Calendar Celebrations Sorted
GO BIG OR GO HOME (not literally please guys)! We just want you to bring your best when it comes to massive calendar celebrations we put on for free. Quality shindigs like Christmas carols, Easter shows, New Year's Eve fireworks, cool kids' concerts and community fun days. NOTE: we tend to peak in peak season.
Hump Day Comedy at Atrium Bar
Let off some steam with a good belly laugh, feast on a pizza and wash it all down with a brew or two at the Atrium Bar’s Hump Day Comedy. Presented by Gold Coast stand-up comedy and entertainment legends Based Comedy and brought to you by Byron Bay Brewery, each Wednesday will bring a new line-up of local and national comedians including the likes of Greg ‘Sully’ Sullivan and Lindsay Webb. This mid-week perk-up is free to attend, so gather your crew, settle into one of the comfy bean bags and sip a brew while you laugh. Hump Day Comedy will also see an exclusive menu filled with delicious cheap eats, including $10 pizzas, onion rings, wedges and salt and pepper calamari. Walk-ins are welcome, though we recommend emailing [email protected] and booking a table if you plan on bringing a few friends. The Star practises responsible service of alcohol.
09 Jun 2023 - 17 Jun 2023
Reverie Theatre Company Presents 'The May Queen'
COST: $32The May Queen, by Reverie Theatre Company, is a fun, dark, and surprising office comedy. It’s an engaging portrait of five small-town characters who all work in the local insurance agency and whose lives remain interconnected. For Jen Nash, being crowned the May Queen of her High School was a trauma from which she’s never recovered. The gossip mill kicks into high gear when she returns home under mysterious circumstances, seeming a husk of her former self. Everyone has a theory about where she’s been. She hides out in her parents’ house and takes a temp job at the insurance company with her new coworkers: the Zumba-addicted Gail, and bookish nerd Dave. But when Jen finds that her former high-school flame, Mike, is the star salesman at the insurance company, she won’t be able to keep her secrets for long. A hilarious and touching play that’s ‘The Office’ meets ‘Mean Girls’. Please note Level One Seventeen is only accessible via stairs. The venue is BYO drinks and snacks.
10 Jun 2023
Comedy Underground | Bart Freebairn
Follow Your DreamsFollow your dreams. Defeat your fears. Embrace your destiny. Buy a ticket. Come to a great show with one of Australia's best comedians. Bart Freebairn is so funny.
Comedy Underground Saturday Showcase
A 90 minute showcase of hand-picked talentEvery Saturday night Comedy Underground in the Basement is a showcase of hand-picked talent that runs for 90 minutes. Expect big name acts, up-and-coming crushers and the wild, subversive and unique voices making waves in live comedy. Every now and then Solo acts will join the party, adding an additional show that begins when the Saturday Showcase ends. Tickets to Solo acts aren't included in the Comedy Underground Saturday Showcase ticket and must be purchased in addition. Refer to the accessibility section for minimum ages. Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Based Comedy
14 Jun 2023 - 16 Jun 2023
BREAK by The Farm
BREAK by The FarmExperience this raw and expressive new work from our city's own dance company, The Farm. Blending dance, theatre and circus, Break is an intimate experience and a rare chance to see a performance in 'doors closed mode' inside the Outdoor Stage. Ceci travelled the world for many years as a successful acrobat but after a series of accidents and botched surgeries, the career she had carefully created fell to pieces. Now she’s angry, defiant and intensely confused by what to do next. But that won’t stop her because she knows we all need to question the recklessness of our ambitions. Intensely personal and raw, Break is an autobiographical work that investigates how we define ourselves and how we recover when our dreams are shattered. Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts & The Farm
16 Jun 2023
Garry Starr Greece Lightning
Garry Starr Greece LightningAn overzealous idiot attempts to perform all of Greek Mythology in order to save his Hellenic homeland from economic ruin. Never before has Medusa been looser, Achilles more sillies or Uranus so heinous. WINNER Pick of the Fringe - Adelaide Fringe 2022 WINNER Best Comedy - Manchester Fringe 2022 WINNER Best in Fest - Gothenburg Fringe 2022 Having single handedly saved the performing arts in 2018 with his multi-award-winning debut show Garry Starr Performs Everything, comic wunderkind Garry returns with another anarchic masterclass not to be mythed. ★★★★★ "This hour of madcap mayhem needs to shoot straight to the top of your must-see list" Scottish Daily Mail ★★★★½ "Garry Starr deserves a seat in the pantheon of physical comedians after this rambunctious high-energy romp through Mount Olympus." Chortle ★★★★★ “Greece Lightning has absolutely nothing to say about Greek mythology and therein lies its brilliance.” Beyond The Joke ★★★★★ "Expect to be breathless with laughter, perhaps questioning your own sanity while also blessing your good luck at choosing to catch this performance.” British Theatre Guide Garry Starr is written and performed by Damien Warren-Smith. Presented by MILKE
17 Jun 2023
Comedy Underground | Shayne Hunter - Comedian's Guide to True Crime
Comedy Underground | Shayne Hunter - Comedian's Guide to True CrimeJoin Shayne Hunter as they delve into the dark, twisted, and downright hilarious stories of infamous Aussie criminals, notorious bushrangers, and peculiar crime capers that'll leave you in stitches! We're not talking about kangaroo courts here; we mean real dinky-di Aussie lawbreakers that'll have you saying "strewth!" You'll laugh, you'll gasp, and you'll definitely cringe as Shayne Hunter shines a light on the most bizarre and comedic criminal misadventures from Down Under. This uproarious show is perfect for true crime aficionados, comedy lovers, and anyone with a taste for the absurd. Presented by Based Comedy
17 Jun 2023
Get ready for the biggest line-up of Aussie hip hop anywhere in the country, set to hit the Gold Coast in 2023! Rhyme Festival will be hitting Broadwater Parklands on Saturday June 17. Big names like Illy, Drapht and the Thundamentals will take to the stage alongside some of the country’s best up-and-coming talent. The festival will offer up an awesome day of beats, brews and delicious food, with a number of local breweries and distilleries on-site serving up their favourite drops. Come hungry too – these aren’t your run-of-the-mill festival food vendors, with mouth-watering low’n’slow barbecue, loaded fries and gourmet burgers making up just some of the delicious choices on offer. Grab your tickets at the Rhyme Festival website.
