March: the month when we all realise summer is gone… and it took Christmas, New Years, and all our money with it.
But that’s no reason to hibernate in misery ‘cause, let’s be real, that sun will keep pumping out heat for a while yet, and it also happens to be one of the most action-packed months of the year!
March plays host to a string of super-sized festivities headed up by the Quiksilver Pro, the new Cooly Beachfest, an adults-only circus BLANC de BLANC, with Bleach* Festival rounding out the calendar. How lucky are we?
Here’s our pick of 14 awesome things to do on the Gold Coast this March.
Stone & Wood Murwillumbah Brewery Open Day | Saturday, March 4
Okay, so we know you no longer need to leave the Coast to tour an epic brewery, but we also know many of you have a very soft spot for Stone & Wood. This March, they’ll be throwing open the doors to their primary production facility in Murwillumbah. Expect a festive afternoon of food trucks, brewery tours, $5 beers (with funds donated to the local community hospice), and a tribute brew to the infamous Murbah Swamp Beer. The what? You’ve gotta watch this legendary story…
Details: 35 Kite Crescent, Murwillumbah; 11am to 5pm
Cost: Gold coin donation (goes to charity)
Designer Pop-Up Sale At The Borrowed Nursery | Saturday, March 4
Gold Coast’s much-loved potting shed, The Borrowed Nursery is hosting a sale of a different kind this weekend. Local designers Dos Ombre, Peony, All That Remains, DaisyVoid, F+H Jewellery, and Silk Laundry will be gathering up their unique pieces for a pop-up sale that you don’t wanna miss. Greenery will be available for purchase too, obvs, which means you can walk out with new goodies for every corner of your life.
Details: 42-44 Cronulla Avenue, Mermaid Beach; 10am to 4pm
Sunday Szechuan At Burleigh Social | Sunday, March 5
Burleigh Social is synonymous with the Gold Coast’s breakfast scene; we simply love these guys and hope they never, EVER go away! So you can bet we were pumped to learn about their first ever Sunday session—Sunday Szechuan. As the sun sets on the first weekend of autumn, they’ll be serving up a three-course Asian fusion feast of dumplings and gyoza, karaage bowls on pickled salad, and ramen with sliced pork belly. Seats are limited and you must book ahead. And did we mention, it’s BYO yo!
Details: 2 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads; 4pm to 7pm
Cost: $30 for three-course feast; BYO drinkies
QLD Surf Life Saving Championships | Friday, March 10 to Sunday, March 12
If witnessing 2,000 toned and tanned bods descend on the beach simultaneously doesn’t intimidate you, then you must get yourself along to witness this great Aussie sporting spectacle. Grab an iced latte and acai bowl, and then settle in as Queensland’s best competitors hit Kirra Beach for the state’s premier surf lifesaving contest, the 2017 champs.
Details: Kirra Beach, Coolanagatta; 8am to 4pm
AABB Live Workout With Sally Fitzgibbons | Saturday, March 11
Move over Kayla Itsines, Gold Coast’s Sally Fitzgibbons (okay, she’ll be ours when she moves into her new Broadbeach abode, Jewel) is showing us what it takes to earn an All Australian Beach Body (AABB). Sally will soon be sharing her personalised training regime via the new AABB fitness app. First up for a taster is the Gold Coast, lucky us! All GC babes are invited to attend an outdoor strength and cardio group workout led by Sally, plus a yoga session by Lululemon. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to her foundation that inspires kids to lead active lives. Sign us up!
Details: Pratten Park, Broadbeach
Cost: $20 includes goodie bag and seven-day free trail of Sally’s new AABB app
Quiksilver Pro And Roxy Pro | March 14 to 25 (conditions dependant)
Undoubtedly one of the year’s most highly anticipated events, Gold Coast’s famed Snapper Rocks come under the global spotlight when the crème de la crème of surfing descends on Coolangatta. With GC’s favourite sons, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson returning to the pro circuit and our girl Stephanie Gilmore ready to fight for the title, the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro is a bold celebration of our beach life and deep-engrained surf culture. So, get down there to soak up the sunshine, carnival-like energy, and witness first hand who takes the 2017 men’s and lady’s crown.
Details: Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta
Cars, Bikes & Coffee at Iron & Resin | Saturday, March 18
Jot this one down in your diary, or you’ll miss it! Iron & Resin, Gold Coast’s coolest biker hangout, are doing what they do best, bringing together a swagger of hot rods and classic cars and bikes so we can all appreciate them. If you’re a biker, a car head or not, there’s no reason to be intimated. Come hang out at Cars, Bikes & Coffee, enjoy the live tunes, smooth caffeinated brews, breakfast eats from the new kitchen, and that glorious autumn sunshine.
