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9 Awesome Things To Do On The Gold Coast This Weekend

By Brooke Darling
13th Feb 2020

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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 an adult’s only circus cabaret and a history-making sporting event to an incredible long table lunch, scroll down to check out some of the best things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend. 

All Weekend


Proof Gold Coasters have a love affair with high-energy theatrical performances, the travelling show Infamous has returned for an encore performance. Serving up an entertaining blend of singing, dancing, comedy and mind-blowing acrobatic feats under the Spiegel Big Top—you won’t want to miss this party, so secure your seats immediately. 

When: Every Thursday to Sunday night until Sunday 8 March; doors 6:30pm or 5:30pm on Sundays 
Where: Westfield Helensvale (the original NightQuarter site)
Cost: $47 to $125 per person
For more information, click here

Sand Safari Arts Festival 

As the highlight event of Surfers Paradise’s two-week Sand Safari Arts Festival, prepare to experience the largest and greatest sand sculpting competition that ever was—The Australian Sand Sculpting Championships. Happening over three days (February 14 to 16), be amazed when 15 world-renowned sculptors go head-to-head, creating 10-tonne sand sculpts revealing your favourite fairy tale classics. Grab a gold coin and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Joining the sand-building prowess will be free musical activations, markets, live art displays, storytelling, games and more.   

When: February 14 to March 1
Where: Surfers Paradise Foreshore
For more information, click here.

Friday 14 February

Valentine’s Day

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is an excellent excuse to have a next-level date with the one you love. And what better day to show your significant other just how much you care, than with a decadent lunch or dinner spread? Fortunately, the Gold Coast is putting on a show for you and your lover this February 14th. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to wine and dine on the Gold Coast this Valentine’s Day here

When: Friday 14 February
Where: Various locations 
For more information, click here


Great for a delish and fast feed, the family-friendly Sanctuary Night Market is held in the space adjoining the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and is filled with international food tents and trailers. Keep this community feel-good market in mind, if a stroll followed by plenty of street eats sounds like your kind of way to end the perfect beach day.

When: Friday 14 February; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin
For more information, click here.

Saturday 15 February

National Pet Adoption Day At PETstock

If you’ve been toying with the idea of adopting a pet and realise how awesome it would be to give one of the many animals currently living in shelters a fur-ever home, this could be your big day. This Saturday is PETstock’s sixth annual National Pet Adoption Day, when PETstock stores across the Gold Coast will play host to local rescue groups. PETstock is encouraging people to adopt a new way of thinking, by shedding any stereotypes and misconceptions about breeds or species and to consider a pet they haven’t before, which might be the perfect match for their family and lifestyle. 

When: Saturday 15 February; 10am to 2pm
Where: PETstock Ashmore, Robina, Oxley, Runaway Bay
For more information, click here

Gold Coast Suns Women’s Debut Home Match 

You’re invited to watch history in the making this weekend, when the Gold Coast Suns first ever women’s AFL team makes their debut at home. AFLW is kicking off at Metricon Stadium this Saturday when the Suns take on Richmond and, as with most games for the season, entry is completely free! Soak up this inspiring sporting moment with a Gordon’s Pink Gin in hand, under the umbrellas at the newly decked out bar inside gate one.   

When: Saturday 15 February; 4pm to 7pm
Where: Metricon Stadium, Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Carrara 
Cost: FREE! 
For more information, click here

Outstanding In The Field Long Table Lunch

North America's famous Outstanding in the Field is bringing their lauded travelling restaurant without walls to Australia for the first time—just down the road in Byron, to be precise. On February 15, Outstanding in the Field’s long table will pop up on Hayters Hill Farm in Byron for a communal, family-style meal prepared by Chef Josh Lewis of Fleet Restaurant. Few precious tickets remain, so jump over to the event page for booking details and to join a beautiful food and conversation-filled day to remember.

When: Saturday 15 February; 3pm (NSW time)
Where: Hayters Hill Farm, 164 Old Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
Cost: $265 USD per person (approx. $400 AUD)
For more information, click here

Sunday 16 February


One of our favourite Gold Coast markets and the perfect place to pick up a unique homegrown gift is the iconic The Village Markets. Muse over local designers, shoulder sway to live musicians and dig your teeth into some delicious street food. We can almost guarantee you’ll be walking away with an empty wallet with the likes of ceramics, homewares, bohemian linen threads and accessories, all-natural beauty products and so much more. On a budget? You’ll pick up a bargain at the adjoining rack sales where local fashionistas sell off their pre-loved wares. If you’re searching for one of the very best things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend, you’ve come to the right place. 

When: Sunday 16 February; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
For more information, click here


The final event in the summer series, this Sunday Kirra will again light up with live tunes, food trucks and good times. If watching the sunset on a picnic rug while listening to the musings of SameTime and Steve Cousins sounds like your ideal Sunday afternoon, then be sure to get yourself down to Kirra's Seaside Sounds this weekend. The best part? It’s completely free.

When: Sunday 15 February; 4pm to 7 pm
Where: Roughton Park, 28 Musgrave Street, Coolangatta
For more information, click here.

On the hunt for more things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend? This round up of beautiful Gold Coast cafes should keep you busy. 

Image credit: Kaitlin Maree for Urban List

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