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Spring has sprung, and there’s plenty to celebrate. We’ve rounded up the must-attend events on the Gold Coast this season.

Gold Coast Show // Friday September 1 to Sunday September 3 at Broadwater Parklands

Join over 120,000 Gold Coast locals and visitors alike for the Gold Coast Show, the ultimate celebration of all our city has to offer. Don’t miss the rides and attractions, showbags, farm animals and nightly fireworks shows.

www.goldcoastshow.com.au

Springtime // Friday September 1 to Sunday September 3, Surfers Paradise

With more than 30 artists on the line-up, the 3-day free festival will be headlined by electronic duo Bag Raiders (DJ Set), New Zealand alt-pop artist Benee, and indie-pop icon Matt Corby.

www.springtimegc.com.au 

Sunday Sounds: Father’s Day celebrations // Sunday September 3, Paradise Point Parklands

Enjoy Sunday Sounds with the Floorburners band, a celebration of music for the dads, grandads and special people in our lives. Bring a chair, rug and picnic lunch or enjoy the restaurants and cafés along The Esplanade. You may even want to have a quick dip in the water!

www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au 

Spring Time Eats: Father’s Day Retro Picnic // Sunday September 3, Frascott Park

This popular live music and food truck series returns with a bang, just in time for Father’s Day. The first event in the series (which will return every Sunday through September and October) will be complete with classic cars, a live band, dance floor, markets and food trucks.

www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au 

Fearless with Meghan Jarvis // Thursday September 7, Espresso Bonsai, Surfers Paradise

Meghan Jarvis will be sharing her story Fearless, taking you along on her journey of struggles, self-discovery, personal growth and success. Join in on one powerful night of sharing stories that will certainly inspire you to believe in yourself.

www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au 

Darkfield: Flight // From Thursday September 7 to Sunday October 1, HOTA

For a limited time, one of the most popular Darkfield experiences, Flight, will be presented at HOTA. A theatrical experience in total darkness, Flight takes its passengers on an unsettling journey in the multiverse.

www.darkfield.com.au 

Made in the 80s // Friday September 8, Hound and Stag Brewing Co, Arundel

The 80s was an iconic era in modern music, encompassing a diverse range of genres from punk to LA glam rock, electro pop to raw anthem rock. Get ready to experience the ultimate 80s party band as Made in The 80’s takes you on a musical journey back in time.

www.tickets.oztix.com.au 

The Smith // Friday September 8 at The Basement, HOTA

A one night only event of the Gold Coast’s premier acoustic songwriters showcase The Smith. Experience a great evening of original music where songwriters can learn and enhance their writing skills, showcase their music and network with others for future collaboration.

www.hota.com.au  

Main Beach Street Festival // Saturday September 9, Tedder Avenue, Main Beach

Main Beach Street Festival is a unique opportunity to come together to enjoy live music, market stalls, kids entertainment and extended trading hours for local restaurants.

www.mainbeachstreetfestival.com.au

A Very Swell Silent Disco // Saturday September 9, Currumbin Beach

The crew from Lights Out And Dance and Best Silent Disco have teamed up once again to bring back for it’s second year, a bigger and better A Very Swell Silent Disco Under the Stars as part of the 2023 Swell Sculpture Fringe Festival!

www.lightsoutanddance.com 

Circus Workshop // Saturday September 9, Broadwater Parklands

Come along to an interactive circus workshop where you will try your hand at spinning plates, juggling and poi. This is a fun way to improve hand-eye coordination, increase social skills and boost confidence in young children.

www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au 

Flower Crown Workshop // Saturday September 9, Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Benowa

Spend an enjoyable Saturday afternoon creating a flower crown using Australian native flowers and foliage. Make something to keep or give as a gift.

www.friendsgcrbg.org.au 

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival // Saturday September 16, Broadwater Parklands

There will be local performers, information stalls and variety of food choices on the Great Lawn in Southport. It’s sure to be a fun day for the whole family!

