We’re blessed with spectacular winters here on the Sunshine Coast, which is why we don’t shy away from the elements—in fact, we embrace them!
July is jam-packed full of outdoor festivals, live music gigs and delicious foodie events, we promise you won’t even be tempted to stay home and binge your favourite television shows.
If you enjoy roasting marshmallows over an open fire, watching the hot flames lick the cold night sky, then Bonfire Night is for you. This year’s event promises even bigger bang for your buck with bonfires, fireworks, flames and pyro displays. Lots of fun to be had for all ages, there will also be a gathering of food trucks, plus live music and entertainment; and did we mention chocolate-dripping s’mores? Talk about a winter warming event!
When: Saturday 6 July, from 2pm
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point
Cost: Entry $10 adults and $5 kids
Grab your picnic rug for a pleasant afternoon of free live music in the heart of Eumundi. Park Sounds features a talented line-up including Alisha Todd, Majelen and Smoke & Rain, who will have your toes tapping and your hands clapping. Pack some snacks and gather your friends for this alcohol-free event, it’s the ultimate lazy Sunday vibe.
When: Sunday 7 July, from 1pm to 4pm
Where: Dick Caplick Park, Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Queensland Garden Expo
Plant lovers rejoice, the largest collection of plants in one location is heading your way for the Queensland Garden Expo. Along with plants for sale from over 50 nurseries, you can learn some nifty tips and tricks in workshops to suit all skill levels and interests, demonstrations from garden experts, and check out loads of stalls over the three-day event. Don’t feel like lugging your plant purchases around? For the cost of a gold coin donation, you can leave them in the plant cloak room. But our favourite offering is the Coffee Cup Refill Station–buy a coffee at the Expo, take your takeaway cup to the refill station and they’ll fill it with potting mix and a small plant to take home. How cute is that?
When: Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July
Where: Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour
Cost: Entry from $18
The Posy Co DIY Workshops
The Posy Co is hosting three awesome workshops this month, to help you inject a little greenery into your abode. Learn how to make your own kokedama and succulent kokedama, or find out how to make your own terrarium. The best part is you don’t need any floristry experience for any of these workshops, and all plants, soil and tools are provided on the day.
When: Saturday 13 July, Succulent Kokedama Workshop from 9am to 9.30am, Kokedama Workshop from 9.30am to 10.30am, Plant Terrarium Workshop from 11am to 12pm
Where: The Posy Co, 212 Tanawha Tourist Drive, Tanawha
Cost: Succulent Kokedama Workshop $35, Kokedama Workshop $55, Plant Terrarium Workshop $85
One of our favourite rock duos, Polish Club, is hitting the Sunshine Coast to mark the release of their second album Iguana. With this regional show capping off their national tour, head to Solbar to experience the Sydney band’s revitalised, wall-to-wall sound, it’s sure to be a rocking live gig. Also, Polish Club is donating $1 from every ticket sold to this 18+ gig to Cancer Council. What legends.
When: Sunday 14 July, from 8pm
Where: Solbar, Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Bohemian Fashion Market
There can never be too many markets, and the Sunshine Coast’s newest pop-up event is already one of our favourites. The first Bohemian Fashion Market will be held mid-July and will boast about 25 stalls, ranging from locally handmade goods (think candles and jewellery) to secondhand bohemian fashion wares. With brands like Auguste The Label, Spell & The Gypsy Collective and Arnhem, threads will be snapped up quickly, so don’t dawdle.
When: Sunday 14 July from 9am to 12pm
Where: Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre, 8 The Avenue, Birtinya
Cost: Entry is free
Sunshine Coast Collective Markets
Every second and fourth Sunday of the month, you know where to find us—at the Sunshine Coast Collective Markets. For those of you yet to experience the market magic, this isn't your average offering; it’s a collective of over 100 local designers, musicians, artists, foodies and creators showcasing their latest creations and vintage wares. You won’t find a mass-produced or cheap imported product in sight, and that’s what we love most about it.
When: Sunday, 14 July and Sunday 28 July, from 8.30am to 12.30pm
Where: Coolum State Primary School, School Road, Coolum Beach
Cost: Entry is free
Nambour Winter Jazz Festival
This boutique jazz fest has garnered quite the reputation for attracting top-class performers from across Australia. With a wide range of styles on show, slide into the festival experience and soak up the sounds of jazz. Enjoy a taste of New Orleans with the Jazz Walk, hitting various venues and acts in town; or perhaps dinner and a show at The Supper Club is more your style, with headline artist Emma Pask. And with a range of cafes, bars and food stalls bringing the goods, the Nambour Winter Jazz Festival will be a treat for the senses.
When: Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July
Where: Various locations in Nambour
Cost: Varies for each workshop and event
Ten days of entertainment will ensue at Noosa Alive! With a whole host of shows on offer, we can’t wait to catch The Whitlams frontman Tim Freedman in an intimate solo performance on 20 July; Slow Food with Film on 22 July will see chefs Aden Moriarty from Noosa Springs, Matt Golinski from Peppers and Lisa Mahar from Makepeace Island come together for an indulgent three-course meal to complement a special screening of the film Chocolat; local songbird Sahara Beck returns to the Coast for a performance at The J Theatre on 24 July; and The Umbilical Brothers hit the stage with their highly acclaimed show Speedmouse. Check out the website for loads more shows and get in quick to nab tickets because it’s sure to be a sellout.
When: Friday 19 July to Sunday 28 July
Where: Various locations in Noosa
Cost: Price varies
Christmas In July
Wood Fire Grill has us feeling all festive with their annual Christmas in July dinner. Bask in the comforts of mulled wine and sweets by the cosy fireplace on arrival, before settling into a four-course feast with matching wines. On the menu this year you can expect turkey with pistachio and burnt orange jus; beef fat potatoes; charred carrots with honey and tahini dressing; and fruit mince and macadamia tarts with brandy anglaise and cinnamon ice cream. We have a feeling we’ll be rolling out the door like Santa Claus!
When: Thursday 25 July, 6.30pm
Where: Wood Fire Grill, 2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads
Rose Callaghan At LOLbar
Stand-up comedian Rose Callaghan will grace the Playhouse stage at Solbar, for LOLbar. This Sydney-based funny-woman will have you in stitches as she navigates the world of internet dating and sex. One thing is for certain, there will be no holds barred. Why not make a night of it with dinner and a show? Choose from Solbar’s set menu including burgers, pasta or pizza, with a pot of beer, glass of wine or soft drink.
When: Thursday 25 July at 7pm
Where: Solbar, Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Cost: Dinner and show $35.70, general admission $17.35
Italian Long Lunch
Inspired by the tradition of families coming together to share in conversation, wine and delicious food, Noosa Waterfront Restaurant owner and chef Andrea Ravezzani is injecting a little bit of that Italian flavour into the Sunshine Coast dining scene, with the Italian Long Lunch. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival before doing what the Italians do best–share food. With antipasti share plates, homemade artisan bread, housemade pasta, mains, sides and dessert share plates on offer, what better way to spend your weekend?
When: Sunday 28 July from 12pm to 3pm
Where: Noosa Waterfront Restaurant, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Image credit: Drew Collins