It’s time to finally face the cold, hard facts—the holiday season is officially behind us but there are still plenty of bright (and hot) days ahead. It’s heating up this weekend on the Gold Coast so we’ve got a raft of things to help you escape the soaring temperatures and keep you busy.
The Gold Coast sure is popping with epic events this weekend; from a 90s themed throwback party at Miami Marketta to a wholesome vegan market to a rosé-themed roving festival, there’s plenty happening in our little slice of paradise.
Grab your diary and start taking notes—here are the best things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend.
Friday 28 January
THROW IT BACK AT THIS EPIC 90’S THEMED PARTY
Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Britney, ahhh the oldies but goodies. We love getting our groove on to some classic old school bangers and backstreet's back at the No Scrubs: 90s and Early 00’s Party, held at Miami Marketta this Friday night. Expect some popping tunes and good vibes only at this epic throwback party, where the dancefloor is guaranteed to be bustling. Start practising your dance moves ASAP, ‘cause Destiny’s Child brings out the inner dancing queen in all of us. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so snag yours here.
DINE IN STYLE AT AUSTRALIA’S FIRST FLOATING BEACH CLUB RESTAURANT
In case you haven’t heard of La Luna, make a mental note of it, because you’ll soon be hearing about it everywhere. The sister restaurant to La Luna Beach Club, this stunning Mediterranean-inspired fine-dining restaurant overlooks the Broadwater in Marina Mirage, so you can sip your cocktails as you stare out at the fleets of superyachts. The sophisticated menu puts a modern twist on Mediterranean flavours, while freshly caught seafood stars as the main feature. Okay, that’s enough—you need to go visit La Luna for yourself—and thank us later.
INDULGE IN SUMMER SUNSET TIPPLES AT CUCINA VIVO
For centuries, Italians have said ‘cin cin’, translated as ‘cheers’, over drinks and appetizers in the early evening hours between work and dinner. The Star Gold Coast’s own signature Italian eatery, Cucina Vivo is now recreating the tradition this summer, opening their doors so guests can enjoy balmy summer sundowners on the stunning Terraza every Friday to Sunday from 3:00pm to 6:30pm. You already know where to find us this Friday night.
Saturday 29 January
GET HYPED FOR THIS EPIC DAY MUSICAL MINI FEST
In its fourth year of musical awesomeness, Burleigh’s local mini fest, Double Baked is back again with a huge lineup. Think a whole day of banging entertainment at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, featuring artists like Endless Valley, Lotus Ship and Andy V. Not convinced yet? There will be an indoor and outdoor double stage, food trucks, a cocktail bar and loads of games and prizes up for grabs. Sold. Ain’t nothing like getting Double Baked. Get all the juicy deets here.
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.
GET YOUR BOOGIE ON AT RUBY FIELDS’ MIAMI MARKETTA PERFORMANCE
Self-taught vocal powerhouse, Ruby Fields, has just announced her debut album and now she’s taking it to the road and blessing our ears with her sweet tunes. Ruby prides herself on her live shows, which always bring a few laughs, cause a bit of a mosh, sink a lot of bevvies and leave a damn good impression. Make tracks to Miami Marketta this Saturday night, where she’ll be kicking her concert off from 7:30pm. Tickets won’t last long for this one, so grab them here.
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 Lex Bell Oval in Bundall this Saturday night and is the perfect laid back (and free) night you need to check out. The much-loved family-friendly film, Jumanji: The Next Level 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.
Sunday 30 January
CHOW DOWN ON CRUELTY-FREE EATS AT THE QLD VEGAN DAY MARKETS
Delicious vegan eats with a side of cruelty-free shopping? Count us in. The quarterly QLD Vegan Day Markets will be held at Broadwater Parklands this Saturday, boasting an array of all your favourite vegan eats, shops and charity stalls. Did we mention it’s dog friendly too? Now your furry best friend can join in on the fun. Best of all, it’s free entry so there’s no reason you can’t get outside and enjoy this wholesome market day.
CHEER ON THE COMPETITORS AT THE KINGSCLIFF TRIATHLON
Competing in a triathlon might not be our thing, but standing trackside and watching people much fitter than us compete—while trying to remember the last time we went to the gym—sure is. The Kingscliff Triathlon is returning to the home of the Aussie triathlon this Sunday and is set to bring more action-packed fun than ever before. Watch all the action from the stunning beachside location, cheer the competitors on and if you’re feeling really confident, the event is a favourite for first-timers so you can grab your runners and dip your toe in the water (literally).
SIP YOUR WAY IN STYLE AROUND THE STAR CASINO
Perfect for a sunny weekend sips session, every Saturday and Sunday afternoon throughout the summer months, guests at Nineteen at The Star, Atrium Bar, Cin Cin at Cucina Vivo and Garden Kitchen & Bar are invited to take part in a roving rosé festival, with a ‘passport’ allowing access to rosé and paired snacks at all four venues. Did someone say a rosé passport? Now that sounds like our dream come true.
START PLANNING FOR VALENTINE’S DAY AND MAKE YOUR DINNER PLANS NOW
Valentine's Day. The day of love, the day of expensive flowers and the day of desperate, last-minute dinner reservations. As much as some of us don’t want to admit it, we all love the idea of getting dressed up, indulging in some mid-week bubbles and being treated to that culinary experience we've been lusting after all year long. From intimate candle-lit dinners to beachside feasts, we’ve done you and your star-crossed lover a favour and rounded up the most romantic Valentine’s Day dinners on the Gold Coast. All venues have strictly limited capacities, so book now to ensure you and your beau get a loved-up dining experience this Valentine’s Day.
January sure is shaping up to be a jam-packed month, but it’s time to skip ahead and sneak a peek at your schedule for March. Make sure to clear your calendar—a massive sunflower festival is happening in the Scenic Rim, where you can stroll through a glorious display of 300,000 sunflowers.
Image Credit: The Star Gold Coast