacaranda tree. Entry to the museum is totally free!

Opening hours - Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9.00am - 3.00pmLPV

Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum 

Step back in time and experience how things were done in pioneering days in Australia and the Lockyer Valley. As soon as you walk through the main gate, you will be fascinated by the old shops and buildings, the working blacksmith, the old school house and so much more. Tour guides are available to tell you the stories as you meander through the village. Entry is by gold coin donation. Morning tea and lunch is available under the welcome shade at the venue.

Opening hours - Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8.00am - 3.00pm

Make It, Bake It, Grow It MarketsLBB

Make it, Bake it, Grow it Markets in William Street opposite the IGA carpark and beside Das Neumann Haus, is a must see. There is much to choose from - plants, home baked goodies, honey and of course, Lockyer Valley produce. Managed by the Laidley Hospital Auxiliary, it one of their fundraisers for the year, so bring plenty of bags with you!

Opening hours - Saturday only, 8.00am - 12.00pm

Laidley Village Shopping Precinct and Window Dressing Competition

During the festival, be sure to visit the stores in the Laidley Village Shopping Precinct and check out the window displays. Showcasing the festival theme - Australian Flora and Fauna - businesses have embraced all things Aussie to fill their windows. Be sure to wander around and check out the windows as well as the eclectic range of items available from the Laidley Village. As well as the staples of groceries, chemist and newsagency, Laidley offers some unique gift shops, clothing shops and bakeries that will make your mouth water. Treat yourself to a new hair style or make up a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the park beside the Council office and library.

If you are a business and would like to enter the Window Dressing Competition, download the entry form here and start planning your display!

Family Fun Day – Saturday 14 September - Laidley Recreation ReserveIMG 2897

The last day of the festival is packed full of entertainment and family fun. The famous Street Parade will leave Ferrari Park at 10am this year weaving through Laidley CBD. So why not get your spot along the route to be sure of a good view. At the Laidley Recreational Reserve, from 9.00am – 2.00pm, kids of all ages can enjoy the character shows, music, reptile shows as well as face painting, craft activities, markets and much more. This year we bring you LASER TAG! Challenge your mates - or your parents - to a game of Laser Tag. Plus meet your favourite Super Hero in the giant games area. It could be Spiderman, Wonder Woman or Batman - you never know who will sweep in and take over your Connect 4 game!

The Spring Colour Run is back! Registrations are now open! Early registrations receive a white shirt so you will ready for the explosion of colour along the track. Be quick to reserve your spot in August - register here. 

Show 'n Shine - Saturday 14 September

Polish up your pride and joy, dust off the cobwebs and head down to Ferrari Park, Patrick St, Laidley for the annual Spring Show 'n Shine. You can download the registration form here, and register your lil' beauty. Entry is free this year and you just might take out the People's Choice Award. Entry is open from 8am - 9am before the road closes. Cars will be on display until 2pm and yes, you can drive your showpiece in the street parade.Just let the guys know when you arrive so they give you easy access to leave for the parade and then come back to display. The Show 'n Shine is a fundraiser for the Rural Fire Brigade so let's make it a great day for them in this time of drought and high fire risk. 

Stage Program – Saturday 14 September

If you are heading to the FREE Family Fun Day on Saturday, check out the stage program - this will be released in August. 

Festival Information

If you’re unsure of what’s on offer to see and do during the festival, chat with our friendly volunteers at the Information Hot Spot (Saturday only), located near the stage at the Laidley Recreation Reserve on Saturday from 9.00am - 1.30pm. A number of Laidley businesses will be ‘Festival Meeters and Greeters’ – so look for the sticker in the shopfront window. They will be able to answer all your questions, direct you to facilities, venues and give you some great deals. Laidley Spring Festival is a fabulous three-day event, for more information on activities around the region visit or contact 1300 005 872 / 5466 3425.

Visitor Centre

Lake Apex Visitor Information 
Centre (Gatton)

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre
34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton 4343

Phone: +61 7 5466 3426

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday
8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday
8.30am - 4.30pm

We are closed Christmas Day,
Boxing Day and Good Friday.

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