Gold Coast | Events

The Gold Coast offers the perfect backdrop for a large variety of sport, endurance and entertainment events. It’s the new home of the TV WEEK Logie Awards and the host of the iconic Magic Millions Carnival.

Surf Events

Known as a surf capital amongst both professional and amateur surfers, the Gold Coast is the best stage for world class surfing events like the World Surfing Reserve, Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro and the Burleigh Pro. Grab a spot on the beach and watch as the world’s best carve up gnarly waves.

Endurance Events

Beginners and professional athletes can achieve their new personal bests and put their endurance to the test at triathlons, marathons and ocean swim events across the Gold Coast. Beginners can head straight for the Gold Coast Marathon; the world’s flattest and fastest marathon and qualifying professionals can be involved in more competitive events like the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial.

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Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2018

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
20 October – 25 November 2018
The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award exhibition honours the philanthropy of Mrs Win Schubert AO (1937-2017). The Award is a touchstone of contemporary photographic practice in Australia, and an exciting platform for established and emerging photographers to showcase their work.

Breathing In Trees: Nicola Moss

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
25 October – 25 November 2018
Breathing in trees is a delicate observation of the intertwined relationship between the human experience, the built environment and urban green spaces. In 2017, Moss undertook a residency at Youkobo Art Space in Suginami City, one of the 23 special wards (municipality areas) that makes up Tokyo.

We Will Rock You by Queen and Elton John

Benowa, Gold Coast Area
26 October – 17 November 2018
"We will Rock You" by Queen and Ben Elton, directed by Clay English will open at Spotlight Theatre, Benowa in October. Set to the legendary songs of Queen, "We Will Rock You" follows the journey of a young man named Galileo caught up in a future world run by the Globalsoft Corporation where rock music has been destroyed.

A Kick in the Baubles by Gordan Steel

Nerang, Gold Coast Area
9 – 24 November 2018
A Comedy at Javeenbah Theatre, Nerang. It's another peaceful Christmas in the Bauble household, but chestnuts aren't roasting on an open fire. And although a Silent Night would be welcome, all is not calm and all is certainly not bright.

O'Reilly's Annual Bird Week

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
11 – 17 November 2018
Join Australia’s longest running birding program, now in it’s 41st year, at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat from November 11 to 17, 2018. Home to Australia’s largest collection of sub-tropical birds, witness over 200 species of the 230 varieties residing World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park on daily guided tours.

"Hello Dolly!" The fabulous Musical about Dolly Levi

Southport, Gold Coast Area
16 – 17 November 2018
Hello, Dolly! follows the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi - a strong willed matchmaker, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly 'well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire' Horace Vandergelder.

Women Beauty and Lifestyle Expo

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
17 – 18 November 2018
Across two days, The Women’s Lifestyle and Beauty Expo is set to open their doors again to Gold Coast women of all ages, for a jam-packed girls weekend in a new and improved location. Take some time away from the mundane daily duties of life, grab your girlfriends and head to the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre for an indulgent day of R&R set to inspire your personal style, spark new passions and empower all women.

Maribelle Live In The Paddock

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
17 November 2018
From a garage in Melbourne to the jungles of Ubud, 23-year-old Maribelle Añes is a gun-for-hire songwriter that’s ready to blow up as a solo artist in her own right. Born into a Filipino family in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, Maribelle grew up singing in the local choir.

The Rock Face: Gold Coast Recreation Centre

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$11.75 - 12.15
Weekly from 17 November 2018
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. The walls each offer over 10 different climbs of varying degrees of difficulty, including crack only climbs for more experienced climbers.

Artist Talk: Nicola Moss

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
17 November 2018
Join local artist Nicola Moss in a discussion inspired by her exhibition Breathing in Trees. Discover the intricate process behind her delicate paper cuts of trees and green spaces that evoke the interconnectedness of humans and nature.
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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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