What's On

12 Of The Best Things To Do On The Gold Coast This Weekend

By Isabel Croker
23rd Nov 2022

The Gold Coast weather is set to put on a show this weekend, and you already know we're also going to turn up the heat with a jam-packed events schedule.

Whether you're prepping for a big weekend with your squad or are looking to kick back and relax, here's what's on across the Gold Coast this weekend.

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What's On Friday
What's On Saturday
What's On Sunday
What's On All Weekend
Coming Up

Friday 25 November

Belly Laugh Your Way Through This Free Stand-Up Comedy Show

Get your chuckle on this weekend as local legends, Based Comedy curate a line-up of the best comedians on the Coast for CBD Sundown: Stand-Up In The Street, ranging from witty and smart, to rude and crude. Held in Nerang Street, Southport this Friday from 6pm to 9pm, get ready for a giggle and some seriously sore abs the next day. Expect some big-name acts and some up-and-comers making waves in the stand-up industry. There will be live music, a pop-up bar and food trucks to keep you nourished. This free event is recommended for 18+ as the show may include strong coarse language, adult themes and crude humour.

Saturday 26 November

Sweat It Out At The Opening Of Therapy Fitness

On the hunt for a new fitness regime to spice things up? Therapy Fitness is opening this Saturday in Mermaid Waters and we are so hyped to get our sweat on at this boujee fitness boutique. Founded by leading fitness instructor, Emma Masters, Therapy Fitness is one of the Gold Coast’s newest fitness concepts with three unique offerings. Choose between a low-light, club-style cycle class, a hot pilates offering and a resistance-based treadmill and weights class. This Saturday morning, all Open Day classes are free to try out and you’ll even walk away with a refreshing post-workout smoothie. Check out further details

Prepare For Side-Splitting Laughs At HOTA’s Comedy Night

Every Saturday night from 6:45pm, you’ll find the hilarious Comedy Underground show spicing things up in HOTA’s The Basement. It's a weekly showcase of hand-picked talent from all over Australia and around the world. Think big-name acts, up-and-coming crushers and the wild, subversive and unique voices making waves in live comedy for 90 minutes of side-splitting laughs. That’s our kind of Saturday night.

Sunday 27 November

Don Your Best Festival ‘Fit For Festival X

Festival X will feature some of the biggest headliners this year and we couldn’t be more ready to get our boogie on. From names like Don Toliver to Calvin Harris—Damon Salvatore lovers you know what that means—the festival at Metricon Stadium is bound to be epic. Representing the very best in hip-hop, dance and electronic music across multiple stages, Festival X will have you dancing alongside your favourite global superstars. Tickets are still available.

Get Your Groove On At The One Electric Day Festival

The much-loved One Electric Day Festival is returning for its eighth year in 2022, and we could not be more ready to get our groove on. Some of Australia’s top rock’n’roll artists, such as Suzi Quatro, Noiseworks and The Screaming Jets will be taking to the stage and firing up the good vibes. The festival will run from 12pm to 9:30pm this Sunday at Broadwater Parklands, and lucky for you if you haven’t snagged your tickets yet; they’re still up for grabs

Indulge In This Italian-Inspired Prosecco Long Lunch

The silly season is known for its long lunches, but why wait until December to celebrate the year that was? Cucina Vivo’s ever-popular Prosecco Long Lunch is back this Sunday, where you can indulge in 2.5 hours of Italian flare as Cucina Vivo dishes up Italian classics. Gather the girls, colleagues, or family for an afternoon of Italian inspiration with live entertainment, a three-course share-style Italian lunch, and 2.5 hours of Dal Zotto Prosecco (or an Aperol Spritz upgrade).

