Regional Tourism Guide for Sunshinecoast
Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival
Date Mon 1st Oct 2018 to Sat 10th Nov 2018
Spot the scarecrow in Mary Valley Country, South East Queensland, every year in October!

The annual festival encourages people to plan a day out in Mary Valley Country, and see if they can find the variety of serious and not so serious straw creations along the way.

A Google map can be downloaded to let you know where all the entries are. The community art organisation Mary Valley Artslink auspices the scarecrow festival.
Kulture Klash Festival - Kawana Waters Hotel
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sat 12th Oct 2019
Raising funds for Beyond Blue is the first Kulture Klash at Kawana Waters Hotel.

Bring your car for the car show, come dance to some rockabilly or surf rock music from Brisbane bands, shop at their kustom markets, or just cheer on the 1950s vintage style pinups in the Miss Kulture Klash pinup pageant.

Sailor Jerry will have the airstream, and they'll have raffles to raise funds for Beyond Blue.

Topology’s Queensland at Home Tour - Gympie
Date Wed 17th Oct 2018
Packing an illustrious 20 years as one of Queensland’s finest arts organisations, ARIA nominated Topology have become a staple sound of their hometown in Brisbane. In their most recent endeavours Topology have teamed up with the Queensland State Library to create ‘Queensland at Home’ a time capsule of vintage film accompanied by a live original score performed by the band to paint an evocative portrait of life in Queensland dating back to the early 20th Century.

Set to tour Queensland at Home across 42 towns throughout 34 local government areas, the work features an original score by Topology's Robert Davidson inspired by the sights and sounds of times past and a compelling compilation of Queenslanders engaging in everyday activities.

In addition to the live performances, the tour will incorporate 45 workshops as part of the Top Up Music Education program, facilitating local students and community participants to compose their own live score to be featured at the performance alongside Queensland at Home.
Healing From Within Relaxation, Awareness and Transformation
Date Thu 18th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
It’s time to nurture your spirit with the deep personal reflection only accessed through meditation and artistic expression. Take four precious days to slow down and connect with your deepest intuition.

In this inspiring retreat participants will explore their unique experience through clay work, drawing and visualisation, yoga and Tibetan Joyful Dance alongside the easy-to-learn self-healing tools of Transformative Mindfulness. These tools are simple, effective, and suitable for people of all cultures, and traditions. They are designed to enable you to:

- Generate awareness and acceptance of your own mental and physical challenges
- Directly access the underlying psychological causes that contribute to the mental or physical suffering that you may be experiencing
- Compassionately transform these causes, in a way that works best for each individual

When skilfully combined these techniques bring insight and change, help build strengths, bring perspective to difficult situations and transform inner conflicts. By breaking open our power of compassion, the underlying causes of our difficulties can be viewed very differently. Profound change can occur!

Please bring along a yoga mat and blanket for relaxation and wear lose comfortable clothes.
Pre-event beer tasting, Buy Tickets for Craft Beer and Cider Festival
Date Thu 18th Oct 2018
They will be having a sneaky little catch up next Thursday October 18 at Sneaky Baron, Ocean Street, Maroochydore. It's a chance for people have a beer tasting on them. All you have to do is buy a ticket to their event and enjoy a paddle of three beers! Spread the word for this sneaky little catch-up, numbers are limited!
AFL Queensland Schools Cup - State Preliminary Finals and State Grand Finals 2018
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
The AFL Queensland Schools Cup (AFLQSCup) is AFL Queensland’s premier schools’ competition. The state-wide inter-school competition is open to public, private and independent schools across six competitive divisions: Primary Male, Primary Female, Junior Male, Junior Female, Senior Male and Senior Female.

The AFLQSCup is a free competition for schools and provides equitable pathways for male and female students. The competition is resourced and administered by AFL Queensland.

Schools begin the competition in localised gala days in either the South East Queensland or North Queensland Conferences, with Regional Champions progressing into the knockout State Qualifying Finals.

The competition culminates in the AFLQSCup State Preliminary and Grand Finals on the Sunshine Coast, with 24 teams in attendance. The six North Queensland champions are flown down for an all expenses paid weekend on the Sunshine Coast including a day of sightseeing.

Six State Champions are crowned on Sunday, 21 October.
Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
A week of fashion events and shows all in under 24 hours. Catwalk shows include swimwear, resort wear, ready to wear and couture. Hosted at the stunning The Sebel, Pelican Waters, the event also includes the Sunshine Coast Style Awards, the Trade Lounge (pop up stalls where the public, industry and media can buy wholesale), Sunshine Coast Design Awards and Hall of Fame.
The Blackall 100
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
The Blackall 100 is a trail ultra-marathon that traverses the beautiful and scenic Great Walk of the Sunshine Coast. The event is open to runners and walkers with distances of 100 kilometres and 50 kilometres. With a generous cut-off of 28 hours, this event could be within anyone's reach.

Hosted at the QCCC Mapleton, there are event packages available, or you may choose to stay in one of the many beautiful bed and breakfasts in the surrounding towns on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Sunshine Coast Open House
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Enjoy exploring 30 of the Sunshine Coast’s most intriguing buildings on Saturday 20 October.

Sunshine Coast Open House is a free event, which provides visitors with the rare opportunity to tour architecturally diverse, well-designed and historic buildings across the region.

Sunshine Coast Open House is presented by Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and the Australian Institute of Architects Sunshine Coast Regional Committee.

To find out more please visit their website.
Oktoberfest Sunshine Coast
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Oktoberfest Sunshine Coast will be launched for the very first time in 2018 and visitors to this event will experience the traditional culture of the Munich Oktoberfest.

Based on the history and festivities from centuries past Oktoberfest Sunshine Coast promises to deliver a traditional family friendly, fun event.

Patrons will see the Kawana Sports Precinct transformed into a Bavarian themed festival, complete with giant beer tent, German themed alfresco dining, stages and children’s rides and activities. Authentic German food and beverages will be served by local businesses that have a rich, German ancestry.

Aussie World's Halloween FestEvil
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sat 27th Oct 2018
The Sunshine Coast's biggest Halloween event is back in 2018 over two big weekends!

Set in a not-too-distant dystopian future, the Wasteland at Aussie World is riddled with strange apocalyptic creatures lurking around every corner.

Enter at your own risk...

Explore the park after dark, take a trip into the apocalyptic Wasteland and tame the four new EPIC mazes (three of them are not for the faint hearted) including the notorious Mayhem Maze.

This year's Halloween FestEvil includes: four epic mazes, roving entertainment, live music, spooky disco in The Shed,trick or treat plus rides and attractions.

Families are welcome but parental guidance is recommended as some characters and scenes may frighten younger children.

There will also be a dedicated kids zone separate from the Wasteland that the little ones can enjoy!
Paper Plane Challenge
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Maroochy North Shore Lions are holding an inaugural "Paper Plane Challenge" at Bli Bli State School on October 20 with all proceeds going to Queensland Drought Relief.

