The Original Eumundi Markets – Every Wednesday and Saturday

Step into an ever-evolving collaboration of talented locals seeking to share their gifts with the world. The Original Eumundi Markets is the biggest and the best art and craft market in Australia. Meet the talented hands behind handcrafted furniture, homewares, artworks, ceramics, cutting-edge fashion and jewellery, and chat to the farmers and bakers selling fresh produce and gourmet delights. When you need a shopping break, rejuvenate with a massage, have your palm read or lose yourself in the stellar line-up of musicians and street performers. It’s an experience like no other.


Abbey Medieval Festival – Caboolture, Moreton Bay area

14 – 15 July

This year’s Abbey Medieval Festival brings you an extended program with more engaging personal experiences, more immersive family fun and more active learning than ever before. Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology enables visitors to co-create their own unique medieval experiences by participating in a highly engaging and immersive event that is proudly the most authentic in the southern hemisphere.

QPAC, Brisbane – The Origin of Love

17 July

For one intimate night of post-punk neo-glam rock at QPAC, The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig will see the co-creator of Hedwig perform every song from its soundtrack and tell tales from the ground-breaking musical’s 20-year history. Conceived and created by John Cameron Mitchell and songwriter Stephen Trask, Hedwig and the Angry Inch started out as a drag character at the notorious New York City club Squeezebox. From there, Hedwig gradually evolved into a full-fledged workshop production in 1997 and a year later it became an off-Broadway hit, playing in cities worldwide to rave reviews and amassing a cult following.

Noosa Long Weekend presents Noosa Alive!

20 – 29 July

Over ten incredible days and nights in one of the best festival locations imaginable, Noosa Alive presents the Best of the Best in terms of artists, performers, authors, visual arts, film, food and fun. The 2018 festival promises something for all ages, tastes and price ranges. Once again Noosa will come alive!


Recyclerama, Maleny Showground

11 August

Recyclerama at the Maleny  Showgrounds brings together a great Antique and Collectibles Fair and a huge Monster Car Boot, with over 100 stalls. Public Entry is $5 per adult. Kids are free. Open from 7.30am to 3pm. Get in early as all the crowds and the dealers get there first thing.


Gold Coast Multicultural Festival, Southport, Gold Coast

12 August

This year will be the eleventh year of the annual Gold Coast Multicultural Festival – an event that the whole family can enjoy. The festival provides an unprecedented display of culture including international music, dance, drumming, instrumentals, art and craft, food and cultural information,  with up to 65 stalls. There will also be International performers on three festival stages, children’s rides and activities. Performers at the festival originate from diverse cultural communities such as Africa, Armenia, Australian Aboriginal, Bosnia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Hawaii, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Middle Eastern countries including Saudi Arabia, Maori (New Zealand), Pacific Islander, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Tahiti and Turkey.


Noosa Open Studios 2018

17 – 26 August

Noosa Open Studios provides locals and visitors to the Sunshine Coast with the unique chance to visit artists in their private studios over several days in August. Whilst there, visitors can learn about the artists’ creative processes, see their work and perhaps even make an art investment. It’s an opportunity to be creatively inspired by painters, ceramicists, mixed media artists and other artisans, whilst driving through the picturesque shire of Noosa. More than 60 artists and artisans are expected to welcome the public into their personal creative spaces. Printed studio guides, with maps and details of artists’ studio locations will be widely distributed before the event, so that our visitors can plan their self drive tour of the studios. Follow us on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Gympie Music Muster, Amamoor, Gympie area

23 – 26 August

The Gympie Music Muster is Australia’s favourite outdoor country music and camping festival.

Held in the beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, this iconic Aussie music festival brings music and mateship together under one big open roof, offering an experience like no other. The site, located just 40 kilometres south-west of Gympie and only 45 minutes from Noosa, has over 50 hectares of well maintained, planned camping facilities, plenty of hot showers and toilets, and a central entertainment precinct. Check the website for ticket prices.


BIGSOUND Festival, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

4 – 7 September  

BIGSOUND is Australia’s premier festival of new music. BIGSOUND is where the world discovers Australian music. For four nights every September, a vibrant collection of musicians, music industry professionals and music lovers from across the globe assemble in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to witness the best new Australian music. Come and be thrilled by 150 of Australia’s best new artists, across 18 stages in Fortitude Valley’s special entertainment precinct.


SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin, Gold Coast

14 – 23 September

Experience monumental and memorable sculpture at the 16th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival. Set amongst the iconic landscape at Currumbin Beach, explore over 50 large sculptures built by distinguished local, national and international artists. For 10 days, wander and weave amongst distinctive, thought provoking, intriguing and whimsical sculpted works. Visitors can get in touch with their inner artist and participate in artist master classes and children’s workshops. The SWELL experience extends with festivities such as performance art, music and yoga amongst the sculpture and culinary delights. This exhibition is free to the public and open all hours.

