Food & Drink, Live Music
Calling all avid foodies (aka all of you), the Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo happening at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre this weekend and you need to be there! The delicious event will fill bellies and amaze palates with three gluttonous days of gourmet food and wine from Friday through to Sunday … so loosen those belt buckles, friends – this is going to be one delicious day out. Has the new year got you back in the kitchen? Then get along to one of the cooking demonstrations by Sam Gowing this Saturday at The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre. If you haven’t been to the Lobster Shack pop-up restaurant yet, this is a gentle nudge to remind you that it’s only in town for a short time, so make sure you head to this delicious temporary restaurant before it’s gone! The live music kicks on this Saturday with Sarah Archer playing Deck Acoustics at Currumbin RSL, or if you’re feeling a little folky, head to NightQuarter on Saturday night to catch Graeme James live on stage. For those keen as mustard for a sneaky Sunday sesh, make tracks to Greenmount Beach Club for some sweet live tunes and cold beers at its Sunday Sesh, or you can head along to Summer Sunday Session at Boardriders Coolangatta for a fine time. Also down south – gather the crew, pack a picnic rug and get down to Kirra foreshore this Sunday for the return of the much-loved Seaside Sounds Kirra. For those on the northern end, hit up the Tropical Tiki Tastes Sunday session at Cabana Bar & Lounge– there’s live acoustic music, tasty eats like poke bowls and colourful cocktails.
Community, Markets and Art
Keen for a flick and a food-truck feast? Get yourself and the crew to the Summer Sunset Cinema pop-up, which is happening this Saturday night at The Lanes in Mermaid Waters. There will be a giant screen with two back-to-back movies on both nights, a tasty line-up of food trucks and live music. Shen Yun returns this weekend with its trademark blend of breathtaking choreography, sumptuous colours, unrivalled athleticism and powerful storytelling – it’s being held at The Arts Centre Gold Coast this Saturday and Sunday nights. If you love nothing more than a good rummage or enjoy spending your Saturdays scouring stalls, listening to live music and sampling the wares of food trucks, then venture south to The Makers & Finders Market at Knox Park in Murwillumbah this weekend. Attention fashion-forward folk! The Fashion Forum is happening this Saturday as part of the Coming into Fashion exhibition at The Arts Centre Gold Coast – this is your chance to see international industry leaders and Australian custodians and creatives come together for an exciting exchange of ideas, experiences, and opinions. Whilst Sea World is normally a day-time destination, the lights will stay on this Saturday evening as Carnivale rolls into town to entertain families with lights, music food and fun. Looking for something fun and free to do this weekend? Look no further! Movies Under the Stars and the (inflatable) big screen is coming to Schuster Park in Tallebudgera this – catch a screening of A Dog’s Purpose, where a dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners … pack the tissues! Dust off the safari suit, throw on a shift dress and get the platforms out – the 1970s retro film Swinging Safari is launching in cinemas this week and the Southern Gold Coast is getting right into the swinging spirit – the film will screen at BCC Cinemas Coolangatta at The Strand for two weeks, with opening night being held this Thursday – get on this! Oh and pals, don’t forget The Village Markets is back again this Sunday.