Friday June 7 thru to Sunday July 14 // King George Square, Brisbane City
It’s finally Brisbane’s turn to experience the incredible 18-hole pop-up mini-golf course that Melbourne and Sydney have fallen in love with! The one-of-a-kind experience is inspired by the beloved stories, characters and icons of some of Disney-Pixar’s most iconic films – navigate the 18-hole putt putt course alongside characters from Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Inside Out and Coco. The June/July school holidays are the perfect time to check it out – be sure to book tickets ASAP!
FRIDAYS ON THE LAWN
Friday June 7, from 4.30pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
Head to the Gold Coast’s literal Home of the Arts for cold drinks, eats and laid-back live music on the lawn. Every Friday from 4.30pm, get your fill of community fun and relaxed vibes to kick off your weekend in true Gold Coast style. Catch local musicians and performers, including the likes of Alisha Todd, Phoebe Sinclair, ELSKA. and so many more. Check here for the latest line-ups as they’re announced.
LUMINOUS LANTERN PARADE
Friday June 7, from 5pm ‘til 8pm // South Bank Parklands, South Bank
The 12th annual LUMINOUS Lantern Parade will highlight the strength of our cultural diversity, our heritage, our people, places and history, giving all Queenslanders the opportunity to say “Welcome!” to our newest Australians. This free event unites government, community leaders, multicultural communities and everyday Queenslanders, capturing our imaginations with its spectacular use of light as it illuminates the South Bank precinct to symbolise hope and create welcome.
QAGOMA WINTER DESIGN MARKET
Saturday June 8, from 9am ‘til 4pm // GOMA, South Bank
Your favourite winter market is back and even bigger, with more than 50 independent craft and design artists! Stop by the Gallery of Modern Art Forecourt on Saturday 8 June from 9am to 4pm to shop the fabulous selection of handmade ceramics, jewellery, homewares, textiles and clothing from Brisbane’s best makers.
Most stallholders will have EFT facilities, but some may not, so bring cash with you just in case. The market coincides with exhibitions showcasing works by Indigenous artists Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey and Albert Namatjira at the Queensland Art Gallery.
Saturday June 8, from 11am ‘til 3pm // Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Join us in celebrating Queensland Day and enjoy music and dance performances from a variety of cultural backgrounds, multicultural food stalls, fun activities for the kids and an information booth with plenty of free giveaways. Free entry!
ST HILDA’S JUNIOR SCHOOL // DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR
Saturday June 8, at 12.30pm & 6.30pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
Disney’s “Aladdin Jnr”, presented by St Hilda’s Junior School, will take to the Arts Theatre stage at HOTA for two magical performances this weekend. Featuring a cast of over 50 St Hilda’s Junior School performers, this musical continues St Hilda’s tradition of performing outstanding musical productions. See the well-known and much-loved story of Aladdin and his Genie come to life on the stage, featuring songs Friend Like Me, Prince Ali and A Whole New World. One thing is for sure: this production will take you on a magical carpet ride of delight.
PBR LAST COWBOY STANDING
Saturday June 8, from 7.15pm ‘til 10.15pm // Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Monster Energy Tour is bringing its thrilling, adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your-seat excitement back to the Brisbane for one-night only. Watch some of the best bull riders in the world battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes in the thrilling 8-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks that make the PBR’s Monster Energy Tour the toughest sport on dirt. Choreographed with pyrotechnics, lasers, concert sound system and mega screen replays, behind the scenes clips and live footage taken inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life, this is one HUGE night that you won’t want to miss.
MADAGASCAR // A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR
Saturday June 8 thru to Saturday July 13 // Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace
Take a journey out of the zoo and into the theatre with your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film in Madagascar JR! Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins, as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
WORLD TRAVEL EXPO // SHOWCASING THE AMERICAS
Sunday June 9, from 9am ‘til 4pm // BCEC, South Bank
Score irresistible end of financial year deals to North, South and Central America, at the expo that brings all your favourite travel companies under one roof. Be inspired with insider advice and free travel presentations showcasing the vibrant and varied continent of The Americas, from exhibitors including major airlines, tour, cruise and rail specialists, destination experts and foreign currency providers, and take advantage of exclusive offers only available at this one-day event. This expo is the perfect place to bring your dream holiday to life.
