Things To Do

13 Awesome Things To Do On The Sunshine Coast This March

By Bronte Holding - 28 Feb 2019

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And just like that, summer has come to an end. Which would be sad if we lived anywhere but the Sunshine Coast, but here, things never really quieten down.
The afternoon cocktails, lazy beach days and balmy evenings are set to continue, along with loads of events worth popping on your calendar. So, without further ado, these are the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast this March. 

Tiny Houses and Eco-Villages Seminar 

Metal straws, re-useable bags and beeswax wraps are all well and good, but it’s time to start talking about the new wave of sustainability—eco-living. This two-day event will be your crash course in sustainable living, tiny houses and eco-villages, including demonstrations, stalls, tiny house displays, workshops with academics, thought leaders and experts. There’ll also be vegan food trucks, live music and performances, and engaging panel discussions where you can learn about building your own fully sustainable tiny house. 

When: Friday, 1 March to Saturday, 2 March from 9am - 4pm
Where: The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads 
Cost: $10
For more information, click here

Noosa Festival Of Surfing

The Sunshine Coast’s biggest and best surfing festival is back again for it’s 28th year, and its set to be better than ever. With eight days of surfing competitions, cultural events, live music and beach bars, we’re already calling this one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast in March. From sand sculpture workshops and trivia nights to live gigs and dog surfing, Noosa Festival of Surfing is the ultimate way to celebrate all things surf culture.

When: Saturday 2 March - Sunday 10 March
Where: Various locations across Noosa 
Cost: Free spectating and free entry to most events 
For more information, click here.

Clean Up Australia Day With Raw Energy

Our friends at Raw Energy have just announced that they will no longer use plastic straws, which will save over 70,000 plastic straws from ending up in landfill (and our oceans) each year. But that’s not all they’re doing for our beloved environment. They’re also celebrating Clean Up Australia Day by inviting locals to participate in a coastal cleanup. Meet at their Cotton Tree store at 9am for an hour-long clean up session and you’ll receive 25 per cent off all smoothies and bowls for your efforts. You’ll be doing yourself and the environment some good. It’s a win-win. 

When: Sunday 3 March, 9am - 10am
Where: 20 Memorial Avenue, Maroochydore 
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here

Mooloolaba Swim Festival 

This two-day swimming festival is the perfect way to get outside and get active while the weather is still warm. With two long-course ocean swims, an Alexander Headland to Mooloolaba ocean swim and the famous Mooloolaba mile, as well as plenty of short-course swims, there’s an event for all fitness levels. There’ll be plenty of prizes up for grabs, and if swimming isn’t your thing, there’ll be sunrise yoga, an outdoor cinema, and plenty of action to check out. 

When: Saturday 2 March - Sunday 3 March from 8am - 2pm
Where: Mooloolaba 
Cost: Free to spectate, registration fees range from $44.50-$80
For more information, click here

Rainbow River Fest Catalina-Style

The M.V. Catalina and the Rainbow River Festival are teaming up to bring you the ‘The Love Boat’. Including a rainbow river cruise, beach games and live music, this will be the ultimate boat party. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Noosa River while relaxing and sipping on a cocktail or three. Now, that’s our kind of party. 

When: Sunday 3 March, 12pm - 2pm
Where: Catalina Jetty, 172 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Cost: $20
For more information, click here

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 

With a vision to mesmerise, educate and captivate audiences on the beauty, power and importance of the ocean, this travelling film festival showcases over two hours of unbelievable, below and above surface, ocean footage. Not only do the films feature incredible cinematography from epic vantage points, but the insightful and informative narrations are just as good. Think David Attenborough’s ‘Big Blue’, but with more of a focus on the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who call the water their home. 

When: Saturday 9 March, 7pm - 10pm
Where: The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads 
Cost: $30.50
For more information, click here.

Corbins Beer-Cha 

Local foodie paradise, Corbins is hosting another Beer-Cha evening, complete with three locally-brewed XPA’s and nine  perfectly-paired courses. One of the tastiest things to do on the Sunshine Coast, this event is for anyone who loves a good pale ale, long lunches and yum cha…so it’s pretty much for everyone. Bookings are essential, so be sure to get in quick to secure your spot. 

