Now thru to Sunday July 21 // Dreamworld, Coomera
Skate into the coolest place to be these winter school holidays! Part of the sunshine state will see a rare touch of snow this winter as Dreamworld launches its inaugural Winterfest celebration. Australia’s BIGGEST theme park will ring in the “snow season” with a unique spin on the iconic winter favourite adventures, including ice skating, tobogganing, food, photo opps and a special ‘After Dark’ attraction.
Friday July 19 thru to Sunday July 21 // North Byron Parklands, Yelgun
Splendour in the Grass’s pint-sized counterpart is designed for the young and young at heart, with plenty of places relax, play and discover in a fully-fenced and secured space. Dress up in the Tipi and dig in the giant sandpit, let loose at DJ Skool or try interpretive dance in the music garden. The Big Kids Zone has everything from sports and face painting to henna tattoos and board games, and the new Workshops Tent offers arts, craft, music, dance and active workshops each day. There’s also an 8m high climbing wall, a recycled tyre playground, a brand-new obstacle course jumping castle to go wild on, and so much more.
AMERICAN EXPRESS OPENAIR CINEMAS
Friday July 19 thru to Sunday August 18 // City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City
The Openair Cinemas are back, this year at a brand-new home: the iconic Botanic Gardens. An exciting festival program of food and films are on the menu once again, with a host of festival-vibe entertainment, an exciting mix of box office hits and highly anticipated new releases including Rocketman, Men in Black: International, X-men: Dark Phoenix, Yesterday, and Spiderman: Far from Home. Little and big kids alike will rejoice at screenings of family films such as Aladdin, The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Toy Story 4. And there’s so much more to look forward to…
DRAX 4 KIDS
Saturday July 20, from midday // Dracula’s Cabaret, Broadbeach
Your little vampires will never see another show like Drax4Kids, one of the best kids parties on the Gold Coast brought to you by the iconic Dracula’s Cabaret. Featuring pumping live rock music, special effects, comedy, puppetry, dancing and interactive games – it’s an unforgettable day out. The doors creak open for Drax4Kids Saturdays at midday. Bookings are essential. It’s the perfect kids “thing to do” on the Gold Coast, and the perfect kids party venue!
Saturday July 20 & Sunday July 21 // South Bank Parklands, South Bank
Australia’s largest free food and wine event, Regional Flavours highlights Queensland’s vibrant food culture and showcases over 80 stallholders from 17 different regions. Producers, artisans, graziers and chefs are celebrated with a weekend-long program overflowing with cooking demonstrations, pop-up food stalls, cocktails and tantalising tastes by the river, food innovation talks and live music.
Saturday July 20 & Sunday July 21 // Gold Coast Hinterland
Tackle Australia’s toughest team endurance event to change lives of Australian teens. It’s time to prove to yourself that you can go above and beyond what you think your limits are and do something truly extraordinary! Registration may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t support the tough participants challenging themselves in support of a great cause.
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Saturday July 20 thru to Saturday October 5 // Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace
James and the Giant Peach is back in Roald Dahl’s classic tale, a favourite for young and old, and a great introduction to live theatre. One day James meets a mystical old man who gives him a bag that contains the strongest magic the world has ever known. When James accidentally spills the bag near an old peach tree, the most incredible things start to happen.
INFLATABLE LIZARD OBSTACLE COURSE
Sunday July 21, from 10am ‘til 3pm // The Great Lawn, Broadwater Parklands
School holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop – at least, not at Broadwater Parklands! Kids of all ages – and their parents – will love exploring this one-of-a-kind obstacle course, inspired by everyone’s favourite reptile: the lizard! Even little kids will delight when the conquer the obstacle course with a grown up.
VIVA SURFERS PARADISE
Now thru to Sunday July 21, from 10am to 10pm // Various locations, Surfers Paradise
Dust off your sparkly jacket and blue suede shoes for 10 days of free live entertainment and toe-tapping shows performed by some of the world’s best tribute artists. More than 30,000 music fans from all over the world will come to see the packed program that honours some of the greatest artists of all time, and dancers, musicians, stilt walkers, marching bands, classic cars, and character mascots will fill the streets before the festival culminates in the main event – the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Performance – on July 20 and 21.