Sunday June 9, from 10am ‘til 2pm // Lambertia Close Park, Mount Gravatt East
Help protect the local koala population by planting a tree at the Koala Festival! This free, family friendly event will feature tree planting, live music, eco-activities for kids and craft workshops, with food and coffee available on-site. Get up close and personal with our native species at the wildlife show or learn how to spot a koala on a mini guided walk, led by the team from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. As a thank you for planting a tree, volunteers will receive a free native plant for their own garden.
NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS DAY
Sunday June 9, from 11am ‘til 3pm // Gold Coast Botanic Gardens, Benowa
Grab the picnic blanket and rally the troops for the ultimate family day out. There’s plenty happening to keep the young, and the young at heart entertained, from learning the art of growing your own edible flowers and herbs for delicious teas, to composting techniques, as well as how to build a green wall, bush foods display, learn how to make traditional Aboriginal pigments, face painting, kids craft activities, reptile show, guided walks, food and much more. Plus, expect guest speakers from Griffith and Southern Cross Universities presenting on plant genetics and eco-chemistry. It’s all free!
COOLY ROCKS ON
Now thru to Sunday June 9 // Various locations, Coolangatta
Australia’s favourite rock’n’roll nostalgia festival returns to Cooly, bringing music, dancing, cars and good old-fashioned family fun right back to one of the best destinations in the world. Set on a combination of outdoor stages and venues within the beachside streetscape of iconic Coolangatta, the highlight of Cooly Rocks On is the destination; the spectacular Southern Gold Coast beaches, the relaxed and friendly hospitality and family-friendly atmosphere for which the Southern Gold Coast is renowned.
LITTLE ARTLAB // PRINTERS & COLLECTORS
Wednesday June 12, at 10am // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
At Little ArtLab, your kids can dive head-first into hands-on creative fun, with art activities designed for kids under five to enjoy with their parents and carers. In this session, kids will explore and collect beautiful natural treasures from the grounds of HOTA then learn how to print them onto fabric bags. They’ll work with gel plates to create an image and transfer onto handy fabric bags – ready to use and take home.
WOMEN OF INFLUENCE // THE ANNUAL GREAT DEBATE
Thursday June 13, from 6.30am ‘til 9am // RACV Royal Pines Resort, Benowa
The ever-popular Women of Influence Annual Great Debate is back again, promising a debate that’s entertaining, thought-provoking, funny and a little controversial all at once. Come along before the debate kicks off at 7am for registrations and coffee, then watch the debate – emceed by Women of Influence president Georgia Lane – that tackes the topic, “That soft skills are the mark of a successful leader.”
OP SHOP STYLE
Thursday June 13, from 10am ‘til 11.30am // Nerang Library
Friday June 14, from 1pm ‘til 2.30pm // Broadbeach Library
Learn how to create stylish, personalised and flattering outfits using second-hand items, and find out tips and tricks from the professionals on how to revamp your wardrobe sustainably. Includes op shop styling hacks and a shopping hit list. Presented by image consultant and personal stylist Emma Willmann. If you’re looking for styling advice, bring along an item of clothing and Emma will give you tips if there’s time!
MUSEUM AFTER DARK
Friday June 14, from 5.30pm ‘til 9pm // Queensland Museum, South Bank
When the sun goes down and the stars come out, uncover the secrets of astronomical observations at the Queensland Museum. Channel your inner Neil Armstrong and explore all the Museum has to offer (including NASA – A Human Adventure), listen to live music and enjoy the expert talks, science demonstrations and displays. As this is an 18+, adults-only event, leave underage Space Cadets and children at home.
APT9 KIDS (EXTENDED!)
Now thru to Sunday June 16 // GOMA, South Bank
As part of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, APT9 Kids: Extended features four interactive artworks created especially for children and families by artists Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Joyce Ho, Jakkai Siributr, and Jeff Smith for Tungaru: The Kiribati Project. Offering a rich participatory experience, the artist projects provide meaningful insights into the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
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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