Local Events

April 2024

1 – 14

Dinofest

Embark on a thrilling journey into the world of dinosaurs with the ultimate outdoor pre-historic experience!

Create magical childhood memories for your family, with our 45 minute Dinosaur Encounter with “real” moving dinosaurs, a Dinosaur Trail with a life-size T. rex, and some awesome Dino Activities – such as a Dino Dig and “feel a fossil” with real dinosaur bones.

12

Friday

Ultra Beach Gold Coast

Ultra Beach Music Festival will be held at Broadwater Parklands, and will headline Armin Van Buuren, Drennan Heart, Darren Styles, Steve Aoki and Zedd

13 – 14

Saturday – Sunday

Gold Coast Supanova Comic Con

Australia’s BIGGEST and BEST pop culture event. It’s comic con, down under! 💥

The event will take place at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. 

21

Sunday

Broadbeach Art & Craft Markets

Shopping for gifts, souvenirs, art, craft, the ingenious, the weird and the wonderful, has never been easier. Just come along to the Gold Coast’s famous art and craft markets, held at Kurrawa Park every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. 

14 – 28

Gold Coast Swim Week

Gold Coast Swim Week is a week-long celebration of swimming with ocean swims and leading coaches and special guests hosting clinics and training sessions along Gold Coast beaches and pools.

The 14th annual Cooly Classic Ocean Swim will open the program on April 14.  This is the Gold Coast’s largest ocean swimming event, with swims from 1.0km to 5.0km starting at Snapper Rocks.  It attracts a huge range of abilities, from past and present Olympians to the general public of all ages, including age categories from 8 to 70+ years.

28

Sunday

Gold Coast Running Festival

The 13th anniversary of the von Bibra Mitsubishi Gold Coast Running Festival is coming to the Gold Coast in April 2023 with a race suitable for everyone.

Come and run in the Gold Coast sunshine on 28 April, and enjoy the fast, safe, closed road circuit. With distances available for all running and walking abilities, there is a race for everyone, including kids.

Distances include a Half Marathon (21km), 10km, 5km, 2.5km and 1km running options as well as a brand new distance – the GARMIN 3/4 (31km) for anyone wanting to challenge themselves a bit more than a Half but not quite as much as a full.

17 – 28

Gold Coast Film Festival

The 22nd year of the Gold Coast Film Festival will feature over 100 films, panels, parties, pop-up cinemas and special events across the Gold Coast from Coolangatta to Coomera.

The Gold Coast Film Festival is an annual 12-day film festival in April with more than 100 film, panels, parties, pop-up cinemas and special events right across the Gold Coast. 

27 – 4

Gold Coast Pro

The 2024 Gold Coast Pro presented by GWM will be held 27 April – 4 May at Snapper Rocks, the world’s most famous right-hand sandy point break and a favourite location for the globe’s best surfers.

May 2024

9 – 22

Australian Gymnastics Championships

Get ready for two weeks of Australia’s best gymnasts vying for the title of 2024 Australian Champion when the Australian Gymnastics Championships return to the Gold Coast on 9 – 22 May.

Athletes will compete for national titles across men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline gymnastics.

5 &
16-19

Sunday

Broadbeach Art & Craft Markets

Shopping for gifts, souvenirs, art, craft, the ingenious, the weird and the wonderful, has never been easier. Just come along to the Gold Coast’s famous art and craft markets, held at Kurrawa Park every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. 

16 – 19
Thursday – Sunday

Blues on Broadbeach

Blues on Broadbeach will return again in 2024!

Held throughout the beautiful Broadbeach precinct across four days, the festival is a celebration of live rhythm and blues music featuring artists from around the world.

The 2024 lineup: 

– Melissa Etheridge
– Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton
– Ana Popovic 
– Eric Bibb
– Lloyd Spiegel 
– Hat Fitz & Cara 

and many more… for the full lineup visit here

JUNE 2024

2 & 15

Sunday

Broadbeach Art & Craft Markets

Shopping for gifts, souvenirs, art, craft, the ingenious, the weird and the wonderful, has never been easier. Just come along to the Gold Coast’s famous art and craft markets, held at Kurrawa Park every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. 

5 – 9
Wednesday – Sunday

Cooly Rocks On

Celebrating the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear, Cooly Rocks On is back from 5-9 June 2024.

With many free and ticketed entertainment options across the action-packed five-day festival, make the most of your festival experience with the official festival app.

