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Coastal Country Music Fest

Chase away the winter blues with a warm dose of country vibes with five incredible Australian singer-songwriters in a Saturday sunset session. Sunshine Coast country music lovers are in for a heel and toe tappin’ good time at Venue 114’s first ever Coastal Country Music Fest to the region. Featuring a line-up of legendary Country Music Awards of Australia nominees, the fest will provide barrel loads of boot scootin’ fun for local country music enthusiasts. Featured artists include Melanie Dyer, Andrew Swift, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Liam Brew.

When: Saturday, July 22, 3pm to 11pm.

Where: Venue 114, Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina.

Entry: $65 plus booking fee via Venue 114.

Picture: Korupt Vision

Runaway Noosa Marathon

Runners from Australia and around the world are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for the Runaway Noosa Marathon, with the 2023 edition set to be the biggest ever. The event will see runners take on four distances on Saturday with 5km, 10km, half-marathon and marathon events on offer, with more than 5000 runners set to take part. The flat, fast and friendly multi-lap course is set in the heart of Noosa, with the start and finish line just steps away from Hastings Street. For those who want to mix a swim in with their run, Swim Noosa takes place the following day.

When: Saturday, May 27, main race from 6.15am, and Sunday, May 28.

Where: Noosa Parade, Noosa Drive.

Entry: More information via Runaway Noosa Marathon.

Picture: Shutterstock

Ladies Oaks Day

Giddy up as the excitement builds in anticipation of the 91.1 Hot FM Ladies Oaks Day and all the spectacularly stunning race-day fun and frivolity that it brings. Gather the gals and the lads to witness thrilling races and experience fresh takes on all-day entertainment and sell-out ticketed venues. With new spaces to discover and moments to relish and revel in, start rallying and planning for your best Ladies Oaks Day yet.

When: Friday, June 2, midday.

Where: Corbould Park, 170 Pierce Avenue, Caloundra.

Entry: From $35.29 via Sunshine Coast Turf Club.

Movie night

Enjoy a wonderful movie while supporting local people affected by breast cancer, at a special event at Kawana Cinemas. The Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program is hosting the event, including a viewing of Book Club: The Next Chapter, with a welcome drink on arrival, some raffles and prizes. All proceeds will be directed towards supporting local families with breast cancer.

When: Wednesday, May 31, 6.30pm.

Where: Event Cinemas, Kawana Shoppingworld, Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina.

Entry: $30 via Cindy Mackenzie Program (includes entry to the movie and a welcome drink).

Legally Blonde

Maroochydore State High School students are taking to the stage for Legally Blonde – The Musical. Elle Woods appears to have it all, but her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her before starting Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, Elle charms her way into the prestigious law school. With the support of some new friends, she quickly realises her potential.

When: Monday, May 29, Tuesday, May 30, and Thursday, June 1, 6.30pm.

Where: Jubilee Hall, Maroochydore State High School, 160 Maroochydore Road, Maroochydore.

Entry: Students $14, adults $22, family (2 adults, 2 students) $65 via TryBooking.


High-flying excitement and heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience. Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as his animal upbringing clashes with his human instincts.

When: Friday, May 26, to Sunday, June 4, at multiple show times.

Where: War Memorial Hall, 1 Main Street, Buderim.

Entry: $25 to $30 via TryBooking.

Katie Noonan will perform at The Events Centre. Picture: Zoe Worth

Katie Noonan 

Celebrated Queensland artist Katie Noonan will be presenting Joni Mitchell’s Blue, accompanied by guitar virtuoso Brandon Mamata. During the past 20 years, five-time ARIA award-winning artist Noonan has proven herself to be one of Australia’s most hard-working, versatile and prolific artists. This concert is sure to please not only Mitchell fans but all lovers of music and poetry.

When: Friday, June 9, 7.30pm.

Where: The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra.

Entry: $69.90 via The Events Centre.

No Way José

Combining the sensual sounds of salsa with the irresistible rhythmic drive of bolero and the rich harmonies of Latin American jazz, No Way José is a show featuring some of Queensland’s finest Latin musicians. Led by the stunning vocals of Australia’s own salsa diva-in-waiting Amila Sargeant, No Way José is a celebration of the rich history of salsa – a powerful, colourful and vibrant Latin dance party.

When: Friday, May 26, 7pm to 9pm.

Where: 23 Maple Street, Maleny.

Entry: $25 to $30 via Humanitix.

