Community Events

Community Events

The Shire is committed to building a strong community and promoting and fostering a healthy and active community. The Midwest region is a beautiful place which provides many opportunities for local people and tourists to enhance their knowledge, appreciation and involvement in the many attractions that abound in the Shire of Irwin.

If you have an upcoming event that you would like to advertise, please contact the Shire of Irwin (see contact information below). 

For additional information about events, accommodation and much more, visit Dongara Port Denison.

Annual - Denison Foreshore Sprint & Mid West Show & Shine

Date : Sunday 22 September 2024       09:00AM - 4:30PM

Where : Port Denison Foreshore

The long weekend in September is the place to be for classic car owners manufactured prior to 1985. The Denison Sprint is a single car timed experience using the same format of the more famous local and international sprint events.  Cars launch from a standing start, navigate the course on the streets with the breaktaking marina setting the background scene and, through to a flying finish. 

The ideal complement to this event is the Midwest Show ‘n Shine where over 100 Cars and Motorcycles are on disply. There is no restricted build date so you can expect to see classics to the modern, and everything in between. People are encouraged to dust off their pride and joys and bring them along to put them on display.

Connecting the two events is a range of food and drink vendors to feed the hungry crowds, including kids activities and entertainment. This is an action-packed, family friendly day with something for everyone!

Watch the 2022 Midwest Show and Shine and Denison Foreshore Sprint Video

Annual - Magic on Moreton

2023 Seniors Week 


Seniors Weeks is an annual event celebrated nationally to recognise and thank our seniors for their valued and ongoing contribution to the Dongara Port Denison community.

To celebrate, the Shire of Irwin hosts an annual event to ensure our valued seniors continue to look after their health and well-being by remaining connected to each other and our community.                                                                         Time:
 Venue: Denison Bowling Club

The event will be free to all seniors living within the Shire.


Where will you be for Australia Day. Join the Shire of Irwin on the Port Denison Foreshore for the perfect family day out.

Enjoy the Community Citizen pf the Year Awards, Free Lions BBQ Breakfast, Kids Train, Giant Bouncy Castle, Live Music, Water Slides, Kids Face-painting, Free SUP's, Paddleboats and Kayaks, a BBQ Lunch and much more...

We look forward to seeing you there in 2024!

Australia Day Citizenship Awards

The Shire of Irwin hosts the Citizenship Awards ceremony at the Port Denison Foreshore on Australia Day - 26 January - 9am to 10am

Join us in celebrating our local hero's achievements and contributions with a sausage sizzle breakfast while the little ones enjoy the free kids entertainment. A perfect opportunity for the community to come together to respect, reflect and celebrate!


Sands of Denison Sprints - Vintage Car Beach Sprints

Date : TBC        Location : South Beach

Further details TBC

 Hanging of the Quilts (Triennial)

Date : 2026 Event Date TBC

Venue : TBC                                                                                                                                             Time :  TBC

Biennial - Irwin District Charity Ball

Date : 2025 TBC

Venue : Irwin Recreation Centre, Port Denison.

Dust off those suits and frocks and get your dancing shoes on, we're having a ball!!

  • Includes canapes, a glass of champagne on arrival , photographer and more...
  • Prizes, Bell and Beau of the Ball, raffles
  • Featuring Live Band
  • Minimum formal dress required. 

Tables of 10 can be booked or you will be seated with other party goers. This is an 18+ event, ID is required.


Event Application Package

Application Package

This document has been designed to assist Council, Sporting and Community Groups and other organisations in the running of public events within the Shire of Irwin. The purpose of this Strategy is to maximise the probability of a successful event and minimise the risk of negative outcomes such as reputational harm, injury to persons or damage to property. 

The Strategy aims to provide a clear framework for Council assistance and support to events that enables them to be better guided by the potential value and benefits that events provide to both the community and local economy. It also adheres to a guiding principle that realising Irwin's potential to be a vibrant, succesful and sustainable events destintation will involve the input, support and energy of all stakeholders.

The Shire of Irwin recognises there are significant community benefits in the staging of events. Anyone who organises an event, regardless of whether it is managed by an individual, volunteers or professional event staff,  has a responsibilty to protect the health, safety and welfare of those who may be affected by the event. It is also the responsibilty of the event organiser to ensure he or she is aware of, and complies with all relevant legislation.

Contact Information

Contact Info

For event enquiries, please contact the Community Development Officer on  9927 0000