Details: 6 Stewart Road, Currumbin; 8am to 11am
Cooly Beachfest | Saturday, March 18
It was the missing link to give the Quiky Pro that true festival atmosphere. So you can thank a legendary group of locals for creating a new music fest to perfectly complement the action on the water. At the conclusion of competition on opening weekend, Gold Coast’s hottest new music event, Cooly Beachfest, will keep the crowd warm with five hours of live bands, festival stalls, food trucks, and pop-up bars. Headed up by The Rubens, along with The Beautiful Girls, Dorsal Fins, Bec Sandridge, and The Vanns, this is shaping up to be one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this month.
Details: Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta; 3pm to 10pm
Cost: Adults $55+ BF, grommets under 14 $45+BF; on sale now via the website
Bitter Sweet Exhibition Launch At 19 Karen | Saturday, March 18
Get cultured in March at Gold Coast’s fave hub for modern arts. 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace will come alive to the sounds of The James Street Preachers and the vibrant launch of Bitter Sweet. This international group exhibition will feature inspiring works from 25 talented artists, who’ve created artworks specifically for the exhibit, depicting the ying and yang emotions of life: bitter and sweet, love and pain, light and darkness. Bitter Sweet runs through until April 29.
Details: 19 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach; 6pm to 8pm
Book: RSVP to 07 5554 5019 or [email protected]
#ROXYFitness | Sunday, March 19
Gold Coast ladies, wrangle your besties! A feature event of the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro festivities, #ROXYfitness is a mammoth morning on the beach that integrates yoga and stretching, SUPing, and a 5km run. Coolangatta will again join the likes of hosts Hawaii, France, and the USA on the event’s trip across the globe. With 1,000+ gorgeous local gals expected to participate, and pros including Steph Gilmore and Bronte Macaulay there to cheer you on, this is sure to be one of the coolest things to do on the Gold Coast in March.
Details: Rainbow Bay Beach, Coolangatta; starts 7am
Cost: $15 per event (includes gift pack), registration closes Friday 4 March
Paws & Pizzazz Pets Expo | Sunday, March 26
Spoil your fur babies with a speciality event just for pets! Sanctuary Cove’s inaugural animal expo, Paws & Pizzazz is promising educational demos, veterinarian presos, market stalls, entertainment, obstacle courses, doggie treat tasting, and grooming tips, all aimed to improve the lives of our four-legged friends… naw. A handful of Gold Coast’s very own Insta-famous pooches will be making a star appearance too, so start practising your best selfie angles (just kidding, you’ve already got that shiz dialled, right?).
Details: The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove; 9am to 3pm
BLANC De BLANC | Wednesday, March 29 to Sunday, April 16
Direct from sell-out seasons in London’s West End, the Sydney Opera House and Brisbane Festival, BLANC de BLANC is a sassy champagne cabaret and the star attraction of Bleach* 2017. This is waaayyyy cooler than any ordinary circus performance, ‘cause it’s adults-only. Which means all of our favourite things: nudity, sexual references, flowing champagne and bubbles, heart-pumping musical remixes, glittering costumes, mind-bending circus performances, aerobatics, and energetic theatre, all under the magical veil of a purpose-built “Spiegeltent” circus tent. Don’t believe us? Watch a taster of the action here.
Details: Broadbeach Parklands, Gold Coast Highway
Cost: Tickets from $41 to $81; book online
Bleach* Festival | Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 16
Gold Coast’s fave arts and cultural festival is returning and it’s shaping up to be bigger, bolder, and more thought provoking than ever. Now, before you get overwhelmed (deep breaths), you’re gonna want to scour Bleach*‘s 25+ event line-up and earmark your priorities. From indoor and outdoor theatre performances such as The Forwards, Fun Run, and Highly Sprung; to a floating cinema, jam session with Ash Grunwald, NightQuarter take-over, gallery exhibitions, pop-up light installations, workshops, street parties, and concluding with a free concert on Burleigh Beach—you’ll want to start early and stay up late, so you don’t miss a thing.
Details: Various locations
Cost: Both free and ticketed events, see website for full event schedule
Warehouse No. 5 Events And Workshops | Various Dates
These days, there’s simply no excuse for letting the wheels spin on your professional and creative life. The Gold Coast is literally bursting with workshops, events, and crafty learning sessions designed to unleash a brighter, happier, and more productive you. Helping lead the charge is one of our faves, Warehouse No. 5, with a loaded roster of 12 sessions this March. From interactive professional talks like “The Sex Of Selling” and “Growth Accelerator”, to practical design workshops with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, to hands-on sessions with watercolour and hand-tied bouquets. You can find all the deets and can book online here.
Details: 87 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Ticket price varies; see each event listing for details
Looking for more things to do on the Gold Coast this March? Work your way through the best new bars of 2016 and report back on your fave. *Hick*
Photo Credit: Daniel Hine for Metropolist