This is a fun project for all the family to participate in to support the struggling farmers. There will be three categories of planes with junior age groups for students from K-12 and only AUD2.50 entry. Adults are not forgotten with open teams categories for Corporate/Local Businesses and sporting and community groups. Hope to see you there. For further information contact them on the phone number provided.

Free Your Mind With Karl Gratton
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
With the heavy weight of social expectations, life can feel like a series of tests we need to pass to fit in. But what if we could think outside the boxes we’re squeezed into and connect with the very core of our own experience—our minds?

In this introductory course, Karl will share some simple meditations to calm and stabilise our busy “Monkey Mind” so that we can make clear choices and have a positive effect on ourselves and others. There’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Established 1974, Chenrezig Institute is a centre for Buddhist study, meditation, retreat and practice nestled in the foothills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The Institute is home to a Tibetan Geshe (Lama), a large community of ordained Sangha (monks and nuns), students, residents, volunteers, retreat goers and guests.

Apart from the formal study programmes, Chenrezig Institute is a peaceful, calm and relaxing place to spend a few hours, days or weeks. Stroll along the bush paths, wander in formal garden, espresso in the cafe or a vegetarian meal.

Teachers’ availability subject to change; please see the Chenrezig Institute Calendar for updated details.
Head to Head – Portraiture Masterclass With Godwin Bradbeer
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
A rare opportunity to work with one of Australia’s most esteemed contemporary artists, Godwin Bradbeer. Deepen your comprehension of your visual self in this masterclass drawing studies of the head and upper body. Create a series of structural studies of two models from both short and long poses.

The tutor will provide substantial information by demonstration and frequent reference to historic and contemporary practices. Personal expression and gesture will be encouraged. Base materials for the session will be charcoal, pastel and conte. The work will be linear, tonal and gestural.

The physical image will be created by a physical process. Be willing to get your hands dirty! Bring your own lunch. Both beginners and very experienced persons will benefit. Session helpful for folio consolidation.

Bookings and pre-payments can be made via phone or in person at the gallery. Online bookings will be available soon.
The Dawn Wall - Nambour
Date Thu 25th Oct 2018
The Dawn Wall is here! Join them to see the most anticipated climbing film ever made.

The Dawn Wall will screen from October 25 in Nambour. Contact the venue for screening times.

More than just a climbing movie, The Dawn Wall is an epic and inspirational story that will take you into the hearts and minds of the protagonists and is to be enjoyed by all.

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention.

But for Tommy Caldwell, the Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger.

Opera in the Castle
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
The Underground Opera Company has journeyed to the Sunshine Castle for over seven years delighting and enlightening guests with intimate performances.

The Sunshine Castle’s Banquet Hall in Bli Bli has become Underground Opera Company s home away from home, with their regulars coming back each year for two great seasons of opera performances with a dash of musical theatre.

Sensational music is created by world-class performers, accompanied by an incomparable pianist, while guests are taken on a journey through each opera piece by a charismatic MC.

The programme features a concert of popular opera, with arias such as Nessun Dorma from Turandot, duets from Lakme and The Pearl Fishers, with ensemble pieces from Nabucco, Rigoletto; the list goes on!

Prepare for a night of incredible performances from world-class Australian artists in a relaxed, intimate environment.

Concerts include delectable canapés served at interval and discounts are available for groups of eight or more and seniors.

Please note: This venue is wheelchair accessible.
An Evening with Johnathan Thurston - Caloundra
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018
A unique opportunity to share An Evening with Johnathan Thurston live on stage as he reflects on an illustrious career on and off the field.
TreX Cross Triathlon Sunshine Coast - Queensland Championships
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
Queensland State Championships and World Championships Qualification Race.

Swim , MTB , Trail Run

This all new TreX event is hosted in Landsborough in the heart of Queensland’s Naturally Refreshing Sunshine Coast. Based on the banks of spectacular Ewen Maddock dam this course offers the very best of the Sunshine Coast hinterland with its rainforest trails and fern-filled bushland.

The course includes some of the best fast and flowing single track mountain bike trails and gritty off road running trails found anywhere in Australia and includes a standard distance, sprint, junior, dirt kids, duathlon and aquabike courses.

Add to this a MultiSport Weekend including Trail Run Australia Sunshine Coast and you’ve got a ‘not to be missed’ action packed weekend of off road adventure for the entire family.
Skate Titans Aura
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
Watch the best skateboarders from the Sunshine Coast region compete for a spot at the 2019 Rumble on the Reef, the Queensland Championships of Street Skateboarding.
Retro Radio at Sunshine Brewery
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Join them at Sunshine Brewery for an afternoon of craft beer, old school tunes and wood fired pizza. The boys from Retro Radio with be playing all their favourites from the 80s and 90s plus that Pizza Guy dishing up the best pizzas on the coast all made fresh on hand stretched bases.

They are a family friendly venue with a kids play area, so bring the whole family. Come and join in the fun to round off your weekend on a high!
Creative Writing Group with Sharon
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Develop your imagination by writing! Writing is a powerful tool for development and transformation. In today's ever changing world, we need to make sense of it all, and what better way to do this, than by writing about it. In their writing group, they will continue to explore outer and inner journeys through the power of the pen. Whether you’ve got a story in your head that you’ve been dying to tell or simply want the companionship of like-minded people, this group will explore the written word. All levels of experience (or none) are welcome.

There’ll be time to discuss and share ideas, and complete your work at your own pace for the next meeting. Bring your own pens, paper, and laptop. This course is freely offered by the Chenrezig Institute community when you register via Chenrezig Institute website. Meals and accommodation are available separately.
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival
Date Wed 31st Oct 2018 to Sun 4th Nov 2018
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day hallmark event, based in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities.

The schedule includes a Breakfast Fun Run and a Run Swim Run event. Super Saturday is one of the highlights of the event with the Superkidz and Special Triathlon in the morning and the Subaru Noosa Australian Open Criterium and Asics Noosa Bolt in the afternoon, which also includes the Legends Triathlon with all the events attracting a premium field and sporting legends.

The crown event is the Noosa Triathlon on Sunday, which has continued its prime position of the largest standard distance race in the world. It includes a one and a half kilometre swim, a 40 kilometre bike and 10 kilometre run. With over 12,000 athletes competing over the event week, it is certainly one event you need to experience for yourself.
Halloween at Australia Zoo
Date Wed 31st Oct 2018
Australia Zoo is gearing up for a spooktacular event this Halloween celebrating with games, competitions and their always-in-costume characters, the Tasmanian Devils!

Queensland Museum will be at the Zoo on the day with an amazing live spider display.

Get up close and personal with these incredible creatures, and you may even catch a live feeding of the beautiful arachnids. It will make your skin crawl.

Halloween isn't just for humans, watch their animals enjoy this spooky holiday too. Their treats will be in the form of fun-filled pumpkins!

They will have plenty of treats on the day including free spooky face-painting , a fancy dress competition, trick or treating in their gift shops and carve your own jack-o'-lantern workshops.

There'll be plenty of games including the mummy wrap, zombie races and the super spider egg snatch.

Plus your chance to win some great prizes by finding the mysterious black cats hidden around the Zoo!

