** Due to the severe weather warnings issued for South East Queensland as Tropical Cyclone Oma moves towards the Gold Coast this weekend, please make sure you check if any outdoor events have been postponed or cancelled before turning up on event organiser website! **
ST HILDA’S JUNIOR SCHOOL OPEN DAY
Friday February 22, from 9am ‘til 12pm // St Hilda’s School Gold Coast, Southport
Dedicated to giving your daughter the best start in life, St Hilda’s will open its doors to parents and future students to discover their unique and supportive environment that focuses on allowing girls to develop and achieve their potential. Come to Junior School Open Day on Friday 22 February and see first-hand why girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12 flourish at St Hilda’s. Take a tour, visit a classroom in action and hear from Principal, Dr Julie Wilson Reynolds, and Head of Junior School, Mrs Tracey Maynard.
Friday February 22, from 6.30pm ‘til 9.30pm // The Craft Parlour, Palm Beach
Have you ever wanted to make your own soap, but had no idea where to start? This is the place! Using only natural ingredients including vegetable oils, clays, herbs and essential oils, this workshop will show you how to create your own beautiful block of soap. Learn the safety aspects, chemistry and get creative with your own natural artisan soap designs.
BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL
Friday February 22 thru to Sunday March 24 // Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall & SunPAC
Australia’s fastest growing comedy festival is celebrating its 10th birthday! The Brisbane Comedy Festival has grown into a multi-venue extravaganza, bursting at the seams to host a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country. The Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC, Brisbane Comedy Festival will play host to one-liners, whimsy and mockery from more than 70 of the most hilarious national and international comedians – expect stand up to improv and sketch comedy and everything in between, plus plenty of new talent.
BRISBANE RACING CLUB // GIRL’S DAY OUT
Saturday February 23, from 10.30am // Eagle Farm Racecourse, Ascot
Gather your girl squad for a glamorous day out! From the picturesque grounds of heritage-listed Eagle Farm Racecourse, you can explore pop-up bars and food trucks, lip sync along with a flurry of drag queens and catch the exhilarating headline act Scarlet Sons – a world class all-male group specializing in dance, acrobatics and cirque. With luxurious trackside service from the Dapper Gentlemen waiters, plenty of cocktails in Cocktail Land, a complimentary Pamper Station, a SHEIKE Fashions on the Field competition and an exciting industry panel featuring The Bachelorette’s Georgia Love, they’ve got everything you need for a fabulous day trackside.
CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE HOSPITAL OPEN DAY
Saturday February 23, from 2pm ‘til 5pm // Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Currumbin
Be personally escorted into the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to learn about the medical care each animal receives, while exploring areas the public doesn’t normally get to access. Staff will be on hand to share their love for local wildlife, inspiring you to spread awareness about the work being completed in our hospital. Then, explore the park, ride the train and enjoy the shows to round-out your day! All ticket proceeds going back to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.
LA FIESTA FESTIVAL (**POSTPONED TO MARCH 3**)
Saturday February 23, from 2pm ‘til 8pm // Broadwater Parklands, Southport
The biggest South American festival on the Gold Coast is back for a third year! Moon Valley Events and El Barrio Your Neighbourhood present another La Fiesta Festival, with luring rhythmic beats from South American musicians and DJs, sassy Samba dancers and the mouth-watering smell of traditional South American street foods just some of the highlights of this year’s sprawling program. When it is time to take a break from shimmying and sauntering around the festival, be sure to indulge in vibrant street foods from local trucks including Atacama, Little Wuahaca, Yes Way Jose, Churros de Oro and Zicatela.
SUNS FAMILY NIGHT OUT
Saturday February 23, from 3pm ‘til 7.30pm // Metricon Stadium, Carrara
Join the Gold Coast SUNS at the Family Night Out for an evening of fun for everyone! The free event will be packed full of entertainment, with the SUNS taking on the Brisbane Lions in their first practice match ahead of the JLT Community Series. After the match, stick around for some fun footy activities, the AFLQ Junior Season Launch and giveaways, and make sure you hang around until the players return for a signing session at 6.30pm.
NITRO CIRCUS // YOU GOT THIS TOUR
Saturday February 23, from 3pm // Suncorp Stadium, Milton
You Got This features a star-studded cast of top tier international athletes who hold over 45 X Games medals combined. With no roof there are no limits – the huge stage set features the Giganta ramp, now with its biggest takeoff yet, that launches riders five stories into the air while the FMX riders will be flying 75 feet through the air from take-off to landing. The contraptions team is in the lab cooking up crazy new monstrosities for Nitro’s daredevils to attempt to jump through the air. You don’t want to miss this!
