eads up! There are some seriously exciting Gold Coast events on the horizon. With a jam packed events calendar through April and May catering to sports, music, surfing and more, we’ve got the low down on the hottest tickets in town… And heaps of them are free! Get amongst these GC happenings for an amazing experience of our city and the vibrant outdoors lifestyle we’re famous for.
COOLY CLASSIC OCEAN SWIM: April 18
Bring your togs, swimming cap and goggles and join swimmers from all over Australia for the Gold Coast’s premier ocean swim. The Cooly Classic is a rare opportunity to swim a course with some of Australia’s most revered surf breaks as your backdrop – Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta and Kirra. Choose from 1km, 2km, 3km or 5km events. Regardless of which distance you choose, you’re guaranteed to experience the crystal clear waters of the southern Gold Coast in autumn and the invigorating effects of an open ocean race.
GOLD COAST OPEN: May 1 – 3
The three day Gold Coast Open surfing competition will see some of the world’s best surfers battle it out against the local talent at one of the city’s most iconic breaks – Burleigh Point. With $20,00 in prize money up for grabs the competition in the water will be fierce and on shore there’ll be a lot of fun for spectators – think sunrise yoga sessions, skateboarding and BMX demos, food trucks, market stalls and live music at sunset. Bring your picnic blanket and set up on the grassy hill for good times and some serious spectating.
ROSÉ COAST, GOLD COAST: May 1
If your favourite tipple is a pretty shade of pink, then this festival dedicated to a very popular variety of wine will have you raising a toast to the Rosé Coast. Dress in the theme colours of pink and white and come along to Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach to discover an impressive lineup of Australian rosés from over 20 regions. Enjoy plenty of other fine drops, as well as catering, art classes, wine education, free pampering, beach volleyball and a silent disco all accompanied by a curated gourmet food menu. Don’t mind if we do!
BLUES ON BROADBEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL: May 20 23
Each May, this award-winning event fills the streets, parks, beachfront and venues of Broadbeach with blues music. The stellar line up at this year’s Blues on Broadbeach will ensure that music lovers enjoy an array of excellent live gigs on the stages and a party vibe on the streets. With 20 performance areas spread across the precinct, amazing food at local bars and restaurants and activities for all ages, it’s been a favourite on the local events calendar since it’s launch in 2002. This year’s line up includes Wolfmother, CW Stoneking, The Black Seeds and more. The best bit? It’s all free!
SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW: May 20 – 23
Sanctuary Cove will again transform the pristine marina and green expanses of The Marine Village into a bustling mecca for the boating industry at this year’s International Boat Show. With over 300+ exhibitors and 600+ watercraft on display, you’ll be treated to best-in-class superyachts, fishing boats, trailers, watercraft, marine tech and much more at the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event. A packed program of entertainment will enhance the family-friendly atmosphere with roving street performers, live music, a Kid’s Zone and delicious food on offer.
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