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8 Really Rad Things To Do On The Coast This Weekend

By Morgan Reardon - 20 Sep 2018

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How the heck did we reach the middle of September already? It blows our minds how quickly this year is whipping by. That’s probably down to the fact that our weekends are so jam-packed with loads of awesome events and things to do. 

Well, prepare yourself for another action-packed few days because as per usual the Coast is turning it on with a series of cracking good times including an adult only circus, an Aperol party and your last chance to catch the jaw dropping awesomeness of the SWELL Festival. Yep, it’s going to be a goodie.

Diaries at the ready, these are the best things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend.

All Weekend Long

SWELL Sculpture Festival

This weekend is your last chance to see the much-loved SWELL Sculpture Festival. Catch local and international sculpture designers, creatives and artworks scattered across the glorious Currumbin foreshore. Unique experiences such as guided twilight walks, chats with the artists, life drawing workshops and pumping live tunes on weekends from the Sculpture Sounds stage are sure to tickle your fancy.  

When: Friday 14 to Sunday 23 September; various times
Where: Currumbin Foreshore
Cost: Free entry
For more information, click here


After a sell-out first season and an unprecedented surprise second season, Infamous is sadly on the Coast for just a few more days. The adults-only circus cabaret packs a serious punch and is not one to be missed. (Read: Don’t miss it!) Taking place under the Spiegel Big Top you’ll see naughty characters, world-class dancers, acrobats and comedians that will literally take your breath away. Don’t be the one person who hasn’t been wowed by their magic. 

When: All Weekend Long  
Where: Spiegel Big Top, Broadwater Parklands
Cost: Tickets from $39.85 
For more information, click here

Friday 21 September

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!

When: Friday 21 September; 12:30pm till 2pm
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina  
Cost: $25 per person 
For more information, click here

Saturday 22 September

Hide & Seek Children’s Market

Dedicated to all things babes and children, expect beautifully crafted clothing and accessories, decor, toys, furnishings and oh so much more at the Hide & Seek Children's Market. 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, you’ll find yummy food trucks with eats for both the big and little kids, live music, storytelling and kids crafts activities. 

When: Saturday 22 September; 9am till 1pm
Where: Miami State High School, 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Aperol Spring Party

To us there are few drinks that scream warm weather more than an oh so tasty Aperol Spritz. There’s just something about the fizz and let’s be honest, totally ‘grammable look of it. Thankfully the gang at Salt Meats Cheese agree and are throwing a spring shindig to celebrate it with $9 Aperol cocktails, $5 pizzas (yep, you read that right) and sweet live music. We’re keen, very keen! 

When: Saturday 22 September; 1pm till 5pm 
Where: Salt Meats Cheese, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise 
Cost: Free entry
For more information, click here

Sunday 23 September

Gold Coast Fashion Market Miami Edition

Fashion lovers this one is for you! Gather your pennies and grab at bargain this Saturday at the epic fashion market. There will be over 60 stalls, absolutely brimming with pre-loved and new fashion, including shoes and accessories, so you’ll be sure to walk about with some fab new threads. The stalls open at 9am and there is coffee on hand to wake you right up to ensure you’ll be on your best shopping form.

When: Sunday 23 September; 9am till 1pm
Where: Robina Main Auditorium, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina  
Cost: Free   
For more information, click here

Burleigh Heads Beach Clean

We’re pretty damn #blessed to have such stunning beaches on our doorstep here on the Coast. So, it’s really important we do everything we can to keep them as pristine as possible. On Sunday join the team from World Animal Protection for a beach clean-up to help keep our backyard beautiful. Bring your pals to help out and inspire others to make small changes that can help in a big way. You can register to volunteer here

When: Sunday 23 September; 9:30am till 11:30am 
Where: The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free
For more information, click here 

Farmyard Fun Day

Is there anything cuter than a wee little piglet? Hint, the answer is no. Grab your pals and the little ones in your life and head to the Broadwater for a taste of country life. There will be pig racing, horse and carriage rides, barnyard babies (squeal), cow milking, horse trick shows and much more. Bring a picnic or chow down at the food trucks on. Site. 

When: Sunday 23 September, 9am till 4pm 
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Cost: 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: Lexi Smith

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