Featuring one of Australia’s best Show ‘N’ Shine displays, the festival showcases an impressive collection of hot rods, kustom vehicles, lowbrow art and more. As for the music, some of the best rock ‘n’ roll, swing, rockabilly and tribute artists from around the world will take to the stage throughout the festival. From artists like The Go Getters (SWE), Boom! Boom! Deluxe (NZ), Johnny Pandora (JPN) and more, to world-renowned international Elvis Tribute Artists like Shawn Klush (USA) and Jimmy Holmes (USA), a good boogie won’t be hard to find!

Cooly Rocks On is also one of two festivals held in Australia to host an official preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, with the winner heading straight to Elvis Week in Memphis, USA. The annual Cooly Rocks Pin-up Pageant is another festival favourite and if you’re in need of some retro goods and memorabilia, make sure to check out the Nostalgia Markets on the Coolangatta beachfront.

22
Saturday

Elvis: A Musical Revolution

Celebrating the life and music of award-winning, cultural icon and rock ‘n’ roll superstar, Elvis Presley, this bio-musical explores pivotal moments in Elvis’ life. From his childhood in Mississippi to his triumphant 68 Comeback Special, and ascent to become ‘The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’.

23
Sunday

Urzila Carlson – Just Jokes

Australia’s favourite South African-New Zealander URZILA CARLSON has announced her brand new 2024 national tour – JUST JOKES! According to Carlson, the show premise is simple. “Just Jokes is as it says on the label! Just jokes! Come for a show and leave with a sore face from laughing! Switch off and relax.”

JUly 2024

6
Saturday

Gold Coast Marathon

This world-class event, Australia’s favourite holiday marathon is staged annually on Queensland’s Gold Coast. This internationally famous event features a fast and flat course that follows the magnificent Gold Coast Broadwater, the golden beaches of the Gold Coast from Main Beach to Burleigh Heads. It starts and finishes in the iconic Southport Broadwater Parklands.

Featuring eight races over two days, this event has appeal for runners of all abilities, including two kilometres and four kilometres junior dash events, the five-kilometre Fun Run, and the ten kilometre Run, the Half Marathon (21.1kilometres) and the Gold Coast Marathon (42.195 kilometres).

Seasoned runners can combine events and complete one race on Saturday and another on Sunday.

august 2024

1 – 11

Bleach Festival

Over 11 days, the beaches, parklands and unique locations of the Gold Coast become outdoor galleries and performance spaces to celebrate all things creative. BLEACH* is one of the finest showcases of art and community in South East Queensland; a chance to discover creative works by local artists that span painting, poetry, dance, music, comedy and so much more.

Taking place on the land of the Yugambeh People, the festival also offers numerous opportunities to connect to culture through performance art. Stay tuned for the 2024 program announcement. 

16 – 18

Pacific Airshow Gold Coast 

Pacific Airshow Gold Coast – will take-off over Australia’s iconic Surfers Paradise Beach 16-18 August 2024.

The three day festival will transform the sky over iconic Surfers Paradise into Australia’s biggest stage, with high-flying performances by elite military aviators and the best civilian performers from around the world. The breathtaking aerial feats performed over Surfers Paradise Beach and backdropped by the iconic Gold Coast skyline are sure to excite and amaze.  Combined with the hospitality on offer, the stage is set to attract visitors from across Australia and all over the world.

20 – 8

2024 Life Saving World Championships

All Beach and Ocean Events at the 2024 Lifesaving World Championships will be held at Kurrawa Beach, in the heart of the world famous Gold Coast, with competitors racing in some of the best waves in Australia.

Competitors and spectators alike will have the opportunity to sit back and relax after a day of action, with Kurrawa Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs and bars and restaurants close by offering incredible food and beverage options

30 – 1
Friday-Sunday

Gold Coast Show

Gold Coast Show is on at Broadwater Parklands on 30 August to 1 September 2024.

Don’t miss out on:

  • Arts, Homecrafts and Horticulture exhibits
  • Main Stage entertainment and Rovers
  • Woodchop competition
  • Show Dogs competition
  • Stall Holders/Exhibitors
  • Animal Farm/Petting zoo
  • Equestrian and much more.

Come join in the fun!

SEPTEMBER 2024

6 – 8
Friday-Sunday

Springtime

Returning to the beaches and streets of Surfers Paradise, SPRINGTIME will be back with a massive artist lineup and Arts Program!

