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Fill Your Diary With 9 Fun Events Hitting Town This Weekend

By Brooke Darling
15th Nov 2019

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If you find yourself waking up, hopping out of bed, showering and brewing your coffee, only to realise you have nothing to do, then we’re here to help.

From mega indoor plant sales to Christmas markets and an all-you-can-eat mussel festival, scroll down to check out some of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend.

All Weekend

Harbour Town’s Get Outlet Sale + 20th Birthday Celebrations 

Everyone’s favourite outlet mall, Harbour Town Premium Outlets is celebrating 20 big years in operation the best way they know how—with their biggest sale ever. With over 100 stores slashing their already reduced prices, get your Christmas shopping out of the way early. Bargains include 50% off RRP storewide at Furla, 50% off marked prices at Levi’s, nothing over $100 at Tigerlily, nothing over $40 at Seafolly, plus plenty more. Harbour Town’s 20th birthday celebrations will continue across the weekend with free balloons, lollipops, fairy floss and face painting for the kids, plus a live 90s DJ and roving entertainment to amplify the festivities.

When: Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November; from 9am to 5pm (10am on Sunday)
Where: Harbour Town Premium Outlets, 147-189 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters
Cost: Shopping fund
For more information, click here

Sanctuary International Film Festival 

In partnership with Screen Australia, Sanctuary International Film Festival returns to The Village Theatre for its fifth instalment. Set against the backdrop of Sanctuary Cove, the event premiers some of the best short films, documentaries and feature films from around the world. From the open-air short film festival on Saturday to a swag of films to watch, check out the full agenda here. If you love a hearty dose of culture, this should be your pick of Gold Coast events this weekend. 

When: Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November
Where: Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island
Cost: Both free and ticketed events
For more information, click here

The Jungle Collective Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale

Originating in the achingly cool suburbs of Melbourne, the time has come for the Gold Coast to get a taste of the green juggernaut that is The Jungle Collective. If you haven’t heard of these guys, they’re famous across the nation for stuffing warehouses with plants and then selling them for cheap. We’re talking over 150 species including Fiddle Leaf, Giant Birds of Paradise, Mother in Law's Tongue, ferns, hanging plants, String of Pearls, Bangalow palms, Kentia palms—the list goes on. Due to their enormous popularity, a ticket is essential with free registrations available via the event page.

When: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November; from 8am
Where: 10/15 John Duncan Court, Varsity Lakes
Cost: Free + shopping fund
For more information, click here.

Saturday 23 November

Float Fest

It’s not quite summer yet, but you could have fooled us. With temperatures soaring again this weekend on the Gold Coast, make a beeline for Hit 90.9’s Float Fest at the Palm Beach Parklands. With hosts broadcasting from a giant inflatable unicorn, BYO blow up floaty thing, or try your luck scoring an inflatable prize from sponsor Bestway Float. More than just a mega float party on the Currumbin Estuary, there will be food trucks, live DJs, entertainment and, the best part, it’s totally free. 

When: Saturday 23 November; 8am to 11am
Where: Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Cost: Free
For more information, click here.

Sunday 24 November

Hide And Seek Market + Family Fun Day

Dedicated to all things babes and children, expect beautifully-crafted clothing and accessories, decor, toys, furnishings and so much more at the Hide & Seek Children's Market. This November, organisers are teaming up with local charity Baby Give Back for their biggest event yet—and the last market before Christmas. Adding to the whimsical family-friendly atmosphere, you’ll find yummy food trucks, live music, face painting, a petting zoo and kid’s crafts activities. 

When: Sunday 24 November; 9am to 1pm
Where: Elanora High School, 261 Nineteenth Avenue, Elanora
For more information, click here.

Cooly Good Vibes Christmas Market 

For some stellar good vibes this weekend on the Gold Coast, pack up your picnic basket and blanket, gather your friends and family, then head on down to Coolangatta. At the Cooly Good Vibes Christmas Market, you’ll be shopping up a storm at an array of creative stalls, rack sales and vintage clothing. Hosted by The Design Collective Events team, this market is also pet friendly, so no-one will feel left out and left at home.

When: Sunday 24 November; 9am to 2pm
Where: Coolangatta State School, Stapylton Street, Coolangatta
For more information, click here.

Art + Crafters Christmas Market 

If you are based at the northern end and on the hunt for unique and handmade gifts this Christmas, then this is the perfect place to ponder. Put on by the Gold Coast Potters Association means there will be plenty of stalls boasting creations by local artists including ceramics, jewellery, glass, sculpture and textiles as well as fascinating demonstrations by the potters, sculptors, wood turners, spinners and weavers themselves—so you can see it all in action. Don’t miss out on raku firing demonstrations at 11am and 1pm where you can see pots taken from the kiln, glowing red hot and then placed in a material that starves the pot of oxygen resulting in a glaze of sensational colours. 

When: Sunday 24 November; 9am to 2pm
Where: 173 Ashmore Road, Benowa
For more information, click here.

Mussel Festival At Miami Marketta

Miami Marketta's mammoth mussel-eating festival is returning to the Gold Coast this weekend. Teaming up with The Good Food Catering Co., your favourite twilight market is throwing one massive day of all-you-can-eat mussels. Just let that sink in for a second... The Mussel Festival is dedicated to the new season of freshly-sourced mussels, featuring your appetite and the finest molluscs this country can offer. Tickets to the event gives you access to a never-ending supply of mussels, so bring an empty stomach. 

When: Sunday 24 November; 12pm to 3pm
Where: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami 
Cost: $35 per person
For more information, click here

Moet And Chandon Sunset Sessions At Glass Dining

Sundays just got sassier. Glass Dining is bringing Monaco vibes to weekends on the Gold Coast with their new Moet & Chandon Sunday Session. Sip on French champagne, cocktails and nibble on seafood while soaking in the sun and those harbour views. With live DJs playing unique beats, you might find yourself dancing into the sunset. Choose your poison with 90 minutes of free-flowing Chandon for $65 per person or Moet for $95 per person, paired with delicious seafood teasers. Or, take it slow with $12 Aperol Spritzes between 3pm and 6pm. Bookings essential. 

When: Every Sunday; 3pm to 6pm
Where: Glass Dining and Lounge Bar, Marina Mirage, Main Beach
Cost: $65 per person free-flowing Chandon or $95 per person free-flowing Moet + seafood teasers (90-minute sessions) 
For more information, click here

On the hunt for more things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend? How about brunch with free-flowing mimosa

Image credit: Hayley Williamson for Urban List

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