Six local festivals for music lovers this October (and three of them are completely free)

October sees live music offerings ratchet up a notch with not one, not two, but SIX epic festivals in the works for Gold Coast and surrounds. The only problem will be choosing which ones to attend!

Flavours of Metro Street Party | 6 October | Southport

They’ve taken things up a notch for this third annual Flavours of Metro Street Party. Not least of which is because they have international touring sensations Tijuana Cartel headlining the music offering but also because they’ve crammed a heap of mouth-watering international cuisine into the offering as well. There’ll be Chinatown street markets, non-stop entertainment and the usual awesome SoPo restaurants dishing up tasty morsels. Ticks a lot of boxes for music-loving foodies with a sense of adventure. Join the fun on 6 October, right in the heart of Southport. Check out Facebook for updates.

Crafted Beer & Cider Festival | 6 October | Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach

Yes, Crafted Beer & Cider Festival is back, taking over Kurrawa Park for a whole day. As well as an incredible lineup of craft beers and ciders, there’s also a Chandon S pop-up bar, Cambus Wallace’s famous whiskeys and cocktails, an incredible lineup of local music and touring artists, the city’s best food trucks and beer yoga and ping pong. If you missed last year’s event, you’ll know the FOMO is real. Crafted Beer & Cider Festival is at Broadbeach on Saturday 6 October. More at craftedfestival.com.au.

Byron Bay Guitar Festival | 6 + 7 October | Byron Bay Brewery

The Byron Bay Guitar Festival is set to be an industry highlight for lovers of all-things guitar when it rolls into Byron Bay Brewery on 6 and 7 October. Produced by Byron Music, the festival is a veritable guitar lovers’ heaven with more than 29 live performances across two stages, a showcase of instruments and craftsmanship from some of the world’s favourite makers as well as workshops, seminars and delicious food and beverage. All set in a brewery! Tickets are just $50 for one day and the stellar lineup so far includes British India + Ash Grunwald + Dallas Frasca + The Fumes + Jeff Martin + Hussy Hicks + Lloyd Spiegel + tonnes more! Get details at byronbayguitarfestival.com.

Celebrate GC | 7 October | Chevron Island

Celebrating everything that makes the Gold Coast so awesome, this one-day festival, which takes over the main drag of Chevron Island includes bangin’ tunes, a silent disco for kids, skateboard lessons for all levels, a makers’ market, roller derby demos and a handmade cubby-house village for little children with big imaginations. Izzy Day, Katie Who, Tully John and Liza-Jane, Caravana Sun (pictured), Karuah, Elska, Old Man Friday and Busby Marou provide the tunes from 11.00am until 4.00pm on Sunday 7 October. No better way to enjoy Spring on the Gold Coast. And it’s all free! Get the lowdown here.

Buskers by the Creek | 13 + 14 October | Winders Park, Currumbin

Fancy a weekend of live entertainment, complemented by a carnavale atmosphere, Creekside eats and special kids’ zone? Buskers by the Creek is back in October and as well as hundreds of Australia’s best buskers, there’s new bars, dog-friendly vibes and more family-friendly entertainment than you can poke a stick at. Seriously, last year there were like 14 stages and 5000 people showed up despite torrential rain. Buskers by the Creek is one of the most under-rated events on the Gold Coast and it’s completely free. Check out why when it hits Currumbin Creek on 13 – 14 October. Get the lineup and playing times at buskersbythecreek.com.au.

Island Vibe | 25 – 28 October | North Stradbroke Island

The name really says it all. Island Vibe is a mini-version of what we all hope the world would be. Set beachside on Minjerribah, otherwise known as North Stradbroke Island, the four-day festival has a focus on global roots and connection between people and place. The lineup helps the festival stand boldly as a unique and soulful music-lovers destination. For 2018, Island Vibe boasts a global collection of talent: Katchafire + Jah9 + Mad Professor + Naâman + more all make the international trip to be here and they’re joined by Nicky Bomba + King Tide + Kooii + Chris Tamwoy + Darky Roots + Dubarray and scores more. Organisers practice what they preach, too, setting a high standard for sustainability well before the current War on Waste phenomena. You can’t miss the water refill station, bike hire tent, bio-fuel generators, solar-powered stage, composting toilets and recycling centre. They’ve banned single-use plastic cups, straws, bags and catering gear and are committed to not selling or distributing any single-use plastic water bottles on the festival site and throughout back-of-house. More deets here.

IMAGE: Darky Roots (c) Lachie Douglas

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