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Intimate gigs, fashion markets and after-dark barbecue feasts – what’s on across the coast this weekend Intimate gigs, fashion markets and after-dark barbecue feasts – what’s on across the coast this weekend

Intimate gigs, fashion markets and after-dark barbecue feasts – what’s on across the coast this weekend

The border is opening, 20-person limits have been removed from our favourite local restaurants, pubs and cafes, and we've all got a little extra spring in our steps – things are looking up! While it's not a green light to go wild (please don't) it's a great excuse to get out there and support your favourite venues, shop local, and explore this amazing region that we're lucky to call home. From barbecue night markets to intimate fireside gigs, here are some fun, local events to hit this weekend.


Fireside at HOTAFiresidea month-long series of events at HOTA (yes, real events with real people!) kicks into action this week, bringing together homegrown talent, food and conversation with a series of performances, intimate concerts and comedy shows held in the Lakeside Room on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There are plenty of events happening, but note that a lot of selling out ahead of time (including this Saturday’s Tex Perkins show and the opera event A Night at the Pink Poodle), so book ahead! Here are the Fireside events not sold out this weekend:

Fireside: Stories in the Key of GC: Kicking off Fireside on Friday night is this unmissable night of storytelling in HOTA’s Lakeside room, where local wordsmiths will weave their tales in amongst a soundscape of live sound designed by ‘Cold Ghost’ – moniker for Gold Coast musician Fletcher Babb. Tickets are still available for the 7:00 pm show, just head here.

Fireside: Stories in Song at HOTA: The vibe will be laid back at HOTA on Sunday with music makers Felicity Lawless and Black Rabbit George treating your ears to live tunes in the Lakeside room from 2:30 pm, which will be followed by entertaining and personal discussions hosted by comedian Grant Busé .There are still limited tickets available here – be quick if you’re keen to head along!

BBQ Bazaar’s Reopening Night: Burleigh’s popular barbecue-inspired night market is back, baby! This Friday marks BBQ Bazaar’s official reopening weekend, with a killer line-up of food stalls and live music on both nights. Hitting the stage on Friday is Girl and Girl, Vallies and Sellin’ Petrol, while on Saturday Mojo Rising will send the tunes live and loud across the venue. Restrictions are still in place so be patient when it comes to seating. You can also reserve a table by emailing the crew on [email protected]

The Village Markets’ Insta Market: Get ready to shop up a virtual storm this weekend! TVM’s popular Insta Market is back to bring a swag of local creatives and businesses to your fingertips via its Instagram stories. Kick back on the couch and tune in from Friday to Sunday to score yourself some dreamy new things and support local business while you’re at it.

Writers’ Block Workshop: Keen to jump into the wonderful world of short stories, novellas and novels? Don’t miss this free online workshop with Vogel Award winner, two-time QLA finalist, and Queensland Writers Fellowship recipient, Emily O’Grady. The workshop will live streamed via the Queensland Writers Centre website, and is being held in conjunction with Gold Coast Libraries. For more information and to register before Saturday, jump here.

Gold Coast Fashion Market: Need to jazz up your wardrobe? Or perhaps you’ve had a clean out (go you) and you need to pass on some pre-loved wears? The Gold Coast Fashion Market is back this Saturday and Sunday (9:00 am to 1:00 pm), with new sellers each day. It’s held at the Albert Waterways Community Centre (opposite Pac Fair) and will be brimming with pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories. Go forth and shop ’til you drop!

Christmas in July at D’Arcy Arms Irish Pub: Winter is well and truly here, so it’s time to get cosy by the fireplace! Throughout the month of July, the crew at D’Arcy Arms Irish Pub are once again transforming the venue into a festive wonderland for the annual Christmas in July feast. Think succulent Christmas roasts, traditional pudding with brandy custard (yum!) and much more deliciousness, all by the roaring fire. Jump to our Event Guide for all of the booking details.

Take a trip to the local markets: Need to stock up the fridge and can’t be bothered tackling the supermarket? Rug up and enjoy a winter’s morning scouting the best local produce at these Gold Coast markets. Looking for something different? The original Mudgeeraba Country Markets have recently returned, as have the Bundall Farmers Market at HOTA – not to be confused with the new Racecourse Markets (also in Bundall). So many options!

To find out more about what’s on in the Gold Coast, head to our Event Guide.



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