17 Jun 2023 - 22 Jun 2023
The achingly beautiful hit musical that strikes an unforgettable chordThe multi award-winning musical ONCE is making its highly-anticipated debut in the Gold Coast this June! An enchanting tale about a Dublin street musician on the verge of giving up, when a charming Czech piano-player takes a sudden interest in his music. Once is a tender love story about reaching for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.With a cast who each play their own instruments on stage and bring the soaring score to life, including ‘Falling Slowly’, the Oscar-winning song from the original film, this spellbinding musical will have you holding your breath from beginning to end. Book by Enda Walsh. Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney By arrangement with Music Theatre International (Australasia). Directed by Richard Carroll.
21 Jun 2023
Homelands Tour featuring Love, Always Love
Homelands Tour featuring Love, Always LoveSSI’s Homelands Regional Arts Tour program aims to raise awareness and understanding of refugee experiences through arts, music and storytelling to increase social cohesion at regional and metropolitan settlement locations in New South Wales and Queensland during Refugee Week. This itinerant roadshow will consist of a multimedia exhibition, comprising short films, photography, painting and digital art, and a performing arts showcase comprising live music, a short film, narration and experimental performance. Touring from Sydney, Homelands 2023 presents “Stories of Welcome” a multi-arts storytelling project that supports the skills development and the creation of new artistic work by members of the refugee and asylum-seeking community of the Mid-North Coast NSW. This collective exhibition includes short films, photography and both visual and digital artwork. Alongside that, we will be presenting ‘Urban Stories’, the result of an artist development program led by CuriousWorks. This component encompasses 5 artists from refugee backgrounds showcasing film, music, experimental live performance, live reading and visual arts (paintings). The program will conclude with a feature performance of ‘Love, Always Love’, a collection of personal stories and original songs of courage, love, and family connection by renowned Lebanese musician and singer Samira El Koussa, in new arrangements for western and arabic instruments by acclaimed musician Greta Kelly, award-winning composer Corrina Bonshek and featuring electronic songstress May Lyn. The project will embark on a tour for Refugee Week 2023, with stops in Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Brisbane. In Queensland, SSI is partnering with BEMAC and HOTA to deliver an impactful multidisciplinary artistic showcase that elevates the voices and experiences of refugees.
