Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers returns for its 68th year from Friday, 15 September to Sunday, 25 September.

The event has become an absolute winner for the city, confirmed earlier this year when the carnival won the Australian Tourism Gold Award for a major festival or event.

Among this year’s highlights will be the appearance of numerous star acts over the three days of the Heritage Bank Live Concert.

The performers will include Daryl Braithwaite, The Angels, Temper Trap, Paper Kites, Boys in the Band, The Diamonds, Voices and the X Factor’s Isaiah Firebrace.

Special guests at the Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival will include ABC Gardening Australia’s Sophie Thompson and, as part of a display of the region’s finest produce, renowned Australian chef Anna Gare will be on hand.

Toowoomba Regional Council mayor Paul Antonio says this iteration of the carnival is a “standout.”

“With so many years of floral magic under its belt, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is rich in tradition,” he said at the unveiling of plans for this year’s extravaganza.

“The floral program will, once again, be a testament to our bold ambition for the event. Among the highlights will be breathtaking displays of botanic brilliance across many floral exhibits and much, much more.”

Among the major attractions during the carnival will be garden tours, high teas, picnics, and music in the parks, as well as two nights of “pop up” cinemas in Laurel Bank. The Lion King and Trolls will be screened.

There will also be food and wine tours, and the popular “talking” pub tours will return.

The Hidden Laneway and the Darker Side Tours, which will explore the region, are also assured of being popular among the many thousands expected to attend the carnival.

Those in the Darling Downs region and visitors to the city will not want to miss the Grand Central Floral Parade, which is conducted through the streets of Toowoomba.

Read about the Carnival of Flowers’ Australian Tourism Award here.