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS // SING + INCREDIBLES 2
Saturday February 23, from 4.30pm // Broadbeach State School & Burleigh Heads State School
Grab the popcorn and your coziest blanket for a movie night under the stars! This weekend, you and the fam can catch The Incredibles 2 and watch as Mr Incredible tries to juggle family life while Elastigirl is out saving the world – or sing it loud with your favourite SING cast – it’s the ultimate weekend activity! It’s the last Movies under the Stars session for February, so don’t miss out!
THE SURROUNDS SUMMER SOCIAL (**POSTPONED TO MARCH 9**)
Saturday February 23, from 5pm ‘til 8.30pm // Country Club Drive, Helensvale
The second annual pop-up carnival will bring the Surrounds to life, with a range of popular Gold Coast food trucks dishing up sweet and savoury delights and a host of free entertainment for the kids to enjoy. Expect a spritzer bar serving wine, craft beer and summer cocktails, face painting, a dance party, a jumping castle and even fire dance performances and a fireworks display – plus so much more!
MOONLIGHT CINEMAS // MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Saturday February 23, from 5.30pm // The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane City
Mary Poppins is back for more organized fun and magical mischief – follow now-all grown up Jane and Michael Banks as they discover the joy and wonder missing in their lives in this fun, family-friendly adventure. Catch the much-anticipated family flick – and sink your teeth into plenty of delicious food and drink offerings, too – when it hits the Moonlight Cinemas this weekend!
FOOD TRUCK & MOVIE FESTIVAL (**POSTPONED TO MARCH 2**)
Saturday February 23, from 5.30pm // Gainsborough Greens, Pimpama
The Gainsborough Greens Food Truck & Movie Festival is back and it’s bigger than ever with outdoor movies on the big screen! Come along and much on the delicious food from the Weiner Wagon food truck while watching the family-favourite, The Secret Life of Pets. Don’t forget, the first 200 people eat free!
FREEDOM MACHINES 3 // OPENING NIGHT + EXHIBITION
Saturday, February 23 thru to Wednesday, March 13 // Dust Temple, Currumbin
Freedom Machines 3 is a Posthumous Exhibition of much loved and celebrated Gold Coast photographer and filmmaker Tim Caraco. Tim’s family, together, have curated Freedom Machines 3 depicting works from the last years of the prolific artist’s life. The exhibition will be an immersive experience for viewers, showcasing vintage motorcycles, photography and video, highlighting the places his adventures have taken him.
TRATTORIA AMICI LONG LUNCH
Sunday February 24, 12.30pm ‘til 3.30pm // RACV Royal Pines Resort, Benowa
Who doesn’t love a long lunch? Come along to RACV Royal Pines Resort and relax with new and old friends while you’re taken on a culinary journey through the regional flavours of Italy. The family-style luncheon features shared tables, a three-hour beverage package and live entertainment. Book now, before seats fill up!
SAND SAFARI ARTS FESTIVAL
Now thru to Sunday February 24 // Surfers Paradise
See Surfers Paradise transform into a captivating beachside exhibition of life-sized sand sculptures, giant tentacles, a sculptural sand crab migration, mermaids, artists and so much more. With arts, literature and education, along with the event highlight – the annual Australian Sand Sculpting Championships – Sand Safari offers a wonderful place of discovery where families and friends can connect, capture and share memories.
SAND SAFARI ARTS FESTIVAL // WILLIAM THE BEAR SAND SCULPTURE
Now thru to Monday February 25 // The Ruby Collection, Surfers Paradise
The Ruby Collection’s beloved mascot, William the Bear, has been re-created in sand and is currently on display as part of Sand Safari Arts Festival! Be sure to stop by between now and Monday February 25 to snap a pic of William in sand sculpture form and score a chance to win a signature plush William The Bear teddy!
FREE COMMUNITY TALK // DEPRESSION DOES NOT NEED TO BE FOREVER
Wednesday February 27 // Fabic Behaviour Specialist Centre, Carrara
Join the team from Fabic in this free community talk – in partnership with the Gold Coast’s Active and Healthy program – as they discuss the intricacies of depression and share tools you can use to overcome it.
KIKKI.K WORKSHOP // ORGANISATION WORKSHOP
Wednesday February 27 from 6pm // kikki.K, Pacific Fair
What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows, so there’s no better reason to take part in Kikki.K’s ‘Goals Workshop’ or ‘Organisation Workshop’ this week! Whether you’re looking to organise your workday, explore mindfulness or set your goals, you’ll love joining the fun and enjoying the benefits Kikki.K’s workshops can bring. Take part as a group or in a one-on-one session to achieve your dreams and start living your best life today.
Now thru to Sunday March 3 // Various locations, Brisbane
BrisAsia Festival showcases traditional and contemporary Asian arts and cultural events. From Saturday 9 February – Sunday 3 March 2019 enjoy events across the city and in the suburbs. See an array of diverse live entertainment including music, performance, food, workshops and visual arts events. BrisAsia Festival is one of thousands of festivals, events and markets Council helps to deliver each year.
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