April 19 – 30
Gold Coast Film Festival
With internationally acclaimed drama, comedy, and genre films, indie gems, documentaries, family features, anime, and even horror films, the Gold Coast Film Festival is a packed occasion. Walk the red carpet, attend seminars with leading producers, writers, and directors, and enjoy more than 80 films and film related events across 8 different locations. Celebrate cinema on the Gold Coast from April 19 – 30.
Mother’s Day Classic
An annual tradition, the Mother’s Day Classic fun run and walk provides the community with a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and raise funds for Breast Cancer Research.
May 18 – 20
Blues on Broadbeach
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival is one of Australia’s largest free music festivals. Spanning 4 Blues filled days and nights, with a village-like atmosphere and relaxed ambiance, this event nurtures Australian talent and provides a stage for international acts.
May 21 – 28
Sudirman Cup World Team
The prestigious 2017 Total BWF Sudirman Cup will be held for the first time on the Gold Coast this May. There are five matches in every round: men and women’s singles, men and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
June 7 – 11
Cooly Rocks On
The biggest 50s and 60s nostalgia festival in Australia! More than two kilometres of rock ‘n roll, Rockabilly, swing music and 1,000 hot rods, custom cars and classic vehicles lining the stunning beachfront of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads all over two huge weeks.
July 1 – 2
Gold Coast Airport Marathon
Australia’s premier road race attracts more than 27,000 participants of all ages and abilities. The scenic course is considered one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world and the time of year usually boasts excellent weather conditions for running.
July 28 – 30
Broadbeach Country Music Festival
Centred around the pristine beachfront of Broadbeach, this free festival sees a perfect mix of board shorts and banjos. Assemble for three days and nights of classic entertainment for this boot scooting celebration of country music. Great Communities
Gold Coast Multicultural Festival
Enjoy South East Queensland’s largest annual community and cultural event. A great day for the whole family, packed with live entertainment, fantastic food, and an insight into the beauty of cultural diversity.
September 8 – 17
SWELL Sculpture Festival
Currumbin Beach transforms into a vibrant outdoor gallery with Queensland’s largest, free outdoor exhibition SWELL Sculpture Festival. Open all hours, you can enjoy twilight walks, informative artist talks, discover new perspectives, wander through the Swell Smalls Gallery or participate in artist master classes. The artworks are lit at night for a totally different perspective.
September 21 – 30
Griffith Opera on The Beach
Opera on the beach is set to transform Coolangatta into an Egyptian wonderland with a special production hitting the shoreline in September. Opera Australia is returning to the Gold Coast with its special production of Aida, promising fireworks of the vocal and the pyrotechnic kind, colourful costumes and even local surf life savers getting in on the action. A royal love triangle, a fight for freedom and the famous ‘Triumphal March’ will light up the sky when Aida comes to the beach in 2017. It’s a night at the theatre, re-imagined for the kind of evening where you couldn’t bear to go inside.