Your go-to guide of what to do this long weekend

Not only is it footy finals weekend, it's also the Queens Birthday long weekend and we couldn't be more excited. But what to do ...



Food Truck Feast
Spring is here and what better way to spend a Friday evening with family and friends than eating your way through the best street food the Coast has to offer? Come along, grab a bite and enjoy some great local entertainers while you sit back, relax and take in the beautiful Broadwater.
When: 5 pm - 9 pm, Friday 30th September
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport


Summer in the GC, Island Boat Party
Get ready for what's going to be an epic day of fun in the sun. The ultimate Hip Hop and RNB Island Boat Party is back, bigger and better this Saturday.
Two stages of Hip Hop and RnB entertainment, featuring Mazuradi , DJ Noiz and some of the hottest names in the Gold Coast entertainment scene.
Make sure you arrive at Marina Mirage D Arm deck by 11am for an 11.30am sharp departure.
General admission tickets Include entry to the official after party at Underground Nightclub Surfers Paradise. For more info or to buy tickets, click here.
When: 11 am, Saturday 1st October
Where: Marina Mirage, Main Beach

Free The Hops Launch Party - Home Grown
Free the Hops Festival is finally kicking off this Saturday with an all day street party in Southport's Young Street, celebrating local craft brewers and our love for all things beer. Starting from 12pm until 10pm there will be plenty of entertainment including four local live bands and food trucks. Wanna talk beer? From 4pm to 6pm you have the chance to chat to local brewers and learn about their stories. The event is free till 6pm, so don't be late! For more info click here.
When: 12 pm - 10 pm, Saturday 1st October
Where: Young Street, Southport

Flavours of Metro
Flavours of Metro is running simultaneously with the Free the Hops launch party, one more reason to check out Southport's buzzing CBD this Saturday. Both events will see Young Street come to life with a delicious selection  of international delicacies, drinks, live entertainment and street performers.  The free family-friendly event will officially unveil, showcase and celebrate the Metro experience – with new eateries including The Burrito Bar, SoPo Dining Room, Kubo’s Bar & Grill, Nandos, Nature’s Fuel, Tian Shan and Oishi Teppanyaki all taking part. 
When: 2.30 pm - 8.30 pm, Saturday 1st October
Where: Young Street, Southport

Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar Opening
The time has come, Cowch Dessert & Cocktail bar is finally opening its doors to the public at Pacific Fair this Saturday and they want YOU to join in the party! Grab FREE Naked Pops from 12pm to 2pm— ice creams dipped in salted caramel or white/milk/dark chocolate and covered with your favourite toppings. That’s right, you’ll design and devour the FREE Naked Pop that will hit the spot! Face painters will be in the 'paddock' from 11am to 1pm, painting your little ones up like cows, for free. Doors open at 7am — visit anytime for your chance to win awesome lucky door prizes, including $50 dining vouchers, Kids’ Experience vouchers, udder mugs and more!
When: 7am - 5 pm, Saturday 1st October
Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Opera in the Park
Bring the whole family, spread your blanket and relax under the stars for Opera in the Park - an evening of free entertainment from your favourite Opera and Broadway shows in Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach on Saturday 1 October from 6pm For more info click here.
When: 6 pm - 9 pm, Saturday 1st October
Where: Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach

Après Octoberfest 2016
Come and celebrate Octoberfest with Après Surf thisSaturday. Have a wunderbar time with Erdinger on tap and plenty of Schnapps. The food will be Roast Pork Knuckle or Knackwurst with Mash Potato, Sauerkraut and Beer Gravy. Prost!
When: 5 pm - late, Saturday 1st October
Where: 2376 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach


Gold Coast Renaissance Faire
Celebrate Queen's Birthday in true 16th century Elizabethan fashion at the Gold Coast Renaissance Fair this Sunday and Monday at Robina City Park Lands. This two day event is something for the whole family, join over 50 costumed performers as they entertain and delight you all day long or dress up yourself.  Return to the Golden Age of pirates, Musketeers, swashbuckling adventure and romance!  Enter the world of Game of Thrones, Reign, The Tudors and Da Vinci. For more info click here.
When: 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday 2nd October - Monday 3rd October
Where: Robina City Parklands

