Gold Coast | Events

You’ll find more than sand and surfers on the Gold Coast this year. 

Queensland’s playground for young and old plays host to an epic events calendar, and its iconic stretch of coastline is the backdrop for a huge line-up of entertainment, sports and endurance events.


Play among the who’s who at The Star Magic Millions Carnival and TV Week Logie Awards

Surf Events

The surf capital welcomes world-class events to our breaks, including the Gold Coast Open in February, and World Surf League Gold Coast Pro in March.

Find your spot on the sand and watch the pros in action. 

Endurance Events

Beginner or professional, put your personal best to the test at the Gold Coast’s triathlons, marathons, surf life saving and ocean swim events.

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Escape Room Murder Mystery Dinner Gold Coast

Wongawallan, Gold Coast Area
From AU$85 - 85
Weekly from 10 August 2019 – 31 July 2020
At the Fox and Hounds they have a murder mystery that also includes an escape room. You will be sent you your unique character and that becomes you for the evening. Can you solve the crime? This applies to private and group murders only.

Sunday Sessions at Kurrawa Surf Club

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 November 2019 – 29 March 2020
Join them on their private balcony at Kurrawa Surf Club 2 every Sunday until 29 March 2020 for local musicians, Summer fresh cocktails, delicious bites, lawn games and an uninterrupted view of the picturesque Pacific Ocean.

The Gruffalo Trail at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39.95 - 172.00
26 December 2019 – 5 April 2020
A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo? Find out at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary when The Gruffalo Trail launches this April. Take a journey through the deep dark wood and meet your favourite characters along the way with the new augmented reality app.

Summer Holiday Program at David Fleay Wildlife Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$16.20 - 104.00
Quarterly from 11 – 27 January 2020
Everyone can have an adventure of the natural kind these summer holidays! Join the Park Rangers at David Fleay Wildlife Park for a trip to the wild side. Become an Eco Ranger and learn how to protect and care for our local wildlife, get to know all about the legacy of Dr David Fleay as you become a Fleay’s Hero, or, get crafty and try your hand at some indigenous artwork with renowned Indigenous artist Arthur Conlon.

Rock Climbing - Gold Coast

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$12.15 - 12.50
Weekly from 20 – 25 January 2020
Want to experience the thrill of climbing an artificial vertical rock face over nine and a half metres high? The Rock Face is open to the public at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre, with walls offering over 10 different climbs of varying degrees of difficulty.

Afrekete - Cuban Dance, Music and Cultural Festival

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 245
24 – 26 January 2020
Afrekete is the Ocean Mother energy of the Arara Tradition. Originally from Dahomey region in Nigeria, this culture came to Cuba with the slaves. Afrekete is also Australia's unique Cuban Dance and Music cultural event where Afro-Cuban folklore is celebrated over a whole weekend on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Chinese New Year at Harbour Town Premium Outlets

Biggera Waters, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
24 January – 8 February 2020
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Harbour Town Premium Outlets with Chinese Lion Dancers, stunning lantern displays, a free gift with purchase and sweet treats from their award-winning Tourism Lounge. For all the details make sure to visit their website.

The Island Gold Coast Australia Day Long Weekend

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 50
24 – 27 January 2020
This Australia Day Long Weeeeekend ride the wave of fun, sun and frivolity at The Island Gold Coast. They’re bringing the outside in and making it sooo much better…beat the crowds, avoid the sunburn, and skip the sand in unfortunate places…it’s only great cocktails, delicious food, fantastic entertainment and good vibes here.

Australia Day at the Marriott

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 96
24 – 26 January 2020
Indulge in the ultimate Seafood Buffet this Australia Day at the iconic Citrique Restaurant, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. Extended Aussie celebrations, cuisine specialties and a live food station are on offer with the Resort’s Seafood Buffet from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th January 2020.

Australia Day at Chapter and Verse Bar and Lounge

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$15 - 100
24 – 26 January 2020
Celebrate Australia Day with local inspired cocktails, beverages and live music from 2pm, plus the Tropical Sunday Brazilian Barbecue will also be available from 5pm at the tropical oasis, Chapter and Verse Bar and Lounge, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa.
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Sport Events

The Gold Coast hosts blockbuster sport events like the PGA Golf Championships, Supercars Gold Coast 600, Rugby League, AFL and Soccer matches and participation events including the Australian Open Lawn Bowls.

Music Festivals

The Goldie (as local’s call it) is also a place where music, good food and good vibes are aplenty. Check out the annual Groundwater Country Music Festival or the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival to get your hips swaying and feet tapping.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

In April 2018, punters supported their favourite athletes as they competed in a variety of sports from Athletics and Swimming to Lawn Bowls and Cycling. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games also included 12 action-packed days of free celebrations called Festival 2018.

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