Things To Do

14 Awesome Things To Do On The Sunshine Coast This May

By Bronte Holding
1st May 2019

What's On May

It’s well and truly autumn on the Sunshine Coast, which means the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder and we’re already missing summer. 

But luckily for us, there’s still plenty of things to get excited about on the Sunshine Coast this month, from food and wine festivals to live music and markets. 

So, we’ve rounded up the best events hitting our shores this month, so you can make your May a little more exciting. Cheers to that. 

Fashion On The Wharf 

Mooloolaba’s newly refurbished Wharf precinct just scored itself four new clothing boutiques and is throwing an epic party to celebrate. There’ll be champagne, live entertainment, tasting plates and of course, shopping. There will also be exclusive discounts and prizes on the evening, so you can score yourself some freebies as well. The new boutiques are selling everything from reworked vintage treasures to swimwear, so you’re sure to pick up something you love. To find out more information, click here

When: Thursday 2 May, from 5pm to 7pm
Where: The Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Cost: Free

Craft Beer And Food Twilight Races 

Get your fascinators, frocks, and suits ready, because the Sunshine Coast Turf Club is hosting an epic evening of twilight races, good food and good times. There’ll be eight food vendors, 11 craft beer breweries, live races from 3.40pm to 7.15pm, as well as some cool old-school vintage cars on display. Local legends Rockestra will be providing the live entertainment, bringing you your favourite mixtape of the 70s and 80s. Giddy up. 

When: Friday 3 May, from 3pm to 10pm
Where: Sunshine Coast Turf Club, 170 Pierce Avenue, Caloundra 
Cost: $10-$20

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 

The original, and arguably the best mountaineering film festival in the world, is bringing its world tour to the sunny beaches of Noosa this May. It will be showcasing over 2.5 hours of the most enthralling, exciting and adrenaline-inducing mountain adventure films, which were selected as the best films at last year’s Banff Film Festival in Canada. Taking you to some of the most remote and untouched corners of the world, the series of short films will have you on the edge of your seat as you watch the world’s best skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, explorers and climbers do what they do best. 

When: Saturday 4 May, from 7pm
Where: The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads 
Cost: $32.75

The 2019 Noosa Logger 

Presented by the Heads Of Noosa Brewing Co, the 5th annual Noosa Logger will showcase the best surfing and board makers the Sunshine Coast has the offer. This two-day log riding competition has nine different events for all ages and abilities, from groms all the way up to over 60s shredders. So grab yourself a treat from one of Noosa’s waterfront eateries, find a spot on the beach and enjoy the action. Weekend, sorted. 

When: Saturday 4 May and Sunday 5 May, from 7am to 4.30pm
Where: Noosa Heads 
Cost: Free to spectate

Syndicate Creative Artisan Markets 

Syndicate Creative will be starting their new monthly markets this May, which will be happening on the first Sunday of each month. With some of the best local creators, designers, artists and chefs selling their products here, you’ll be sure to find all your market favourites, like vintage threads, handmade homewares, coffee, flowers and much more. We’re already betting on these becoming one of the Sunshine Coast’s most-loved markets. 

When: Sunday 5 May, from 9am to 1pm
Where: Sun Central Laneway, 9 Golf Street, Maroochydore Maroochydore
Cost: Free

Time Warp Festival 

Back for 2019, the annual Time Warp Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before. With over 100 vintage cars and 200 vintage bikes on display, as well as nine bands providing live entertainment, rockabilly-themed markets and delicious local food stalls, it’s going to be a big day. Hosted by the much-loved old-school diner, Rick’s Garage, this is the perfect event for anyone who loves a good throwback. 

