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What's on: arts fest, wildflower walk, outdoor expo, tribute band and weekend gigs

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This 10-day multi-arts festival takes place all over the Sunshine Coast, from the beaches to the hinterland. Enjoy spectacular music, arts, theatre, dance and more. At the festival’s core, it celebrates place – it is the heartbeat of the festival and the programming reflects this. More importantly, the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which the festival stands are honoured: the Kabi Kabi Peoples and Jinibara Peoples. The varied events are almost always in spectacular locations and there’s music, art, theatre, dance, workshops and ceremonies as well as plenty for the family to enjoy.

When: Friday, August 25, to Sunday, September 3, various times.

Where: Various locations.

Entry: Various prices, see Horizon Festival.

Picture: Shutterstock.

Wildflowering morning 

Discover the joys of spring in the forest and heathland of Mooloolah River National Park and get creative with a focus on the wildflowers or trees. You’ll begin with a wander and walk, see what is in bloom and enjoy some quality time in nature before participating in some art-making in nature. Some guidance will be provided, or you can do your own thing. You will be provided with a map with likely species you will see. Your guide, Dr Sue Davis, will share stories, insights and information about the flowers of the area. Participants should be aged 14 and above or supervised by an accompanying adult.

When: Saturday, August 12, 9-11.30am.

Where: Mooloolah River National Park, accessible from Claymore Road, Sippy Downs.

Entry: $30.96 via Eventbrite. 

See the Able Not the Label

This Compass Institute campaign developed as an invitation to create an understanding of belonging. It pushes the audience to look beyond the surface and see the humanity of an individual. This photographic portrait exhibition features eight individuals with a diverse range of interests, desires and capabilities. They also all have a disability. Compass aims to remove barriers of acceptance, to break down perceived limitations and develop an understanding that within each of us is an innate potential to be extraordinary in our own right. Each person is beautiful, worthy and capable.

When: Monday, August 14, to Wednesday, August 30, 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Where: Arts and Ecology Centre, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha.

Entry: Free. More info via Sunshine Coast Events.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited 

Head along for a celebration of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Relive the life and music of one of the world’s most-loved groups. The Creedence Clearwater Collective brings to the stage a six-piece band – with a guest saxophonist and a vocalist that emulates John Fogerty’s distinct vocals – to capture the unique CCR sound and all their hits. Don’t miss this hit-packed production from a real-life travelling band.

When: Saturday, August 19, 7.30pm.

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

Entry: $69 via The Events Centre.

Serenade of Love 

Palmwoods Little Village Theatre presents its 2023 production, Serenade of Love: a song-and-dance show with a high tea extravaganza. The setting transforms the Palmwoods Guide Hut into a high-society salon at The Ritz hotel in London.

When: Saturday, August 19, Sunday, August 20, and Saturday, August 26, 2pm to 4pm.

Where: The Girl Guide Hut, corner of Lingara Avenue and Palmwoods-Montville Road, Palmwoods.

Entry: $35 for the show and high tea. Call 0409 026 145.

Taittinger High Tea 

Experience the exquisite taste of French cuisine with Taittinger High Tea at Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville. Indulge in a selection of meticulously crafted sweets and savouries while sipping on a glass of Taittinger on arrival. Pooches are welcome at the high tea but numbers are limited.

When: Sunday, August 13, 11.30am.

Where: Spicers Clovelly Estate, 38-68 Balmoral Road, Montville.

Entry: $95 via Spicers Retreats.

Spice blending and cooking class 

Become more adventurous in the kitchen by attending this fun-filled afternoon spice-blending, combined with a cooking class, courtesy of Red Hot Chilli Pepper Cooking School. Learn about spices, where they come from, hints for use and tips for storage. Learn how to incorporate herbs and spices into your daily cooking. The second part of the class will involve cooking a Sri Lankan curry with side dishes, using the spices you have blended.

When: Saturday, August 12, 2pm to 5pm.

Where: Earnshaw Street, Golden Beach.

Entry: $120 via Red Hot Chilli Pepper.

Weekend gig guide

Friday, August 11

  • Allan Cameron Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Cassi Marie, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Middle Rage, Caloundra RSL, 9pm
  • Raw Ordio Sunset DJ, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Neil Taylor, Coolum Surf Club, 8.30pm
  • Colin Dodds, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • DJ Indie Andy, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm
  • DJ JD7, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm
  • Kurilpa Reach, Solbar, 7pm

Saturday, August 12

  • Empyre Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Ricky the Rockstar, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Tommy Katz, Caloundra RSL 9pm
  • Mi 80’s Vice, Alex Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Callum Taylor, Alex Surf Club, 8.30pm
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jimi Hendrix Music Show, Banana Bender Pub, 8pm
  • No Right Turn, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm
  • M7, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm
  • Winterbourne, Solbar, 7pm

Sunday, August 13

  • Hot Pursuit, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • Livin in the 70’s, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • DZ Deathrays, Solbar, 7pm

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