Keen for a bit of kulcha? From reef talks to popping corks, we’ve got a lineup that’ll keep you busy as bees over the coming months:
Reef Check Australia
Reef Check Australia is an innovative citizen science focused charity dedicated to educating and empowering community volunteers to better understand, appreciate and protect oceans and marine environments. And It has just launched its Coast to Coral community lecture series on the Gold Coast. Join them at Karma Collab Hub, Miami for an evening of discovery, inspiration and appreciation of local marine, coastal and catchment environments. In August, marine ecologist John Gustafson will be sharing his research on the movement patterns of large sharks in Australian Coastal Waters. Entry is $3 including a slice of pizza. Head over to Reef Check Australia on Facebook to register for the event on 14 August.
The Gold Coast’s Biggest Tree Planting day is back!
This is an annual event that has engaged hundreds of community volunteers annually to rehabilitate the health of the city’s natural environment through the planting of 15,000 trees. Enjoy live music, food trucks, wildlife shows, indigenous workshops, native plant sales, interactive environment stalls and kids nature art and craft on August 24 from 11am till 3pm at 2804 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, Numinbah Valley. Why not make it a day out with the family and visit the Natural Bridge and the Hinze Dam at the same time? Visit the Facebook event page for more.
Brisbane Festival pops the cork
Pop the cork on a riotous champagne-soaked party or open the door on a tantalising glimpse into the unknown! Brisbane Festival has unleashed a spectacular program spanning three weeks from 6-28 September. The delightfully-risqué world of Blanc de Blanc returns with a brand new show off the back of a record-breaking Sydney Opera House summer season. Fire Gardens will light up the City Botanic Gardens; City and Colour, Cub Sport and Last Dinosaurs headline a massive line-up of music at the Riverstage; and don’t miss the Australian exclusive of the spectacular Invisible Cities. Tickets are on sale now at brisbanefestival.com.au.
Stone & Wood’s Backyard invitational
Held at the Surfstitch Warehouse in Burleigh Waters on 17 August, Stone & Wood’s Backyard Invitational Gold Coast invites over 20 independent breweries, two distilleries and a local kombucha to share their products and connect with drinkers, with intimate tasting stands, industry talks and masterclasses. Alongside the breweries, including local farmhouse brewers Currumbin Valley Brewing, Kaiju! Beer from Victoria and Capital Brewing Co. from Canberra, there’ll be food trucks and live music throughout the day. Profits from the Backyard Invitational will be directed to a Gold Coast charity via Stone & Wood’s national not-for-profit, the inGrained Foundation. Tickets for the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast are $60 each plus booking fee, available at stoneandwood.com.au.
Dracula’s hosts Rainbow Gala Night
Dracula’s Gold Coast are hosting a Rainbow Gala Night to raise money for the LGBTI Health Alliance, a fantastic NFP charity focusing on improving LGBTI mental and physical health conditions around Australia. With a lack of LGBTIQ friendly nightlife on the Gold Coast, Dracula’s is and has always been a safe space for people of all shapes, sizes and colours. So, on Thursday 29 August they will be dedicating the night to all things queer with some of our favourite local and national drag queens, and a few changes to the night, like pink Champagne for VIPs, rainbow confetti and special guest Art Simone joining us for some guest spots on stage. Tix through draculas.com.au.
Farm and Co opens its doors
The latest establishment on the paddock-to-plate block is Farm and Co, an organic market garden, farm store and café in Cudgen on the Tweed Coast. First and foremost a working farm, it has grown into a café and produce store. Guests are encouraged to breathe in the air and press pause while connecting with those around them and the lush farmland. Guest can also wander through the farm, enjoy the famous sunflowers, feed the pigs and chickens, take just a small moment to get back to nature. Farm and Co is open Wednesday – Sunday for Breakfast and Lunch. Monday and Tuesday for coffee and cake only. Farm tours are open to the public by appointment. Check out their socials for updates.
Gold Coasters are encouraged to join millions of people around the world in the Global #ClimateStrike on 20 September. While GC details aren’t set in concrete, we can say the gathering will be for a few hours in the middle of the day, in a public and central Gold Coast location. And it’ll be a peaceful event for all ages, so mark your calendars now. Everyone is invited and everyone is needed at this #ClimateStrike. Visit the Global Climate Strike Gold Coast event page on Facebook to RSVP and keep up with the details.
SWELL presents sculpting masterclass with Antone Bruinsma
Expert sculptor Antone Bruinsma has forty-one years of experience in the timeless art of stonework, and this year he will be hosting a masterclass as part of SWELL Sculpture Festival’s education program. When you participate in his masterclass you’ll work out the design of your sculpture as
a scaled-down clay model, based on natural organic forms, before Antone teaches you how to translate your creation using hand tools onto a block of light and easily-carved Mt. Gambier limestone. This masterclass is the perfect opportunity to look at SWELL in a new light and create your very own masterpiece sculpture. The class will be held over four hours on 21 September. To book, visit swellsculpture.com.au.