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Hottest 100, beer countdowns and paint your pet – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend
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Hottest 100, beer countdowns and paint your pet – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend

The weekend is so close we can almost taste it – or perhaps that's just the mid-week cocktails we're tasting. Either way, it's left us with a hankering for something fun to do this weekend. If you're laying low, check out some quality binge-worthy programming here, but for those who are keen to mask up and head out, we've round up a bunch of things that are happening around the Gold Coast this weekend, Friday January 21 to Sunday January 23. more

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Save the date – Kalbar Sunflower Festival is returning with blooms, bites and artistic delights
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Save the date – Kalbar Sunflower Festival is returning with blooms, bites and artistic delights

When life deals you a drought, grow sunflowers and they will come. This is what a farming family in Kalbar did in 2021, and the result was a one-day celebration of flowers and family-friendly fun. Now, the annual Kalbar Sunflower Festival is back for another year so gather your gang and get ready to go road-tripping from March 25–27, and make sure to stop and smell the, uh, sunflowers. more

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Here's the low-down on Pacific Fair's hot-as-heck Black Friday deals
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Here’s the low-down on Pacific Fair’s hot-as-heck Black Friday deals

The week is upon us, friends – Black Friday is almost here! As we refine our shopping lists and scope out the bargains ahead of time, the fine folk at Pacific Fair have been so kind as to give us a little sneak peek of the very special offers this Black Friday weekend. Here's what you can expect when you roll into the bargain-filled shopping wonderland this Friday November 26. more

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Brace your wallets, it's back! Nab a sweet deal at Pacific Fair's cracking Black Friday sales
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Brace your wallets, it’s back! Nab a sweet deal at Pacific Fair’s cracking Black Friday sales

Black Friday is situated right in the sweet spot before Christmas – it's the perfect chance to refresh your threads before the silly season well and truly kicks off, while also offering the chance to get your gift shopping sorted. Plus, there's no feeling quite like bagging a bargain. It's a sense of smugness wrapped in satisfaction – you know what we're talking about. If you too love scoring a saving, go ahead and clear your calendar from Friday November 26 to Monday November 29 because the annual Black Friday sale is happening at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and it's better than ever. Plus, you’ll be rewarded just for shopping with Mr Consistent Espresso Martini mixers up for grabs! more

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Dust off your camping gear – the inaugural The Long Sunset festival is here to spotlight the Scenic Rim
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Dust off your camping gear – the inaugural The Long Sunset festival is here to spotlight the Scenic Rim

As Australia transitions towards some kind of post-pandemic normality, one very welcome arrival is the return of live music in the form of festivals and events – hooray! If you've lamented the lack of live music in your life, go ahead and pencil The Long Sunset festival into your calendar. The brand-new boutique event is set to hit the scenic rim on February 12, 2022, so dust off your camping gear because there's more than music for you to devour.  more

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Meet the artists behind the masterpieces at the Noosa Open Studios annual art trail
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Meet the artists behind the masterpieces at the Noosa Open Studios annual art trail

With the weather outlook warm and breezy and our hunger for a weekend getaway more apparent than ever, we think it's time for a dose of cultural goodness. For a substantial helping of eye-catching art and picturesque scenery, take a roadtrip north for Noosa Open Studios, an annual art trail where gifted local artists open the doors to their studios so you can get a behind-the-scenes look into their work – and maybe even find a piece (or two) to take home.  more

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It's back! Take in Currumbin's annual open-air art gallery at SWELL Sculpture Festival
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It’s back! Take in Currumbin’s annual open-air art gallery at SWELL Sculpture Festival

It's one of the coast's favourite arts festivals and this week the pristine shores of Currumbin Beach will again transform into an open-air art gallery when this year’s SWELL Sculpture Festival kicks off on Friday September 10. The festival is celebrating 19 years of unmissable art and will create a spectacle on the beachfront with a jam-packed line-up of seaside installations, events, art workshops and live music. more


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Petal power – our top five things to check out at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
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Petal power – our top five things to check out at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

There's no finer way to welcome in spring than with a trip to the vibrant city of Toowoomba for the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, which continues to bloom in its 72nd year. Fabulous flora, foodie fun and fantastic tours line this year's carnival, which will be taking over The Garden City from September 1–30. So you know what to pack your calendar with, we have curated our top five events to check out – from dog-friendly dates and food-and-wine fiestas to grand floral parades and pub tours. more

