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Little Tribe Festival
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Walk into another world at The Little Tribe Festival.

Little Tribe is a music festival designed to immerse children in creative outlets in a breathtaking atmosphere. Beautiful music and art, plenty of delicious food and drinks in a gorgeous natural bohemian styled setting overlooking the ocean.

Talented musicians, yoga teachers, enthralling actors, arts and crafts gurus and a myriad of entertainers will transport your child to a magical world where anything can happen.

Families can also be entertained by tasting the treats from their food hall, browsing in the handmade market place or by having a wine or beer at the Seabreeze Resort overlooking the festival.
Arj Barker - We Need To Talk
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
"Hey, you got an hour? Look, I've been doing a heap of thinking about...us, and where we're headed. This isn't easy, but I need to be 100 per cent honest with you, even if what I say makes you laugh, very, very hard. You had better sit down for this...."

Australia's adopted son of comedy returns to Mackay with his brand new show We Need To Talk.

⋆⋆⋆⋆ "A must see for anyone who loves a laugh..." Adelaide Now
⋆⋆⋆⋆ "On-point delivery and irresistible charm, it's clear to see why he continues to sell out" Herald Sun

Please Note: Recommended for people aged 15 years and older.
Car Fanatics Mackay Club Family Fun Day
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Car Fanatics Mackay Club Family Fun Day is a fundraiser for the benefit of RACQ CQ RESCUE.

Events include: a Car and Bike Show 'n' Shine, AutObarn Sound-off, Burnout Cars on display, Demo Burnouts.

Attractions for the kids include: Jumping Castles, Let's Just Face It Face Painting, Little Party Heroes, Scavenger Hunt for the kid's to win a tour of the RACQ CQ Rescue Hangar.

Live Music: Off Da Railz, Mick and Glen Duo, Hound Dog Swagger and Kane Dodd.

Emergency Service Vehicles on Display, Market Stalls, Prizes and Raffles.

Food and Drinks available to purchase from Poppy's Pizza, Brinvik's Kitchen, El Papas, Mackay Party Hire, MDS Tailored Catering/ Note Park Grazing, Mr Skippy Ice-cream, Donut Empire, Bower Brewers Coffee and Wired Bird Coffee. Purchase Beer or Cider from the Kombi Keg.

ATM available inside. No BYO. No Glass. No Pets.

Proudly Sponsored By:
Autobarn, Quarry Mining and Construction Equipment Pty Ltd, Scope Equipment Hire, Thommo Tyres, Little Party Heroes Mackay, Hound Dog Swagger, Off Da Railz, Mick and Glen Duo, Kane Dodd, Mackay Mobile ATM Hire, Skydive Australia, Rustic Rural Retreat - Robinson Family Farm Stay Eungella, Mackay Wholesale Meats.
Sugar City Sounds 2018
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Rock out to three great Aussie acts.

Sugar City Sounds 2018 features The Living End, Birds of Tokyo and Pete Murray for One Night Only at BB Print Stadium, Mackay.

Between them they have more than 16 chart-topping albums – including six number ones – seven ARIA awards, seven APRA awards and countless nominations.

Get tickets now to catch these legendary Australian bands in their only gig in North Queensland.

VIP Tickets include: VIP seating, VIP lanyard, access to VIP only bar and toilets.
Mackay Triathlon Festival 2018
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
The Mackay Triathlon Festival takes place at the beautiful Mackay Harbour (Mackay Surf Club) on the North Queensland Coast. The festival hosts two signature events, the BOQ Mackay City Corporate Teams Triathlon which is an event held to promote health and well-being in the workplace. It's an event focused around having fun with your work mates in a team triathlon environment.

Their second signature event is tailored to those with an ultimate goal of achieving an Olympic Distance while also encouraging the pro's to race it out for top spot as part of the Nissan State Series!

