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Stellar Gold Coast Events To Check Out This April

By Brooke Darling - 04 Apr 2018

things to do on the gold coast this april

It’s the month we’ve been counting down to for seven long years. With anticipation peaking and festivities now well underway, you’d be forgiven for thinking nothing else would be happening around town this month. Well, you’d be wrong. 

From film festivals to new night markets, free music concerts and, naturally, all things Commonwealth Games, we’ve rounded up the best things to do on the Gold Coast this April. Diaries at the ready, peeps! 

Bleach* Festival 

Supersized in 2018 for the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast’s fave arts and cultural festival is here and before you get overwhelmed (deep breaths), you’re gonna want to scour the massive Bleach* line-up and bookmark your priorities. Don’t know where to start? Check out five events we’re rating at this year’s Bleach*. From indoor and outdoor theatre performances such as High Tide and The Ninth Wave, a Burleigh Beach camp out with Wave Fields, intimate lounge room performances with Home Visit, street parties and vibrant music concerts—you’ll want to start early and stay up late, so you don’t miss a thing.

When: On now until Sunday 15 April
Where: Various locations across the Gold Coast 
Cost: Both free and ticketed events 
For more information, click here 

Festival 2018 

Running alongside the Commonwealth Games, Festival 2018 promises to be 12 action-packed days of performances, theatre, film, music, art installations and indigenous culture, certain to deliver party vibes throughout the city, away from the key sporting venues. With Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise the main focal areas, plan your time around free musical performances by Yothu Yindi and The Cat Empire, the famed Arboria inflatable maze at Kurrawa Park, art installations from the Impulse musical seesaws and floating sea urchins. You won’t go too far without stumbling over something that’ll make your heart smile. 

When: On now until Sunday 15 April 
Where: Various locations across the Gold Coast
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here

The Commonwealth Games

If we weren’t already on the map, the Commonwealth Games, broadcast to a staggering 1.5 billion viewers, will well and truly cement the Gold Coast as a household name. Never again will we be graced with such diverse athletic talent gathered together on our home soil. Don’t let the Games pass you by without experiencing the electric atmosphere surrounding at least one sporting event. With venues stretching the full length of the Coast, even if you can’t spare a cent on a ticket (they start at just $20!), there are several free-to-watch competitions happening between Runaway Bay and Currumbin. So there goes that excuse. 

When: On now until Sunday 15 April
Where: Various locations from Coolangatta to Coomera
Cost: Free events + ticketed events starting at $20
For more information, click here 

Pop-Up Festival & Themed Parties At The Star Gold Coast 

As the official major partner of the Games, The Star Gold Coast is shaping up to be the hottest destination in town (as if they weren’t already). With more happening then we have space to mention here, the stand out attraction will see Garden Kitchen & Bar’s lawn transformed into a sprawling pop-up festival dubbed The Arena. Come relish in the atmosphere when the opening and closing ceremonies are broadcast on the big screens, with regular appearances from medal-winning athletes, rotating musos and DJ sets, endless telecasts of the sports action (both in The Arena and Sports Bar), games in the garden, pop-up bars and the odd fireworks display. Add to that, crazy fun themed nights including Best of British (Saturday 7 April), The Great Aussie BBQ (Sunday 8 April) and a Caribbean Celebration (Tuesday 10 April). Yep, it’ll be non-stop action at The Star, and you don’t wanna miss this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle right here on your home turf.

When: On now until Sunday 15 April 
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
Cost: Free + eating and drinking fund 
For more information, click here

Detour Street Art Festival At Robina Town Centre

Popping up at Robina Town Centre, DETOUR Street Art Festival is a walk-through interactive art installation designed to showcase the best of the Gold Coast’s street art scene. With 12 vivid street-art masterpieces sprinkled throughout the centre, local artists will be creating masterpieces live before your eyes; including John Kaye, Kiel Tillman, Mike Shankster and Luke Day (to name a few) plus international street art legend, Sofles. Reward all that hard work soaking up the arts with a trip to The Live Lawn for a fun pop-up bar that will be open from 10am daily, including performances from some of the Coast’s most talented entertainers.

When: On now until Sunday 15 April; 10am to 3pm
Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina 
Cost: Free 

NightQuarter Festival

With NightQuarter situated in close proximity to many official venues and the athlete’s village, it was a no brainer to pump up the volume and keep the party rolling throughout the Commonwealth Games. Expect activations including the Kupmurri bush tucker food experience, native cooking demos, plus weaving and dance activations in the Jimbelung Space Indigenous area, long lunches, gardening workshops, botanical mixologist and cheese maker masterclasses, and a ridic live music line up in the Paddock—all wrapped up in NightQuarter’s signature carnival atmosphere. 

When: Thursday 5 to Saturday 14 April; 12pm ‘til late
Where: 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
Cost: $3 entry; kids 12 and under are free
For more information, click here

Down N’ Out Burger Bar Pop-Up 

Sydney’s famed Down N’ Out burgers are descending on the Coast for a 10-day stint in a pop-up location opposite Broadbeach’s Queensland Music Stage. Available from Thursday 5 to Sunday 15 April, grab a front row seat to the free concerts and wrap your lips around juicy burgs that’ve been likened to America’s crazy popular In-N-Out franchise. 

