Things To Do

14 Unmissable Events Happening This May On The Gold Coast

By Bronte Holding
1st May 2019

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And just like that, a third of 2019 is done and dusted. Which means we are fast approaching winter and things are finally starting to cool down here on the Gold Coast. But that doesn’t mean we should stop having fun.

Instead of retreating into our homes with left-over Easter chocolates and binging on Netflix, we think May is the perfect time to get out and enjoy everything the Coast has to offer. The weather is perfect, the days are not yet too short, and there’s still plenty going on in our little corner of the world. 

So, if you’re looking for a way to make this month a little more exciting, then check out our list of the 14 best events happening on the Coast this May.

Yamagen Whisky Dinner

After the sold-out success of this event last year, Yamagen is hosting another decadent culinary evening with a touch of whisky. To peak your fancy, an 18-year-old Kurayoshi will be involved while Executive Chef Adam Lane will serve up an indulgent six-course omakase journey. Think a cocktail on arrival followed by mouth-watering eats like Ocean Trout cured in Tottori with avocado, apple and smoked vinegar, and braised duck breast, just to name a few.

When: Thursday 2 May, 6:30pm 
Where: Yamagen, The QT, Surfers Paradise 
Cost: $119
For more information, click here

Whisky Wednesday At The Cambus Wallace

If you’re looking for the perfect way to get over that hump day slump, then this is it. On any Wednesday in May, head on down to The Cambus Wallace for all kinds of whisky inspired delights, including whisky glazed pork ribs, sirloin steak, and an impressive back-bar of the best local and international whiskey drops. Yep, Wednesdays just got a whole lot better.

When: Every Wednesday from 7:30pm
Where: The Cambus Wallace, 4/2237 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Cost: Varied 
For more information, click here

Surfers Paradise LIVE

This award winning four-day music festival will be bringing the Surfers Paradise beachfront to life with an epic line-up of local and internationally-loved performers. Think The Living End, Reece Mastin, Hoodoo Gurus, Thirsty Merc, and Jebediah, just to name a few. LIVE Festival supports and celebrates the local music industry through their partnership with the Gold Coast Music Awards, which also kick off on Thursday 2 May. If four days of beachfront performances, pop up bars and long sunsets sound like your thing, then be sure to check this one out.

When: Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 May, from 12pm
Where: Surfers Paradise Beach
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here.

Nobby’s Sundayz Sessions

Nobby’s Beach Surf Club is bringing back its much-loved Sundayz Sessions just in time for the long weekend. Madison Kat will be headlining, supported by local muso Jackson James Smith. There’ll be food trucks, cold craft beers, and even a mechanical surfboard. If you’re looking for the best way to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon, then look no further.

When: Sunday 5 May, 2pm to 9pm
Where: Nobby’s Beach Surf Club, Cnr Albatross Ave and Lavarack Street 
Cost: Gold coin donation 
For more information, click here.

Never Ending 80s Mixtape Party

Miami Marketta is throwing it way back for the long weekend with an epic 80s mixtape party. Playing all your favourite hits from the 80s, local band NE80s will be supplying the goods. From Madonna and Wham to Bruce Springsteen and Cindy Lauper, this is going to be one epic party. And the best part? Tickets are free, but you’ll still need to book ahead to secure your place. So, grab the scrunchies and neon lycra, and get ready to bust a move.

When: Sunday 5 May, 4pm to 8pm
Where: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami 
Cost: Free
For more information, click here.

Cinco de Mayo Sunday Session

As we’re blessed with yet another long weekend, there’s not better reason to take a roadie south. Make a beeline for Locura (the newbie from the team at Three Blue Ducks) in Byron Bay for their Cinco de May party. Expect a taco bar, a chicken wing bar, Mexican inspired cocktail specials, including Cinco de Mayo frozen margaritas, and live music.

When: Sunday 5 May, from 5pm
Where: Locura, 6 Lawson Street, Byron Bay
Cost: Free entry
For more information, click here.

2019 Gold Coast Open

The Gold Coast Open is back with a brand-new date, fresh talent, and a heap of entertainment. The world’s best surfers will be carving up Gold Coast shores for the week-long competition, alongside some homegrown talent and emerging superstars. Not only will there be non-stop surfing action, but there’ll also be heaps of other attractions for both competitors and spectators, including a skate park league competition showcase, an open movie night, sunrise yoga sessions, and a live music stage. It’s going to be a big week.

