Food, Drink and Markets
Cold beers, tasty food and cute dogs – name a better combination! If you agree with that sentiment, then make sure you and your doggo are at the second annual Tails & Ales event at Seagulls Club in Tweed this Saturday! The fun-filled day is all about raising much-needed funds for the Animal Welfare League Queensland, with plenty of action rolling out across the afternoon, including a garden bar serving puppy-cinos and biscuits, pampering services and health checks, a Cutest Pet Competition and parade, pop-up beer taps by Stone & Wood Brewing, Byron Bay Brewery and Lost Palms, plus tasty food trucks, live music and more! (oh, and check out our Captured Gallery from last year to peep at the puppies socialising!). If you’re up for a chilled-out food truck feast this weekend, there’s Music & Food Trucks in the Park at Maudsland’s Parklake Park on Saturday afternoon, while a little further south there’s the Varsity Lakes Autumn Time Eats happening this Sunday afternoon – a casual family-friendly pop-up with street food, live music and fun for the kids. This one is held each Sunday in the same spot until June 2. Fill the car with blankets, pillows and your pals and head to Yatala Drive-In on Saturday for the 25th anniversary screening of cult classic 10 Things I Hate About You. How old does that make you feel? Anyway, tickets are just 35 bones for a carload of six people, so gather the crew and head up for a night at the drive-ins! Cheese lovers are in luck this weekend. The High Cheese Experience has officially kicked off at Pearls Bar at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort – so if you’re not into tea and cakes (aka traditional high tea) then this three-tier cheese feast (with wine) will be right up your alley! Seafood fiends need to check out the last days of The Star Gold Coast’s Seafood Freshtival – a six-week celebration of all-things seafood, which includes a spectacular series of events, pop-ups, exclusive dining experiences and limited-edition dishes on offer across The Star Gold Coast’s dining venues – you can check out all of the #freshtival happenings over here
Live Music, Arts and Community Events
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is in full swing this weekend, running from Thursday through to Sunday – between fishing tournaments, cooking demonstrations, ogling at superyachts and awesome aircraft, police-boat tours and an interactive Kids Zone, there will be a lot to fit in. If it’s been a while since you’ve hit up Sanctuary Cove, this is a great excuse. HOTA will come to life on Saturday night with National Geographic – Symphony for Our World. Now look, unfortunately this one has sold out (sorry to be anti climactic there, folks), but here’s another excuse to visit the arts hub … make some time to see the (free) Dean Cogle: Beyond Nostalgia exhibition at HOTA’s foyer gallery this weekend – it’s a retrospective celebrating forty years of works by local artist, the late Dean Cogle, including paintings, designs and illustrations that capture the Gold Coast’s iconic lifestyle. Now for a change of pace. Are you keen to replenish your wardrobe? Head on down to the Gold Coast Fashion Market Weekend at Albert Waterways Community Centre this Saturday and Sunday and hit the stall to snap up pieces from a huge collection of new and pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories. Though, if it’s your children’s wardrobes that need attention, head to the Hide and Seek Children’s Market at Elanora State High School on Saturday – there will be boutique markets featuring local baby and children’s stores, hand makers and designers, delicious food trucks, live music and plenty of free children’s activities. Now for some live music – GANGgajang is making its way to Soundlounge at Currumbin for a night of Australian pop rock on Friday night, while up at Southport Sharks on Friday, you can catch the free Legends of Rock show from 8:30 pm. There’s The Elton John Experience happening at Southport RSL this Saturday night, while THE WALLS in Miami will host the John Denver sound series on Saturday night to showcase live electronic music in an industrial context. After taking out the honour of the 2019 Byron Bluesfest band competition, the merry band of funk-lords, Electrik Lemonade, are back in down and will hit Miami Marketta stage this Saturday night – or you can hit The Coolangatta Hotel on Saturday to catch Armandinho and Band. Oh, and if you like to relive your youth through music, then you’ll be pleased to know that during May, Topgolf in Oxenford is bringing back its I Love 90s Nights every Friday night until the end of the month – head along and enjoy your favourite 90s bangers while you hit the driving range, and if golf’s not really your thing, you can still chill out on the Rooftop Terrace and par-tee! Finally, don’t forget that May marks the month of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, where people all over Australia put the kettle on an invite their friends, families and colleagues around to share treats and a cuppa to raise money for Cancer Council – get on board and throw your own morning tea for a fabulous cause.