If your New Year's resolution was to eat more, drink more and laugh more, then this is totally your month to #smashgoals.
Instead of hibernating after all of that jolly feasting, check out these fab local events. Guys, it’s still summer and these exciting things to do on the Gold Coast this January are defo worthy of your time.
Lobster Shack's Lobster Roll & Champagne Pop-Up
Lobster Shack, Australia’s touring lobster roll and champagne pop-up restaurant, is joining forces with Veuve Clicquot and hitting Broadbeach throughout the month of January. The lobster rolls here are made from wild-caught Clearwater Maine lobster tails, slow poached in butter, served on a bed of buttermilk slaw, then wrapped up in a toasted brioche bun and paired with crispy truffle Parmesan fries on the side. See? Fancy AF. We suggest you up your lobster game with a glass of the good stuff then roll all the way home. Though be warned, with recent pop-up events in both Sydney and Melbourne selling out daily, go early or go hungry.
When: Friday 5 to Sunday 28 January; 12pm to 9pm or until sold out
Where: Corner Surf Parade and Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach
Cost: $35 or $50 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne
Burleigh Boardriders Club Annual Single Fin Festival
‘Tis the season for surf comps, with the first big event of the year kicking off this weekend. With the spectator-friendly amphitheatre-style seating of Burleigh Hill, claim your piece of grass and watch all the action of this classic wave sliding event. Hosted by Billabong, come admire the line up of circa 1985 single fin boards and soak up the festival atmosphere. Shakas!
When: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January; 9am onwards
Where: Burleigh Point, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh
Cost: Free for spectators
Froth Fest At Miami Marketta
Miami Marketta are down-right hound dogs when it comes to hosting events, so you can expect big things from their second ever vegan approved Froth Fest. Bop along to live tunes and taste test your way around your favourite plant-based food vendors from lunch time right up until late. With all proceeds donated to Sugar Farm Sanctuary and Save a Cow, settle in for an epic day of absolute good-doing.
When: Sunday 7 January; 12pm onwards
Where: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Cost: $12.75; kids under 12 free
Flavours Of Summer Festival At Spicers Hidden Vale
Are you all about food fests filled with coloured gin masterclasses, open cinemas and adventure tours, all set with the backdrop of rolling green hills? Yeah, us too. Head inland to Spicers Hidden Vale for their Flavours of Summer Festival held over two big weeks this January. Their schedule is packed with all of the good stuff and literally has no dud events. You’ll catch us sipping Aperol and nibbling on charcuterie by the pool.
When: Monday 8 to Sunday 28 January
Where: Spicers Hidden Vale, 617 Grandchester Mount Mort Rd, Grandchester
Cost: Day tickets starting from $85 via booking site
A Night At The Musicals At The Arts Centre Gold Coast
The epic crew behind Blanc de Blanc are back again with an equally hilarious show. A Night At The Musicals is set to kick off on Friday 12 January for two nights only. Starring glamorous drag icon Jonny Woo, this musical mashup features all of your faves in a completely new way. Trust us on this one, The Arts Centre is hosting one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this January.
When: Friday 12 and Saturday 13 January; 7:30pm
Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: From $20.50 via booking site
Magic Millions Race Day
Giddy up, the 2018 Magic Millions Race Day is set to be one of the most saddle-happy things to do on the Gold Coast this January. Ease into the big day by hanging out at Main Beach’s Doug Jennings Park a week earlier for Pacific Fair’s Magic Millions Polo event. Then go and win ya mills on the Coast’s biggest race event of the year. Kicking off at the Gold Coast Turf Club, rumour has it The Island will be hosting a full blown after party for this year’s MMs. Don your biggest fascinator, fanciest getup and handy flask, then head down for a day of sunshine and spectating. Our bets are on you scoring a win to finance your all-day bevvy crawl.
When: Saturday 13 January; 9am to 5:30pm
Where: Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive, Bundall
Cost: Various via booking site
Interchange Festival At NightQuarter
The northern Gold Coast has never been more connected, and no, we’re not talking about Bragbook or the ‘gram. Celebrating the launch of the sparkly new G:Link Stage 2, which has finally made its way to Helensvale, NightQuarter is throwing an old world railway heritage meets new feista. At NightQuarter's Interchange Festival, expect a New Orleans-style brass band, parades, street eats stalls and even a trackless train rolling its way through the night market. If you’re living on the northern end, we vote this as one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this January.