Halloween guests will also have the opportunity to judge the staff pumpkin carving competition, a hotly contested title at Australia Zoo each October.

Halloween will be a spooktacular day out at Australia Zoo!

Katchafire (New Zealand) and EarthKry (Jamaica) - Solbar, Maroochydore
Date Thu 1st Nov 2018
Thursday 1 November at Solbar, Maroochydore with EarthKry and Parker Street Dub Club at 7pm.

NZ’s Katchafire will be joined by Jamaican maestros EarthKry on the ‘Legacy Love Today’ Australia 2018 tour! Whilst this will be EarthKry’s first trip down under, earlier this year they joined Katchafire on their USA tour and they guarantee they are going soothe your soul with their wholesome fusion of Roots Reggae and Rock!

Katchafire’s new ‘Legacy’ album is exciting and fresh with messages of love, hope, togetherness, and family; with the 12 songs on this album being recorded in numerous studios around the world from New Zealand and Australia to LA and Hawaii to Jamaica, featuring collaborations with some of reggae’s finest.

Recent line-up changes have added new fuel to the ‘Fire and the first three singles from the ‘Legacy’ album—‘Addicted’, ‘Way Beyond’ and 'Love Today'—have been picking up airplay on roots reggae radio and added to playlists around the world with 'Love Today' hitting the Top 20 on the Global Reggae Chart and a new video for â€𦇄” will be revealed soon!

There is no stopping the Fire!
Creative Writing
Date Thu 1st Nov 2018
Develop your imagination by writing! Writing is a powerful tool for development and transformation. In today's ever-changing world, we need to make sense of it all, and what better way to do this, than by writing about it. In their inaugural writing group, they will set out to explore outer and inner journeys through the power of the pen. Whether you’ve got a story in your head that you’ve been dying to tell or simply want the companionship of like-minded people, this group will explore the written word.

All levels of experience (or none) are welcome. There’ll be time to discuss and share ideas, and complete your work at your own pace for the next meeting. Bring your own pens, paper or laptop. Sharon Thrupp has spent many years living in India and writing about her experiences through short stories and blogs. She has organized Pilgrimages for Chenrezig Institute over the past seven years sharing her journey.
The McClymonts
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
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.

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.
Beltane Fire Festival
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Come one, come all to gather by the fire and celebrate as your ancestors did many moons ago. For it is Beltane! A time of great celebration and joy, a time to harvest what has been sown and make sacred vows.

They shall honour the deities, perform sacred rituals, feast and dance by the flame. All welcome to join for this sacred Sabbat.

Stall applications for the village fair, Bards for music, presenters for workshop spaces and volunteers are all now available.

Tickets to the Festival start at AUD45.

During the Festival there will be a Feast, Ritual and Wickerman (Burning Man) on Saturday, Handfasting, Broom Jumping, Maypole Dancing and lots of music on Sunday
Calm Abiding Practice Days with Corey Jackson
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
An unruly mind is not only the cause of our own difficulties and suffering but also an obstacle to developing kindness and compassion for others. Unwanted distractions undermine our attempts to develop the wisdom and compassion necessary to achieve our potential and benefit those around us.

Shamatha practice pacifies those distractions leaving the mind calm, clear and flexible. Calm Abiding is the ideal practice for a busy life creating a strong and stable base of calm and relaxation we can return to whenever we are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. When we are feeling stronger it gives us the undistracted focus to be of greater benefit to ourselves and others.

Corey Jackson will support your developing practice gently, leading you through a range of meditations and explaining how these support the Buddhist path. Please wear loose comfortable clothing for sitting and a yoga mat if you would like to meditate in a laying down position. A 10 per cent discount for members and concession card holders applies. Accommodation and meals available separately.
MOJO JUJU at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Saturday 3 November sees MOJO JUJU take to the stage at The Imperial Hotel as part of her Native Tongue Album Tour.

'Native Tongue' is a fitting title for the third album from Mojo Juju and it is her very essence laid bare. It is raw, honest, emotional and intrinsically political.

Since making a name for herself in the late 2000s, Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, a.k.a Mojo Juju, has been many things to many people. She's been a troubadour, a soothsayer, a shapeshifter and a darn good songwriter.

After a decade honing the art of story-telling, she's made the boldest move imaginable and decided to finally just be the story. Through the telling of family history and her own experiences, Juju explores relationships with elders and ancestry and how that informs her own identity.

Contemplating her mother’s Indigenous heritage, her father’s experience as a Filipino immigrant and her own place in the cultural landscape of modern Australia.

Juju has taken her eclectic influences and created a seamless and authentically original sound, continuing her dedication to bucking labels, bending genres and doing her own thing. A unique blend of Soul, RnB, Blues & Hip Hop.

Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
The Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo is coming back again and is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before!

Not only will you get the chance to meet premium wedding suppliers face-to-face, get hands on with their products and see if they are the right fit for your wedding; but you'll also have access to exclusive expo specials and promotions and go in the draw to win big!

Plus you're giving you the chance to win AUD5000 towards your wedding! Unlike other expo's, this isn't a package deal... you get to choose how and on who to spend the money!

So if you want to have fun with your wedding planning at a relaxed, stress-free premium wedding event; then the Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo is the place for you!

Tickets on sale soon, so make sure you save the date. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

To check out their list of exhibitors, head over to the Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo Website.
Welcome Open Day at Chenrezig Institute
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
Welcome Days are filled with opportunities to explore the Chenrezig Institute with the whole family for a relaxing day out! Head into reception and their friendly team will welcome you with a map and answer program questions you have.

At 9am and 10am younger family members will enjoy the fun activities in their Kind Kids Program in their temple. Wander to the Garden of Enlightenment to see the building that drew His Holiness the Dalai Lama here in 2011.

Between 10.30am and 11.30am one of Chenrezig Institute's resident nuns will welcome you to their temple and, after a short introduction, share a peaceful guided meditation. Relax in the sun on the prayer wheel lawn then to the temple for Geshe Tsultrim’s talk "What do Buddhists believe?" at 1.30pm.

Visit their art studio for a workshop on traditional Buddhist painting.

All activities on Welcome Day are freely offered, with the exception of Lunch in the Big Love Café which is AUD12.50 per person. Please book your lunch by 10am on the day of the event and let them know if you’ll need a gluten or dairy free meal so that they can prepare something delicious for you.
Lazy Sunday Lunch
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
Enjoy a four course set menu, mid-day meal at Amamoor Lodge in the beautiful Mary Valley. Featuring Mary Valley, Noosa and Gympie Region seasonal produce.

Al fresco relaxed country setting, friendly service to communal tables. Book for yourself or for a group. Eat with new or old friends overlooking the Mary Valley.

Bookings are essential and gift vouchers are available for singles, couples or small groups. Accommodation is available.
Maleny Singers present Mozart's comic opera "The Marriage of Figaro"
Date Fri 9th Nov 2018 to Sun 11th Nov 2018
The Maleny Singers will be presenting three performances of The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, at the Maleny Community Centre on November 9, 10 and 11 to raise money for Rotary to donate to Live Flight Australia and Blackall Range Care.

