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10 Awesome Things To Do On The Gold Coast This January

By Brooke Darling
7th Jan 2020

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Kick off the new year with a retro surf festival, wedding showcase, free live music and another long weekend—hello Australia Day!  
 
If you’re looking for ways to start 2020 the right way, then check out our list of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this January. 

Drag Queen Bingo At Miami Marketta

Start spreading the news, Miami Marketta’s Drag Queen Bingo is back in regular rotation after last year’s events were a runaway success. Strut in for five laughter-filled games featuring outrageous entertainment, prizes and paired with Miami Marketta’s legendary street eats and drinkies. Seating is first come, first seated, so splash into the new year with sass, darling.

When: Wednesday 8 and 29 January; doors at 6:15pm, show 7pm to 9pm
Where: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Cost: $25 per person
For more information, click here.

Gold Coast Food And Wine Expo

Just when you thought it was time to start working off those Christmas food babies; the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo sets up shop at the Convention Centre—but we’re not mad about it. Past contestants from My Kitchen Rules will take to the stage for live cooking demonstrations, along with a free wine, beer and cheese Appreciation Area brimming with wine connoisseurs who know a good drop, an oyster and champagne bar and, what you’ve come for, free tastings and samples from over 100 industry exhibitors. To say thank you to those who’ve donated to the bush fire appeals, festival organisers are kingly offering free tickets; to claim your ticket jump over here.  

When: Friday 10 January to Sunday 12 January; 11am to 8pm/6pm and 5pm respectively 
Where: Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach
Cost: $22 one-day general admission (or free when donating to bushfire fundraisers) 
For more information, click here

Burleigh Boardriders’ 2020 Single Fin Festival

One of the coolest things to do on the Gold Coast this January, Burleigh Boardriders Club are again hosting their celebrated Burleigh Single Fin Festival. Now in its 23rd year, it takes a true legend to compete on a retro board with all sleds will be made pre-1985. Following in the footsteps of past competitors such as Parko and Mick Fanning, we dare say there will be some celebs onsite. Stash a couple of roadies, roll out the picnic blanket and get your shakkas ready to watch all the action from Burleigh Hill. 

When: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January 
Where: Burleigh Hill; Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here

The Green Marquee Eco Twilight Markets

At The Green Marquee Eco Twilight Markets, expect all the feel-good community vibes as you wander around market stalls adorned with handmade jewellery, textiles, ceramics, vegan skincare, hanging plants, pre-loved clothing; plus delish food trucks, live music to get you grooving, fresh produce from Ground Grocer, coffee and cakes from Pasture & Co., activities for the kids, plus local tipples from Black Hops, Balter and Ink Gin for the adults. BYO picnic blanket and settle in for one of our favourite Gold Coast markets. 

When: Saturday 11 January; 3pm to 8pm
Where: The Ecovillage, 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley
For more information, click here.

The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday

If you’re looking for an excuse to get dolled up this January on the Gold Coast, this is your ticket. The oh so fabulous Magic Millions returns, including the standout event for punters (that’s us!)—the The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday. Catch thrilling horse races trackside, that is, if you can pull yourself away from one of the many bars and marquees. Whether you’re a XXXX, Moet, Gordon’s pink gin or Sirromet wine lover, the day has you covered. But remember, keep it classy, as you’ll want to jaunt over to the official afterparty at The Star Gold Coast, where they are throwing a fabulous party on The Lawn from 4pm until late.
 
When: Saturday 11 January; 9:30am to 5:30pm
Where: Gold Coast Turf Club; Racecourse Drive, Bundall and afterwards at The Star
Cost: $50 general admission
For more information, click here

The Tweed Coast Wedding Trail

Tying the knot in 2020? Or just obsessed with weddings? Our neighbouring Tweed region is blossoming with wedding deliciousness, so grab your life partner-to-be and check out the annual Tweed Coast Wedding Trail. A wedding showcase unlike any other, take a self-guided tour to experience the full gamut of magical venues and incredible suppliers (think florists, stylists, musicians, caterers, photographers and more) all standing by to make your big day one for the history books. 
 
When: Sunday 19 January; 11am to 4pm (NSW time)
Where: Various locations across the Tweed Coast
Cost: Free
For more information, click here.

Yummy Deluxe At HOTA

HOTA’s standout January performance is Yummy Deluxe. This legendary cabaret show, loved around the globe, is going deluxe with a not-to-be-missed act full of fashion-forward, gender-fluid show-peoples ready to take you on a ride. Yummy Deluxe is everything you love about cabaret and drag with a new wave twist that you just have to see to understand.

When: Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 January; 7:30pm
Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $42 to $49 per person
For more information, click here

Australia Day Long Weekend Festivities

This Australia Day long weekend anticipate a host of Australia Day parties and events around town, bursting at the seams with delicious food and brews. From Triple J's Hottest 100, to live entertainment and fireworks, we’ll be rounding up the top things to do on Australia Day on the Gold Coast here—keep your eyes peeled.
 
When: Saturday 25 to Monday 27 January
Where: Various locations
For more information (details coming soon), click here.

Send It Festival

Music festivals are synonymous with summer and we’re stoked to see yet another legit music event hitting our calendar. Gold Coast’s very own celebration of electronica, Send It Festival will see some of Australia’s finest EDM DJ’s descend for the Australia Day long weekend. You can officially ‘send it’ when grooving to the likes of Will Sparks, Joel Fletcher, Mashd’n’Kutcher and more; but hurry, tickets are almost sold out. Sweat-proof sunscreen essential.  

When: Saturday 25 January; 2pm to 10pm
Where: The Meadows, Racecourse Drive, Bundall
Cost: $115 per person 
For more information, click here

Graze On The Green

The northern end’s hidden gem, Links Hope Island is usually reserved for swanky weddings, OTT soirees and serious golfing. So, here’s your chance to have a peek inside during Graze on the Green. Teaming with The Design Collective, the afternoon is set to take picnicking next level. Because, of course, sprawling tee-off greens make for the perfect outdoor setting for snacking. Featuring entertainment, creative markets, tasty eats and pop up bars, this is one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this January. BYO picnic blanket, pals and appetite.
 
When: Sunday 26 January; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Links Hope Island; Springfield Drive, Hope Island
Cost: Free
For more information, click here.

On the hunt for more Gold Coast events in January? Grab your designated driver and hit up these local craft breweries in driving distance

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