9 Awesome Things To Do On The Gold Coast In August

By Brooke Darling
29th Jul 2016

Excuse me? Did someone forget to invite winter this year?

No complaints here though, that everyday-summer feeling can stick around as long as it bloody well pleases. We just need to knock August on its head, and spring will be here before we know it. We got this!

To carry you over the finish line, here’s nine awesome things to do on the Gold Coast in August.

Rooftop Street Food Party by GC Design Collective | Saturday, August 6

GC’s newest designer market sure gets around, popping up from Tweed to Currumbin to Benowa, and this August they’ll be popping up on Miami’s Shark Bar rooftop! Sounds like fun, eh? Free to enter, this mega evening event will kick on between 4pm and 9pm, with a loaded line up of street food stalls, live tunes, craft beer flowing, and retro games. See you there?

Baltic Winter-themed Feast by Glenelg and Balter | Monday, August 8

Anyone who’s tucked into a soul-satisfying steak will attest that Glenelg Public House is one of the Gold Coast’s most underrated gems. Not been yet? Well, this is a damn fine reason to check ‘em out. Glenelg is teaming up with the good lads of Balter Brewing to deliver a beer-laden Baltic-themed feast fit for a king. Head brewer Scotty Hargrave will tell tales about his latest brews, including the In Rainbows IPA and the Black Metal Disco sweet stout, with talk of hearty meats and lots of sharing sides, a Balter stout-infused gelato, and coffee gateau, should you have any room left after stuffing yourself silly. Glenelg promises to be decked out in Nordic attire and totally buzzing; tickets are $90 per person and with just 50 available, you’d better act fast!

Winter Wine Festival at Sanctuary Cove | Friday, August 12 to Sunday, August 14

We reckon it’s high time we all got ourselves reacquainted with Gold Coast’s northern wing, Sanctuary Cove. Hosted across three days, the inaugural Winter Wine Festival will be a foodie and vino-lover’s paradise, where all the best Marine Village restaurants will be collaborating with a winery, forming a “wine trail” where you can meander in and out, sampling all the goodies on offer. There are also plans in the works for panel discussions with wine experts, tasting sessions, live music, and a specially-themed pop-up precinct, The Vineyard.

Feast Under a Tipi by Etsu | Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20

Apologies in advance as this is a total tease for those who missed out. When we helped break news of Etsu’s latest project Feast Under A Tipi, you guys went a little, okay a LOT cray cray. With an overwhelming response that was likely to have sold out their “Winter Wasabi Wonderland” outdoor event five times over, lucky ticket holders will be treated to a five-course wasabi-inspired feast with matching wines and sake, and entertained by fab duo, The James Street Preachers. All under glittering lights and the canopy of a tipi, of course! Good news is, folks, the incredibility talented Etsu team are planning to host a Feast Under A Tipi night every quarter, so best get your interest in early.

Broadbeach Jazz Weekend | Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21

First it was blues, then country; now another month and another music-filled weekend of good times is on the cards at Broadbeach. Struth! Sultry, hip-shimming jazz music will permeate from several outdoor stages, with roving entertainment, street markets, and plenty of local restaurants ready to keep you fed and watered. Names you might know include Bustamento, Monica Trapaga, and local boys, Hanlon Brothers. Better yet, Broadbeach Jazz Weekend is totes free.

Her Wardrobe | Sunday, August 21

We bloody love a good vintage market; why buy one new item for $100 when you can get 10 for the same price. Her Wardrobe has been doing the rounds of South East Queensland, and is set return to the vintage-lovin’ Gold Coast and Robina Community Centre later this month. How does it work? Pay a $2 entry fee, and you’ll gain access to over 70 stalls of second-hand clothing from local girls. That’s something like 10,000 potential new-to-you outfits all piled into one space—a thrifter’s paradise. Bring your game face and get in early for the best treasures; doors open 8am sharp.

Savasana Sundaze at Burleigh Brewing | Sunday, August 21

Fellas, have you been trying to lure your lover along to a brewery, but with no success? Ladies, are you dying to see your man discover his inner-yogi? Well, we’ve got an event for you! Burleigh Brewing is teaming up with Lululemon Athletica to curate an afternoon that brings activewear and tank-to-tap brews beautifully crashing together. Savasana Sundaze is the first-ever yoga class to be hosted at Burleigh Brewing, where like-minded dudes can connect, stretch out, and reward themselves afterwards with beer. Partners welcome too (of course) and the brewery remains open through until 6pm. Starting at 1pm sharp, the yoga class is free to attend but RSVPs are essential.

Shakafest | Saturday, August 27

Miami Tavern is hosting another massive event in August, this time a new street culture festival celebrating all things that push the buttons of GC’s youth. A mad line up of music from hip hop, surf rock, grunge, and DJs with some big names like Drapht, Dunerats, and Spit Syndicate. Rounding out the entertainment will be street artists getting rad plus a huge half pipe and skate demo. Tickets are $59 and on sale via the Shakafest website. Shakaaaaas!

Developmental workshops at Warehouse No. 5 | Various dates

This epic new space for creative workshops, events, and co-working is kicking its professional and creative developmental workshops program into high gear this August. Attracting some seriously impressive speakers, note-worthy mentions include Curating your Personal Brand with Kiel Tillman and The Design Kids (Tuesday, August 5; free entry), and just for the ladies, Ditch the Daily Grind and Leap into a Career You Love with a four-seat female panel including Melbourne’s Rachel Service of The Happiness Concierge (Tuesday, August 23; tickets $39 + BF). Add to that, creative workshops with macramé, wicker basket weaving, and even pickling! Too many to list here really, so check out Warehouse No. 5’s events page for a full listing.

Have guests arriving soon? Hit up our go-to itinerary of the best things to do on the Gold Coast with out of towners.


Photo Credit: Hayley Williamson for Metropolist

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