This well known opera, shortened and directed by Margaret Taylor, will be accompanied by a 22 piece orchestra.

The cast of well known Maleny Singers will include Colin Dunn, Evalee Sharples, Tony Glazebrook, Viera Keogh and newcomer Sarah-Jane Abbott.

It is a lively and entertaining plot filled with many favourite arias, duets, and ensembles.

In this production, there will be a couple of narrators – Wendy-Merefield Ward and Christopher Ward, who will guide the audience through the many twists and turns of the story.

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy great entertainment and at the same time help two worthy charities.

Ocean6 Round Two at Coolum Beach
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
The Ocean6 brings the action and excitement of surf life saving and traditional surf sports competitions into the modern age.

Combining an olympic level swimmer, kayaker and sprinter with some of the most talented ocean athletes on the planet this is the Ocean6.

Taking place across six of Australia's most famous beaches, the Ocean6 offers an amazing free family day of fun and excitement.

The finals package will kick off at 12pm, Saturday at Coolum Beach and will showcase the Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Finals, First National Real Estate Board Series, Ocean6 Ski Series and the Jolyn and Kennards Hire Surf Race!

Mary River Festival
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
Take the trip out to Kandanga for one of the friendliest, most laid back festivals you’ll find.

From noon till 8pm, the Mary River Festival in the beautiful Mary Valley has a theme this year of “citizen science”

This festival has so much to offer for everyone! There will be music, workshops and activities galore, great local stalls, information, talks and movies. And you can be sure the kids will entertained all day long.

This year you will be entertained with:
Roving Entertainment by Rubatuba and Terry The Great

Main Stage will be jam-packed by Ethan Roberts Music, Reverend Billy, Andrea Kirwin, Kelly Cork, Paul B.Clement, Landscape Band and Barry Charles

Free camping available.
Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018 to Sun 11th Nov 2018
Caloundra Arts Centre Association's popular Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair is on again!

A wonderful array of quality handcrafted goods made by C.A.C.A. members will be on sale. This is a marvellous opportunity to support your local community and pick up some authentic hand-made Australian products for yourself or family and friends. All rooms at the 5 North Street Centre will be filled with an interesting and exciting selection of handicrafts including Pottery, Woodwork, original Art and Pastels to Handmade Lace, Quilting, Embroidery and Jewellery (to name but a few!). Christmas is not far away so this is an ideal opportunity to get in and purchase some early gifts. Handmade Christmas decorations and cards are a feature.

Eftpos facilities are available, plenty of free parking too. The cake stall featuring genuine homemade goodies, including pickles, jams, slices and cakes is extremely popular and sells out very quickly. Plant stall, pre-loved books and magazines will tempt the serious browser with some great bargains.
Raffles will be available for people to try their luck with wonderful prizes including a Gourmet food Basket valued at AUD250.

Light refreshments will be available.
Learning Drawing Series – An Introduction to Drawing
Date Mon 12th Nov 2018 to Mon 26th Nov 2018
Artist Lyndon Hallows guides those beginning their drawing practice through simple, hands-on exercises designed to break down the process of drawing into easy and understandable parts. With a series of three sessions focusing on the basics of line control, creating depth, still life studies and the human form, discover and enjoy yourself with others starting on their drawing path.

Bookings and pre-payments ca be made via phone or in person at the gallery. Online bookings will be available soon.
Steve Irwin Day at Australia Zoo
Date Thu 15th Nov 2018
Join them at Australia Zoo for Steve Irwin Day on Thursday 15 November as they celebrate the greatest Wildlife Warrior that ever lived!

Wear your khakis as you enter the Zoo and get 10 per cent off your entry price! Gates are opening at 8am, so head in early and grab a free barbecue breakfast.

The official opening ceremony will be held in their world famous Crocoseum, followed by country singer Adam Brand performing live to get everyone excited before Bindi feeds the crocs!

Embark on the Wildlife Warriors Conservation Mission to collect five fun badges as you learn how you can become a Wildlife Warrior!

Steve's greatest passion was conservation and as part of Steve Irwin Day, attend their Conservation Conversations for your chance to be a part of the discussions that are at the forefront of some of the most ground-breaking work in the field.

Conquer the Australia Zoo Rescue Challenge obstacle course or climb the eight metre rock wall to help the rescue team save one of their furry friends (plush toy)! Plus stacks more family fun on the day.

Steve Irwin Day is going to be an absolute ripper for every Wildlife Warrior!
Hot 91 Ignite Chilli Festival Caloundra
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Add some spice to your life!

Celebrating the exciting world of chillies, herbs and spices through a fusion of food, music and people, the Hot 91 Ignite Chilli Festival Caloundra is almost too hot to handle.

This food fiesta is filled with cooking demonstrations from local chefs, including Masterchef Royalty Matt Sinclair, live music and street theatre, hot and spicy cuisine, unique artisan stalls, the worlds largest macorena attempt and the annual Chilli Eating Championships for those brave enough.
Pass the Pastel – Drawing Masterclass for Teens
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Join artist and tutor Lyndon Hallows for an extensive session drawing and working with pastels. Sometimes considered an intimidating medium, this workshop will calm any fears and help you utilise pastels with confidence. Create rich tones and shadows, blend and produce realistic drawings by learning about the tools, techniques and attributes of this versatile medium.

Audience: Teens aged 12 years and above.

Bookings and pre-payments essential via phone or in person at the gallery.

Online bookings will be available soon.
Queensland Triathlon Series - R3 Kawana
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Did you know that the Queensland Triathlon Series is Queensland’s largest triathlon series with events from September to March at Kawana, Raby Bay, Robina and Caloundra?

The Queensland Triathlon Series welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in a fun, friendly environment. From the Kool Kids 7 years+ races, to the beginners getting a feel for a triathlon, to challenging yourself to take on the longer Olympic or Sprint distance races, there has never been a better time to tri!
Drawing Workshop: Animals In Black and White
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
A drawing challenge focussing on observing lights and darks and building layers to create drawings of animals. Learn a simple grid technique to get the proportion right. Blend layers of pastel, draw with an eraser, then to finish, use pencils and markers to create detail and depth.

Bookings and pre-payments can be made via phone or in person at the gallery. Online bookings will be available soon.
Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018 to Tue 4th Dec 2018
Noosa Forest Retreat on Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast offers the standard “Permaculture Design Certificate” (PDC) curriculum as created by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. This is a globally recognised education course on sustainable living design.

Included is valuable hands on practical exercises plus experience with permaculture principles and systems including animal systems, super compost making, swale design and implementation for water harvesting and food forest establishment. The course is well suited to anyone interested in sustainability, organic food growing, natural farming, community living, holistic and healthy living, self-sufficiency and more. The course is also suitable to support professional development.

Noosa Forest Retreat is a tropical 160 acre property with four houses in the Noosa Hinterland on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The property is home to nine full time residents and backs onto the Woondum National Park. It rises to an elevation of 420 metres with the highest house site on the Sunshine Coast. Noosa Forest Retreat is one of the largest and longest running permaculture demonstration and education centres in Queensland, Australia.

