Instead of weeping about the final month of summer, there are a bunch of early year must dos you’ll want to dive head first into.
From free seaside festivals and boozy brunches, to a whole lot of partying with tunes to boogie down to; celebrating our final predictably sunny days has never been busier. And whether you choo-choo-choose to get all loved up on Valentine’s Day or gather round your bestest buds, Feb is going to be oh so fab.
So, here you have it folks, all of the excellent things to do on the Gold Coast in February (FYI none of them involve buying hot cross buns, but they’re already in the stores. Like, when did that even become a thing?).
Sand Safari Art Fest & World Record Attempt
Come and be a part of sun-soaked history when Gold Coast locals attempt to break the world record for the most sandcastles built in one hour. The record is currently held by a group in Germany who built a whopping 2,230 sandy humps in 60 minutes back in 2013. But c’mon, this challenge is pretty much made for us on the Gold Coast, don’t cha think? Register your interest to get involved or just pop by for the biggest sand sculpting event to hit our shores at Sand Safari Art Fest. Life-size masterpieces will be on show for most of February too and this year’s underwater Neptune theme is worth a mermaid tail wag or two.
When: Friday 2 to Sunday 28 February
Where: Surfers Paradise Foreshore
Waitangi Day At NightQuarter
Sail away to New Zealand for the day when NightQuarter celebrates everything that is Aotearoa! Waitangi Day is jam packed with live performances including reggae fusion, Polynesian tunes and even a healthy dose of soul in the mix. Come for the festivities and stay for the authentic hangi feast. With food stalls, seafood spreads and groovy beats, we’re 110% sold.
When: Saturday 3 February; 4pm to 10pm
Where: NightQuarter, 1 Central Drive, Helensvale
Cost: $3 entry, kids under 12 free
Seaside Sounds At Kirra
Nothing quite says ‘summer’ like free music with the roar of rolling waves in the background, surrounded by food trucks and good vibes. Kirra is chucking another Seaside Sounds and it might just be one of the coolest things to do on the Gold Coast in February. Hosting live music for the first three Sundays of February, you’ll be crooning to names like Felicity Lawless, Tay Oskee and Saritah at the breezy Roughton Park locale.
When: Sunday 4, 11 and 18 February; 4pm to 7pm
Where: Roughton Park, Kirra
RnB Vine Days At Sirromet On The Green
Known for their epic lineups and lush amphitheatre, here’s one of the c-c-coolest things to do on the Gold Coast in February that is sure to continue Sirromet’s impressive rep. If you’ve ever been caught singing in the shower and then continued to deny it, you’ll feel right at home in the company of Shaggy. You’ll also be surrounded by the likes of legendary not-a-fan-of-waterfalls TLC, Boys II Men and DJ Horizon. So, get ready for RnB Vine Days to blow ya bloody socks off.
When: Sunday 4 February; from 3pm
Where: Siromet Wines, 850-938 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton
Cost: $120-180; via the website
Decks On The Deck At Mr P.P.’s
If you haven’t checked out Mr. P. P.’s Deli & Rooftop yet, now there’s even more reason to head into Southport and get comfy at this absolute gem. Launching into February like the legends they are, every Sunday this month DJs will grace the rooftop bar with Decks on the Deck while you nibble on charcuterie, fries and delicious pizzas. Gather up the crew and people watch from this prime location. Sunday seshs in the northern end are totally sorted.
When: Every Sunday in February; 12pm onwards
Where: Mr P.P.’s Deli & Rooftop; 45 Nerang Street, Southport
Cost: Free + drinking fund
The Endless Summer Screening At Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
In true Mo’s Desert Clubhouse fashion, buckle up for a showing of retro surf doco The Endless Summer on the big screen. This original classic 1966 surf film is for all of you frothers out there and marks the first film night at the warehouse for 2018. Pull up a bean bag, whip out ya snacks, pour yourself a sangria and sit back and relax. With all proceeds going to the incredible crew at Apex Harmony, this has gotta be one of the most feel good things to do on the Gold Coast in February.
When: Wednesday 7 February; doors open 7pm
Where: Mo’s Desert Clubhouse; 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: $15; via the website
Abstract Art + Wine At 19 Karen Art Space
Wednesday nights can be a bit of a downer. You’ve survived the first half of the week but there’s still a coupla days left until the weekend and you simply don’t know what to do with yourself. Enter 19 Karen’s new weekly Abstract Art Workshops in Mermaid where wine is encouraged because creative juices are made of alcohol and everyone knows it. All supplies are included and you just need to turn up with your bottle of bliss to get started—pass us that paintbrush!
When: Every Wednesday from 7 February; 6pm to 8pm
Where: 19 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach
Cost: $60; via the website
The Surrounds Summer Social
So, obviously NightQuarter is a pretty good reason to venture up to Helensvale. But what if we told you that all of your favourite H-Vale vendors were gonna round up for a festive carnival night set in a peaceful village spot with open green spaces? Yep, it’s happening. The Surrounds Summer Social will be the first of its kind since Helensvale’s new $500-million community hub, The Surrounds, was opened last December. Yeah, we guess this spot will do! At The Surrounds Summer Social you’ll find tasty food trucks, cruisy bands and an explosion of fireworks. Bring the kidlets along for face painting, circus performers and nibblies while you kick back with a selection of craft beers and local wines.
When: Saturday 10 February; 5pm to 8pm
Where: The Surrounds, Country Club Drive, Helensvale
Under Southern Stars Music Event
Well, the last train outta Sydney’s almost gone, but don’t worry, you can catch Barnsy right here on the GC. Gee up for a night with your rockin’ faves for this year’s Under The Southern Stars gig featuring Jimmy Barnes, Eric Clapton, Diesel and more. BYO picnic rug, memorised Aussie rock lyrics, air guitar and working class man ‘tude.
