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Gold Coast // August 14 to August 21, 2014

GOLD COAST Broadbeach Jazz FestivalBroadbeach Jazz Festival
Friday August 17 thru to Sunday August 17 – Broadbeach

Groove to the rhythm, feel the beat and jazz up your life at the annual Broadbeach Jazz Festival! The festival features a number of outdoor stages, and artists performing in venues throughout Broadbeach. With no ticket required to attend this completely free festival, a vast array of Australia’s finest jazz artists the options are endless. Don’t miss out on one of the most anticipated events of the year!

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Saturday Kids @ Mrs Red’s Art Room – Positive & Negative Space
Saturday August 16 at 9.00am for Prep-GR3 & 11.30am for GR4+ – Mrs Red’s Art Room, 151 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

Saturday art classes for your budding artist! This week the kids will get an understanding of working in the negative space and will create a great mixed media artwork. They will also have to ‘trace’ and paint neatly in the negative areas. The cost for this class is $29 and bookings are essential as classes are extremely popular! Each week varies as to what art activity the kids will tackle.

For more info call Jane on 0412 026 207, email or visit

Gold Coast Science & Tech Fair
Saturday August 16 from 10.00am to 4.00pm – Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport

This is a fun and engaging event for the entire community so students and family members can come and take advantage of this wonderful event and interact with all things science and technology and find out why science and technology really is alive within the Gold Coast!

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Gold Coast Suns v Port Adelaide
Saturday August 16 at 2.10pm – Metricon Stadium, Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Carrara

Come and see the Gold Coast Suns and enjoy the thrill of live AFL! Experience why the Metricon Stadium is renowned for its unique and exciting match day entertainment! The game kicks off at 2.10pm.

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Marketta Street Food
Saturday August 16 from 4.00pm to 10.00pm – Rabbit + Cocoon Creative Precinct, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami

A night food market experience. Soak up and indulge in the tastes of the world whilst listening to blues, jazz or flamenco music at the Marketta Street Food any Saturday night of the month. Street performers and buskers will keep you and the kids entertained throughout the open air private street of Rabbit + Cocoon art’s precinct. It’s free entry, its family friendly and there’s live entertainment, so pack the kids in the car and have dinner served up by someone else this Saturday night!

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$6 Weekend Family Flicks – Rio 2
Saturday August 16 & Sunday August 17 from 10.00am (check your nearest cinema location for details) – Event Cinemas, Gold Coast

Looking for something to do with the family? Why not take them to the movies and catch a cheap flick? Here’s a perfect way to see some great family films, starting from 10am every Saturday and Sunday. Plus it’s unbeatable value at only $6 a ticket!

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Australian Children’s Book Week
Saturday August 16 thru to Friday August 22

Connect to reading – Reading to connect. Connect to reading is about enjoying the experience of exploring story, and travelling to other worlds. The reflected slogan, Reading to connect, has a broader social meaning, suggesting that reading assists in creating a bond with others. Within the world of the contemporary child, this is also relevant as they read books and they read to connect through a variety of media.

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Art & Craft Beach Market
Sunday August 17 from 8.00am to 2.00pm – Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

Shopping for gifts, souvenirs, art, craft, the ingenious, the weird and the wonderful has never been easier. With all your favourite stalls and new stalls starting every week there is always plenty of unique Australian made products on offer at the Gold Coast’s famous art and craft markets. Large, colourful and a buzz with atmosphere, if you’re looking for a fun family stroll out this Sunday, come and hang out on the beachfront for a unique market shopping experience.

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GOLD COAST Everything Baby ExpoEverything Baby Expo
Sunday August 17 from 10.00am to 3.00pm – Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre, 833 Southport Nerang Road, Nerang

Don’t miss out on the amazing baby expo! It’s free entry and there will be activities for the kiddies including a jumping castle and face painting. Come and visit over 30 exhibitors that will showcase a range of products for mums, dads, pregnancy, baby and toddlers.