Lino Printing 101
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Lino printing is fun and easy. In this one day lino printing workshop, learn how to design, carve and print a one colour linocut print. Become equipped with the skills to confidently print images and designs on paper and fabric. Take these skills with you and continue to print from home.You will learn how to transfer your image or design onto lino techniques to cut and carve how to ink up and print hand printing methods, as opposed to using a printmaking press, (easily replicate the process at home with minimal equipment). This workshop is just the beginning!

Bookings and pre-payments can be made via phone or in person at the gallery. Online bookings will be available soon.
Jungle Love Festival
Date Thu 29th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
A boutique music festival that celebrates up and coming local musicians, artists and art workers. They follow a different model to most other festivals whereby they closely curate the entire program and add in different acts that they know most people are unaware of but will thoroughly enjoy, creating an element of surprise.

They bring this all together in the beautiful natural surrounds of Borumba Deer Park in Queensland, where the stages back onto the lush Yabba Creek where punters often take a swim break before having another dance.

Lighting up Cooroy’s Christmas Tree
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018
The 'Lighting up Cooroy’s Studio Steel Christmas Tree' has become a tradition and will be on again on Friday November 30 from 6.45pm.

The most beautiful tree in the region lights up! Bring family and friends and have a look!

The lighting of this spectacular tree is accompanied by snow flurries for a bit of added fun! The Cooroy Family Practice Shop Window Trail is also launched with 20 shops having Christmas window displays that are delightful to see. The fun continues with a Christmas movie on the Cooroy Library roof.

Studio Steel have generously donated their time, energy and resources to make sure that Cooroy has the best Christmas tree in the region.

There is more information on their website or Facebook page.

Craft Beer Sunshine Coast Festival
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
Craft Beer is all about finding brews that have something different about them. Tasting people's ideas through their craft, so come and taste them all at their festival to find the brew you love.

Their festival is a true celebration of craft beer and cider’s creativity and diversity. Beer enthusiasts, music enthusiasts and food enthusiasts will love what this festival will bring and what's a festival without the rides, photo booths, food pairing and competitions. They have had amazing prizes donated, so everyone has a massive chance to win something really great.

The Sunshine Coast area is renowned for sports with excellent surfing, beaches, walking, climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, windsurfing, rowing and sailing (amongst others!). So what are you waiting for? Please book your tickets now, to enter the amazing competitions, have a great day and make a weekend of it!

This event will sell out so book your tickets today by visiting the web site.

Christmas in Cooroy
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
This is a fun, free event for people of all ages! Free rides, free entertainment, and a multitude of stalls throughout the festival. Come along and have fun!

On Saturday December 1 from 4pm, Christmas in Cooroy provides a fun, free event for people of all ages! There are free rides, free entertainment and lots of unique activities – all free! Come along and have fun!

The festival starts with the Cooroy Fish n Chips Santa Sack Races, where every child who participates wins a prize!
After that the crowd gathers down the sides of Maple Street to watch the Bendigo Bank Street Parade with this year's theme being “Past, Present and Future”. Full of floats, costumes, decorations, and maybe even a few treats. Winding up Maple Street and back down again. The ever-popular East versus West Tug-of-War competition starts shortly after the Parade with The Shed at Cooroy putting up an East Side team against Cooroy Computers West Side team.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the big man in red, Santa Claus, will be making an appearance so he can chat to the children of Cooroy and give them all a sweet treat sponsored by Gelignite Jacks.
Workshop: Painted Stories In Black and White
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
Get back to basics in this black and white painting workshop that explores creating a visual story inspired by Australian flora and fauna. Learn to use techniques such as dry brush and paint washes on a dark surface.

Play with light and contrast to create detailed paintings in monotone. Assisted by local mural artist EJ Zyla, participants will each design and paint a cube panel that will join together to create a panoramic scene wrapped around the community cubes to be displayed at the gallery.

- Audience: Teens to adults.
- Youth aged 10 to14 years free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Bring your own lunch. Bookings and pre-payments essential via phone or in person at the gallery. Online bookings will be available soon.
Fabulous Foodie Fare
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018 to Fri 14th Dec 2018
Come along for an evening of fabulous and flavour-filled fare, as they bring you delectable food from around the globe from 5 til 9pm.

Santa will be arriving on the Eumundi Fire Truck at approximately 5.30pm with free candy canes for young visitors.

So grab your foodie loving friends and join them for the very best in street food and free live music!
Rip Curl Gromsearch
Date Fri 14th Dec 2018 to Tue 18th Dec 2018
The Rip Curl GromSearch is a worldwide series of events designed for grommets. The GromSearch Series runs in 10 different countries with over 5,000 competitors worldwide.

The Australian series is made up of five events as well as a National final. Participants for the National final are determined from the GromSearch ratings, counting a surfers best 2 results across the series. In 2018 the winner of each divisions in each respective event of the series will be guaranteed entry into the National final, their seed in the National final will be determined by their best 2 results total on the 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch Rankings.

Some incredible surfers have come through the series including current WSL World Tour athletes Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore, Jordy Smith, Matt Wilkinson, Owen Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons, Kolohe Andino, Nat Young and Felipe Toledo.
Christmas Night Market
Date Fri 21st Dec 2018
Join them from 5 til 9pm for retail therapy under the stars with a fabulous selection of art and craft stalls. There's nowhere more relaxed for Christmas shopping!

Your tastebuds will love the night market too - with delicious fare from all corners of the globe.

Santa will be arriving on the Eumundi fire truck at approximately 6pm and then be available for photos with visitors.

Get into the festive groove with live music and be entertained by colourful street performers.

They have lots of wonderful activities to keep their young market visitors entertained including;

Free Christmas cookie decorating for the first 300 children
Free face painting between 6-8pm
Free balloon twisting from 6-8pm
Get up close with the adorable farm animals from Little Critters Petting Zoo.
The Screaming Jets - Gotcha Covered Tour
Date Sat 29th Dec 2018
Come and see Australia’s maverick Rock n Roll sons playing your favourite hits in a snapshot of Australian music on the Gotcha Covered Tour!

In July 2018, The Screaming Jets released their eighth studio album Gotcha Covered - a homage to the last 50 years of Australian rock and its musical origins.

The Jets handpicked a bunch of their favourite songs, with the help of Triple M radio public, went into the studio and recorded 15 tracks that have achieved ‘hit’ status with the Australian public, both live and on radio.

Featuring a who’s who of the Australian pub rock scene over the last five decades Gotcha Covered features iconic songs such as Goanna’s “Razor’s Edge”, The Easybeats “Wedding Ring”, Men At Work’s “Overkill” and Dragon’s “Rain”.

Every track on Gotcha Covered offers up a rebirthed Australian classic stamped with the unique sound that is synonymous with The Screaming Jets.

Don't miss this show.

