Cocktail creations, scenic art trails and backpacking alpacas  – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend
Cocktail creations, scenic art trails and backpacking alpacas  – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend
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Cocktail creations, scenic art trails and backpacking alpacas – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend

Greetings from the soggy depths of the oh-so-rainy Gold Coast. If, like us, you’ve spent the last fortnight trapped inside like Rapunzel in her castle, wistfully staring out the window in the hopes that our one true love (aka the sun) will come to save us, then get excited because legend says our knight in shining armour is on the way. That’s right, folks, the overlords at the weather bureau have dangled the promise of a sunny weekend right before our eyes. You can bet your bottom dollar that we are chomping at the bit to fling open our windows and run barefoot into those sweet, sweet rays of golden sunshine. If you’re not much of a runner, there are plenty of other exciting events on the Gold Coast from Thursday May 26 until Sunday May 29 that can act as your long-awaited debut out of the house.

Go backpacking with alpacas in the Scenic Rim: This weekend, the ESCAPE in the Scenic Rim Festival is hosting a slew of nature-filled activities that will have you filling your lungs with nothing but the freshest of air. On Friday, you can sit back, relax and take in the wonder of the Wild Film Festival in Boonah. On Saturday, tell the kids to alpaca their bags for a fun-filled day strolling through the Canungra countryside with an alpaca in tow. Alternatively, if you’re seeking something filled with a little more adrenaline, why not join The Escape Raid? This two-day wilderness navigation festival will see teams hiking, kayaking and mountain climbing through the Scenic Rim.

Savour the flavours of expertly mixed cocktails: The after-work cocktail event that has taken Brisbane by storm is arriving on the Gold Coast, with the Savour Series being hosted at the Island Rooftop in Surfers Paradise. You can toast to the end of another work week on Friday evening and sample a bounty of cocktail fusions. This Friday will focus on botanicals and the finesse of a well-balanced gin cocktail. You’ll want to grab a ticket to this one!

Dance along to free live music from Touch Sensitive on The Lawn: There’s something about sitting back and soaking up live tunes that makes life seem that little bit lighter. Add a cold drink and some delicious snacks into the equation, and you have a recipe for a good time. Garden Kitchen & Bar offers just that, a chance to sit in the sunshine, listen to some live tunes and revel in the good vibes with your mates. You can start your weekend on a high note by dropping low and shaking off the work week with free RnB tunes on Friday night from 5:00 pm. From there, head to The Lawn for a sensational free DJ set from Touch Sensitive on Saturday night. If you’re a fan of his electronic ear worms’ Pizza Guy’ and ‘Lay Down’, then you’re guaranteed a good night on the dance floor with his capable hands on the deck. Finally, if a Sunday sesh is more your style, then you won’t want to miss an afternoon of live music from Gold Coast boys, the Mckenzie Band. Let them soundtrack the sunset while you sip on a beverage and enjoy a snack or two from the delicious legends at Container Kitchen.

Pacific Fair Rooftop Wellness

Get your scenic sweat on at Pacific Fair’s Wellness Studio: You read that correctly. Pacific Fair is encouraging everyone to work up a sweat while soaking in the views at the Wellness Studio. From Saturday May 28 until June 4, you’re invited to attend any of their complimentary yoga, barre, pilates and meditation sessions at sunrise and sunset. The free fitness classes are hosted by your favourite brands like Lululemon and Stylerunner, with some sessions even giving away cheeky activewear essentials! This Saturday, you can enjoy an Aje Athletica barre class at 8:00 am and yoga at 10:00 am, and on Sunday why not join the CAMILLA yoga stretch classes at 6:30 and 8:30 am? These classes will book out quickly, so reserve your spot to avoid missing out on a workout and the opportunity to snag some Insta-worthy snaps.

Eat your body weight in popcorn at the Dendy Cinema Southport opening dayYou’ve heard of the new car smell, but what about the new cinema smell? Soak up the sweet aromas of plush cinema seats and freshly buttered popcorn at Dendy Cinema’s latest location in Southport on Thursday. They will be screening a range of blockbusters, international films, arthouse and foreign productions and more! Just head online to view the full program and grab your tix to the flicks!

