Gold Coast events calendar has something for everyone

Despite the impacts of the coronavirus, there is still plenty to experience at Queensland's famous tourist strip.

There are many reasons why the Gold Coast has established itself as Australia’s favourite playground, and being home to premier family-friendly events is just one of the major drawcards. 

Despite the effects of COVID-19, whether you are a die-hard sports fan, music lover, cultural or culinary enthusiast, there is plenty still happening on the Gold Coast.

We have compiled a list of top events in the city to see out the year. And if the jam-packed calendar of world-class events isn’t enough to sway you, be sure to do some exploring across Destination Gold Coast for a roundup of the places, faces, food and fun across the city. 

SWELL Sculpture Festival (11–20 September)

SWELL is Queensland’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition, which sees up to 50 Australian and international artists create thought-provoking and sculpturally impressive works that are showcased along picturesque Currumbin Beach. SWELL is a 10-day event that brings art to life through kids and adult workshops, live music and illuminated sculptures across some of the Gold Coast’s best waterfronts.

Pink Ribbon Cup Raceday (19 September)

Slide into spring with a splash of pink. Pink Ribbon Cup Raceday is the opening celebration of Queensland’s inaugural Spring Carnival and it's on the Gold Coast. This is undoubtedly the calendar favourite for fundraising as “Australia's Largest Community Fundraising Event” for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. While they are excited that the raceday could go ahead as planned, space is limited to ensure social distancing, so get in quick to grab your tickets.

Spooky Nights at Sea World (Every Saturday night in October)

Sea monsters are coming to Sea World. Get ready to set sail this October in an all new after-dark event, Sea World Spooky Nights. Join the Ghost Captain and his ragtag crew on an exciting quest of discovery and adventure but watch out for the sea monsters along the way. Take part in Trick’n’Treasure, journey through the all new Ghost Pirate Cove, Nickelodeon Land and Sea Siren Plaza Precincts, enjoy shows by night and top it all off with selected rides and exhibits.

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival (11 October) 

This year marks the staging of the 13th annual Gold Coast Multicultural Festival. With 28% of Gold Coast residents born overseas, the festival is an event that the entire family can enjoy, providing an unprecedented display of south-east Queensland's cultural diversity, including international food, art, craft, and cultural information across 75 stalls. The event will also feature up to 185 international performers (music, dance, drumming and instrumentals) on three festival stages, plus children's rides and activities. 

Dogs on the Green (11 October)

Dogs on the Green is a free community market for dog lovers. Bring your dog along for a fun day out to socialise with other dogs and support small businesses who specialise in products and services for your much-loved furry friends. It’s dog-friendly (and child-friendly) and features more than 50 stalls, including treats, clothing, accessories, rescue groups, meals, skincare, massage, natural therapies and more. With food and coffee vans on site, a raffle in support of rescue groups and mobile dog groomer on site, it’s set to be a lovely day out. 

Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival, 13-15 November 

Organisers of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event are gearing up for a precursor to the 2021 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with the Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival scheduled for the vibrant Marine Village. The Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival by SCIBS aims to whet the appetite of marine enthusiasts and local families alike following the cancellation of SCIBS 2020 due to COVID-19.  The three-day event is free and will showcase an impressive range of boating and fishing displays on  both land and water, with some of the biggest names in the Australian marine industry making an appearance. To ensure the safety of all patrons, event goers must pre-register online.

Note: With events subject to change due to the coronavirus pandemic, be sure to visit event websites for up-to-date information.

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