13 Awesome Things To Do On The Gold Coast In May

By Brooke Darling - 01 May 2016

Temps have been dipping in recent weeks, which means sun worshipping on the beach is becoming a little less inviting.

Fortunately for us, savvy event organisers also know at this time of year we’re looking for alternative options, so they pump up the calendar with all manner of activities. No arguments here!

We’re narrowing it down with 13 awesome things to do on the Gold Coast that are certain to make May memorable.

Stone & Wood’s Festival of the Stone Tour | May 1

Pitch in to clean up our beloved beaches alongside the travellin’ Clean Coast Collective (CCC) crew, as part of the Festival of the Stone Tour. Then, once you’ve done your good deed of the day, there’s a chill Clean Up After Party with your name all over it taking place at Miami Beach Surf Club. Hosted by Stone & Wood, all profits from beer sales will be going straight back into the CCC, which means you can continue to help the environment. All. Night. Long. Definitely one of the best feel-good things to do on the Gold Coast this May.

When: Clean up 2pm, after party at 4pm
Where: Miami Beach Surf Club, 2 Hythe Street, Miami

Pig Day Out | May 1

Falling squarely under the WTF category, Pig Day Out is an initiative of the Gold Coast Guinea Pig Rescue (yep, there’s such a place). There’ll be g-piggy related displays, a guinea pig maze, judging of the best looking and best fancy-dressed piggies, pro photos booths, and a piggy crèche. We’re shitting you not.

When: 9:30am—3:30pm
Where: Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert—Nerang Road, Nerang

Mr Woolley’s Japanese Whisky Journey at Etsu | May 3

Etsu Izakaya, Gold Coast’s fave hangout for new-age Japanese eats, is teaming up with the acclaimed Mr Woolley to take you on a journey tasting some rare and very spesh Japanese whiskys. It seems whisky is receiving ample time in the spotlight of late, so brush up on your knowledge while feasting on a perfectly-paired seven-course degustation. Tickets are $145 and bookings are essential; for reservations call 07 5526 0944.

When: 6:30 pm
Where: Etsu Izakaya, 2440 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Pacific Fair opens new retail wing | May 5

This week Metropolist got a sneaky peek behind the veiled extensions at Pacific Fair, including the hotly anticipated “resort” indoor-outdoor plaza. Hold your breath folks, ‘cause it is seriously gorgeous! Opening on Thursday, May 5 is the massive two-level H&M (squeal!), UNIQLO, and David Jones stores, to name just a few, with additional new stores—including some uber luxe brands—opening weekly over the months to follow. Um, pinch yourself Gold Coast shopaholics, ‘cause this is real life!

Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach

Surfers Paradise Live | May 6—8

If you’ve not made your way to Surfers Paradise for a while, why not let a weekend of free lives tunes across a host of different genres be your magnet. Two outdoor stages in Surfers will see headliners including Thirsty Merc and Choirboys, and 20+ interstate and local acts. Check out the website for the full schedule.

Where: Cavill Avenue and various other venues, Surfers Paradise

Food Truck Extravaganza at Tweed Heads | May 7

Regardless how many food truck gatherings are organised, you guys always turn out. In. Droves. Hosted by Gold Coast Design Collective, they’ve already got a swag of tasty food trucks confirmed and still counting. Add to that designer and vintage stalls, and a live band, and it’s a pretty sweet way to spend a Saturday night. Don’t forget to invite your mumma, and get in early for Mother’s Day.

When: 3—9pm
Where: Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads

Chinatown Street Markets | May 7

Let the wafting aromas of Asian cuisine coax you to Southport’s Chinatown, with the bi-monthly street markets returning in May. Join the sea of people and be transported to the streets of Asia, without the expensive plane ticket.

When: 4—9pm
Where: Davenport Street and surrounds, Southport

Mother’s Day | May 8

Pretending you forgot is not going to cut the mustard, and nor should it. Our mothers have gone through hell and back to make us the awesome individuals we are today, so they should be aptly rewarded with our love and appreciation. Here’s eight ways to spoil her, including the Mother’s Day Classic fundraiser fun run, or if she prefers a low-key hangout, we reckon she’ll love any one of these cafés.

Cat Empire at NightQuarter | May 8

NightQuarter, Gold Coast’s newest entertainment precinct, will be hopping to the hip-swinging percussion and brass sounds of Australia’s much-loved ska band, The Cat Empire. Touring to promote their latest album, Rising With The Sun, tickets are $65 and selling fast (jump online to book). Just don’t forget your dancin’ shoes.

When: Doors open 4pm
Where: 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale

GoPro Athlete Summit | May 11—13

Action sport lovers will know this is a huge coup, with GoPro choosing the fine sandy shores of the Gold Coast to host their first ever athlete summit outside the US. And while it’s unclear yet where us punters can get in on the action, with 100 of the world’s best dare-devil sport athletes in attendance, soon there’ll be tons of happy good times and frivolities with our Coast as the backdrop broadcast across the interwebs. Cool, eh?

Preloved and New Designer Rack Sale | May 15

Their last new and preloved designer rack sale was a resounding success, so you begged them to return. Hosted by some well-regarded James Street boutique owners and held at Hendrixx Espresso in Palm Beach, this time around the space is smaller which means a bigger tussle for the best items, so get there early and prepare to be ruthless.

When: Starts 8am
Where: Hendrixx Espresso, 1063 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Blues on Broadbeach | May 19—22

Returning for its 15th year, Blues on Broadbeach promises a jam-packed roster of toe-tapping live concerts and intimate sessions at various indoor and outdoor venues in the heart of Broadbeach, Jupiters Hotel, and beachside at Victoria Park. Said to be bigger than Byron’s famed Blues Fest, 2016 headliners include Eric Burdon, the Animals, and Diesel.

When: Visit the event website for the full schedule
Where: Various venues around Broadbeach

The Village Markets Pop-Up in Rudd Park | May 22

Everyone’s fave local designer market—the one that’s single-handedly unearthed the mind-blowing wealth of creative talent on the Coast—is hosting an extra pop-up in May. Replacing The Village Market’s usual Paradise Point event, you’ll find them just across from the southern end of Burleigh Beach and Hill, with all their epic stalls, street eats, and live acoustics. Those salty sea breezes come for free.

When: 8am—1pm
Where: Rudd Park, Burleigh Heads

Polo By The Sea | May 28

Dressing up for the horse races not your scene these days? It’s okay, we get it. That said, most of us still love an opportunity to get glammed up and socialise in the sunshine—so the third annual Polo By The Sea will be just the ticket. Legit polo riders and their trusty steeds will show their skills in a gentleman’s sport that’s fit for royalty. And with luxe sponsors such as Ferrari, Pacific Fair, and the Jewel hotel development, you can expect high fashion and swankiness all ‘round. Keep your eyes peeled, ‘cause Metropolist will be giving away four tickets to one lucky reader as of next week!

When: 11am—5pm (after party at QT Gold Coast)
Where: Doug Jennings Park, Main Beach

Got your finger on the pulse? Know of any awesome events or things to do on the Gold Coast? Drop us a line at: [email protected]  


Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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