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Super Cool Events Popping Up On The Gold Coast This October

By Danielle Read
1st Oct 2017

things to do on the gold coast october

Okay kids, October is upon us and so are some seriously jaw-dropping events. Hola!

Taking the plunge and amping yourself up for Ocsober? Go you. For the rest of us, it’s a hip flask and sippy cup kind of month with a whole bunch of outdoor activities and festivals coming our way.

Push over that friend who keeps telling you how many days there are until Christmas and run straight towards these super cool things to do on the Gold Coast this October.

Bar(re)ista Hop

If you’re a fan of early morning warm ups and coffee dates, then this one’s for you. As part of a series of six Bar(re)ista Hops, Aleenta Barre are putting on a pretty savvy thing to do on the Gold Coast this October. Starting this Wednesday, meet at Broadbeach’s Neilsen Park for your barre workout and splash just five bucks, with all proceeds donated to BraveHearts.  Then Bar(re)ista Hop your way to Elk for a morning brew and a refreshing way to start the day with a bunch of new besties. Can’t make the first event? Check out the line-up of locations and cafes to follow through the month of October and November  

When: Every Wednesday starting October 4 to November 8; 6am to 7am
Where: Various locations; first stop Neilsen Family Park, Broadbeach 
Cost: $5

BLANC de BLANC Champagne Cabaret

After much pleading and begging from locals, BLANC de BLANC, the riotous champagne cabaret, will be returning to the Coast this spring. Squeal! The dynamic all singing-dancing-acrobatic-comedy show takes place under an enchanting Spiegeltent and, like any night on the bubbles, as the evening’s cabaret progresses the debauchery elevates and, before you know it, you’re seeing wayyyy more of the cast then you bargained for. Warning: prudes stay away. Trust us, this will be one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this October. 

When: Thursday 5 October to Sunday 5 November; 7:30pm
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Cost: Various prices ($38 to $78) available via the website 

Clik Clak Photo Exhibition At Espresso Bonsai

The legends at Espresso Bonsai are hosting Clik Clak, one of the most snap happy things to do on the Gold Coast this October. Ten artists have used their interpretive eyes to capture the Coast from their unique perspectives. Armed only with a disposable camera and the GC as their muse, be taken on a journey to celebrate our bangin’ city. All will be revealed on the night and everyone is welcomed.  

When: Friday 6 October; 6pm onwards
Where: Espresso Bonsai, Thomas Drive, Chevron Island
Cost: Free

BLA! Brewing Local Artists At Burleigh Brewing Co.

Eternal cheerleaders for local culture and community, Burleigh Brewing Co. are hosting the second editon of BLA! (Brewing Local Artists) this October. If you attended the first installation you’ll agree this soul-warming event is a worthy use of your precious Saturday evening. Promising to be bigger and better with 18 local artists exhibiting in various mediums, live art and live music, flowing craft beer and all the good feels. 

When: Saturday 7 October; 5pm to 9pm
Where: Burleigh Brewing Co., 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh
Cost: Free 

Flavours Of Metro At Australia Fair 

Hold the phone. Australia Fair is busting out their A game with another Flavours of Metro street party. Come for performances by The Black Sorrows, an interesting mix of eats from Australia Fair Metro restaurants and Chinatown vendors, plus themed market stalls that are set to light up Southport for one seriously tasty night.

When: Saturday 7 October; 5pm to 9pm 
Where: Australia Fair, 42 Marine Parade, Southport
Cost: Free

Stone & Wood Beach Clean Up & Karma Keg Fundraisers 

The local chillers at Stone & Wood know that this is the only planet they can brew beer on.  All the more reason to take care of it! Passionate about earth and community, the Stone & Wood Beach Clean Ups and Karma Keg Fundraisers will be held over three weekends in October. Live music, ice cold beer, delicious eats and fist pump-worthy raffle prizes, come and show your community spirit and do your part to clean up our sandy shores. All proceeds from raffle tickets are headed straight back to the SLSC. It’s a win win. 

When: Sunday 8, 15 and 29 October; 12pm to 2pm beach clean up, 2pm onwards at surf club
Where: Miami SLCS, Northcliffe SLSC and Palm Beach SLSC
Cost: Free​

Froth Fest At Miami Marketta

Miami Marketta are down-right hound dogs when it comes to hosting events, so you can expect big things from the vegan approved Froth Fest. Bop along to live tunes and taste test your way around your favourite plant-based food vendors from lunch time right up until 8pm. With all proceeds donated to Sugar Farm Sanctuary and Save a Cow, settle in for an epic day of absolute good-doing. The sprinkles on top? All pre-purchased tickets will put you in the draw for a four-night stay at Angourie Rainforest Retreat, a Duranbah Surfboard, Tacoola swimwear and Vegan Frotherz clothing (oh, how fitting).

