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Every epic event to pencil into your calendar this summer season

Sam Cleveland | December 1, 2019

The Gold Coast’s summer events calendar is showing no signs of COVID fatigue, with a roster of big-ticket happenings in place to please all audiences.


With live gigs, sporting spectacles and cultural events of all shapes and sizes, looks like the Gold Coast again tops Australia’s summer playground charts this summer.

All events are staged under Queensland Health’s COVID Safe Event guidelines.


Inverted Festival

Metricon Stadium – 1 May 

Whilst this one sits just outside of the summer season – Inverted Festival is one not to be missed. A brand new music festival for all Australian punk and pub rock music fans, Inverted Festival is made up of two must-see events all rolled into one huge day out on the Gold Coast. Inverted Festival will deliver the perfect mash up of live Aussie Punk Rock, Pub Rock and Garage Rock PLUS Australia’s best BMX, Skate and FMX athletes competing for gold. Aussie legends Skegss, Spiderbait, and The Chats are just some of the headliners who will be performing very loudly alongside Australia’s world class action sports athletes. Inverted Festival early bird tickets are priced from $99 and are on sale now via


Leaving Jackson

The Star – Saturday 27 February 

The iconic songbook of Johnny Cash and his second wife June gets a lively workout via Jeff Carter’s celebrated tribute show, Leaving Jackson. Co-starring Carter’s real-life partner Brooke McMullen as June Carter Cash, Leaving Jackson covers the five decades of the country giant’s songwriting and recording. The two-hour production isn’t in The Star Theatre by accident; it’s played to raves all over and maintains an outstanding reputation on the tribute circuit.


Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance

HOTA, Home of the Arts – 15-28 February 

Supercell, the biggest event on Queensland’s dance culture calendar, moves to the Gold Coast from Brisbane for its 2021 program! The festival will occupy HOTA’s many stages and spaces with emotive performance, dance workshops and conversation with Australia and the region’s top dancemakers. Lineup announcements will be made closer to the date, but already organisers are hinting at a mix of indoor and outdoor performance – the perfect blend for a Gold Coast summer!



HOTA, Home of The Arts – 15-17 January

Family’s will love the relaxed, colourful atmosphere, complete with a giant ferris wheel, as some of the countries best circus companies pop up with performances that will bring smiles to your faces. Add to this a huge selection of some of the best ice cream, gelato and sweet treats, your biggest problem will be deciding what to treat yourself to!


Magic Millions

Gold Coast Turf Club Saturday 16 January 

One of the liveliest events on the national horseracing calendar, the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions is back in 2021 with an expanded format. For the track insiders, there’s seven days of horse sales, leading up to the glitzy Magic Millions Raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club. Centrepiece of raceday is the $2 million Magic Millions Classic, a 2YO race with entry limited to horses bought at Magic Millions auctions in the previous two years.


Big Bash League

Metricon Stadium – December and January 

Cricket’s controversial crowdpleaser is back for summer with new rules (bearing names like “Power Surge” and “Bash Boost”) to up the action.

The Gold Coast gets a top view of the tweaked format with summer slams on each week of the Christmas – New Year break at Metricon Stadium. The Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars kick things off Boxing Day, with games featuring the Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Thunder, Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat on December 29 and January 1, 3, 7 and 10.


Sail Paradise Regatta

Southport – 4-7 January 

The Sail Paradise Regatta is the most spectacular event on the Southport Yacht Club’s calendar, four days of ocean racing along our iconic coastline. The action starts at Main Beach, with racing from Southport to as far south as Broadbeach or even Burleigh, depending on wind and tide. The spectacle’s easily visible from the beach. The upcoming regatta also celebrates the Southport Yacht Club’s 75th anniversary, with a sail-past of more than 50 boats schedule for January 4.

See all the sporting events happening on the Gold Coast here.



Movies Under The Stars

Surfers Paradise Beach – 18 – 24 December

Grab your picnic blanket and join us on the sands of Surfers Paradise Beach for Movies Under The Stars from Friday 18th – Thursday 24th December. Settle in for a wide range of family favourites including Elf, The Holiday and Polar Express, plus many more. This is a free-ticketed community event.


Super Saturdays

Gold Coast Turf Club – 5, 12, 19 December 

Gold Coast Turf Club is turning it on with “Picnic Editions” of its Super Saturdays racedays throughout December. The hit summer racedays will this year be focused around a shaded trackside picnic lawn, complete with big-screen race vision and reserved picnic tables for you and your team. Picnic table reservations come with food and beverage vouchers. Suits, stilettos, hats and hampers – they’re bound to be hot ones.


A-League: Brisbane Roar pre-season clash with Western United

Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre – Sunday 20 December

The Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre will host Brisbane Roar’s final A-League pre-season game against rivals Western United FC on Sunday, 20 December at 4:00pm AEST. The Roar, who have been hosting their pre-season training on the Gold Coast, will ramp up their season preparations with its final pre-season match just over a week out from their opening round fixture on December 29. Entry is free and fans will have the opportunity to meet their A-League stars, take photos and get autographs. For all the details visit the Brisbane Roar Facebook page.


12 Days of Christmas at HOTA

Home of the Arts – 3-18 December 

HOTA’s carving itself a slice of the Feedback Festival pie with a series of sunset gigs at their waterfront Lakeside Terrace and Lawn Bar. The recipe is a chilled live performance, tasty hampers and cheese platters available for pre-order, and Christmas cocktails… all served up beneath our picturesque summer evening skyline. Acts involved include Nadia Sunde Trio, Santa Taranta, Karl S. Williams, DENNIS, Trichotomy, Angel Strings and the Amy Elise Band.


YOT Club Christmas Party

The Broadwater – Monday 18 December 

A familiar sight on the Broadwater, the YOT Club party boat is known as the world’s first superyacht entertainment vessel. Under its distinctive curved roof are two decks of on-water luxury including cocktail bars, hirable booths, sit-down dining and live entertainment. Tickets to YOT Club’s Christmas Party include a cocktail and three-course dinner, and with almost of YOT Club’s December cruises sold out, it’s one of your last 2020 shots at a berth.



Feedback Music Festival

3-13 December 

With 10 days of live gigs across 10 venues – and more than 50 bands on the roster – the Gold Coast’s homegrown Feedback Festival makes its noisy debut this summer. Gold Coast acts dominate the lineup, alongside headline imports like The Chats, Tim Freedman and The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin. Venues include HOTA, Elsewhere, Miami Marketta, the SoundLounge and Vinnie’s Dive Bar in Southport. Organisers say intent of the festival is to restoke the Gold Coast’s live music circuit by showcasing the city’s diversity of venues and homegrown talent.

ABBAdazzling Christmas

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre – Saturday 5 December 

The GCCEC’s 2020 Christmas ball is going ahead in fine style, featuring a 90-minute headline performance from ABBALIVE, au Australian tribute to “the greatest pop group of all time” that’s been performing for almost 20 years. GCCEC’s Christmas function includes drinks and a sensational four-course dinner, plus festive theming and hours of live entertainment.


GC50 Run Festival 

Coolangatta – Sunday 6 December 

This fun foot race is off to a flying start, with entries to its 2020 staging sold out in all events – the 50km, 30km, 15km and relay races. Entries for the 5km run and Kids Dash are open though, so the chance to lace up your runners remains! The GC50, now in its 24th year, just moved from Broadbeach to Coolangatta. Registration and waitlists for the booked-out races are here.


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