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Epic Springtime Events To Kickstart Your September

By Danielle Read - 01 Sep 2017

Gold Coast Events September

Now that winter has passed (was it ever really here?) spring is making her merry way to us and we couldn’t be more pumped.  

Afternoon cocktails in the sun, live music in the arvo and antihistamines on hand at all times so that you can enjoy fresh blooms like everyone else. Avoid the imminent magpie swooping season with these 15 bangin’ things to do on the Gold Coast this September.

Botanical Bazaar Expo

Got a green thumb? Then the Botanical Bazaar gardening expo should be right up your alley. Supported by Tropical Fruit World, embrace the wonders of good ol’ Mother Nature and get amongst her beauties. Learn how to grow your own food, attract those pretty butterflies and birds to your garden, peruse botanical homewares and art, or check out workshops run by gardening experts from ABC’s Gardening Australia. Who knows, Jamie Durie might even be there for some eye candy.

When: Sunday 3 September; 9am to 5pm
Where: 74 Billabirra Crescent, Nerang QLD 
Cost: $15 + BF

Varsity Lakes Springtime Eats Fest

Varsity Lakes is bringing the goods with their series of free family friendly events at the Varsity Lakes Foreshore Parklands, held over five springtime Sundays. With live tunes and gourmet food trucks, this is one top community-supporting thing to do on the Gold Coast this September. Pack a picnic blanket and make this one a regular for Sunday sessions; popping up between 4pm and 8pm at the Varsity Lakes Springtime Eats Fest.

When: Sunday 3, 10 & 17 September; 4pm to 8pm
Where: Varsity Lakes Foreshore Parklands, 79 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
Cost: Free

Father’s Day Events On The Gold Coast

Scrambling last minute for Father’s Day ideas on the Gold Coast? Don’t risk losing your favourite child status with this round up of events and dinners happening across the Coast this weekend. Low on cash? Treat the ol’ man to a hearty brekkie at any of the these top Gold Coast cafes

When: Sunday 3 September
Where: Various locations 

Jamie Oliver’s Ministry Of Food

Moving on from Burleigh, Jamie Oliver’s home cooking program is taking on Nerang. Sign up for one of two cycles held over five weeks, where you’ll learn basic cooking skills including Jamie’s top tips on creating healthy food from scratch using fresh ingredients. Less than 7% of Queenslanders are eating the recommended serving of vegetables, so come along and learn how to make them taste yum.

When: Various dates, starting Monday 4 September 
Where: 231 Beaudesert Nerang Road, Nerang
Cost: $20 per session, $15 for student card holders and $10 for concession

SWELL Sculpture Festival 

September is also bringing the goods with the return of much-loved SWELL Sculpture Festival.  An annual affair run over nine days, catch local and international sculpture designers, creatives and artworks scattered across the glorious Currumbin foreshore. Unique experiences such as guided twilight walks, chats with the artists, salute to sculpture yoga, workshops and pumping live tunes on weekends from the Sculpture Sounds stage are sure to tickle your fancy.  

When: Friday 8 to Sunday 17 September; various times
Where: Currumbin Foreshore
Cost: Free entry

Sea Walls Australia Launch

Sea Walls is a collective of volunteer artists who are using their creative talents to spread the critically important message of ocean conservation. They’re doing so by painting with a purpose, beautifying towns with ocean-inspired murals design to educate and provoke. To celebrate their arrival in Australia, Sea Walls is heading to Balter Brewery this September to raise awareness and money for their cause. If drinking beer, hanging with a cool crew, bidding on artworks (like these beauties here) and admiring a mega live art display, all while chomping down on street food helps a worthy cause, then count us in! If you want a little more background info on this inspiring organisation, check out this epic little video

When: Friday 8 September; 6pm ‘til late 
Where: Batler Brewing, 14 Traders Way, Currumbin
Cost: $20 entry includes a beer and a door prize ticket

La Fiesta 

For the second year running, the biggest South American festival on the Gold Coast will be bringing you eight hours of traditional eats and sweets, arts, live bands, DJs, dance performances, fireworks and more. Boogie, gorge and get amongst South American culture at La Fiesta before heading to the biggest after party ever, from 9pm ‘til 4am.  

When: Saturday 9 September; 12pm until late
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Cost: Free entry; after party $10

Diner En Blanc Secret Picnic

Okay, so this one is sold out (insert sad face) but it’s way too cool not to mention. Kicking off in France 30 years ago, Diner en Blanc is a global phenomenon where large groups of people (we’re talking like 10,000 at the biggest events) dress in white and throw makeshift picnics in public spaces. Super secretive and exclusively elegant, Diner en Blanc is all about the etiquette and glamour of the French Court Society, and has now arrived on the sunny Gold Coast! If you aren’t one of the lucky 800 local ticket holders, you’d best be keeping your eyes out for the next one.

When: Saturday 9 September
Where: Mystery location

Pacific Fair’s Summer Party

Okay Paccas, summer you say? So, while it’s only freshly spring, Pacific Fair is throwing a summer party and transforming their centre into a tropical oasis for two days. But hey, we won’t say no to over 100 specials, giveaways, live music and free bubbly at Pacific Fair’s September Summer Party.

When: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September; 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Pacific Fair, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach 

Inside Out At Brickworks

Southport’s Brickworks Inside Out soiree will be showcasing their huge spread of offerings this spring—food, drink, fashion, arts, health and beauty, as well as live music and activities. Take good advantage of tasting stations, picnics, pop-up bars, fashion parades and entertainment amongst their jam-packed program.