The weekend also caters for kids between the ages of seven and 12 years (Mini Kids), beginners just starting out in the sport (Enticer) and those wanting to step it up to the next distance (Sprint). It's a Mackay triathlon weekend not to miss!
Etnies Rumble on the Reef
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Etnies Rumble on the Reef is the ASF Queensland Championships of Street Skateboarding for 2018.

This contest is on a brand new AUD2.2 million skatepark based in North Mackay. Skateboarders will qualify through over 20 contests nationally to compete in the Rumble on the Reef.
Rumble on the Reef Queensland Championship of Street Skateboarding
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Rumble on the Reef is the ASF Queensland Championships of Street Skateboarding for 2018.

This contest is on a brand new 2.2 Million Dollar Skatepark based in North Mackay. Skateboarders will qualify through over 20 contests nationally to compete in the Rumble on the Reef.
Rio Tinto River 2 Reef Ride
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
The Rio Tinto River 2 Reef Ride 2018 charity event is a mass participation ride. The event raises funds for two local charities - RACQ CQ Rescue and Mackay Sporting Wheelies with the focus on encouraging more people to become active and involved in their health through cycling.

Last year this event attracted over 1400 cyclists.

This year, it is estimated that numbers will exceed 1500!

There are four ride distances to choose from: 35 kilometres, 60 kilometres, 90 kilometres or 135 kilometres.

They'll finish at the Blue Water Quay where breakfast food stalls will be operating - perfect for your friends and family to greet you when you cross the line.



The Rio Tinto River 2 Reef Ride is a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the glorious scenery Mackay has to offer while raising money for worthwhile causes.

Hotel Sorrento by Hannie Rayson
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Hotel Sorrento by Australian playwright Hannie Rayson is a highly commercial and relatable comedy/drama and familial story for a mainstream audience. This award winning play, which inspired the film of the same name, tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in the seaside town Sorrento.

Hilary lives in the family home in Sorrento with her father and 16 year-old son. Pippa, a business woman, is visiting from New York and Meg, a successful writer, returns from England. When the three sisters are reunited after 10 years apart they again feel the constraints of family life.
Mackay Swap Meet
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018
Head down to the Mackay Showgrounds to the Mackay Swap Meet! This is a great event for the whole family with a wide range of activities. The knick knack collectors will be in heaven at this event with a vast array of unique stalls filled to the brim with odds and ends. The motor head will also find something here, as their event continues to gain attention from a variety of car clubs. You will find car parts, memorabilia, and even some awesome vintage cars. You will find whatever you are looking for with clothing and woodwork stalls too!

There really is something for everyone at this year’s Mackay Swap Meet. Gates open at 6AM – get in early to nab a bargain!

Mackay West Rotary is a community service organisation so all event proceeds go to local charities. This year, they have selected Headspace Mackay as the recipient.

They hope to see you at this year’s event, fundraising for a great local cause.
The Mackay Region Tourism Conference 2018
Date Thu 4th Oct 2018
The Mackay Region Tourism Conference is our annual premier educational event!

With a focus on emotional intelligence, ecotourism and activating The Mackay region this is not an event to be missed.

This event is a stand alone event but also great way to lead in to The Mackay Region Tourism Award for 2018.
Mushroom Valley Festival
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
Over the past seven years, Mushroom Valley has evolved into something more than a music festival. It has become a community. Situated in a magical landscape between the Whitsundays and Mackay in Central Queensland, the sub-tropical setting is the perfect complement to the eclectic electronic music the festival has to offer.

Without giving too many clues for what is to come, this years Mushroom Valley will include a deluxe choice of some old favourites and some special international guests playing styles ranging from Techno, Prog, Psytrance and the broken beat genres of glitch hop and drum and bass.
This otherworldly landscape captivates with seamless décor that transforms the space into a surreal and blissful dream. As you walk past old trees the scents of many cultures entice the appetite, while across the river diverse workshops erupt with new ideas and young ones meet each other in the children's space. In this community they cater for all ages and offer everyone the chance to be themselves. Prepare to experience!

