For the remainder of 2018, there are some fantastic events and festivals taking place right here on the Sunshine Coast! Not only do you get to take advantage of the fantastic weather, no matter what the month, but you also get to explore Sunshine Coast activities and special events, making your trip that little bit more cultural and exciting! The only decision you need to make is what you want to see, and head off there when the time allows.
Whether you choose to venture to the beautiful and relaxing Sunshine Coast Hinterland and enjoy the peace of nature, or you want to check out one of the many amazing Sunshine Coast beaches on offer, be sure to free up some time to explore a little culture, and get to know the way of life in the area. You can do this by attending one of the many Sunshine Coast events on offer throughout the year, and all you need to do is check before your visit, to see what’s going on. From music to sport, food to art, we’ve got it all covered, and there’s something for every interest area. If you’re travelling with kids, the good news is that there are also many events going on which all the family will love, so no tantrums or moaning sessions!
Go give you an idea of what’s on this year on the Sunshine Coast, check out our list and incorporate some of these fantastic and fun events into your vacation. Head online beforehand to avoid disappointment, as the dates do sometimes change at the last minute – you don’t want to miss out on one of the many Sunshine Coast activities and attractions, simply by a day or so! This means you can easily plan your visit to suit your particular interest, and those of your travelling party too.
Sports fans should definitely check out the Motocross Championship, with the third round happening this month. There are also two big races on, the King of the Mountain Festival and the Kilkivan Endurance Race. If you’re not big on adrenaline, perhaps give the latter a miss and simply watch it, but if you have an energetic family, the King of the Mountain Festival will certainly be a good laugh, and a great chance to get the blood pumping.
August is a packed month right here on the Sunshine Coast, and it’s going to be a struggle to narrow down your choice of event! The Motocross Championship returns for another round, but there is also the fantastic Ironman competition to check out. The Noosa Strade Bianche is one of the most popular cycling events across the country, so definitely try and check a section of that race out. You’ll also love watching the participants of the Sunshine Coast Marathon, and maybe you can try it for yourself!
Music fans will be in their element this September, with a few musical events visiting our sun-drenched region! Check out the Mitchell Creek Rock ’n Blues Festival or the Noosa Jazz Party, for dancing in the sun, as well as the fantastic Caloundra Music Festival, featuring genres of all different types. You should also head to the Mary Valley Campdraft, a truly ‘wild west’ bush experience for all the family!
October is a mixed bag of events, with something here for everyone! This month boasts three different film festivals to check out, with Gympie and Noosa being the main destinations. Sports aren’t forgotten either, with the International 7’s Rugby Tournament in Noosa, and the Triathlon Sports Festival too. For something to give you a huge dose of girl power, head to the Wild Women Adventure Race!
Just before the hottest weather arrives, we have one of the best motor events in the country, with the Summer Hill Climb. November is the ideal chance to explore the region, and with only one major event, you can relax a little more with your scheduling, and check out everything that Sunshine Coast tourism has to offer.
You certainly don’t need to head to Sydney to see the best fireworks around, as Noosa holds a huge display every single New Year’s Eve – certainly check this out for yourself! December is also the time for golfing pros to come out, at Noosa Golf Club, and if you’re a fan of animals then certainly take the family to Australia Zoo, for Steve Irwin Day.
The first half of the year certainly has some fantastic events to check out in and around the Queensland area. Whether you’re staying in Noosa itself, or you’re venturing off to explore the region as a whole, you’re sure to find an event which calls out to your interests. You might even find a new interest that you had no idea existed!
A new year is fast approaching us, so to give you an idea of the things you can experience from January to June next year, check out our what’s on guide on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Under the Southern Stars, Sunshine Coast | 20 January 2019
Whilst details on the line up are still to be awaited, there are some big names about to descend upon the Sunshine Coast Stadium in January! This is one of the best summer rock festivals around, and focuses entirely on home grown rock bands. If you’re a rock ’n roller, this is the spot for you!
This is the second festival of its kind, with 2018 being the hugely successful inaugural year. This year, the festival will move around, visiting five different seaside locations, headlined by Hoodoo Gurus, an ARIA Hall of Fame staple. You’ll also get to see You Am I, The Superjesus, British India, The Getaway Plan, and Scott Darlow, with many more to be added to the lineup.
Head to the Sunshine Coast Stadium in Bokarina to soak up the sun and listen to some fantastic music at the same time!
