Things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend
Summer is starting to wind up, so it’s time to get out there and enjoy the rest of these sunny days and balmy nights! Luckily there is plenty for you to eat, see and do across all corners of our fine city for your few days of sweet, sweet freedom. We’ve done the hard work for you and round-up a few things happening on the Gold Coast this weekend.
Food & Drink, Live Music
It’s Chinese New Year! Celebrate with all that you hold dear at The Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove with a weekend of free family fun complete with lion dancers and fireworks on Friday night. Harbour Town is getting into the festive spirit with singing, dancing and of course plenty of bargains. NightQuarter is going all out with a live kung fu demonstration, street performers, lion dancers and traditional music on Friday and if you’re keen to celebrate with fine food, make tracks to The Star and treat yourself to a special lucky menu at Imperial at The Star featuring stir-fried prawns with mild spice sauce and dried scallop and bean sprout thick soup. The Frenzy’s Food Court buffet at Southport Sharks is also having an oriental overhaul and there will be live entertainment on Friday night. The Gold Coast’s own Chinatown is hosting a stellar celebration in honour of The Year of the Dog with an Asian street food market, live music, cultural entertainment, kids activities, a pop-up laneway bar and of course a spectacular fireworks display. If you’re a fan of country music, Casey Barnes and Brad Butcher will be dishing out the tunes at Soundlounge on Saturday night and as an extra sweet bonus, every person who purchases a ticket will receive a copy of Casey’s latest album Live As One on the night. We’re into the last few weeks of summer, so be sure to soak it up in style with the QT Sunset Sessions, which are held every Saturday from 3:00 pm at QT Gold Coast’s Calypso Terrace. Seaside Sounds returns to Kirra this Sunday so dust off the picnic rug and venture down to soak up the sounds and over at Miami Marketta, things will heat up on Sunday night for Brazilian Carnaval 2018. Bring the whole family down to experience the real spirit of Brazil’s biggest annual event, there’ll be traditional food including fish stew, barbecue, pies and pastries plus plenty of live music and performances.
Community, Markets and Art
If you haven’t been to check out the Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast exhibition at HOTA – this is your very last chance as it all wraps up on Sunday, don’t say we didn’t warn you! Kings and kweeeeens of the castle, get ready to converge on Surfers Paradise as the annual Sand Safari Arts Festival continues celebrating all things sand, sea and sport. This weekend as an extra special treat, you can even be part of a Guinness World Records attempt for the most sandcastles built in one hour. To register as a participant, mosey on over here. As part of this year’s overall event, The Avenue in Surfers Paradise will host a Live Street Art Battle on Sunday from 3:00 pm. Artists will have 60 minutes in total to create a work of art. There will be live entertainment during the afternoon and on completion of the battle, all the art work will be auctioned off and all money raised from the sale of the art work will be donated to Second Chances. If you’re keen to keep it chill this weekend, you’re invited to join Relative Creative, Bleached Arts and City of Gold Coast at the Ormeau Centre for the first of the Pop-Up Parks. There will be design and craft activities, a hang-out space with a DJ and a sausage sizzle. It will also give you an opportunity to get an up close and personal experience with the iconic Gateways public art installation HI-LIGHTS. Market lovers are spoilt for choice this weekend with Hinterland Feast coming to Country Paradise Parklands and the Makers & Finders markets popping up in Murwillumbah. Gainsborough Greens Food Truck Festival is rolling into the northern Gold Coast on Saturday with the first 200 visitors receiving a free meal, free coffee and popcorn, and a free movie! If you’re into all things extreme, Red Bull stunt rider Robbie Maddison will make an appearance at MXstore in Burleigh for fan photos, book signings and a barbecue and if you haven’t yet experienced the magic and utterly terrifying antics of Circus Rio, this weekend is your last chance as the curtain closes for the last time on Sunday. If you’re looking for something fun and a little different to do this Saturday afternoon, Brisbane’s Cork & Chroma is venturing down to Robina Town Centre for Pop-up Paint and Sip. No prior artistic experience is required (we promise), and the session will be led step-by-step by Cork & Chroma artists. All of the arty stuff is sorted and you can enjoy food and beverages from The Kitchen’s venues as you create your masterpiece.
Ed note: an earlier version of this piece listed Tails & Ales as being on Saturday – it’s actually on Saturday March 3 so you’ve still got a little while to wait. Sorry about that!
Also, due to cyclonic weather predictions, the Jack Evans Boat Harbour Lifestyle Market has been cancelled for this Sunday.