They live the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect life - see the website for all that that means.
Frankly Sinatra – A Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Following the outstanding success of The Great Composers, Australian music theatre star Philip Gould and award winning singer/actress Michelle Fitzmaurice team up again to sing and dance their way through 22 hits of the man they called the 'Chairman of The Board'..... Frank Sinatra. But as with all Promac shows this will be much more than that.

This is a brand new show from Promac Productions for 2018.
The Mackay Region Tourism Awards 2018
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
The Mackay Region Tourism Awards 2018 is the industry’s annual premier tourism event.

The Awards are a submission and inspection based program, as well as a benchmark tool for operators to compare themselves against other businesses. The Awards provide the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and showcase Mackay’s finest tourism operators.

The awards aim to recognise the outstanding achievements of Mackay’s tourism industry, including individuals, businesses (industry operators) and events. It encourages excellence in the industry and promotes the growth of tourism products and services.

It also highlights sustainable economic and social benefits that flow directly from a successful tourism industry in the region. The prestige of being recognised by peers as a Mackay Region Tourism Award winner is highly regarded and can be used extensively in the marketing of their products and services.
MM Electrical NQ Derby Day- Mackay Turf Club
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
The NQ Derby is an amazing spring racing day supporting the racing carnival in Sydney and Melbourne. Traditional black and white attire, a variety of ticket options available including event centre dining, fiesta fascinator marquee, winning post, trackside bar and private marquees for hire.

With free MJ Photobooth so you can upload instantly to social media, Fashions on the Field with amazing prizes, live DJ throughout the day to keep you entertained, Luke Geiger duo entertaining you after the last race and free buses to the after party at MOJOs, its a day not to be missed!

Tickets on sale through Mackay Tickets from 1 May. Book your private marquee today!
Mackay Inflatable Boat Race
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
The Inaugural Mackay Inflatable Boat Race will be held at the spectacular Eimeo Beach. It will be full of fun and excitement for everyone, attendees dress in fancy dress, armed with any type of inflatable raft, from pool ponies to caterpillars, and paddle a short course.

There will be activities suitable for all ages!

The original event was created by Denver Beven from Manly.
All money raised goes to Tour de Cure and the Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club.
Adventurethon Demolish Mackay
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Get your adventurous side ready to take on some of the best of Central Queensland.

There will be three separate locations for each race to ensure they have the best course locations for each of the standalone events – Paddle, Mountain Bike and Run. This will enable them to showcase the very best bits Mackay has to offer!

Saturday Morning: Mackay Paddle Rush
Saturday Afternoon: Mad MTB XC
Sunday Morning: Finch Hatton George Adventure Run

With three distances to choose from and it’s definitely the most exciting and fun way to see and expolore the region!

They can’t wait to show this off to you and look forward to a brilliant weekend of adventure in Mackay this October.
The McClymonts - Like We Used to Tour
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Please Note: This event is General Admission Club Style in the Plenary Halls.

Australia’s favourite and most successful country group, The McClymonts are returning to the road after a year off and they’re ready to kick it up in style.

Despite the break, Brooke, Sam and Mollie have been anything but quiet with their best-selling latest album ‘Endless’ debuting number one Country and number three ARIA all-genre album chart upon release and generating three smash hit singles - “House”, “Don’t Wish It All Away” and “Like We Used To”, after which the tour is named.

On top of that, the girls took home three awards at the 2018 Golden Guitar Awards including the coveted Album of the Year and Group of the Year at the CMC Awards.

The girls and their band are fired up and ready to go and with over 20 smash hit singles from their five much-loved albums, you are sure to be in for an unforgettable night.

They’ll be performing hits like Forever Begins Tonight, Here’s To You and I, Wrapped Up Good and Kick It Up, all sung with their stunning harmonies and backed by their incredible band.
Global Grooves
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
Tour the globe at Global Grooves 2018 held at beautiful Queens Park, celebrating the cultural diversity of the Mackay region. This one-day open-air event is free to the public and they encourage all of the Mackay region to travel the globe in a day! Line Palm Avenue for the Opening Parade featuring traditional dress from many countries.