22 Jun 2023
Drawing for Life
Drawing for LifeEach month we invite leading artists and performers to curate poses, subjects and performances for you to draw, with all materials provided. Relax and unwind with short, guided drawing warm-ups, followed by long and sustained poses or still life subjects, with help from our guest artist and team of artist educators. Whether you are new to drawing or one of the greats, all abilities are welcome to enjoy this unique and artful experience. May and JuneThe Expanded Sessions with Kellie O'DempseyTaking an experiential focus on the life drawing studio these sessions aim to approach drawing as a vital and exploratory tool to translate the experience of drawing the body using the body. Drawing to music in a shared space we will use drawing to navigate and develop energetic approaches to image making using experimental techniques that will expand and extend preconceived ideas of life drawing. Artist BioKellie O’Dempsey creates site-generated installations and performances that integrate projection, video, collage, architectural space, gestural line, performance and digital drawing. Creating in both solo and collaborative formats with sound artists and contemporary dance practitioners, O’Dempsey’s diverse practice explores, deconstructs and heightens the concept of public space as shared experience. O’Dempsey manipulates space and alters perception to transform and reinvigorate the familiar, and to create a sense of brilliance. Using performance, play, line and colour, O’Dempsey’s public productions enable an inclusive form of cultural interaction. The immersive site installation and performance drawing works invite the audience to engage directly with the visceral process of making. Kellie’s past performances include: Art after Dark; Pier 2/3; 18###sup/sup### Biennale of Sydney; MONA FOMA, Hobart; White Night Melbourne; and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Model BioLowana Davies is an olfactory, performance and installation artist based in Yugambeh Country. Her research-driven arts practice seeks to draw attention to multispecies justice via intersectional feminist, queer, and pro-Indigenous thinking. Her work has been presented throughout Australia, and in New Zealand, China, and Japan. Since completing her Bachelor of Digital Media (studio art) at Griffith University Gold Coast in 2017, Lowana has gone on to create artworks for the Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, THE WALLS art space, Gold Coast City Gallery, HOTA Children's Gallery, The Old Lockup Maroochydore, The Block QUT, QCA Galleries, Outerspace, outdoors in public spaces, and online. Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts
23 Jun 2023 - 25 Jun 2023
The wait is over! Creekfest is back and bigger than ever! The 2023 line-up is an epic one, so make sure you block out June 23–25 in your calendars and get around this FREE music festival. This year’s line-up includes Ash Grunwald, Sons Of The East, Steph Strings, Shag Rock, Tijuana Cartel, The Moving Stills, Aalivan Blu, Amy John Roberts, Birren, Buttered, Chutney, Cory Hotline, The Colliflowers, Dusty Boots, Georgia Hoareau, Josh Lee Hamilton, Sam Mcgovern, Sunny Luwe and Vices. Expect big stages, incredible musicians, bands and singers & delicious food & drink all weekend long. Our 2023 program will showcase more than 18 live performances, across 2 outdoor stages, right on the beautiful Currumbin Creek by Currumbin RSL. For more details, head here.
23 Jun 2023 - 25 Jun 2023
Creekfest - On Currumbin Creek
The wait is over, Creekfest is back and bigger than ever. The 2023 line-up is an epic one, so make sure you mark this one in your calendars and get around this free music festival. This year's line-up includes; Ash Grunwald, Sons Of The East, Steph Strings, Shag Rock, Tijuana Cartel, The Moving Stills, Alivan Blu, Amy John Roberts, Birren, Buttered, Chutney, Cory Hotline, The Colliflowers, Dusty Boots, Georgia Hoareau, Josh Lee Hamilton, Sam Mcgovern, Sunny Luwe & Vices. Expect big stages, incredible musicians, bands and singers & delicious food & drink all weekend long. The 2023 program will showcase more than 15 live performances, across two outdoor stages, right on the beautiful Currumbin Creek by Currumbin RSL. This is a family-friendly, ticketless, free music event, are you in? Creekfest is presented by Soundlounge, the Gold Coast's premier live music venue for local, national and international touring acts.
24 Jun 2023
Tennents Tartan Day Tattoo : A Gathering of Clans
April 6, 1320 marked the date of which Scotland filed for independence with the Pope and declared any which country trying to invade would be met with force. On July 1, 1746 British made rule that tartans are banned and prison for anyone wearing one representing an uprising of the highlands. On this special occasion they celebrate what people sacrificed themselves for and that family and country always comes first. Brisbane City Pipe Band will perform on a massive scale over dinner. Menu starting with shared Pate then a choice of Mains: Haggis, Vegetarian Haggis, Roast Beef, Pork, Lemon pepper crusted Cod, Nuggets and chips for any children with Trifle to finish with. Get Your Clan together, Kilt and all. Tickets include great entertainment and all the best in Scottish Tradition. Some hae meat and canna eat And some wad eat that want it But we hae meat and we can eat Sae let the Lord be Thankit! Booking essential.
28 Jun 2023
Little Humpty Children's Day
Come along to the camel farm for the School Holidays Little Farmer Humpty Day and don't forget to dress like a farmer! Your children won’t forget this informative experience at Summer Land Camels as they take them on a farm tour and introduce them to their friendly camels. Make sure you bring your camera to get the perfect shot with your favourite camel!
01 Jul 2023
Scenic Rim's Winter Harvest Festival
The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch the cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce. Eat Local Month's signature event is an authentic food festival which showcases the delicious array of food, wine and beer that's produced in the Scenic Rim. The Winter Harvest Festival features producers, suppliers, retailers and chefs from across the region and offers visitors the opportunity to literally eat their way around the Scenic Rim. Tasting plates, wines and fresh produce will be on sale and a highlight of the day is the Tractor Pulling Competition, which pits teams against a 12-tonne tractor. Which team will clock the fastest time and win the prize? New this year is the Producer Stage with a focus on the growers and producers of the region sharing their stories and the story behind their produce. Bring an empty esky or three, pack the kids as it’s a fantastic family event, gather the crew, and prepare for the ultimate farm gate, and an absolute overload of country hospitality! Head to the website for tickets and further information. Dogs are not permitted.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.