The residents of Richmond have a pretty busy social life, keeping up with the jam-packed calendar of events.  Here is a list of the larger social events in the year.  Of course, there are always smaller gatherings happening at the pubs, or local community clubs. 

Australia Day


Australia Day in Richmond is celebrated in typical laid back country style with a FREE BBQ breakfast followed by Awards Ceremony and then a round robin of 6-ers Cricket.
The event is held annually on January 26 at Charlie Wehlow Oval from 8am.
The celebrations are co-ordinated by the Richmond Shire Council with the valued assistance of the Richmond Lions Club and the Richmond Junior Rugby League.
It is the ideal occasion to showcase our unique, local home-grown nominees and celebrate and reward our vibrant community spirit.

Anzac Day

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Like many towns across Australia, Anzac Day holds a special place in the heart of the community of Richmond. Much of the community turns out to pay their deep respects, and to remember those who have fought for Australia, across several generations. Many local families have a proud history of military service for Australia.
A Dawn Service is held at the Jack Brown Lion's Park at the Cenotaph.
At 9am on ANZAC DAY the parade assembles at the Post Office for a march along the main street to Jack Brown Lion's Park for the commencement of a mid-morning service at 9.30am at the Cenotaph.
Traditionally the students from Richmond State School, Distance Education Students, RSL, Red Cross, Pony Club and others in the community form our procession.
The service then commences at 9.30am
Lest We Forget.

Fossil Festival

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This biennial festival is our major community event and celebrates all that is great about Richmond, especially our fascinating paleontological history. Held over the May Day long weekend it is packed with top notch fun and boasts something for everyone, from Fossil Hunting, to street parties, bush poetry, rodeos, horse racing, and the World Championship Moon Rock Throwing.  There is always something new and different to see at the Fossil Fest and our many visitors join Richmond's community members to kick back, relax and enjoy a friendly, fun filled weekend.

Field Days

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Richmond Field Days is an annual event held by Richmond Turf Club at Richmond Race Course over a Friday and Saturday in mid June. The event features over 100 exhibitors ranging from agricultural suppliers, bull breeders to fashion and lifestyle products and sideshow alley for the kids. Over 1200 people come through the gates to enjoy the atmosphere of a true agricultural Field Day. On Friday night, the Beef Dinner and Dance is held, on Saturday, a race day takes place, followed by live entertainment at the bar late in to the night. Richmond Field Days is a great opportunity to make new friends, catch up with old ones, and do a bit of shopping.


Richmond Rodeo Association hold an APRA affiliated rodeo in July every year.  The rodeo is one of a number of events on the Northern Run, leading up to the Mt Isa Rodeo in August.  This timing assures top quality competitors across all events.  Richmond Rodeo Association also ensures they include events for local participants, such as the local bull ride and saddlebronc, and children's novelty events such as the poddy ride.  Rough stock, roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing events attract professional riders, ensuring a great evening of entertainment for all. 

Richmond Annual Fishing Classic

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The Richmond Annual Fishing Classic 2013 hosted by the Richmond Fish Stocking Association and the Richmond Shire Council will be held on the 5th & 6th of October 2013.
The weekend will be filled with family fun and entertainment, education on fishing sustainability as well as a celebration of all that Richmond and Lake Fred Tritton has to offer.
For more information please contact Megan Hussey on 0427 619 264.

Spouse Hunters Ball

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The Spouse Hunters Club was formed for the express purpose of putting on a ball to lure the singles from near and far to one venue -  Richmond! There have been many wonderfully-themed Spouse Hunters Balls (Masquerade, Royalty, Hollywood, Casino Royale, to name a few), where guests don their most glamorous evening wear for a black tie event under the stars, and dance the night away to awesome live entertainment.  A recovery breakfast is provided at the Racecourse the following day, with more music, bar and games to keep the fun going. Spouse Hunters Ball is held each year, in September.
The Club welcomes any enthusiastic locals who want to join a group dedicated to bringing people together for  a weekend of sophisticated revelry in the Bush each year!

October Moon Festival

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Above Image Credits: Banner Trish Hudspith Photographics, Right Trish Hudspith Photographics, Patricia Woodgate, Richmond Spouse Hunters Club, Kim Hughes

October Moon Festival holds an annual musical event, with a hint of jazz, by Lake Fred Tritton in Richmond, NW QLD. OMF strives to give our local musicians a spotlight and brings the world to their stage. Trumpeting into it's fifth year, the growing popularity of this festival is drawing its crowd from near and far, with visitors gathering to return for their OMF fix year after year. Several musical programs are set into action throughout the year by OMF facilitating musical education and resources, with the aim of creating a community with music as a valued and central part of our local identity.

Melbourne Cup Day

Richmond Turf Club holds an event every year on Melbourne Cup Day. This year an event will be held at the Richmond Shire Hall celebrating the artist works of local artist, Jo Forster, in conjunction with Commerce Richmond Inc.

Combined Services Christmas Party

Held late in November, or even early in December, the Combined Services Christmas Party is hosted by the Lions Club, and the CWA. Residents enjoy an evening of entertainment, a visit from Santa, and a BBQ tea. Children each get the chance to meet Santa and receive a free lolly bag, soft drink and meal for the evening. Big kids and little kids alike are always pleased to see Santa turn up in the local Police Patrol Car, Fire Engine or even on horse back. This is a well loved and long term event which is very relaxed and family friendly.