INTERNATIONAL CAKE SHOW AUSTRALIA
Friday May 17 thru to Sunday May 19 // Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
The International Cake Show returns to Australia for yet another exciting year. Meet your Australian & International celebrity chefs and cake heroes, get in on the ultimate Australian Cake Competition & display, catch live cake & chocolate sculpting shows, see over 90 free demonstrations with four demonstration stages all with hourly demonstrations on the hour, every hour, hands-on “Create, Make & Take” cake and cookie decorating mini classes and loads more.
FRIENDS WITH DIGNITY HIGH TEA
Saturday May 18, from 2pm ‘til 5pm // Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane City
The famous Friends With Dignity ‘High Tea With Friends’ is back for yet another year! With over 500 guests pencilled in to attend both the Gold Coast event this weekend and the Brisbane event next weekend, the High Tea With Friends proudly supports Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and features an inspirational line-up of women all gathering to crusade against domestic and family violence. Rosie Batty will be the keynote speaker while Katrina Blowers will MC at the Brisbane event. Your admission to this fabulous afternoon with Friends includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, a decadent high tea menu, guest speakers, raffles/auction and a whole lot of fun!
MAMA TRIBE POP-UP PARTY
Saturday May 18, from 4pm ‘til 8pm // Beirne Lane, Fortitude Valley
Book a babysitter and fill your cup with a night dedicated to friendship and guilt-free self-care! Make new friends and run into old ones, whilst having a tonne of fun enjoying fun experiences, delicious eats and a glass of bubbles (or two, who’s counting?). Your ticket includes optional pre-event speed friending and buddy system (arrive at 4pm), a special guest speaker, a luxe goodie bag, grazing table and a complimentary glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage on arrival.
Saturday May 18, from 7.30pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
Catch this internationally-acclaimed smash hit production, which tells the story of the genesis of Djuki Mala in a unique, infectious, high-energy performance – like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart. Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul. Enjoy a rare and insightful view into Indigenous Australia that will captivate the whole family with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture, and storytelling.
PANIYIRI GREEK FESTIVAL
Saturday May 18 & Sunday May 19, from 12pm and 10am respectively // Musgrave Park, South Brisbane
Brisbane’s famous Paniyiri Greek Festival will take over the city in a haze of haloumi-flavoured smoke and Zorba-inspired high kicks, with a two-day celebration of authentic flavours, faces and culture this weekend! More than 30 authentic Greek food stalls and traditional flavour makers will showcase the sights, smells and tastes from all regions of Greece, as well as famous Greek dances performed to traditional and modern music and all of Musgrave Park and the Greek Club will celebrate authentic Greek culture!
MILLION PAWS WALK
Sunday May 19, from 6.30am ‘til 2pm // Broadwater Parklands, Southport (Gold Coast)
Sunday May 19, from 8am // South Bank Parklands, South Bank (Brisbane)
Thousands of people and their pooches will walk together to show their support for the animals of Australia at this weekend’s Million Paws Walk! In what is always a fun day out, this walk celebrates our furry friends and brings thousands of pet-lovers together to raise much-needed funds to help the RSPCA care for the 250,000 animals who come through their doors each year. Get barking up the right tree and buy tickets today – let’s walk together and raise vital funds to fight animal cruelty.
BLUES ON BROADBEACH
Now thru to Sunday May 19 // Various locations, Broadbeach
Get ready for the biggest year of Blues on Broadbeach yet… This free event brings the biggest and best names in blues to Broadbeach for an unforgettable weekend. There is nothing better than a carefree day with the perfect playlist to the match the mood, and the line-up at Blues on Broadbeach is certainly set to deliver exactly that. Expect Canned Heat, Eric Bibb, Charley Crockett, Cedric Burnside and loads more.
BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL
Now thru to Sunday May 19 // Various locations, Brisbane
The BSAF is an annual public art event that seeks to provide opportunities for creative practitioners and the wider community to develop positive partnerships through engagement and collaboration. As an avenue for artistic expression, BSAF endeavours to create a multi-disciplinary platform that encourages any and all art forms to participate. BSAF provides a framework of showcase and engagement for public art across Brisbane, and is certainly worth checking out.
MURWILLUMBAH ARTS TRAIL (MAT) FESTIVAL
Now thru to Sunday May 19 // Various locations, Murwillumbah
For the love of art! The MAT Festival will be held in and around Murwillumbah this weekend, turning the art deco town into a canvas to showcase over 80 selected contemporary and indigenous artists, circus performers, the Tweed foodie fest, pop up galleries and a supersized skate ramp. Whether you are feasting at the Husk long table opening for the Harvest Festival or learning from the industries finest food specialists at the Farm2plate exchange or swooning at the arty party for the official opening of the Imperial Hotel for MAT’19, the regions creatives juices will be flowing and there will be plenty to see and taste.
