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Fill Your Diary With The Best Events Hitting Town This Weekend

By Brooke Darling
6th Dec 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 Insta photo opportunities with your pets to Christmas markets and groovy live music events, scroll down to check out some of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend.

All Weekend

Pet Stars Insta Pet Museum 

Shaping up to be one of the furriest Gold Coast events this December, Pet Stars Insta Pet Museum is making its first Australian appearance, just in time for Christmas. With over 20 photo scenes filled with pet-friendly fun and immersive installations, expect a Doggy Style grooming room complete with retro hair dryers, Central Paws Park, Game of Bones, a Tea for Two Doggy high tea, the ultimate Kong dog ball pit to play in, Pet Stars Animal Hall of Fame, a Flea Circus, Jimmy Chewed stylish shoe room, Paw Stars glamour room and a Christmas Santa Paws room for Christmas pet photos. One dollar from every ticket will go to the Animal Welfare League of Queensland, and while it’s primarily focused on dogs, there’s a dedicated Cat Night Out every Thursday (6pm to 8pm) so your feline friends won’t be left out. 

When: Friday 29 November to Thursday 19 December (Thursday to Sunday, various times)
Where: Cararra Markets, Corner Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Cararra
Cost: $29 adults, $19 children, $78 family
For more information, click here.


At the beating heart of the Coast’s blossoming cultural scene is HOTA. This summer, HOTA is turning up the heat with HOME, a 15-day long festival jam-packed with 20 must-see events. Celebrating the season that sees us gather together with family and friends with a feeling of place and belonging, expect an eclectic gathering of local and national artists, across both the indoor and outdoor performance spaces. From an artisan market to stage shows including Dance Beneath the Stars, Deadly Hearts (a celebration of Australian indigenous music) and Calling Home (a warming alternative to carols), you’re sure to find something that will light the fire inside.

When: All weekend; various times 
Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Both free and ticketed events
For more information, click here.

Gold Coast Fashion Market

Now in a new location at the Coolangatta State School, Gold Coast Fashion Market by Her Wardrobe is the ultimate place to snap up bulk second-hand pieces, to help put a stop to ‘fast fashion’, and instead play a small part in ‘circular fashion’. Take your shopping fund, wear something easy to try things over and be prepared to meet some new smiley faces—because you’re all doing your bit to tread lighter and that’s worth smiling about.  

When: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December; 9am to 1pm
Where: Coolangatta State School, Stapylton Street, Kirra 
Cost: Free entry + shopping fund
For more information, click here

Friday 6 December

Hot Honey Brown At HOTA

As the nights get longer and balmier, outdoor concerts are back on our radar. If you haven’t checked it out already, HOTA’s sprawling amphitheatre is an absolute must-do. As part of their epic HOME summer festival, Hot Brown Honey is taking over for a night of electric performances. Promised to make you laugh until you cry and shake every part of what your mama gave you, this is certain to be one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this December. 

When: Friday 6 December; from 7:30pm 
Where: Outdoor stage, HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $39 per person
For more information, click here.

Saturday 7 December

Coomera Christmas Markets 

In a fantastic setting, Coomera Christmas Markets is perfect for perusing on a balmy summer’s evening. This Coomera Waters event will set up along the boardwalk overlooking the marina, so you can get your Christmas shopping done, and drop hints to your SO of which boat you would like. With all the Christmas feels, epic food trucks in the spirit of the season, mulled wines to taste, face-painting for the little ones, entertainment and lots of Christmas gift stalls, this is one Gold Coast Christmas market not to miss. If you hang around long enough, the markets turn into a twilight event with fairy lights, carols and live performances. 

When: Saturday 7 December; 11am to 8pm
Where: Coomera Waters Marina, 25 Harbour Village Parade, Coomera
For more information, click here.

Mayor’s Christmas Carols

Throw on a Christmas-inspired tee and head to the merriest carols on the Gold Coast. David Campbell with special guest Emma Pask will be the stars of this year’s Mayor’s Christmas Carols at the Broadwater Parklands. There will also be sets from Brothers 3 and local trio Sirens who will croon your favourite carols into the night. Grab your friends and a picnic and celebrate the festive season.

When: Saturday 7 December; 2pm to 9pm
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Broadwater, Southport
Cost: Free
For more information, click here.

Lost Palms Takeover At Brucie’s Gine And Wine Bar

Is there a finer combo than having one hand wrapped around a glass of locally crafted beer while the other lines up a perfectly layered cracker of cheese? We think not. Join Broadbeach gin haunt Brucie's for a cheeky takeover with Miami’s Lost Palms Brewery, where the two are married perfectly. Your ticket will take you on an artisan cheese and craft beer journey where you’ll enjoy live music and four delicious French cheeses from Le Fromage Yard paired with four fresh new brews from the Lost Palms crew.   

When: Saturday 9 November; 5pm to 6pm
Where: Brucie’s Gin and Wine Bar, Shop 5/24 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach
Cost: $40 per person
For more information, click here

Tania Blanchard’s Silence In Colour Art Exhibition Launch 

This weekend on the Gold Coast, owner of Burleigh’s TBC Gallery, Tania Blanchard will launch her first solo exhibit, Silence in Colour, which promises to be a dynamic visual and emotional experience. The exhibit will be officially opened by TV personality Shelley Craft from Channel 9’s The Block—a program where Tania’s works have been showcased—so grab a Balter beer or Ampersand gin and soda while you appreciate Tania’s beautifully hypnotic signature style. 

When: Saturday 7 December; 5pm to 8pm
Where: TBC Gallery, 91 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Sunday 8 December

Plastic Free Family Day At Morena Espresso

It has never been more important to lessen our personal footprint, but for time-strapped parents it can feel like an uphill battle. To help take baby steps to a greener lifestyle, Plastic Free Gold Coast is heading to Morena Espresso for a day of entertainment and activities for the kids as well as educational talks for parents. Browse through stalls of local brands with products to reduce waste in your household. Listen to talks from local parents who have tips and tricks to share about living more sustainably as a family. The Thread Trade will be hosting a clothes swap for kid’s clothes of all ages and sizes and Morena Espresso will have delicious coffee and snacks on hand. 

When: Sunday 8 December; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Morena Espresso, 2550 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Cost: $5 adults, children free
For more information, click here

Dogs On The Green

Dog lovers unite! Dogs on the Green—a whole market dedicated to your fave four-legged friends—is returning to the Gold Coast this December to melt your heart and give you all of the warm and fuzzies. Following two successful events, Benowa State Primary School will again transform into a puppy paradise with dozens of stalls showcasing must-have dog and pet products, raffles in support of local rescue groups, mobile dog groomer, food trucks and loads of happy furbabies so you can cuddle and stay all morning. 

When: Sunday 8 December; 8am to 1pm
Where: Benowa State Primary School, Benowa Road, Benowa
Cost: Free
For more information, click here.

The Village Markets’ Christmas Market

Join the local legends from The Village Markets for their special super-sized Christmas market at Burleigh Heads State School. With live tunes to groove to while you wander through the stalls, epic food trucks and seriously trendy threads and homewares; it’s also the perfect place to treat yourself, because, self-love and all that jazz was the theme of 2019. Supporting the community feels good, doesn’t it? 

When: Sunday 8 December; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads High School, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Shopping fund
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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