RedFest gets bigger and gets better

RedFest, one of Australia’s oldest community festivals, is set to light up the Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds next week, starting with some great Celtic ‘craic’ with Irish music, dancing and fireworks on the evening of Friday 8 September.

Over the following days, RedFest will host an amazing array of more than 300 talented Australian and international artists, including headline acts ARIA award winning Justice Crew and Queensland’s own blues and roots guitar virtuoso Lecia Louise on the Saturday night.

Redland City Council Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said it would be a wonderful opportunity for the community to once again come together and welcome visitors, this time celebrating the 59th edition of the Redlands’ most iconic event.

“Just one year shy of its diamond anniversary, RedFest is not only one of the oldest festivals in Queensland, but one of the oldest community celebrations in the country.

“Redland City Council is again a proud Platinum sponsor of this long-standing community event, created by the community, for the community. We are justifiably proud of this heritage, a significant achievement for the Redland community,” Cr Boglary said.

“Drop by Council’s tent to talk to our friendly staff, including members of the emergency management team.”

RedFest, like the community which hosts it, is a vibrant, colourful and growing success and there will be plenty to see and do for everyone, including the famous Lantern Parade, strawberry eating competition and the hugely popular Redlands Flyball; drag racing for dogs.

There will also be the Berry Fun Club for the kids, Sideshow Alley, roaming performers and a host of other attractions, food options and community group displays.

This includes art, dance, music and ceremony by Quandamooka Festival performers, including their distinct Kunjiel (Corroboree) as they celebrate and showcases the country and culture of the Quandamooka people, traditional owners of Moreton Bay.

RedFest will again finish on a high, with 2017 Golden Guitar winner Troy Cassar-Daley on the Sunday afternoon helping deliver the biggest and best RedFest ever.

Cr Bolgary said RedFest makes a significant contribution to our local economy and city’s profile.

“It’s no mean feat for a community festival to have grown so much in size, stature and popularity every year since the first, one-off Strawberry Festival in 1953.

“That festival was reprised five years later at Victoria Point Reserve, before moving to the showground at Cleveland in 1965 and being renamed the Redland Spring Festival in 2002,” Cr Boglary said.

Redfest details


Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds, Smith Street, Cleveland


Friday 8 September, 5-9pm

Saturday 9 September, 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10 September, 9am – 4pm

Prices range from $5 – $10 for kids (under 6 yrs free); $15 – $35 for adults and $10 – $24 concession.