Take a moment to pat yourself on the back because you made it through another long, dark and dreary winter (okay, maybe we’re being slightly overdramatic) and now the sweet smell of spring is here. What better way to celebrate the arrival of our favourite season than by getting out and embracing the smorgasbord of glorious events popping up all over the Gold Coast this weekend. From street food night markets to live music concerts to cultural festivals, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
We’ve rounded up ten of our favourite events happening on the Gold Coast this weekend, so start filling up your calendar with all the good stuff coming your way.
Friday 17 September
SIP YOUR WAY TO ARTISTIC GENIUS AT THIS MEXICAN THEMED PAINT N SIP
Sure, we all love a good paint and sip session, but what about painting and sipping with a drool-worthy Mexican feast on hand? Uhhhh, yes please. The Sweet Fine Artist Studio has teamed up with our all-time favourite Mexican joint, Mexicali, to bring you an exclusive Frida Fiesta session, paying homage to the famous Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. The Frida Fiesta For Two is perfect for you and your boo (or your bestie), where you will be guided by the resident artist to create your own masterpiece—with a glass in one hand, of course. Make sure you leave one hand free for chowing down the Mexican feast, which includes Mexicali beef tacos, char-grilled chicken achiote, corn chips and guacamole and BYO bevvies. Get your hands on tickets, stat.
Saturday 18 September
MUNCH YOUR WAY THROUGH THIS NEW STREET FOOD NIGHT MARKET
Word on the street: a new street food night market is kicking off every week and this Saturday is their massive opening event! Yes, we are THAT excited. KDV Sports will be hosting a brand new street food night market every Saturday from 4pm to 10pm, which will be full of delicious food trucks with global flavours, live music, a kids area, mini golf and a climbing wall to keep the little ones entertained. Now that’s what we call family-friendly. Bonus: this night market is pet friendly so you can bring your fur baby along to join in the foodie fun.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AT THIS RACE DAY
Supporting charity is one of the most important things we can all do to make a difference to those in need and most of us certainly don’t do enough of it. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is hosting their annual Pink Ribbon Cup Raceday this Saturday at the Gold Coast Turf Club and will raise much-needed funds for breast cancer research. At this special event, you’ll be treated to a three-course meal with an indulgent five-hour drink package and plenty of epic entertainment. Raise a glass while celebrating trackside in the sunshine and rest easy knowing you’re supporting an incredible cause. Grab your friends and book your table at the Pink Ribbon Cup Raceday ASAP.
TASTE GLOBAL FLAVOURS AT THIS STREET FOOD NIGHT MARKET
Northern friends, listen up: no longer do you have to make the long journey down south for some prime market-trawling ‘cause an epic street food market is coming to you this month. This Saturday night from 4pm to 9pm, Hope Island Tavern is hosting the Hope Island StrEAT Feast, which will be set on the green with live music, exotic world food flavours, an array of market stalls and pop up outdoor bar. Now that’s a jam-packed lineup. Bring the whole family and soak up the ambience at this sweet market set up under twinkling lights. You know where to find us this Saturday night.
Sunday 19 September
JOIN US ON A MUSICAL ROAD TRIP AT THIS INTIMATE CONCERT
We love that Miami Marketta can always be relied on to bring the hottest acts around together for epic collabs and awesome concerts. This weekend, they did not disappoint with their Road Trip concert, boasting a sizzling lineup celebrating the freedom of indie folk music. Big names like Hollow Coves, The Dreggs and Gaudion will be taking to the stage and soothing us with their smooth melodies. Once you’ve worked up an appetite with all your groovin’ and movin’, grab a snack from the array of sumptuous food trucks serving up global cuisine.
GRAB A VINTAGE BARGAIN AT THIS DRIVE-IN BOOT MARKET
Who doesn’t love a cheeky bargain? Is your garage stacking up with knick-knacks collecting dust? For all our thrifty penny pinchers out there, you need to head to the Yatala Drive-In this Sunday morning to score deals at the Boot Bargain Markets. Vintage clothing, accessories, knick-knacks and even fresh produce will be filling up car boots and beckoning you to snag a bargain. With all your leftover coins, you can afford to treat yourself to a classic bevvie and burger combo at the retro 1950s diner.
GROOVE TO SWEET NEW TUNES AT THIS INDIE MUSIC LAUNCH
It seems that every time we get excited about live music events, they get cancelled, but—good news alert—GENIIE BOY is hosting their Gold Coast EP launch party this weekend and it’s going ahead! Held at the iconic live music venue, Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, you already know good vibes are guaranteed. For newcomers, GENIIE BOY is a local indie-pop duo with local legend Scott French and songstress Alisha Todd, who create some truly breathtaking beats. Tickets are limited, so start texting the group chat and get your hands on tickets now.
VENTURE UP TO BRISBANE FOR A DOSE OF CULTURAL AWESOMENESS
If you’re craving a taste of the big city, while New York may be out of reach, for now, you can make do with a trip up north to the big smoke of Brissy, which is hosting some seriously next-level events this month. From our favourite art festival, Brisbane Festival, to QAGOMA’s European Masterpieces Exhibition to the Boy Swallows Universe theatre performance, Brisbane’s calendar is stacked this month. Whether you’re into festival vibes, cultural performances or foodie shenanigans, we reckon it’s time you make the road trip up north for a big Brisbane day out this weekend.
SING YOUR HEART OUT AT THIS DRIVE-IN FROZEN MOVIE SING-ALONG
We aren’t ashamed to admit we love a good ol’ fashioned sing-a-long (if you don’t, you’re lying to yourself) so of course we are over-the-moon-excited about the Frozen movie sing-along at Yatala Drive-in this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday night, you can sing your heart out to all the much-loved Frozen classics, with a double feature showing of both movies. Grab your pals, fill the car with blankets and settle in for a wholesome night (or two) of singing to all your favourite movie tunes.
BE INSPIRED BY TALENTED CREATIVES AT THE SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
In case you haven’t heard—or seen the massive sculptures—SWELL Festival is currently taking over the Gold Coast with its incredible activations. From dawn until dusk and into nightfall, the sculptures will amaze and inspire as Currumbin Beach is transformed into an unmissable outdoor gallery experience as each sculpture tells its own unique story. You can look forward to seeing over 65 large-scale sculptural works by nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as an exciting program of live events, including visual arts and literacy masterclasses, live music and creative culinary experiences. This Sunday is the last day of the festival, so if you haven’t been already, what are you waiting for?
Major news alert: the most hotly anticipated venue launch of the season is here. Australia’s first luxury beachside rooftop precinct is opening in Surfers Paradise next weekend, so get pumped for a truly next-level opening weekend.
Image credit: Homer Homer by Danger Dave (photographed by Clyde Yee)