Noosa Summer Swim Festival | 2 – 3 February 2019
Noosa Heads is the location for the annual Noosa Summer Swim Festival, and the ideal event for ocean swimming fans! Ideal for a cool down in the summer weather, head to Noosa Surf Lifesaving Club, to either take part or simply watch and soak up the atmosphere.
This year there are several different distance events, so even the juniors can take part, with a 5km marathon event the highest and toughest event of the lot. You’ll see seasoned swimming names, such as Michael Klim, and many other special guests besides.
Queensland Triathlon Series Round 6 | 3 February 2019
Head to Caloundra Power Boat Club on 3 February to check out the 6th round of the Queensland Triathlon Series. Here, athletes of any age can take part in the event, all under the sun and with a fun and totally friendly vibe. Ability level doesn’t matter, it’s all about the taking part! This is a great day out for all the family, and even if you don’t want to take part, or your kids don’t want to, you can simply head down to soak up the fun atmosphere, and meet plentiful new people.
Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink | 31 March 2019
This is another one for the athletic and sporty amongst you, so head down to Sippy Downs for the annual Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink Series. This event is for women of any age and any ability level, and for boys and girls from 7 to 13 years. You might see this event called the ‘Tri Pink’ and it’s basically a fun day out for all the family, under those sunny skies.
You’ll see similar events in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, on the Gold Coast, as well as here on the Sunshine Coast. The overall aim is to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and is an annually occurring event to enjoy.
Australian Body Art Festival | 6-7 April 2019
Cooroy, in the heart of the Noosa region, is home to the Australian Body Art festival at the beginning of April. This is a free event to check out, and it is fascinating to see how people express their personalities and use their bodies as a canvas for their art and self expression. You’ll see airbrush techniques, brush and sponging, face painting, and full body art. You can also check out new fashion designs made entirely from recycled materials.
This year’s theme is ‘Other Worlds’, so you can expect some ‘out of this world’ designs coming your way. You can take part as a competitor, or you can simply check out what is going on, whilst encompassing a wider around the Hinterland during your day. Head to Cooroy Mill Place to check out the action.
Maleny Wood Expo: From Seed to Fine Furniture| 4-6 May 2019
Maleny is a great spot to visit regardless of an event, but during the first week of May you can check out the interesting Maleny Wood Expo. This event has been going on for 22 years, and is located right in the heart of the beautiful Hinterland area. You’ll be able to learn about how timber has been used over the years to create high quality furniture, using environmental and sustainable methods, whilst learning about conservation in general.
You can check out the prize exhibitions, chat with the crafters themselves, and kids will love the Junior Landcare Paddock. This is a spot for the kids to learn about how toys and furniture are made, using tools (under direct supervision of course), to make something of their own. You’ll also be able to check out the native plant stall, enjoy live demos, and basically enjoy a great day out, with local music playing in the background. Head to Maleny Showgrounds for a slice of the action.
Island Charity Swim, Mooloolaba | 13 May 201
Combining fundraising with an awe-inspiring day out, you’ll get to check out the endurance of the swimmers who take part in this fantastic event. Fundraising for the Nambour and Currimundi Special Schools takes place across the day, and there are various small events taking place, where you can pledge a donation, in exchange for some fun in the sun.
If you want to take place, you’ll need to register beforehand and raise sponsorship, and you’ll also need to be a pretty strong swimmer to finish the course. Of course, you could just watch and do your bit without getting wet!
Noosa Food and Wine Festival | 16 May 2019
Foodies rejoice! The Noosa Food and Wine Festival is the best place to sample homegrown fare from the Sunshine Coast, whilst soaking up the fun-filled atmosphere and enjoying the sunshine. You’ll find various events across the town, including Noosa Main Beach, Hastings Street, and the ever-enjoyable Hinterland Food Trails. You’ll find famous chefs, lots of offers in the town’s main restaurants, and the Festival Village, will all manner of fun events and competitions going on.
Runaway Noosa Marathon | 25 May 2019
Noosa Parade is home to the annual Runaway Noosa Marathon, a road course which will help you see the area, whilst also giving your body a good dose of exercise! There are various courses and events taking place across the day, including a 5km fun run, 10 km, 21km, 30km, and full marathon to either take part in, or simply watch. The choice is yours!
Regardless of whether you run or not, there are many stalls, street fun, music, and events to enjoy, and another joyous atmosphere to soak up.