When: Tuesday 7 to Sunday 12 May, 7am to 4pm
Where: Burleigh Heads 
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here.

Tommy Little At The Spiegeltent

In case you hadn’t already heard, the Gold Coast Spiegeltent is in town until May 12 with an impressive line-up of world class acts and performers. One performance you should definitely try to catch is comedian and media personality Tommy Little’s live show, Self-Diagnosed Genius. Sharing stories on everything from his tattoos to nude bungee jumps and running a marathon in Antarctica, you’re sure to get a laugh out of this one.

When: Saturday 11 May, 6:30pm
Where: The Spiegeltent, Cnr of the Gold Coast Highway and T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach 
Cost: $40
For more information, click here.

Blues On Broadbeach

The four-day music festival is back again and set to be bigger than ever, with new acts being added to its already star-studded line up every day. Canned Heat, Eric Bibb, Harts, The Bamboos, and Tami Neilson are just a few of the blues and rock legends that will be taking the stage, and a second line-up announcement is coming soon. Keep your eyes on their Facebook page for more info.

When: Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May, 10am
Where: Surf Parade, Broadbeach 
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here.

Djuki Mala At HOTA

Coming to you direct from North East Arnhem Land, the Indigenous dance sensation that took the world by storm is presenting its smash hit production Unique. Djuki Mala will amaze you with their high-energy, breath-taking performances, which use an original fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and story-telling that is not only light-hearted and uplifting but also deep and soulful. Offering a rare and insightful view of Indigenous Australia, this performance is not to be missed.

When: Saturday 18 May, 7:30 to 8:30pm
Where: HODA, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $25-$42 
For more information, click here.

Outdoor Cinema At Burleigh Brewing Co

If beer, popcorn, and a movie under the stars sounds like your ideal evening, then you may want to get yourself to the Burleigh Brewing Co for their monthly outdoor cinema. Bringing us six months of the best 90s films, the Burleigh Brewing Co know how to throw a flick party, and always deliver the goods (including great beer and endless amounts of popcorn). May’s movie will be the last installation in their six-month project, so make sure you don’t miss out. They’ll be screening the 2006 comedy classic Beerfest, which is the perfect film to watch at a brewery, in our opinion.

When: Thursday 23 May, 6:00pm
Where: Burleigh Brewing Co, 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here.

National Geographic—Symphony For Our World

Combining amazing natural history footage from National Geographic with an original symphony composed by Emmy and BAFTA nominated geniuses Bleeding Fingers Music, this is a must-see musical and visual spectacle that will take you on a journey through some of nature’s most incredible sights. With a live orchestra and choir performing as you watch events unfold on the big screen, you will be taken from the depths of the ocean the highest mountain peaks. If you’re a sucker for nature, music, or both, then we suggest getting a ticket to this ASAP.

When: Saturday 25 May, 6:30 to 8:00pm
Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise 
Cost: $20-$30
For more information, click here.

Speed ‘Mate’ing At Mo’s Desert Clubhouse

Get your mates together and get to Mo’s Desert Clubhouse for some intense rounds of speed ‘mate’ing; the perfect way to make some new mates and have fun while doing it. You’ll play 15- minute rounds of Cards Against Humanity (the ultimate ice-breaking game) on rotation with 10 other groups, and after each 15-minute interval, the groups will split and rotate, giving you an opportunity to meet everyone and make some new friends. There’ll be kick-ons to the Burleigh Pub afterwards, as well as prizes and giveaways. Oh, and it’s BYO, so get ready for a fun evening.

When: Friday 31 May, 8pm to 10pm 
Where: Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads 
Cost: $20
For more information, click here.

SeaFire 2019

Surfers Paradise is going to transform into a wonderland of music, light, and entertainment for this year’s SeaFire festival. There’ll be pyrotechnic displays, firework competitions, aerial stunts, as well as markets, multicultural performances, and non-stop action. Teams from the USA, Korea, and New Zealand will be competing for the SeaFire Championships, so you’ll be treated to some world-class firework displays. The celebrations will also be kicking on into June, with another evening of pyrotechnic fun happening on Saturday 1 June.

When: Friday 31 May, 5pm to 11pm
Where: Surfers Paradise Beach 
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here.

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