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Six Gold Coast Festivals you don’t want to miss

Natalie O’Driscoll | July 2019

Packed to the brim with sunny days, a thriving food scene, famous brews and a bevy of nationally acclaimed musical artists, Gold Coast makes the perfect home for all kinds of festivals.

And fortunately for its fun-seeking residents and guests, the thriving festival culture of the Gold Coast means that every season, year round, is packed with opportunities to enjoy and celebrate all that our wonderful city has to offer. The first half of the year saw crowds descend across the Gold Coast for popular events such as the Gold Coast Film Festival, Bleach* Festival, Surfers Paradise LIVE, Blues on Broadbeach and more.

But the year isn’t over yet. Here are a few of our Gold Coast festival favourites yet to come in 2019.

VIVA Surfers Paradise | 12-21 July | FREE + tiered price tickets

VIVA Surfers Paradise celebrates the music of legends, over ten superb days of live entertainment each July. The ultimate in tribute festivals, VIVA brings the show-stopping tunes of Elvis, The Beatles, Queen and many more to music lovers in spectacular live performances that light up the Cavill Mall and sun-drenched Surfers Paradise foreshore.

VIVA Street Parade, a carnival-style street party featuring performers, classic cars and floats will proceed through the streets of Surfers Paradise for the second year in a row, while Car Show ‘N’ Shine will certainly rev the engines of vintage car lovers.

Couples can even renew their wedding vows with Gold Coast’s very own Elvis marriage celebrant. There’ll be no crying in the chapel at this one!

Groundwater Country Music Festival | 26-28 July | FREE

Groundwater Country Music Festival is not only Australia’s fastest growing music festival, but it is also fresh off the back of an elevation to ‘major status’ by Tourism and Events Queensland for its contribution to Gold Coast tourism. It is fitting that its Festival Director Mark Duckworth (who also runs Blues on Broadbeach) was also recognised earlier in the year with a Cultural Achievement Award. +

Groundwater 2019 is bringing more country royalty to our golden shores with Lee Kernaghan, The Wolfe Brothers, Beccy Cole, Davisson Brothers Bands, Fanny Lumsden, Adam Eckersley Band and many more all set to have a howling good time in Broadbeach over the last weekend in July. Saddle up partners.

Crafted Beer and Cider Festival | 7 September | $39.80

With many award-winning craft breweries calling the Gold Coast home, is there a more perfect spot to hold a festival that celebrates all things beer and cider?

Crafted Beer and Cider Festival does exactly that, taking over Kurrawa Park each year with an extensive range of tipples on offer – over 200 at last count – tasting paddles for the indecisive folks, the naughtiest food trucks to satisfy those nibblies, and of course, an entire day and evening of rocking live tunes and DJ sets. Oh, and apparently beer yoga is a thing. Get amongst it, Gold Coast.

SWELL Sculpture Festival | 13-22 September | FREE

Art and ocean combine in SWELL Sculpture Festival, Gold Coast’s only outdoor sculpture festival held each September along the Currumbin beach and foreshore.

SWELL Sculpture Festival has been running for 16 years and has grown into a beloved celebration of all things innovative, gobsmacking, heart-wrenching and downright strange, offering national media coverage and impressive cash prizes.

Bring the family for a day of sunshine, art and music that will not soon be forgotten. And icecream. Lots of icecream.

Palmy Fest | 22 September | FREE

People who live in the blossoming southern suburb of Palm Beach know that it’s home to a unique sense of community spirit. And the good people of Palmy also know that one of the best ways to celebrate said community spirit is through a day of joyous festivities.

Palmy Fest is a free, family friendly outdoor event that brings folks together in the popular southern hub for all manner of hi jinks including buskers, rides, market stalls, scrumptious food, and live music. Families are well catered for also with an animal farm, pony rides, face painting, craft activities, roving performers and much more. So don’t forget the kidlets when you’re racing out the door.

Buskers By The Creek | 18-20 October | FREE-ish

What do watermelon-wielding jugglers, dancing poodles and human scarecrows have in common? They’re all on the wish list of Buskers by the Creek organisers, who are on a mission to make the Currumbin Creek festival the weirdest and wackiest in its six-year history.

Already renowned for its fabulously talented buskers, highly Instagrammable staging areas, picturesque setting, and the entertaining antics of its jaw-dropping performers, Buskers By The Creek looks set to outdo itself yet again in 2019.

Just make sure you bring some change for the performers, because that’s their payment for the day!

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