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Offering the ‘chance of a lifetime’, applications are open to audition for this talent competition for up-and-coming young performers. Noosa STARS alive! is open to young performers aged eight to 18, across multiple genres including music, dance, comedy and specialty performers, who are local residents of Sunshine Coast local government areas. Twelve finalists will be selected from the auditions, to perform before a live audience on the big stage with professional sound, lighting and stage crew. The finals will be hosted by Damien Anthony Avery-Rossi and the winner selected by guest judge, Rhonda Burchmore. The winner will receive a cash prize, with a guaranteed paid performance at Noosa alive! Festival 2024. The winner of last year’s inaugural Noosa STARS alive! was Sari Abbott.

When: Audition registrations close June 23. Finals on Saturday, July 29, midday to 2pm.

Where: Finals at Noosa Woods, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads.

Entry: Finals free to watch. If you would like to register to audition, visit Noosa STARS alive!.

Beethoven and Farrenc

In the first half of the 19th century, music moved out of the palaces of Europe and into its living rooms, with an explosion in publishing houses making the latest works accessible to everyone from princes to paupers. As with so many developments in music, Beethoven was at the centre of things: his Septet was a huge critical and popular success, and demand for the sheet music was a great boost to his publisher’s business. The piece proved an impossible act to follow for the next 50 years, that is until Louise Farrenc’s Nonet, in 1849. This performance is presented by the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra.

When: Sunday, June 4, 3pm.

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

Entry: $65 for adults, $25 for kids via The Events Centre.

Brad Cox

Australian country music sensation Brad Cox has announced his biggest headline tour yet in support of his highly-anticipated new album ACRES. Cox will be supported on his tour by rising Australian country music stars including Sammy White, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Austin Mackay. Don’t miss your chance to see one of Australia’s most exciting country music stars in concert.

When: Thursday, June 8, 8pm.

Where: Kings Beach Tavern, 43 Burgess St, Kings Beach.

Entry: $60.20 via Oztix.


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When: Thursday, June 8, to Sunday, June 11.

Where: Blackbox Theatre, Williams Street, Nambour.

Entry: $30 via TryBooking.

How to Create an Edible Native Garden

Come and learn how to create beautiful native gardens at your place with the Sunshine Coast’s best landscape designers, soil and local plant experts. Want to get your taste buds tingling? A wide range of fresh seasonal bushfood produce will be supplied for tastings.

When: Saturday, June 3, 10am to noon.

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

Entry: $20 via Eventbrite.

Pig Day Afternoon

A big band, a big sound and nearly an acre of suit fabric. Award-winning Murphy’s Pigs is heading to Maleny and you are invited to jump on board for an afternoon of song, dance and mirth. Murphy’s Pigs will be joined by the internationally acclaimed Suellen Cusack. Maleny Lane, a BYO eatery, will be open for food after the show.

When: Sunday, June 4, 3pm to 6pm.

Where: Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple St, Maleny.

Entry: $45 via TryBooking.

Downunder Beachfest 

Beachfest is an annual event that celebrates hot rod, custom and classic motor vehicles, and the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Activities include cruises through the Sunshine Coast, entertainment and car displays. This year funds are being raised for Juvenile Diabetes.

When: Wednesday, June 7, to Sunday, June 11. See the full itinerary at Downunder Beachfest.

Where: Various locations, Caloundra.

Entry: Free. See more at Downunder Beachfest.

Bushland Impressions 

Makers Perspective brings together four artists with unique perspectives on working with clay. Bushland Impressions is an exploration of the medium, drawing inspiration from the Maroochy Botanical Gardens. Carol Forster, Kath Melzer, Kristina Pearson and Maureen Sheargold will each bring their unique perspective and different approaches to sculpting. All work will be available for purchase with commissions from sales going to Compass Garden Café, supporting trainees develop real world skills.

When: Wednesday, June 7, to Sunday, June 18, 10am to 3pm.

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

Entry: Free. See more at Sunshine Coast Events.

