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The Education Fair is the Sunshine Coast’s premier education event. Bringing together providers from every stage of a child’s learning journey under one roof, this is an unmissable event for anyone considering their child’s education. The event will include Rise and Shine Childcare’s Planetarium, which uses 4k projectors and a dome structure to create 360-degree images that allow children to delve into space travel, learn about the solar system and become immersed into the night sky. With plenty of demonstrations, entertainment, hands-on activities and ‘come and try’ sessions, it’s a fair, an expo and a heap of free fun for kids.

When: Saturday, July 22, 10am to 6pm.

Where: University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs.

Entry: Free event. Register via Education Fair.

Jeff Martin in concert

The lead singer of the legendary Canadian rock band The Tea Party, Jeff Martin has been labelled everything from “child prodigy” and “virtuoso guitarist” to a “singer with perfect pitch”. He is an artist that transcends typical genres and has become somewhat of a musical healer for fans across the globe. Martin’s life has been a journey of immersing himself in many cultures and learning to play their traditional instruments through masters of the craft.

When: Friday, July 14, 7.30pm.

Where: Eumundi Brewery, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi.

Entry: $59.20 via Imperial Hotel Eumundi.

1960s TV Variety Show 

Following their sold-out national tour in 2022, Australia’s new ‘kings of variety television’ are back with a new show. The Robertson Brothers present their heartwarming and uplifting 1960s Variety TV Show. This 150-minute, ground-breaking and interactive theatrical TV experience is filled with fun, music and memories.

When: Saturday, July 15, 8pm.

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

Entry: $79.95 via The Events Centre.

Botanic Garden Art Trail Walk 

Be inspired by the magic created when art and gardens unite. Enjoy a leisurely guided walk through the unique setting of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden. Explore the public art, its creators and the stories behind the works. These guided walks are suitable for adults only. Bookings are essential.

When: Saturday, July 22, 10am.

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

Entry: $5 via Eventbrite.

Picture: Shutterstock.

ABBA and Bee Gees night 

The Banana Bender Pub is set to present a one-of-a-kind dinner show featuring the music of ABBA and the Bee Gees, performed by the renowned tribute bands ABBA Re-Bjorn and the Ultimate Bee Gees. With their electrifying performances and spot-on renditions of these two legendary groups’ greatest hits, ABBA Re-Bjorn and the Ultimate Bee Gees will transport you back in time to the golden age of disco. The evening kicks off with a buffet-style dinner at 6pm.

When: Saturday, July 22, 6pm.

Where: The Banana Bender Pub, 1 Downunder Drive, Palmview.

Entry: $75 via Humanitix.

Santa Paws in the Park 

Don’t miss this fun day out for the whole family. Highlights include a dog training demo, competitions, crafts and pet supplies, Q&A session with Nicklin Way Vet, giveaways and a variety of stalls as well as great coffee and food. Have your photo taken with Santa Paws, plus there are lots of prizes to be won.

When: Saturday, July 15, 10am to 1pm.

Where: Double Bay Park, Kawana Island.

Entry: Free event. More info via 4 Paws Animal Rescue.

Bon Scott’s 77th Birthday Bash 

Australia’s premier AC/DC tribute band returns for what promises to be an electric, high-voltage set to commemorate the 77th birthday of the legendary Bon Scott. Bon But Not Forgotten has assembled some of the world’s greatest rockers to rip through a set of AC/DC classics and pay tribute to the legend behind one of the world’s greatest bands.

When: Saturday, July 15, 8pm.

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

Entry: $39 via Oztix.

Weekend gig guide

Friday, July 14

  • Shannon B, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • The Colliflowers, Solbar, 7pm
  • AAQA, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Roger Lewis, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Travis Scoobie, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • Harii Bandhu, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 4pm
  • It’s a Musical World, The Events Centre Caloundra, 3pm
  • Jeff Martin, Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 7.30pm
  • Chick Flick, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm
  • DJ Indie Andy, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm

Saturday, July 15

  • Liam Cougan Trio, Alex Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Endless Valley, Solbar, 7pm
  • Dave Ritter Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Neil Taylor Music, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • 1960s Variety TV Show, The Events Centre Caloundra, 8pm
  • Venus Envy, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm
  • Chester, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm

Sunday, July 16

  • Ryan Giles Trio, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Romeo and Juliette, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • Ricky the Rockstar, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 2pm
  • Sensational Soloists, The Events Centre Caloundra, 2pm

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