When: Sunday 10 March, 12pm - 3pm 
Where: 34 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore 
Cost: $50
For more information, click here

Mexican And Margaritas

Mexican and margaritas; a match made in heaven. If you find yourself drooling over the thought of tacos and a couple of margs, then this is the event for you. Local favourite Mexican joint, La Canteena is hosting the ultimate Sunday session, complete with live music and a $5 menu. They say they have the best margaritas in town, and the only way to find out is to try one. So head on down for some cheap eats, mind-blowing margaritas and a cheeky tequila. 

When: Sunday 10 March, 12pm - 8pm
Where: La Canteena, 19 Ocean Street, Maroochydore 
Cost: Free entry 
For more information, click here


Also celebrating its 28th year in 2019 is the much-loved short film festival, Flickerfest. Screening the best short films from Australia and around the world, Flickerfest is a film buff’s dream. After spending 10 days screening films under the stars at Bondi Beach, the festival has taken its show on the road, and will be screening the best of the best films for one night in Noosa. This will be their only tour before they head overseas, so make sure you don’t miss out.

When: Thursday 14 March, 7.30pm - 11pm
Where: The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads 
Cost: $18-$20
For more information, click here

Flower Crown Workshop

Get the girls together and head to The Posy Co for a morning of flower crown making. They will cover all the bases, including preparation techniques and tips and tricks on how to make the perfect crown. All materials will be provided and you’ll get to go home with an amazing flower crown and some new flower-arranging skills. So, whether you’re planning your next girl’s day out or just looking to learn a new skill, this is the workshop for you. 

When: Saturday 16 March, 9am - 11am
Where: The Posy Co, 212 Tanawha Tourist Drive, Tanawha 
Cost: $75
For more information, click here

Munch Festival

Re-scheduled after Cyclone Oma crashed last month’s event plans, good music, good times, and good food are on the line-up for this local festival. Held at Eumundi’s iconic Imperial Hotel, this festival is a celebration of diversity, which is shown through its range of international food on offer and unique artists. Think: spring rolls, tacos, satay, vegan delights and mouthwatering BBQ, all washed down with refreshing drinks from the Eumundi Brewery. As for the musicians, there’ll be a range of talented local street artists and musos doing their thing, including jazz duo Cameron de la Vega and Miranda Deutsh, Palomino III, and Gian. 

When: Saturday 16 March, 2pm - 8pm
Where: The Imperial Hotel, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi 
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Champagne Club 

If there was ever a club we would want to call ourselves a part of, it would probably be Champagne Club. Held at the Circa Rooftop Bar, you can sit back, relax and enjoy some bubbly with a view at one of the best Sunshine Coast events popping up in March. Featuring non-vintage, vintage and rose French champagne, your all-inclusive ticket will get you a complimentary flute, professional tasting notes and a lesson on what makes champagne so delicious. There will also be specially-matched tapas available, as well as meals and cocktails. The first rule of Champagne Club? Pace yourself. 

When: Friday 22 March, 5pm - 7pm
Where: Circa Rooftop Bar, Kon-Tiki building rooftop, 55 Plaza Parade, Maroochydore
Cost: $30
For more information, click here

Farm To Coast Organic Dinner 

Mooloolaba café, CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods is throwing a three-course organic dinner to celebrate local farms. All the food is sourced from Sunshine Coast growers and there’ll even be farmer profiles included with your meals, so you can see and learn about where your food was grown. Not only will it be delicious, but the event will also help raise money for the Drought Angels organisation, so it should be an easy addition to your list of feel-good things to do on the Sunshine Coast this month. Oh, and there’ll also be organic wine (in case you needed another reason to go). 

When: Saturday 30 March, 6pm - 9.30pm
Where: CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods, 17 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba 
Cost: $60
For more information, click here

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Image credit: Roberto Valdivia

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