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Australia Zoo

Get ready for an unforgettable spring adventure at Australia Zoo. Meet the adorable new quokkas in their never-before-seen habitat. Prepare to be overwhelmed by their extreme cuteness. Meet the new arrivals in their zoo-wide Springo Bingo adventure trail. Bounce, jump and hop your way through the extreme inflatable obstacle course.

When: Saturday, September 16, to Sunday, October 8.

Where: Australia Zoo, 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah.

Entry: Prices vary, visit Australia Zoo.

The Addams Family

Meet the quirky and macabre Addams family. Daughter Wednesday wants to marry a ‘normal’ boy from a ‘normal’ family, creating turmoil for his family, the Beinekes, and the Addams family. The two families meet over a dramatic and comical dinner at the Addams family home. Ghastly, ghostly and hilarious, this musical will entertain you with its energy and spooky special effects. This is a special preview show with discounted tickets, so get in fast before they sell out. A number of shows will be held in October.

When: Wednesday, September 27, 7.30pm.

Where: The Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company, Theatre 3, Piringa Street, Wurtulla.

Entry: $30 via TryBooking.

Picture: Shutterstock

Taste of India Cooking Class 

Spend a fun morning learning about various cuisines from India. In particular, learn about the herbs and spices used in each cuisine. The classes are hands on, and participants cook in pairs. Bring a friend with you or meet a new one to cook with on the day. Then, sit down and relax with a complimentary drink over lunch, eating the food that you have prepared and cooked throughout the morning.

When: Saturday, September 16, 9.30am to 1.30pm.

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

Entry: $130 to $140 via Red Hot Chilli Pepper.

Sunshine Coast Expo 

Explore the best in camper trailers, caravans, boating and 4×4 accessories, all in one convenient location. Discover new holiday destinations, and watch experts demonstrate first-rate outdoor accessories.

When: Friday, September 22, to Sunday, September, 24, 8.30am.

Where: 31 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina.

Entry: $20 to $25, under-16s free, via Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Luke Kidgell

After his sold-out, international Cheers To That! tour, comedian Luke Kidgell is back on the road with his new show, Happy Hour. Kidgell has amassed more than three million fans online for his viral stand-up videos, often showcasing outrageous and quick-witted crowd interactions. He is known for co-hosting the Luke and Meg Podcast and for his comedy specials on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

When: Friday, September 22, 6pm.

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

Entry: $55 via The Events Centre.

Twelfth Night 

This tale tells the story of Viola, a young woman who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess and falls hard for a duke. All is not what it seems in this tale of mistaken identity, loss, love, passion and pranks. One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies comes bursting to life in this stylish 1980s-inspired production, full of wit, wickedness and wonder.

When: Friday, September 15, to Saturday, September 23, at multiple times.

Where: The Lind Theatre, 16 Mitchell Street, Nambour.

Entry: $18 to $25 via LindLane.

When Smoke Meets Spice

Join The Tamarind’s executive chef Dan Jarrett and the Primal Iron BBQ Team for a lunch event that blends Eastern flavours with an American barbecue. Enjoy arrival drinks supplied by Brouhaha Brewery in the garden. See the smoker in action and chat to the chefs to learn the secrets of low and slow barbecue before moving inside for a banquet-style lunch.

When: Sunday, September 17, noon-4pm.

Where: Spicers Retreats, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny.

Entry: $179 via Spicers Retreats.

Wendy Matthews

As an artist, Wendy Matthews has an expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it. Her music is an unhurried journey of clean melodies, infectious energy and simple grace. In an age where uber-production techniques are thought to be hip, and cynicism an attribute, Wendy has proven that commitment to beauty is still not only valid but applauded by the public ear. With an immense talent and capacity to capture and define a diverse range of styles in her music, she takes songs from every genre and makes them her own.

When: Friday, September 15, 7.30pm to 9.45pm.

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

Entry: $69.90 via The Events Centre.

Weekend gig guide

Friday, September 15 

  • Ben Ottewell and Ian Ball, Eumundi Brewery, 7.30pm
  • Rory Lowe, Solbar, 8pm
  • Blazing Grace, Caloundra RSL, 9pm
  • Dave Ritter Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Tony Casley, Coolum Surf Club, 8.30pm
  • Marco, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • Kahl, Maroochy Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Flute Salad, Grounded Mooloolaba, 5pm

Saturday, September 16 

  • Mell Hall, Old Soul, 8pm
  • Nathan Cavaleri, Eumundi Brewery, 7.30pm
  • Festuri, Cotton Tree, 10am
  • Neil Diamond Tribute, The Events Centre, Caloundra, 8pm
  • Buttermello, Solbar, 7pm
  • Chris Timms, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Chi Chi, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • Fonix, Alex Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Liam Griffin, Coolum Surf Club, 8.30pm
  • Ted Watson, Maroochy Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Rock Stella Project, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm
  • Undercover Blonde, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm

Sunday, September 17 

  • Hans, The Events Centre Caloundra, 7pm
  • 80’s Recall, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Flute Salad, Florentina’s Trattoria Mudjimba, 12.30pm

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