We really have been so super spoilt with all of these long weekends lately.
And no doubt you’re scratching your head for ideas on how you’re going to fill another one. So whaddareyagonnado?
Well, you’re in for an absolute treat friends, because we’ve tracked down a bunch of things to do on the Gold Coast this Labour Day long weekend. From tunes and treats to arts and canapés. Oh man, it’s all coming up Millhouse for your three-day holiday.
GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS | THURSDAY 27
For the first time ever, Gold Coast Music Awards have joined forces with Surfers Paradise Live to bring you an insane night celebrating local talent. A free festival-styled gig starting at 6pm, and a ridic local line up are a match made in heaven for the third ever music spectacular, happening this Thursday. You loved them at Bleach* Fest; now Yes Sir Noceur will be boogying along with you under the Surfers Paradise sign to open the awards. Get down to the likes of Amy Shark (yes, the super star is coming home!), Hanlon Brothers, and Aquila Young for a total of zero dollars, before checking out deserving winners of the Gold Coast Music Awards on the big screen. Then get to The Beer Garden for the after party, where Electrik Lemonade, Ivey, and Trapdoor will close the night with a bang—for only 10 bucks entry.
CULTURE STREET MARKETS | FRIDAY 28
Looking for things to do on the Gold Coast this Labour Day long weekend but don’t want the hassle of going home, getting changed and blah blah blah, at the end of the working week? Celebrate our city’s rich cultural story by scooting off to Southport’s Culture Street markets (Friday from 4pm) on your way home from work. Settle those tummy grumbles with authentic food from around the globe, activities for the kidlets, and live music to get you grooving into the weekend.
SURFERS PARADISE LIVE | FRIDAY 28 TO SUNDAY 30
Running right across your long weekend, this free annual festival has a little something for every one. Remember “black fingernails, red wine?” That’s right, Eskimo Joe is joining in on this spectacular, as well as Pseudo Echo, Taxiride, Mental As Anything, and (drum roll, please) The Veronicas! Grab your mates and head to Surfers Paradise Live for a star-studded weekend by the sea.
GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL | FRIDAY 28 TO SUNDAY 30
No doubt you’ve noticed the Gold Coast Film Festival keeping it real this month. So if you haven’t popped by yet, then get to it because this artsy fest is one of the best things to do this Labour Day long weekend. Are you a caffeine fiend? Then head along to The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre on Saturday. Coffee demonstrations, tastings and a viewing of Brewed In the Kitchen begin from 6:30pm. $15 entry will score you a cold-pressed coffee or espresso martini, if you’re serious about combining your Saturday night antics with responsible adult choices. Feeling a bit more coastal? Head along to Kirra Hill from 6:30pm Saturday for an under-the-stars screening of The Endless Summer or Sunday to watch family-friendly flick Surf’s Up. Best of all? It’s free!
MANDALA WORKSHOP | SATURDAY 29
Get your creative juices flowing at Mandala’s suitably themed Mandala Workshop. Sit and chat with the experts from 10am until noon and create your own personal mandala. You’ll learn inside info on how to build your unique mandala and exercise your mindfulness while creating a kickass representation of your you-ness. This hand drawn pic will look fab on your lounge room wall, so you can show off your talents to every one who comes over this long weekend. Winning! All equipment is provided but tickets ($35pp) are limited, so get in quick.
BAREFOOT BOWLS AND BEER AT THE SOCIAL MARKETS | SATURDAY 29
Club Mermaid’s The Social Markets are fast becoming a fave among locals. Boasting street food trucks with international and local cuisine, fashion, live music, and barefoot bowls, we can see why this kid-friendly hang out has become so popular, and fast. Quench your thirst with homemade lemonade and tuck into succulent chicken karaage teatime treats for the full experience. Not to mention the cheap-as-chips beers on tap.
SUNSET AFFAIR AT QT GOLD COAST | SUNDAY 30
Throw on your favourite sundress, snatch up your sun-loving pals, and head to QT Gold Coast’s second annual Sunset Affair. Your go-to playground for afternoon cocktails, tasty treats, and the chilliest of the chill arvo acoustic tunes—it’s gotta be QT. Stock up on premium beverages and pop some bubbly while you’re at it! Graze on canapés or make a special order from the exclusive pop-up cocktail station—the world really is your (get them as part of your seafood platter) oyster! Furry friends and magicians are among your entertainers for the day, so soak up all of that cuteness and wonder, and make the most of your long weekend by booking in to stay the night. ‘Cause Monday is a holiday, duh!
CHILL ‘N’ GRILL IN THE GARDEN | SUNDAY 30
The Garden Kitchen & Bar, at newly named The Star (previously Jupiters), has long been a hotspot for indulgent cocktails and unapologetically lounging in the sunshine. But what about some good old fashioned grilled meat? This Sunday, The Star is launching Garden’s Sunday Chill ‘n’ Grill to the world. With their brand spanking new American Smoker, expect smokey, spicy, and sweet flavours bursting from BBQing the US way. Low and slow will be the day’s mantra, as succulent meats are tenderised during an all-day cook up, then deliciously brought to you. This is one thing to do on the Gold Coast this Labour Day long weekend that you don’t want to miss.
BLISS LAUNCH AT THE ISLAND ROOFTOP | SUNDAY 30
Your Sunday Session options just got a whole lot more interesting. A relic on the glitter strip (you know, the big building with the VEGAS sign out front), The Island Rooftop is bringing in the goods by launching Bliss this Sunday. Go nuts and take advantage of your long weekend by settling in early (we’re talking 2pm early), and sip on a few Londoner in New Yorks or Rooftop Coladas all afternoon, until a Sunday sunset ignites the sky. You can also expect a mixed bag of bands to tap your foot and shake your booty to. Andy Finn, Eddie Thomas, and Denzel, as well as a whole bunch more will be gracing the stage, and even a sneaky trumpet player!
COOK OUT SUNDAYS AT BROOKLYN DEPOT | SUNDAY 30
We seriously can’t get enough of the drool-worthy eats at Brooklyn Depot and now these guys are mixing things up on a Sunday for even more burger-lovin’ excellence. Tunes kick off from 2pm, going hand in hand with a special Southern American-inspired BBQ menu tearing up the joint. Ribs, wings, and sliders will have your BBQ senses tingling as well as all-American moonshine and homemade lemonade. Um, yum!
WEEKEND ADVENTURES | ALL DAY ERRYDAY
Still looking for things to do on the Gold Coast this Labour Day long weekend? Why not venture out on one of our favourite road trips? Nothing says YOLO like eating too many lollies in the car and pulling funny faces out the passenger window. Get back to nature with one of these incredible camping spots or take a dip in one of these seriously secret swimming hideaways worth the drive. Better yet, combine them all and make your long weekend one to brag to your future grandkids about.
Looking for more things to do on the Gold Coast this long weekend? Here’s a bucket load of cafes to keep you busy.
Photo Credit: Hayley Williamson for Metropolist