12 November events signal the beginning of a looooong, awesome summer on the Gold Coast

I don’t know, it’s like the whole city is awakening from its winter slumber. And if the list of awesome events happening this November is anything to go by, this summer is going to be long but memorable.

Here’s what’s on our radar for November. Best get the diary out.


The Kitchens opens at Robina

The Kitchens at Robina Town Centrewill take Gold Coast foodies beyond the spectacle of food and on the ultimate culinary adventure. Bringing the back of house to the front of house, it’s promising an inhouse cooking school, two registered kitchens which food entrepreneurs can use, live demonstrations, meet the growers sessions and live music and film.

There’s also a gym, an Asian grocer and nearly every type of cuisine you can imagine. It opens 3 November with a killer weekend of music and other events in the offing. The Kitchens officially opens Thursday 3 November and the full lineup of food partners is testament to the curation process the initiative has undergone. Read more here.


BLA! at Burleigh Brewing

BLA! artist Christan Saumon aka SK412

BLA! artist Christan Saumon aka SK412

Beer and art. It’s like the perfect spring combo. And it’s just like Burleigh Brewing to dish up both.

They’re pulling together some of the Gold Coast’s best artistic talent for BLA! (Brewing Local Artists) this Saturday 5 November. BLA! will feature artists who specialise in fine art, sculpture, photography and typography. More at burleighbrewing.com.au.


Hotelling ups the ante for Gold Coast’s cultural offering

Hotelling will see travellers, experience seekers and local culture vultures immersed in 48 hours of unpredictable art and performance, crisscrossing the corridors, courtyards, cocktail bars and clandestine corners (see feature image) of QT Gold Coast.

It runs 4 – 5 November at QT and we spoke to Curator, David Pledger to get the low-down.


Gold Coast Open House

The City’s second Open House program will unlock the doors of quirky, interesting and significant buildings and offer behind-the-scenes tours of places not typically available for public access. More than 30 Gold Coast properties from Coomera to Currumbin are included in the one-day program which takes place Saturday 5 November. Bookings are necessary for some properties.


Bonjour French Festival

bonjourNovember sees the third Bonjour French Festival take place bringing the best of France and French Culture to the Gold Coast. Celebrated over two days and nights in Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach the program includes music, French markets, live entertainment, history and a French film night as well as a special commemoration for the victims of last year’s Paris attacks. The festival runs 11 – 13 November. Visit bonjourfrenchfestival.com.au for more information.


Summertime sessions back in the village

Mudgeeraba will again play host to a laid back series of spring and summertime gigs. Gold Coast Music Award winners Leopold’s Treat and Jason McGregor have shows in the series along with Moreton – fresh from wooing crowds at BIGSOUND this year. It’s every Friday night through November from 5.30pm right in the middle of Mudgeeraba, plus the Mudgeeraba Sunset Markets are on at the same time.


Home at the Heart of Open House Speaker Event

How does sense of home translate, in our lifestyle, our city? Some of the best Gold Coast architects and designers will address the question at a free speaker event, micro to MACRO, on Wednesday 2 November from 6.00pm at Gold Coast City Art Gallery. The event is a prelude to Gold Coast Open House, which takes place on 5 November. For program and speakers visit goldcoastopenhouse.com.au.


Put some colour in your life with art market

hillier-art-marketThe Hillier and Skuse Christmas Art Market features hundreds of work from some of the fantastic artists from the Put Some Colour in Your Life TV program, as well as some of the Gold Coast’s best local talent – more than thirty artists in all.

A range of unique hand crafted ceramic, glassware and sculpture is also on show. The market runs from 4 November 2016 to 31 January 2017. More at hillierskusegallery.com.


Flourish celebrates festive traditions

flourish-christmas-festivalFLOURISH Christmas Festival will herald the arrival of the festive season with a vibrant celebration of all things creative in Southport on Saturday 19 November.

The inaugural event is set to present a festive Christmas marketplace with an eclectic array of stalls featuring fair trade and locally-made arts and crafts, and of course carols! Event organisers are putting a call out for registrations to all local artists, craftspeople, entertainers and volunteers interested in being involved.

The festival runs from noon until 8.00pm at the Southport Uniting Church, Saturday 19 November.


Paradise Valley comes to Paradise

The Mitch Gobel Resin Art exhibition Paradise Valley will open with a launch party at Trader Trove, 22 Christine Ave Miami on Saturday 12 November. The event runs from 6.00pm – 9.00pm, and is 18+. All six artworks – inspired by nature, particularly Byron Bay – took three months to create, and tickets to opening night are available via mitchgobelresinart.com. The exhibition itself will run from 13 to 19 November at no cost or age limit. Buyers can contact Mitch or Sal at mitch@mgracorporation.com to book a personal viewing.


More muscle cars beef up Pimpama ride

pimpama-rideGainsborough Greens is revving up for the annual Pimpama Ride Car Show on Sunday 6 November with more than 200 muscle cars worth a combined $10 million to go on display. Members of the Gold Coast Muscle Car Club will showcase their prized classic cars, some worth more than $150,000, including an extremely rare 1937 Lincoln and 1946 Ford.

The family day out is an opportunity to view the cars while enjoying free entertainment.

Pimpama Ride Car Show will be held from 9.00am to 1.00pm, next to the Gainsborough Greens Golf Club. More at facebook.com/gainsboroughgreenscommunity.

Outback comes to the beach this November

Surfers Paradise and Longreach have collaborated to bring the Outback Stockman’s Show to the Gold Coast for the first time from 3 – 6 November. The interactive, action-packed show features skilful displays of horsemanship. The daily shows will be presented by third-generation horse breaker and stockman Lachie Cossor, along with a talented cast of horses, mules, dogs, sheep and piglets. The shows run 10.00am, 2.00pm and 5.00pm daily at the Beach Volleyball Courts (end of Trickett St).


Food, cars, art and music. Gold Coast’s got it going on this November.


  • Reply November 6, 2016


    I’m so confused about the picture used for the header of this article?

    • Reply March 21, 2017

      Natalie O'Driscoll

      Haha it was a picture from the Hotelling event at QT. Designed to be eye catching!

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