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The Maleny Music Festival presents music, performing arts and culture for all ages. The event, from November 10 to 12, offers a sense of community connection where the whole family can enjoy the friendly vibe of home-grown and international musicians and performers, workshops, market stalls, street theatre, licensed bars and more. Visit for one, two or three days and open yourself to trying new experiences. More info via Humanitix.

Touch-A-Truck and Big Wheels 

Bring the kids for a day of fun getting up close and personal with their favourite trucks and machinery to see how they work at the Touch-A-Truck and Big Wheels Festival at Nambour on November 11. There will be many different types of trucks and machinery, including a fire truck, dump trucks, diggers and bobcats. If you are looking for more entertainment, there will be kids’ sporting activities, face painting and food trucks. This event is raising money for SunnyKids. More info via TryBooking.

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The 5 O’Clock Froth 

This is pure stand-up comedy to froth about with a line-up of festival crushers ripping out short sets that you can slam down fast. Get in, grab your favourite brew and get set, because at Baringa on November 10 you’re about to find out how many laughs can be squeezed into a 60-minute show. More info via Oztix.

Stadium Cabaret 

Be a part of the second Stadium Cabaret on the Sunshine Coast. Miss Lady Saint Diva and Jordyn, accompanied by the mesmerising Burlesque L’Amour Showgirls, are poised to deliver a unique concoction of drag and cabaret – a delightful collision of two artistic realms, sprinkled with plenty of mischievous charm, at Bokarina on November 11. More info via Sunshine Coast Stadium

1954: Ella, Etta, Eartha

In 1954, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Eartha Kitt were at the height of their careers. Their swinging jazz, powerful soul and cheeky kitsch broke new ground. Melissa Western and her world-class band pay tribute to this era at Eudlo on November 12. More info via Humanitix.

The Comedy Cruise 

The Comedy Cruise with Mooloolaba Canal Cruises is a unique Sunshine Coast experience. Set sail from The Wharf at Mooloolaba on November 10 and enjoy an hour of cruising, drinks and sightseeing along the beautiful Mooloolah River and canals. Then the boat turns into a comedy club, with two comedians stepping up to the microphone. More info via Oztix.

Sounds of Celebration

Don’t miss the Sounds of Celebration 2023 concert at Coolum Beach on November 12. The always-popular musical event in Coolum Beach aims to raise money for St Vincent de Paul in the town to aid homelessness programs. Be entertained by Waves of Harmony, Stella Maris and Siena choirs and other special guest performers. Buy tickets at the door or online. More info via Eventbrite.

Music by the Bay

You don’t get much for free these days but KIRA (Kawana Island Residents Association) is building a healthier community and spreading a happy vibe on November 12 with Music by the Bay from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Enjoy a performance by Girl Friday and there will be a food truck and local restaurants open, a children’s playground, beach balls, chalk drawing and face painting. It’s at Double Bay Beach at Parrearra. For more details email info@oceanreach.com.au.

Red Hot Chilli Pepper Cooking Class 

Love spices but don’t know how to use them properly? Want to have a better understanding of spices? Want to become more adventurous in the kitchen with spices? Then you need to attend this fun-filled afternoon spice blending class combined with a cooking class, at Golden Beach on November 11. More info via Red Hot Chilli Pepper.

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The Blues Brothers Show 

Get ready because the Soul Men are “getting the band back together” and priming the Bluesmobile for their Briefcase Full of Blues Tour. Join Jake and Elwood and their hard-hitting 12-piece big band, complete with horns and backing singers, as they perform the most authentic Blues Brothers show in the country. The show at Kings Beach on November 11 pays homage to the music and characters of cult film The Blues Brothers, which has become one of the most well-received comedies of all time. More information via Oztix.

Weekend gig guide

Friday, November 10

  • Satsang, Banana Bender Pub, 5pm
  • AQAA, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • David Lee, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Michelle Brown, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • Shannon B, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Angela Easson, Coolum Surf Club, 8.30pm
  • Destinys Plan, Maroochy Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • DJ JD7, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm
  • DJ Mr Sparkle, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm

Saturday, November 11 

  • Junction Road, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Ricky the Rockstar, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Lex, Alex Surf Club, 4.30pm
  • Livewire Duo, Coolum Surf Club, 8.30pm
  • Bucker Brothers, Maroochy Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Dirty Dice, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm
  • Tommy Catz, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm

Sunday, November 12 

  • Hot Pursuit, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • Daryl James, Alex Surf Club, 1pm
  • Colin Dodds, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 2pm
  • Sam Hooker, Maroochy Surf Club, 2.30pm
  • Treva Scobie, Palmwoods Hotel, 2pm
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