Wander through the Global Village and experience the culture, traditions and food from the many different cultural groups of Mackay. With craft workshops for children, cultural demonstrations and a full line-up of entertainment on the main stage there's something for the whole family. The night will conclude with a fireworks display at 9pm.
Bill Bailey - Earl of Whimsy
Date Mon 29th Oct 2018
Presented by Adrian Bohm

After the 2016 sell-out tour, Larks in Transit, the UK’s very own straggle-haired polymath, Bill Bailey, returns to Australia with his new comedy and music extravaganza, Earl of Whimsy.

It has Bill’s trademark blend of satire and surrealism, stories and dismantled jokes, crowd sing-alongs, weird instruments and musical showstoppers. But there’s a distinctly historical feel to this show. With its tales of Britain’s fortunes past and present, of ancient Viking battles, of Shakespeare’s contribution to comedy, and Bill’s own ancestry, this is both a mockery and a celebration of national identity.

It’s also a journey of discovery. We find out where Knock Knock jokes came from, how we got days of the week, and why Nicky Minaj rejected a puffin sample for her latest single. There are lively audience discussions, a mass German singalong, and even some Cockney crab-dancing. Something for everyone.

While the world tumbles into a seemingly more chaotic place by the minute, what better way to find a moment of calm in the chaos, than a trip round Bill’s mind, described recently as ‘A huge, lavishly decorated and nicely untidy place… its contents spill out with an infectious enthusiasm during this wonderful show’.
Festival of Small Halls - Clermont
Date Thu 1st Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

The Gruffalo - Live on Stage
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood...

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End and Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?
Peter Williams Medium Live
Date Tue 6th Nov 2018
For one night only Peter Williams will demonstrate his amazing ability as he contacts and communicates with loved ones on the other side and will be delivering their messages to the audience live on the night.

Peter Williams is internationally known for his heartfelt and accurate insights and continues to amaze audiences with his ability to communicate with loved ones in the Spirit world. During a live event Peter uses his special ability to connect with souls that have passed over and help bring closure to those in need.

Peter is highly popular and is booked out months in advance. He also publishes his online monthly newsletter ‘Insights’ where people who have subscribed can gain understanding of the current energy patterns, be updated on the latest events and blogs as well as be in the running to win a free reading.

To sign up, read more information, watch videos of Peter in action live on stage or to book a session please visit his website.

Please note: This is a 16+ event.
Please note: This is a General Admission event (seats are not allocated).
Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev
Date Thu 8th Nov 2018
Sydney International Piano Competition Presents Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev In Concert.

Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev is the winner of the Percy Grainger Second Prize of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition where he also won the Isador Goodman Best Preliminaries Round 2 Recital Prize.



In April 2018 Arsney will make his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto and later that year tour Europe under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington with Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto. He has recently become an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics and his first CD under this label will be released in 2018. In celebration Arseny will be touring Australia in October and November 2018.

Festival of Small Halls - Moranbah
Date Thu 8th Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

Party in the Park, 150 Years of Mackay Cricket
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Major community event to celebrate 150 years of Mackay Cricket. Free concert featuring Thirsty Merc, 20/20 Charity Cricket Game, Fireworks display, Kids Activities, Sporting Activations, Eat Street Food Festival.

The Bistro will be open from 12pm, bookings recommended.
Karen Knowles at Christmas
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018
Gold and platinum award winner, Karen Knowles is one of Australia’s favourite singers and is coming to Mackay for a special Christmas concert in December 2018.

Star of the musical Big River and lead singer with The Seekers in the early 1990s, Karen started her career on Young Talent Time and became the highest selling Australian female recording artist for two consecutive years.

