We’re almost at the end of January...whaaaat? Did we forget to mention that it’s the Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown weekend….whaaaat? Time sure flies by when you’re still in holiday mode. No plans this weekend? That’s about to change because there’s so much action happening on the Coast this weekend, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Whether you’re planning on taking it slow after all your holiday antics or if you want to dance off all that holiday booze out and get groovy this weekend, we’ve got you covered with an epic lineup of things to keep you busy. New markets, Triple J’s Hottest 100 reveal, a vegan Italian cooking class and a luxury yacht party. Yep, it’s gonna be a good one.
Read on for our picks of the ten best things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend.
Saturday 22 January
COUNT DOWN THE HOTTEST 100 AT LOST PALMS' ANNUAL PARTY
The most action-packed musical day of the year is here and we’re ready for it. Celebrating Triple J’s song of the year reveal and the GABS Hottest 100 Beers of 2021, Lost Palms Brewing Company is kicking off this epic day in style. After sold-out Hottest 100 events for the past three years, this is set to be a big one. Pull up a barstool at this lush brewery, where the beer slushies will be flowing and Aussie themed food soaking up the alcohol juices from 11am. In true Lost Palms style, expect good vibes all around.
BOOGIE WITH YOUR FELLOW SWIFTIES AT THIS TAYLOR SWIFT DANCE PARTY
In celebration of Taylor Swift re-releasing her ‘Red’ album, the Cooly Hotel is hosting an epic T-Swizzle party this Saturday night, where we’re gonna party like we’re 22! There will be Taylor Swift tunes on repeat all night long, Taylor badges for the first 100 people through the door and Taylor temporary tattoos for the first 200 people through the door. Are you really a Swiftie if you don’t have a temporary tattoo of her? Tickets are expected to sell out due to limited capacity, so grab yours before they are sold out.
LISTEN TO THE HOTTEST 100 COUNTDOWN ON A LUXURY YACHT
The Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown may be one of our favourite days of the year, and when you chuck a luxury yacht into the mix, we’re absolutely sure. Step onboard the Triple J Hottest 100 Luxury Yacht Party at Marina Mirage for a day of dancing, swimming, free-flow drinks and bites, with a professional photographer and videographer joining to capture all the terrible dance moves. The yacht will launch at 3pm and return at 6pm before kick ons are held at the exclusive pool afterparty—with more bevvies included. Grab your swimmers, pack your towel and text the group chat ‘cause you’ve found the event to go to this weekend.
SOAK UP MOUNTAIN TRANQUILITY AT THE TAMBORINE TWILIGHT MARKETS
Take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast and soak up the laid back mountain vibes on Mount Tamborine this Saturday night at the iconic Tamborine Twilight Markets. As the evening temperature slowly cools, explore this sweet country market which showcases some of the mountain’s best artisans and musicians. Enjoy a bite to eat, sip on a warming hot chocolate and take it slow to some soothing mountain tunes. Now, this sounds like our kind of chilled out Saturday night.
GRAB THE POPCORN FOR WHOLESOME MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
Embrace the warmer summer temperatures by catching some flicks under the stars. Movies Under The Stars will be showing at Justin’s Park in Burleigh Heads this Saturday night and is the perfect laid back (and free) night you need to check out. The much-loved family-friendly film, The Croods: A New Age will be on display from 7pm to 9pm, so grab your picnic blanket and celebrate this wholesome festive movie gracing the big screen. Turn off your Netflix, you’ve got somewhere better to be.
GET YOUR DOSE OF LAUGHS AT THIS HILARIOUS COMEDY SET
Comedy Underground in The Basement is a weekly showcase of hand-picked talent from all over Australia, with big name acts, up-and-coming crushers and unique voices who are making waves in live comedy taking to the stage. You’re guaranteed to leave with a belly ache from all that laughing after 90 minutes of side-splitting laughs and raucous humour. This Saturday night, there is a huge lineup of stitches-inducing comedians, including stars like Brett Blake, Daniel Townes and Ting Lim. Get your hands on tix, stat.
Sunday 23 January
SHARPEN YOUR CULINARY SKILLS AT THIS VEGAN ITALIAN COOKING CLASS
Up your Masterchef game and learn how to make authentic Italian plant-based dishes from scratch at this vegan Italian cooking class from Salt Meats Cheese in Surfers Paradise. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to create vegan fettuccine and spaghetti before devouring your creation with tomato passata or a mushroom, porcini jus, cashew parmesan and sage sauce. Drool. You’ll also be treated to a glass of vegan wine or beer upon arrival and you’ll get to take your recipe home so you can impress your family with your newfound skills. Snag your tickets, stat.
STOCK UP ON MARKET GOODIES AT THIS NEW PARADISE POINT MARKET
After a long hiatus, the much-loved Paradise Point Art and Craft Markets are back this Sunday from 8am to 2pm! From the team that brings you the Broadbeach, Coolangatta and Burleigh markets comes this gorgeous market, jam-packed with local creatives, food trucks and fresh produce. Fill your bag with unique gifts and homegrown produce and keep yourself energised with loads of delish grab’n’go food options and, of course, great coffee. This idyllic market set on the stunning Broadwater is the perfect spot to spend your Sunday morning
SOAK UP SUMMER VIBES AT THIS BEACHFRONT SUNDAY SESSION
What is more quintessentially Aussie than kicking back and spending a sunny Sunday afternoon dipping your toes in the sand, drinking with friends and just living the good life? This is what’s going down at Kurrawa Beach Club during their epic Sunday Sessions, with live music from 1pm, DJ beats from 4pm and flowing drinks and nibbles all afternoon long. Undoubtedly the place to be this summer, the Kurrawa Beach Club will be sitting pretty on the shores of Broadbeach until next Sunday 30 January and if you haven’t been to this stunning pop-up beach club, this is your sign to go this weekend.
It might seem like we’ve only just started January, but we’re here to let you know that February is right around the corner. That means Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but don’t stress ‘cause we’ve got you covered with the most romantic stays on and around the Gold Coast.
Image Credit: Jess Parkes