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Rangebow Festival 

This is a community-based, not-for-profit festival at multiple sites, conducted for the Montville Village Association Inc across the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The festival program features film, theatre, arts, taste, music, nature and cultural events to celebrate community, diversity, inclusivity, reconciliation, sustainability, creativity and expression. In 2023, the Rangebow Festival will feature more than 30 events and activities across four days.

When: Thursday, August 10, to Sunday, August 13.

Where: Multiple locations across the hinterland.

Entry: Varying events and prices. For more info, visit The Rangebow Festival.

Blue Bayou

Hitch your wagon to a star and head along for this heart-warming concert event. Blue Bayou celebrates the influence of country music on the pop charts of the 1960s and ’70s. Performed by award-winning singer and entertainer Nadia Sunde and joined by the mastery of Paul Henderson on guitars and banjo, plus the brilliance of Marcus Church on guitar, this show is guaranteed to delight with down-home warmth, charm and masterful storytelling. Nadia and her band will take audiences on a musical journey that pays tribute to the great country-pop artists of the era.

When: Saturday, August 5, 2pm.

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

Entry: $49 via The Events Centre.

Secret Garden

Once a month, Maroochy Regional 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. Bring a picnic rug, your favourite snacks and relax with friends and family in this unique and beautiful setting.

When: Sunday, August 13, 1.30pm.

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

Entry: $15 for adults and$5 for kids, via Troubadour Wagons.

Picture: Shutterstock.

Beer and barbecue dinner 

Moffat Beach Brewing Co loves craft beer and a really good barbecue. So, the team is bringing it all together for a one-night-only feast for the senses. Guided by head brewer Matt Wilson, guests will enjoy four courses from the in-house barbecue truck, smoked low and slow, and served with all the fixings. Each course will be paired with two of the brewery’s favourite beers, curated to complement, cut or contrast each dish. Learn how Matt went from ‘brewing dabbler’ to one of the country’s most-celebrated brewers.

When: Friday, August 4, 6.30pm.

Where: Moffat Beach Brewing Co. Production House, Caloundra Road, Caloundra West.

Entry: $120 via Humanitix.

Gubbi Gubbi bark canoe building

Celebrate Reconciliation Week by joining First Nations local Lyndon Davis for a rare insight into the Gubbi Gubbi tradition of bark canoe building. See the canoe that is on permanent display at the museum.

When: Saturday, August 5, 10am.

Where: Landsborough Museum, 4 Maleny Street, Landsborough.

Entry: Free event. Register via Sunshine Coast Events.

Brunch on the balcony 

Join Mapleton Public House for Sunday brunch on the balcony, taking in one of the Coast’s most incredible views. Sit back and enjoy the likes of sourdough crumpets, house-made cottage cheese, cured line-caught fish and pickled vegetables straight from the farm.

When: Sunday, August 6, 10am to noon.

Where: Mapleton Public House, Flaxton Drive, Mapleton.

Entry: $50 via Humanitix.

Honey Farm Reserve planting 

Celebrate National Tree Day by planting trees, socialising and enjoying the outdoors at Honey Farm Road Environment Reserve. This event is ideal for families, friends and anyone who loves nature. Spend the morning planting and learning about the importance of trees in our environment. You’ll be provided with all the necessary tools and equipment, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm and a willingness to get your hands dirty.

When: Wednesday, August 9, 9am to 11am.

Where: Honey Farm Road Environment Reserve, 99 Honeyfarm Road, Meridan Plains.

Entry: Free event. Registration is essential via Eventbrite.

Spotlight on Drama

Under the baton of Conductor Laureate Antoni Bonetti, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra presents Spotlight on Drama, with music from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Berlioz’s Hungarian March and Suk’s Pohadka. Victor Huang, the 2022 Queensland Piano Competition winner, will play Bartok’s Piano Concerto No.3.

When: Sunday, August 6, 3pm to 5.30pm.

Where: Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Stringybark Road, Buderim.

Entry: From $20 to $48 via Humanitix.

Hinterland Farm to Fork

This local foodie experience from Creative Tours showcases the best of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, visiting Falls Farm and Mapleton Public House for an authentic farm-to-fork experience. This tour takes you behind the scenes to hear the local stories behind our amazing local farmers and producers. Enjoy a farm tour at Falls Farm exploring some of the unique products grown specifically for restaurants across the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Taste your way around the farm and learn more about sustainable farming and where your food comes from.

When: Friday, August 4, 9.30am to 3pm.

Where: The Wharf, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Entry: $195 via Humanitix.

Weekend gig guide

Friday, August 4

  • Unwritten Law, Kings Beach Tavern, 8pm
  • Bec Findlay, Hot Chilli Bean Cafe, 5.30pm
  • The Worry Dolls Duo, Canteen, 5.30pm
  • Dave Barrie, Coolum Seafoods, 5.30pm
  • Ten12, Solbar, 7pm
  • Me and Jodie Lee, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Colin Dodds, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Junction Road, Cooroy RSL, 6pm

Saturday, August 5

  • Stevenson St Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Shane Wilkinson, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Contraband, Caloundra RSL, 9pm

Sunday, August 6

  • Christian Patey, Greedy Gringo, 3pm
  • Zac Threadgold, Drift Bar, 3pm
  • Jaryd Puttergill, The Cellar, 3pm
  • Sari Abbot, Hog’s Breath Caloundra, 3pm
  • Route 66, Maroochy RSL, 6pm

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