12 Epic Events Happening On The Coast This October

By Claire Plush
3rd Oct 2016

Is it seriously October already? WTF. May as well just put a line through this month too, right? WRONG. There’s way too much goodness to write this month off.

Mammoth wellness events, a film AND a fashion festival, there’s a whole lotta things to do on the Sunshine Coast this October.

Noosa Surf Film Fest | Thursday, October 6 to Saturday, October 8

Anything to do with surf does well in Noosa, so we’ve no doubt in our minds that this year’s Noosa Surf Film Festival is going to crank. This independent film festival launches on Thursday night and runs ‘til Saturday night, with screenings, live music, and art taking over The J. A festival pass will give you access to all the films for 65 buckaroos. Otherwise it’s $15 a pop, and by pop we mean viewing. Check the program here and nab your seats stat, or risk marauding the junction wondering where everybody is.

Double Island Clean Up Weekend | Friday October 7 to Sunday, October 9

Double Island Clean Up Weekend is all about cleaning up (duh!) rubbish from our coastline, so load up the 4WD with surfboards and camping gear and head up the beach to do your bit for the environment. You’ll be joining hundreds of like-minded people, get to pitch a tent for free (yep, no camping fees this weekend—let’s call it good karma), and soak up the magic of this special place. Registration closes today, so hop to it!

Dirty Dancing AND Strictly Ballroom at the Drive In | Saturday, October 8

Nobody puts baby in the corner! Am I right or am I right? Get your hungry eyes on Patrick Swayze at the Eumundi drive-in this month, as Dirty Dancing hits the big screen followed by a screening of Strictly Ballroom. Yep, it’s a double whammy! Now all we need is to watch it from the bench seat in Greased Lightning—you know, the old school car in Grease—and all our childhood dreams will come true.

Singles’ Night At Good Bar | Wednesday, October 12

Are you single and ready to mingle? And IRL, not on Tinder or Facebook? Local company, L’epoch, is putting on the kind of singles’ night where you actually talk to the people you meet (not just do shots with them in da club)—crazy, huh? Book online and it’ll only set you back $25, which is nothing if you meet your soulmate. Entry comes with a free drink (we like those!), plus a wristband tellin’ the other singles which way you sway.

Women’s Health Evening at House of George | Thursday, October 13

If September was the month of music festivals, then October is the unofficial month of health and wellness, here on the Coast. Voted by you as one of the best hairdressers on the Sunshine Coast, House of George in Maroochydore is hosting a women’s health evening as part of breast cancer awareness month. For a teeny $15, you’ll open yourself up to a wealth of knowledge as two leading health and wellness practitioners, Erin Barns and Dianne Brough, take to the floor.

Arj Barker At The J | Saturday, October 15

Hold on to your beards! This is big! Thanks to an uproar from locals who missed out or couldn’t make it to Arj Barker’s first show, we’re pretty freakin’ excited to let you know that a second show has been announced! This funny man has quite the following though, so don’t just sit there contemplating, book your seats for the new 9pm gig, NOW!

Meet The Maker | Thursday, October 20

We’re huge fans of Gainsbourg’s Meet The Maker events. And if you love knowing a bit of background about what lands on your plate or in your glass, then jot this one down. This month, artisan winemaker Tim Ward from I’ll Fly Away, will pair four incredible wines with a four-course meal made at the hands of the Gainsbourg crew. The menu is yet to be revealed but we’re pretty confident it’ll be spectacular, so book your table now if you wanna get a look-in.

Wanderlust | Thursday, October 20 to Sunday, October 23

Sprawled from October 20-23, Wanderlust is a culmination of a tonne of smaller events, classes, and workshops. Covering yoga, music, outdoorsy activities like group hikes and surf lessons, foodie dinners, and way, WAY more, you can take your pick from single event tickets, day passes, and full-festival passes. Yep, it’s a choose-your-own adventure kind of event. Not sure where to start? We’ve created Metropolist’s ultimate Wanderlust bucketlist.

Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival | Saturday, October 22

Do you want the good news or the bad news? Bad news is: Paris Fashion Week is on right now and we’re missing out, because airfares. Meh! But there’s also good news, remember? The good news is that we’ve got our own fashion festival happening later this month. The Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival will showcase established and up and coming local, national and even international labels. So, who should you have the iPhone ready for? Nicola Finetti, Rivivi6269 by couture king Thang de Hoo, and Sunny Coast label, Indrah Swimwear.

Mooloolaba Spring Swim | Saturday, October 22

We’re not actually saying you should compete in the Mooloolaba Spring Swim, but it’s a good excuse to get down to the beach, hang in the sun, and get your weekly dose of #fitspo IRL. On the other (less likely) hand, if you can’t stand sitting on the sidelines and want in on the action, then get your name down on paper for the 1.25km, 2.5km, or 5km race.

Night At The Races | Friday, October 28

If you’ve never been to a Night At The Races, consider this event a must-do on your list of things to do on the Sunshine Coast this October. You still get to frock up, sip on champas, and place bets on horses with pretty names, but you’ll also be helping to raise funds for the Dicky Beach Surf Club. It’s a win-win!

10th Annual YogaFest | Saturday, October 29 to Sunday, October 30

It seems we are the land of yoga festivals, but we’re hardly complaining. This weekend-long wellness event is open to all levels of yoga experience and is brimming with yoga classes, yoga-related workshops, meditation, dance, massages, and markets. Probably not conducive with those mojitos, so we’ll share with you the best smoothies on the Coast instead. You’re welcome!

Image Credit: Wanderlust

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