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Greazefest Rockabilly Festival 2016 Brisbane

Find all the latest upcoming hot rod, retro, rockabilly and pin-up events, both in Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

JULY 2016

16-17 July

Meguiars MotorEx Melbourne

Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm.

Featuring Meguiars Superstars, Freestyle Rides Inauguration, Muscle Car Marvel, Street Elite Showcase and more.

Meguiars Motorex Melbourne 2016


30 July

28th Annual Nambour Swap Meet

Saturday only. Click the link above for bookings.

Nambour Showground, Coronation Ave, Nambour, QLD



5-7 August

Stroppy Jalopy 2016

Motorkhana, Mud Run and show and shine. This event is for pre 1970 hotrods & customs as well as pre 85 bikes & bobbers  and choppers.

Leeton, New South Wales

Stroppy Jalopy mud run car event

5-7 August

Greazefest Brisbane

Cleveland Showgrounds, QLD

The GreazeFest weekends are the utmost kustom kulture events in the Southern Hemisphere, where thousands of rockabilly and hot rod fans roll up for a massive dose of ultra-kool kustom kulture.

Held every August in Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia, GreazeFest brings you two crankin’ weekends of cool cars, rockabilly bands, djs, fashion parades, pinups, vintage bikes, lowrider cycles, kustom art shows and workshops, pinstripers, tattoos, markets and heaps more.

Greazefest Rockabilly Festival 2016 Brisbane


6 August

Miss Pinup Australia Grand Finale

Doors open 5.30pm

Paddington RSL, Paddington New South Wales

Miss Pinup Australia pinup competition

14 August 2016

Nostalgia Drags and Hot Rod Reunion

Willowbank Raceway, Willowbank, QLD

Nostalgia Drags Willowbank 2016

26-28 August

Little Bit Country Rodders Picnic

Hot rod run and show n shine, Leeton New South Wales

Leeton hot rod run

26-28 August

Rods in Paradise, Gold Coast

Gold Coast Holiday Park, presented by Gold Coast Street Rodders

Saturday show and shine at Robina Town Centre



 24 September

Rods and Rockabilly Miami

Car show, rockabilly bands, market stalls and pin-up competition at the Miami Tavern on the Gold Coast.

Rods and Rockabilly car events


25 Sept – 1 October

Valla Hot Rod Run – 40th  Anniversary.

One week of cruising, day runs, parties and more at Valla Beach Tourist Park.

More info:

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APRIL 2016

 1 – 3 April

Cavendish Campout

Cavendish, Victoria

Hot Rods & Vintage Caravans camping weekend.

 9 April

The Very Vintage Day Out

Auckland, New Zealand

A vintage festival with music, cars and entertainment including the crowning of Miss Pinup New Zealand 2016.

 The Very Vintage Day Out 2016 New Zealand

 14 – 17 April

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The world’s biggest rockabilly festival featuring bands, car show, pin-ups, markets and more.

 Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival 2016

MAY 2016

7 May

Rods and Rockabilly Festival

Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane

12pm onwards, with special guest Shannon Brooke (USA)

Cars, markets, pin-up competition

Rods and Rockabilly Festival Brisbane 2016

21 – 22 May

Queensland Hot Rod Show

Brisbane Convention Centre

Adults $22, kids under 14 FREE

Hot rods, customs, Harley Davidson giveaway, kids entertainment, Miss Queensland Hot Rod Show Pin-up Competition

Queensland Hot Rod Show 2016

JUNE 2016

3 – 13 June

Cooly Rocks On

Australia’s biggest 50s and 60s nostalgia festival

Coolangatta, Queensland

Hot rods, customs, bands, markets, swap meet, Miss Cooly Rocks On, Mr and Mrs Rockabilly and more

Cooly Rocks On Nostalgia Festival 2016

9 – 13 June

Downunder Beachfest

Caloundra, Queensland

Hot rods and customs show

Downunder Beachfest 2016

MARCH 2016

6 March

Sherbet Birdie Candifornia Pool Party

Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane

12 – 3pm tickets $25. Purchase here

Sherbet Birdie Pin-up Pool Part Brisbane
Image: Sherbet Birdie Photography

11-13 March

High Altitude Rod Run

Toowoomba, Queensland

High Altitude Toowoomba Rod Run

12 March

Gold Coast Design Collective Maker’s Market

First Ave, Burleigh Heads, Queensland

Local design, art, vintage, DIY

13 March

Redlands Rockabilly Revival

Cleveland Showgrounds, Queensland. Cool hot rods, live bands and djs, market stalls, kustom art displays, pinup parades, kids rides, delicious food and much more.

Redlands Rockabilly Revival Retro Betty Events

Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival

17 – 20 March

Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival

18 – 20 March

Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival

Rock n Roll, Classic Cars, Hot rods, Fashion, Music, Dancing and everything good about the 50’s and 60’s. The weekend attracts large crowds of people from all over Australia to join in the atmosphere as the town centre is transformed into all the glory of a bygone 50’s and 60’s era.

18 – 20 March

Rich River Rod Run

Echuca/Moama, Victoria

Contact: Rich River Rod and Custom Club

19 March

Annual Logan Tattoo and Art Exhibition

10am til late, tickets $20, Acacia ridge Hotel, Acacia Ridge, Queensland

Tattoo competition, Miss Maiden Ink Competition

Logan Tattoo Show

24 – 28 March

Narrandera Rod Run

Narrandera, New South Wales

Hot Rod and Custom weekend. More info

25 – 28 March

ASRF Sandgroper Hot Rod Nationals

Bussleton, Western Australia

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Francie Flathead
Francie Flathead aka Kirsty Wallett is Editor in Chief of Retro Betty. A former journalist & full time petrol head, Kirsty's love of all things mid-century, rockabilly, hot rods & pin-up knows no bounds. A tomboy at heart, Francie is as much at home in a greasy garage working on her cars, as she styling her hair in victory rolls for a night out.