When: Sunday 8 October; 12pm to 8pm
Where: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Cost: $12.75; kids under 12 free

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase 

That’s right, the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase is rolling into town this October. Get ready to laugh your dacks off and get up close and personal with writers from The Simpsons and other Aussie jokesters such as Luke Heggie, Becky Lucas and Cameron James, who was named ‘the next big thing’ by TimeOut Sydney. This group of Sydney Comedy Fest’s best will be putting on an inappropriately brilliant set sure to have you cacking yourself silly.

When: Saturday 14 October; 8pm to 10pm
Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $35

Hey Sunshine Surf & Music Fest

Surf vids, a bunch of bands and a goddamn live art exhibit, Hey Sunshine is going all out. Head down to this surf celebration at Burleigh Brewery Co., sip on world class beer and embrace #allthefeels on the second Saturday of the month. We’re calling it now, this is going to be one of the coolest things to do on the Gold Coast this October. 

When: Saturday 14 October; 3pm to midnight
Where: Burleigh Brewing Co., 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: $50 + booking fee available via the website 

Buskers By The Creek

Yaas. This year’s Buskers By The Creek is coming at us in full force. This free two-day, family-friendly busking bonanza sports a shipwreck theme in 2017 and will see over 300 incredible performers hit the foreshore of Currumbin Creek. Acts include captivating musicians, a floating skateboarding half pipe, plus circus acts, child prodigies, record breaking stunts and, of course, puppeteers. Bring along your good vibes, fave sock puppet and join in on the action of Buskers By The Creek.

When: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October; 10am to 6pm
Where: Winders Park, Duringan Street, Currumbin  
Cost: Free

The Black Opal Dinner & Theatre

If you missed out on Opera on the Beach but are still in search of a dose of live theatre, set your GPS for the mountains and check out The Black Opal, a sassy 30s-style jazz cabaret hosted by Heritage Wines. An Aussie adaptation of Shakespeare’s 12th Night, and hosted inside a winery (um, hello!), this sounds like our kinda night out. 

When: Friday and Saturday nights throughout October; 7pm to 11pm
Where: Heritage Wines, 52 Bartle Road, Mount Tamborine 
Cost: $95 includes dinner and show 

King Of Burleigh Hill 

Free access to cart racing action on Burleigh Hill? Yes, please. Just when you thought you couldn’t do with any more reasons to host your Sunday sesh in good ol’ Burls, King Of Burleigh Hill returns. Scattered with food trucks, specially designed obstacles and kicking off from 2pm, get amongst the action with a sneaky brewskie in your side cart.  

When: Sunday 15 October; 2pm to 5pm 
Where: Burleigh Hill, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free to watch

Knights Of The Dub Table At Mo’s Desert Clubhouse

New Zealand thrashers, Knights of the Dub Table, are heading to Mo’s Desert Clubhouse following the release of their new EP, Unity. This event is a Sea Shepherd fundraiser for the local Apex Harmony boat that works here on the Gold Coast checking shark nets and saving our precious marine life. Knights of the Dub Table will also see Brisbane astro-reggae killers Hemingway taking to the stage. This is not one you’ll wanna miss.

When: Sunday 15 October; 3pm to 8pm
Where: Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: $18.40, available via the website

Buffalo Sears Big Smoke Carnival

The regular waft of weekend BBQs on Burleigh Hill will be smothered when, across the Gold Coast Highway, one of GC’s meatiest eateries hosts its first Big Smoke Carnival. Held over two days, Buffalo Sears invite you to join a swag of pitmaster demonstations (learn step-by-step how to smoke buffalo wings, ribs, beef, pulled pork, japaleno poppers and more), plus wine tastings with Taylor’s Wine, live music and more. We’re stuffed just thinking about it. 

When: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October; from 12pm
Where: Buffalo Sears, 1638 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free though bookings essential 

Gold Coast 600

Start your engines! Two rounds of zooming excellence is hitting the Gold Coast later this month with Round 12 of the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and Round 3 of the 2017 Pirtek Endurance Cup taking their marks at the Gold Coast 600. Pack your ear muffs, your adrenaline tanks and an appetite for track-side pies, or kick off with the Black and White lunch on Friday 20 October at QT Gold Coast’s glorious Bazaar. Just here for the music? Headliners at this year's Gold Coast 600 include the lovely Delta Goodrem plus Hilltop Hoods, Violent Soho, Daryl Braithwaite and DJ Brooke Evers. 

