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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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Winter Harvest Festival
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Food festivals, op-shop hauls and Broadway musicals – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend

If you've been dreaming of a food-filled weekend with a side of tractor pulling, marathon running, cocktail sipping and second-hand rummaging, then boy, oh boy, do we have some exciting news for you. This weekend brings the final events of the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, Gold Coast Marathon, school holiday fun and a bounty of other shindigs that will have you shaking off the winter blues and living your best life. Here's a list of the best things you can eat, see and experience this weekend, from Thursday June 30 until Sunday July 3. more

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Maleny Wedding Festival
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Say “I do” to the wedding of your dreams at the Maleny Wedding Festival

Have you spent your entire life daydreaming about the day you walk down the aisle? Perhaps you spend your spare time curating the perfect wedding playlist and perusing Pinterest on the hunt for bespoke and picturesque wedding inspo. If you've recently acquired a rather sparkly new ring, have been planning your big day for a while or just love all things weddings, we recommend blocking off Sunday July 31 in your calendar. The Maleny Wedding Festival is back to help inspire couples and take the stress out of wedding planning. With more than 150 vendors dotted along a trail of nine venues, this superb festival in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland will have you sipping on champers and saying cheers to a day you will remember forever.  more

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Harbour Town
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Shop, drop and roll – we have the first peek at Harbour Town’s Get Outlet deals

There are a few key shopping outings pencilled into our calendars. While Boxing Day, Black Friday and the end of financial year sales are nationwide events, the Gold Coast is treated to an extra few days of cash-splashing mayhem. From June 3–5 Harbour Town Premium Outlets is offering shoppers three days of massive savings at the Get Outlet Sale. To help with your pre-shopping plan of attack, Harbour Town has given us the inside scoop on some of the best offers you can expect to see during this monster sales event.  more

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Big City Lights
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See Southport transform into a kaleidoscopic cocoon of colour in July

One of our favourite Christmas pastimes is driving through the streets, hunting for the best light submissions suburbia has to offer. Something about the dazzling display of creativity ignites a spark in our brain, fostering a sense of communal wonder at the sea of colour before us. While Christmas is still half a year away, BIG CITY LIGHTS* invites you to ignite that same feeling of rainbow-inspired joy. Delivered by Placemakers* Gold Coast, this inaugural festival will transform Southport into an immersive audio-visual wonderland from July 7 to 10. more

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Pacific Fair Rooftop Wellness
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Scenic sweats – Pacific Fair is hosting free fitness classes at its Wellness Studio

As the days get a little colder and the darkness lingers in the morning, it gets a lot harder to drag ourselves out of bed for a morning workout. Of course, we know that we'll feel better after the exercise and we agree that endorphin hit is the perfect way to start your day, but you know what else is nice? Staying in bed. The wellness warriors over at Pacific Fair heard the muffled sounds of the Gold Coast collectively snoozing their morning alarm and are enticing our activewear-clad bodies out into the world on the premise of scenic sunrise fitness on the rooftop. They also know the one thing that motivates us more than endorphins – freebies. Where do we sign up? more

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Rocking the suburbs – Burleigh bEATS is bringing tunes and street eats to the beachside
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Rocking the suburbs – Burleigh bEATS is bringing tunes and street eats to the beachside

Spending an afternoon meandering around Burleigh Heads eating and drinking, popping in and out of boutiques and soaking in the sunshine (hopefully) before retiring to the hill with a picnic has to be one of our all-time favourite ways to spend a day. If that also sounds like your ideal weekend activity, Burleigh bEATS street festival is here to facilitate all of that and more on Saturday May 28. There will be street food, entertainment and good vibes galore ... more

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Live on the Lawn
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Pencil these free gigs into your diary – Touch Sensitive, Running Touch and Savage are heading to Live on The Lawn

