Top 10 events on the Gold Coast to wow your month
1. 2017 SAND SAFARI ARTS FESTIVAL
Until February 26: The festival takes centre stage on the sands and streets of Surfers Paradise. The popular free event draws thousands of spectators to admire intricately carved life-sized masterpieces inspired by the theme Mermaids and Mythical Creatures. The awe-inspiring creations are each carved from 10 tonnes of sand. With so much on offer, families can choose to stay at one of the region's many quality accommodation options, taking advantage of convenient public transport to Sand Safari, or parking is available at Bruce Bishop carpark, located just 500m from the beach. Details: Surfers Paradise Alliance on 07 5584 3700.
2. SIGNS OF THE TIME
Unitl April 9: Works by world-renowned urban artists Banksy and Bambi feature in the Signs of the Time street art exhibition developed by Gold Coast City Gallery. Signs of the Time brings a major collection of street art exclusively to the Gold Coast including international, national and local urban artists from the collection of Ken McGregor and commissioned work by Gold Coast City Gallery. Signs of the Time is a free exhibition at Gold Coast City Gallery, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast.
3. REACH FOR THE STARS, EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE GALA DINNER
Saturday, February 18: Join Perry Cross for a spectacular evening Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach, from 6.30pm. Help Perry on his mission to find a cure for paralysis with proceeds from the night going to The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation. Assist in finding a cure in style with canapés on arrival, a three-course meal, beverage package, charity auction, raffle and entertainment. Hosted by Ben Ikin and Emily Jade O'keefe, the night will feature special guest Triple J Unearthed band The Smashed Crabs to keep you entertained. Cost $200. Details: Email email@example.com or phone: 0457 277 579.
4. CUPID'S UNDIE RUN ON THE GOLD COAST
Sunday, February 19: Make a date for a cure this Valentine's Day weekend at Cupid's Undie Run on the Gold Coast - where a little crazy meets a lot of charity. The run is a national charity event organised by Children's Tumour Foundation that aims to raise awareness and funds for research into eurofibromatosis (NF), which is a genetic condition that affects one in every 3000 people. Join us for a party at Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club, cnr Goodwin Terrace and Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, starting at midday with a fun 1.5km beach run at 2pm. Cost is $45. Details: Children's Tumour Foundation 0408 546 642.
5. GOLD COAST DESIGNER AND VINTAGE MARKETS
Sunday, February 26: The Gold Coast Designer and Vintage Market is now on the fourth Sunday of each month at Coolangatta State School, cnr Miles and Stapleton Sts, from 9am to 2pm. Sixty-plus vendors, live music, gourmet street eats, surf and men's wear, designer labels. Details firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY BREAKFAST
Wednesday, March 8: Gold Coast International Women's Day breakfast at Sofitel Broadbeach, 81 Surf Parade, from 6.40am to 9am. General tickets $60. Join us for the city's IWD Celebration Breakfast and hear from a panel of empire drivers, innovators, achievers and young leaders. Meet other women from across the city and enjoy the brilliant start to this internationally recognised day. Details: Gold Coast Women in Business, 07 5538 3644.
7. WOMEN AT WORK INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION LUNCH
Wednesday, March 8: Women at Work International presents the 23rd IWD Inspirational Celebration and Leadership Award Presentation Lunch to recognise and celebrate the achievement of women business and community leaders as women from all walks of life and endeavour come together to share stories and friendship. The 2017 annual lunch presents the inspiring speaker, media personality Kerri-Anne Kennerley. At the Paradise Showroom, Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, from 12.30pm. Cost $129. Details: theartscentregc.com.au.
8. MASTERS SWIMMING AUSTRALIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 8-11: The 2017 is on at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Marine Parade, Southport. The National Championships 2017 swimming event will be held in the 50m competition pool with the diving pool for warm-up. The local Southport Swim Club will provide an all-day barbecue. Entries close Friday, February 17. Details: Rachael Keogh, email@example.com.
9. GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL
Friday, March 10: The festival presents Flickerfest - The Home Of Great Short Film. Flickerfest Short Film Festival returns to the Arts Centre Gold Coast with the Best Of Australian Shorts program. This is a one-off chance to see these amazing short films before they continue their journey around the world; expect to experience the best in short film making Australia has on offer. Adult $15, concession $13. Details: Arts Theatre, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. GOLD COAST INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW & MARINE EXPO
March 17-19: The expo is a family-friendly event for boat lovers and enthusiasts attracting hundreds of major marine brands and exhibitors. Staged in Coomera at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct, this marine showcase features more than 600 boats on display from luxury yachts to lightweight tenders, jet skis and kayaks to engines, boating accessories and a huge array of equipment. The boat show also offers live educational events and interactive demonstrations, factory tours and live entertainment. From 9am to 4pm. Cost adults $15, children under 12 free. Details: Emma Brown, email@example.com.