Skip to content

Hervey Bay Whale Festival

Its Live in Queensland Logo

Saturday, August 3, 2024 - City Park; Main Street; Seafront Oval

City and Sea

Get ready for a jam-packed day of fun and excitement with three amazing events all in one! First up is the Discovery Pod, where you can discover the wonders of the marine world and Hervey Bay’s Holidaying Whales, take part in community competitions, and explore the beautiful Hervey Bay Regional Gallery grounds. Don't forget to make your own lantern at our workshop, so you can participate in the evening’s Downer Parade of Lights down Main Street! Featuring stunning marine animal lanterns, this parade is sure to be a feast for the eyes. 


After the parade, head on over to Seafront Celebrations for an evening of carnival rides, food stalls, and live entertainment. Whether you're looking for thrills on the dodgem cars or just want to enjoy some delicious treats, there's something for everyone at this family-friendly event.  


Want to be a part of something truly magical? Create your very own lantern and join in on the excitement of the Downer Parade of Lights! This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your creativity and contribute to a stunning display of marine animal-inspired lanterns. Check out our helpful how-to-guide and inspiration sheet to get started now at home. And don't worry if you're not an expert artist – our "Make Your Own Lantern" workshop provides all the materials you need to create your masterpiece on the day and join in the fun. You'll be amazed as your lantern comes to life and lights up the night sky during the parade down Main Street. So, what are you waiting for? Let your imagination run wild and be a part of this unforgettable event! 

Key Times

Discovery Pod, City Park 

2pm – 5.30pm 

Parade of Lights, Main Street 

6pm – 6.30pm 

Seafront Celebrations, Seafront Oval 

2pm – 8pm 



Discovery Pod:

Lady Elliot Ranger Island Talks

VR Whale Watching Experience with Whalesong Cruises

Annual Keepy Uppy Competition

Coral Lantern Workshop with Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

Marine Animal Lantern Workshop

Colour your own Whale Festival Kite

Live music


Parade of Lights: 

Marshalling under the Whale Statue from 5.30pm 

Parade of Lights commencing 6pm 


Seafront Celebrations Highlights: 

Fun Time Amusement Carnival (2pm)

Live music

Fireworks Finale (8pm)

Image Gallery