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7 Ways To Make Your Labour Day Long Weekend Epic

By Danielle Read
4th May 2018

This holiday is all about celebrating the hard-working folk of our great land (that’s us!) so use the three-day weekend as you will. Not sure where to start? Here are seven epic events popping up that are sure to make your Labour Day long weekend one to remember.

All Weekend 

Surfers Paradise LIVE + VIP Beach Hut Experience

Want to get in on the action of Surfers Paradise LIVE from the comfort of your very own marquee? Yep, it's happening! The all-new One Cavill Beach Hut boasts an absolute beachfront posie, a fully stocked bar and a screen so big you'll basically feel front row centre in the crowd. Relax on a bean bag, bubbles in hand and lap up your luxe experience with the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Daryl Braithwaite and Kate Ceberano serenading you from the stage. Or, just kick it old school and get amongst the mosh pit when Surfers Paradise LIVE hits the beachfront and various bars across four big nights. Certain to be one of the biggest things to do on the Gold Coast this Labour Day weekend, for the full schedule, click here

When: Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 May; various times
Where: 1 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise + various bars
Cost: Free
For more information, click here 

Harvest Festival 

If you don’t already have your weekend mapped out (which you totes don’t, right?!), then let us guide you to the most soul-satisfying event happening this weekend. Autumn spells harvest season and with a veritable fruit and veggie bowl on our doorstep, we’re blessed to have access to so many fabulous working farms, paddock to plate restaurants and producers in the fertile Northern Rivers region. This weekend marks the 2018 edition of Harvest Festival; where from Carool to Uki, Newrybar to Byron, Ballina and everywhere in between, you’ll find a host of events to get your little foodie mitts around. Picture: chef tasting lunches, farm tours, distillery and brewery tours, produce markets, roadside farm stalls and river cruises. Prepare to fill your weekend with goodness galore! For the full guide and self-drive farm and food trail, hit the website here. 

When: Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 May
Where: Various locations through Northern Rivers region, NSW 
Cost: Various free and ticketed events
For more information, click here

Saturday 5 May

Gold Coast Cup

Finally, an excuse to pretend we’re loaded. If you’re on the hunt for things to do on the Gold Coast this Labour Day long weekend, chuck on your favourite fascinator, three-piece suit or horse costume and head down to the Gold Coast Turf Club for the newly renamed Gold Coast Cup. Flukes are our forte, so putting a couple of bucks on a winner is a given. There are all types of fancy meal packages on offer but no doubt you’ll go past a Maccas on the way home and a cheesy always fills a boozy craving. Plus, you’ll be looking glam af in the drive thru, so get a double. You’re worth it.

When: Saturday 5 May; 9am to 5:30pm
Where: Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive, Bundall
Cost: Early bird admission $20, packages up to $160 via booking site
For more information, click here

Cinco De Mayo Festivities 

Cinco de Mayo is an annual event held on the fifth of May, where Mexico commemorates its army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Various Gold Coast watering holes are hosting their own special tributes to the day, from NightQuarter’s mariachi music, singing senoritas and Frida Khalo-inspired sip and paint classes. To a pop-up Corona Ligera bar at The Island Rooftop with Mexican eats, DJs, sunsets and sombreros. Or, how about joining the crew at Garden Kitchen & Bar as they team up with Herradura tequila for cocktails, sugar skull-style face painting and body painting, Mexican street food and a lively splash of contemporary Mexican culture. Olé!

When: Saturday 5 May
Where: Various venues including The Island, NightQuarter and The Star Gold Coast

Sunday 6 May

The Village Markets

Muse over local designers, shoulder sway to live musicians and dig your teeth into some delicious street food at Gold Coast’s bi-monthly Sunday ritual, The Village Markets. We can almost guarantee you’ll be walking away with an empty wallet with the likes of ceramics, homewares, bohemian threads and accessories, all-natural beauty products, babies wear so adorable your ovaries will burst, and oh so much more. Are you searching for one of the very best markets on the Gold Coast? Well, you’ve come to the right place. 

When: Sunday 6 May; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
For more information, click here

MayDay Sundayz Sessions At Nobby Beach Surf Club

Throw back a cold one and bring in the May Day long weekend with none other than the Nobby Beach Surf Club, who are re-launching Sunday Sessions in Albatross Park. Kick back in the beachfront locale with soothing acoustic tunes, local food trucks and entertainment for the little tackers. Then wash it all down with an old-fashioned parmy. Bloody beautiful. 

When: Sunday 6 May; 2pm to 8pm
Where: Albion Park, Nobby Beach Surf Club, Nobby Beach
Cost: Gold coin donation
For more information, click here

Rice Paper Sissors Kitchen Takeover At Can Tho 

Can Tho Kitchen dishes up mouthwatering traditional Vietnamese meals on the reg. So, if they’re inviting anyone into their kitchen, you know they’ve got to be good. Enter: well-known Melbourne chef, Ross Magnaye. Yep, the face behind Rice Paper Scissors is making a trip up our way to serve an indulgent eight-course banquet with optional matching wines. Can Tho Kitchen believe that no good meal can truly be enjoyed without a beverage and that’s why we know they’re our kind of people. Reserve your bowl at one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this Labour Day long weekend. 

When: Sunday 6 May; 6pm to 10pm 
Where: Can Tho Kitchen, 5/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay 
Cost: $79 + additional $30 for wine pairings
For more information and to book, click here

Looking for more things to do on the Gold Coast this Labour Day long weekend? Here’s a bucket load of cafes to keep you busy.

Photo credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List

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