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One of the largest celebrations held throughout the country year after year is Australia Day. Celebrated on January 26th, Australia Day is a public...

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Gold Coast Events

The number of upcoming Gold Coast events continues to grow rapidly, with magnificent all-year-round weather-making events, shows, exhibitions, and ever-evolving festivals.

Increasing its reputation as Australia’s event capital, The Gold Coast hosts many major annual events, including the Gold Coast 600, the end-of-year Schoolies celebrations, the Magic Millions horse race, and many popular surfing competitions.

Upcoming 2024/2025 Gold Coast Calendar of Events




The range of events also includes Rugby and AFL sporting matches, with the great weather and incredible modern facilities making the Gold Coast ideal for outdoor festivals. Several new venues are also home to popular performing arts and theatre concerts.

Enjoy a day out at food and wine festivals (just an excuse to indulge), or even visit a small-town event or market and feel part of the local community.

One thing is sure: you’ll never run out of things to see and experience during your stay on the Gold Coast!




Gold Coast Open

Gold Coast Open

Burleigh Heads Beach, Burleigh Heads, QLD
TBA - February 2024

The Gold Coast Open (previously known as the Burleigh Pro) is a yearly surfing competition hosted by the World Surf League and is hosted at Burleigh Heads in Queensland. Burleigh Heads is the perfect location for this...

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Triathlon Pink

Triathlon Pink

Gold Coast Performance Centre, Runaway Bay, QLD
25 February 2024

The Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink Series consists of six fun triathlon events in various locations throughout Australia for all women and boys and girls aged 7 to 13 years old. The whole family can participate in...

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Supanova Gold Coast

Supanova Gold Coast

Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, , Broadbeach, QLD
TBA - April 2024

Supanova Gold Coast is a massive pop culture expo, often lauded as Australia’s answer to ‘Comic-Con’. Supanova has grown exponentially since its inception in 2000, with heaps of celebrities, toys...

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Gold Coast Film Festival

Gold Coast Film Festival

Multiple Venues, Gold Coast, QLD
TBA - April 2024

Movie lovers and potential filmmakers meet at the Gold Coast for ten days yearly during the Gold Coast Film Festival. Here, visitors can watch some of the most recent award-winning movies or participate in workshops...

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Gold Coast Running Festival

Gold Coast Running Festival

Cbus Super Stadium, Robina, QLD
28 April 2024

The Gold Coast Running Festival is an annual community event suitable for experienced runners and beginners, families and children. Head to the Cbus Super Stadium for this fantastic event and help raise money for a...

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Blues On Broadbeach

Blues on Broadbeach

Broadbeach CBD, Broadbeach, QLD
16 May 2024 to 19 May 2024

Enjoy some wonderful blues music at the popular Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival on the Gold Coast. This popular music festival is a must-see for visitors and residents. This fabulous event offers a wonderful...

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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Marine Village, Hope Island, QLD
23 May 2024 to 26 May 2024

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is one of the most popular events held each year on the Gold Coast. With a range of brand-new boat models, sailboats, marine products and accessories, the boat show attracts...

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Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, Coolangatta, QLD
TBA - May 2024

The Cooly Classic is the most iconic open-water swimming competition on the Gold Coast. Every year, elite swimmers flock to this event to compete and conquer three of the country’s most challenging surf breaks:...

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Seafire

Seafire

Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise, QLD
TBA - June 2024

Seafire is a massive pyrotechnics extravaganza held on the magnificent Surfers Paradise beach on the Gold Coast. The festival brings together some of the world’s leading pyrotechnics designers in one place where...

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Cooly Rocks On

Cooly Rocks On

Multiple Venues, Coolangatta, QLD
05 June 2024 to 09 June 2024

The Cooly Rocks On festival is a popular and unique music and car show that boasts many classic car displays, vintage outfits, live music, dancing and pageants in Coolangatta. This 5-day long car show is one of the...

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Gold Coast Careers Festival

Gold Coast Careers Festival

Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, Carrara, QLD
TBA - June 2024

The Gold Coast Careers Festival is one of the largest events of its kind in Queensland, drawing thousands of visitors each year. Whether you’re a high school student, parent, career changer or job seeker, the Careers...

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Wheelchair Rugby National Championship

Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, Carrara, QLD
TBA - June 2024

Don’t miss your chance to see Australia’s greatest Paralympic athletes battle it in the upcoming Wheelchair Rugby National Championship. The Wheelchair Rugby National Championships will see the Gold Coast play host to...

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Australian Open Bowls

Australian Open Bowls

15 Various Gold Coast Venues, Gold Coast, QLD
TBA - June 2024

The Australian Open Bowls championship is the biggest bowls event in the world, with thousands of world-class competitors coming to the Gold Coast to compete. Competing for prizes valued at over $250,000, the Australian...

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Mudgeeraba Show

Mudgeeraba Show

Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, Mudgeeraba, QLD
TBA - June 2024

Nestled in a tranquil valley in the suburbs of the Gold Coast, Mudgeeraba is a beautiful suburb just ten minutes from the Gold Coast. Each year, the township of Mudgeeraba hosts the Mudgeeraba Show, which draws...

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Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Broadwater Parklands, Southport, QLD
06 July 2024 to 07 July 2024

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is a major sporting event with spectators and participants worldwide. Every June or July, the Gold Coast gets ready to host the biggest marathon race held in the state. Held over two...

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Kokoda Challenge

Kokoda Challenge

Mudgeeraba Bowls Club, Mudgeeraba, QLD
TBA - July 2024

39 hours of over 4,000 metres of elevation, walking all weekend through the day and night in whatever weather conditions are thrown your way and pushing yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of. The Kokoda...