When: Saturday 13 January; 4pm to 10pm
Where: NightQuarter, 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
Cost: $3 entry at the door, kids 12 and under free
Sunset Cinema At The Lanes
Do you know where we don’t give enough love? Mermaid Waters. So, let’s thank our lucky stars for Sunset Cinema at the future site of The Lanes, happening on the Gold Coast this January. Get groovy to live music in the late afternoon before two movie showings per night. BYO picnic blanket, blow up chair and pooch to let the good times roll while watching Finding Dory, Love Actually, Fantastic Mr Fox or La La Land.
When: Friday 19 and Saturday 20; 7pm and 8:40pm sessions
Where: The Lanes, Lakeside Boulevard, Mermaid Waters
Cost: Gold coin donation
Tweed Wedding Trail
Were you one of the lucky few who got engaged over Christmas? Congrats! You’re not going to wanna miss the first ever Tweed Wedding Trail hosted by Casurina Weddings. Check out all of the dreamy wedding venues on offer across the Tweed Coast, perfect for the beachy or country bride. Grab the girls or your lover and make a day of this epic showcase featuring a whole parade of vendors and suppliers, too.
When: Sunday 21 January; 10am to 3pm (NSW time)
Where: Various locations as per event map
Unwind With Water Colour At Burleigh Brewing Co.
The legends at Artable are kicking off 2018 with a brand new workshop location—Burleigh Brewing Co. Unwind With Watercolour and get crafty with the theme, Tribe and Flowers. Think: feathers, skulls, florals and arrows. No artistic mojo necessary, just a thirst for beer and creating a beautiful piece of art!
When: Wednesday 24 January; 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Burleigh Brewing Co., 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: $49.50 via booking site
We mean, we’re pretty nice to invite some of the best surfers in the world to the Burleigh Pro, but that’s just the type of people we are, ya know? This four-day event spans the entire Australia Day long weekend at Burleigh Point, with a cheeky Thursday thrown in, for all of you cats making this one a three-day week. Wandering Bar Co, Cider Caravan, Mexican food, tipis, live music, a surfboard machine and free movies under the stars. Yep, we’re calling it... Checking the swell, skulling a beer and jigging to tunes at this year’s Burleigh Pro may just be the most Australian thing to do on the Gold Coast this January.
When: Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 January
Where: Burleigh Point, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free for spectators
Oh hey there, long weekend. Dust off your pluggers, whip out your flag tatts and casually fashion a hat ft. corks on strings. It’s Australia Day, y’all! Whether you’re hitting the waves, crankin’ the barbie or flocking to Burleigh Hill like the rest of ‘Straya, be safe, get messy and do your best to avoid sizzlin’ in the sun. Bonus? Hottest 100 has been moved to January 27 so we’ve got even more happening this weekend. Keep your peepers open for our Australia Day events wrap up, coming soon.
When: Friday 26 January
Where: Wherever you want, mate
Cost: Sanga budget
Double Baked At Mo’s Desert Warehouse
A warehouse gig we are all about, Double Baked is positively brimming with incredible local acts. The ever raucous Party Wave, rockin’ two piece Elegant Shiva and a stack more shredders are hitting the stage. And with Young Henrys, Stone & Wood and Black Hops on the kegs, you’ll be well and truly hydrated through this arvo-turned-night mini music fest.
When: Friday 26 January; 2pm to 10pm
Where: Mo's Desert Clubhouse, 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: $15 via booking site
Ozfest Block Party At Miami Tavern
Can you believe this will be the fourth ever Ozfest? Blaze through the sound wave forcefield and begin the year with an old fashioned mosh. You’ll be kept company by bangin’ beats from the likes of Cosmic Psychos, Peach Fur and Bad Pony. We suggest preparing your body for a big one.
When: Saturday 27 January, 12:30pm onwards
Where: Miami Tavern, Shark Bar, 2043-2047 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
Cost: $40 via booking site
On the hunt for more things to do on the Gold Coast this January? Grab your designated driver and hit up these local craft breweries in driving distance.
Image credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List