Local Events

February 2024

3 – 24

Sea World Carnivale

Ignite the night at Sea World Carnivale, select nights this February! Enjoy an exotic night out with the family and witness the spectacular water and light show. Journey through precincts and treat the kids to a feast of internationally inspired foods, music and dance. Plus, ride the Leviathan and Trident at night. Get one free entry with a Village Roadshow One Pass.

10

Lunar New Year

Celebrate the beginning of the Lunar New Year in Chinatown, Southport!

2024 is the Year of the Dragon, representing auspiciousness and imperial power.

This year’s fiery festivities include a vibrant melting pot of colourful entertainment. See lion and dragon dancers, market stalls, kids activities (paper-cutting and Chinese calligraphy), an interactive wishing tree, fan and umbrella dancing, and a sizzling fireworks finale!

The $5 food safari is back and will have you roaring around Chinatown, feasting on the delectable $5 food and beverage cultural delights!

21 – 24

Thursday – Saturday

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is the largest skate gathering of the year in Australia where the best skaters in the country come together to compete.

The annual skating festivities, 21-24 February 2024, include learn-to-ride clinics, art shows, workshops, music, and parties and is rounded out with a skate competition on the 24th February.

25

Sunday

Red Hot Summer Tour

The Red Hot Summer Tour are thrilled to announce this incredible line up of artists for a series of shows in late 2023 and Summer 2024!

The Red Hot Summer Tour is an annual series of multi-artist events that tours Australia wide including spectacular regional locations and local destinations. These iconic outdoor shows bring red hot rock for the ultimate live music experience and have become one of Australia’s most sought-after summer festivals.

The lineup includes; 

– Suzi Quatro
– Cheap Trick
– Jon Stevens
– The Angels
– Baby Animals
– The Screaming Jets & many more

28 – 29

Wednesday – Thursday

Ocean Film Festival 

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics such as ocean adventure and exploration, the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean related sports, coastal cultures and ocean lovers.

April 2024

6 – 7

Phoenix Gold Coast Triathlon

The Pho3nix Kids Gold Coast Triathlon on Saturday 6th April is a FREE fun, participation based non-competitive event. Bike / Run, Swim / Run and Fun Run options also available. Each child will receive a t-shirt, swimming cap and finishers medal.

The Pho3nix Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial on Sunday 7th April has long been known as the triathlon for triathletes – if there is one race on the calendar not to miss, this is it.  We can’t wait to showcase our beautiful Broadwater venue.

14 – 21

Gold Coast Swim Week

Gold Coast Swim Week is a week-long celebration of swimming with ocean swims and leading coaches and special guests hosting clinics and training sessions along Gold Coast beaches and pools.

The 14th annual Cooly Classic Ocean Swim will open the program on April 14.  This is the Gold Coast’s largest ocean swimming event, with swims from 1.0km to 5.0km starting at Snapper Rocks.  It attracts a huge range of abilities, from past and present Olympians to the general public of all ages, including age categories from 8 to 70+ years.

19-30

Gold Coast Film Festival

Major Events Gold Coast is proud to be supporting the 22nd year of the Gold Coast Film Festival featuring over 100 films, panels, parties, pop-up cinemas and special events across the Gold Coast from Coolangatta to Coomera.

The Gold Coast Film Festival is an annual 12-day film festival in April with more than 100 film, panels, parties, pop-up cinemas and special events right across the Gold Coast. 

May 2024

16

Blues on Broadbeach

This hugely popular beachside music festival features international and Australian blues music performers in over 20 performance areas throughout the vibrant streets, venues and parks of Broadbeach.

The 2024 lineup: 

– Melissa Etheridge
– Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton
– Ana Popovic 
– Eric Bibb
– Lloyd Spiegel 
– Hat Fitz & Cara 

and many more… for the full lineup visit here

June 2024

16

Cooly Rocks On

Celebrating the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear, Cooly Rocks On is back from 5-9 June 2024.

With many free and ticketed entertainment options across the action-packed five-day festival, make the most of your festival experience with the official festival app.

Featuring one of Australia’s best Show ‘N’ Shine displays, the festival showcases an impressive collection of hot rods, kustom vehicles, lowbrow art and more. As for the music, some of the best rock ‘n’ roll, swing, rockabilly and tribute artists from around the world will take to the stage throughout the festival. From artists like The Go Getters (SWE), Boom! Boom! Deluxe (NZ), Johnny Pandora (JPN) and more, to world-renowned international Elvis Tribute Artists like Shawn Klush (USA) and Jimmy Holmes (USA), a good boogie won’t be hard to find!