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Bleach Festival

Bleach Festival

Various locations, Gold Coast, QLD
TBA - August 2024

The Bleach Festival is the biggest cultural arts festival on the Gold Coast and serves suburbs such as Burleigh Heads, North Burleigh Heads, Southport, Gold Coast Botanical Gardens, Currumbin, and Mudgeeraba. The...

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Gold Coast Show

Gold Coast Show

Broadwater Parklands, Southport, QLD
30 August 2024 to 01 September 2024

The Gold Coast Show is the largest community event held on the Gold Coast, celebrated year after year. In 2024, the Gold Coast Show public holiday is held on Friday, 30th August 2024. The Gold Coast Show is one of the...

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Swell Sculpture Festival

Swell Sculpture Festival

Currumbin Beach, Currumbin, QLD
TBA - September 2024

Visit the wonderful Swell Sculpture Festival and see many sculptures by various artists from all over the world. This is a free exhibition and opens throughout the day. Apart from enjoying various displays, sculptures...

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Springtime

SPRINGTIME

The Beach and Streets, Surfers Paradise, QLD
TBA - September 2024

Returning to the beaches and streets of Surfers Paradise, SPRINGTIME is back! Open to all ages; the music is just the beginning. Throughout the three days, there will also be live art mural paintings, the Vans Skate...

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Great Strides Gold Coast

Emerald Lakes Parklands, Carrara, QLD
TBA - September 2024

Great Strides is a family-friendly fun run/walk raising awareness and funds for those living with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is the most common, life-shortening chronic illness in Australia today. A child is born...

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Gold Coast Open House

HOTA, Home of the Arts and other venues around the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers region, Surfers Paradise, QLD
TBA - October 2024

Gold Coast Open House highlights the extraordinary local buildings, places and spaces that shape the city and our lifestyle. They do this through a program of architect-led building tours, self-guided tours, photo...

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Coolangatta Gold

Coolangatta Gold

Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta, QLD
TBA - October 2024

The Coolangatta Gold is a world-class Ironman event that is held each year in the beautiful Gold Coast suburb of Coolangatta. As one of the most challenging endurance races in surf lifesaving, the Coolangatta Gold now...

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Groundwater Country Music Festival

Groundwater Country Music Festival

Various Locations, Broadbeach, QLD
18 October 2024 to 20 October 2024

Groundwater Country Music Festival (formerly the Broadbeach Country Music Festival) has cemented its reputation of bringing together high-calibre international and Australian artists to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast for...

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Gold Coast 600

Gold Coast 500

Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Surfers Paradise, QLD
TBA - October 2024

Every year, the Gold Coast welcomes thousands of visitors to come and watch the excitement of the Gold Coast 500. The Gold Coast 500 is one of Australia’s premier motorsport racing events, and the Gold Coast...

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Pan Pacific Masters Games

Pan Pacific Masters Games

Locations all Over the Coast, Broadbeach, QLD
01 November 2024 to 10 November 2024

The Pan Pacific Masters Games is a massive sporting event that invites many national and international participants to compete. Regarded as one of the most well-renowned sporting festivals in the country, the Pan...

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Schoolies

Schoolies

Surfers Paradise Beach & Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD
16 November 2024 to 01 December 2024

Schoolies Week is an Australian tradition that allows high school graduates to enjoy a week-long holiday just after their last high school exams finish. As one of the most popular events amongst teenagers, Schoolies on...

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Christmas Carols By Candlelight

Christmas Carols By Candlelight

Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise, QLD
TBA - November / December 2024

Every year in December, the Gold Coast hosts a range of Christmas Carols by Candlelight events all along the coast. So gather up your family and friends and come and check out some of these fun events where you can...

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Christmas Light Up Competition

Christmas Light Up Competition

Various Gold Coast Locations, Gold Coast, QLD
01 December 2024 to 29 December 2024

The annual Christmas Light Up competition is one of the most fun events of the season, with the glowing festive spirit found all around the place, with many fun-filled light displays and activities. So, even though the...

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Carols On The Beach

Carols on the Beach

Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise, QLD
TBA - December 2025

Come down to Surfers Paradise and get in the Christmas spirit by joining in on Carols on the Beach, a family-friendly night of fun! Hosted along the Surfers Paradise Beach, this is a casual setting with plenty of space...

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New Years Eve

Gold Coast New Years Eve

Surfers Paradise Beach & Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD
31 December 2024 to 01 January 2025

New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular festivals celebrated by almost all nations worldwide. The beautiful coastal city of the Gold Coast celebrates this fantastic event with bright lights, entertainment and...

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Magic Millions

Magic Millions

Gold Coast Turf Club, Bundall, QLD
TBA - January 2025

The Magic Millions on the Gold Coast is recognised as the second-largest horse race event in Australia, after the Melbourne Cup. Held in January each year, the Magic Millions racing event is one of the most popular...

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Red Carpet Gold Coast Antiques And Collectables Fair

Red Carpet Gold Coast Antiques and Collectables Fair

Distillery Road Market, Eagleby, QLD
TBA - January 2025

Apart from its many scenic tourist attractions and activities, the Gold Coast boasts an array of fantastic events. One such event is the Red Carpet Gold Coast Antiques and Collectables Fair, which occurs in January each...

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Australia Day

Australia Day

HOTA Outdoor Stage, Surfers Paradise, QLD
26 January 2025

One of the largest celebrations held throughout the country year after year is Australia Day. Celebrated on January 26th, Australia Day is a public holiday honouring the arrival of the first British Fleet on Australian...

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