When: Sunday 5 May, from 10am
Where: Margaret Street, Palmwoods 
Cost: Free entry

Sunshine Coast Anywhere Festival 

Held over almost the entire month, this festival boasts a program of hundreds of pop up events at different venues. Scattered across the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, the Anywhere Festival events feature everything from dance groups and theatre performances, to live music and pub Sunday sessions. Some events, like comedy shows at private residences, require pre-booked tickets, but for the most part you can just turn up and get involved for free. For more information on the events happening near you, check out their website here

When: From Thursday 9 May to Sunday 26 May
Where: Various locations across the Sunshine Coast 
Cost: $0-$50

Ultraman Australia 

Whether you’re up for one of the world’s most physically demanding challenges yourself, or you’d much prefer to cheer people on from your perch at a beachside bar, then you’ll want to be at Noosa Heads for the Ultraman Australia race. Held over three days, the race consists of a 10 km swim, a 421.1km bike ride, and an 85.3km run. Yes, that’s a total of around 516km that each competitor needs to cover in three days, which is no easy feat. Be sure to get yourself down to Noosa Heads for the start and finish to be a part of the action.  

When: Saturday 11 May to Monday 13 May, from 6.15am 
Where: Noosa Heads 
Cost: Free to spectate

Cooroy Fusion Festival 

Cooroy’s annual Fusion Festival is back again in 2019 after nine successful years. This celebration of community groups, local artists, entertainers, artisans and food vendors is held throughout various venues in Cooroy, including Apex Park, Cooroy Library, Butter Factory Arts Centre, the CWA Hall and the Cooroy Memorial Hall. There’ll be everything from workshops and exhibitions to street food, rides and market stalls, so if you’re looking for a way to spend your Saturday, this is how to do it. 

When: Saturday 11 May, from 9.30am to 4pm
Where: Maple Street, Cooroy
Cost: Free

C.W. Stoneking At The Imperial Hotel 

Following a successful solo tour across the USA and New Zealand earlier this year, talented blues artist C.W. Stoneking is returning to local stages for a limited series of solo tours. His unique style and fusion of multiple genres has given him one of the most recognisable sounds in the music industry, and has also seen him win an ARIA award for Best Blues and Roots Album in 2009. He will also be supported by Queensland songstress Ruby Gilbert, who is known for her moody, gothic and soulful tunes. This is one gig you definitely don’t want to miss, and will be one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast this May.

When: Saturday 11 May from 7.30pm
Where: The Imperial Hotel, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi 
Cost: $40

Mother’s Day

In case you didn’t know, here is your big fat reminder that Sunday 13 May is Mother’s Day. So it’s time to rally together the siblings and plan how you’re going to spoil mum this year. If wining and dining is the way to your special lady’s heart, then our list of the best spots to treat mum this Mother’s Day is just for you. 

When: Sunday 12 May
Where: Various locations across the Sunshine Coast
Cost: Prices vary

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is about to hit the Sunshine Coast, bringing the goods this time around with a slew of hilarious acts. Book a seat and you’ll be laughing to stories spun by comedians John Hastings (Canada), Josh Earl, Mel Buttle and Rahul Subramanian (India). If your date nights have been a bit boring of late, this should spice things up. 

When: Wednesday 15 May, from 7.30pm
Where: The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Cost: $49

Noosa Food & Wine Festival

When a place that’s well known for the quality of its produce throws a food and wine festival, it’s probably worth checking out. Back again for another year of food, wine and celebrations of good times, the Noosa Food & Wine Festival is a must-do for any foodie. This year’s five-day program is jam-packed, brimming with beachside brunches, an incredible cocktail event with internationally-renowned pop artist Peter Phillips, celebrity chef dinners, live cooking demonstrations, gin masterclasses and brewery tours, just to name a few. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s guaranteed to be an event for you on this year’s program. For more information, check out our budget-friendly picks or read all about The Drinks Lab, the coolest new festival hangout.  

When: Thursday 16 May to Monday 20 May 
Where: Various locations across Noosa 
Cost: Prices vary

Runaway Noosa Marathon

It’s easy to see why Noosa is so busy all the time, because it’s just so damn pretty. The Runaway Noosa Marathon is a chance to experience the best of Noosa and celebrate a healthy, active lifestyle. Enjoy running through the Noosa streets, past the canals, and alongside the river in this friendly multi-lap course. Hustle up your running buddies and/or your cheer squad, and let’s go!

When: Saturday 25 May
Where: Noosa Heads
Cost: Prices start at $35 to compete

Image credit: Amy Higg for Urban List

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