Seven things to do this weekend that have nothing to do with sport

The last weekend of the Commonwealth Games is almost here and you’re eager to venture out and experience as much as you can before it’s all a distant memory. But what if you’re just not that into sport? We hear you and have got you covered with seven experiences on offer this weekend that have absolutely nothing to do with sport.


Festival 2018 has a cracking line up this weekend and you can see an explosion of energy, beats and rhythms with The Big Bang on Saturday in Surfers Paradise or a bespoke music collaboration of eight fierce queens GRRRL with HOTA Choir on Sunday in Surfers Paradise.  Witness daring athleticism, split-second timing and thrilling feats as circus and dance collide with BLOCK Friday to Sunday in Broadbeach and see the interactive installations of Arboria in Broadbeach and Holoscenes in Surfers Paradise Friday to Sunday. Experience the whirling revolution of motion with HuriHuri Movement of The Human on Saturday and Sunday in Broadbeach and the kids are not forgotten with the hilarious madcap comedy The Listies Go For Bronze and their own disco Kid Dub in Broadbeach on Saturday and Sunday.

Festival 2018 and Bleach* Festival together present the next three acts on the Queensland Music Stage nightly at 7pm in Broadbeach.

Slip on your dancing shoes for a thumping party with Bullhorn, Tijuana Cartel and Cheap Fakes on Friday, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ella Fence and Regurgitator hit the stage on Saturday and expect the ultimate smash-up of Dub, Dancehall and Reggae with Dubmarine and Elko Fields on Sunday.

The full Festival 2018 program is here.

BLEACH* Festival

Bleach* Festival present a creation of ten of the newest dance sensations with Yes We Dance in Broadbeach from Friday to Sunday and you can experience moving soundscapes of local songlines across the Gold Coast with The Language of the Wind Friday to Sunday.  Head to Coast Acoustics in the Country Paradise Parklands Nerang on Sunday to see a unique blend of distinctly Australian roots or take a fresh look at the little talismans of memory at Super Souvenir in Southport on Friday. Bleach* Festival and Festival 2018 together present Truth to Power Cafe in Mudgeeraba on Saturday celebrating the power of free speech and from Friday to Sunday Dust Temple Currumbin present Sea Level – The Art of Awareness a dynamic body of work evolving from a lifetime journey of being deeply immersed in the ocean.

You can check out the full Bleach* Festival program here.

NightQuarter Festival

Discover the delicious flavours of the Gold Coast in this big, bustling market of delectable dishes and tasty treats where you can be inspired by food workshops and demonstrations while enjoying music, dance and theatre. See Baker Boy and Emily Wurramara on Friday as part of Culture Strong.  Friday and Saturday tour the delicious street and restaurant food on offer with the Gourmet taste trail and on Saturday take part in the Soil to Supper Series workshop. You definitely wont want to miss Brass Off in The Paddock on Saturday night where two of Australia’s prominent party starters Bullhorn and Horns of Leroy will come together for an epic collaboration.

You can see the full NightQuarter festival program here.

See a movie and have lunch at HOTA

With options of eating indoors or outdoors on the deck and terrace, The HOTA cafe   is the perfect place to have a meal, coffee or a glass of vino before catching a movie at the HOTA cinema.  This weekend you are spoiled for choice in the cinema with ‘Finding Your Feet’, ‘The Mercy’, ‘Mary Magdalene’, ‘The Death of Stalin’, ‘A Fantastic Woman’ and ‘Red Sparrow’ all showing Saturday and Sunday.

Visit a local market for some tasty treats and tunes

On Friday from 4-9pm The Green Marque is holding a one off  Twilight Market in Currumbin Ecovillage with live music, food trucks, eco-friendly stalls and local beer from Black Hops Brewery.  The popular Sanctuary Markets are at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday from 4-9pm with mouth-watering street food, entertainment by local musicians, free off-street parking and a licensed bar stocking local Burleigh Brewing Co boutique beers and Sirromet Wines.  EcoSpace Market Day is on Saturday at Upper Coomera and combines an eclectic mix of hands-on workshops, interesting talks, market stalls, tasty food and relaxing market tunes from 9am – 3pm.

Check out a local artist at a local venue

On Friday Nocturnal Tapas, Hot Coffee, Machine Club and Diskodisco are at Elsewhere and Matthew Armitage is at the Balter Taproom.  Saturday The Jazz Kings and Sean Fitzgerald hit Miami Marketta and Felicity Lawless and Gavin Doniger are performing at Sheoak Shack.   Sunday head on down to Burleigh Brewing Co for Phil & Tilley, see Josh Smith at The Cambus Wallace and pop down to The Scottish Prince to catch Two Years in a Bucket.

Get out of town on a day trip

Escape the hustle and bustle and set off on a day trip to the Gold Coast Hinterland where you can explore the beautiful walks, mountain lookouts, waterfalls and the wildlife of Springbrook or you could wander down the Gallery Walk, visit a local distillery or try The Rainforest Skywalk at Mount Tamborine.  If wine tasting, a gourmet picnic by a flowing river or a delicious lunch with picturesque sweeping views of a vineyard sounds more like your thing then O’Reilley’s Canungra Valley Vineyard at Canungra or Sirromet Winery at Mount Cotton has your name written all over it.

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