The Ten Tenors’ Greatest Hits Tour 

Australia’s own The Ten Tenors return to the stage in 2023 celebrating their greatest hits with a new show. The Greatest Hits tour will feature the most loved and requested songs The Tenors have performed during their 28-year history and from across multiple genres of music – the best from the world of opera, pop and rock music and so much more.

When: Friday, June 9, 7pm, and Saturday, June 10, 2pm.

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

Entry: From $92.50 via The Events Centre.

Picture: Shutterstock.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital Concert

In association with Wishlist, Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival will present a chamber music lunchtime concert at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for patients, their families and staff. This concert is part of the festival’s community engagement program, which aims to bring music to communities who are unable to access main festival events and build the region’s cultural capacity through an emerging artist mentoring program. Distinguished Queensland Conservatorium graduates Francis Atkins (piano) and Camilo Lopez (baritone) will present popular classics including Satie, Debussy and Rachmaninoff in a joyous concert.

When: Tuesday, June 6, 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Where: SCUH, 6 Doherty St, Birtinya.

Entry: Free. See TryBooking.

Dunga Derby Boot BBQ  

The Dunga Derby, by Rally for a Cause, is excited to welcome the community to join them at a special Boot BBQ event. The Dunga Derby charity car rally teams will be in convoy from Yandina to Kawana, through the Sunshine Coast and finishing at Kawana for the barbecue event. Come along, support the teams, buy a raffle ticket, enjoy a sausage and more. The Dunga Derby fundraises money to support locals with life-limiting medical conditions and tragic circumstances.

When: Sunday, June 11, 11am to 1pm.

Where: Kawana Sports Precinct, 320 Nicklin Way, Bokarina.

Entry: Free. For more information call 0439 045 002 or see Dunga Derby. 


Whether you want to learn to grow herbs, make your own medicine or simply find out how plants can help your health – HerbFest is the place to be. HerbFest is the annual celebration of all things herbal medicine on the Sunshine Coast. This year boasts 40-plus stalls for a thriving herbal products and food/coffee market and an amazing local line-up of speakers in the education tents. Whether you’re totally new to herbal medicine or one of the Sunshine Coast’s amazing local health practitioners, HerbFest has something for everyone.

When: Sunday, June 18, 10am to 2pm.

Where: Coolum State School, Barns Lane, Coolum Beach.

Entry: $20, kids under 14 are free, via Everyday Empowered.

Lions Club information event

The Lions Club of Lake Currimundi-Kawana is looking for new members to join their group, which serves the community and values the friendship and support from fellow club members. The club will host an information session about Lions in Australia and their role in supporting communities. Afternoon tea will be provided.

When: Saturday, June 10, 2pm.

Where: Buddina Scout Den, 58 Iluka Avenue, Buddina.

Entry: Free to attend. To RSVP or for more information call Norm on 0404 984 455.

Queensland Indoor Rowing Championships 

This event will showcase the best indoor rowers in the state. It’s open to all indoor rowers, regardless of age, ability, or experience, and will feature races in various categories, including lightweight, heavyweight, and adaptive. The individual races will include distances of 100m, 500m, 1000m and 2000m. There will also be a one-minute timed race. The championships promise to produce Australian and world records from local and interstate competitors.  Local schools can also contest the champion school category.

When: Sunday, June 11, first event 8.45am, last event 3.15pm.

Where: O2 Performance, 1/26 Main Drive, Bokarina.

Entry: Free to watch, fees from $14 to $20 to take part. For more information, see Indoor Rowing Australia.

Gig guide

Friday, June 2

  • Telenova, Sol Bar, 7pm
  • The Lachy Doley Group, Norton Music Factory, 6pm
  • Those Folk, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • Alan Cameron Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Chris Ramsay, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Hayden Hack, Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 6pm
  • Colin Dodds, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm

Saturday, June 3

  • Stevenson Street Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Shen Panthers, Sol Bar, 7pm
  • Ted Watson, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Coaster, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm
  • Shannon Carroll, Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 6pm
  • Tom Weber, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm

Sunday, June 4 

  • Floorburners, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • Benny O, Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 1pm

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