When: Friday 20 to Sunday 22 October; 9am to 6pm 
Where: Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Various, available via the website

Surfing World Magazine Film Premier | Scary Good

Waves sliders, we’re looking at you. When Surfing World Magazine releases a new documentary and cruises into town to share it with you personally well, you go. Scary Good puts the spotlight on a swag of inspiring surfers who are equally talented musically, throwing them together in a remote location for 10 days to surf their brains out. What could go wrong? If you weren’t already frothing, expect live performances from Cloacas and WASH.   #livingthedream 

When: Friday 20 October; 6pm
Where: Rainbow Bay SLSC, 2 Snapper Rocks Road, Coolangatta 
Cost: $15 with tickets available via the website 

GC Festival Of Kites On Kirra Beach 

You loved flying kites as a kid, and it’s still pretty cool, okay? Get down to the Gold Coast Festival of Kites at Kirra Beach and watch the sky turn into, well, a sky full of kites! Check out renowned flyers as they strut their stuff airborne and prepare to see a few kidlets tear up if their kite string tangles. A particularly colourful thing to do on the Gold Coast this October would be to give it a crack yourself. These guys have teamed with the cycling event, Kirra Criterium Classic, so expect a flurry of activity both in the air and on the ground. 

When: Saturday 21 October; 10am to 4pm
Where: Kirra Beach
Cost: Free to watch 

Makers & Finders Market 

Weekend road trips? We can’t get enough of them. And what better reason to side saddle your way across the border, with a trip to Murwillumbah’s new Makers and Finders Market?  Relax with your besties on your travelling picnic rug, peruse vintage wares, join a workshop run by locals, and get amongst the eclectic northern New South Wales music scene.

When: Saturday 21 October; 9am to 3pm
Where: Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah
Cost: Free + spending money

Island Vibe Festival On North Straddie

Hosting over 80 acts on four stages over four days, you’re gonna wanna get in quick if you’re looking to grab a ticket to this year’s Island Vibe Festival on North Stradbroke Island. Soak up the sun and the sounds of Reggae, Roots, Bass and Island Soul. Ya man, sign us up!

When: Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October 
Where: North Stradbroke Island
Cost: Various, available via the website 

Forever & Ever Wedding Fest At NightQuarter

Didn’t attend Girl Guides but you’re about to tie the knot? (Funny, not funny?) Don’t worry, NightQuarter has got you covered with their Forever and Ever Wedding Fest this October. For the vintage bride, this night-time soiree will be filled with over 100 handpicked wedding gurus from the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Fashion parades and live performances from a selection of wedding entertainers for inspo, all emceed by Gold Coast’s own Emily Jade. Love the Jadester.

When: Friday 27 October; 4pm to 10pm
Where: NightQuarter, 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
Cost: Free

Sinister Circus Halloween Party At Stingray Lounge

Prepare yourself for a spooky evening filled with circus performers, creepy cocktails, Frankenstein Quesadillas and a bone chilling DJ at QT Gold Coast's Sinister Circus. Celebrating Halloween a few days early, dress in your most sinister costume for a chance to win yourself an evil prize. Moowahaha!

When: Friday 27 October; 6pm ‘til late 
Where: Stingray Bar, QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Free

Pups On SUPS 

Hosted by Surfing Queensland and certain to be one of the cutest things to do on the Gold Coast this October, Pups On SUPS involves both a two-kilometre social paddle and a dash for cash race. With monies raised to support the Animal Welfare League, whether your pup is an expert first mate on your regular SUPing expeditions or is yet to find his or her sea legs, all are welcome with SUP rentals plus tips and tricks on offer on the morning. 

When: Saturday 28 September; 9am
Where: Salk Oval, Currumbin Creek 
Cost: Early bird $20 (before October 26) or $40 on the day 

Celebrate Gold Coast 

In case you haven’t heard (we hope you’re comfortable under that rock), the Gold Coast is hosting the Commonwealth Games next April. And with so many local sporting legends, it would be rude not to give them a bit of a hype up before the big event. Focussing on our city’s sporting achievements and active lifestyle, come and try your luck at Celebrate Gold Coast in an assortment of sporting activities, meets and greets with local sporting celebs and rows of food trucks to refuel after your stumble down the stairs.

When: Saturday 28 October; 11am to 4:30pm
Where: Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre, 298 Nerang Broadbeach Road
Cost: Free

Angels With Wings By D.r.e.s.s.e.d GC 

Strut along to a D.r.e.s.s.e.d GC’s runway spectacular, Angels With Wings fashion show, held later this month. Featuring a bunch of local designers, the event will showcase couture, swimwear and body jewellery, so stick around for the charity auction at the afterparty and then kick on for a celebration of arts and culture, featuring a flock of mythical creatures, artists and almighty fire breathers. Sounds intriging, yes? 

When: Saturday 28 October; 6:30pm onwards
Where: Sundial Area, Bond University, Varsity Lakes 
Cost: Starting at $75, available via the website

Looking for more things to do on the Gold Coast this September? Have you checked out newbies The Scottish Prince and Baskk Kirra Point

Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List

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