Caloundra Music Festival, Kings Beach, Sunshine Coast

  28 September – 1 October  

The Kings Beach and surrounds will come alive to the sounds of a diverse line-up of entertainment featuring the best of the Australian music industry as well as incredible international artists.

Birds of Tokyo, John Butler Trio, The Living End, The Waifs and The Temper Trap head up an explosive list of first round artists locked in to perform at this year’s festival. This not-for-profit family friendly community event celebrates the environment, cultural achievements and community pride of the Caloundra area. Visit the website for the full line-up, tickets and other information.


Romeo and Juliet + Cinderella, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny

26 – 28 October

The unique rainforest setting of Spicers Tamarind in Maleny will take on a new light when the Artists of Queensland Ballet bring their beautiful art form to the retreat. Enjoy a weekend of decadence, embracing the beauty and passion of romantic ballet masterpieces alongside award-winning gourmet dining.

Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival, Sunshine Coast

31 October – 4 November 

Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day hallmark event based in Noosa, and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities. The schedule includes a Breakfast Fun Run and a Run Swim Run event. Super Saturday is one of the highlights of the event with the Superkidz and Special Triathlon in the morning and the Subaru Noosa Australian Open Criterium and Asics Noosa Bolt in the afternoon, which also includes the Legends Triathlon with all the events attracting a premium field and sporting legends.

The crown event is the Noosa Triathlon on Sunday, which has continued its prime position of the largest standard distance race in the world. It includes a one and a half kilometre swim, a 40 kilometre bike and 10 kilometre run. With over 12,000 athletes competing over the event week, it is certainly one event you need to experience for yourself.


Pan Pacific Masters Games, Gold Coast

2 – 11 November

Play it, Live it, Love it! at the eleventh Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast where more than 13,000 athletes from over 30 countries will converge on one of the most popular holiday destinations, to compete in the world’s biggest and best biennial masters games.

The McClymonts, The Shed, Palmview

3 November

The McClymonts are returning to the road after a year off and they’re ready to kick it up in style!

Despite the break, Brooke, Sam and Mollie have been anything but quiet with their best-selling latest album ‘Endless’ debuting #1 Country and #3 ARIA all-genre album chart upon release and generating three smash hit singles. The girls and their band are fired up and ready to go, and with over 20 smash hit singles from their five much-loved albums, you are sure to be in for an unforgettable night. They’ll be performing hits like Forever Begins Tonight, Here’s To You and I, Wrapped Up Good and Kick It Up, all sung with their stunning harmonies and backed by their incredible band.

Jungle Love Music and Arts Festival, Imbil

Details to be announced.

Fibre Arts Festival, Yandina

17 – 19 November

Enjoy a fabulous three day weekend of fibre arts displays and workshops in picturesque Yandina in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. This festival will be a celebration of fibre arts and artists, and a gathering of like-minded individuals who want to come together to create, share, nurture and connect with others. Fibre Arts Festival is an 18+ event with numbers strictly limited to 200. This will allow participants to really connect and engage while learning this amazing craft. Along with the events and workshops, you will be provided with all accommodation and meals professionally catered, prepared fresh and sourced locally. You will also be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, swim or relax by the pool, join daily yoga sessions, go on a guided walk in the rainforest or just relax under a tree and read a book.  There will be a nightly bonfire, live entertainment, a ‘meet the makers’ night with wine and cheese, art exhibition, cultural performance and much more.


The Spring Hill Reservoir – Carols in the Reservoir

1 – 23 December

Enjoy world-class performers singing your favourite Christmas Carols in Brisbane’s Underground Opera House, six metres underground in a 150 year old water reservoir. What could be more mystical about celebrating Christmas than celebrating in the Spring Hill Reservoir, being serenaded by some of the country’s best opera and musical theatre performers. Whether you’re booking for a night out or a Christmas function, you don’t want to miss this wonderful treat.

7.30pm Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and 1.30pm Saturday and Sunday

Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford

27 December – 1 January 2019

The Woodford Folk Festival is held annually over six days and six nights, with more than 2,000 local, national and international artists, musicians and presenters performing over 400 acts to an audience of around 132,000 people. The festival begins each year with the iconic Opening Ceremony and closes with the spectacular showcase, the Fire Event on New Year’s Day. This year will be the 33rd Woodford Folk Festival and the 24th held at Woodfordia. It is the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia.

The Woodford festival experience is deep, rich and colourful. It is based on a vision of inclusive and creative community, culture and tradition passed through generations, expressed through story and ceremony. The site, a former barren dairy farm, has been lovingly regenerated with over 120,000 subtropical rain forest trees, orchids, ferns and sedges, planted to create a habitat for butterflies and wildlife.

Woodfordia is transformed into a village that hosts over 25,000 daily patrons, performers, stallholders, volunteers and organisers. During the event, the festival is actually the 67th largest town in Australia.

Kate Lawrence
Author: Kate Lawrence

Creativity, Community, Culture