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Big City Lights
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Late-night lights, Barossa drops and comfort food – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend

After 11 long months of waiting, tax time is finally here again! Here's to a little injection of cash – perfect for nabbing a ticket to that festival you've been eyeing, treating yourself to a nice meal out, or, you know, buying iceberg lettuce. As we all eagerly await our return (or hide from the tax man in denial over this year's tax bill), the Gold Coast is serving up a bounty of events to keep you occupied. The best bit? Plenty of them are free to attend! So, rug up and hit the streets, ready to explore everything our humble little city has on offer from Thursday July 7 until Sunday July 10. Oh, and don't hide from the tax man (or woman). That tactic never ends well. more

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Underground HOTA
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Explore big ideas with homegrown artists at HOTA’s intimate UNDERGROUND Festival

In a world viewed through the lens of social media and filters, many of us are often left contemplating the human experience. HOTA's new UNDERGROUND Festival is giving artists, creatives and audiences the chance to take risks, explore ideas and consider what makes us human. Over three days in July, audiences will have the opportunity to occupy HOTA's intimate spaces and explore the obscurity of life and raw emotion, seeking to understand what enrages and liberates us. Fuelled by big ideas and homegrown contemporary artists, here is a peek at what you can expect at UNDERGROUND from Thursday July 14 until Saturday July 16. more

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BLEACH* Festival 2022
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Culture-soaked creativity and expert storytellers bring BLEACH* Festival’s 2022 program to life

Unless you're new to the coast or have been living under a rock, you're probably well familiar with BLEACH* Festival. For those who aren't, well, allow us – BLEACH* is the Gold Coast's premier arts and cultural festival that proudly and passionately champions the incredible artists and performers that make up the tapestry of our shining city. BLEACH* has been no stranger to COVID-related cancellations and, much to the dismay of everyone on the Gold Coast, last year's festival took a hit. Luckily for us, BLEACH* is back, better than ever and is here to celebrate its 11-year milestone by transforming beachside esplanades, botanic gardens and hinterland hideaways into backdrops for spine-tingling and thought-provoking experiences from August 11-21. We recommend clearing your calendar because the 11-day program has just been released and is packed with a bounty of events and… more

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Eat Local Week
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Our top picks for your taste buds at this year’s Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and cushioned by World Heritage-listed national parks is a gastronomic wonderland, bursting with freshly grown produce and artful chefs highly skilled in the craft of making damn good food. The Scenic Rim is the sparkling gem in Queensland's crown of homegrown culinary goodness. With friendly farmers aplenty, a myriad of wineries, eclectic rural communities and good, old-fashioned country charm, you can't go wrong with a trip anywhere in this region. As if we didn't need another excuse to pop in the car for a winter road trip, the Scenic Rim is enticing Gold Coast and Brisbane locals to come and taste the best the region has on offer during the 11th Eat Local Week. From June 25 to July 3, snuggle up and prepare to breathe in the fresh country air as you taste, sip, nibble and delight in a bounty of events courtesy of some of… more

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Strap in for fireworks and fantastical festivities – Brisbane Festival is back with four weekends of wonder
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Strap in for fireworks and fantastical festivities – Brisbane Festival is back with four weekends of wonder

The city might be slightly more chilly than usual, but our event's calendar is well and truly warming up. Perhaps the most sizzling happening of the whole year has just been unveiled – Brisbane Festival is back! Our favourite city-wide fiesta will set the town alight from September 2–24 with a thrilling three-week program that is shaping up to be the brightest party yet. We're talking giant glowing globes, standout stage shows, a disco wonderland, awe-inspiring pyrotechnic displays and the return of everyone's favourite floating art exhibition. more

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Festival X
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Kickstart your summer with Calvin Harris and Megan Thee Stallion at Festival X

While our winters in Australia may be milder than most, many of us still spend the cooler months patiently counting down to the glorious warmth of long summer days. Not only does summer bring picture-perfect escapes at the beach and a constant excuse to cool down with ice-cream or sneaky beverage, but it also welcomes a jam-packed festival schedule. The summer of 2022 is set to take festivals to another level, as international acts are finally ready to travel back to our shores and share their music with Aussie fans. Festival X is no exception to this rule, as organisers bring an epic lineup of electronic and hip hop artists to the Gold Coast as part of the five-show national tour. more

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Celebrate producers, growers and flavour-makers at this year's Scenic Rim Eat Local Week
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Celebrate producers, growers and flavour-makers at this year’s Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

A self-guided tour of the Scenic Rim is one of our favourite ways to spend a spare weekend, but a visit becomes essential when Scenic Rim Eat Local Week rolls around. There's simply no better time to cruise inland and take in the natural splendour of the region, as that's when the growers, artisans and culinary wizards put on a show for the entire state to enjoy. This year's program boasts everything, from bush tucker cooking workshops, cocktails with camels and long lunches to paddock feasts, beer- and banter-filled brunches, and wintertime harvest festivals. The 11th annual Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is running from Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 3 – here's what's on the cards ... more

