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Things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend
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Things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend

Winter has set in and there's plenty of action to keep you warm, well hydrated and well nourished this weekend! There's plenty for live-music lovers, market goers, foodies, party people, families and everyone in between. Here’s our pick of top things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend. more

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Fearless artist Laurie Anderson heads to town as the Artist in Residence at HOTA
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Fearless artist Laurie Anderson heads to town as the Artist in Residence at HOTA

In a major coup for the city's cultural scene, fearless pioneer and world-renowned avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director Laurie Anderson will be on the Gold Coast this month as the first International Artist in Residence at HOTA. Known as one of the world’s most prolific and unique performance artists, Laurie is staging a series of must-see free and ticketed performances next weekend – here's what is in store. more

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A glam pineapple caravan heralds the arrival of W Brisbane
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A glam pineapple caravan heralds the arrival of W Brisbane

We’re less than a day away from the official opening of Brisbane’s newest five-star hotel W Brisbane and to celebrate, the hotel is kicking off one massive party. Want to know the best thing about this party? It’s mobile! This glamorous shindig will be brightening up Queen Street Mall at midday today before hitting the road and shimmying its way south. more

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Witness the city's evolution at HOTA's We are Gold Coast exhibition
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Witness the city’s evolution at HOTA’s We are Gold Coast exhibition

The Gold Coast oft gets a pretty crummy wrap from uninformed out-of-towners who still scoff into their soy latte at the very mention of the Gold Coast, believing the city is nothing more than surf, Schoolies and theme parks. But the truth is that we, its residents, know that those outdated stereotypes couldn't be further from the truth. We are Gold Coast: works from the Gallery at HOTA is a brand-new exhibition that shines a light on the city's evolution. more

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Treat yourself to a wellness weekend at Halcyon House with fitness pioneers Pip Edwards and Kirsten King
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Treat yourself to a wellness weekend at Halcyon House with fitness pioneers Pip Edwards and Kirsten King

We'll be first to admit that 2018 has been pretty darn massive so far. Agree? Well, if you're looking for a way to unwind, recharge the batteries and motivate your mind and body for the second half of the year, then Halcyon House is the place to do it. The dreamy Cabarita hotel is turning into a wellness retreat for one weekend only, joining forces with fitness gurus Pip Edwards (P.E Nation) and Kirsten King (Fluidform Pilates) to offer a weekend of workshops, fitness and fine food. more

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Cakes for a cause – gather the gals and head to the High Tea with Friends charity event
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Cakes for a cause – gather the gals and head to the High Tea with Friends charity event

Tea, colourful cakes, fresh scones (with jam and cream, of course), dainty sandwiches – oh yes, we're all for a fancy high tea! Though, most of us really only do high tea when it's a special occasion, like a birthday or a baby shower. If you're done waiting for the next excuse to indulge in a high tea experience, then gather the girls and book a table at High Tea with Friends – it's happening at Southport Sharks on Saturday May 26. The best part? It's all for an incredibly wonderful cause. more

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The Pop-Up Hotel is back … and you can win a night!
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The Pop-Up Hotel is back … and you can win a night!

You may have seen The Pop-Up Hotel before – a luxurious bell tent in the middle of Brisbane Festival, on the sandy shores of Kirra at Bleach* Festival, or smack-bang in the middle of Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. As its name implies, The Pop-Up Hotel can pop up anywhere at any time ... and this May it's bringing a whimsical night of luxury to Death Valley Fun Camp. more


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Top five things to see and do at Festival 2018 Week Two
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Top five things to see and do at Festival 2018 Week Two

Wow, what a week! Festival 2018 has well and truly delivered the goods, from culinary celebrations to colourful cultural displays and contortionism – we've seen it all! If you're yet to venture in to check out all of the action, there's plenty still to come across all areas of the Gold Coast. Hold onto your hats folks because week two is set to be jam-packed with fun things to see and do, here is our pick of top five must-see events from April 9 to 14. more

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Top five things to see and do at Festival 2018 Week One
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Top five things to see and do at Festival 2018 Week One

It's been hailed the most ambitious multi-day festival the Gold Coast has ever seen and it's finally here! Festival 2018 kicks off on Wednesday April 4 and brings with it a culinary and cultural smorgasbord of things to see and do, from wandering maze-like sculptures to marvelling at the physicality and power of contemporary Australian circus. With so much happening around the coast, it's easy to get overwhelmed and miss something so we thought we'd do you a solid and round-up our top five must-see events in week one (from April 4 to 8). more

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Treat yo' doggo to a puppy-chino at Tails & Ales at seagulls
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Treat yo’ doggo to a puppy-chino at Tails & Ales at seagulls

