Event Showcase: The Rangebow Festival

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The Kitty-Kats featuring Coolum’s very own Michelle Brown will be singing up a storm in Maleny. Photo: Contributed  

When was the last time you went for a venture up to our gorgeous Sunshine Coast Hinterland? Why not make the Rangebow Festival which will be held across venues from Montville to Maleny this August your excuse to visit?  

The Rangebow Festival is back on for 2024 and there will literally be something for everyone across the four days.  

From Thursday, August 1 to Sunday, August 4 the diverse festival will feature all manner of performances from cabaret, dance parties, burlesque, theatre, food, film, comedy, nature walks and a whole world of free entertainment in the Enchanted Garden Festival Hub.  

The Rangebow Festival Director Wayne Parcell who many might know from his recent campaign for Sunshine Coast Mayor is happy to state that many of the best events at the Rangebow are free.  

“The Enchanted Garden, from Friday to Sunday, offers a full day of live music, entertainment, quirky performances and so much more. Everyone can find some joy in the festival, especially in these tough times.”   

The line-up includes Frank and Louis, Shanleigh Rose, Andy V and Sophie Delightful’s circus performances with the entertainment tab generously picked up by and paid for by Montville Gourmet Bistro.  

There will be so much FREE entertainment in the Enchanted Garden Festival Hub.

Bring the whole family and picnic on the Montville Village Green or enjoy a drink, grab a snack and relax.   

Sunshine Coast Council Division 5 Councillor Winston Johnston OAM said the event was proudly supported by Council through the Major Events Sponsorship Program’s Emerging Events category. 

“The Rangebow Festival was a bright light on the Sunshine Coast events calendar welcoming everyone to our Hinterland for a series of creative and inclusive events and activities,” Cr Johnston said.  

“In its third year, the event is an opportunity to connect and engage our communities to build a better future for everyone. 

“As a sponsor of this event and many others, our message to everyone is to buy their tickets early so that event organisers have the confidence to keep delivering creative and entertaining experiences like the Rangebow Festival.” 


The Opera Symphony Premiere features the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra playing a classical and operatic program with acclaimed opera singers.   

For a more intimate experience, the glass and stone Chapel of Love has limited tickets for an exquisite concert of harp, flute and cello. Or for something else, Hello Gorgeous brings you a magical afternoon with the Barbra Streisand songbook.  

Acclaimed harpist Grace Kikuchi will be in concert.

The world-premiere interactive theatre experience Come Fly with Me will have you reaching for the oxygen mask and your life jacket if you’re not laughing in the aisles.  If you are feeling a bit sporty, try the Tennis High Tea event at the Montville Tennis Club – play tennis with a drag queen while enjoying champagne, live music and delicious snacks.  

Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Platypus Whispers for experiences of land and nature that might have you face to bill with a platypus guided by global sensation, Neil Andison, The Platypus Whisperer. 

For something quirky, the Drag Run-a-way Pageant returns after previous sell-out years with new contestants performing with some of Australia’s leading drag performers – a night of sensational costumed characters 

The Creative Cowboy with Chris ‘Macca’ McKenzie.


Check the website for the full program of events offering experiences for all. Tickets are available now for The Rangebow Festival www.therangebowfestival.org 

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