We’re edging closer to the end of the year, folks. But with so much happening in the next 30 days, we reckon it’s about time we all hit the brakes and enjoy!
Beer and cider festivals, a mammoth wedding expo, and food truck roll ups, we think we just fell for November. Hard. Here’s our pick of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast this month.
Brewery Tours & Movie Night
Need to mix up your reg Saturday night routine? We know just the thing. Brewery Tours is bringing together beer, burgers and screenings of cult classics at three different Sunshine Coast breweries during November. Kicking off the month is Black Bunny Kitchen on Thursday 2 November, followed by 10 Toes Brewery on Saturday 4 November and a finale event at Moffat Beach Brewing Co. on Saturday 11 November. For more info or to book tickets, click here.
When: Thursday 2 November, Saturday 4 November and Saturday 11 November
Where: Various locations across the Sunshine Coast
Quite possibly the largest sporting event on the Sunshine Coast calendar, the Noosa Tri is officially setting up right now. Okay, we’re not saying you should actually compete in the Noosa Tri (unless you’re really, REALLY fit), but it totally counts as a workout if you stand on the sidelines and cheer, right? The events roll out all weekend long but Sunday is when things really peak. Be smart and park somewhere in the junction before strolling down to Hastings Street to get in on the action. Just think, if you were running and saw smiley faces egging you on, you’d feel pretty chuffed—so do it for the sporty peeps!
When: Wednesday 1 November to Sunday 5 November
Where: Various locations across Noosa
The Food Truck Roll Up
Take a break from your Sunday beach sesh and hit up the Sunshine Coast’s first Food Truck Roll Up. Held at Mooloolaba Beach Bowls Club, this food-heavy event will see four of our fave Sunshine Coast food trucks—The Good Food Fellas, Neshama (hello halloumi fries!), The Donut Kitchen and One World Food Truck—rock up to serve the masses. Bring the whole fam and feast on top-notch nosh with a side of entertainment.
When: Sunday 5 November, 12pm to 4pm
Where: Mooloolaba Beach Bowls Club, Corner of Brisbane Road and Kapala Street, Mooloolaba
Melbourne Cup Day
Put in your midweek ‘surprise’ sick day well in advance and head along to one of many Melbourne Cup Day soirees on the Sunshine Coast this November. With so many epic parties happening right across the Coast, you’ll wanna give this rundown a scroll and book in fast.
When: Tuesday 7 November, from 11am onwards
Where: Various locations
Cost: Various prices
Macrame and Margaritas
If there was ever an event that sounded right up our alley, this is it! Hosted by Noosa Regional Gallery, Macrame and Margaritas is a workshop led by one of our fave macramé maestros, Jodie from Creative Bowerbird. Your ticket includes a free drink on arrival, plus you’ll take home a bucket load of skills that’ll see you marcrameing the shiz outta your home in no time.
When: Thursday 9 November, from 5.30pm
Where: Noosa Regional Gallery, Pelican Street, Tewantin
Happening from 9 to 12 November, Wanderlust is a culmination of a tonne of smaller wellness 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 and we’re diggin’ it.
When: Thursday 9 November to Sunday 12 November
Where: Novotel Twin Waters Resort, 270 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Get your record players ready, because a massive fair selling records, cds and a bunch of music memorabilia is about to pop up on the Sunshine Coast. And, with some price tags as little as one buck, it’s inevitable that you’re going to score a few dusty nuggets to take home. With DJs spinning their faves and a whole Sunday evening to put the needle on your new finds, if you’ve got a soft spot for vinyl, do not miss this event. Capeesh?
When: Saturday 11 November, from 1pm to 5pm and Sunday 12 November, from 1pm to 5pm
Where: Buddina Primary School Hall, Corner of Iluka Avenue and Tumut Street, Buddina
Cost: Gold coin donation
Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo
Tying the knot somewhere in our stunning patch of paradise? Then you’d best be kicking up those heels to the Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo. Bringing together over 60 of the best local wedding vendors, for one day only, this is your chance to meet the peeps who could help bring your special day to life. There’ll be wedding gowns, caterers, mobile bars, celebrants, florists, photographers and so much more.
When: Sunday 12 November, 11am to 3pm
Where: Maroochy RSL, Memorial Avenue, Maroochydore
Cost: Tickets start at $10
Pasta In A Cheese Wheel
Okay, guys, brace yourselves. This news is EPIC! For the second and final time of 2017, Pitchfork Restaurant will be dishing up the most mind-blowing, cheese-worshipping dish we’ve ever laid eyes on—the mighty cheese wheel. Here’s the deal: warmed brandy is set alight and flambéed inside a massive semi-hollowed wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano. As the alcohol burns off, the melted parmesan is scraped away, pasta (cooked al dente) is then added and more cheese is scraped away, before a plate of fresh cheesy pasta lands in front of you. Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it?
When: Wednesday 15 November
Where: Pitchfork, 4 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach
Cost: $100 for two people, includes pasta in a wheel, sourdough, rocket and parmesan salad plus dessert
Perfect for chilli diehards, Ignite Chilli Festival is popping up in Caloundra this month. A not-to-be-missed gathering of all things chilli, the one-day festival will be held along the town’s main drag and in nearby laneways. Showcasing anything and everything chilli-related, there’ll be street food stalls serving up spicy dishes, chilli sauce and chilli seed stands, plus cooking demos and chilli eating competitions—ouch!
When: Saturday 25 November, 1pm to 8pm
Where: Bulcock Street, Caloundra
Beer & Cider Festival
We’ve got some beery good news for hops lovers of the Sunshine Coast. This November we’re getting a brand new festival celebrating all things craft beer… and cider! And it’s going to be huge! Expect pop-up bars where you can wander, sample brews, and geek out over hops directly with a variety of brewers, including local faves like 10 Toes, Brouhaha, Sunshine Coast Brewery and Your Mates. There’ll be over 50 Aussie and Kiwi brewers showcasing their stuff, so prepare to whet your thirst with ciders, pale ales, stouts, specialty beers and porters. And like all good festivals, you’ll find enough nosh to soak up the evidence.
When: Saturday 25 November, gates open from 1pm
Where: Sunshine Coast Stadium, 31 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
Cost: Tickets start at $10
An Evening With The Waifs
This will probs make you feel old, but we can’t not tell you about it. Guys, The Waifs are headed for the Coast as part of their 25th anniversary tour across Australia! Over two magical hours, you’ll hear tunes spanning their 25-year history that’ll bring back all of the memories.
When: Wednesday 29 November, from 7pm
Where: The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra
Got visitors arriving soon? Make sure you bookmark this guide to the Sunshine Coast for out-of-towners. You're welcome.
Image credit: Louise Coghill for The Urban List