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Every epic event to pencil into your calendar this summer season

Craig Tansley | December 9, 2021

(Photo credit: Sailing Paradise Regatta)

It’s going to be a huge summer on the Gold Coast. Make sure you don’t miss any of the action this summer as the Gold Coast pulsates with live music festivals, horse races, arts festivals, huge sporting events and free movie nights under the stars.

Here’s what you can’t miss this summer…

Big Bash Cricket 13 December and 4 January

Dettol T20 Australia vs Sri Lanka 15 February

Cricket doesn’t get more exciting than the Big Bash competition, where teams have just 20 overs each to get the highest score possible. It’s also where the action takes place all across the ground, not just on the pitch, with music, dancing girls and more. Come to Metricon Stadium in Carrara on December 13 and January 4 to see the Brisbane Heat take on the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers. Then on Tuesday 15 February, you can see the Australian national team take on Sri Lanka in an international take on T-20 (20-over cricket). Australian stars like Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins take on the best from Sri Lanka as part of a five-part series that goes right across Australia.

James Bazley of the Heat celebrates a wicket during the Big Bash League match between the Sydney Sixers and the Brisbane Heat at Metricon Stadium (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Sail Paradise 3 – 6 January

Check out four days of incredible sailing at the Southport Yacht Club’s Ooin Sailing Paradise Regatta from January 3 to 6. Yachts will sail on selected course between the base at Main Beach (Southport Yacht Club) all the way to the Queensland/ NSW border. Watch the sails from the shore – you’ll be surprised at how close the yachts get to each other – and check out all the bright colours of their spinnakers. The fun continues onshore with live nightly entertainment at the Yacht Club, with the highlight being Aussie rock legend Russell Morris on stage on January 5.

Pho3nix Qld Triathlon Series 9 January

Check out Australia’s largest triathlon series, the Pho3nix Queensland Triathlon Series. This yearly event attracts between 1300 and 2000 competitors who compete in a seven road series between the Sunshine and Gold Coasts. Check out Round Five of the series at Robina on Sunday January 9 from 6am, where you can see athletes of all ages and abilities take part. You’ll see everything from athletes competing in long Olympic-length triathlons (1500m swim, 40 kilometre ride, 10 km run) to the mini-sized kids’ triathlon (100m swim, two kilometre ride and 500m run).

Watch all the action at Australia’s largest triathlon series, the Pho3nix Queensland Triathlon Series-(Photo credit: Pho3nix Qld Triathlon Series)

Magic Millions 15 January

It’s one of the most internationally recognised of all Queensland’s sporting events – and it’s the best excuse to dress up all summer! There’s massive prizemoney on the line (this was the first race day in Australia to offer $10 million in prizemoney), so get glammed up for the glitzy Magic Millions race day at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday 15 January. Two races offer $2 million each, still, that’s nothing compared to the glamour, high fashion and partying that goes with it.

Come and check out one of Australia’s richest horse race Magic Millions in January (Photo credit: Magic Millions)

Promiseland Festival 22 January

Get dancing on one of the Gold Coast’s most scenic beach spots – to one of the best line-ups of hip-hop/ reggae artists you could possibly put together in Australia. Head to the PromiseLand festival, set in the Doug Jennings Park at The Spit on 22 January (right beside Sea World, with views out over the Gold Coast Broadwater). Bands like Sons of Zion, Drax Project and 1814 will provide the beats – you just bring the sunscreen – and don’t forget to eat, there’s food trucks on site.

The Surf City Cup 27 – 30 January

Everyone knows the true world game is soccer (football). The Gold Coast gets its chance to host a festival of the world’s favourite sport when it hosts The Surf City Cup from January 27 to 30 at Carrara Stadium. There’ll be 16 teams with some of the country’s best senior players vying for cash prizes across 32 matches on four evenings. Each team plays four times, and the team who wins will earn themselves $10 000. The competition will be fierce (games kick off at 5pm and 7.30pm every evening), but it’s not just about who wins; there will also be a family day on Saturday 29 January.

