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With the change of season and the Easter school holidays right around the corner, there is lots to look forward to. Read on for the must-attend events on the Gold Coast this season.

​​HOLI 2023: Gold Coast Festival of Colour // Saturday March 4, Broadwater Parkland South

Don’t miss this fun-filled day of music, dance and delicious food. Perfect for the whole family, the Gold Coast Festival of Colour will feature a colour play zone, colour fun run, live DJ, food stalls and multicultural performances.

www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au

International Women’s Day Luncheon // Wednesday March 8 from 12pm, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Celebrate the extraordinary contribution of women in tourism and other key industry sectors as they Embrace Equity this IWD. This luncheon will feature a rare opportunity to hear from some of the nation’s most inspirational leaders.

www.eventbrite.com.au 

Lost in Palm Springs // From March 11, HOTA

This free, national touring exhibition that brings together the creative minds of 15 internationally recognised artists, photographers and thinkers from America and Australia. It’s been curated by award-winning Australian writer and conceptual artist, Dr Greer Honeywill.

www.hota.com.au

Raw Challenge // Saturday March 18 to Sunday March 19, Numinbah Valley

RunRaw Gold Coast’s Raw Challenge takes competitors through 150 acres of farmland and forests in a fun and challenging fitness test. The adult course covers the full 150 acres and is 9 kilometres in length,  with more than 60 obstacles, while the kids course covers 9 kilometres and more than 30 obstacles.

www.rawchallengeqld.com.au

World Science Festival // March 22 to March 26, Brisbane

The World Science Festival returns to Brisbane’s cultural precinct to ask, and answer, some of the biggest questions facing humankind. The 2023 program will bring science to life in imaginative ways all over the city, with over 130 events on offer for all ages.

www.worldsciencefestival.com.au

Gold Coast Laughs Festival // Friday March 17 to Sunday March 26, HOTA

The Gold Coast’s annual comedy festival is back in 2023, and it’s set to be massive. GC Laughs will deliver a huge, hilarious, star-studded comedy line-up featuring the likes of Tom Gleeson, Lawrence Mooney, Rove McManus and more.

www.hota.com.au

Storyfest Prologue Party // Tuesday March 28, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba

This fun-filled evening for all the family will celebrate Storyfest’s 30th year of reading and writing. Meet some of Australia’s best authors, illustrators and book characters (including Bluey and Bingo), enjoy games and activities, find that perfect book and come in your favourite book character costume to join in the Grand Parade at 6pm.

www.storyfest.com.au

2023 Ocean Film Festival World Tour // Wednesday March 29 to Thursday March 30, HOTA

Designed to mesmerise and enthral, this three-hour celebration of our oceans features sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this unique collection of short films from around the globe, documenting the beauty and power of the ocean.

www.oceanfilmfestivalaustralia.com.au 

Disney 100: The Concert // Friday March 31 to Saturday April 1, HOTA

Celebrate a century of everyone’s favourite Disney hits – Cinderella, Beauty & The Beast, The Lion King, Moana, Encanto and more. You will be dazzled as a cast of Australian musical theatre stars, 45-piece symphony orchestra and maestra Jessica Gethin bring your favourite Disney animated film scores to life.

www.hota.com.au

Curiocity Brisbane // March 22 to April 2, Brisbane

Curiocity Brisbane is a celebration of science, art and tech, where new possibilities play and big ideas collide. Celebrate science, tech and art with vibrant outdoor installations and a program of tours, workshops and Curious Conversations – then, when the sun goes down, see Curiocity Brisbane shine.

www.worldsciencefestival.com.au

Pho3nix Gold Coast Triathlon // Sunday April 2, Mitchell Park, Southport

This event has long been known as the triathlon for triathletes – if there is one race on the calendar not to miss, this is it. It’s back at its original venue in 2023 and organisers can’t wait to share this awesome course with you.

