Friday May 31 & Saturday June 1, from 7pm // Surfers Paradise Beach
Australia’s only international fireworks competition returns to the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach for two exciting nights, celebrating the spectacle of pyrotechnics with hypnotic performances and thrilling fireworks from world-leading pyrotechnic designers. Launched from ocean barges and choreographed to musical soundtracks, teams from the USA, South Korea and New Zealand will compete in the Challenge Final on Friday night. Saturday night will see the successful team contest the 2018 winner, Team Philippines, for the SeaFire championship, before the event finishes with a bang as SkyLighter, Australia’s leading pyrotechnics team, light up the sky with an Australian exhibition piece.
ST HILDA’S JUNIOR SCHOOL OPEN MORNING
Friday March 31, from 9.15am // St Hilda’s School, Southport
Learn how you can enrich your daughter’s future at St Hilda’s Junior School Open Morning. See first-hand why St Hilda’s girls flourish, and become immersed in the unique and supportive environment for the morning to better understand how girls are encouraged to develop and achieve their potential. Take a tour, visit a classroom in action and hear from the Junior School Leadership Team about why St Hilda’s is perfect for your daughter.
BRISBANE BIG CITY BARBECUE
Friday May 31, from 12pm ‘til 2pm // King George Square, Brisbane City
Visit King George Square for a festival of fantastic food, great entertainment and a whole lot of fun! This lunchtime food festival is focused on bringing community together for charity, so bite into barbecued delights while raising funds for Brisbanites in need. Money raised will go to Foodbank Queensland, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, and Drug ARM Australasia.
ABC KIDS MONTH // HEY DUGGEE LIVE SHOWS AND MEET AND GREETS
Friday May 31 thru to Thursday June 6 // Dreamworld, Coomera
Earn your badges with Hey Duggee, the lovable dog who will inspire you to have fun, be energetic and – most of all – to do things, as you join in on daily live shows (10.30am) and meet and greets (11.30am + 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. See the final live-shows and meet the characters from Australia’s favourite children’s television shows before ABC KIDS wraps up!
I DO! ON THE FAIRWAY
Saturday June 1, from 12pm ‘til 5pm // Arundel Hills Country Club, Arundel
The ultimate wedding showcase, ‘I Do! On the Fairway’ will include plenty for soon-to-be newlyweds and families alike. With food trucks, a bar, fun activities for kids, live music, information and resources from wedding suppliers and a fun Tipi tent, this event is not one to miss. There is also a $10,000 wedding package and Hamilton Island honeymood up for grabs!
HARRY POTTER HUNT
Saturday June 1, from 5.30pm // Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise
Calling all witches, wizards and Harry Potter fans! Panic not: six golden snitches have gone missing, and need to be returned to The Ministry urgently, before someone from the muggle world finds them and exposes our world forever. Wizards and witches who are vigilant enough to find these cheeky Golden Snitches in their unpredictable hiding spots will be rewarded with a generous prize. Lend a wand in the Golden Snitch Hunt, then catch a free screening of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Saturday’. Cosy-up on a beanbag, picnic rug or camping chair in front of the big-screen, chowing down on free popcorn and hot chocolate from The Leaky Cauldron.
THE BFG (BIG FRIENDLY GIANT)
Now thru to Saturday June 1 // Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace
Roald Dahl’s classic book about the 24-foot-high Big Friendly Giant and a little orphan called Sophie comes to life on stage in The BFG. In one of Dahl’s most outlandish stories, the BFG and Sophie must team up to save the children of England from the child-eating giants, ably assisted by the Queen of England and the heads of the army and air force.
YOGA ON THE GREEN
Sunday June 2, from 8am // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
Start your Sunday off right with a free, bliss-filled yoga session at HOTA. On the first Sunday of every month, Ian Cariaga will lead you through the session, combining 26 years of yogic expertise and personal passion for the practice into one holistic experience that will leave you feeling renewed and recharged. Then, be sure to stay afterwards for the Farmers Market or join in on a free social dance session at Dancing on the Green at 9am – this Sunday, it’s African Beats.
GREEN HEART FAIR
Sunday June 2, from 9am ‘til 3pm // 7th Brigade Park, Chermside
Brisbane’s biggest FREE bi-annual community and sustainability festival is back! Over 100 leading sustainability organisations, community groups, artisans, foodies, green-thumbs, conservationists, businesses and eco experts will share information and knowledge with Brisbane residents on how to live more sustainably. Fair goers are treated to heaps of fun activities and entertainment throughout the day with a jam-packed schedule.
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR TURNS 50!
Monday June 3 thru to Wednesday June 5, from 9.30am & 10am // Various libraries, Gold Coast
Head to your local library for a very special storytime, celebrating everyone’s favorite hungry caterpillar! The beloved children’s book turns 50 this week, and many local libraries are putting on special story time sessions and activities inspired by the timeless classic. This activity is perfect for parents and children aged three to five years, and there’s no need to book – check the Gold Coast Libraries website for specific times and locations.
FAR NORTH COAST DANCE FESTIVAL
Monday June 3 thru to Wednesday June 5, from 7pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
Featuring over 1200 students from public, primary and high schools from the Tweed, Murwillumbah and Lismore districts, the Far North Coast Dance Festival is the ultimate school dance showcase. For over 33 years the festival has displayed the many dance forms taught in NSW public schools K-12, choreographed by teachers and perfected by the students. An enjoyable experience is assured!
COOLY ROCKS ON
Wednesday June 5 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 PACCAS // ALADDIN WORKSHOP
Thursday June 6, from 10am ‘til 1pm // Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Celebrate the brand new, live-action Aladdin movie at Pacific Fair! Let Little Paccas take you and your kids on a magic carpet ride all month long, making your very own Jasmine headband and Aladdin hat in this fun craft workshop. And, be sure to catch Aladdin – it’s showing now at Event Cinemas.
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.
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!
NEWLY OPENED // Robina Town Centre, Robina
ArtVo is a 1481m2 gallery featuring 80 floor-to-ceiling artworks across eight different zones, incorporating a clever immersive art experience fusing kaleidoscopic optical illusionary artworks, inviting viewers to be part of the art. Fill up your camera roll with scenes that will transform the humble selfie into breathtaking masterpieces – unlike many other museums where photography is prohibited, iPhones and cameras are absolutely essential!
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