Kick off the new year with outdoor movie nights, live music sessions on a beer-filled yacht, barefoot bowls and an epic skateboarding festival.
If you’re looking for ways to start 2020 the right way, then check out our list of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast this January.
Glass House Mountains Paint And Sip
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to explore your creative side, then this is the event for you. The Glass House Mountain Paint and Sip event is the perfect way to test your skills with a paintbrush while meeting new people and sipping on your favourite drink (it’s BYO—winning). A local artist will share their expertise with you and all materials are supplied, including a canvas that you can take home with your finished masterpiece on it. And don’t worry if you’re no Picasso, all levels of experience are welcome.
When: Friday 3 January, from 7pm
Where: The Art Hub Sunshine Coast, 19b/11 Bulcock Street, Caloundra
Cost: $45 to $50
Bowls And Beers
Thanks to the Kawana Bowls Club, your Friday afternoon plans are sorted for the rest of the month. Yep, their famous Beers and Bowls afternoon is continuing into the new year, with a barefoot bowling event held every Friday this month. All you need to do is grab a group of four mates and call to reserve your spot. And if you weren’t already reaching for the phone, your ticket also includes a free beer. Happy Friday.
When: Friday 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 January
Where: Club Kawana, 476 Nicklin Way, Wurtulla
Cost: $10 per person
Coolum Flicks In The Park
Grab a blanket and some snacks and head to Coolum Beach’s Tickle Park for the ultimate summer outdoor cinema experience. This January, Coolum Flicks In The Park is screening family favourite The Greatest Showman to kick off the new year. So get a group together and snuggle up under the stars for a perfect evening, but be sure to get there early to snag a good spot.
When: Saturday 4 January, from 6pm
Where: Tickle Park, Coolum Beach
Noosa Brewery Trail
Whether you consider yourself a bit of a beer snob, or you just love sinking a cold one, start 2020 off right by joining the Noosa Brewery Trail for an inside look into some of Noosa’s best breweries. After picking you up in one of their convenient pick-up locations across the coast, the tour will take you to iconic breweries like Land and Sea, the Eumundi Brewery and Copperhead Restaurant and Brewery. You’ll get to taste all of the beer you can handle, as well as learn a thing or two about what it takes to create the perfect brew. And the best part? It happens every Thursday and Saturday of the month, so you won’t miss out.
When: Every Thursday and Saturday of January
Where: Multiple pick-up locations across the Sunshine Coast
Bridal Summer Showcase
Tying the knot in 2020? Or just obsessed with weddings? Then be sure to make your way to the 2020 Bridal Summer Showcase. Unlike other wedding expos, the Bridal Summer Showcase gives you an exclusive look into some of the most beautiful wedding venues on the Sunshine Coast, as well as the chance to chat with some of the industry’s best suppliers and experts about how to make your day as special as possible. For any brides-to-be out there, this is a must-do event.
When: Saturday 11 January and Sunday 12 January
Where: Multiple wedding venues across the Sunshine Coast
If you’re chasing the ultimate Sunday afternoon, you may want to head to Peregian Originals with a picnic and your squad in tow. While away the afternoon listening to some of the best talent on the coast as performers from near and far treat you to some relaxing tunes. Check out their Facebook page for a list of who’s playing this month. Oh, and there’ll also be a sausage sizzle, chilled fruit and drinks for sale. Sounds like the perfect way to farewell the weekend.
When: Sunday 12 January, from 12pm to 5pm
Where: Peregian Beach Park, David Low Way, Peregian Beach
Ginger Flower And Food Festival
2020 will be the 24th year the Ginger Factory hosts its much loved Ginger, Flower and Food Festival and it is set to be bigger and better than ever. There’ll be exquisite ornamental gingers, train and boat rides, and demonstrations from local chefs, including Dylan Campbell, the resident mixologist from Sum Yung Guys. There’ll also be an amazing range of delicious food on offer, including a ginger beef taco stand and a ginger ice creamery. Need we say more?
When: Friday 17 January to Sunday 19 January
Where: The Ginger Factory, Yandina
Skate Connection Skateboarding Festival
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or you’ve never stepped foot on a skateboard, you should definitely check out the annual Skate Connection Skateboarding Festival. There’ll be learn to skate sessions, demos from the pros, competitions, and even a generation contest featuring parent and child teams. Held at the new Aura skatepark in Bells Creek, this action-packed festival is one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast this month.
When: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January
Where: Aura Skatepark, Baringa Drive, Bells Creek
A Set Adrift
If relaxing on a yacht with a beer in your hand while listening to the tunes of a local band sounds like your dream Saturday afternoon, then you really should consider getting a ticket to this month’s A Set Adrift. This two-hour cruise guarantees you some killer tunes, stunning views, craft beers and cheese, which is everything one needs for a killer start to the weekend.
When: Saturday 18 January
Where: The Dock, Pier 33, 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Liquid Sessions Boat Party
A different kind of boat party, Liquid Session’s January boat-rave is the perfect way to celebrate the first summer of the decade. Get your party on while Sunreef’s luxury vessel takes you on a three-hour cruise, and treat yourself to a cocktail or three from one of the two licensed bars. Then, dance the afternoon away to the tunes of resident DJs RyanB and Mack Franklin. Oh, and there’ll be an afterparty at The Dock Mooloolaba, so you can keep the party going long after you’re back on land. Is this going to be one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast this January? You bet.
When: Sunday 19 January, from 2pm
Where: Whale One, The Wharf, Shop 11-12, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Cost: $30 to $35
Speed Dating And Singles Party
Didn’t manage to land a kiss on New Years Eve? Wanting to put yourself out there in 2020? Looking for that special someone to share the next decade with? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, then you should get yourself a ticket to the Post Office Bar’s Speed Dating and Singles Party. This exclusive event for 25 to 35-year-old’s will allow you to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. And even if all else fails, the finger food and drinks on offer will not disappoint. Who knows, you may meet the love of your life…or at least enjoy a wine while trying.
When: Thursday 23 January
Where: Post Office Bar, 10 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Bootleg Rascal At The Solbar
Sydney-based band Bootleg Rascal are bringing their eclectic and riff-laden tunes to one of the Sunshine Coast’s best live music venues as part of their Booty Camp Summer Vacay Tour. Following the success of their newest album, Yin & Yang, their tour is a must for die-hard fans or just anyone who loves a good tune. Combining the sounds of hip-hop, funk, soul and electronic music, it’s hard not to enjoy a Bootleg Rascal track.
When: Sunday 26 January from 8pm
Where: Sol Bar, Ocean Street, Maroochydore
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