This is an 18 plus event - tickets are standing only.
New Year's Eve 'The Beach Party'
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
This year, mega event company, Wonderlandinc partners with Corona Extra in bringing to Noosa the very first edition of 'The Beach Party', New Year’s Eve……a sunset and beyond beach club of epic proportions right on the sands of Noosa's main beach. A line up of huge entertainment from sunset DJ sets to the party anthem build up to the new year will light up Noosa’s foreshore like never before as Laguna bay explodes in its annual midnight fire and light show.

Enjoy coronas, cocktails and cuisine in a truly magical setting and experience Noosa’s final golden sunset with your feet in the sand and Corona in your hand on one of the most iconic beaches in the world and celebrate the last of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.
Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Tournament 2019
Date Fri 11th Jan 2019 to Sun 13th Jan 2019
The Suncoast Spinners host a world class wheelchair basketball tournament each year in January at the Caloundra Indoor Sports Stadium over three days.

The tournament comprises of teams and athletes across three divisions from all states around Australia and overseas. Athletes consist of current and former Australian Paralympian and Australian World championship players. A stunning display of skill and sportsmanship, a must for all to witness.

The Ginger Flower and Food Festival
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Sun 20th Jan 2019
Save the date!

The 2019 Ginger Flower and Food Festival dates have been confirmed.

Join in for three glorious days of fabulous flowers, delicious food and live entertainment.

Discover the Ginger Flower and Food Festival, an incredible celebration of Queensland's sub-tropical climate that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

The team are currently working hard on creating the best event yet. Keep an eye on the website to stay up to date with all of the latest information.
Jimeoin Result!
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
Jimeoin presents his new show, Result!

Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed as one of live comedy’s masters, so don't miss your chance to see this award-winning star of television shows including ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Royal Variety Performance', 'CH4’s O2 Gala’ and ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ – Live!

'Hilarious... It gets no better than this... Brilliant!' (Time Out).

'Classic nonsense... Stand-up comedy at its best' (Scotsman).

'Superb... Wickedly funny... Exhilarating! ****1/2 (Age).

'Comedy of the highest order... Inspired!' (Independent). 'Always, always funny' (Herald Sun).

'Jimeoin recalls the familiar at a fantastically silly level, boiling his audience down to a tear-filled, gibbering mess' (Scotland on Sunday).

'Hilarious... If laughter is the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids... Don't you miss it!' (Edinburgh Evening News).
Under The Southern Stars - Sunshine Coast
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
Summer rock festival Under The Southern Stars will be rocking the Sunshine Coast Stadium with a line-up of Australian Rock Royalty! The perfect summer festival celebration!

Under the Southern Stars is excited to announce this year’s return with a huge line up of the best of Australian rock.

Off the back of last year’s inaugural success, the festival is expanding into five new coastal locations as it continues to deliver music lovers the ultimate outdoor live music festival in a quintessential Aussie summer setting.

This year’s 2019 concert event will be headlined by Australia’s legendary ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees, Hoodoo Gurus along with Australian rock royalty You Am I.

Also on this killer bill are The Superjesus, British India, The Getaway Plan and Scott Darlow.

But wait there is more! For Queensland audiences only, stay tuned for an chart topping special guests to be announced on 2nd October – watch this space.

Under The Southern Stars will deliver a great day of rock n roll, in superb outdoor locations – it doesn’t get better than this!

Visit the website for ticketing offers and up to date festival news.

Noosa Summer Swim Festival
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Feb 2019
The Noosa Summer Swim is a bucket list event for any keen ocean swimmer.

In 2019, the festival offers a range of distances for every ability, from junior events to a five kilometre marathon distance where seasoned swimmers can push their limits.

Join World Series Swims Ambassador Michael Klim and special guests for a huge weekend of sun, surf and swims in Noosa.

Saturday Events: Junior Giants (300 metres and 1000 metres), one kilometre, two kilometres and three kilometres. Outdoor Cinema.

Sunday Events: Five kilometre Grand Prix, one and a half kilometre Social Swim.

Queensland Triathlon Series - R6 Caloundra
Date Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Did you know that the Queensland Triathlon Series is Queensland’s largest triathlon series with events from September to March at Kawana, Raby Bay, Robina and Caloundra?

The Queensland Triathlon Series welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in a fun, friendly environment. From the Kool Kids 7 years+ races, to the beginners getting a feel for a triathlon, to challenging yourself to take on the longer Olympic or Sprint distance races, there has never been a better time to tri!
Mooloolaba Swim Festival , World Series Swims
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Welcome to the Mooloolaba Swim Festival!

In 2019 they will offer two long course ocean swims over two days along with a heap of great festival events for the whole family.

On Saturday, the 2.5 kilometre Alexandra Headland to Mooloolaba Ocean Swim.

On Sunday, the ever popular Mooloolaba Mile and short course events.

There’s a lot more to this program than just great swims – take a look…

Package entries are available to swim in both Saturday and Sunday events.

Early Bird rates also offer up to 40 per cent discount on day entry fees.

Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Sat 16th Mar 2019
Now in its twenty-seventh year, the Noosa Festival of Surfing has firmly established itself as the leading surf cultural event in the world. It is also the biggest surfing event in the world by competitor numbers (more than 900 entries from 20 regions in 2017).

From humble beginnings the festival has grown into a week or more of fun, thrills and entertainment for surfers and spectators and their families from all over the world. With perfect waves on five point breaks, free movies and live bands plus cold beer and wine at the festival village right on the sand in front of the break, it’s the world’s best surf party.

The Noosa Festival of Surfing has a long history of creating innovative events, from specialist nose-riding in the early days to the Logger Pro and the surfing dogs today, and its professional divisions attract the very best surfers from all over the planet. But at its core are the age divisions from grommets to grandpas, and the team divisions that bring together generations of families and foster team and club spirit.
Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival
Date Sun 17th Mar 2019
Experience Mooloolaba Tri and Swim, Bike, Run, Party! Located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival remains a standout event on the Australian Triathlon Calendar.

The Olympic distance triathlon provides a course that is known and loved for it's ocean swim along with the electric buzz in the atmosphere as thousands of triathletes descend on this popular beach town.

There is something for the whole family including the ASICS Mooloolaba Twilight five kilometre run, Mooloolaba one kilometre Ocean Swim, Mooloolaba Superkidz Triathlon and the Special Tri. The event also features the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup, where participants will see the world's best ITU triathletes in action!

Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink - Sunshine Coast
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink Series consists of six fun triathlon events in various locations throughout Australia. Their triathlons are for all women and boys and girls aged 7 to 13.

The whole family can get involved in their Fun Run Pink which is open to all genders, young and old.

Also known as ‘Tri Pink’, these events are a great way for family and friends to come together and enjoy an active and fun day out.

With events in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, our national series aims to raise funds and awareness for their charity partner the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Australian Body Art Festival
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
Australia's premier body art event, the Australian Body Art Festival is free for spectators and attracts great crowds keen to watch artists at work using human bodies as their canvas.

The body art at this event is amazing with brush and sponge, airbrush and special effects full body art as well as some of the most intricate face painting you will ever see.

There is so much more to see also with wearable art (funky fashions from recycled items), photography, street performers, market stalls, music and parades each day with finished artworks.

