11 Apr 2023

The Gold Coast’s festivals and events calendar: what’s on throughout the year

The Gold Coast is a vibrant and exciting city that is known for its beaches, theme parks, and nightlife. However, the city also has a busy events calendar that is packed with festivals and events throughout the year. In this blog, we will explore the Gold Coast’s festivals and events calendar and discover what’s on throughout the year.


The Gold Coast’s events calendar kicks off in January with the Magic Millions Carnival. This event is a highlight of the Australian horse racing calendar, and it attracts horse racing enthusiasts from all over the country.


In February, the city celebrates Chinese New Year with a range of events and activities. The festival includes dragon and lion dances, food stalls, and cultural performances.


March is a busy month on the Gold Coast, with a range of festivals and events taking place. The Bleach* Festival is a highlight of the month, and it features a range of performances, installations, and exhibitions across the city.


In April, the Gold Coast hosts the Gold Coast Film Festival, which showcases a range of local and international films. The festival also features workshops, seminars, and industry events.


May is a great time to visit the Gold Coast if you’re into Blues. Blues on Broadbeach started in May 2002 and is one of Australia’s largest free music festivals. Showcasing authentic blues music over four full days and nights, Blues on Broadbeach will be celebrating its 22nd annual festival from 18-21 May, 2023.


In June, the Gold Coast celebrates the arts with the Cooly Rocks On Festival. The festival features live music, vintage cars, and a range of retro-themed activities. Another major highlight for June is SeaFire! This free event will see teams compete for the coveted title in this trailblazing international fireworks competition at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Australia’s leading pyrotechnic team, Skylighter, will then close the night with a breath-taking fireworks finale at 8:45 pm.


July is a great time to visit the Gold Coast if you’re a fan of sports. The city hosts the Gold Coast Marathon, which attracts runners from all over the world.


In August, the Gold Coast hosts the Gold Coast Show, which is a traditional agricultural show featuring rides, entertainment, and agricultural displays. It will also host for the first time the Pacific Airshow!


In September, the Gold Coast celebrates shaking off the cold weather and heading into spring with the Spring Time Music festival. SPRINGTIME is a free music festival held on the Gold Coast and features the best homegrown and national artists in leftfield alternative, electronic and hip hop.


October is a great time to visit the Gold Coast if you’re a fan country music. In October the Groundwater Country Music festival. Groundwater gathers some of the best country artists in the industry for 3 days of free live music on the Gold Coast.


In November, the Gold Coast hosts the Gold Coast 600, which is a popular motorsport event featuring V8 Supercars.


December is a busy month on the Gold Coast, with a range of Christmas events and activities taking place. The Broadbeach Christmas Carols and the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are two of the most popular events.

Final Thoughts

The Gold Coast’s festivals and events calendar is packed with a range of exciting events throughout the year. Whether you’re a fan of horse racing, food and wine, arts and culture, or surfing and motorsport, there’s something for everyone on the Gold Coast. So, the next time you visit the city, be sure to check out the events calendar and discover what’s on.

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