SESAME STREET AND THE COOKIE MONSTER BAKERY
Tuesday May 21, // Pacific Fair Shopping Centre (Event Cinemas), Broadbeach
Join in next Tuesday May 21, as your favourite Sesame Street characters, Elmo and the Cookie Monster come to Little Paccas! Kids can enjoy a live Sesame Street Show, followed by a visit to the Cookie Monster Bakery where they can decorate their own cookie to eat! Bookings are essential are there are limited spaces available. Parents are required to book a ticket for themselves and child/children.
NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME
Wednesday May 22, from 11am // Various city libraries, Gold Coast
Join us and organisations around Australia as we simultaneously read this year’s children’s story, Alpacas with Maracas, written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove. Macca and pal Al are the best of friends and LOVE spending time together. When there is an opportunity to enter a talent contest, they just can’t resist. Will they shimmy and shake? Dance and prance? Whatever they choose it will surely be a performance to remember. No need to book, just come along!
FREE STORYTIME AT KIDSTUFF
Wednesday May 22, from 11am ‘til 12pm // Pacific Fair Shopping Centre (Kidstuff), Broadbeach
Grab the kids and head to Kidstuff next Wednesday for FREE Storytime featuring a childhood favourite, Alpacas with Maracas! Bookings are not required, but please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.
PJ MASKS LIVE SHOWS AND MEET AND GREETS
Now thru to Wednesday May 22 // Dreamworld, Coomera
Learn what it takes to be a hero and a member of the PJ Masks team with Catboy, Owlette and Gekko in PJ Masks ‘Meet the Heroes! The team will show you the way during daily live shows at 10.30am and meet and greets at 11.30am and 12.30pm. It’s all part of ABC KIDS Month, which brings adored ABC KIDS Characters to Dreamworld for a whole month of live performances, meet and greets and general Dreamworld fun!
PLAY SCHOOL LIVE SHOW AND MEET AND GREET
Thursday May 23 // Dreamworld, Coomera
There are people with games and stories to tell during the “Play School Live In Concert – Humpty’s Showtime”, featuring Play School favourites Alex and Teo. Be one of the first to see the live show before it tours Australia later this year (from 10.30am) and meet and greet your favourite stars from 11.30am. It’s all part of ABC KIDS Month, which brings adored ABC KIDS Characters to Dreamworld for a whole month of live performances, meet and greets and general Dreamworld fun!
SANCTUARY COVE BOAT SHOW
Thursday May 23 thru to Sunday May 26 // The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove
Calling all Thrillionaires! Expect a thrill-a-minute over four fun-filled days at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat show. Attracting over 45,000 marine enthusiasts each year, the boat show once again looks set to live up to its reputation as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event. With over 300+ exhibitors and 500+ watercraft on display, you’ll be treated to best-in-class superyachts, fishing boats, trailers, watercraft, marine tech and much more. Anyone can be a Thrillionaire. All you need is a sense of adventure and a hot ticket to the unmissable Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
SYMPHONY FOR OUR WORLD
Saturday May 25, from 6.30pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
See the very best National Geographic footage come to life in a world-class orchestra and choir production under the stars. Combining stunning natural history footage with an original symphony performed by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra – ‘Symphony for our World’ is a breathtaking musical journey sure to dazzle and inspire audiences. Be left in awe as the live orchestra and choir serenades you throughout the starlit performance, taking the crowd on an adventure through some of the world’s most incredible wildlife imagery from over 130-years of incredible National Geographic history.
ABC KIDS MONTH
Now thru to Thursday June 6 // Dreamworld, Coomera
Come spark your imagination and join in on the stories as ABC KIDS Month returns to Dreamworld. Australia’s favourite children’s television shows will be brought to life with a calendar of live-shows and meet and greets from some of the most popular characters and stars on ABC KIDS! Dance along to hootastic songs and twinklify the stars with Jimmy Giggle, try and catch B1 and B2 unawares as they come down to Dreamworld in pairs, meet Peppa Pig and George when they make their debut, and get ready to Wiggle with Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony, as they return to Dreamworld for the first time this year to perform live in Main Street.
DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES MICKEY AND FRIENDS
Friday June 28 thru to Monday July 1 // Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
Grab your mouse ears and get ready to party because ‘Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends’ is skating into Australia! The spectacular ice show celebrates 90 years of the one and only Mickey Mouse and honours Walt Disney’s legacy by bringing acclaimed stories to life on the ice, including the highly anticipated arrival of Disney’s Moana, for the first time on the ice. Tickets are on sale now, and start from $33.
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