The theme for the 2019 event is "Other Worlds" which will provide a wealth of inspiration for artists.

Come along as a competitor or a spectator - you'll be amazed!

Located in the beautiful Noosa Hinterland town of Cooroy, it will be worth your while staying for the weekend or even a week to check out all that the region has to offer!

TreX Cross Triathlon Series – Race 7: TreX Champs
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
The TreX Series is back and ready to explode into the 2018/19 triathlon season with an even bigger and more action-packed season with no less than seven ‘not to be missed’ events across the country.

The TreX series culminates on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, at their rainforest course at Ewen Maddock Dam.

TreX Champs Events Include:
Standard Course: 1500 - 30 - 10.5
Sprint Course: 400 - 10 - 3.5
Junior and Teaser: 150 - 4 - 1
Dirt Kids: 50 - 1.5 - 500
Aquabike: Standard and Sprint Distance
Maleny Wood Expo: From Seed to Fine Furniture
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
Celebrate 22 years of the iconic Maleny Wood Expo with three days of clean country family fun in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Telling the whole timber story and designed to promote sustainable use of native timbers through the work of regional wood artisans, the Expo is now recognized as one of the best wood shows in Australia. All wood exhibitors are required to use sustainably harvested native timbers, weed or recycled timbers.

Wander at leisure through lovingly crafted timber products, talk to the craftsmen and women who’ve created them, and visit the "joined" Wootha Prize exhibition.

Glimpse the skills of the early timber-cutters, see the best in both hand-crafted traditional and high tech tools and smell the spicy aroma of newly milled timber.

In the Junior Landcare Paddock, the hub for kids' activities, kids of all ages can learn from experienced woodcrafters and use real tools to make toys or a gift for Mum.

With native plants for sale, live demonstrations of mobile milling, chainsaw carving, woodworking, trade tools and more, it really is “from seed to fine furniture”.

Pull up a hay bale, enjoy great food and fabulous local music. Have a great day among the sawdust!
Time Warp Festival
Date Sun 5th May 2019
The Time Warp Festival celebrates everything Kustom Kulture – hot rods, rockabilly, food and family – based around iconic Rick’s Garage in Palmwoods and showcasing the Sunshine Coast hinterland to over 11,000 daily visitors.

Time Warp creates a beautiful hinterland experience that blends local history with the region’s forward looking coastal culture. Individuals are transported from the bustle of daily life to a centre of regional food, family and revitalisation – built on community values and hospitality whilst showcasing a true hinterland treasure.
Sunshine Coast Anywhere Festival
Date Thu 9th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Discover the nooks and crannies of the Sunshine Coast and Noosa in a way you never expected at the Sunshine Coast Anywhere Festival.

Experience comedy in alleys, drama in backyards, poetry in bowling clubs, music in basements and much more.

Grab some friends and family and explore a real festival of everything Sunshine Coast has to offer in what has been described as one of the "Top Nine Fine International Festivals You Must See!".

Anywhere Theatre Festival Limited is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The Sunshine Coast Anywhere Theatre Festival is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council and Noosa Shire Council.
Ultraman Australia
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Mon 13th May 2019
Ultraman Australia is a multi day ultra distance triathlon.

The event runs over three days and consists of a 10 kilometre swim and 145 kilometre bike ride on day one. On day two there will be a 276 kilometre bike ride and on day three there will be a 84.3 kilometre run.

Island Charity Swim
Date Mon 13th May 2019
The Island Charity Swim is a test of endurance for the participants and a major fundraiser for the amazing and inspirational children at the Nambour and Currimundi Special schools.

It is a unique challenge, not only for a very worthy cause but its completion guarantees your inclusion in swimming folklore, an exclusive club reserved for those who meet the sponsorship requirements and complete the course.
Noosa Food and Wine Festival
Date Thu 16th May 2019
Celebrate great Australian food, wine and lifestyle in one of Australia's leading food destinations, Noosa.

They're excited to bring back some great events including Tipis on Noosa Main Beach, the Long Lunch on Hastings Street, Hinterland Food Trails, events with visiting chefs in some of Noosa's favourite restaurants and an exciting Festival Village.
Volkswagen Scramble Championship Final
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Mon 27th May 2019
In 2018/2019 the Volkswagen Scramble celebrates its 27th Anniversary season and an exciting new chapter in the event’s extensive history, with Volkswagen the events new naming rights partner.

The Championship Final, which is held at the magnificent Twin Waters Golf Club and Novotel Twin Waters Resort, is the culmination of the event and comprises teams of five (four amateurs and their PGA Club Professional) competing in full tournament conditions. The tournament is held over four days and includes a line up of social activities and golf, with the top half of the field being joined by a PGA Tour Professional on the final day's play.

Over 30000 players compete in the event at local level every year for the chance to win through to the experience of a lifetime at the Championship Final. The teams that compete have qualified through their local event (400 plus held nationally) and Regional Final for a position in the Championship Final.
Runaway Noosa Marathon
Date Sat 25th May 2019
Runaway Noosa Marathon will be as much about achieving your running goals as it is escaping to a weekend filled with sunshine and good times.

Running social with a flat, fast and friendly multi-lap on road course that starts and finishes in the heart of Noosa township so you’re never far from fellow runners, supporters and the on-course entertainment.

Choose from five different race distances from the half lap five kilometre fun run, the 10 kilometre, 21 kilometre, 30 kilometre or the full four lap marathon.
Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show
Date Fri 14th Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
In 2019 the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show celebrates its 114th show. This Show will present an exciting new program with new attractions and events for the whole family to enjoy.

Programming is still being developed and they will update you as their new and exciting program is locked into place.

It is anticipated that their wonderful fireworks display from 2018 will be back again, bigger and better than before - although that will be hard to beat.

They will see more live music performances and busking, so you can shake it or toe tap for three fun days.

With so much to see and do at the 2019 Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show, they look forward to welcoming you!

Knitfest - Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
The Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny explodes in a sea of colour as the Knitfest Yarn and Fibre Arts festival takes over the town for the first weekend in July each year. Yarnbombing showcases this event where the town’s streetscape is wrapped in art, as the Knitfest Team yarnbomb trees, buildings and inanimate objects.

The festival hosts 30 workshops, guest speakers, music, 60 trade stalls, a Suitcase Market, demonstrations and competitions, entertainment.

Take the free Knitfest Bus as it weaves around the Festival Precinct, past the colourful decorated trees and down to the Showgrounds where the Queensland Alpaca Association's Fleece and Halter show is on. The theme this year is Outer Space/Sci-Fi so it's no surprise that the Brisbane Astronomical Society have joined the event for a huge Stargazing night. Tickets for the Workshops and Stargazing night are available online on their website.

Knitfest volunteers have been working hard to prepare the many yarnbombing projects for this year's event. If you would like to become involved, sell your crafts or enter the many competitions in this creative festival, please contact the Festival Team, all ages welcome.

Knitfest is a free, fun day out for the whole family.

Queensland Garden Expo
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
Queensland Garden Expo is a three day celebration of gardening.

