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The Gold Coast is famous for its spectacular, year-round event calendar. There's so much to see and do - it's always best to be prepared!

From international championships to unique cultural exhibitions, the Gold Coast is a natural stage for some of the most exciting, accessible, and memorable events in Australia.

Gold Coast Festivals

The city’s annual favourites include the Magic Millions Racing Carnival, Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, the Quiksilver Pro Surfing Championship, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the Armor All Gold Coast 600 and the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

Cultural and musical acts regularly tour venues such as the Gold Coast Convention Centre and the Gold Coast Arts Centre, while festivals including the Surfers Paradise Festival, the Gold Coast Film Festival, the Tambourine Mountain Scarecrow Festival, Big Day Out, and Kirra Surfstock take over precincts across the city.

Almost every weekend of the year locals and visitors join forces to support the region’s national sporting teams in some of the county’s most impressive venues. Get a taste of life as a ‘Gold Coaster’ at a Gold Coast Titans Rugby League game, a Gold Coast United Soccer match, a Gold Coast Blaze Basketball game or a Gold Coast Football Club Australian Rules match.

Spectacular venues, ideal weather, and a friendly atmosphere make Gold Coast events a memorable highlight of any visit.


National Finals Rodeo
The Staunch Energy Drink National Finals Rodeo is back! This is one extreme sport and extreme entertainment event you won’t want to miss.

Big Day Out AND Summadayze Music Festivals
TWO of the biggest music festivals on the Australian scene featuring international and Australian acts galore make the Gold Coast a great place to be in January!

Magic Millions Racing Carnival
All the fun of one of Australia’s pre-eminent Racing Carnivals across 10 days.


Good Vibrations Festival
Good Vibes returns with a raft of international and local acts all shaping up to be bigger and better than ever - Good Vibes the summer’s hottest music festival!


Quiksilver & Roxy Pros
The world's best men surfers battle for supremacy at the number one stop on the ASP World Tour, The Quiksilver Pro. Joining them are the world's top women in the Roxy Pro.

Gold Coast Triathlon
One of Queensland’s ‘big three’ triathlon events, the Luke Harrop Memorial attracts serious triathletes from Australia and around the world.


Blues on Broadbeach
Five days of nothing but the blues! Featuring a huge line-up of national and international blues stars in a festival of free outdoor concerts, street parties and jam sessions.

In The Bin Film Festival
Take in one of Australia’s widest spread cultural events presenting the highest standard of short films with programs developed for open and family audiences.


Gold Coast Airport Marathon
Australia’s premier distance foot race will again see the nation’s elite take on the world’s best. Whether a personal challenge or just for fun there is a distance to suit everyone.

August / September

Tastes of the Gold Coast
Feast your senses with a program of events that showcase the very best in Gold Coast food and wine. Experience the multi-cultural diversity of the Gold Coast.


Gold Coast Show
For over 100 years the Gold Coast Show has celebrated the people, lifestyle, art, education, sports, hobbies, interests and innovation of the Gold Coast.

Swell Sculpture Festival
An outdoor exhibition showcasing more than 50 of Australia and the World’s leading artists on the Currumbin foreshore.


Armor All Gold Coast 600
The streets of Surfers Paradise are transformed into a high-octane international motor racing track. Plenty of fanfare, social events and street parties add to the atmosphere.


Coolangatta Gold
Beach running, surf skiing, surf swimming and board racing, Coolangatta Gold is about Ironman endurance with competitors racing from Surfers Paradise to Greenmount and back.


New Year’s Eve Party
Surfers Paradise hosts the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party. The sand, the surf and the moon create a unique backdrop for fireworks galore and live shows.