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Blues, boats, magic cocktails and raunchy pillow fights – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend
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Blues, boats, magic cocktails and raunchy pillow fights – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend

Grab your fedora, folks. It's time to roll out the red carpet for the very best blues has on offer, with Blues on Broadbeach returning for another year. Will it rain? Who knows. Is a fedora a questionable fashion choice? Perhaps. Are you guaranteed a good time while wearing a fedora and dancing to live music in the rain? Absolutely. If blues aren't your thang, then fear not! The Gold Coast is playing host to an array of events, gigs, workshops, and markets worthy of your time this weekend. Whether it's magic and cocktails, champagne-fuelled pillow fights, poppin' bottles on yachts or getting acquainted with Mother Nature, here is your guide to events on the Gold Coast from Thursday May 19 until Sunday May 22. more

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Blanc de Blanc Encore
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Champagne-soaked and covered in glitter – Blanc de Blanc Encore will leave you gasping for more

What do you get when you cross the hedonistic opulence of Great Gatsby's extravagant parties and the glamorous debauchery of vintage French cabaret? Why Blanc de Blanc Encore, of course! After finishing up their record-breaking seasons at the Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Fringe and Newcastle, the glitter-covered cast of Blanc de Blanc Encore are hitting the Gold Coast for a limited season at the Spiegeltent in the Broadwater Parklands. If you've never heard of this intoxicating cabaret before, then your world is about to become a whole lot raunchier. With a ticket to the Spiegeltent, you're in for a night of champagne-soaked splendour that will leave you craving more. 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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Maho Magic Bar
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Part show, part bar, 100-percent magic – Maho Magic Bar is here to surprise and delight your senses

Pick a card, any card. Remember the number, now put it back in the deck ... while we have no idea what card you pulled out, we can point you in the direction of some fine magicians that will wow you with plenty of close-up magic tricks and leave you rubbing your eyes in wonder. If you like your cocktails served with a side of magic and neon-lit charm, then pull up a seat at the Maho Magic Bar and prepare for a night that will surprise and delight your senses. Straight from the streets of Tokyo, the Magic Makers from Maho Magic Bar are hitting the Gold Coast for a limited time and are ready to serve up delicious drinks and mystifying magic tricks. more

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Tackle life’s big questions in Queensland Theatre’s refreshing new play Return to the Dirt
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Tackle life’s big questions in Queensland Theatre’s refreshing new play Return to the Dirt

It seems that Brisbane is coming alive again – there are live gigs aplenty, our city's dining scene is thriving and stage shows are popping up left, right and centre. One such show that's well worth your time and ticket is Return to the Dirt, a new play coming to Queensland Theatre this spring from October 16 to November 6. Imaginative, honest and uplifting, this play will raise some of those usually awkward conversations we tend to avoid about life and death – and delves into what it means to really live in the moment. 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 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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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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Froth fests, ice-cream and cabaret and French-themed soirees – five unmissable events to save your summer
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Froth fests, ice-cream and cabaret and French-themed soirees – five unmissable events to save your summer

This year may have robbed us of many of our favourite pastimes, but live music, foodie festivals and exhibitions are coming back in 2021 with a vengeance and we couldn't be happier. Never again will we take life's simple pleasures like catching a live gig or meeting with mates for a beer for granted. With that in mind, here are five unmissable events to add to your calendar immediately. more

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Get the scoop at HOTA's dreamy ice-cream and entertainment fest
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Get the scoop at HOTA’s dreamy ice-cream and entertainment fest

One might think the pairing of ice-cream and circus make for strange bedfellows, but when you think about it, they make the perfect combo. Gourmet ice-cream and world-class circus acts are both things worth seeking out, while our jaws drop at the sight of inventive displays of performance theatre and inspired culinary creations alike. SCOOP! is a new three-day summertime celebration that is bringing a jam-packed program of cool circus, cabaret and acrobatic performances to HOTA this weekend, serving them up with a sprinkling of decadent desserts, pop-up bars, live music and more. 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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Double trouble – this thrilling audio game puts you head-to-head with a look-alike imposter
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Double trouble – this thrilling audio game puts you head-to-head with a look-alike imposter

Imagine this – you're home alone with your beloved family member when they start acting a little strangely. Maybe they just don't seem like themselves. One thing is for sure – something is definitely off, but you can't quite put your finger on it. This is the concept behind the hair-raising at-home audio experience, Double, which pits players against their loved ones in a race to find out who is the imposter. more

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MAMMA MIA! Here we go again – smash hit musical coming to the Gold Coast
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MAMMA MIA! Here we go again – smash hit musical coming to the Gold Coast

The global phenomenon that is MAMMA MIA! The Musical is (finally!) here on the Gold Coast and be still our ABBA-loving hearts. Presented by renowned Australian production company Matt Ward Entertainment, this exciting rendition of Catherine Johnson’s classic tale invites you to fall in love all over again and get swept up in the romance, heartbreak and drama of this much-loved musical. more

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HOTA's new Fireside events series to light up your winter nights this July
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HOTA’s new Fireside events series to light up your winter nights this July

After months of virtual concerts, live-streamed ballet lessons and 80s-themed lounge-room workouts, we're thrilled to bring you news of Fireside, a month-long series of events happening at HOTA this July. Yes, we're talking actual events with actual people, real performers, live music, food, drinks and a helluva lot of fun. It's time to pack away the loungewear, folks – July just got a whole lot better. more

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HOTA announces Rage Against The V(irus) Artist Fund for Gold Coast creatives
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HOTA announces Rage Against The V(irus) Artist Fund for Gold Coast creatives

While HOTA – the Gold Coast's own Home of the Arts – may be temporarily closed, the team is still working tirelessly to help the city's arts industry and creative communities navigate their way through these challenging times. This week, HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke announced Rage Against The V(irus) Artist Fund – an initiative designed to turn downtime into a spark for innovation, using digital technology as the medium. more