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13 Must-Do Events Happening On The Gold Coast This August

By Brooke Darling
31st Jul 2019

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It’s official, we’re two thirds of the way through winter. Hurrah! Not that we can really complain, when our Gold Coast winter uniform still allows us to rock thongs and shorts on the daily. 

While we’re not done with those chilly mornings and nights just yet, banish any lingering winter blues thanks to a bunch of cracking events for you and your pals to hit up this month. Live music, craft beer fests and an epic Color Run are all happening, plus a bunch of other cool stuff—so, get your diaries ready, here are the best things to do on the Gold Coast this August.

GLOW Light Festival At HOTA

Add some magic to your winter with GLOW’s totally lit light festival. Returning this month, HOTA will transform into a twinkling wonderland for this unmissable three-night festival. Kicking off on August 1, the gardens will be adorned with enchanting installations, live performances and, of course, culinary delights. With this year’s theme ‘Creatures and Colours of the Night’, expect a recreation of the Northern Lights, glowing white horses and light explosions. Grab your jumper and your friends; GLOW is a top pick among the best things to do on the Gold Coast this August. 

When: Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 August; 5pm till 9pm
Where: HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Free
For more information, click here.

Byron Writers Festival

Bookworms and writers rejoice; there is a literal smorgasbord of talented authors and industry folk descending on Byron for you to rub shoulders with at the 2019 Byron Writers Festival. For three action-packed days, you can find out what makes your fave novelists and journalists tick in a beautiful beachside surrounding. As well as international writers like A C Grayling and Gianrico Carofiglio, there’s a load of awesome Aussie authors hosting thought-provoking talks and workshops.  

When: Friday 2 to Sunday 4 August 
Where: Elements Of Byron Resort, 144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
Cost: One day pass is $135 per person 
For more information, click here.

Burleigh Barbecue Championships

Burleigh’s annual Barbecue Championships (AKA the meatiest festival on the Gold Coast) is hitting your August events calendar. Follow the wafting smells, when the parklands adjacent to North Burleigh Surf Club are converted into one huge barbecue pit; hosting cook offs, equipment demos and as much American low and slow barbecue as you can muster. Food trucks and stalls will be feeding the salivating crowds, while the cook-off competition meats are reserved for 50 lucky judges who will determine Gold Coast’s BBQ kings and queens of 2019. 

When: Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 August; 9am to 4pm
Where: Ed Hardy Park, North Burleigh
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here.

Mavis’ And The Magical Theatre Winter Market

Amid the magical grounds of Mavis’ Kitchen and Cabins is where you’ll find one of the finest events happening this August. At the third seasonal market of the year, celebrating the local growers and producers, expect a warm community atmosphere as you wander market stalls selling freshly harvested goods, plus art, pottery and tasty things to eat and drink. Bring the kidlets to explore the Magical Theatre’s Imagination Playground, and then throw down your picnic rug and let the live music feed your soul. Those good vibes come for free. 

When: Sunday 4 August; 8:30am to 3pm
Where: Mavis’ Kitchen, 64 Mount Warning Road, Uki
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here

Japanese Craft Beer And Gyoza Night At Harajuku Gyoza 

Two of our favourite things are colliding for one deliciously refreshing night this August. Brewed in-house on Harajuku’s own micro-brewery system, and with all gyoza meticulously crafted by hand, there will be a lot of loved poured into the tasty morsels that slide down your throat at this certain-to-sell-out event.  Join head Yoyogi brewer Matt Glanville and Executive Chef Matt Fosker for a fun night filled with plenty of YUM.

When: Friday 9 August; 6pm to 9pm
Where: Harajuku Gyoza, The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Cost: $68 per person
For more information, click here.

O’Heart Festival

This three-day grassroots festival is deeply rooted in environmental awareness, sustainability, wellness and awesome live music. Taking place in the seriously adorable Northern NSW village of Tyalgum, the O’Heart Festival consists of yoga workshops, movement and breathing workshops, environmental awareness talks, markets, arts demonstrations, music and outdoor films. This year coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the not-for-profit event is solar powered with a zero-waste aim. In short, it’s an all-around feel-good festival.

When: Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August
Where: Tyalgum, Northern NSW
Cost: Both free and ticketed events
For more information, click here.