Friday - Sunday

Kids Cinema – Oracle Boulevard
School’s out, Spring is in the air and what better way to spend this weekend than with family and friends watching a movie under the stars!
Enjoy a magical evening of film and great food under the twinkling stars at Oracle Boulevard in the heart of Broadbeach. Parents can join in on the fun or head off to their favourite restaurants, alfresco dining style! The weekend will kick of with ‘Night at the Museum’ on Friday, ‘Frozen’ on Saturday and ‘Despicable Me 2’ on Sunday.
When: 4.30 pm - 8.30 pm, Friday 30th September - Sunday 2nd October
Where: Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach


Gold Coast BBQ Block Party
It's going to be a Sunday sesh you haven't experienced before. One50 Public House is bringing you the ultimate Block Party this Sunday from midday till late with live music, craft beer, Low'n'Slow food vendors, DJ Cutloose cooking a BBQ while spinning some tunes and yes, even the footy will be on. Buy tickets and check out the full line up here.
When: 12 pm, Sunday 2nd October
Where: One50 Public House, Bundall

Sanctuary Cove Festival
Offering a taste of the good life, The Marine Village will be transformed into an impressive showcase of luxury and classic cars along with the latest marine crafts for the FREE Sanctuary Cove Festival.
With world class dining, an amazing program of live entertainment, free kids activities and exclusive retail outlets, the Sanctuary Cove Festival is the ultimate day out.
Activities start from 10am until 6pm. A spectacular fireworks finale will be displayed at 6.30pm.
When: 10 am - 8 pm, Sunday 2nd October
Where: Sanctuary Cove

Footy Grand Final's
It's that time of the year again, footy finals are here! Not sure where to watch ? Check out our list of top places to watch the big games this weekend here.

Oktoberfest at Bine
As part of the Free the Hops Festival,  Bine is transforming into a German oasis this Sunday,  Oktoberfest done the Bine way. The guys from Stone&Wood will be taking over the taps showcasing all the beery goodness they have to offer. Live music all day plus a pig on the spit. Grab a Stein for $15 and enjoy all things German from 12pm - 5pm.
When: 12 pm - 5 pm, Sunday 2nd October
Where: Bine Bar & Dining, Nobby Beach

Black Seeds & Tijuana Cartel at Miami Marketta
The guys from Black Seeds and Tijuana Cartel are bringing you some sweet tunes at Miami Marketta this Sunday. Long established as one of New Zealand's finest bands and with a solid foothold in Europe and North America, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation on the back of mulit-platinum selling albums, and a masterful live show that has been filling dance floors across the globe for over a decade. Come early and grab some delicious street food before. For more info or to buy ticket click here.
When: 3 pm, Sunday 2nd October
Where: Miami Marketta, Miami

Shark Bar Sundays
We love a good Sunday sesh especially on a long weekend and Rabbit Radio is bringing us a brand new edition - Shark Bar Sundays. With three live bands and plenty of drinks this one should be on your to do list. The party kicks off at 5pm and will have you dancing all night long.
When: 5 pm - 10 pm, Sunday 2nd October
Where: Shark Bar, Miami

Hideaway Kitchen & Bar 'Sunbrella Dayze'
Spring is here and so are the longer days and warmer nights. Perfect timing to introduce a new Sunday Sesh to the Coast. Hideaway Kitchen & Bar launched their Sunbrella Dayze with live music, Asian street food and cold drinks from 12pm to 5pm. Because it gets quite busy, make sure to book a table!
When: 12 pm - 5 pm, Sunday 2nd October
Where: Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, Broadbeach


Movie Mondays – Jupiters Casino
Grab your friends and family and make your way to Jupiters Casino this Monday for Movie Mondays. Catch the best in recent releases and 3D movies to hit the Box Office. Why not come in early to enjoy a pre-movie drink or bite to eat? At 10am and 2pm you can watch David Brent: Life on the Road or War Dogs screening at 7.30pm, for only $5 (free for Absolute Reward Members).
When: 10 am - 8.30 pm, Monday 3rd October
Where: Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach


By Louisa von Ingelheim & Amy Merridan