Stroll through the CBD Sundown Twilight Markets in Southport: It seems Southport is the place to be this weekend. After hitting the cinemas on Thursday, why not go to the Twilight Markets in Nerang Street from 5:00-9:00 pm on Friday? Here you can enjoy sweet tunes from some local Gold Coast artists while nibbling on vegan treats and rummaging through the clothing, artwork and bric-a-brac for sale.

Sip and savour some raunchy laughs at Blanc de Blanc Encore: Did someone say cabaret? If you prefer your evening’s champagne-soaked and laced with hedonistic intentions, then shimmy on over to the Spiegeltent in Southport’s Broadwater Parklands for Blanc de Blanc Encore. The show is packed full of risqué humour, breathtaking aerials, champagne towers, well-endowed percussionists and one hell of a pillow fight. This cheeky mix of glamour and comedy is only in town for a limited season, so secure your tickets before they sell out!

Maho Magic Bar

Step into a night of delicious illusion at the Maho Magic Bar: Inspired by the neon-lit magic bars in Tokyo’s nightlife districts, the Maho Magic Bar at the Broadwater Parklands Spiegeltent allows you to get up close and personal with some seriously charismatic master magicians. 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 cocktails and mystifying magic tricks. Buy your ticket here and prepare for a night that will surprise and delight your senses.

Snuggle up next to the fire pit on The Farm: Every Saturday, Three Blue Ducks in Byron Bay welcomes everyone to visit the farm and enjoy free music from local artists, delicious snacks from the autumn dinner menu and the soothing crackle of the fire pit. There are no bookings required, so pack some warm clothes, grab your loved ones and meander down to Sunset Sessions at the Farm in Byron between 4:00 and 6:00 pm.

Celebrate the 4220 with Burleigh bEATS: This Saturday, Connor Street and the Memorial Park in Burleigh will come alive with a fab lineup of music, craft brews, roving performers, market stalls and more. This free festival welcomes the whole family to soak up the very best vibes Burleigh has to offer, with all of the local businesses providing exclusive deals and extended opening hours to help show that there is more to the 4220 than influencers on Burleigh Hill and expensive real estate.

Duck across the border for a light show like no other: On Friday night, Mavis’ Kitchen in Uki is hosting an immersive experience that allows you to wander through the fairy creek and enjoy the lavish light display and sculpture created by Kit Webster. Kit will transform the beautiful 125-year-old Mavis building into a myriad of colours and art, all of which can be enjoyed while you feast on flavours from the famous smoker and BBQ. Oh, and did we mention there is a pop-up dessert bar and cocktails? Put simply, Mavis & The Night Garden is an event you don’t want to miss.

Murwillumbah Arts Festival

Meander through the Murwillumbah Arts Trail: This weekend, the artistic flair and talent of the Tweed and surrounds will be on display for you to enjoy. Pop in the car and head across the border, where you can wind through hinterland villages, stop in to see local artists’ work, participate in activities and craft workshops, and purchase a new piece as part of the Murwillumbah Arts Trail. We recommend visiting the Murwillumbah Potters in Fernvale, the Community Printmakers in Stokers Siding and the collection of artists on exhibition at The Belle Riverhouse on the banks of the Tweed River.

Sing along to Hope D at Miami MarkettaBrisbane local Hope D is headlining her biggest run of shows yet and bringing her signature pop-rock sound to the Gold Coast on Friday night. This enigmatic artist knows how to capture the crowd with melodic hooks and poppy beats. There are still a few sneaky tickets available, so grab yours before they sell out.

Have a laff with Rhys NicholsonHead to HOTA, Home of the Arts, on Sunday evening and get ready to lose yourself in laughter while Rhys Nicholson takes you through an hour of comedy gold. Giggling is the best way to cure those rainy week blues, and hey, if it is still raining, what better way to pass the time than by crying tears of laughter. If you’re craving a lol, grab your tickets and head to HOTA’s Lakeside Room from 7:00 pm.

Sample some Ink Gin as you stroll through sculptures at HuskIf you have a spare few hours and fancy a road trip, why not pop over the border to Husk Farm Distillery and wander through the inaugural outdoor exhibition Sculpture Distilled. This unique competition allows you to get up close and personal with the work of nine contemporary artists from across the Gold Coast and the Northern Rivers. The vibrantly unique sculptures address themes including the impact of plastics on the environment, time, Australian fauna, and stillness.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, events may be subject to be postponed or cancelled at the last minute. 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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