If you feel incredible pangs of guilt every time you attempt to leave the house without your pupper because he's sitting there with that look on his cute face, we have some excellent news. On Saturday March 3, you don't have to leave him behind! Yes, that's right, seagulls has officially gone to the dogs and you can bring your four-legged friend for a day of fun to raise money for the Animal Welfare League Queensland. more

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Bleach* Festival unveils its ambitious 18-day city-wide program for 2018
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Bleach* Festival unveils its ambitious 18-day city-wide program for 2018

With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games just around the corner, our fine city is gearing up for one the most pivotal years in its history. Just when we thought we couldn't cram any more excitement into the first half of 2018, the talented crew behind Bleach* Festival drops its most genre-bending and ambitious program ever. The 18 days of action kicks off on Thursday March 29 – here's what's in store. more

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The Festival 2018 line-up has been revealed and holy heck, it's BIG
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The Festival 2018 line-up has been revealed and holy heck, it’s BIG

Hold on to your hats folks, things are about to get next-level across our fine city. With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games just around the corner (April 4–15, in case you've been living under a giant rock), excitement is buzzing, and it just went up a notch with the announcement of the Festival 2018 program, which will feature a spectacular line-up of more than 1000 arts and cultural experiences in more than 28 locations across the city for 12 action-packed days. more

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Snags, sunshine and sack races – here's where to celebrate Australia Day on the Gold Coast
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Snags, sunshine and sack races – here’s where to celebrate Australia Day on the Gold Coast

Just quietly, how great is it that Australia Day falls on a Friday this year? If there's one thing we love as Aussies, it's a long weekend, so we're welcoming these three days of freedom with open arms. Now look, we know that there's a lot of conversation still to be had about the changing the date of our national day, but there's one thing us Aussies can all agree on – we're bloody lucky to call this place home! If you're keen to soak up the goodness of Australia Day, then here are a bunch of events happening on Friday January 26 (and into the weekend) that will surely make you proud as punch to be Australian. more

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From electrifying athleticism to indigenous magic – five unmissable events at The Gold Coast Arts Centre this year
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From electrifying athleticism to indigenous magic – five unmissable events at The Gold Coast Arts Centre this year

Something big is brewing on the Gold Coast. It involves electrifying athleticism, musical gems, a hint of mayhem, soul-stirring stories and a helluva lot of string. Intrigued? You should be! The Arts Centre Gold Coast's 2018 season has been bubbling under the surface for while – but we decided it was time to lift the lid and expose some of the mind-blowing cultural goodness that awaits you this year. The arts and culture hub has combined 40,000 years of indigenous culture, added a splash emotion-driven contemporary dance, stirred in a 52-person ensemble and sprinkled on some theatrical madness to create this year's line-up. Here are our top picks ... more

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Get into the festive spirit at this waterside Christmas wonderland
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Get into the festive spirit at this waterside Christmas wonderland

Christmas means many different things to all of us, but there are a few points we can agree on that make it such a special time of year. It’s coming together to celebrate with our nearest and dearest, a reminder that the spirit of giving is important, and (of course) a wonderful excuse to eat a large amount of delicious food. One place that ties these crucial elements together perfectly is Sanctuary Cove. From Monday December 11 to Friday December 15, the luxury master-planned community will be overtaken with jolly vibes and loads of free family-friendly fun for A Sanctuary Cove Christmas. more

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The Arts Centre Gold Coast raises the curtain to reveal its stellar 2018 season
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The Arts Centre Gold Coast raises the curtain to reveal its stellar 2018 season

It's been a shining, shimmering, action-packed year of live theatre, arts, exhibitions, cabarets and all sorts of cultural goodness at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. While we've all been continually swept off our feet this year by the arts precinct's sights and sounds, even bigger things have been bubbling away under the surface. Well, wait no more – the curtain has now been raised to reveal what's in store for the year ahead. Let's just say 2018 is going to be a show stopper. more

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Enjoy a not-so-silent night under the stars at the 2017 Mayor's Christmas Carols
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Enjoy a not-so-silent night under the stars at the 2017 Mayor’s Christmas Carols

It's official –  December is upon us and the Christmas countdown has begun! You know what that means, don't you? The Christmas tree goes up, the credit cards begin to run hot and Mariah Carey's Christmas album gets put on repeat (we know you all do it). If, like us, you're bursting at the seams with excitement that it's now that time of year where it's socially acceptable to blast the festive tunes, then you'll want to pull out the picnic rug for a not-so-silent night at the Mayor’s Christmas Carols presented by Mercedes-Benz Gold Coast on Saturday December 2. more