March: the month when we all realise summer is gone… and it took Christmas, New Years, and all our money with it.
But that’s no reason to hibernate in misery ‘cause, let’s be real, that sun will keep pumping out heat for a while yet, and it also happens to be one of the most action-packed months of the year!
March plays host to a string of super-sized festivities headed up by the Noosa Surfing Festival, the Mooloolaba Tri, with a super intimate dinner by some of the best chefs in the biz rounding out the calendar. How lucky are we?
Here’s our pick of awesome things to do on the Sunshine Coast this March.
Brouhaha Brewery Is Re-Opening | March 1
Okay, so you might not know it, but Maleny’s fave and only brewery has been closed for the past couple of weeks while it underwent a bit of a refresh. And for beer guzzlers and food eaters, it’s been sorely missed. And that, my friends, is why we’re celebrating the fact that Brouhaha are re-opening this Wednesday, with a new menu in tow and a brand spanking new roof on the deck.
Collectorama Fair | March 4
Calling all vintage shoppers. This weekend, retro heaven is pretty much descending on Nambour Showgrounds as the Collectorama Fair comes to town. With over 150 dealers selling their wares, we’d be totally shocked if you left empty-handed. Entry is $6, with kids under 12 years of age free so, what are you waiting for? On your mark, get set, GO!! All the fun starts from 7.30am!
Noosa Festival Of Surfing | March 4 to 11
It’s that time of year again folks, and we are pumped! Noosa Festival of Surfing perfectly captures all the things we’re about, here on the SC—sun, beach, good food, and great people. Sprawled across eight days, you’d best be checking out the full program and pull together some kind of plan, because there’s a whole heap happening. From film screenings, the surfing dog spectacular, talks by living surf legends, and downing beers at the pop-up beach bar, to getting stretchy at the Wellness Wednesday yoga sesh—or, of course, taking in all the surf comp action—this is one mammoth fiesta you’re going to wanna be a part of. Easily one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast this month.
Mooloolaba Ocean Swim | March 5
Part of the World Series Swims, The Mooloolaba Mile is Queensland’s fave short-course ocean swim. Why? Because at only one-mile long AKA 1.6km, it’s perfect for beginners who are competing for the first time. If you’re laughing at paddling such a small distance because your guns can get you wayyy further, then you’ll be happy to know a 3km swim has just been added to the program.
Yoga On Tap | March 5 and 19
Launching on March 5 at Imperial Hotel in Eumundi, Yoga On Tap is the latest yoga trend to reach the Sunshine Coast and yep, you guessed it, it involves beer. Making downward facing dogs 147 times more fun, you’ll enjoy a one-hour, all-levels Vinyasa flow yoga class before heading straight to the bar to chat with your stretchy-yoga buddies over a frothy cold one. Plus, each class will have an in-house beer expert on hand to help everyone be a bit more mindful about the whole beer-drinking process. You know what they say: come for the yoga, Namaste for the beer. This is making our list of the most out-of-the-box things to do on the Sunshine Coast.
Nibbles & Know-How | March 7
Jot this one down in your diaries, if you’re craving a big ol’ dose of inspiration. Nibbles & Know-How brings together five of the most forward-thinking, creative individuals on the Sunshine Coast to share their five top tips in five minutes. Sounds pretty awesome, no? Bubbles and beer will be flowing, like-minded peeps will be mingling, and the likes of watercolour extraordinaire Cass Deller and editor of Tidal Magazine Jess Abraham will be taking to the floor to spill the beans on what makes them tick and how they got to where they are now. If you’re suffering from a midweek slump, this super casual and FREE event will cheer you right up!
Nights On Ocean | March 10
It feels like it’s getting longer and longer between Nights On Ocean, but that’s because we love it so dang much. Packing Ocean Street with even more epic eats—hello food trucks!—pop-up alleyway bars and local designers, we’re all over this night market. Start with an arvo drink at La Canteena, go for a stroll through the stalls and end the night bopping to your heart’s desire at Sol Bar or Old Soul. You’re welcome!
Ocean Film Festival | March 10
Conveniently hanging around Noosa for the surfing festival? Well, you might wanna book this one in too. The Ocean Film Festival is coming to Noosa for one-night only, and will screen over two hours of stunning ocean-themed footage. From diving and surfing to snippets of those creatures who inhabit the big blue, this will make you fall in love with nature all over again. Tickets are $32 per person. Not sure if it’s for you? Watch the trailer here.
Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival | March 10 to 12
We are the land of triathlons. And March sees another bunch of super fit, make-us-feel-guilty-about-eating-all-the-cake athletes land on our shores for the Mooloolaba Triathlon. If you’re not up to competing—which, for us, on the scale of possibility is sitting around three out of 100—then do what you do well, and cheer from the sidelines while stuffing your gob with some of the best eats in Mooloolaba.
Champagne Club at Green Zebra | March 17
We love a good club. But a champagne club? On the Coast? Where do we sign up!? This month sees the first shindig for the Sunshine Coast Champagne Club take place at Green Zebra. Grab your girls, book your tickets ($25 each, includes a welcome glass of French champagne valued at the ticket price—oh la la!), sip on champers, and enjoy a tasting lesson. All in the name of education, of course.
Wondrous Watercolour With Shyanne Clarke | March 18
These days, there’s simply no excuse for letting the wheels spin on your creative life. The Sunshine Coast is literally bursting with workshops, events, and crafty learning sessions designed to unleash a brighter, happier, and more productive you. Helping lead the charge is one of our faves, Dulcie Joe Co in Peregian Beach—we’re loving the look of this month’s watercolour class with pro Shyanne Clarke.
Rickys + Wasabi Intimate Dinner | March 24
Oh la la! If you’ve been saving your pennies for something a bit spesh, we’re telling you right now, spend it all on this! This super intimate, 15-person only event will be held at Wasabi’s new private dining space Ibento. You’ll dine on dishes cooked by the head chefs of both Wasabi and Rickys, using produce from both restaurants’ private farms, Honeysuckle Hill and Maravista. Trust us, if we had a lazy $180 lying around, this is where it’d be going!
Secret Dinner | March 24
To put it simply, there are events and then there are epic events. And this, my friends, is an epic one. Here’s the deal. On March 24, this pop-up secret dinner event will take place in the hinterland at a secret (courtyard) location to be revealed to you by text only two hours before the 7pm kick-off. The theme—Hinterland Smoke—will see adventurous foodies treat their taste buds to a sumptuous three-course meal (think: smoked brisket, chicken, and lamb), washed down with matching wine and beer. Sounds tempting, huh?
Soul Sundays At 26 Degrees | March 26
Sundays were made for chilling the f out before Monday shows its spiky little head yet again. And we reckon Soul Sundays at 26 Degrees is the place to do just that. On the last Sunday of each month, this Hamptons-esque poolside bar in Caloundra’s Rumba Resort gets its groove on with 100% vinyl soul, funk, and jazz. Pair the beats with a cocktail and some tapas, and you’ll end the weekend feeling like you’re on holidays. Which can’t be a bad thing.
Sunshine Coast Seafood Lunch | March 26
Summer, autumn, winter, spring—it doesn’t matter the season because the fact is, we love seafood all year ‘round. Which is why this seafood lunch at Pitchfork, in partnership with Mooloolaba River Fisheries, has piqued our interest. For $100 per person, you’ll devour super fresh seafood over five courses, as well as gaining an insight into what our local waters have to offer.
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Image Credit: Hayley Williamson for Metropolist