Secret Garden 

Once a month, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden plays host to performances by local and touring artists. From folky tunes and gritty blues to reggae vibes and sweet pop sounds, you’ll discover something different at each event.

When: Sunday, June 4, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Where: Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden, 51 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha.

Entry: Free event.

Picture: Shutterstock

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 

Fresh off the heels of the successful Bohemian Rhapsody movie comes an all-new Queen tribute show from Australian Freddie Mercury impersonator Thomas Crane. Crane and his Bohemian Rhapsody band bring back the stage energy of Queen’s heyday.

When: Saturday, May 27, 8pm.

Where: The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra.

Tickets: $49.90 to $79.90 via The Events Centre.

Spice blending and cooking class

Love spices but don’t know how to use them properly? Want to have a better understanding of spices? Want to become more adventurous in the kitchen? Then you need to attend this fun-filled, afternoon spice-blending class combined with a cooking class. Are you ready to spice up your life?

When: Saturday, May 27, 2pm to 5pm.

Where: Red Hot Chilli Pepper Cooking School, Earnshaw Street, Golden Beach.

Entry: $120 via Red Hot Chilli Pepper.

Fix your relationship with food 

Hypnotherapy can help improve your relationship with food – without dieting. Through positive outlook changes, you can still enjoy your favourite foods and treats while reaching your goals. Whether you want to cut back on chocolate, curb the cravings, manage your portions, lose a few kilos or overcome a food aversion, clinical hypnotherapist Bianca Anderson, from Harmony through Hypnotherapy, can help.

When: Saturday, May 27, 10am to 11.30am.

Where: Kawana Library, 30 Nanyima Street, Buddina.

Entry: Free event. Registration essential via Sunshine Coast Council.

Almost 800 artworks will be on show at the Immanuel Arts Festival.

Immanuel Arts Festival

Now in its 42nd year, the Immanuel Arts Festival is a celebration of fine and contemporary art from established and emerging artists. It is expecting to attract 200 artists, with close to 800 pieces of quality works and homewares on display and available for sale. Parking is available on site and there will be a cafe serving lunch, coffee and snacks throughout the festival.

When: May 25 to 27 from 9am to 5pm and May 28 from 9am to 2pm.

Where: AJ Jericho Stadium, Immanuel Lutheran College, 126-142 Wises Road, Buderim.

Entry: $5 for adults, children free.

Sip and paint fundraiser

The not-for-profit Caloundra Arts Centre, which hosts 25 different artisan groups, is entering into the world of sip and paint experiences as a fun way to fundraise for the centre and its members. So, get together with family and friends for a fun paint session under the guidance of an experienced artist tutor. It is also a great way for team-building sessions. Tickets include tutoring, canvas, paint and use of other art supplies, as well as grazing platters plus tea and coffee. BYO drinks. You will go home inspired and with a piece of your own art!

When: Sunday, June 4, 12.45pm for 1pm start, with more events to follow.

Where: Caloundra Arts Centre Association, 5 North Street, Caloundra.

Entry: $75. For bookings contact Christine Hopkins on 0439 643 117. Gift certificates also available.

Radio-controlled sailing championships

The Sunshine Coast Radio Sailing Club is set to host the DragonForce 65 and DragonFlite 95 Australian National Championships. It will be the largest radio-controlled sailing event in Australia this year. The DragonForce 65 and DragonFlite 95 are the fastest-growing radio-controlled model yachts classes in the world with more than 60,000 yachts sold and raced in 25 countries.

When: Thursday, June 1, to Wednesday, June 7

Where: Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina.

Entry: More information via Sunshine Coast Radio Sailing Club.

Gig guide

Friday, May 26  

  • Vix and the Slick Chix, Maleny Lane, 6pm
  • Nambour Forecourt Live, Currie Street, Nambour, 4pm
  • Alexis and Suzie Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Will B, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Uncle Salty, Caloundra RSL, 9pm
  • Steve Graham, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • Pat Flaherty, Coolum Surf Club, 8.30pm

Saturday, May 27 

  • Hot Dub Time Machine, Kings Beach Tavern, 9pm
  • Vixens of Fall, Caloundra RSL, 7pm
  • The Jynx House, Your Mates Brewing, 3pm
  • Bronwyn Street Blues, Norton Music Factory, 4pm
  • Owls of Neptune, Morts Brewing Co, 6pm
  • Luke Dickens Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm

Sunday, May 28

  • Lonnie Lee, The Events Centre Caloundra, 3pm
  • Poco Loco Duo, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • 80s Recall, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Simon Meloa, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 2pm

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