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Titans v Sea Eagles
Sunday August 17 at 3.00pm – Cbus Super Stadium, Robina

It’s the dedicated NRL ‘Close the Gap’ Indigenous round, part of a national, coalition campaign made up of this nation’s leading health and community organizations. A Titans game day is a great day of entertainment for all the family! The Titans Fan Zone is filled with loads of fun activities including face painting, Titans inflatable skills challenge, giveaways, rock-climbing wall, live music, interactive photo booth, plus much more. Gates open at 12.40pm with the main game commencing at 3pm.

For more info visit

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Every Sunday & Wednesday & Friday from 5.00pm to 10.00pm – The Foreshore, Surfers Paradise

Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, treasure hunters, bargain spotters and after-dinner walkers make their way to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets to wander along the coastal stretch of more than 120 market stalls, while live entertainers set a casual mood in their performance. Why not make a night of it and head into Surfers Paradise for a markets and dinner family night out. Visit one of the many restaurants and cafes, and have a truly magical night in the city.

For more info call 07 5584 3700

RSPCA Cupcake Day High Tea – Cupcakes by the Sea
Monday August 18 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm – Madison’s Café, Broadbeach Mall, Broadbeach

Come dressed in your best for an afternoon of high tea and cupcakes! Enjoy scrumptious food, live cupcake demonstrations, RSPCA raffles and live entertainment. Who would’ve thought that the humble cupcake could help stop animal cruelty? But it can. By attending this event, the humble cupcake has the power to save thousands of neglected and abandoned animals’ lives. That’s what Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is all about – baking, eating and most importantly donating to help the 56,000 animals that the RSPCA rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes each year. Only $25 per head, and bookings are essential.

For more info call 07 5586 2500 or email

Family Five-0
Monday August 18 & Tuesday August 19 – North Burleigh SLSC, 293 The Esplanade, Miami

Surfs up every Monday & Tuesday night at the North Burleigh SLSC when 2 x adults and 2 x kids can dine for $50! Adults can choose from a caesar or chicken caesar salad, chicken schnitzel, lasagne, trawler basket, pork sirloin or barramundi, while the kids can select from the Nippers menu. Let someone else do the cooking and treat the family to an early week night out!

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Music With Monica
Tuesday August 19 at 9.30am to 10.15am – Casuarina Hockey Clubhouse, Barclay Drive, Casuarina

A fun and stimulating musical environment for both you and your baby or young child (0-4 years). Experience an interactive and child-centred music program in the only Gold Coast music classes developed and run by Registered Music Therapists. Live musical play, singing, dancing and instrument play are used to promote development in key learning areas, such as social skills, communication, motor skills, self-confidence and cognitive skills.

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Mini Red’s Art In The Park
Wednesday August 20 from 9.00am to 12.00pm – OneArts, Cnr Via Roma & Verona Avenue, Isle Of Capri

Mini Red’s Art in the Park is a weekly event, every Wednesday. For $15 per child, you get to enjoy mingling with friends, bringing along your picnic, doing 3 art activities, use the adjoining playground and running around on the oval or just relaxing under the huge shady trees. Green Grocer’s is open on other side of the street so grab a coffee and come on over. Kids get given a wrist band when they arrive and you have until 12pm to sit and enjoy yourselves and then take home all the art work the kids have done!

For more info call 0412 026 207, email or visit

Nourish Your Body & Mind High Tea
Wednesday August 20 from 9.30am to 11.30am – The Sidewalk Café & Garden, 37 Tallebudgera Creek Road, West Burleigh

Be treated to a healthy high tea whilst having FUN! You will be inspired, motivated and provided empowering solutions to ensure you are energized, thriving and the best version of yourself. Guest speakers are Fe Taylor (Health & Wellbeing) and Debbie Hogg (Life Skills).

For more info call 0407 110 471

GOLD COAST Book BitesBook Bites Reading Club
Wednesday August 20 from 4.00pm to 4.45pm – Helensvale Branch Library, Helensvale Plaza, Cnr Lindfield Road & Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale

If your child enjoys reading, join a book club especially for kids. Hear what others are reading and share some of your favourite books. This is a free event suitable for kids aged 6-12 years old.

For more info call the Branch Library on 07 5581 1625

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