Looking for something to do on the Coast? In case our sugary beaches, next-level dining, rainforests and attractions haven’t stolen your attention yet – just you wait, friends – let me entice you with a bunch of event’s you’ve just gotta be a part of. We don’t sit still too much around here but when we do, you know it’s for something worth checking out. So pull up a pew, a deck chair, an amp, or push down that stadium seating, ‘cause things are heating up this spring on the Gold Coast.
SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
14 – 23 SEPTEMBER
Swell Sculpture Festival, one of the Coast’s most extraordinary events, showcases an impressive collection of art works set against the stunning backdrop of Currumbin Beach. Sprinkled with awe-inspiring, thought provoking, humorous and just downright fun sculptures, Currumbin foreshore will be alive with creativity this September.
Where else in the world can you see mighty sculptures rise from the sand?! Swell is a must-see on your annual calendar, and did I mention it’s completely free?! Race you to the beach.
AUSTRALIAN WALLABIES V ARGENTINA PUMAS: FINAL HOME TEST MATCH
Pack the yellow and green face paint, shake your pom-poms and don’t forget the footy because Argentina fever is about to hit. The Pumas are about to get tango-ed up with our formidable Wallabies on the Gold Coast for the first time in rugby history.
Sharing a love of our enviable coastal lifestyle, our lust for life and genuine love of the game; when our two sun-drenched nations collide, you can be sure it’s going to be a party. The epic Cbus Super Stadium will host the final home test in the 2018 Rugby Championship, so you can cheer on your sporting heroes and celebrate in style.
GOLD COAST ITU FINAL AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
12 – 16 SEPTEMBER
Ride the wave to Broadwater Parklands for the final race of the International Triathlon Union’s 2018 season. From 12-16 September 2018, 5,000 competitors from 46 nations (including elite athletes and those of us just giving it a red hot go), will run, swim and bike through what has to be the best triathlon course on the planet.
With 2018 events held in cities such as Yokohama, Hamburg and Montreal, our shores are set to delight competitors and spectators with blue skies, sandy beaches and gorgeous calm clear waters. Snag a spot along the beautifully landscaped, flat bike routes (that are expected to see athletes smash records) and enjoy a day immersed in the picturesque parklands alongside the water.
SURFERS PARADISE KIDS WEEK
29 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER
Kids rule during Surfers Paradise Kids Week in the heart of our exuberantly entertaining city from 29 September to 5 October, 2018. It’s the perfect excuse to for quality family time with your loved ones. All the fun is planned by someone else, all you gotta do is rock up and enjoy it.
The small peeps will be totally taking over as Surfers Paradise attractions join forces to host a FREE kid-fest of dance parties, beach sports, rock climbing, jumping castles, zorb balls – yes, ZORB BALLS – character appearances, cooking classes, scavenger hunts, movies on the big screen *deep breath in…* and SO much more. Last year the minions from Despicable Me 3 partied up a storm, so fuel up on bananas and get ready to whoop it with your kids beachside.
CRAFTED BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL
A festival atmosphere with live music, food trucks to throw you off your diet and an afternoon dedicated to the art of crafting refreshing cider and beer. Tick, tick and tick! Hop down to sunny Broady for a day of ice cold beverages from over 35 breweries, live tunes, and cheesy, salty food truck goodness at Crafted.
The event’s second year running will see six epic bands joined by one hilarious comedian all served with bubbling beer and sweet samplings of cider. Trust me, this is the Sunday Saturday sesh you have been waiting for. Show your love for award-winning home grown amber and discover some newbies along the way at this outdoor event that draws a crowd and honours the craft of creating tasty brews for your taste buds.
6 – 7 OCTOBER
Witness the world’s toughest surf lifesavers run, swim, ski and paddle for $18,000 prize money – and eternal bragging rights – when the Coolangatta Gold hits our beaches in October. This iconic race started out as a movie sequence back in 1984, and is still rated one of the most challenging and ambitious endurance races in surf sport.
Catch the action as competitors arrive in and out of Cooly Beach for the short course on Saturday 6 October before ironmen and women complete the gruelling 41.8km long course between Coolangatta and Broadbeach on Sunday 7 October. There are plenty of vantage points along the way for us ‘not-so-iron’ men and women to be part of the action and drink in the sun-and-surf-soaked glory. Dibs on a spot near Grant Kenny.
FAI WORLD PARACHUTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
7 – 13 OCTOBER
The world’s best skydivers will be free-falling above our magnificent sandy beaches in October when the World Parachuting Championships drop by. Competitors will plunge into our deep blue skies to perform high altitude formations and jaw-dropping stunts at speeds of up to 270km/hr.
We spectators can stay grounded to watch all of the action from the drop zone at Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre where huge screens will capture every move these crazy brave superhumans make as they vie for the World Parachuting Championship medal. The Gold Coast is pumped to be hosting the fastest human sport on earth (or at least above it).
BUSKERS BY THE CREEK
13 – 14 OCTOBER
Toes in the grass, the smell of hot food in the air and music playing at every turn – the goodness of the Buskers by the Creek weekend stays with you long after the drummers have packed their gear in the vans. Over 300 performers along the banks of Currumbin Creek are propping their guitar cases, up-turning their hats and putting the Gold Coast firmly on the culture map.
Soundwaves will be flying left, right and centre but so too will be acrobats, dancers, World Record attempting water-skiers and infectious Afro-Brazilian drum-rhythms. Holy moly what a line-up – let’s hope the sword-swallower is a little more contained. This family-friendly event lasts two days with a ‘Battle of the Buskers’ night event at Currumbin Pub for those who like to boogie into the night. An incredible showcase of new, emerging and local musicians – you may just find, that fiver you throw into a case is the encouragement needed to make the next ‘big thing’. Hot tip: Gold Coast Taxi’s will take you to the event for only $2 a pop. Check out the website for details.