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7 Absolutely Awesome Things To Do On The Coast This Weekend

By Morgan Reardon - 17 Aug 2018

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It’s the final countdown to the weekend and to make it all the sweeter we’ve rounded up some truly epic things for you to do with your pals, and even your puppers. 

From being doused head to toe in colourful chalk to trying doga (doggy yoga) we’re absolutely positive you’re going to have a cracking good time. You know the drill people, diaries at the ready, these are the best things to do the Gold Coast this weekend. 

All Weekend Long

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

With sweet tunes and delish noms, the Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival is perfect for music lovers. There’s a variety show, loads of concerts and the always popular BBQ comp that will be sure to deliver some finger lickin’ good food. Even better, the not for profit event is raising funds for local arts and culture. It’s all about the good vibes people.

When: Friday 17 to Saturday 18 August; 10am till 5pm
Where: Bangalow Showground, 1 Market Street, Bangalow  
Cost: $58 for early bird tickets, $80 at the gate  
For more information, click here

O’Heart Festival

This three-day indie folk festival is deeply rooted in environmental awareness, wellness and awesome live music. Living up to its name, the O’Heart Festival is all about living with compassion, love and inclusiveness. Taking place in the seriously adorable Northern NSW village of Tyalgum, the weekend consists of yoga workshops, movement and singing workshops, environmental awareness talks, markets, music and films. The not-for-profit event is solar powered with a zero-waste aim. In short, it’s an all-around feel-good festival.

When: Friday 17 till Sunday 19 August
Where: Tyalgum, Northern NSW
Cost: From $65
For more information, click here 

Saturday 18 August

Murwillumbah’s Makers & Finders Market

If you’ve not ventured down to Murwillumbah for a while, the rural town’s hip vintage, handmade and flea market is a very good reason to pack the car, your mates and your favourite tunes, before plunging into the countryside for some of that welcomed fresh air. The Makers & Finders Market is an intriguing blend of pre-loved finds, potters, homewares, jewellery, flowers and plants food stalls, workshops and music.

When: Saturday 18 August; 9am till 2pm
Where: Knox Park, Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Cooking Demonstrations With Georgia Barnes

We don’t know about you guys but sometimes we need a little extra inspo when we step into the kitchen. Enter Masterchef alumni and nutritionist Georgia Barnes and her uber helpful masterclasses. Held every month until the end of the year, you’ll learn new tips and tricks in the kitchen, be inspired with new recipes, get to taste Georgia’s delish food and AND there’s a goodie bag. Win! This month’s masterclass, which with only 10 people is super intimate, is called The Best Of Breakfast and is all about perfecting pancakes and poached eggs. YUM!

When: Saturday 18 August; 12:30pm until 2pm
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina  
Cost: $25 per person 
For more information, click here

Sunday 19 August

The Village Markets

Muse over local designers, shoulder sway to live musicians and dig your teeth into some delicious street food at Gold Coast’s bi-monthly Sunday ritual, The Village Markets. We can almost guarantee you’ll be walking away with an empty wallet with the likes of ceramics, homewares, bohemian threads and accessories, all-natural beauty products, babies wear so adorable your ovaries will burst, and oh so much more. Are you searching for one of the very best markets on the Gold Coast? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

When: Sunday 19 August; 8:30am till 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free
For more information, click here 

Paws At The Park

Dog lovers unite! Paws At The Park, a whole market dedicated to your fave four-legged friends, is coming to the Gold Coast to melt your heart and give you all of the warm and fuzzies. For one day only, Mudgeeraba Showgrounds will transform into a total puppy paradise with over 80 stalls showcasing the likes of locally made dog and pet products, demos, talks, Insta-famous pooch appearances, best dressed and best trick competitions, and an off-leash play area so you can cuddle and stay all morning.

When: Sunday 19 August; 9am till 3pm
Where: Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, 115 Mudgeeraba Road, Mudgeeraba 
Cost: Free
For more information, click here 

The Color Run

If you’re looking for proof that exercise can actually be fun then we’ve found it. The Color Run is dubbed the happiest 5km on the planet and for good reason. During the course, you’ll be doused head to toe in different colour combos. Trust us, we’ve done this and it makes for the most epic Insta pics. With no winners or official times, it’s open to all ages and abilities.

When: Sunday 19 August 
Where: Broadwater Parklands
Cost: $50 (includes t-shirt and medal) Kids under 5 run free
For more information, click here 

Looking for more things to do? Be sure to check out 50 free (or really cheap) things to do on The Gold Coast.

Image credit: Supplied

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