Currumbin RSL is holding its annual Ales and Tails event on The Deck this Saturday – expect ice-cold tinnies from Burleigh Brewing and winter warming whiskey cocktails from Jameson, as well as share plates, pizzas and live music. If you love Greek food and want to learn to cook it (well) at home, get yourself tickets to the Modern Greek Cooking Class this Saturday at the Icon Cookery School at The Kitchens Robina Town Centre. Down south, The Scottish Prince’s director of drams, Dave Ferry, is back from his recent trip to Scotland and is now even more enthusiastic about turning the Gold Coast into a city of whisky lovers! This Saturday he’ll be hosting a winter edition of the Introduction to Single Malt Whisky tasting workshop – tickets include six whiskies, snacks and your very own Scottish Prince Glencairn whisky tasting glass to take home! If you’re looking to soak up the sunshine with a champagne in hand, book a table at Burleigh Pavilion’s new Saturday beachside brunch – you get a delicious brunch spread, bottomless bubbles and the best views on the coast! If your ears pricked up at the thought of brunches, this round-up on the coast’s best spots for a boozy brunch will send you in the right direction. As for Sunday, don’t miss The Village Markets at Burleigh State School – this weekend Mitch Paulsen and Chriddy Black from The Voice Season 8 will be providing the tunes! Later in the day on Sunday, Miami Marketta is throwing a massive Winter Long Lunch with chef Lawrence Jones putting on a progressive spread – with all beer, wine and soft drinks included! Also, don’t forget you can do High Cheese (yes, like high tea but with cheese and wine) on the Gold Coast right now – it’s only in town until the end of August!
There are plenty of ways to treat your ears this weekend, folks. A raft of music legends are currently rocking and rolling around town for the annual VIVA Surfers Paradise, which peaks Friday and Saturday before it wraps up on Sunday. Scope out the official program and pencil in your favourites for this weekend! There’s also free live music at Winter in the Vale on Friday night for those on the northern end, while southern folk can get their fix of free beats on Sunday at Seaside Sounds at Burleigh Point. As for local gigs, you can catch Matty Rogers at Coolangatta Sands Hotel on Friday night, while over at the SoundLounge Mental As Anything will hit the stage. The Bredda Brothers will bring their eclectic originals and covers to Eddie’s Grub House on Friday as well, and the northern folk can rock out to a free Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams tribute show at Southport Sharks. On Saturday, there’s The Butlers at Vinnie’s Dive in Southport and The Eagles Band at Southport RSL Club, while on Sunday you can get your Irish-dancing fix with Paddyman at Finn McCool’s or throw your hands in the air at the Metallica tribute show at BBQ Bazaar in Burleigh.
Theatre, Arts and Exhibitions
Arriving at HOTA this weekend with shows from Thursday to Saturday, is Opera Australia’s unmissable new production Madama Butterfly – a love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time. Don’t miss this limited run of shows! You can nab your tickets here for this weekend. If you loved the movie School of Rock then you’ll absolutely want to see it in musical form! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit rock musical, School of Rock is at QPAC from this weekend (road trip!) with the season running until August 31. In case you missed it, the Insta-famous pop-up sweets-inspired museum Sugar Republic has arrived on the Gold Coast – the fun-filled sugar-dipped exhibition will be at Pacific Fair until the end of July, you can read more about it here. Keen for an arts fix? The works of four talented and diverse young artists are being showcased at Level Up Studio + Gallery at The Strand at Coolangatta following a three-month residency program. Held from June 28 to August 5, the Level Up Residency Artists Exhibition features the work of Gold Coast artists Tarni Eastwood, Kaitlin Johnson, Jacki Marie and Creation Saffigna – get down there for a squiz.