www.mfo.org.au 

Pink Ribbon Raceday // Saturday September 16, Gold Coast Turf Club

Join us for the 16th annual Sky Racing Pink Ribbon Raceday on 16 September, where the entire track will be transformed into a sea of pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

www.gctc.com.au 

Gold Coast Kite Festival // Saturday September 16, Emerald Lakes

Enjoy a unique flying experience with kites of all types! Try a wide variety of food, merchandise stalls to shop and a jumping castle for the kids. Music will be played all day by a local DJ.

www.events.humanitix.com 

Swell Sculpture Festival // Friday September 8 to Sunday September 17, Currumbin

The twenty-first annual Swell Sculpture Festival is a free 10-day outdoor sculpture exhibition. Each sculpture tells its own unique story and collectively the exhibition speaks the story of the Swell Sculpture Festival, a celebration of connecting people, art and place.

www.swellsculpture.com.au

LEGO in The Vale // Thursday September 21, Helensvale Plaza Shopping Centre

Bricks 4 Kidz will return during the school holidays to provide an interactive and fun LEGO experience for children aged six to 12. Children will complete LEGO building activities using LEGO Technic project kits, mosaic and colour builds, and copious amounts of free play LEGO.

www.eventbrite.com.au 

Wanderlust True North // Thursday September 21, Gold Coast Convention Centre

A day of music, movement, life-affirming talks and inspiration, hosted by Allira Potter and headlined by ARIA award-winning Australian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Xavier Rudd.

www.wanderlust.com.au

Adventure Beach Day // Friday September 22, Tarrabora Reserve, Palm Beach

Cooee Kids is an all-weather, outdoor nature play providing playgroup, beach kindy, home school and holiday programs. Children will be free to explore the beautiful Currumbin Creek, play games and build rafts together to float down the creek. Will they float or will they sink?

www.cooeekids.com.au 

Japan and Friends Day // Saturday September 23, Robina State High School

Japan and Friends Day is a free event for everyone. Enjoy Japanese drum and dance performances, cultural experiences and food. There will also be a cosplay contest.

www.jsgc.org.au 

Kids Fun at Cavill Lane // Saturday September 16 to Sunday September 24, Caville Lane

Enjoy some family fun entertainment during the spring school holidays at Cavill Lane. There will be good times, colourful, friendly, talented performers, and entertainers during lunchtime from 12pm to 2pm, over two weekends.

www.cavilllane.com.au/whats-on 

Family Fun Day // Tuesday September 26, Abbott Park

Enjoy an array of activities for both kids and parents, including a challenging rock-climbing wall, a whimsical Thomas the Tank Engine ride, inflatable football shootout, mechanical wipe out machine, and extreme obstacle course.

www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au 

Brunch with Bite // Saturday September 30, The Island. Surfers Paradise

Tired of vanilla weekends? Spice things up at Brunch with Bite. It’s a brunch series from the same team behind the Brisbane series at Cloudland. It’s deliciously naughty and at the same time, delightfully nice.

www.theislandgoldcoast.com.au 

Family Fun Day // Saturday September 30, Norm Rix Park, Labrador

You’re invited to an unforgettable family fun day during these school holidays – and the best part is, it’s free! Head over to Norm Rix Park in Labrador, where a fantastic carnival awaits, packed with exciting rides and activities for kids and parents alike.

www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au 

Country at Cavill // Sunday October 1, Cavill Lane

Enjoy line dance performances and join in the good times! This dance is designed to make you feel happy and confident regardless of any prior experience! Plus, they’re giving away a Cavill Lane Gift Voucher for best dressed.

www.cavilllane.com.au 

Sail Paradise // Saturday September 30 to Monday October 2, Southport Yacht Club

Experience the thrill of racing as you set sail through the picturesque ocean waters of the Gold Coast. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the white sandy beaches, the beautiful hinterland mountains and the stunning skyline as you compete against other sailing enthusiasts.

www.sailparadise.com.au 

Nobby’s Street Fiesta // Sunday October 1, Nobby Beach

A free Latin inspired street festival complete with live music, Latin dance lessons, Brazilian dance displays, stilt walkers, fire show entertainment, pop up craft bar, children’s activities and much more!

www.nobbysstreetfiesta.com.au 

La Fiesta Circus // Saturday October 7, Broadbeach Cultural Centre

La Fiesta Tastes and Sounds from South America will celebrate its seventh and final year of bringing colours, the full feel of vibes, Latin music, Latin food that will melt in your mouth, cultural performances, emerging Latin artists and much more.

