And just like that, somehow it’s November. With the last of our stunning spring days upon us, we have some epic events to cram in before the silly season hits.
There’s loads to fill your days with this month from film festivals to fashion meets, exclusive dinners and so much more. So if you’re looking for ideas to fill your calendar, check out our list of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast this November.
Meats For Mates
Blokes don’t often think about their own mental health and how it may affect their friends and family, but that’s all about the change. The crew at Your Mates Brewing is teaming up with local celebrity chef Matt Golinski to help raise awareness for men’s health, by doing what guys do best—eating meat, drinking beer, hanging with their mates and telling tall tales. Meats for Mates is bound to be a seriously great event, complete with a three-hour banquet of pulled pork, beef brisket and tasty sides, as well as Your Mates beers. The boys have also been brewing a Karma Keg especially for this event, where you pay what you like for a beer and all proceeds go to charity. Cheers to that fellas!
When: Friday 1 November, 11am to 4pm
Where: Your Mates Brewing Co., 41 Technology Drive, Warana
Cost: $70 each
Travelling Film Festival
Celebrating the best new Australian and international films, the annual Travelling Film Festival is heading back to Nambour to screen highlights from the Sydney Film Festival. Opening with the film Hearts & Bones, starring Hugo Weaving as a war photographer, this year’s lineup includes the heartwarming doco The Biggest Little Farm; and the charming Aussie rom-com Standing Up For Sunny starring Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte. It’s the ultimate binge-fest weekend!
When: Friday 1 November to Monday 4 November
Where: Majestic Cinemas, Currie Street, Nambour
Cost: $14.50 per screening
Offbeat Music Festival
The Imperial Hotel is known for seriously great vibes and whopping doses of creativity, so it’s the ideal location for Offbeat Music Festival, which promises to be a little bit quirky and unexpected. Boasting more than 20 bands over five stages, it’s bound to be an awesome show. Headliners include The Beautiful Girls, Vaudeville Smash, Kallidad, Blues Arcadia and Black Rabbit George, as well as local acts OKA, Ayla and Ruby Gilbert, which all have huge followings beyond our patch of paradise.
When: Saturday 2 November, 12pm
Where: Imperial Hotel, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi
Cost: $91.80 (Strictly 18+ event folks)
Paradisco On The Grass
Summer vibes will be arriving early for punters at Paradisco On The Grass music festival. Featuring a loaded lineup of international and Aussie dance acts including a DJ set from Safia, Motez and Secondcity, if you love a dance with cocktail in hand, this festival is for you!
When: Saturday, 9 November, 1pm to 9pm
Where: Sunshine Coast Stadium, 31 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
Cost: From $57
Mary River Festival
Got a free Saturday? Then why not take a short drive out to Kandanga for a laid back Saturday at the Mary River Festival. There’ll be live music, local stalls, workshops and activities galore, movies, and roaming entertainment, as well as great food and drinks on offer. If you’re looking for the perfect way to while away a warm spring afternoon, then this is the festival for you.
When: Saturday 9 November, 11.30am to 7.30pm
Where: Kandanga Community Reserve
Cost: Free entry
Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo
Whether you’ve got your own big day coming up or you just love weddings in general, you’ll want to check out the Sunshine Coast’s massive wedding expo. Meet wedding suppliers and planners face to face, get hands on with all the wedding products and decorations, and even go in the draw to win $5000 towards your own wedding. If you’re looking for wedding inspiration, this is the place to get it.
When: Sunday 10 November, 11am to 3pm
Where: Maroochy RSL Events Centre
Cost: $10 for general admission, $25 for VIP ticket
Our friends at Syndicate Creative have been in the midst of moving to a bigger and better location, which has meant their popular artisan markets have been taking a short hiatus—but they’re back! Now held at their new digs in Met Maroochydore, the markets will be held on the third Saturday of each month, kicking off on 16 November. Enjoy art, handmade goods, craft, floristry, vintage clothing, specialty foods and beverages and live entertainment. It’s free to go along, and if you’re a local artisan and keen to take part, stalls are $40, check out their website for details.
When: Saturday 16 November, 9am to 2pm
Where: Syndicate Creative, Corner of First Avenue and South Sea Islander Way, Maroochydore
Sunshine Coast Uncorked
Lovers of good beer, wine and spirits, listen up! Sample some of Australia’s top drops and hear some of the stories from the source in the ultimate tasting experience at Sunshine Coast Uncorked. Hand-picked suppliers include Chandon, Moet, Oyster Bay, Penfolds, Tempus Two, Veuve, Wolf Blass and Yalumba, along with an offering of delicious food and live music. Fancy upgrading to connoisseur status? For an extra $15, you can attend a masterclass.
When: Saturday 16 November, 2pm to 6pm
Where: The Shed at Aussie World, Frizzo Road, Palmview
Talk about every foodie’s dream—Shobosho’s Head Chef Adam Liston is bringing his cool communal take on dining to The Tamarind in Maleny for one night only. Shobosho is an Adelaide institution and we’re incredibly lucky to have the famous Japanese charcoal experience brought to our neck of the woods. In an epic takeover, The Tamarind will be transformed with a new food style, new vibes and a new look that will make this a group dining experience on the Sunshine Coast not to be missed. Featuring a six-course set menu including Salmon Tataki, Tsukune and Yuzu cheesecake, this is the ultimate eater’s fantasy.
When: Friday 22 November, 6.30pm to 10pm
Where: The Tamarind, Spicers Tamarind, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny
Cost: $130 per person for food only
Her Wardrobe Fashion Market
The change of seasons often heralds a shake-up of your look, so gather your gal pals and search for some new threads at Her Wardrobe Fashion Market. There will be more than 60 local sellers and more than 10,000 new and pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories up for grabs, so you're sure to bag a bargain!
When: Saturday 23 November, 9am to 1pm
Where: Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
Cost: Entry is $2
The dream team behind the Brisbane Street Art Festival and the co-founder of Jungle Love Festival is delivering a new immersive festival experience, Yonder. It’s the ultimate summer glamping fest where you can catch artists spanning a variety of mediums and genres—from live music across four stages, to visual art, theatre, dance, roving performances and workshops. Yonder Festival is an 18+ event and we’re expecting it to be one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast this month.
When: Thursday 28 November to Saturday 30 November
Where: Mary Valley (location TBC)
Cost: From $184
Image credit: Alex Alvarez