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Raunchy rides and cliffside concerts – five must-see events at BLEACH* Festival 2021
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Raunchy rides and cliffside concerts – five must-see events at BLEACH* Festival 2021

Ready your glad rags – BLEACH* Festival is back and she's ready to party! This year, the city's pre-eminent multi-day arts and cultural event is celebrating its impressive ten-year milestone with a jam-packed program of art, live music, cabaret, theatre, dance and stories across three main hubs including Burleigh Heads, Southport and Mudgeeraba. As an extra-special treat, there will also be performances in the cultural corridors of HOTA and Dust Temple in Currumbin. This year's festival runs from August 12–22 and whilst we firmly believe the entire festival program is well and truly worthy of the spotlight (you can check that out here), we’ve cherry-picked some of our must-see events for your viewing pleasure. more

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Cliffside concerts and escapist experiences – BLEACH* Festival unveils its jam-packed program for 2021
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Cliffside concerts and escapist experiences – BLEACH* Festival unveils its jam-packed program for 2021

Unless you’re new to the coast or you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably well familiar with BLEACH* Festival. For those who aren’t, well, allow us – BLEACH* Festival is our premier arts and cultural festival that is proudly and passionately Gold Coast. In 2021, BLEACH* Festival will not only celebrate its ten-year milestone but will once again transform the city's esplanades, vacant blocks and hinterland hideaways into backdrops for awe-inspiring, thought-provoking, and exhilarating experiences from August 12–22. Intrigued? You should be! Here's what BLEACH* Festival 2021 has in store ... more

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Celebrate the Year of the Ox with these vibrant Lunar New Year feasts
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Celebrate the Year of the Ox with these vibrant Lunar New Year feasts

Get set for lion dancers, red lanterns and Peking duck – Lunar New Year is upon us! The vibrant festivities celebrate the turn of the lunar calendar, and this time around it's the Year of the Ox. There are plenty of events happening across the Gold Coast throughout the month of February, so if you're keen to get in on the Lunar New Year action, here are a few top picks. more

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These glow-in-the-dark SUP tours are your next nighttime adventure
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These glow-in-the-dark SUP tours are your next nighttime adventure

The Gold Coast's picture-perfect beaches, scenic waterways and sandy stretches offer a wide variety of water-based activities. There's surfing, kayaking, swimming and for the folks that just like to relax, cat-napping in the sun. If you're searching for something a little bit different to get up to during your free time, we have found one recreational enterprise that will blow your socks off (quite literally, because you won't need them) – glow-in-the-dark SUP tours. more

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Fur-bulous activities and plenty of cute puppers await at the coast's biggest dog market Paws at the Park
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Fur-bulous activities and plenty of cute puppers await at the coast’s biggest dog market Paws at the Park

Imagine this – you enter a lush field where everywhere you look there are dogs frolicking with tails wagging and big smiles on their faces. You spot labradors, dachshunds, French bulldogs and cavalier king charles – the whole kit and cavoodle. Well this daydream can now be your reality, as Paws at the Park aka the largest dog market event of its kind in Australia is returning to Mudgeeraba Showgrounds. Mark Saturday November 7 in your calendar folks, as this is one adorable event you don't want to miss! more

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From bendy archers to sandy sundowners – five unmissable events at BLEACH* 2020!
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From bendy archers to sandy sundowners – five unmissable events at BLEACH* 2020!

BLEACH* is set to make a triumphant return to the Gold Coast – hurrah! Kicking off on Thursday November 12, the annual arts and cultural event will run for 11 action-packed days, with audiences invited to experience the best of the city through one-of-a-kind contemporary art, live music, cabaret, theatre, dance and storytelling, with the magic to unfold across three key precincts – Burleigh Heads, Chevron Island and the Botanic Gardens in Benowa. While the entire festival program is well and truly worthy of the spotlight, we’ve cherry-picked our top five events for your viewing pleasure. From parties at an abandoned block of houses to acrobatic archers – go ahead and clear your calendar because you definitely won't want to miss these. more