- 1 February 8-24: Surfers Paradise Sand Safari Arts Festival
- 2 February 8-10: Lifeline Gold Coast Bookfest
- 3 February 9: Lunar New Year celebration
- 4 March 30 – April 7: Australian Surf Life Saving Championships
- 5 April 3-14: Gold Coast Film Festival
- 6 April 12-14: Gold Coast Superhero Weekend
- 7 April 17-28: Bleach* Festival 2019
- 8 May 2-5: Surfers Paradise LIVE
- 9 May 23-26: Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
- 10 May 31 – 1 June: SeaFire
- 11 July 6-7: Gold Coast Marathon
- 12 August 4: Gold Coast Multicultural Festival
- 13 September 12-23: SWELL Sculpture Festival
- 14 October 12-13: Coolangatta Gold
- 15 November 28 – December 1: Australian PGA Championships
- 16 December 12-23: Christmas in Surfers Paradise
Staying in the Gold Coast, Australia with Hello Kids in 2019? Here are some not-to-be missed events (in chronological order) to keep you and the family amused, inspired or thrilled during your sojourn Down Under.
February 8-24: Surfers Paradise Sand Safari Arts Festival
The Asia-Pacific’s biggest sand sculpting festival, this event will see the Surfers Paradise precinct transformed into a sea-inspired sandscape in the annual Sand Safari Arts Festival, running from February 8 to 24.
Both local and international artists are featured in this festival, which includes the annual Australian Sand Sculpting Championships. Sand sculpting and sand art workshops also give visitors hands-on experience at this family-friendly event.
February 8-10: Lifeline Gold Coast Bookfest
Looking to add to your English-language book collection? The Lifeline Bookfest from February 8 to 10 has more than 35 tonnes of books priced from as little as 50 cents, from every genre imaginable.
If you love reading this is an event not to be missed, but please remember to bring your own bag! You will also be supporting Lifeline, a national charity that provides crisis support services to all Australians.
February 9: Lunar New Year celebration
Celebrate Asia’s Year of the Boar at this free event at Gold Coast Chinatown, Southport from 4pm to 9pm on February 9.
The event includes Asian street food markets, live music, cultural entertainment, children’s activities and fireworks.
For more details on this event, visit http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/lunar-new-year-39217.html
March 30 – April 7: Australian Surf Life Saving Championships
Hosted by the Broadbeach and North Burleigh surf lifesaving clubs, the annual Australian Surf Life Saving Championships bring together members from Australia’s 314 surf clubs to compete in more than 400 beach and ocean events.
The largest event of its kind, see Australia’s beach heroes in action at an event comparable in size to the Commonwealth Games.
If you want more beach action, check out the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial event, on April 7 at Southport Broadwater Parklands.
April 3-14: Gold Coast Film Festival
Movie lovers should not miss the Gold Coast Film Festival, which brings film to life in a distinctly Gold Coast way. The 17th annual event will run from April 3 to 14 across the Gold Coast, showcasing more than 100 films, panels, parties and other events.
Learn from leading producers, writers and directors in seminars and workshops, or become captivated by internationally acclaimed comedies, dramas and genre films, including engaging documentaries and family features.
April 12-14: Gold Coast Superhero Weekend
Anime, cosplay and manga fans will love the Gold Coast Superhero Weekend, which heads to Broadbeach from April 12 to 14. This supercharged event includes the Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Expo, movie screenings as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival and other action-packed events for the young and young at heart.
So dust off your superhero costume, tie up your boots and head to Broadbeach for this super-fun celebration.
April 17-28: Bleach* Festival 2019
The eighth annual Bleach* Festival promises to be the most personal and playful yet, honouring the Gold Coast’s rituals while also celebrating the magic of new beginnings.
Running from April 17 to 28, this arts and cultural festival has something for everyone, with dance, music, theatre and visual arts from artists around the world.
May 2-5: Surfers Paradise LIVE
This award-winning music festival has something for all ages, proudly presenting a line-up of Australian artists to appeal to young and old music lovers alike.
LIVE captures the spirit of great live music, showcasing local and Australian bands and musicians across multiple stages and venues throughout Surfers Paradise.
And if that isn’t enough music for you, why not check out the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, from May 16-19 at Broadbeach? One of Australia’s largest free music festivals, this event offers a unique, village-like atmosphere and relaxed ambience with both local and international acts.
May 23-26: Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
The four-day Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show boasts more than 400 exhibitors, with Australian products along with international offerings from Japan/Asia, Europe, North America and elsewhere.
Hosted at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove, this May 23-26 event is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event with spectacular displays for every boat fan.
May 31 – 1 June: SeaFire
Australia’s only international fireworks competition, SeaFire returns to the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach for the third year from May 31 to June 1.
Celebrate a pyrotechnical spectacle with thrilling fireworks, helping winter go off with a bang for you and your family.
July 6-7: Gold Coast Marathon
Japanese athletes have traditionally been strong contenders at the Gold Coast Marathon, running from July 6-7 at the Southport Broadwater Parklands.
Australia’s premier road race, the event attracts more than 27,000 participants of all ages and abilities from around the world, offering one of the flattest and fastest courses on the planet.
From a junior dash to 5.7km fun run, 10km run, half marathon and full 42 km marathon, there are events for all runners. Or if that is too energetic, you could just turn up to cheer them on!
August 4: Gold Coast Multicultural Festival
The Gold Coast Multicultural Festival celebrates the city’s diverse cultural communities, including Japanese, through a variety of exciting and educational multicultural activities.
The family festival day is scheduled for August 4 at the Southport Broadwater Parklands, from 10am to 4pm. With multicultural performances, international food, art, craft and children’s activities, there is something for the whole family.
September 12-23: SWELL Sculpture Festival
Currumbin Beach transforms into an outdoor gallery in Queensland’s largest free outdoor exhibition.
Running from September 12-23, SWELL Sculpture Festival is open all hours, offering twilight walks, artist talks, master classes and children’s workshops. Come face to face with awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists.
October 12-13: Coolangatta Gold
The iconic Coolangatta Gold is one of the most challenging endurance races in surf sports, consisting of a 21km short course and a 41.8km long course race.
Combining swimming, running, board paddling and surf skiing, this is an event that challenges competitors while providing great viewing for spectators!
November 28 – December 1: Australian PGA Championships
Golf lovers should not miss Australia’s most energetic golf tournament, the Australian PGA Championship, which returns to RACV Royal Pines Resort from November 28 to December 1.
This event features a stellar list of Australian and international players who compete for the Joe Kirkwood Cup. The tournament also hosts an array of entertainment on and off the course, including great food, music and live entertainment.
December 12-23: Christmas in Surfers Paradise
Santa rides a surfboard at this Christmas celebration with an Aussie twist. Surfers Paradise’s iconic beach and mall will transform into a summertime wonderland, with lots of Christmas cheer in this event from December 12 to 23.
Snap a selfie with Santa and win daily Advent calendar prize giveaways at this family-friendly event. The festival concludes with the spectacular annual “Carols on the Beach” concert on the evening of December 23, featuring traditional carols and Christmas classics. For more details, visit http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/christmas-in-surfers-paradise-46816.html
Looking for more events? Check out the Gold Coast council’s online events calendar, while there is also an active and healthy calendar for energetic visitors. Whatever your taste in events, the Gold Coast has something for everyone to make sure your time with Hello Kids is both enjoyable and educational!