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12 Epic Things To Do On The Gold Coast This Weekend

By Isabel Croker
20th Jan 2021

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We’re almost at the end of January...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 one of the lucky ones and you’ve taken Monday off and are settling in for a long weekend or if you’re working through, we’ve got you covered with an epic line up of things to keep you busy. Music festivals, Triple J’s Hottest 100 reveal, a Cuban dance festival and a yacht party. Yep, it’s gonna be a good one.

Check out 12 of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend. 

Thursday 21 January

CHANNEL YOUR INNER MASTERCHEF AT A MEXICAN THEMED COOKING CLASS 

Getting bored of the same ol’ spag bol and fried rice recipes on constant rotation? It’s time to take your cooking to the next level with a Tamales & Tequila social cooking class. Tequila? We’re listening. During this three-hour class, you’ll be taught how to make both sweet and savoury tamales (the classic Mexican snack), create homemade spicy salsas, whip up a salty margarita and partake in a tequila tasting. Bonus: you can take your recipes home and wow your friends with your newfound skills. 

Friday 22 January

GROOVE TO CHILLED OUT TUNES AT FRIDAYS ON THE LAWN

You can always count on HOTA to deliver some top-notch events to keep us entertained and, once again, they haven’t disappointed. Kick off the weekend in style with live music, cold bevvies and delicious nibbles at Fridays on the Lawn. Kicking off at 4pm, you can expect groovy live music from talented local artists, flowing drinks and laid back vibes against the stunning backdrop of HOTA. Grab the picnic blanket and round up the crew—you know where to find us. 

GET HYPED FOR AN EPIC TWO DAY MUSICAL MINI FEST

In its third year of musical awesomeness, Burleigh’s local mini fest, Double Baked is back again with a huge lineup. Think two days of entertainment at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, with the Friday night featuring Blues, BBQ and women in music, rolling into the eagerly anticipated Main Bake on Saturday. Not convinced yet? There will be an indoor and outdoor double stage, food trucks, a cocktail bar and sets from talented artists like Seaside and Boing Boing. Sold. Ain’t nothing like getting Double Baked. Get all the juicy deets here.

Saturday 23 January

SEND IT AT THE COAST’S BIGGEST EDM MUSIC FESTIVAL

Start practising your dance moves ‘cause there is one epic EDM (that’s electronic dance music for the uncultured ones) festival hitting the Coast this Saturday. Cup your ear and follow the beats to the Send It Festival, featuring some of Australia’s hottest DJ acts including Will Sparks, Mashd N Kutcher and Bonka. Drinks will be flowing, music pumping and funky dance moves on show from 2pm at the Turf Club, so get ready to send it.

COUNT DOWN THE HOTTEST 100 AT LOST PALMS

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 2020, Lost Palms Brewing Company is kicking off this epic day in style. After sold-out Hottest 100 events in 2019 and 2020, 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 until late. In true Lost Palms style, expect good vibes all around. Grab your tickets here.

ROCK THE BOAT ON A DJ BOAT CRUISE

Ever dreamed of cruising aboard a luxury boat, grooving to the tunes of your favourite artists? Yep, us too. Your dreams have come true with the Rock the Boat tour taking the Gold Coast waterways by storm this Saturday. The Coast’s hottest DJs, including Little Fritter and Paluma, will be keeping your hips swaying on this exclusive boat party. Sneaky tip—it’s BYO booze, so come prepared. 

Sunday 24 January

LAUGH OUT LOUD AT ALOHA’S COMEDY NIGHT

Prepare for a bellyful of laughs and finish the weekend off right at Sunday Night ComedyThe good peeps at Based Comedy are famous for hosting some of the best comedians around Australia and this weekend is no exception at Aloha Bar and Dining, where you’re guaranteed to be left in stitches. At only $15 a pop, with a brewski on arrival included, it would be rude not to. Check out all the deets here.

All Weekend

GET CULTURED AT THIS CUBAN DANCE FESTIVAL

If you’re anything like us, you’re just dying to travel and scratch that travel bug itch. While we may not be going overseas anytime soon, you can still experience a piece of authentic Cuba this weekend at the Afro-Cuban Dance, Music and Culture Festival in Tugun. Feel the heartbeat of Cuba with traditional dance and music workshops and be inspired by performances from talented Cuban artists. You can get a taste of culture without leaving the Gold Coast at the weekend-long Cuban art exhibition and marketplace. 

GRAB THE POPCORN FOR MOVIES UNDER THE STARS

Savour the last few months of our long, summer nights and embrace the warmer temperatures by catching some flicks under the stars. Movies under the Stars - Summer Series will be showing at the Broadwater Parklands this weekend and with a new movie showing every night, you need to check it out. Top Aussie films are the theme of the series, so grab your picnic blanket and celebrate some Aussie greats gracing the big screen. Turn off your Netflix, you’ve got somewhere better to be.

SAVE YOUR PENNIES AT THE GOLD COAST’S BEST CHEAP EATS

When you’re trying to stick to your New Year’s budget resolutions or are just getting too close to payday, eating out can be expensive and impractical. Good news—you can still live your best life with the Gold Coast’s best restaurants boasting some seriously killer deals that are max on tastiness and minimum on your wallet. If you’re looking for finger-lickingly good spots to make your new regular when you’re low on funds, we’ve got you covered with everything from $3 tacos to bottomless pizza nights. Save big here.

FIND YOUR BALANCE AT GLOW-IN-THE-DARK PADDLE BOARDING

Stand up paddle boarding is all the craze this summer, but why not kick it up a notch? Enter, glow-in-the-dark SUP. The peeps at Stoked Paddle have unveiled their eagerly-awaited Stand Up Paddle Boarding Night Glow Experience, which takes you on a unique exploration of our picturesque waterways during sunset or night. Perfect for adventure seekers and lovers of the night sky, you’ll be treated to a one of a kind paddle experience and if you’re feeling romantic, bring your better half along for the dreamy Date Night Experience

For The Diary

SAIL ABOARD A LUXURY YACHT FOR AN EPIC DANCE PARTY

Although it’s not technically this weekend, we had to let you know about the YOT Club’s On-Water Dance Party this Monday because it’s just that cool. The Yot Club sailed its way into our social lives—and hearts—last year, but we still haven’t got over it. You’re guaranteed a good time at this on-water rave experience, featuring a popping DJ lineup with artists such as Funboys, Buff Girls and more. Complete your standard Monday duties, then head down to Marina Mirage for launch and a night of groovy vibes. First release has already sold out, so get your hands on tickets ASAP.

Now that your weekend plans are sorted, plan head and nab your tickets to a Friends musical parody hitting the Gold Coast next month.

Image credit: Caleb Russell

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