If we had to name just one thing that we really missed during the pandemic, it would have to be live music. Sure, we yearned for nights out to dinner, parties with friends and the chance to hop on a plane, but the electricity that comes with soaking up live music in person is a feeling that cannot be replicated. Thankfully, the legends at Garden Kitchen & Bar felt the same yearning for live tunes and continue to serve up plenty of good vibrations and free headline acts, as part of Bacardi's Live on The Lawn. More than just your average free gig at the local, Live on The Lawn has called in the big guns of Australian music to help you make up for time lost to lockdowns. So, if you're in desperate need of a boogie and are keen to experience the thrill of seeing an artist IRL, be sure to schedule these events in your diary for autumn. more


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The Strand
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The Strand has published your ultimate guide to dining and shopping in Coolangatta

Do you ever find yourself aimlessly meandering around the shops, searching for the perfect outfit while pondering what snack will stop that persistent rumbling in your tummy? Perhaps you're contemplating the changing seasons and concerned your current wardrobe isn't going to make the cut for winter? If you need a little retail therapy and are gearing up to visit the shops, we recommend taking a squiz at The Strand's latest magazine. This nifty little number is packed full of colourful pages to serve as your ultimate guide to a day out in Coolangatta. A copy of The Strand's new mag is a must-have for any day out, offering seasonal shopping hacks, local tips and tricks, and plenty of hot offers. more

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Garden Kitchen and Bar Wine Tasting
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Prosecco paired pizza feasts, eclectic dance beats and Mexican cocktails – add these unmissable May events to your calendar

Somehow we blinked and have wound up in May. A month renowned for stunning sunsets, warm days and nights that start to foreshadow the cooler weather heading our way. These perfect mid-autumn evenings demand to be enjoyed and, luckily for you, The Star Gold Coast has packed its May schedule with plenty of events that will keep you off the couch and out dancing, eating and living your best life. From platinum-selling artists playing live on The Lawn, to tequila-soaked feasts, Saturdays spent sipping prosecco by the pool, musical tributes and sporting events, here are some happenings to schedule into your calendar for May ... more

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Pop powerhouses, perfect pairings and boss ladies – add these unmissable April events to your calendar
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Pop powerhouses, perfect pairings and boss ladies – add these unmissable April events to your calendar

In the immortal words of Jon Snow, winter is coming ... but we're not there yet! We still have a few months to make the most of autumn's warmth before the urge to hibernate officially sets in. Lucky for us, The Star Gold Coast is keeping the good times rolling throughout Easter and beyond with a stellar line-up of things to see, do and devour. From incredible acts playing live on The Lawn to decadent degustations, musical tributes and sporting events, here are some unmissable April happenings ... 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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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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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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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

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Take a virtual trip through our land down under – Tourism Australia presents Live from Aus
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Take a virtual trip through our land down under – Tourism Australia presents Live from Aus

Travelling is a bit of a sore spot right now – overseas trips are currently a no-go and even interstate travel is still banned – but that won't stop us from planning our next holiday. Set to inspire some serious domestic wanderlust, Tourism Australia has curated an entire weekend – aptly named Live from Aus – of exclusive access to some of the most awe-inspiring travel experiences Australia has to offer. So tune in from Saturday May 16 to Sunday May 17 to enjoy some dead-set amazing travel content – think iconic Aussie landmarks, award-winning restaurants, cuddly koalas and workouts with Chris Hemsworth's trainers. more

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Put those thinking caps on – test your knowledge from home with Isolation Trivia
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Put those thinking caps on – test your knowledge from home with Isolation Trivia

Who doesn't enjoy a good game of trivia? Whether your knowledge is in movies, sport, music, geography or those out-of-the-box math questions that almost no one can ever answer correctly, a mid-week round of head-scratching questions is fun for the whole gang. Unfortunately, with many venues forced into closure and everyone advised to self distance, your mid-week cogitating congregation has most likely been canned. Never ones to say no to a challenge, the crew from Man vs Bear have come up with a solution in the form of Isolation Trivia – Live Streamed from Lockdown, so you can now get your quiz on from home (for free!). All you have to do is virtually gather your quick-thinking team mates, tune in and get ready to dominate. more