It’s cool, guys. We’re already two weeks in to winter, which means we’re already two weeks closer to spring. We’ve got this!
To help get you through the grey and dreary times, local movers and shakers are turning it on with a host of epic things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend.
Broadbeach Country Music Festival | June 17, 18, and 19
Yep, that’s correct. Blues on Broadbeach just wrapped up, but it appears Broadbeach isn’t yet done with being the centre of attention. Dust off your plaid and cowboy kicks, for some boot-scootin’ and boogieing in the winter sunshine. All live events at the Broadbeach Country Music Festival are free, so check out the website for a full schedule of performances.
Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival at NightQuarter | June 17 and 18
Preparations are in full swing for the third weekend of Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival merriment at NightQuarter’s night markets. Take your pick of Friday’s Wine and Glass Appreciation Masterclass with Sirromet Winery ($45 pp) or the smokin’ aromas of the free-to-attend Australia v. America Barbecue Wars event on Saturday. Want more? Available both nights, those with a sweet tooth will love the Dessert Safari, a $20 dessert sampler from your pick of five participating vendors—think: soft serve sundaes, salted caramel and banana waffles, and deep-fried Mars Bars (yep, you can try them ALL!). If you’ve not made it down to this new foodie event yet, you’re running short of time. Check. It. Out. Capeesh?!
Manchester in the 90s—a nostalgia event at Paradox | June 18
This gem raised our eyebrows (in a good way) when it first came across our desk a few weeks back, and we reckon it’ll be totally worthy of a weekend looksee. Hosted in the versatile space of Paradox Coffee Roasters and spilling into the adjoining The 4217 complex, organisers have plans to transform the venue into something reminiscent of The Haçienda, a legendary Manchester nightclub of the 90s. Together with tributes to the infamous era with performances by Nature Trails and Not Lenny, visual art displays, and market stalls right down to the detail of real vinyls and vintage threads that’ve been specifically sourced from the 90s and the UK. Freakin’ neat, no? Kicking off at 6:30pm, tickets are only a tenner, which is pocket change for an evening of entertainment, appreciation, and cool hangs.
World Yoga Day events | June 19
Yogis unite to pay homage to the lifestyle choice that’s become a religion for many. Regardless if you’re a novice, expert, or don’t know your Shavasana from your Tadasana, this is one big open-arms community so all are welcome to participate. You’ve got a few special options on Sunday including the Gold Coast Yoga Day Festival at Burleigh’s Justins Park (free to join) and, for the northerners, the Gold Coast’s Biggest Beach Yoga Class on Surfers Paradise Beach ($10 donation goes straight to charity). Check out the respective event pages for details. Happy International Yoga Day, yogis!
Festa Junina | June 19 *POSTPONED to June 26*
Who doesn’t love the Brazilian zest for life? Festa Junina (or June Festival in English) is a traditional winter celebration embracing family and South American country livin’. Organised by the GC’s energetic Brazilian community—so you know it’s going to be an authentically good time—and hosted by Miami Marketta, all manner of fun is on the agenda with the likes of country, folk, and roots music; country bumpkin-style dress-ups; Brazilian food, desserts, and mulled wine; oh, and dancing. There’ll be a sh*t load of dancing! And for that, we reckon this will be one of the hottest things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend. Pre-purchase tickets are $10, or $15 at the door (free for kids under 12).
Sunday Sounds at Sanctuary Cove | June 19 *POSTPONED: June 26*
Not forgetting our northern GC dwellers, Sanctuary Cove is kicking off the winter edition of its Sunday Sounds sessions with free music performances (between 1pm and 6pm) from Mark Divola, plus Aaron West and the Custodians, to name a few. Organisers are also utilising the platform as a talent search for local youth, via their Sunday Sounds Young Talent program. A blissful afternoon of live tunes and bevvies in the winter sunshine, with family-friendly activities for the little tackers? Sounds like a bit of alright to us!
Got your finger on the pulse? If you know of any other awesome things to do on the Gold Coast, drop us a line at: [email protected].