The event attracts over 40,000 green thumbs and novice gardeners from across Queensland and interstate. Held at Nambour on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, it is ideally situated to showcase all the best of subtropical gardening.

An extensive Lecture and Demonstration Program, Landscape Display Gardens, over 360 exhibits including 55 nurseries, a Giant Kitchen Garden Feature and a Gardeners and Gourmets cooking stage are just a few of the things visitors can enjoy at the Expo.

Great food, entertainment and a range of free children's activities all combine to make Queensland Garden Expo a great day out for all the family.

Tom Quilty Gold Cup 2019
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sat 13th Jul 2019
Tom Quilty Gold Cup is the annual national championship event for equestrian endurance.

This event rotates between states and in July 2019 will be hosted by Stirling's Crossing Endurance Club at Stirling's Crossing Equestrian Complex, Imbil.

The Tom Quilty Gold Cup is strongly contended by endurance riders throughout Australia, with interstate and international competitors participating.

It is anticipated that up to 400 horses may nominate to cover the 160 kilometres of forest tracks with the aim of successfully completing; front runners could complete this task in less than 10 hours.

GPS tracking will assist spectators to monitor rider and horse as they traverse the challenging tracks of Imbil.

Rider and horse combinations leave the ride base at midnight on Friday 14 July 2019 and have until midnight Saturday 15 July to complete the course.

For many riders the aim is to complete and earn a "Quilty buckle"; for some there is a dream of winning the coveted Tom Quilty Gold Cup.

Velothon Sunshine Coast
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
Welcome to the ultimate winter cycling escape, bringing together a stunning riding location, dream riding conditions and a world class rider experience on and off the bike.

Velothon Sunshine Coast is a Gran Fondo style, mass participation cycling event in and around the renowned hinterland and coastal roads of the Sunshine Coast.

There are three distances to choose from so there is was epic ride to suit you:
3 Day Velothon 361 kilometres , 5,340 metres of climbing , Solo or Team
1 Day Velothon 152 kilometres , 2,073 metres of climbing , Solo
1 Day Velothon 90 kilometres , 1,037 metres of climbing , Solo

Ride for the love of it, or set your sites on the daily King of the Mountain, Sprint, Team or Stage winners’ jerseys. At the end of each day kick back and relax with your mates and relive every sprint and summit at the Cotton Tree Park Velo Bar and Clubhouse.

Velothon Sunshine Coast is a new take on the traditional European rides.
Nambour Winter Jazz Fest 2019
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
One of the best musical experiences on the Sunshine Coast’s jazz calendar, the Nambour Winter Jazz Fest presents an exciting day of jazz.

Located in the C-Square complex, Nambour and the Nambour RSL Club, the program offers workshops for musicians, the afternoon Jazz Walk where you can walk between venues to enjoy a variety of acts, The Supper Club, a special dinner show with their headline act, plus a Jazz Breakfast and a Gospel Jazz concert.

The program will appeal to music lovers and jazz enthusiasts of all ages.

With their cafes, bars and food stalls, the Nambour Winter Jazz Fest offers many culinary delights to accompany the fine music throughout the weekend.

Keep an eye on the website for more details soon, but book July 20 and 21 in your diary for a great weekend of jazz, jazz, jazz!

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo 2019
Date Tue 23rd Jul 2019
The 17th annual Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo presents an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in education and training or those seeking professional career development and employment opportunities. With exhibitors including Universities, private education providers, TAFE institutes, graduate employment, Defence Force recruiting, student support services and employers, this Careers Expo provides a unique opportunity to find everything related to education and employment, under one roof.

The Job Shop is organised in conjunction with the Expo, presenting career seekers with "real jobs" and the opportunity to meet face to face with local and national employers. A variety of positions will be available and can be viewed on the website closer to the event.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page as visitors have the chance to win multiple prizes! For more information on the Expo, please visit their website and click on the Sunshine Coast icon.

The expo will be on from 10am to 2pm and 3.30pm to 6.30pm.
Admission is free!

Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019
The Wishlist Jazz ad Wine Festival is a relaxed afternoon event set on the paddock of one of Gympie’s most esteemed and historic venues, Gunabul Homestead.

Featuring live entertainment from celebrated jazz artists, gourmet food and fine wine, plus an all-inclusive VIP verandah and corporate marquees.
7 Sunshine Coast Marathon
Date Sun 4th Aug 2019
7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Running Festival is one of the most-loved running festivals in Australia.  Since its inception the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon has raised over one million dollars for charity and community groups.

It is the host of the Australian Half Marathon Championships.

Located on the stunning Sunshine Coast, Queensland near the barrier reef and Steve Irwin’s iconic Australia Zoo, this not-for-profit event has been timed to make the most of the ideal Queensland winter running conditions. Blue skies, low humidity and mild temperatures combined with a flat course always enable fast times.

Event distances include the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 kilometre, five kilometre and thetqo kilometre. Each road race follows the stunning coastline of Alexandra Headlands with white sandy beaches and spectacular vantage points alongside the ocean.

The Half Marathon is a one loop course with Marathon entrants completing a multi loop course (1 is 21 kilometres and two are 10.5 kilometres) making the most of the on-course entertainment and crowds of spectators before a red carpet ‘hero’ finish.

With a distance to suit every ability and age group, this community-focused, world-class athletic event caters to all those wanting to take part.
Noosa Classic
Date Sun 18th Aug 2019
After a successful inaugural event in 2018, the Noosa Classic is back for its second year!

The Noosa Classic will draw riders from around Australia and overseas to the magnificent Noosa region which is well known as a mecca for sporting events. Noosa offers a diverse and wonderful experience for visitors with beautiful beaches, stunning hinterland and great shopping in a casual environment ... perfect for an extended stay around the Noosa Classic.

The Noosa Classic will feature three courses, all showcasing the beauty of Noosa and its hinterland, touching every corner of the Noosa Shire.

Relax at the end of the Noosa Classic in the event village.
Horizon Festival Sunshine Coast
Date Fri 23rd Aug 2019 to Sun 1st Sep 2019
Experience the Creative Soul of the Sunshine Coast.

As the signature multi-arts festival for the region, Horizon’s curated program of events celebrates local artists alongside Australian and international guests, building the capacity of local creative talent and exposing the audience to unique arts experiences.

Over 10 arts-fuelled days across the Sunshine Coast, Horizon collaborates to deliver events in performance, visual art, music, comedy, theatre, dance and immersive technologies.

Horizon Festival – connecting, disrupting and delighting through arts, culture and creativity.

Horizon Festival would like to acknowledge the traditional Country of the Kabi Kabi and the Jinibara Peoples of the coastal plains and hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.
Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast 2019
Date Sun 8th Sep 2019
Perfectly located in the heart of Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba Beach offers the perfect year-round climate and is an ideal location for Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast. It's the perfect location to incorporate a relaxing family vacation or just a great place to escape to. The beachside atmosphere of the Sunshine Coast, the friendly people and the endless scenic beauty of Mooloolaba Beach make it a hugely popular destination event.

Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast provides a fitting warm up for those athletes heading over to Kona to take on the Ironman World Championship in October.