Save the date now and come celebrate the good vibes of Spring September 2024 at SPRINGTIME!

6 – 15
Friday-Sunday

SWELL Sculpture Festival

Surround yourself in creativity at SWELL Sculpture Festival in Currumbin. Wander along the golden beachfront dotted with thought-provoking sculptures by artists from Australia and beyond that will captivate your heart and mind.

SWELL is a 10 day culmination of conceptions and visual commentary presenting small, medium and large-scale sculpture installations, workshops and activations as a free outdoor gallery. The free event is the perfect way to immerse yourself in art for a few hours before a beach swim or cafe-hop, but the festival also includes morning beach meditations, workshops, and artist panels for those who want to dive a little deeper. 

14 – 15
Saturday-Sunday

Turf Games – Gold Coast Summer Festival 

The Turf Games is a global team-based functional fitness competition offering an all-inclusive community-focused challenge.

The Gold Coast event sees teams of six athletes compete across a range of different workouts including lifting, running, rope climbing, ergs and swimming. There are three categories catering to fitness levels from Everyday to Intermediate and Elite. Alongside the workouts, athletes and spectators can enjoy music, great food, drinks and brand activations from relevant partners.

OCTOBER 2024

13 – 19
Sunday – Saturday

Gold Coast World Masters Golf Championship

Week-long golf tournament featuring up to 6 rounds plus nightly social and entertainment events. Day tours, non-player programs, and pre & post touring options are promoted and booked for attendees. Play Go Golfing’s exciting Gold Coast Masters Golf Championship Format with 4 rounds at exceptional resort courses. Compete in 1 of 15 divisions based on age and handicap. All golfers play single stableford with A Graders eligible to compete in both single stableford and stroke competition. Welcome to the 29th celebration of the annual Gold Coast Masters Golf Championship hosted on Queensland’s most famous stretch of coastline – the Gold Coast.

18 – 20
Friday – Sunday

Groundwater Country Music Festival

The Festival gathers some of the best country artists in the industry for 3 days of free live music on the Gold Coast. The first lineup features country favourites like Lee Kernaghan, Casey Barnes, Amber Lawrence, as well as plenty of international stars like Jackson Dean, Asleep At The Wheel and The Dungarees.

Set throughout the streets, parks and venues of Broadbeach and located just steps away from the golden beachfront, there’s no other country music festival quite like it! Stay tuned for further festival updates by following Groundwater CMF on Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok!

25 – 27
Friday – Sunday

Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500

The streets of Surfers Paradise will transform into a world-class street circuit as tens of thousands of racing enthusiasts flock to get a glimpse of the action whilst Australia’s hottest DJs and international stars take to the Club 500 stage on Macintosh Island at night. Be there as Mustang takes on Camaro at this iconic street circuit. Whether you are a long-term fan or someone looking to experience a Supercars event for the first time, there is entertainment both on and off track to suit all attendees.

NOVEMBER 2024

1 – 10

Pan Pacific Masters Games

The Gold Coast’s famous celebration of masters sport returns, showcasing competition in more than 40 sports at some of the world’s best sporting facilities and an amazing entertainment program at the Games Village (Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach).

Thousands of participants from all over the globe will converge on the Gold Coast to participate in the Asia-Pacific’s biggest annual masters games. Participants will compete in their age group with no qualifying standards or times to enter. The only criterion for entry is a minimum age for each sport, which for the majority is 30 years of age.

13

Pearl Jam Dark Matter World Tour 2024

After a decade-long wait, Pearl Jam will grace the stage at Heritage Bank Stadium on November 13, bringing with them a wave of anticipation and energy.

As the exclusive Queensland concert on their Dark Matter World Tour 2024, this event promises to shine a spotlight on our vibrant city like never before with up to 50,000 fans expected to attend.

22 – 1

Festival of Touch

The Festival of Touch is a 10 day celebration of all things Touch Football. The event aims to invigorate, inspire and connect the touch football community in Queensland. The 10-day Festival, to be held 22 November – 1 December 2024, encompasses two flagship touch football events on the Queensland Touch Football (QTF) calendar, including the Queensland State Cup and Queensland All Nations, which are held on consecutive weekends on the Gold Coast.

February 2025

Dates TBA

Sea World Carnivale

Sea World Carnivale will return in 2025, keep an eye out for dates & further information!

Dates TBA

Gold Coast Open

The Gold Coast Open will return in 2025, keep an eye out for dates & further information.

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