www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au 

Chirn Park Street Festival // Saturday October 7, Chirn Park, Southport

This free community celebration will feature an incredible line up of live music, roving performers, kid’s entertainment, local food and business specials, community groups, market stalls, pop-up bar and more!

www.chirnparkfestival.com.au 

Fashion Thrift Market // Sunday October 8, Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre

Calling all fashion lovers! Enjoy fashion, community and fun at this bright and lively event, which will feature the best handpicked clothing, accessories, shoes, handmade items, small businesses, art, and home decor stalls.

www.fashionthriftsociety.com.au 

ArtBeat Music and Arts Festival // Friday October 13, Gold Coast University Hospital Parklands

Now in its 10th year, the ArtBeat exhibition and festival invites you to join in live music, food, giveaways, face painting, free mental health information and more.

www.goldcoast.health.qld.gov.au

Relay for Life // Saturday October 14, Griffith University Gold Coast

Relay For Life is an exciting community event that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council Queensland. Join the thousands of Australians who take part in Cancer Council’s Relay For Life and make strides towards a cancer free future.

www.relayforlife.org.au 

Feast on Fifth // Saturday October 14, Fifth Avenue Palm Beach

Enjoy a classic street celebration with family, friends, incredible food and entertainment. This free community event will feature local restaurants and businesses alongside a convoy of the Gold Coast’s most craved food trucks.

www.feastonfifth.com.au 

Varsity World Street Food and Entertainment Festival // Saturday October 21, 220 Varsity Parade

An evening of modern street food and entertainment, featuring over 30 countries and cultures. This free event is a celebration of our multicultural diversity and includes tastes and entertainment from across the globe.

www.varsityworldfestival.com.au 

Walk for Mental Health // Sunday October 22, Broadwater Parklands

The Gold Coast Walk will be the perfect opportunity for the community to come together to raise awareness and advocate for mental health. You can choose to walk 3km (2 x laps), 5km or 10km.

www.walkformentalhealth.mhfa.org.au 

Groundwater Country Music Festival // Friday October 20 to Sunday October 22, Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach

Celebrating 10 years of country music on the Gold Coast, Groundwater Country Music Festival is back with even more artists announced for 2023.

www.groundwatercmf.com 

The Haunted Passage // Friday October 29 to Sunday October 29, Cavill Lane, Surfers Paradise

This atmospheric showcase is designed to thrill, entertain, and of course scare you. Influence by horror films, and themed theatrics we are dying to present The Haunted Passage, Entrapment. 

www.cavilllane.com.au 

Sea FM Presents: Darby Day // Saturday November 4, Gold Coast Turf Club

Prepare for an unforgettable experience at one of the most prestigious events of the spring racing season. Dress to impress in your finest monochrome outfit and immerse yourself in the thrilling atmosphere. Witness thrilling races, indulge in exquisite dining, and enjoy the ultimate in hospitality packages.

www.gctc.com.au 

Multicultural Mela Carnival // Saturday November 4, Broadwater Parklands

Expect a day full of fun activities and plenty of international street food and festival treats. Kids and adults can enjoy amusement rides and other fun and games at the sideshow alley.

www.melacarnival.com 

Melbourne Cup Day // Tuesday November 7, Gold Coast Turf Club

Marvel in the race that stops the nation, Melbourne Cup Day 2023 at Aquis Park! From heart-pounding entertainment to first-class hospitality, prepare for an array of off-track activities and unmissable new ticket packages that cater to everyone.

www.gctc.com.au 

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street // From Saturday November 25, HOTA

An Australian exclusive, the blockbuster summer exhibition will present over 400 objects, including over 200 shoes, process material, photography, posters, videos and artworks, charting the design and cultural journey of sneakers.

www.hota.com.au

NaturallyGC Kids school holiday program // Various locations throughout the spring school holidays

Switch screen time for green time and get the kids out and about in nature. The City of Gold Coast’s NaturallyGC Kids program has plenty of nature-focused activities to enjoy these spring school holidays.

www.eventbrite.com.au 

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