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All The Best Events Happening On The Sunshine Coast This January

By Isabel Croker
14th Jan 2022

We’re already in January...whaaaat? Time sure flies by when you’re still in holiday mode. Or when you’re still mentally stuck in 2020. No plans this month? That’s about to change because there’s so much action happening on the Sunny Coast this month, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

While we might not have had the start to 2022 we were hoping for here in the Sunshine State, there's plenty happening around town to keep the vibes high. From a massive cocktail festival to kid-friendly holiday activities to indie concerts, we’ve got an epic line up of events to keep you busy. 

Here’s all the best events happening on the Sunshine Coast in January.

Cocktail Festival

NighQuarter is shaking it up with an epic cocktail festival hitting the event lineup this month. Taste, smell and experience your way through a maze of pop up bars and discover vibrant seasonal sippers, botanical flavours and creative concoctions by the most buzz-worthy spirits brands. All the usual cocktails will be shaken, stirred and muddled with an exclusive new cocktail list, curated just for the Cocktail Festival. Once you’ve quenched your thirst, soak up the alcohol with NightQuarter’s iconic street food and chill out to the sweet tunes of the talented performances.

When: Saturday 29 January, from 12pm to 10pm

Where: NightQuarter, The Avenue, Birtinya

Cost: Adults: $5.00, Teens: $4.00, Children: $2.00

Viva La Vintage Market

Vintage is IN this season and we are here for it. The Viva La Vintage Markets are taking over the beautiful Imperial Hotel Eumundi this month, so if you’ve been looking for something to spruce up your wardrobe or grab a retro gift, this is the place to be. Head out to the Hinterland to peruse the gorgeous stalls filled with all things vintage, pre-loved and artisan. Bonus: there will be loads of coffee and pastries to fuel your market trawling. This sweet market is only held every quarter and is very popular (for obvious reasons), so be sure to check it out this month and grab your vintage goodies.

When: Saturday 30 January, from 9am to 1pm

Where: Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi

Cost: Free

Ginger, Flower And Food Weekend

One of the most iconic Sunshine Coast venues, The Ginger Factory is hosting a huge weekend fit for the biggest ginger-lovers and gardening gurus this January. The Ginger, Flower and Food Weekend will be packed full of cooking workshops and demonstrations, gardening walks, live music, family-friendly entertainment and, of course, ginger tastings. You’ll learn how to create Masterchef-worthy dishes using Buderim Ginger, how to nurture your garden, taste delicious goods from local food producers and ride the famous Ginger Train. Grab the family and head to the Ginger Factory this January for a foodie festival like no other!

When: Friday 21 January to Sunday 23 January, from 9am to 5pm daily

Where: The Ginger Factory

Cost: General cost of admission; prices vary

Mallrat At NightQuarter

The dreamy queen of Australia pop, Mallrat, is playing her first Sunshine Coast headline show this January and we could not be more hyped. Mallrat’s 2021 performances will celebrate a massive 18 months for the young singer-songwriter-producer, thanks to her third album ‘Driving Music’, which has catapulted her to a whole new level of international fame. She will be accompanied by the talented Sofia Isella and Doolie, and when you snag your ticket, it also includes access to all food stallholders and bars within NightQuarter. Go on, snap up your ticket ASAP.

When: Friday 14 January, from 5pm to 10pm

Where: NightQuarter, The Avenue, Birtinya

Cost: $49.90

Free Donut Day

If you are hypnotised by the infectious aroma of freshly baked doughnuts, then boy do we have an announcement for you. Kenilworth Country Bakery has just opened up their second location on the Mooloolaba Wharf, so you no longer have to make the lengthy trip to Kenilworth to get your hands on their sweet treats—cue doughnuts for breakfast every day. To celebrate this delicious news, they are slinging up free donuts from 10am on Friday 14 January, and we already know there are going to be lines out the door. Make your way down there on Friday for some drool-worthy—and highly addictive—sweet treats.

When: Friday 14 January, from 10am to 5pm

Where: Kenilworth Country Bakery, The Wharf Mooloolaba

Cost: Free

Sharklife At SEA LIFE Aquarium

It’s that time in the summer holidays when you’ve taken the kids to the movies way too many times and you’ve officially run out of entertainment ideas. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The kids can sink their teeth into the underwater world at the Sharklife exhibition at SEA LIFE Aquarium, where they will discover all there is to know about the eleven different shark species at the aquarium. They can take part in loads of interactive activities, venture below the surface to get up close and personal with the sharks and resident shark experts will be on hand to answer all questions. For the bigger kids, aged 14 years and older, they can take their jawsome day out to the next level, by venturing into the water for the exhilarating Shark Dive Xtreme experience

When: Daily Monday 24 January, from 8am to 4pm

Where: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium, Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

Cost: General cost of admission, prices vary

Bliss N Eso At NightQuarter

NightQuarter always seems to be dishing up the hottest acts on the Sunny Coast and this January is no exception, with the iconic duo Bliss N Eso gracing the NightQuarter stage this January. Their ‘The Sun Tour’ will traverse Australia this January, after being cancelled in September due to our good ol’ friend, COVID. Renowned for their captivating live performances and boisterous energy, Bliss and Eso are ready to kick things up a notch at this sizzling concert. Tickets are expected to sell out, so hit up the group chat and snag your tickets, stat.

When: Sunday 23 January, from 4pm

Where: NightQuarter, The Avenue, Birtinya

Cost: General admission $69.90

Caribbean Fiesta Boat Party

Let yourself be transported to the sunny islands of the Caribbean as you kam to the best of salsa, reggae and Brazilian tunes on board a massive boat party. Sounds like our kind of Saturday. The Caribbean Fiesta Boat Party will be led by DJ Pilo, who will keep the good vibes flowing during the two-hour sunset cruise, complete with a licensed bar and a cheeky after party once the boat lands. The dress code is tropical vibes, so don your best Hawaiian shirt and get ready to boogie.

When: Saturday 22 January, from 5pm to 8pm

Where: 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

Cost: From $10; ticket prices vary

Australia Day At Australia Zoo

Is there anything more Aussie than celebrating Australia Day at Australia Zoo? If you’re after a dose of true-blue Aussie goodness this Australia Day, then you need to make your way to Australia Zoo. You can relax to the tunes of Aussie legend, John Williamson, watch the Irwin family feed the crocs at the Wildlife Warriors show, listen to performance from the Gubbi Gubbi people of the Sunshine Coast region and the kids can join in annual koala throwing competition. Don’t worry—no koalas were harmed in the making! Round up the kids and book your tickets to Australia Zoo for some true-blue Aussie vibes this Australia Day. 

When: Wednesday 26 January, from 9am to 5pm

Where: Australia Zoo, Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah

Cost: General cost of admission, prices vary

It’s hard to believe that February is just around the corner, but that means Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Don’t stress—we’ve got you covered with our picks of the Sunshine Coast’s most romantic accommodation spots.

Image Credit: NightQuarter

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