When: Sunday 10 September; 10am to 6pm
Where: Brickworks, 107 Ferry Road, Southport 
Cost: Free entry

Better With Balter At The Collective

This September, two of our favourite locals are teaming up to host a one-of-a-kind Sunday session—a food and beer pairing dego! With dishes served from each of The Collective’s five kitchens, Balter’s head brewer Scott Hargrave will have his work cut out pairing ample brews, including a special limited release, with international cuisines from Mexico, Italy, America, SE Asia and modern Australia. We have full faith he’ll nail it though, and that Better with Balter will be one of the coolest beer-loving events to attend this spring. Oh, and one lucky punter will walk away with beer for a year! #partyatyourplace 

When: Sunday 10 September; 4pm to 7pm
Where: The Collective, 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach 
Cost: $89 + BF available via the website (banquet dinner with beer pairings) 

Beats Cartel Riff Showcase

Our fave cool cats from Mo’s Desert Clubhouse are throwing another huge party. Hosting a mashup of international and local acts, Beats Cartel Riff Showcase will see Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys, Noosa’s Hobo Magic and Transvaal Diamond Syndicate tear up the stage. Get in early with only 150 tickets available.

When: Sunday 10 September; 3pm to 7pm
Where: Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: $15+ BF available via the website


Free entry to a four-day music festival? Yes, please. Mudgeeraba’s Wallaby Hotel will host this year's Wallapalooza, filled to the brim with eclectic, ska and rock-fuelled acts. Kicking off with a jam night on Thursday 14, grab your muso friends and show Mudgee what you’ve got. Check out the pre-party on Friday featuring The Wrath, Demonatrix and Second Circle before heading along to Saturday’s 30+ act extravaganza from noon until midnight. Gold Coast Music Award winner The Black Swamp, Tesla Coils and three-time finalists Chelsea Rockwells will be soothing your soul before Sunday’s Afterpalooza night brings festivities to a close. Phoar.

When: Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 September
Where: The Wallaby Hotel, 45 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
Cost: Free entry 

Farmyard Fun Day

One of the cutest things to do on the Gold Coast this September, Broadwater Parkland’s Farmyard Fun Day will be bringing baby animals to the foreshore. Cuddle your way around ducklings, baby goats and piglets or check out sheep herding, pig racing, and horse and carriage rides. Giddy up. 

When: Sunday 17 September; 10am to 3pm
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Cost: Free entry 

Ocean Nomads Atlantic Crossing Fundraiser 

Ocean Nomads are two local Gold Coast lads who have one insanely mind-blowing mission. To row a small boat 2,600 nautical miles across one of the world’s wildlest oceans, the Atlantic, while attempting to beat the existing record of 40 days and four hours. This September, they’re raising money to get them on the water, to compete in December’s ‘toughest race on earth’ AKA the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Join Ocean Nomads at Balter Brewing where $45 gets you a beer, meal, tickets into the lucky door prize, with plenty of other cool prizes also up for grabs. Most importantly, you’ll help them paddle with a purpose, to raise awareness and funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When: Wednesday 20 September; 5pm to 10pm
Where: Batler Brewing, 14 Traders Way, Currumbin
Cost: $45 entry includes a beer, meal and entry lucky door prizes 

Sofar Sounds Global Day Of Gigs

Hosted globally on September 20, over 300 gigs will sprawl across 60 countries to unite a love of music. If you haven’t checked out Sofar Sound’s super exclusive mystery music nights on the Gold Coast, now’s your chance. In support of upwards of 20 million refugees worldwide, Sofar Sounds Global Day of Gigs is set to feature a bucket load of incredible acts right here on the Gold Coast.  

When: Wednesday 20 September; 7:30pm 
Where: Register to be sent mystery event info and location
Cost: See website for more details

Aida, Griffith Opera On The Beach

So, imagine a night at the theatre, except there’s a twist. You’re on the beach, an orchestra is playing, there’s pop-up bars, sand between your toes and you’re eating alfresco African and Middle Eastern treats. Aida, Griffith Opera on the Beach is exactly that. This absolute treat will see Coolangatta’s foreshore transformed into a bar, performance and grazing spectacular.  Definitely one of the most mind blowing things to do on the Gold Coast this September.

When: Thursday 21 to Saturday 30 Septembe; 6:30pm 
Where: Coolangatta Beach
Cost:  Adults $35 (BYO beach throw) to $90 (seating provided) 

Mount Warning Hike With Hideaway Treks

Explorers rejoice as this September brings Hideaway Trek’s Mount Warning hike. You know how getting up at 3am doesn’t sound so great? Well, these ladies think so too, with the day kicking off at 7am in Burleigh for pre-hike refreshments and a catered brekkie. Convoy to Mount Warning and embark on your guided climb; halfway for those who have had a big one the night before and the summit for others game enough to tackle Warnie’s steep climb. Hideaway Trek's various organised adventures are designed to get you moving outdoors and meeting new people and, of course, to finally tick Mount Warning off your bucket list. Boom! 

When: Sunday 24 September; 7:00am to 12pm
Where: Meet in Burleigh Heads before convoying to Mount Warning
Cost: $55 available via the website 

Brazilian Day At Miami Marketta 

Celebrating Brazilian culture, music, food, dance, art and drinks, Brazilian Day at Miami Marketta is certain to be the most hip shaking thing to do on the Gold Coast this September. Experience the energy and tastes of Brazil in all its glory at this all-ages event.

When: Sunday 24 September; 2pm to 10 pm
Where: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Cost: $12.75 available via the website, kids under 12 years are free

All The Best Markets To Visit This September

From years of experience, we know the best way to embrace the first signs of spring is with the excitement of shopping (and eating) outdoors. So, throw on your springtime best, arrive with an empty stomach and a bunch of cash, and get ready to experience all the markety goodness that our region has to offer. Head here for all the best markets you need to visit this September!

Where: Various locations across the Coast 

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Image credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List 

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