Sport
Enjoy State of Origin live, loud and under the stars with crackling fire pits, juicy bites and DJ beats
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Enjoy State of Origin live, loud and under the stars with crackling fire pits, juicy bites and DJ beats

If footy is your religion and you spend each year counting down the days until you can don your prized maroon or blue jersey, then get excited because The Star Gold Coast is hosting the Origin events of your dreams. Round up your mates and get ready for three winter nights filled with big-screen footy action, unmissable prizes, live entertainment and plenty of delicious snack specials on Sunday June 26 and Wednesday July 13. more

Community
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

Festival
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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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

Community
Green thumbs up for this plant-filled weekend on the Sunshine Coast
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Green thumbs up for this plant-filled weekend on the Sunshine Coast

If you've spent the last two years fostering a healthy obsession with plants and all things gardening, then boy, do we have some news for you. From July 8–10, the Sunshine Coast is playing host to the who's-who of Aussie gardening at the Queensland Garden Expo! To help you get your green thumb ready for three plant-packed days of soil-enriched gardening goodness, we've curated a jam-packed itinerary that will tantalise your taste buds and give you a much-needed breath of fresh air as you escape the city and let Mother Nature give you some love. more

Food
Let's taco'bout the Mexican feast happening at Frenzy's Buffet in May
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Let’s taco’bout the Mexican feast happening at Frenzy’s Buffet in May

"I hate Mexican food", said no one, ever. If, like us, you spend your Tuesdays sniffing out the best taco deal and are constantly dreaming of your next embrace with a margarita, then get excited. All of your taco-filled dreams will transpire as Frenzy’s Buffet at the Southport Sharks hosts Mexicana in May. Pack your sombrero and get ready to set those taste buds alight as the buffet comes alive with a myriad of delicious Mexican morsels just waiting for you to enjoy. more

Food
Hyde Paradiso Beachside Brunch
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European summer-inspired brunches – add this scenic event to your Autumn calendar

Surfers Paradise is iconic for many reasons - the sun, the sand, Cavill Mall and the myriad of characters that call the city home. While we love this iconic strip just as much as the next person, sometimes we crave a respite from the summer heat and bustling waves of tourists. Bonus points if you can still peep a panorama of the beach, sip on a tipple or two and enjoy a delicious meal. Enter Hyde Paradiso. This vibrant venue provides a European summer-themed oasis above the crowds of Surfers Paradise and is the perfect place to soak up some of the city's best views, bites and events during May and June.  more


Comedy
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

Community
Strut your stuff – the Australian Wearable Art Festival is back in all its avant-garde trashion glory
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Strut your stuff – the Australian Wearable Art Festival is back in all its avant-garde trashion glory

Have you ever looked at a floral arrangement or a solitary piece of rubbish floating in the breeze and thought, "Wow, that would make a stunning outfit"? Perhaps you are just captivated by all things fashion, from the humble little black dress to the Met Gala's over-the-top extravagance. Either way, if you feel divinely inspired at the thought of throwing together a creative ensemble and crave the opportunity to sit front row at a catwalk, get excited because the Australian Wearable Art Festival is coming to the Sunshine Coast on May 21. 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

Music
Experience breathtaking serenades under the stars at Opera Queensland's Festival of Outback Opera
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Experience breathtaking serenades under the stars at Opera Queensland’s Festival of Outback Opera

Did someone say, "roadtrip"? Pack up the car as we're headed to the outback for Opera Queensland's Festival of Outback Opera, which is back bigger and better than ever this month. Set to hit the regional towns of Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall, Tambo and Windorah from May 18–27, the impressive festival celebrates the wonder of opera with a program of awe-inspiring outdoor concerts and pop-up performances in historical settings. more

Comedy
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

Festival
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

Food
Cucina Vivo The Star
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Italian feasts, rooftop seafood and bubbles galore – The Star has your Mother’s Day plans sorted

Gone are the days when we could rely on the annual Mother's Day market at school to buy mum a truly heartfelt gift. Sure lavender-infused soap, a scented candle, fresh pyjamas or, of course, a brand-new coffee mug may seem like a great gift idea, but it might finally be time to broaden your scope. While gifts are lovely, it appears that all most mums want is to spend some quality time with their children. Luckily for you, The Star Gold Coast is hosting the adult version of your school's Mother's Day market, where restaurants like Cucina Vivo and Garden Kitchen & Bar are helping you ditch the candle and treat mum to a delicious meal, some wine and, most importantly, a few hours of uninterrupted time with the ones she loves most.  more

Community
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

Food
Fine dining delights, midday munches and wine-filled wonder – Dine BNE City is back with an impressive line-up of Brisbane City’s best bars and restaurants
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Fine dining delights, midday munches and wine-filled wonder – Dine BNE City is back with an impressive line-up of Brisbane City’s best bars and restaurants

Despite the tumultuous nature of the past two years, Brisbane’s dining scene has continued to leap from strength to strength. Our glorious city is saturated with curious epicurean delights, boasting a truly delightful palette of bars, restaurants and cafes that can, quite frankly, rival our southern counterparts (we’re coming for you, Melbourne). What better way to celebrate our cracking culinary offerings than with a month-long festival dedicated to highlighting the delectable offerings of our foodie scene? After incredible success last year, we are thrilled to announce that Dine BNE City is back with more than 100 exclusive offers and dining experiences scattered across the heart of our humble river city. This May 1–29, leave your leftovers at home, forget about the groceries and dive into delicious splendour as you indulge in the very best Brisbane City has on offer. more

Food
Become a culinary wizard in no time with help from Regional Flavours' mouth-watering masterclasses
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Become a culinary wizard in no time with help from Regional Flavours’ mouth-watering masterclasses

We hope you're hungry, fellow gourmands! Everyone’s favourite food-and-drink festival Regional Flavours is returning to South Bank Parklands from May 13–15, with an excellent array of Australia’s most celebrated chefs and local producers. Plus, this year's tantalising event is jam-packed with culinary masterclasses that are just waiting to be dived in to. From French-cheese tastings to gin-filled workshops, here's a sneak peek of what's to come this May ... more