Wondering what events the Gold Coast has on offer in June? We’re helping you out with our roundup of must-dos for you and the family – from free entry live music gigs and community festival events to local exhibitions, workshops and more!
COOLY ROCKS ON
If everything 50s, 60s and 70s is your thing, gather the family and head down to Cooly Rocks On between Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th of June. With a fun-filled array of live music bands, rock and roll dancing events, fashion pageants and hundreds of classic and custom cars on display, this southern beachside festival creates a community hub for good ol’ family fun. As a completely free event to attend, the kids will also love the Sunday street parade down the main drag of Coolangatta (9.00-10.30am) and the Saturday Retro Art Workshops held at the Level Up Studio + Gallery in The Strand Shopping Centre – from 10.00-1.00pm.
As a first, the event will also play host to the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group National Gathering, where an impressive 300+ riders are expected to join the festivities and lead the Sunday morning Street Parade.
Traveller Tip: As a Gold Coast favourite that draws impressive daily spectators, our tip – to waste no time in getting your Elvis on – is to park your car at Tweed Heads State School and take the short walk in. Just a $10 flat rate for the day.
When & Where: Wednesday 5 June to Sunday 9 June | Coolangatta
BUNDALL FARMERS MARKET
Join fellow Gold Coasters from 6.00-11.30am Sundays at Bundall’s former Art Centre, HOTA to grab your week’s fresh produce straight from local farmers, and enjoy live music whilst you browse the stalls. As one of the Coasts biggest food and farmers markets, immerse yourself in local food culture with an eclectic range of foods to sample and buy – from homemade loaves of bread to cheeses, pet food and locally grown coffee – your BYO enviro bags certainly won’t go home empty!
When & Where: Every Sunday | HOTA, Bundall
BURLEIGH WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
Pictured: Burleigh Winter Solstice Festival | By McLeish Film & Media from Elizabeth McLeish on Vimeo.
Ever wanted to celebrate the shortest day of the year? Well, there’s a festival for that!
The Winter Solstice – marked as the shortest day and longest night of the calendar year – is a free family event that will light up the night with fire performers, street entertainment, local food stands and even lantern workshops. The fun kicks off from 5.00-9.00pm in the main Burleigh thoroughfares of James and Connor Street.
When & Where: Saturday 22 June | Burleigh Heads
GC PET AND ANIMAL EXPO
Animal lovers unite! On the first weekend of the school holidays (QLD & VIC), grab your furry friend(s) and the rest of the family and join the Gold Coast Pet and Animal Expo at ‘Broady’. As you’d expect at Australia’s biggest pet expo, this two-day event is for animal lovers to celebrate their furry, scaly and feathered friends, with a range of stalls, demonstrations, stage shows and workshops on offer. You can even adopt another family member on the day thanks to RSPCA Animal Adoptions – the more the merrier, right?
Entry tickets start from just $5 for kids and $10 for adults – leashed pets are free. Family passes are also available, with discounted early bird tickets on sale now.
When & Where: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June, 9.00-4.00pm | GC Convention & Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach
QCC ALLEY CLASSIC
The weather may be cooling down but the Queensland Surfing Championships are just heating up. Extend your stay and get down to Currumbin Alley – one of the most iconic breaks in our sunshine state – also on the first weekend of June to watch the state’s best compete in the Alley Classic for a place in the Aussie Titles. With two to three foot waves gracing the inlet in 2018, the whole family will love the trip to watch the heart-pumping action. Then compare the waves of the morning over a beautiful oceanfront lunch at Currumbin Vikings Surf Club – just a short five-minute drive.
When & Where: Saturday/ Sunday 29 & 30 June | Currumbin
ABC MONTH AT DREAMWORLD
If you have tots and kids that are into PJ Masks, Play School and Hey Duggee, you’ll earn double brownie points for this one. From the 1st week of May through to the 1st week of June, Dreamworld is home to ABC KIDS Month where you can meet idolised kids characters and watch a calendar of their live shows. Get up close and personal with the loveable dog Duggee and his friends, with the last of the scheduled performances on from Friday 31 May to Thursday 6 June. Did we mention that the show is also free if you’re an annual/ day pass holder? #heyduggee
When & Where: Friday 31 May to Thursday 6 June | Dreamworld, Coomera
GOLD COAST SUNS VS NORTH MELBOURNE
Enjoy the buzz of live AFL? Head to the ground at Metricon Stadium to see our very own GC SUNS take on North Melbourne in round 12. With gates open from 2.40pm in the afternoon, the whole fam will enjoy the pre-game entertainment including an inflatables kid’s zone and sponsor activations. Who doesn’t love a good ol’ cardboard megaphone cutout? Free public transport is also included with all pre-purchased tickets – Junior tickets from just $10 and Adults from $25.
When & Where: Game kick-off at 4.35pm, Saturday 8 June | Metricon Stadium, Carrara
GOLD COAST TITANS VS WARRIORS
NRL more your thing? Robina’s Cbus Super Stadium is putting on one of the biggest games of the season, where Aussie and New Zealand fans will unite. Bringing a unique and electrifying atmosphere to the home of the GC Titans, the Titans vs Warriors clash is another great sporting event to get the kids dressed in your team colours, for an all-round night of fun. And the best part? Hot chips, pies and fairy floss for dinner! #winwin
Adult tickets start from $28, with kids from $17.
When & Where: Game kick-off at 6.00pm, Friday 4 June | Cbus Super Stadium, Robina
WICKED AT HOTA
Flying into the Coast from late June, the widely popular Wicked tells the incredible untold story of the witches from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This truly fabulous 2-hour theatre production will keep the whole family glued to their seats until the very last curtain. With a review rating of 4.5 on TripAdvisor and a viewing recommendation for kids 7 and above, it’s a yes from us! Head online to book your tickets and follow the yellow brick road straight to HOTA.
When & Where: Tuesday 25 June to Thursday 6 July | HOTA, Bundall