Musical mayhem, Queen concerts and seaside art festivals – five must-do events on the Gold Coast in February
While we always give you a thorough rundown of things to do on the Gold Coast each weekend, sometimes it’s nice to look a little further ahead so you can round up the crew and really make a day (or night) of it. Here are five must-do events happening on the Gold Coast in February.
Seaside Sounds, February 1, 8 and 15
This live-music series is all about giving stage time to local artists, both established and up and coming, and as a bonus locals get to enjoy a concert by the sea – for free! The first Seaside Sounds for 2020 (held in Kirra’s Roughton Park) kicked off in January and continues on for the first three Saturdays in February. The line-up changes each week, with Sunflower and Benny D Williams on February 1, Hayley Grace & the Bay Collective with Salt and Steel on February 8, and SameTime and Steve Cousins on February 15. There’s also food trucks and coffee vans set up – just BYO picnic rug.
Sand Safari Arts Festival, Friday February 14 to Sunday March 1
Experience a whole new world of art when the wildly popular Sand Safari Arts Festival returns this month, with the open-air gallery of hand-built sand sculptures set to bring the world’s most popular fairy tale characters to life in the most Gold Coast of ways. As part of the festival, 15 of the country’s best professional sand sculptors will design and intricately carve their favourite fairy tale scenes from 10 tonnes of sand as they battle for top honours in the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships. Cavill Mall will also be transformed into a bustling live art gallery as talented artists create, display and sell their art pieces from a wide array of mediums including live portraits, landscape drawings and body painting. You can view the full program online.
Secret Broadway at HOTA, Saturday February 22
If you’ve been known to kick your leg sky-high when scores from Moulin Rouge! pop-up on your playlist, and often recite the hits from Chicago in the comfort of your kitchen with just as much sass as the stars, then Secret Broadway is right up your alley. The show, which is described as part late-night sing-a-long and part homage to musical theatre, promises a cabaret of unforgettable musical mayhem hosted by Emmy-Award winner Lance Horne, known for his infamous stints at Club Cumming (Alan Cumming’s night club in New York). The first Secret Broadway event, held on Saturday February 22, will be headlined by none other than Broadway diva and American singer-songwriter Shoshana Bean, who you will definitely recognise from Hairspray, Wicked and Waitress. If one glorious night of fabulous frivolity is simply not enough, Lance Horne is hosting a party around the piano at Mondays in the Club – a spontaneous cabaret that can only be described as curated chaos on February 24. Tickets to this are red-hot, head here to secure yours.
Roots, Boots & Blues Festival, Saturday February 22
The Gold Coast’s own Roots, Boots & Blues Festival will take over Southport’s Broadwater Parklands in February for a full day of toe-tapping live music, featuring a killer line-up of local and international blues, country and roots bands. Think names like Rustbucket, The Whiskeys, Jason Kofoa and The Black Pearl, Jollee, Colt Seavers Band, Peter Devine Trio (previously known as Mojo Native) and more! The event, which runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, will also feature a pop-up market by The Design Collective with a series of market stalls and a delicious line-up of food trucks, plus activities for the kids and plenty of family friendly entertainment across the day. Just throw the picnic rug into the car and get set for a boot scootin’ time!
Queen and Adam Lambert: The Rhapsody Tour, Saturday February 29
Queen fans – both lifelong and new converts – don’t miss this. Original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are teaming up once more with longtime frontman Adam Lambert for the iconic tour, which will touch down on the Gold Coast with a thrilling stadium show at Metricon in Carrara. As Freddie sang all those years ago – the show must go on – so it’s time we all got rocked by Queen for one final time! There are tickets still available, nab yours through Ticketek here.