We’re helping you squeeze the last drops out of winter with six awesome things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend. From new foodie events to children’s markets and live music on a tropical island, it’s all happening. You ready?
Saturday 26 August
Hide & Seek Children’s Market
A brand new children’s market offering, we’ve been told to expect beautifully crafted clothing and accessories, decor, toys, furnishings, family photographers, doulas and oh so much more. Stallholders are handpicked, with an emphasis on those using quality materials and goods that are ethically-produced. Adding to the whimsical family-friendly atmosphere at Hide & Seek, there will be yummy food trucks with eats for both the big and little kids, live music, story telling and kids crafts activities headed up by the loveable Rach of The Craft Parlour.
When: Saturday 26 August; 9am to 1pm
Where: Miami State High School, 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
Nostalgia & Retro Pop Up Picnic
Running in conjunction with the annual Canungra Show, pull out your picnic blanket and retro threads for an all-day fiesta celebrating classic cars and bikes, vintage machinery, market stalls, dance and all things rockabilly. You’ll just need to swing the $15 entry fee that gets you into both the annual country show (hello, carnival rides!) and the vibing picnic soiree.
When: Saturday 26 August; 9am to 6pm
Where: Moriarty Park, Monarch Drive, Canungra
Sunday 27 August
Robina Farmers, Designer & Street Eat Sundays
Another pop-up project by the GC Design Collective team, we sense this new community market is going to be a beauty. Launching this weekend, the Robina Farmers, Designer & Street Sunday Markets (basically, all of your favourite things) is being touted as a test event. So, residents from Robina and surrounds, that’s your cue to come with your bells on to ensure it becomes a permanent fixture!
When: Sunday 27 August; 8am to 2pm
Where: Robina State School, Killarney Avenue, Robina
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Open Day
Did you hear? The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is having an open day this weekend, where you'll get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at local vets and nurses in action; plus demonstrations, activities and live music. Every ticket sold will go towards planting more eucalyptus trees in the plantation and we all owe Blinky a little something in return for his years of tree hugging on our behalf, so get to it!
When: Sunday 27 August; 10am to 2pm
Where: Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, 27 Millers Drive, Currumbin
Cost: $10 (or $39.95 including sanctuary access via Tomewin Street)
LC Sundays Vegan Market
Given the resounding popularity, Gold Coast’s adorable new and socially conscious vegan market has just expanded to bi-weekly! Lovechild Place’s market will bring the plant-loving vibes to August, again gathering together various vegan vendors selling treats that’ll make any foodie weak in the knees. Add to that, DJs tunes, animal product-free fashion threads, plants, flowers and all the warm and fuzzy feels.
When: Sunday 27 August; 10am to 3pm
Where: 1/2436 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
The Voices At Island Sundays
Did you know one of Australia’s first ever island beach bars in right on our doorstep? Well, you do now. McLaren’s Beach Bar on South Stradbroke Island has been taking things up a notch this year, which is why you oughta set aside a Sunday to go experience the setting for yourself. This weekend, The Voices—A Celebration Of Australian Music event sees Aussie rock legends Taxiride's Jason Singh, Choirboy's Mark Gable & Boom Crash Opera's Dayle Ryder taking to the small stage to smash out all their familiar hits. Grab a cocktail, a bean bag and wriggle your toes in the sand as the sun sets on another magical winter on the Gold Coast.
When: Sunday 27 August; 11:30am for 12pm departure (returns 5:30pm)
Where: McLaren’s Beach Bar, South Stradbroke (boat departs Mariner’s Cove Marina)
Cost: $69 includes return fast catamaran transfers
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Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List