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What's on: jazz picnic, Dogs Day Out, music and dance festival, and weekend gigs

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Jazz In The Park – Buderim

Buderim will be buzzing with sweet tunes when the Buderim War Memorial Community Association hosts Jazz In The Park. The afternoon features The Kitty Kats, Hot Peppers Jazz Band and Plan B Jazz. A special gourmet hamper can be pre-ordered to complete your afternoon’s entertainment. Food vans and a bar will operate.

When: Sunday, September 24, 1pm to 5pm.

Where: Buderim Village Park, corner of King and Church Street, Buderim.

Entry: Gold coin donation. For more info and to pre-order hampers via Buderim War Memorial Association.

Artists paint – Village Walkway

Adding to the vibe of Caloundra Live and Local, local artists will be painting up a storm outside Talented Friends Gallery. From abstraction and aerial views to impressionism, political art and just plain fun, artists will demonstrate a little about what makes them creative. See Jaime Buchanan, Andrew Champion, Denise Dale, Sara Hope, Jo Murray and Judith Rose go head to head with bristles blazing.

When: Friday, September 1, 4pm to 8pm.

Where: Talented Friends Gallery, 4/8 Ormuz Avenue, Village Walkway in Caloundra.

Entry: Free.

A Night At The Proms

The Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra is premiering Under the Watchful Eye of the Glass House Giants – the first known symphonic piece composed on the Sunshine Coast about the region. The work by composer Clifford Bradley (pictured) is inspired by the amazing variety of wildlife found here and the spectacular mountains that stand silently watching us.

When: Saturday, September 16, 7pm.

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

Entry: $49 via The Events Centre. 


Festuri is a free, family-friendly, multicultural music and dance festival. It celebrates cultural diversity by showcasing international musicians, dancers, local talent, delicious food, a children’s carnival, world village, street carnival, interactive workshop zone and cultural art and craft.

When: Saturday, September 16, 10am to 4pm.

Where: Cotton Tree Park, The Esplanade, Maroochydore.

Entry: Free event. Register via Humanitix.

Picture: Shutterstock.

Spice blending and cooking class 

Herbs and spices are a fantastic way to add a hit of flavour to any meal and great satisfaction comes from making your own blends. Are you ready to spice up your life? Learn about spices, what they are, where they come from and hints and tips for storage. Learn how to incorporate herbs and spices into your cooking daily. You will be taught about the spice groups and the science of making a spice blend using the right ratios. The second part of the class involves cooking a beautiful Sri Lankan curry with side dishes, using the spices you have just blended.

When: Saturday, September 2, 2pm.

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

Entry: $120 via Red Hot Chilli Pepper.

Museum Mystery Madness 

September is Museum Mystery Madness month at Sunshine Coast Museums. Visit the museums to enter a mystery quiz, for your chance to win one of four $50 gift vouchers. There are nine museums to visit, and each has a different quiz. You can enter a quiz at any or all of the museums.

When: During September.

Where: Various locations.

Entry: Visit Sunshine Coast Heritage.

Picture: Shutterstock.

Dogs Day Out market

Wiggle, waggle, walk along to an exclusive market all about dogs. Sunshine Coast dogs and their humans are invited to this special market day, Dogs Day Out, featuring some of the best dog products, services and educational resources for and about dogs. The day will also feature special talks from Sunshine Coast Council and North Coast Veterinary Services, dog tricks and training demonstrations by Sunshine Coast Dog Obedience Club, and live music by Destiny’s Plan Band. All proceeds from the market will help the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge to care for abandoned, abused, stray and unwanted dogs (and cats) while finding them loving forever homes.

When: Saturday, August 26, 8am to 1pm

Where: Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, corner Sippy Creek Road and Parkyn Road, Tanawha.

Entry: Free. More information at Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge.

The Big Bike Film Night 

The team behind the Big Bike Film Night is on a mission to bring the best cycling short films from around the world. The 2023 collection has everything a cycle-centric audience could want: action, drama, humour and plenty of inspiration. The evening is unashamedly designed and devised for the two-wheel devotee. The stellar line-up includes numerous stories of overcoming adversity and unbelievable experiences.

When: Thursday, September 7, 7pm.

Where: Majestic Theatre, Currie Street, Nambour.

Entry: $25 via Majestic Cinemas.

Caloundra Film Festival: Spanish 

This August and September, Caloundra Film Festival will be screening new Spanish cinema at the refurbished Strand Cinema. It’s a 10th year anniversary celebration, as the Caloundra Film Festival began in 2013 with a screening of I’m So Excited. This year, the festival will show the award-winning Alcarras, as well as feel-good comedy gems Two Many Chefs and Grandfathers.

When: Sunday, September 10, 2.30pm, and Tuesday, September 12, 7pm.

Where: The Strand Cinema, 11 Bulcock Street, Caloundra.

Entry: $15.50 via Caloundra Film Festival.

Pacific Chamber Players: Just Trios

Just Trios presents Schubert’s Piano Trio in Bb, Op 99; Brahms’ Trio in A Minor Op 114 for Clarinet, Cello and Piano; and Khachaturian’s Trio in G Minor for Violin, Clarinet and Piano. A program of contrasts, the conventional piano trio format of violin, cello and piano in the Schubert piece sets the scene. This is a lively lyrical work – dancelike throughout, with a hint of yodelling. The Brahms is gorgeously romantic, with luscious sounds from all three instruments. Based on the music of Tbilisi, the Khachaturian trio, like the composer, is impulsive and passionate.

When: Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, at 2.30pm.

Where: Cooroy Memorial Hall, 23 Maple Street, Cooroy.

Entry: $10 students, $30 concession, $33 adults via Pacific Chamber Players.

Gig guide

Friday, September 1

  • Alexis & Suzie, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Marco, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Whisky Beats, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Killer Queen, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm
  • Kerri O’Keefe, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • Destiny’s Plan, Maroochy Surf Club, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 2

  • Black n Red, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Julian Homewood, Dance Art Etc Nambour, 6.30pm
  • Alex Millington, Old Soul, 8pm
  • Lior, Bankfoot House, 4pm
  • Sunshine Sounds Festival, Eumundi School of Arts, 11am
  • Callum Taylor, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Whiskey Highway, Alex Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • The 046, Sol Bar, 7pm
  • Blow ins, Kings Beach Tavern, 7.30pm
  • Tony Boyd, Maroochy Surf Club, 7.30pm

Sunday, September 3

  • Hot Pursuit, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • Sunshine Sounds Festival, Eumundi School of Arts, 11am
  • Garry Hudson, Alex Surf Club, 1pm
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