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Falls Festival reveals its killer New Year line-up featuring Arctic Monkeys, Lil Nas X and Chvrches
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Falls Festival reveals its killer New Year line-up featuring Arctic Monkeys, Lil Nas X and Chvrches

Summer festival season is officially back, baby! Beloved end-of-year music fest Falls Festival has just dropped word of its massive roster of artists performing across its three-day event. In addition to bringing some big-name international acts to our shores, Falls Festival‘s line-up will also feature an on-the-pulse selection of Australia’s best music artists. more


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From backpacking alpacas to wilderness navigation festivals – here are our top five picks for Escape in the Scenic Rim
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From backpacking alpacas to wilderness navigation festivals – here are our top five picks for Escape in the Scenic Rim

If you love the great outdoors and jump at the thought of an adventure, then your next wild journey awaits with ESCAPE in the Scenic Rim. This month-long festival is kicking off on April 29 and packs quite the adventurous punch with more than 100 nature and adventure-based experiences just waiting for you to enjoy. We've combed through their program and picked our top five happenings that will give you a good ol' dose of adrenaline and provide some high-quality snaps for the 'gram. We recommend nabbing your tickets to these events quick smart, as they are bound to sell out faster than you can say World-Heritage Listed Rainforest.  more

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Be spellbound by BIG CITY LIGHTS* – an immersive visual spectacle coming to the Gold Coast this July
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Be spellbound by BIG CITY LIGHTS* – an immersive visual spectacle coming to the Gold Coast this July

You might find it hard to believe, but there was once a time the Gold Coast was considered void of culture. Crazy, right?! Thankfully, the times have changed, perceptions have been challenged and the Gold Coast is continuing to thrive, attracting events from all around the world. The latest large-scale event to announce its impending arrival in this fine city of ours is BIG CITY LIGHTS* – an immersive festival that brings together light, design, installation and live performance. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Ready the popcorn, the coast's favourite flick fest is back with a jam-packed program of world premieres and red-carpet events
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Ready the popcorn, the coast’s favourite flick fest is back with a jam-packed program of world premieres and red-carpet events

Turning 20 is a pretty big deal. From humble beginnings as a sci-fi and fantasy film showcase, the Gold Coast Film Festival has grown to become a marquee event on the Australian cinema circuit as well as a much-loved and celebrated local event. This year, the team has gone and upped the ante once again to bring you a jam-packed showcase featuring more than 100 films, including world and Australian premiers, red-carpet events and panels spanning the length of the Gold Coast, from Coomera to Coolangatta – so get ready to break out the popcorn.  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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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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Get set to immerse yourself in inflatable installations and floating exhibitions – Brisbane Festival is coming back with a bang
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Get set to immerse yourself in inflatable installations and floating exhibitions – Brisbane Festival is coming back with a bang

If you can believe it, in two short months it will be September. Although this year seems like it is passing by quicker than you can sing Earth, Wind & Fire’s catchy song, that's not necessarily a bad thing, as the arrival of September means the return of our favourite city-wide fiesta – Brisbane Festival! The beloved celebration will set our city alight from September 3–25 with a thrilling three-week program that is shaping up to be the brightest party yet. From an art-filled boat cruising down Brisbane River and dance performances inside a bubble to much-anticipated stage shows and enchanting gardens full of larger-than-life florals, it doesn't get more weird and wonderful than this. more

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Weird, wild and wonderful – win the ultimate BLEACH* Festival VIP experience and prize pack
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Weird, wild and wonderful – win the ultimate BLEACH* Festival VIP experience and prize pack

Folks, one of the most exciting events on the Gold Coast’s cultural calendar is almost upon us – BLEACH* Festival is back, baby! This year also happens to be quite a significant one for the beloved arts extravaganza, as it heralds a whole decade of BLEACH* bringing its uniquely coastal-tinted entertainment to our city’s esplanades, vacant blocks, Botanic Gardens and hinterland hideaways. From thought-provoking discussions and literal cliffhanger concerts through to Australian music heavyweights and eye-popping art, this year’s program really isn’t holding back. 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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The Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival returns with sizzling street-food and creative cocktails
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The Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival returns with sizzling street-food and creative cocktails

We've been known to travel far and wide for a great feed, whether it be roadtrips to restaurants afar or country-hopping in search of culinary delights (back in the good ol' days, that is). One destination worth trekking to for mouth-watering bites and fresh local produce is Maleny, a quaint town located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Provision pilgrims in need of an excuse to clock up some kilometres are in luck as The Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival is returning to the postcard-perfect hinterland town on Sunday February 28. We think it's high-time to let the waistband loose. more

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Get ready for the new year – five unmissable events for 2021
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Get ready for the new year – five unmissable events for 2021

We won’t go on about 2020, except to say that we are expecting this year to be an absolute cracker (even if only by comparison). Luckily for us, there’s a next-level line-up of events hitting our shores in 2021, including both rescheduled shows and brand-new creations from some of the nation’s best event producers. Live events look like they're back and better than ever!   more