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11 Fun Events Happening On The Coast This Weekend

By Brooke Darling - 26 Apr 2018

things to do on the gold coast this weekend

April isn’t over yet, folks! And this weekend is proof that there’s still so much more to be squeezed out of these final days with film festivals, gigs and market hauls giving us all the feels. 

Diaries at the ready, ‘cause we’ve tracked down 11 noteworthy things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend to keep you busy. Enjoy!

All Weekend Long

Gold Coast Film Festival—Final Weekend

Rounding out April with a bang, the 16th annual Gold Coast Film Festival is a flagship film event for lovers of the big screen. Now in its final weekend for 2018, GCFF is a zesty schedule of various screenings, parties, industry workshops, virtual reality and one you don’t wanna miss—SIPFest short films on the beach. There is far too much happening to divulge here, so jump over to their website and start marking down your favourites before it’s all over for another year.

When: Now until Monday 30 April
Where: Various locations, with HOTA the primary host
Cost: Both free and ticketed events
For more information and to book, click here 

BBQ Bazaar Night Markets

ICYMI, a warehouse in the middle of a Burleigh Heads industrial estate has been converted into a bustling marketplace, packed with stalls dishing up more barbecue-inspired eats than you could poke a fork at. Burleigh's new permanent night market, BBQ Bazaar, is back for its third weekend instalment, so you should probably get yourself along! Expect 20-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. 

When: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 April; 5pm to 10pm
Where: 18 Junction Road, Burleigh Heads 
Cost: Free entry + eating and drinking fund
For more information, click here

Friday 27 April

Barney Miller Book Launch At Balter Brewers HQ

So, you think you’ve had a tough week? This Friday night, come and share a frosty brew or two with the legends at Balter HQ, as two of their most inspiring extended family members, Dave ‘Barney’ Miller and his beautiful wife Kada, launch their book. The Essence of You and Me is a sequel to their equally moving documentary about Barney’s life. Once an aspiring surfer striving to join the pro tour, Barney overcame a life changing accident that left him a quadriplegic, but that hasn’t stopped Barney living an extraordinary life. Doors open at 3pm with the event kicking off at 7pm; bring cash to pick up a copy of Barney’s book. 

When Friday 27 April; doors from 3pm, book launch 7pm to 9pm
Where: Balter HQ, 14 Traders Way, Currumbin
Cost: Free entry + bring beer, food truck and book fund
For more information, click here 

Twilight At Cornerstone Stores

Cornerstone Stores, the new welcoming community gathering space at Tugun and Currumbin is throwing its second Twilight at Cornerstone soiree this Friday night, with all of the feels. Take advantage of special discounts from the boutique retailers, order a bottle of chilled wine or cocktails, a cheese basket from Quince or mezze boards from Stable, then BYO picnic blanket and friends or littlies and shoulder sway to live music while you get to know your neighbours.  

When: Friday 27 April; 4pm to 7pm
Where: Cornerstone Stores, 570 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun
For more information, click here

Saturday 28 April

Hide & Seek Children’s Market

Dedicated to all things babes and children, this April, Hide & Seek’s monthly market is devoted to Mother’s Day. Expect beautifully crafted clothing and accessories, decor, toys, furnishings, family photographers, doulas and oh so much more. Stallholders are handpicked, with an emphasis on those using quality materials and goods that are ethically produced. Adding to the whimsical family-friendly atmosphere at Hide & Seek, there will be yummy food trucks with eats for both the big and little kids, live music, story telling and kids crafts activities. It’s one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend for families. #shopsmall  

When: Saturday 28 April; 9am to 1pm
Where: Miami State High School, 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
For more information, click here 

Bottomless Brunch At Can Tho Kitchen

If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s conquering really long brunches. And we’re really great at doing this on the weekend, with lots and lots of wine. That’s why five courses and 2.5 hours of bottomless dranks will no doubt be your next port-of-call come Sunday. Celebrate yet another week of successful adulting with Viet-taco paper rolls, stuffed squid with chilli sauce, the tastiest spring roll lettuce cups around and then top it all off with free-flowing Asahi and Coronas. Oh yes, it’s even better than it sounds. If Can Tho’s last sell-out event is any indication, this weekend’s Hello Vietnam Brunch will be a hot ticket for northerners. Book now or prepare for FOMO. 

When: Sunday 29 April; 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Where: 5/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay
Cost: $65 includes five courses + 2.5 hours of drinks 
For more information and to book, click here 

Dancing On The Green At HOTA

You know when they say, ‘dance like nobody is watching’? Well, if ever there were a place to practice what you preach, it is at Home of the Arts new event series, Dancing on the Green. Taking full advantage of their fab new outdoor amphitheatre, this weekend join Brisbane’s leading Bollywood dance company, Dance Masala, and learn lively Indian-inspired dance grooves at this feel good community shindig. Best of all, it’s totally free!

When: Saturday 28 April; 4:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Outdoor stage, HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall 
Cost: Free 
For more information and to register your interest, click here

Fight Club At The Brewery 

Held in conjunction with the Gold Coast Film Festival, Burleigh Brewing is generously hosting a FREE screening of cult ‘90s classic, Fight Club. Brad Pitt is shirtless people, should we say more? Come for the cold craft brews and food truck eats, and stay for the flick as the sun sets. Note to parents: due to the R-rated movie, Fight Club at the Brewery is an 18+ event.

When: Saturday 28 April; 5pm to 10pm 
Where: Burleigh Brewing Co., 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh
Cost: Free
For more information, click here 

Sunday 29 April 

Mo’s Desert Death Row Fundraiser 

Anyone who has spent a few hours in the company of this passionate group of culture warriors will agree Mo’s Desert Clubhouse is the gritty creative and music space the Gold Coast didn’t know it was missing. But alas, after 10 short months in existence and donating $10,000-plus to charity, this team has a battle on their hands with the local fun police, ahem council. Legal mumbo jumbo doesn’t come cheap, and this time they’re asking for YOUR help with a Sunday fundraiser to gather much needed funds to (hopefully keep their doors open. Here’s where you come in. Head down this Sunday from 12pm (entry is $20-$25) with awesome tunes by the Cheap Fakes, Hobo Magic, Hemingway, a secret DJ headliner and more. Rest assured, these guys and gals know how to bring the party.  

When: Sunday 29 April; 12pm ‘til late
Where: Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Entry $20-$25 
For more information, click here 

Bowls Beats & Brews At Burleigh Heads Bowls Club

Amping up their regular Sunday barefoot bowls sesh, Burleigh Heads Bowls Club will be one of the most happenin’ hangs in town this Sunday afternoon. Expect barefoot bowls (obvs), DJ beats, beers on tap from Black Hops and Stone & Wood, and happy faces galore. If you wanna bowl, get in early to book your spot (12pm, 1:30pm or 3:30pm).

When: Sunday 29 April; 1pm to 5pm 
Where: Burleigh Heads Bowls Club, Conner Street, Burleigh Heads 
For more information and to book, click here 

Monday 30 April

SIPFest: The Best Of The London Short Film Festival 

Keep those weekend vibes rolling right into Monday, with one of the final events of the Gold Coast Film Festival. With the glitter strip as its backdrop and the Pacific Ocean as its soundtrack, the beach at Surfers Paradise will transform into a sweet outdoor cinema worthy of peeling yourself away from the couch. This Monday night, the cream of the recent London Short Film Festival crop will hit the SIPFest outdoor theatre and best of all, it’s free!  

When: Monday 30 April; from 7pm
Where: Surfers Paradise Beachfront, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Free (BYO picnic blanket and chairs)
For more information, click here 

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Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List

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