Who else feels like March wasn't even a month? Time is flying by before our eyes and there ain't nothin' we can do to stop it…except make the most of it and have a bloody good time, of course!
Luckily, April is a jam-packed month here on the Sunshine Coast, with plenty of great events to fill up your social calendars. From learning new things and trying new foods, to snapping up bargains and going to live shows - here are 18 awesome things to do throughout the month of April on the Sunshine Coast.
Ocean Street World Festival | Sunday 1st April
Australia's largest cultural festival happens right here on the little ol' Sunny Coast! For one day and one day only, our beloved Ocean Street will come alive with culture, food and music from all around the globe! Heaps of your faves on Ocean will open early to be part of all the festival action.
Wine & Ceramics Night | Thursday 5th April & Thursday 12th April
Love wine and all things arty? This is the event for you! Have a crack at making your own ceramics over some nibbles and fine wine, hosted by the lovely peeps at Syndicate Creative. $60 per person, guaranteed fun. Check all the dets here.
Twilight Markets Caloundra | Friday 6th April & Friday 13th April
The Twilight Markets are back for another year…yay! Pop down to Bulcock Beach on either the 6th or 13th of April (or both…why not) between 5pm and 9pm to browse the 100+ stalls lining the Esplanade. Chock-full with local artisans, handmade crafts and some of the Coast's best food, it's a fab spot to stock up on pressies for your friends and fam throughout the year.
Live At Land & Sea Brewery | Friday 6th April
That's right guys three time world champion surfer and singer Tom Curren will be playing live this Friday night at one of our faves Land & Sea. Sit back, relax, drink some craft and enjoy the start to the weekend in the best possible way. All the fun starts at 6pm and the dets can be found here.
Starry Nights Outdoor Movies | Friday 6th April & Saturday 7th April
Make the most of this divine autumn weather before winter rolls around and enjoy an outdoor movie night this month! Cooroy locals can catch 'Moana' on the Cooroy Library Rooftop on the Friday eve, or for something a little more nostalgic, Nambourians can head to Quota Park on the Saturday to watch Shrek. TUL Tip: get there early with your picnic blankets to nab a good possi!
Australian Body Art Festival | Saturday 7th April & Sunday 8th April
Who doesn't love a bit of body paint every now and then? Bringing a heap of life and colour to Cooroy this month is the Australian Body Art Festival. This year's theme is Wild Things, so watch as human bodies become canvases and transformed into works of art right before your very eyes!
Lifeline Fashion Fest | Saturday 7th April to Monday 9th April
In need of a wardrobe refresh, but don't have the dollar-dollar bills? Head along to Lifeline Fashion Fest and make it rain! Every dollar you spend helps the amazing team at Lifeline to save lives, so there's really no excuse not to get amongst this.
Noosa Laneway Party | Saturday 14th April
These guys are back for Round 2 and we are STOKED! After the raging success of the first partay, WeOutHere Events is hosting another amazing laneway party with CLO Studios. Line your stomach with yummies from Cartel Empanadas, and sip on a range of cold bevos as you groove out to tunes from some of our fave DJs. The vision for this party is simple - good tunes and good people - which we are ALL about! Capacity is strictly limited, so hop to it!
Dirty Dogs Hot Dog Eating Competition | Sunday 15th April
Hot damn! Be part of history as Dirty Moes kick off their inaugural hot dog eating competition. Just a $30 registration fee will get you all the hot dogs you can eat…and for the spectators, the entertainment comes for free! Think you've got what it takes to be crowned the dirty dog champ?
Alex the Astronaut & Stella Donnelly @ Solbar | Sunday 15th April
Two of Australia's hottest songwriters of the moment are coming to the Coast! Finish your hot dogs and kick on to Solbar to see Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly live in concert. These two amazing ladies are kicking off a co-headline tour set to go all around Australia. Catch them before the rest of the world snaps them up…they're gonna be HUGE.
Ukelele Fiesta | Thursday 19th April to Sunday 22nd April
Nothing screams island vibes more than the soothing sounds of a ukulele being played ever so beautifully! Channel your inner Hawaiian at the Sunshine Coast Ukelele Festival, held over four days in Kenilworth. Not only can you learn to play the ukulele and sing, with workshops being held for all levels, but you'll also be entertained by the pros! This is a great opportunity to tick something cool and unique off your bucket list.
South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo | Friday 20th April to Sunday 22nd April
We Sunny Coasters sure love our outdoor adventures - so it should come as no surprise that we're hosting one of the biggest expos in the region all about it! Showcasing the latest vehicles, camping gear and outdoor accessories, the South Queensland Caravaning, camping, Boating and Fishing Expo is taking place over three HUGE days in Nambour. If any of your outdoorsy kit and caboodle is due for an upgrade, this is the place to do it y'all - showgoers receive special deals and discounts!
Noosa Vegan Festival | Saturday 21st April
Plant-based foodies will not want to miss this! The Noosa Vegan Festival is sure to be an absolute treat. With a special focus on plant-based suppliers in our area, tuck in to some delish street food, hear from inspirational speakers and browse an awesome array of plant-based products. Pre-purchase your tickets now to get 'em a little cheaper.
Thundamentals @ Villa Noosa | Saturday 21st April
Aussie hip-hop crew Thundamentals are celebrating ten years in the biz with an epic national tour! Cruising into Noosa for a helluva fun show on April 21st, get your tix before they sell out riiiiiight…HERE!
Sunshine Coast Adventure 2018 | Saturday 21st April - Monday 7th May
ICYMI, an EPIC treasure hunt is coming to the Sunny Coast! Round up the troops for 13 days of fun all across the region and follow a series of clues for your chance to win $2500 in cold, hard cash. Not only is it shaping up to be a whole lof ot fun, but it's for a good cause - $5 from every ticket sale goes to the Leukaemia Foundation! You can buy your tickets here.
Instagram Workshop | Monday 23rd April
Calling all up and coming brands and budding bloggers! If you're interested in Instagram marketing, want to grow an online community, and just want to be surrounded by a heap of like-minded peeps, Wholehearted Studio's Insta workshop is for you. In this two hour workshop, you'll hear a heap of today's tricks of the trade from people directly in the biz - your brain will explode!
Rest and Relax Yoga and Meditation Wellness Retreat | Friday 27th April to Sunday 29th April
After working your way through this list, you're going to be exhausted! Get some zen in your life and secure your spot at this weekend of resting and relaxing in the rolling hills of the Noosa Hinterland. Escape the daily grind and enjoy yoga classes, meditation sessions, inspiring workshops and nourishing plant-based food. Plus - nothing soothes your soul more than fresh country air!
Intermediate Pottery Throwing Classes | Every Thursday in April
Fancy yourself a bit of a ceramicist? Upskill your pottery knowledge with these intermediate classes, also held at Syndicate Creative. With two-hour sessions over four weeks, and a new project each week for the first three, you'll hone in on your wheel skills and learn new shapes! Choose from 12-2pm or 6-8pm timeslots.
Sunday Salsa @ Macchu Picchu | Every Sunday in April
Everyone loves a freebie, especially when it's for something as sexy as salsa-dancing! Join the party at Macchu Picchu every Sunday for free salsa lessons from 2pm-5pm. Not much of a dancer yourself? You can still come along and watch! Sunday is prime long lunching day, after all…
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie for The Urban List, Starry Nights Outdoor Movies and Wholehearted Studios.