Cooly Rocks On is also one of two festivals held in Australia to host an official preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, with the winner heading straight to Elvis Week in Memphis, USA. The annual Cooly Rocks Pin-up Pageant is another festival favourite and if you’re in need of some retro goods and memorabilia, make sure to check out the Nostalgia Markets on the Coolangatta beachfront.

21 – 7

Big City Lights

Big City Lights will be returning 21 June – 7 July 2024, keep an eye out for details. 

July 2024

7
Sunday

Gold Coast Marathon

This world-class event, Australia’s favourite holiday marathon is staged annually on Queensland’s Gold Coast. This internationally famous event features a fast and flat course that follows the magnificent Gold Coast Broadwater, the golden beaches of the Gold Coast from Main Beach to Burleigh Heads. It starts and finishes in the iconic Southport Broadwater Parklands.

Featuring eight races over two days, this event has appeal for runners of all abilities, including two kilometres and four kilometres junior dash events, the five-kilometre Fun Run, and the ten kilometre Run, the Half Marathon (21.1kilometres) and the Gold Coast Marathon (42.195 kilometres).

Seasoned runners can combine events and complete one race on Saturday and another on Sunday.

August 2024

1-11

Bleach Festival

Over 11 days, the beaches, parklands and unique locations of the Gold Coast become outdoor galleries and performance spaces to celebrate all things creative. BLEACH* is one of the finest showcases of art and community in South East Queensland; a chance to discover creative works by local artists that span painting, poetry, dance, music, comedy and so much more.

Taking place on the land of the Yugambeh People, the festival also offers numerous opportunities to connect to culture through performance art. Stay tuned for the 2024 program announcement.

16-18

Pacific Airshow Gold Coast

Pacific Airshow Gold Coast – will take-off over Australia’s iconic Surfers Paradise Beach 16-18 August 2024.

The three day festival will transform the sky over iconic Surfers Paradise into Australia’s biggest stage, with high-flying performances by elite military aviators and the best civilian performers from around the world. The breathtaking aerial feats performed over Surfers Paradise Beach and backdropped by the iconic Gold Coast skyline are sure to excite and amaze.

20-8

2024 Surf Life Saving World Championships

All Beach and Ocean Events at the 2024 Lifesaving World Championships will be held at Kurrawa Beach, in the heart of the world famous Gold Coast, with competitors racing in some of the best waves in Australia.

Competitors and spectators alike will have the opportunity to sit back and relax after a day of action, with Kurrawa Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs and bars and restaurants close by offering incredible food and beverage options

30-1
Fri-Sun

Gold Coast Show

Gold Coast Show is on at Broadwater Parklands on 30 August to 1 September 2024.

Don’t miss out on:

  • Arts, Homecrafts and Horticulture exhibits
  • Main Stage entertainment and Rovers
  • Woodchop competition
  • Show Dogs competition
  • Stall Holders/Exhibitors
  • Animal Farm/Petting zoo
  • Equestrian and much more.

Come join in the fun!

September 2024

6-8
Fri-Sun

Springtime

Returning to the beaches and streets of Surfers Paradise, SPRINGTIME will be back with a massive artist lineup and arts program!

October 2024

18-20
Fri-Sun

Groundwater Country Music Festival

Free to attend, Groundwater CMF gathers some of the best country artists in the industry for three days of FREE live music on the Gold Coast. Set throughout the streets, parks and venues of Broadbeach and just steps away from the beachfront, there’s no other country music festival quite like it!

25-27
Fri-Sun

Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500

The streets of Surfers Paradise will transform into a world-class street circuit as tens of thousands of racing enthusiasts flock to get a glimpse of the action whilst Australia’s hottest DJs and international stars take to the Club 500 stage on Macintosh Island at night. Be there as Mustang takes on Camaro at this iconic street circuit. Whether you are a long-term fan or someone looking to experience a Supercars event for the first time, there is entertainment both on and off track to suit all attendees.

November 2024

1 – 10

Pan Pacific Masters Games

The Gold Coast’s famous celebration of masters sport returns, showcasing competition in more than 40 sports at some of the world’s best sporting facilities and an amazing entertainment program at the Games Village (Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach).

Thousands of participants from all over the globe will converge on the Gold Coast to participate in the Asia-Pacific’s biggest annual masters games. Participants will compete in their age group with no qualifying standards or times to enter. The only criterion for entry is a minimum age for each sport, which for the majority is 30 years of age.

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