SLINGSBY’S THE YOUNG KING
Tuesday July 23 thru to Saturday July 27 // QPAC, South Bank
The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally acclaimed Adelaide theatre company, Slingsby. Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards. A cleverly staged immersive entry process brings the audience into the world of the show and casts the audience as the people of the kingdom. This is one performance the whole family will love!
NIGHT NOODLE MARKET
Wednesday July 24 thru to Sunday August 4 // South Bank Parklands, South Bank
Brisbane’s Night Noodle Market is back at the end of this month, delivering plenty of noodles, dumplings and other Asian staples to sink your teeth into – but all with a fun twist. Pick up dessert gyozas and fluffy bao buns, then chow down by the river looking back at Brisbane city’s skyline. This year the sizzling food market under the stars will once again be packed with exciting and oh-so-fresh Asian-influenced flavours from the likes of Hoy Pinoy, Gelato Messina, Shallot Thai, Bangkok Street Food, Twistto & Waffleland, as well as some new and exciting stallholders.
ROALD DAHL’S REVOLTING RHYMES & DIRTY BEASTS
Wednesday July 24 thru to Sunday July 28 // La Boite Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove
Think you know the stories of the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Goldilocks or Jack and the Beanstalk? Think again! Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts bursts off the page in a spectacular live show that takes the world’s best-loved fairy tales and rearranges them with surprising and hilarious twists. It will delight and disgust in equal measures. Don’t miss the return of this multi-Helpmann Award nominated production penned by the world’s number one storyteller and from the team that brought you George’s Marvellous Medicine.
COOMERA ANGLICAN COLLEGE // PRINCIPAL’S TOUR
Thursday July 25, from 9am ‘til 10.30am // Coomera Anglican College, Upper Coomera
CAC conducts Principal’s Tours each term throughout the year, to give you an opportunity to view their outstanding facilities and learn about the College’s history, ethos and curriculum. During the event you will hear from CAC’s founding Principal, Dr Mark Sly and other key staff, and student leaders will conduct tours around the campus and escort you through the grounds pointing out specific areas and facilities. At the conclusion of the tour you will be invited to a Q and A session and morning tea with key staff. This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in learning more about CAC!
SHORT + SWEET FESTIVAL
Thursday July 25 thru to Saturday July 27 // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
Short+Sweet is kicking off its 11th year in style with an exciting night of brand new home-grown independent performance. Presenting new performance works by local artists – each unique and packing a punch – across a theatre and a cabaret, make sure you hold on tight as you are rocketed along a roller-coaster ride of dramatic pursuits, each less than ten minutes long, then vote for your favourite to send them through to the Gala Finals.
GROUNDWATER COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday July 26 thru to Sunday July 28 // Various locations, Broadbeach
Groundwater Country Music Festival is returning for its seventh year, and it’s boasting a bumper line-up to celebrate. See performances by the reigning King and Queen of Australian Country Music, Lee Kernaghan and Beccy Cole, the winners at the 2019 Golden Guitars, The Wolfe Brothers, as well as the best and brightest artists in Australia’s country music scene.
QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Now thru to Sunday July 28 // Various locations, Brisbane
For over 20 years, the Queensland Music Festival has delivered the gift of music to over a million people across more than 100 locations throughout Queensland. On the 2019 line-up, ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ has positioned 20 painted pianos around the city for you to discover, ‘Twilight in the Red Box’ on July 14 and 21 allows you to sit back and relax while watching the sun set over the Brisbane skyline in an intimate concert series, and ‘The Little Green Road to Fairyland’ delivers a magical fairytale for little lovers of music and dance.
MUSICAL // SCHOOL OF ROCK
Now thru to Sunday August 11 // QPAC, South Bank
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.
NASA – A HUMAN ADVENTURE
Now thru to Saturday October 19 // Queensland Museum, South Bank
Come face to face with NASA’s remarkable achievements in human space flights and space exploration – the greatest adventure that humans have ever undertaken. Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology. NASA – A Human Adventure is the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world, featuring an extraordinary collection of more than 250 historically significant artefacts from the United States and Soviet Union space programs.
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