Events

From exhibitions and shows to festivals and celebrations, local markets through to performances and sport, the Mackay event calendar is jam-packed full of ideas when it comes to your next holiday. Mackay sets the scene with all of their festival offerings, including fishing festivals, theatre festivals, horse racing festivals and music festivals, this region has it covered when it comes to events.

Check out The Mackay Region calendar of events for more.

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19 August 2017
The annual Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races are an iconic event on North Queensland’s sporting and social calendar. The showpiece of this is the Race Day attended by thousands of locals and visitors to the region, the event also features a legendary Opening Night Cocktail Party and post race day Garden Party.
Free Entry
8 July 2017
The signature event of the Festival will see Queens Park become an entertainment hub that attracts almost a quarter of the regions' population. From live bands to an array of food and market stalls, there truly is something for everyone.

Little Tribe Festival

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From AU$10 - 15
16 September 2017
Walk into another world at The Little Tribe Festival. Little Tribe is a music festival designed to immerse children in creative outlets in a breathtaking atmosphere. Beautiful music and art, plenty of delicious food and drinks in a gorgeous natural bohemian styled setting overlooking the ocean.

Happy Daze Festival

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From AU$100.00 - 150
2 June 2017
Happy Daze is a three day long Music and Arts Festival. It is located in the tropical forest paradise of Queensland's world famous Whitsunday Coast. In it's sixth year , Happy Daze has established itself in the Australian doof festival circuit, providing central Queensland a premier alternative lifestyle gathering, focused on music, art, family and the outdoors, whilst maintaining a strong community based approach.

Sweet Secrets Trail

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25 May 2017
For the month of May, sweet seekers can follow their hearts to discover over 20 delicious #sweetsecrets to celebrate the Mackay region's sugar cane heritage. Visit the web site to find out more or go to Mackay Regional Council’s Facebook page for a full list of desserts and restaurant details.

XXXX Maroon's Fan Day Mackay

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14 June 2017
Meet the Maroon's Queensland State of Origin team! The Mackay Fan Day 2017, presented by Suncorp, will turn the city maroon, with a free street parade on Gordon Street kicking off at 10.30am, followed by a midday luncheon at the MECC (ticketed event), coaching clinics and autograph signings are also part of the festivities and will take place at BB Print Stadium, Mackay from 1.

Global Grooves

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Free Entry
21 October 2017
Tour the globe at Global Grooves 2017 held at beautiful Queens Park, celebrating the cultural diversity of the Mackay region. This one-day open-air event is free to the public and they encourage all of the Mackay region to travel the globe in a day!
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1 April 2018
The Mackay City Centre Easter Carnival returns and will draw large crowds for loads of fun in the Mackay City Centre. Join in the free family fun including a Monster Easter Egg Hunt, kids activities, food stalls and amusement rides.
25 September 2017
Expertly guided birdwatching and bushwalking festival for all ages and abilities! Eungella is located on the Clarke Range, approximately 65 kilometres west of Mackay in Central Queensland. The areas is important as it supports the only known population of Eungella honeyeater as well as many other rare and threatened birds such as the Squatter pigeon.

Mackay Festival of Arts

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Free Entry
7 July 2017
The Mackay Festival of Arts 2017 will boast a 10 day program covering a wide variety of visual arts, music, theatre, family events, food and wine and much more. The 2017 Mackay Festival of Arts will be the 30th year of the Festival, and the program will be bigger and better than ever.
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