What's Happening on the Gold Coast
Blues on Broadbeach
23 - 26 May 2013
Transcending the barriers of age, gender and culture Blues on Broadbeach is one of Australia's iconic Blues Festivals. The annual Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival has attracted over 450,000 people since it's inception in 2002 making this a world class event and nurtures Australian Blues talent as well as provides a stage for international acts. The festival provides a musical experience like no other in Queensland, remaining a FREE event. Blues music is food for the soul and this festival combines the best of blues with the cream of Gold Coast cuisine in a guaranteed recipe for success.
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
23 - 26 May 2013
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is an annual four-day event staged at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast. The Show displays a wide selection of marine products and services including superyachts, luxury power cruisers, power and sail multihulls, trailerable craft, kayaks, jetskis and watercraft plus engines, electronics, navigational gear and marine services. In 2013, the event will mark the milestone 25th anniversary.
Immerse SUP Ocean Paddle Festival
8 - 10 June 2013
The Immerse Paddle Festival provides the exclusive qualification pathway for Queensland athletes aiming to compete at the Australian SUP Titles and subsequently, the 2014 International Surfing Association (ISA) Paddleboard and SUP World Championships. Staged on the picturesque beaches and waterways of the Gold Coast, the festival includes a 17 kilometre and eight kilometre Open Ocean Paddleboard Race of various disciplines including prone paddleboards, stand up paddleboards, ocean skis and outrigger canoes.
Broadbeach Country Music Festival
21 - 23 June 2013
Presented by the multi-award winning team that brings you the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, saddle up for the inaugural Broadbeach Country Music Festival. This free event is set to feature an amazing array of Australian and international country music artists, so get your Stetson out and dust off those cowboy boots for three days and nights of incredible entertainment.
Cooly Rocks On
31 May - 10 June 2013
If you love Rock ‘n’ roll, cars, dancing and live music then don’t miss the chance to be part of the most rockin’ event of the year! Cooly Rocks On is the new name for Australia’s hottest Rock ‘n’ roll and nostalgia car festival. The 10 day festival will showcase some of the biggest names in Rock ‘n’ roll, Rockabilly and Swing music, with over 50 bands and plenty of dancing! Bring the family and enjoy loads of free entertainment and retro markets, and watch the Tweed Daily News Street Parade, or join a Rock ‘n’ roll, Rockabilly or Swing workshop.
Gold Coast Airport Marathon
6 - 7 July 2013
Get involved in the 2013 Gold Coast Airport Marathon. The 42km marathon course runs along The Surfers Paradise Esplanade with more than 5,000 runners set to take on the challenge this year. There is a race or 'fun run' for all ages and abilities, including the full Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Run, 5.7km Challenge and 4km junior dash. Get in shape and take part in this iconic running event!
Broadbeach Jazz Festival
16 - 18 August 2013
Jazz up your life to the rhythm and the beat of the Broadbeach Jazz Festival. The festival will feature a number of Australia’s finest jazz artists including Kate Ceberano, performing across outdoor stages and in venues throughout Broadbeach. Presented by the award winning team that brings you the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, don’t miss the Broadbeach Jazz Festival.
Gold Coast Show
30 August - 1 September 2013
Get set for big things as the 2013 Gold Coast Show hosts their final show at the Parklands Showgrounds. Every year the Gold Coast Show hosts the popular and traditional show events featuring firework displays, ring events, Australiana displays, show bags, side show alley, visual arts and home crafts displays, stage shows, roving entertainment and of course the FREE family circus. 2013 will certainly be a send off to remember!
Swell Sculpture Festival
13 - 22 September 2013
Experience a wondrous display of 50 sculptures built by artists from Australia and abroad as we celebrate the 11th annual Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin Beach. The free exhibition is open all hours with a selection of sculptures revealing a new verve as they are lit up under the southern sky. Over 10 days, visitors can experience the sculptures, enjoy twilight walks, informative artist talks, wander through the Swell Smalls Gallery and participate in children's workshops. Swell Sculpture Festival inspires, amuses, uplifts and captures the hearts and minds of all who visit.
Gold Coast Festival of Cycling
28 - 29 September 2013
The Gold Coast Festival of Cycling was the brainchild created by Robbie McEwen, who was inspired by the quality of recreational events around Europe he experienced first hand, and decided it would be great to bring such an event to the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Festival of Cycling is a community based two day event held at Emerald Lakes and the Gold Coast Hinterland hosting free live entertainment, trade shows, food and gourmet markets, corporate hospitality suites, kids mini fondo rides making it a very family orientated weekend full of fun and festivities.
Australian University Games
29 September - 4 October 2013
Held each September/October, the Games is renowned for providing a friendly but competitive environment for Australian university athletes and is the flagship event on the national university sporting calendar. The Games are recognized as a perfect opportunity to provide university athletes, many of whom are of Olympic standard, to compete against each other in a national multi-sport event, and attracts over 6,000 participants each year. The Gold Coast is host to the Australian University Games every second year. The event will showcase some of Australia's best sporting venues and provide students with an unforgettable social program to compliment sporting schedules.
Tour de Valley
13 October 2013
The Tour de Valley is a cycling event following the course proposed for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. It features a Team Cycling Challenge that offers riders of all abilities the opportunity to race in a fun, safe, competitive event with a team of friends, colleagues or fellow club members. Riders will experience the beauty of the Currumbin Valley, following Currumbin Creek on a flat to undulating return journey through the lush, scenic countryside.
Armor All Gold Coast 600
25 - 27 October 2013
Get revved up and ready to rock - the Gold Coast's biggest party, the Armor All Gold Coast 600, hits the streets of Surfers Paradise in October. Pitting the world's best drivers against Australia's top motorsport talent, the iconic event combines track side thrills with all-star entertainment. An unbeatable line-up of 28 leading international drivers will do battle with home-grown heroes on one of the world's toughest street tracks. Party to the finish line at the Armor All Gold Coast 600.
Etchells Australian Titles
10 - 17 November 2013
Southport Yacht Club are proud to be the host Club for the Etchells Australian Titles. Located at Main Beach on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Racing offshore of the Gold Coast shoreline for eight days of competitive sailing. Watch the sailors from the Gold Coast Beaches, or come down the the Club after sailing for a close up of these competitive boats.
Tour de Tamborine - Mountain Sports Festival
29 November - 1 December 2013
The Gold Coast Hinterland is ready to celebrate the Tour de Tamborine - a unique sports festival set amongst the tranquillity of a subtropical paradise for over 2,000 weekend warriors! Participants from all over Australia and neighbouring nationalities will descend upon the mountain for a day of fun, friends and all out sports action. The event offers several challenges in the activities of cycling, running or walking, over several distances, catering for every type of participant. The day also includes free entertainment and side attractions.
Gold Coast City 2018 Commonwealth Games
4 - 15 April 2018
The Gold Coast has taken its place among the great Australian Cities after winning the 2018 Commonwealth Games Bid! If Australia is a top destination for sport, then the Gold Coast is the absolute summit. The Games represents a unique and exciting opportunity to showcase the Gold Coast at its very best, and demonstrate to the world the sporting abilities of the Commonwealth Nation athletes in this international, multi-sport event.