www.theeventcrew.com.au 

Easter Egg Hunt // Sunday 9 April from 11:30am to 12pm, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa has created the ultimate Easter Egg Hunt for the whole family to take part in – whether on holidays, a stay-cay or a day trip. Bookings are essential via citrique.reservations@jwmarriott.com or by phone 07 5592 9800

www.jwmarriott.com

Byron Bay Bluesfest // Thursday April 6 to Monday April 10, Byron Events Farm

Australia’s most awarded music festival returns for its 34th year! With a huge lineup of legends already announced – including Gang of Youths, Counting Crows, Beck and more – there’s no better way to spend your Easter weekend. 

www.bluesfest.com.au 

MoB School Holidays // Saturday April 1 to Sunday April 16, Museum of Brisbane

There is a bundle of fun to be had every day of the week these school holidays at Museum of Brisbane with a line-up of creative, interactive and educational activities for kids of all ages.

www.museumofbrisbane.com.au

Supanova Comic Con & Gaming // Saturday April 15 to Sunday April 16, Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

Welcome to the welcoming home of Australia’s pop culture fandom – a place where fans inspired by comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, nostalgia and literature come together to celebrate.

www.supanova.com.au

Red Hot Summer Tour // Saturday April 22, Broadwater Parklands

The Red Hot Summer Tour is bursting into 2023 with a line-up of Aussie music icons like no other. Catch Paul Kelly, Bernard Fanning, Missy Higgins and more, all coming to the Gold Coast for an unmissable concert.

www.ticketmaster.com.au

Gold Coast Film Festival // Wednesday April 19 to Sunday April 30, various locations

This annual 12-day film festival will deliver more than 100 films, panels, parties, pop-up cinemas and special events right across the Gold Coast. There will be films from all over Australia and the world, by filmmakers from a diverse array of backgrounds – all coming together to celebrate our local film industry.

www.gcfilmfestival.com

Never Ending 80s // Sunday April 30, Miami Marketta

There’s no other decade like the 80’s. It was THE era of big hair, big hits and big fun. Never Ending 80’s take you back to party like it’s 1989 with a night packed full of the biggest hits by the greatest artists ever. The 80s had the greatest soundtrack, and Miami Marketta is bringing it back to Dance The Night Away.

www.miamimarketta.com

Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro // Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May, Snapper Rocks

Snapper Rocks, the famed right-hand point will host an international field in the high-quality surf month of May, igniting the WSL Challenger Series schedule each season moving forward.

www.worldsurfleague.com

Mother’s Day Classic Foundation Walk // Sunday May 14, Fishermans Lawn, Southport

In the Gold Coast, experience the true magic of the Mother’s Day Classic – not just the walk, but the program of events, too. Feel the buzz of the event village, entertainment, music, and food stalls to enjoy throughout the day!

www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/qld-goldcoast

Gold Coast Fashion Week // Friday May 12 to Sunday May 21, Gold Coast Fashion Project

The Gold Coast is truly coming of age as a fashion capital, and the Gold Coast Fashion Week is the ultimate celebration of that. Showcasing designs and designers that are unique and distinctly coastal, this year’s event will host a new generation of influencers, media and buyers, too.

www.goldcoastfashionproject.com.au

Australian Gymnastics Champ // Monday May 15 to Sunday May 21, Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre

Get Ready to experience two weeks of Australia’s best gymnasts vying for the title of 2023 Australian Champion. Participants and spectators will be amazed by the standard of competition and immersed in an experience like never before.

www.ausgymnasticschamps.com.au

Blues on Broadbeach // Thursday May 18 to Tuesday May 23, Surf Parade in Broadbeach

Every year, Blues on Broadbeach hosts international and Australian talent throughout Broadbeach. This year, musicians like Tommy Emmanuel, Don Walker and more from the dazzling line up will take to the outdoor stages and venues – all for free.

www.bluesonbroadbeach.com

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show // Thursday May 25 to Sunday May 28, Sanctuary Cove

It’s the most glamorous, immersive, unmissable boating lifestyle event in the Southern Hemisphere. From the luxury lifestyle of the superyacht set to the family fun of messing around with everything on, under and around the water SCIBS is sure to deliver.

www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au

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