The Color Run Love Tour

If you’re looking for proof that exercise can actually be fun, then we’ve found it. The Color Run is dubbed the happiest 5km on the planet, and for good reason. During the course, you’ll be doused head-to-toe in different colour combos (along with bubbles and foam), which naturally makes for the most epic Insta pics. With no winners or official times, The Color Run is open to all ages and abilities and is one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this August. 

When: Sunday 18 August; 7am to 1pm
Where: Broadwater Parklands
Cost: $50 to $67 (includes t-shirt, headband and medal) 
For more information, click here.

Paws At The Park

Dog lovers unite! Paws At The Park—a whole market dedicated to your fave four-legged friends—is returning to the Gold Coast to melt your heart and give you all of the warm and fuzzies. Now in its fourth year, Mudgeeraba Showgrounds will transform into a total puppy paradise with over 10,000 attendees and 100+ stalls showcasing must-have dog and pet products, plus demos and talks, dog yoga, doggie competitions, food trucks and an off-leash play area so you can cuddle and stay all day. 

When: Sunday 24 August; 9am to 2pm
Where: Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, 115 Mudgeeraba Road, Mudgeeraba
For more information, click here.

Etsu Presents An Evening Of Whisky And Wagyu 

Gold Coast’s favourite haunt for next-level Japanese food in a roaring social setting has and always will be, Etsu Izakaya. This August, they’ll welcome Nikka brand ambassador Kevin Griffin into the fold to host a night filled with Japanese whiskies (you’ll get to sample six of Nikka’s finest), perfectly paired with six dishes, including several featuring premium Tajima Wagyu. Food lovers, you don’t want to miss a seat at this table. 

When: Thursday 29 August; 6:30pm to 8:30pm 
Where: Etsu Izakaya, 2440 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Cost: $99 per person (includes six courses with matched whisky)
For more information, click here

The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub Grand Opening Season

The curtain is ready to drop, with the grand reveal of The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub. Awakening a new era of world-class entertainment, Broadbeach’s The Pink Flamingo is set to deliver a sleek and sexy stage shows, featuring international superstars straight to our backyard. Expect an exciting mix of cabaret and burlesque that will transport you to the golden area of entertainment. Tickets to its opening season SUAVE are now on sale, and are sure to be the hottest ticket in town. 

When: Launching Thursday 22 August, then every Wednesday through Sunday
Where: Corner Surf Parade and Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach 
Cost: Tickets start at $98 and include entry to The Club post show
For more information, click here

Stone & Wood’s Backyard Invitational 

Stone & Wood’s Backyard Invitational Gold Coast will see local stars Balter, Black Hops and Burleigh Brewing joined by over 20 invited breweries, distilleries and a local kombucha company. Taking over the Surfstitch warehouse in Burleigh, brewers will showcase their products and chinwag with novice and die-hard drinkers via a beer hall of tasting stands, together with masterclasses and industry talks, live music and food trucks. This all-inclusive beer festival and charity fundraiser will be open to the public across two sessions.

When: Saturday 17 August; 12pm to 3:30pm and 4:30pm to 8pm
Where: Surfstitch Warehouse, 225-227 Burleigh Connection Road, Burleigh Waters
Cost: $60+ BF (includes all beer) 
For more information, click here

Hellenika Long Lunch At Miami Marketta

Simon Gloftis and the team are back at it this August with the winter edition of their hugely popular long lunch soiree. Taking over Miami Marketta’s laneway, act swiftly to secure your table where you’ll be treated to a Greek-charged feast including many Hellenika favourites, plus plenty of refreshing tipples to boot. 

When: Sunday 25 August; 12pm for 1pm seating
Where: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami 
Cost: $120 + BF per person includes lunch and drinks
For more information, click here

Outdoor Cinema At Burleigh Brewing

As we wave goodbye to chillier nights, what better way to celebrate the slightly warmer weather than at an epic outdoor flick? This August, the good folk at Burleigh Brewing Co. are back with their outdoor cinema and they’re inviting all of you along—for free. Hosted in conjunction with Gold Coast Film Festival and toasting the glorious 90s, this month grab a frosty local brew (or two) and watch In God’s Hands on the outdoor projector. 

When: Thursday 29 August; 6pm to 10pm
Where: Burleigh Brewing HQ, 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free to watch
For more info, click here.

On the hunt for more awesome Gold Coast events this August? Check out the best markets to hit before winter is over. 

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