Casey Barnes will play Providence at Ripley on Sunday in the first Live on the Lawn concert.
Casey Barnes will play Providence at Ripley on Sunday in the first Live on the Lawn concert. Contributed

10 Things to do around Ipswich

1. Ipswich One Act Play Festival

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

INCINERATOR THEATRE

IPSWICH

Celebrate one of Ipswich theatre's great traditions, the annual One-Act-Play Festival.

Over the years, stars of Australian stage and screen have had a role including Hugh Cornish, Gerard Kennedy, Val Lehmann and Bernard King.

Enjoy 14 one-act plays across the weekend, including junior and senior categories, all performed under the watchful eye of festival director Craig Taylor.

2. High tea at the Ipswich Art Gallery

SATURDAY

IPSWICH ART GALLERY

Join the friends of the Ipswich Art Gallery for a sophisticated afternoon in the revival of the traditional high tea served exclusively in the Exhibition Gallery.

Your afternoon begins with sparkling wine enjoyed while viewing a selection of works from the art gallery collection.

3. Festival of Male Voice

SATURDAY 2.30PM

SILKSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH

The Brisbane Choir includes about 40 men from a variety of professions and trades and from a variety of Christian denominations who are united by a love of singing and especially a love of singing music to glorify God.

4. Troop Train Sunday

SUNDAY 9AM - 4PM

SWANBANK

Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway joins with the Ipswich Centenary of Anzac Committee to turn back the clock to the war years and recreate the Troop Trains that worked their way from country to city, from the Bight to the Cape, moving men and materials for the World Wars.

The locomotive, carriages and stations will be turned back to their wartime appearance and the troops will again ride the rails. You have the chance to ride with them and share the experience.

5. The Divine Miss Bette

SATURDAY 6.30PM

IPSWICH CIVIC CENTRE

Following sell-out seasons across Australia and overseas, award-winning artist Catherine Alcorn channels the people's diva, Bette Midler, in this whirlwind of a show that will leave you breathless and begging for more.

Trained by Steve Ostrow, the man who discovered Bette Midler, Catherine Alcorn will take you on a thrilling rollercoaster ride back to the Palace Theatre, New York, 1973.

Backed by a four-piece band, she'll belt out the diva's great hits, including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, The Rose, Friends and many more.

6. Live on the Lawn - Casey Barnes

SUNDAY 1PM

PROVIDENCE, SOUTH RIPLEY

International music star and former Australian Idol finalist Casey Barnes has been confirmed as the first artist to perform at the Live on the Lawn concert series at the Providence community centre in South Ripley.

The free event will be held at the stunning new community amphitheatre with Casey to be the first of many great musicians to appear at Providence over the next 12 months. Sunday's concert is part of a full day of activities in and around the new community hub which also includes free sausage sizzles and kids events.

8. Community Bush Dance

SATURDAY 6PM - 9PM

BLAIR STATE SCHOOL

The Rantan Bush Band will be playing a mix of bush dances and fun family tunes - suitable for all ages. Past students and community members are encouraged to come along. There will be raffles and lucky door prizes throughout the night. Bring a picnic blanket to throw over a hay bale and claim your seat.

9. School fete

Sunday 10AM - 3PM

Brassall State School

There's a whole lot of fun to be had this Sunday at Brassall State School at their school fete. There's so much set to happen including rides, show bag alley, face painting, a massive range of stalls including novelties, hand made items, cakes, candles and lots more.

10. Selected Photographs by Anna Carey

DAILY UNTIL OCTOBER 9

IPSWICH ART GALLERY

Growing up on the Gold Coast sparked Anna Carey's interest and fascination with mid-twentieth century architecture. Her work overlaps both photography and sculpture as she meticulously creates small architectural models of buildings and then photographs them to create an illusion of space. As a result these strangely familiar architectural spaces become hard to define and slip into the urban myths, fragments of remembered patterns and textures in the ever-changing city.