Karen’s best known hits include Why Won’t You Explain, You are the Reason, By Request, La Vie en Rose, Amazing Grace and Moonglow. She is well known for her Carols and Christmas repertoire and regular performances as part of the Lord Mayors Carols broadcast throughout Queensland on Channel 7. Karen will perform with her musical director accompanying her.
An Evening with Johnathan Thurston
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
An Evening with Johnathan Thurston provides a rare insight into the mind of a champion.

From humble beginnings to rising through the ranks collecting every individual rugby league accolade and team honour, Johnathan Thurston is a once in a generation footballer.

Please note: All Diamond Tickets are a Meet and Greet ticket.

All Meet and Greet’s will commence approximately 15 minutes after the show concludes. They suggest all ticket holders remain in their seats, ushers will direct them in an orderly fashion to the appropriate area post show.

All photos will be shot by a professional photographer and uploaded to a link where photos can be downloaded by 9am the following morning. No personal phones or cameras will be permitted to be used during the meet and greet.

One item only may be brought along to be signed. They ask all ticket holders to please be patient while the meet and greet process is under way, expect reasonable delays while you wait in line for your turn to meet Johnathan Thurston. Any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the theatre with no refund applicable.
ZACH MACH Mackay Adventure Challenge
Date Sat 11th May 2019
A fun, action packed adventure for the whole family based in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Mountain Bike the great divide, kayak with Barra on Teemburra Dam, run with butterflies in the rainforest near Cattle Creek and road ride past historic cane farms.

Mountain bike, trail run, kayak and road cycle though the majestic Pioneer Valley in Mackay's only multisport adventure challenge. The Zach Mach is an adventure race that celebrates the life of an outstanding young man, Zach Roberts. Zach was an adventure racer and a much loved student at Mackay Christian College who tragically passed away in an accident at the age of 18.

Ages: eight and above.
Mini MACH and Full MACH
Categories: Solo, pairs, relay teams.
Stages: Mountain bike, kayak/canoe, trail run, road cycle.
Mackay Marina Run
Date Sun 2nd Jun 2019
Mackay is a booming Queensland Region and the BMA Mackay Marina Run is the signature running event for the exciting and expanding city of Mackay. The event showcases the spectacular features of the tropical coastal city and celebrates the role that fun and fitness has in the community.

While attracting running enthusiasts from around the country it also has a key focus of attracting first time competitors through the provision of a half marathon, an eight kilometre run, a five kilometre fun run, five kilometre corporate challenge and three kilometre junior dash. Significant funds are raised for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Entertainment is provided at certain locations on the course including traditional jazz, rock n roll and folk to enhance the great feel to the event.
River Sessions
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
From 2009 to 2014 River Sessions drew thousands of tourists to the Mackay region with the biggest musical acts Australia had to offer. River Sessions then returned June 2018 with a huge positive impact on the community that left punters wanting more! River Sessions will not only return with a stellar musical lineup in 2019 it will again be bringing another culinary smorgasbord in the form of the 15 hand-picked food and Arts vendors from Mackay and the surrounding regions.



River Sessions is Queensland’s largest non-touring single day music festival that will aim to claim that statues again on Saturday June 29 2019 showcasing a multitude of Australia's leading live dance, hip hop and rock/indie acts taking the stage with an abundance of 15 food and arts vendors in a boutique setting at one of Mackay’s beautiful venues, Queens Park.

Mackay Mountain Marathon
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
The Mackay Mountain Marathon is a mountain bike adventure ride and running event catering for all ages and skill levels.

The event will start and finish at Eungella. There will be three run and ride distance that can be found on their web site.

Whether you are looking for a fun family adventure or an extreme Mountain Bike challenge this event, set in Eungella National Park, is sure to satisfy. Pedal your way through lush rainforest on a winding single track crossing platypus inhabited creeks and rivers. Then head out to tackle fire roads in the back country before making your way back to finish above the clouds and on top of the world!

Why not make a weekend of it? They have planned family events and entertainment on the Saturday evening and encourage all participants to camp out with them at the Eungella cricket oval Saturday night before the event.