Local Events

december 2023


Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilight Markets

Celebrate the Christmas countdown with:
Bespoke Artisan Handmade Gifts
Boutique clothing and accessories from local designers
Spectacular Summer Cheer and themed Decorations
Amazing Live Music
Roving Entertainment
Sweets and treats

Gather all the little elves, and get extra santa-mental for the Christmas season! From 4pm-9pm, Saturday December 9th!

Parking: There is plenty of parking around; Soul Surfers Paradise parking or The Paradise Centre car park on Hanlan Street are recommended

Public Transport: The closest tram stop to the action is Cavill Ave

Entry: Free!


The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet International Gala

Unwrap the magic of The Nutcracker this Christmas. 

Be enchanted by the incredible talent of international ballet stars as they take you on a journey through a winter wonderland. Feel the crisp air and hear the sleigh bells chime as the world’s best ballet dancers bring this timeless tale to life. From the breath-taking snowflakes to the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy, every moment will captivate your imagination and fill your heart with holiday cheer.

Join us for a performance that will transport you to a realm of enchantment and leave you with memories to treasure for a lifetime. Experience the beauty, grace, and joy of The Nutcracker, and make this Christmas truly magical


HOTA Christmas Twilight Markets

Make your Christmas hotter at HOTA with the region’s best gourmet street eats, decadent desserts, and bespoke one-of-a-kind gifts, all under twinkling festoon lights!
Wind your way through the market lanes to the sweet serenades of stunning live music, spot roving performers, snap a selfie with an elfie… or meet the big man himself – SANTA will definitely be there!
– Artisian handmade gifts
– Gourmet eats and drinks
– Christmas cheer and decorations
– Live entertainment
– Snaps with Santa
– Kids activities and entertainment
4PM – 9PM
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
FREE Entry | Limited Parking Available

New Year’s Eve in Broadbeach

Ring in 2024 with two spectacular fireworks displays at Kurrawa Pratten Park!
The first fireworks display will take place at 8.00pm, with a second one at midnight.
Arrive early and enjoy a bite to eat in one of the many Broadbeach restaurants on offer.
Catch the G:Link to Broadbeach North Station to avoid any potential congestion on the evening.
Please see the Translink website for more information on public transport timetables.

February 2024

3 – 4

Saturday – Sunday

Nutri-Grain IronMan 

The final rounds of the 2023/24 Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series, will be held at Kurrawa Beach, QLD.

The Specialist is four separate four to five minute races, one for each discipline of swim, board, ski and run. At the conclusion of the four separate races, the final IronMan/IronWoman race will be conducted with a staggered start commencing from the finish arch. The athlete ranked 1st after the four Specialist races will start on ‘GO’ with the remaining athletes then undertaking a handicap start in sequential order in accordance to their ranking.

Survival is three separate, 12-minute long Iron races starting with 20 competitors, with the last six finishers in each race eliminated, until eight are left in the final race. There is a thrilling 3-minute countdown between each race.  

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.


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


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


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.

July 2024


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


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



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

October 2024


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!


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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