What's on across the Gold Coast this weekend
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What's on across the Gold Coast this weekend
What's on across the Gold Coast this weekend
What's on across the Gold Coast this weekend

What’s on across the Gold Coast this weekend

The days have been dipping in temperature of late and we are on the hunt for some activities to heat things up. Luckily we’ve found the hottest things happening on the Gold Coast from Thursday May 23 to Sunday May 26. From Missy Higgins and a yard party to Market Day deals and a dog walk for a cause, the whole family will want to get out there this weekend.

Reminisce on 20 years of music with Missy Higgins: Celebrating 20 years (yikes) since her trailblazing debut, The Sound Of White, Missy Higgins is bringing an ‘an anniversary tour with a difference’ to HOTA’s Outdoor Stage this Saturday. While tickets have sold out, you can still join the waitlist in the hope you might nab a last-minute spot on HOTA’s grassy knoll.

Enjoy an extended Italian aperitivo in the Byron Bay hinterland: Fancy a Byron day trip? Don’t miss the final days of the annual Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture Festivaland there’s plenty of deliciousness happening this weekend. On Saturday, The Hut Byron Bay will host Aperitivo All’Italiana – an extended Italian-inspired aperitivo hour featuring bite-sized creations from head chef Bruno Conti (tickets are available here). The North Byron Hotel is also hosting a fun-filled Family Day from 12:00 pm, then o Sunday the North Byron Hotel will close the festival with a huge Tiki Party. Head to the festival website to check out all of this weekend’s events.

Kick back with a country-music doubleheader at Live on The Lawn: Witness the mesmerising vocals and heartfelt storytelling of our Australian country music scene as stars Rachael Fahim and Max Jackson double headline The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar on Saturday. Promising a lively blend of honky-tonk revelry and infectious energy, this is one live gig country-music fans won’t want to miss.

Explore every culinary corner of Jones and Co Grocer IGA Queen Street Village: Foodie fun reaches new heights with Jones & Co Grocer IGA Queen Street Village’s Market Day festivities, infusing the spirit of a traditional farmers market into the humble grocery store. From Wednesday May 22 to Tuesday May 28, there will be market prices and bulk bargains where shoppers can enjoy huge savings and delicious events. Lisa Liu, aka the Saucy Wench, will be adding to the Market Day festivities with dumpling-making demonstrations on Sunday May 26. The local producer has garnered a cult following for her mouth-watering condiments, sauces and ready-to-heat dumplings, recently winning the title of Brisbane’s Best Handmade Business.

Head to Mur’bah for an afternoon beats and beers at this old-fashioned yard party: Gather your pals – the Impy Yard Party is taking over the back carpark of Murwillumbah’s iconic pink Imperial Hotel this Saturday for a fun-filled afternoon of live tunes from local Northern Rivers bands and ice-cold beers by Spangled Drongo Brewery. The event is proudly supporting Black Dog Institute’s Mullets for Mental health charity initiative – so if you’ve had the urge to rock a mullet, the barbers will style you one on the day for a very good cause. The fun starts at 1:00 pm.

Pound the pavement with your pooch at the RSPCA Million Paws Walk: One of the biggest events in the canine calendar – the Million Paws Walk – is back to take over Southport’s Broadwater Parklands this Sunday. The 2-km walk kicks off at 10:30 am along The Great Lawn, and the finish line with be dotted with food trucks, market stalls and entertainment for you and your pup. The best part? It’s all in support of the RSPCA. Tickets are available here.

Rock out to Jet in Brunswick Heads: Aussie rock quartet Jet is back for an extended version of their Get Born 20-Year Anniversary Tour, taking to the stage at Hotel Brunswick this Friday night. Tickets are available here, and if you’re heading down, take a squiz at our handy guide of where to eat in Brunswick Heads.

Kickstart the weekend with a hearty buffet breakfast at Southport Sharks: Enjoy a full brekkie spread at Frenzy’s every weekend from 7:30–10:00 am with a delectable feed of juicy sausages, tasty rashers of bacon, eggs, smoked salmon, honey ham, smashed avocado, cheese and charcuterie, fresh fruit, cronuts, pancakes, bottomless coffee and more. But what makes this experience even more enticing is that Kids Eat Free on Saturday mornings! For every full-priced adult buffet purchased, one child aged 12 and under can indulge in the culinary extravaganza absolutely free. It’s the perfect opportunity for families to come together and enjoy a wholesome meal without breaking the bank.

Shower your mum with gifts at The Strand: One day is hardly enough to celebrate your darling mother. Luckily, The Strand shares this sentiment and is hosting an entire month of mum. Shop at The Strand between May 1–31 for your chance to win a gift for Mum, with over $1,000 worth of prizes and vouchers to be won! All you need to do is upload a photo of your receipt to The Strand’s website , and you’re in the draw for your chance to win one of the many prizes on offer! Such as an indulgent facial treatment from Esteem Clinic, a dinner at George’s Paragon, a dinner and concert experience at Coolangatta Hotel, a wellness pack from ASN, decadent High Teas from Cayman Café, or a voucher from Just Sunnies, Helloworld, Lincraft, Boardwalk Boutique and more! Talk about treating Mum like a queen this year.

Dance the cool nights away at Sundown in Southport: Sundown, the ultimate pop-up music event that celebrates our homegrown musos, kicks off in Nerang Street, Southport, from 2:00 pm Saturday May 25. The stellar line-up includes The Rions, Hope D, Buttered, Chutney, Jem Cassar-Daley, Lyric and DJ Cory Hotline. As well as live music, Sundown will include tasty eats, colourful art and markets with Carafe Wine and Young Henrys keeping those over 18 years of age hydrated during the event. When the day is done, keep the good times going by venturing to one of the CBD’s many live music venues for more live local music action.

Take slow sips of the soulful sounds of Kyle Lionhart: Byron’s favourite singer-songwriter Kyle Lionhart performs an intimate show at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse this Thursday May 23. Kyle is currently on an Australian tour with absolute dreamy indie music with this Thursday a night set to be a very special one. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Dine amidst a floral dreamland at this Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival: Be transported to Japan when you ascend the stairs to The Collective’s rooftop bar where the pink cherry blossoms of the spring season have burst to life. Treat it like a mini getaway and indulge in the exclusive drinks menu highlighting Japanese tipples, and savour the Japanese flavours when you order from Umami, one of the five restaurants slinging delicious dishes at The Collective. Escape to Japan without leaving the Gold Coast.

Want more? Head to our comprehensive Event Guide for all of the fun around town where you can search by category, date, location and more! We do our best to remove cancelled events but be sure to check the organiser’s own event page for the most current updates.

To find out more about what’s on in the Gold Coast, head to our Event Guide.

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