All Weekend

Welcome Summer At Justin Lane’s Rooftop Weekender Party

The Hard Fizz team sure knows how to have a good time, and when you throw in an epic venue like Justin Lane, you know you’re in for a good time. All weekend long, Hard Fizz and Justin Lane will be throwing a groovy collab party, with well-known disc jockeys like Declan Sullivan, Wongo and Dylan Fyffe manning the decks. Round up your squad and welcome summer the right way at this epic rooftop party

Say Cheers To Black Friday At Ink Gin's Gin-gle Bar

Take a break from your Black Friday shopping at Robina Town Centre's exclusive all-black pop-up Ink Gin-gle Bar. In partnership with liquor luminaries Husk Distillery, Robina Town Centre customers can cool off with a free ‘inspired by art’ Ink Art Gin cocktail paired with canapes. Cocktails will be a contemporary twist on the classic—Ink Art Gin fusing a festive blend of juniper, peach, green apple and flashes of fragrant rose and lavender into a smooth ambrosial gin. You will need to pre-book a spot at the pop-up bar located outside MECCA to enjoy your complimentary cocktail.

Explore The Gold Coast's Free Street Art Trail 

The Gold Coast’s urban landscape is the perfect canvas for artists and creatives to showcase their works and this month, a city-wide gallery of street art is set to be put on the map. ART ROLL Gold Coast—an honour roll of Gold Coast Street art, curated into a free, self-guided tour on wheels. Following a map that stretches from the city’s north to the southern end of Coolangatta, ART ROLL Gold Coast guides locals and visitors through a free trail of more than 100 street-art murals by 75 different artists. Some are hidden in secret spots, while others are showcased on iconic buildings and or along coastal strips, most going unnoticed even by locals—until now. View the street art map and find out more info here.

Snap An Early Santa Paw-Trait With Your Fur Baby

If you’re the kind of person who likes to get their Christmas to-do list sorted before December has even begun, this one is for you. The ever-popular Pet Santa Photos are back at Robina Town Centre Promenade, but only until this Sunday 27 November. Don’t miss out on getting an a-paw-able snap of your pooch this Christmas. Check out more information here

Coming Up On The Gold Coast

Check Out Tennyson King's Upcoming Gold Coast Gigs

Nomadic indie-folk musician Tennyson King is returning to the Gold Coast in December, with an array of gigs you need to pop in your calendar. Showcasing his new album 'Good Company', which has already amassed over 80,000 streams, Tennyson will be performing at The Star on Thursday 1 and Sunday 4 December, at Dust Temple on Friday 2 December and at FIngal's Sheoak Shack on Saturday 3 December. Check out more info.

Sing Your Heart Out At The Mayor’s Christmas Carols

Now in its eleventh year, the Mayor’s Christmas Carols are returning to their home at the Broadwater Parklands next Saturday 3 December. Movie World’s Looney Tunes Christmas Show is back, as well as performances from Queenslander Faith Sosene, Frankie and the Holiday Seasons, the Brisbane City Gospel Choir and of course the jolly man himself, Santa. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities, meet and greets, food trucks, a drone display and fireworks. 

Celebrate Pop Art At HOTA's World Premiere Exhibition

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts, will showcase a world premiere exhibition, Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York from 18 February 2023. Drawn entirely from the famed private collection of one of the world’s most prominent art collectors, Jose Mugrabi, the blockbuster exhibition celebrates the origins and ongoing legacy of Pop Art. In a world-first exhibition, Pop Masters will present more than 40 works never-before-seen in Australia by legendary artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and more. General public tickets are on sale from Thursday 1 December for just $25. 

Relive 100 Years Of Disney At This Huge Concert Coming In 2023

Disney is celebrating 100 years of magic with a breathtaking new musical experience that combines a massive live orchestra, an all-star musical cast, enchanting animation, theatrical lighting and other special effects. The Disney 100: The Concert will hit the Gold Coast from Friday 31 March to Saturday 1 April 2023 at the HOTA Outdoor Stage. Over two wonderous hours, they'll be diving deep into the archives—serving up back-to-back classics from iconic Disney flicks like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, The Lion King, Moana, Frozen, Encanto and more (so you're bound to hear your faves). If you're a true Disney die-hard (or you know someone who is), make sure you grab tickets early.

Need Some More Ideas? We Got You.

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Image Credit: Burleigh Festival,  ART ROLL & The Star Gold Coast

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