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Grab your gumboots and glitter – here's our pick of the mind-blowing activations coming to this year's Splendour in the Grass
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Grab your gumboots and glitter – here’s our pick of the mind-blowing activations coming to this year’s Splendour in the Grass

We hope you've got your gumboots ready – Australia's biggest music festival Splendour in the Grass is finally kicking off this weekend after a two-year hiatus! We know you're probably up to speed on the massive line-up of killer acts coming together (Gorillaz, we're coming for you!), but we have the lowdown on all of the other glitter-soaked and fun-filled activations amping up the good vibes from Friday July 22 to Sunday July 24. Before you start packing your Byron best, read on to learn more about the exciting bars and areas you can check out at this year's Splendour ... more

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Crafted Beer and Cider Festival
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Tinnies at the ready! Crafted Beer & Cider Festival is back for two days of froth-filled fun

If you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be? Would you play it safe with a lager or pale ale, or live on the wild side with a fruity IPA? Luckily for you, Crafted Beer & Cider Festival is back for another year, so instead of limiting yourself to just one beer, you can take your pick from more than 300 unique brews from 58 brewers. The 2022 edition brings not one but two days of beachside, froth-filled festivities, as Crafted takes over Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach on August 27 and 28. Aside from the many, many tinnies just waiting to be sampled, revellers are also set to sip on seltzers, ginger beers, cider, gin, wine and alcoholic kombucha – all while soaking in the picturesque beachside location. When you're not drinking, chow down on some tasty treats and prepare to be entertained by a packed line-up of musicians and activities. Let's pop the top… 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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Keep the summer vibes rolling with drag duos, half-price pizza and Fleetwood Mac by a symphony orchestra
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Keep the summer vibes rolling with drag duos, half-price pizza and Fleetwood Mac by a symphony orchestra

Well, that's it for summer, folks. The calendar has officially clicked over to March (can you even believe it?) but that doesn't mean the party has to end. Before you go and bust out the winter woolies and plan your hibernation activities, The Star Gold Coast is keeping the summer vibes alive with a stellar line-up of things to see, do and devour. From incredible acts playing live on The Lawn to drag duos, a 24-piece symphony orchestra performing some of Fleetwood Mac’s finest, half-price pizzas and towering burgers, The Star Gold Coast is the place to soak up the last of the warm-weather vibes. Here's what's happening this March ... more

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Half-price pizza, drag duos and rosé all day – squeeze the last out of summer with these hot-as-heck happenings
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Half-price pizza, drag duos and rosé all day – squeeze the last out of summer with these hot-as-heck happenings

We don't know about you, but for us, the year only really begins in February. Hear us out. January kind of rolls into this humid post-holiday haze, but by the time February hits we're ready to venture out and soak up all of the remaining summertime goodness. If you too are keen to squeeze the most out of your summer with spritz-filled soirees, budget-friendly bites and dazzling divas, we have a pretty excellent idea about where you should spend the rest of the balmy season … more


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Save the date! The 2022 Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo is back so start planning your outfit
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Save the date! The 2022 Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo is back so start planning your outfit

This year is absolutely flying by – before long we’ll be raising a glass to say sayonara to this year and hello to a brighter 2022. Before you get too carried away with end-of-year revelry, we'd like to steal your attention momentarily to let you know that the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo is galloping into town on Sunday January 9 – so go ahead and mark it in your calendar and start the new year in style. more

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Spritzes on The Lawn are kicking off, so get set for springtime sips in the sunshine
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Spritzes on The Lawn are kicking off, so get set for springtime sips in the sunshine

It's starting to feel a lot like summer here on the Gold Coast and we've got to admit, we're not mad about it. The sun lingers a little longer, setting the scene for beautiful balmy afternoons that drift effortlessly into enchanted evenings. One of our favourite ways to make the most of this glorious time of year is to step outside and sip cocktails under the stars. Thankfully for us, Garden Kitchen & Bar has your end of year sorted with a hot-as-heck line-up of entertainment for its Chandon Garden Spritz activation, which runs through to December 12. more

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It's getting hot in here – The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub unveils its sexy new stage show RIPPED
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It’s getting hot in here – The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub unveils its sexy new stage show RIPPED

Ladies' nights tend to conjure images of seedy clubs, cheap booze and penis straws. If that's not quite your vibe but you are still looking to have a night out with your nearest and dearest indulging in crafted cocktails and cheeky entertainment, The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub's brand-new show RIPPED could be right up your alley. The saucy adults-only spectacular features a bevy of handsome men, aerial acrobatics and moves that would make your nan blush.  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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Giddy up and party trackside at Robina Pavilion's Gold Coast Show Race Day
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Giddy up and party trackside at Robina Pavilion’s Gold Coast Show Race Day

In case you missed the memo, the Gold Coast Show long weekend has been locked in for Friday August 27. If you’re keen to trade rides and dagwood dogs for a decadent day of bubbles, gourmet bites and live tunes by some of the Gold Coast’s finest, we have just the ticket. Robina Pavilion is heading trackside to host a VIP lawn party, so go ahead and rally your crew. more

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Giddy up for a night of decadent debauchery with adults-only circus cabaret show INFAMOUS
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Giddy up for a night of decadent debauchery with adults-only circus cabaret show INFAMOUS

Get ready to enter the pleasure dome, Gold Coast – INFAMOUS is back and it's bigger, cheekier and even more jaw-dropping than ever before! Shaking up an intoxicating elixir of circus and risqué cabaret, the saucy adults-only stage show and its delightfully extravagant Spiegel Big Top is rolling into the Broadwater Parklands from Friday June 18 to Sunday August 8 to deliver night-after-night of wild debauchery, sass and even a Wheel of Death. Intrigued? You definitely should be. Read on for all of the juicy details ... 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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Sophisticated feasts to dreamy picnics – The Star's multi-event New Year's Eve soiree is set to dazzle
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Sophisticated feasts to dreamy picnics – The Star’s multi-event New Year’s Eve soiree is set to dazzle

Okay, let's get serious for just one moment – New Year's Eve is just around the corner, and we all know that failing to plan is planning to fail. This year, The Star Gold Coast is, in true style, going all out to welcome the arrival of 2020! This is where you'll find some of the city's most glamorous events and delicious feasts – and it's all happening under one roof! There's a lot of choice, so here's a rundown of what's on at The Star this New Year's Eve to give you a helping hand. more