When: Thursday 5 to Sunday 15 April; 1pm ‘til late 
Where: Corner Surf Parade and Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach
Cost: Burger fund 
For more information, click here

Free Cooking, Barista, Surfing & Yoga Workshops With Avani Broadbeach Residences

The team at Broadbeach’s newest hotel, Avani Broadbeach Residences, understand the key to a memorable holiday is the unique experiences you have along the way. While Avani hotel guests are given first dibs, there will also be space for the general public (that’s you guys!) to join in on some generously free ‘Masters in Travel’ workshops this April. Think: poke bowl classes with Aloha Bar & Dining (Saturday 21 April; 2pm), the art of coffee at local favourite Elk Espresso (Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 April; 2:30pm), surfing classes with Broadbeach Surf School (Friday 6 April and Sunday 8 April; 10am) plus more. For information and to secure your spot, hit the website here. https://www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/broadbeach/avani-masters-in-travel 

When: Various dates between Friday 6 April and Saturday 21 April
Where: Various locations in Broadbeach
Cost: Free (bookings essential)
For more information and to book, click here 

BBQ Bazaar Opening Night 

After several months delay (better late than never, riiight?) Gold Coast’s newest permanent night market, BBQ Bazaar, is pulling back the warehouse doors and welcoming all carnivores inside. We’ve been promised 18-plus food vendors serving finger-licking noms including Meat Buns, Rosticceria and Smoke Barrel; a bar with a ‘wall of bourbon’, plus ample seating, a kid’s zone, local live musos and more. If you can’t make it down on opening night, BBQ Bazaar will be back every Friday and Saturday evening so you can cue the meat sweats whenever you fancy. 

When: Friday 13 April; 5pm ‘til late
Where: 18 Junction Road, Burleigh 
Cost: Free + eating and drinking fund
For more information, click here 

Stone & Wood Murwillumbah Brewery Open Day

If Stone & Wood is still your ultimate craft beer of choice, you’ll wanna grab your hops-appreciating buddies and make tracks across the border for Stone & Wood’s second annual Murbah Brewery open day. Come for the brewery tours, beer specials direct from the source (including their infamous Murbah Swamp Beer), live music, market stalls by Murwillumbah Farmers Markets, Malt Disney zone for the kidlets and those irreplaceable warm and fuzzy community vibes; with all proceeds going to local charity.

When: Saturday 14 April; 11am to 5pm
Where: 34-37 Kite Crescent, Murwillumbah, NSW
Cost: Gold coin donation + beer drinking fund
For more information, click here

Gold Coast Film Festival 

Rounding out April with a bang, the 16th annual Gold Coast Film Festival is a flagship film event for lovers of the big screen. Held over two weekends across the Coast, GCFF is a zesty schedule of various screenings, parties, industry workshops, and one you don’t wanna miss—SIPFest short films on the beach. Did we mention the lovely (ahem, talented) Simon Baker will be making an appearance at the Queensland premier of his flick, Breath at Pacific Fair? There is far too much happening to divulge here, so jump over to the website and start marking down your favourites.

When: Tuesday 17 to Sunday 29 April
Where: Various locations, with HOTA the primary host
Cost: Both free and ticketed events
For more information and to book, click here 

Minding Her Business Luncheon

The brainchild of a dynamic Gold Coast duo, Minding Her Business was formed with the intention of bringing young female business professionals together in a supportive and collaborative space to raise each other up, while sharing tips and lessons from their personal journeys. Back for their third instalment (and the first on the Gold Coast), this vibrant and fun luncheon is certain to sell out with empowering keynote speakers including Jess Ruhfus (CEO and founder of Collabosaurus), entertainment, prizes, gourmet nibbles and vino, plus positive vibes galore.

When: Sunday 22 April; 11am to 2:30pm
Where: Coocoon Lounge & Bar, River Walk, 58 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise 
Cost: $105 (includes vino, share plates, prizes and goodie bag worth $400)
For more information and to book, click here 

SIPFest—Short Film Festival

It’s not everyday you can get cosy in the sand with popcorn, while being immersed in raw and dramatic short flicks on a super-sized outdoor screen. Popping up on Surfers Paradise Beach, SIPFest (Shorts In Paradise Festival) is a not-to-be-missed event on the Gold Coast Film Festival roster. Australia’s next generation of filmmakers will keep you entertained with the screening of 12 finalist short films (Sunday 22 April) followed by the cream of the recent London Short Film Festival crop (Monday 30 April), and best of all, it’s free!  

When: Sunday 22 April & Monday 30 April; from 7pm
Where: Surfers Paradise Beachfront, Surfers Paradise
When: Free (BYO picnic blanket and chairs)

For more information, click here 

Anzac Day 

Pay your respects to our fallen fathers who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice and those who continue to serve while protecting our freedom at one of the many ANZAC Day dawn services across the Coast. From Currumbin to Southport and inland to Springbrook, there are many moving tributes taking place where you can listen to the goose bump-inducing Last Post as the sun rises. Aside from the dawn and mid-morning services, join the jovial games of two-up at the Currumbin RSL. Lest we forget.

When: Wednesday 25 April
Where: Various locations across the Coast

Looking for more things to do on the Gold Coast this April? Check out this ridic blow-up maze in Broadbeach’s Kurrawa Park

Image credit: Bleach* Festival

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