The World’s Best Squash Players 28 – 30 January

For a sporting event of a completely different nature – come check out the planet’s greatest squash players at the 2022 Gold Coast PSA Open at Carrara Squash Centre from 28 to 30 January. This is a world tour event so the best players around the world and Australia will be coming to compete for world ranking points and prizemoney. You can see it all on six world-class courts at the squash centre, as well on a new state-of-the-art interactive squash court, the only one of its kind in Australia. There’s also a junior event so you’ll see the stars of the future.

Good Love 5 February

Reggae lovers rejoice, for Australia’s biggest reggae festival is coming to the Gold Coast on Sunday February 5. Formerly known by the name, One Love, and held at Broadwater Parklands, the new-look Good Love is returning with a new name to a new location – Doug Jennings Park at The Spit, where you’ll get stunning views across the Surfers Paradise skyline across the water. Check out headliners, Rebel Souljahz, Kolohe Kai and Stan Walker… with over 15 of the planet’s best reggae acts, you won’t be standing still for long.

Summer Of Surf 11 – 13 February

Check out some of the finest athletes on Earth racing in the surf in the Shaw & Partners Shannon Eckstein Ironman Classic at Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club from February 11 to 13. This is Round Three of the ultra-competitive Summer Of Surf championships, so the world’s best ironman will be desperate for points. The event celebrates the amazing career of local ironman hero, Shannon Eckstein, considered the greatest ironman of all time with eight national ironman titles, six world ironman titles and nine Nutri Grain series. Come and see the next Shannon Eckstein’s compete for glory on the sand at Surfers Paradise.

Bowlzilla 15 February

Did you know – the Gold Coast has the most skate parks per capita of any other city in Australia? And with local skater Keegan Palmer winning the Olympic Games’ first ever skateboarding gold medal, it’s getting even more popular. So why not discover who’s the very best of all these skaters at one of the world’s most unique skate festivals – Bowlzilla, held from 15 February at Elanora and Tugun skate parks. This is one of the largest skateboard festivals in Australia, and it features the biggest skate park event anywhere in Australia (with the biggest prizemoney in Australia). There’s also free clinics at Tugun Skate Park for female skaters. Bowlzilla celebrates everything great about skating, from food to music to arts.

For The Love 19 February

Australia’s fastest growing and most exciting music and lifestyle event brand is heading to Doug Jennings Park this summer as part of a 4-stop national tour. Headlining the event will be some of Australia’s top tier artists including Dom Dolla, Crooked Coours, Mallrat and Running Touch.

For The Love Festival

Summersalt Music Festival 20 February

It’s not summer on the Gold Coast without a music festival – and one of the best in the whole country is SummerSalt on 20 February. Travelling around Australia, SummerSalt features some of the best Australian artists in some of the most scenic locations around Australia. Dance beside the beach at Coolangatta’s Queen Elizabeth Park as live acts including Missy Higgins, John Butler, Xavier Rudd and The Waifs play for you. There’s also market stalls, food trucks and kid zones (this is a family-friendly event).

Movies under the Stars various dates throughout summer

All through summer, The City Of Gold Coast Movies Under The Stars offers families a fun and free night out amongst friends and families. Pack a picnic and get your family together for free movies through summer (starting time is 7pm) at outdoor venues across the Gold Coast. Check out great new family movies like The Croods, A New Age at Justin Park in Burleigh Heads (Saturday January 22), or Abominable at the Broadwater Parklands in Southport (January 14), or How To Train Your Dragon at Broadbeach (January 8). It’s a great way to spend a balmy summer’s evening.

Twilit Markets Every Friday and Sunday

Ah, the Gold Coast on a summer evening – warm and sultry, with the hint of a cooling breeze after a day on the beach – nowhere captures it better than the TwiLIT markets. Held every Friday from 5-10pm and every Sunday from 3-8pm at Westfield Helensvale, there’s a warm community vibe to soak up, as well as live entertainment by local artists. Bring the family and grab dinner from a host of market vendors, and shop for everything from candles and crystals to fashion and jewellery.

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