When: Saturday 10 February; 1pm onwards
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Cost: $114; via the website
Boozy Brunch At QT Gold Coast
There’s just something about day time drinking at swanky spots that really gives summer so much appeal. The superstars at QT Gold Coast sure know how to host a soiree and have teamed up with Boozy Brunch to bring you one helluvan arvo at Bazaar Interactive Marketplace. Eats and five delish beers, wines or cocktails are included in your ticket and you’ll see the arvo out with DJ sets, roving entertainment and fashionistas to make this Boozy Brunch at QT one to hazily remember.
When: Sunday 11 February; 12noon to 4pm
Where: QT Gold Coast’s Bazaar; 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $149; via the website
Galentine’s Day Moving Feast With Meets & Eats
Did someone say ‘squad goals’? Gather up your gal pals and indulge in a three-course progressive dining experience no matter your Facebook relationship status. The Galentine’s Day Moving Feast by Meets & Eats is the perfect place to meet other chicks who just wanna have fun and celebrate each other’s down right sassiness. Exclusively girls only (because boys are stinky).
When: Wednesday 14 February; 6:30m to 9:30pm
Where: Meeting point is Nobby Beach
Cost: $75; via the website
If you’re not one of the many who are heading along to Galentine’s Day celebrations or spending the day with your adorable cat, then we guess the next most romantic thing to do on the Gold Coast in February is to love on your other half. We reckon the best gift of all is your big ol’ heart and instead of spending a tenner on some mooshy V Day card, why not whisk your lover away for a day at the beach, a meander around the many love-filled events on the Gold Coast or a dinner for two at your first ever date spot (reservations are quickly filling at The Beer Garden!). Whip out the scrapbook making kit, body chocolate and keep an eye out for our Valentine’s Day dinner date round up, coming to a hot tub near you soon…
When: Wednesday 14 February
Lunar New Year In Chinatown
If you’re looking for an excuse to restart your New Year’s resolutions, this one’s for you. Taste your way through the streets of #Sopo at this month’s delicious Luna New Year celebration in Chinatown. Chillaxin’ is in its prime with outdoor film screenings, nighttime market stalls filled with all of the tasties and secret laneway pop-up bars keeping you hydrated on a balmy summer’s night. Cultural shows, kids activities and all of the dumplings—this is an event the whole family can chow down at.
When: Saturday 17 February; 5pm to 9pm
Where: Chinatown, Young and Davenport Street, Southport
Cost: Free + spring roll fund
Brazilian Carnivale At Miami Marketta
You know we’re nuts about Miami Marketta, so when we heard that they’re throwing a Brazilian Carnivale fit with live music, samba dancers, traditional drumming and a whole lotta eats, we just knew we had to fill you in. Brazilian cheese bread balls, pies and pastries, BBQ goods and traditional stews are just the start of your foodie escapades as you embrace this wildly cultural event.
When: Sunday 18 February; 3pm to 10pm
Where: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Cost: $10-15 + kids 12 and under are free; via the website
Byron Bay Surf Festival
Cowabunga, dudes! The annual Byron Bay Surf Fest is back and it’s making waves all the way up to our homeland. Sure, it’s a bit of a trek but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do for the best waves, amiright? This three-day event will be celebrating all things art, swell and design with local yogis, board shapers and fashionistas strutting their stuff too.
When: Friday 22 to Sunday 25 February
Where: Various locations across Byron Bay
Cost: Both free and ticketed; via the website
The Social Engagement At Burleigh Brewing
The question has been popped and here comes the champas! The natural next step is to snatch up your fiancé and head along to The Social Engagement at Burleigh Brewing Co., duh! During the day you’ll hear from award-winning wedding experts, taste an assortment of big day worthy cakes, check out dress displays, peruse vendor stalls and sip on a schooie or two of Burleigh Brewing Co.’s signature drops (your first one’s free). You’ve gotta research your wedding day drink options, right? Come nighttime, you’ll indulge in canapes and dinner, dessert bar treats and go in the draw for romantic giveaways. Pucker up, this new Gold Coast wedding expo is going to be sensational!
When: Saturday 24 February; 2:30pm to 10pm
Where: Burleigh Brewing Co, 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: $20 between 2:30pm and 4:30pm or $75 between 5:30pm and 10pm; via the website
Rainbows In The Rainforest With Tess Guinery & The Craft Parlour
Come and chase rainbows with much loved Gold Coast creative, Tess Guinery, on a mystical rainbow retreat! Rainbows in the Rainforest will kick off at a mystery location (okay, we can tell you where it will start but you’ll be chasing pots of gold all day long, promise). Unleash your inner creative and hop aboard a secret bus tour in search of sky art and then make three of your very own pieces. No need to gather up your art supplies or pack a lunch, all will be supplied on the day while you learn the skills of Tess’s widely admired sunburnt rainbow artworks.
When: Saturday 24 February; 9am to 5pm
Where: Meeting point is The Craft Parlour, 1059 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Cost: $155; via the website
Guy Sebastian At Park After Dark
There's something pretty fun about being at a theme park at night, and Dreamworld's Park after Dark events definitely appeal to the big kid in us. Aussie ledge Guy Sebastian will be kicking off the first Park after Dark event for 2018 with a live show, belting out tracks from his latest album Conscious, along with some iconic bangers from years past. And even better? In the lead-up to the gig you can jump on some of Dreamworld's most gut-churning rides for free, before being soothed by Guy's super-smooth tones, followed by a live DJ.
When: Saturday 24 February; 6.30pm to 10pm
Where: Dreamworld, Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera
Cost: From $39pp; via the website
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Image credit: Christian Nimri