AFTER moving to the sunny Gold Coast in 2015, the Australian Open has become a true festival of bowls, with 14 days of action played across the 15 host clubs. More than 2000 bowlers from across Australia, and indeed the world, are expected to attend again, with entry being completely open to any registered bowler.
Not only is the Australian Open the world's biggest bowls festival, it is also the richest bowls event in the world with a staggering total of more than $250,000 prizemoney. Competition days are from June 9-22 at 169 Surf Parade, Broadbeach.
For more information, go to australianopen. bowlsaustralia.com.au.
THEY'VE performed for US presidents and a long list of celebrities; they've wowed audiences at Carnegie Hall and the London Palladium.
Now it's Twin Towns' turn to welcome the music, magic and mesmerising voices of Ubuntu, a gifted group of singers and dancers who are a part of the world-renowned African Children's Choir.
In a show for all ages, Ubuntu's Make That Change tour comes to the Showroom on Saturday, June 16 at the special time of 4pm. Tickets $25; children under 14 $12. Phone 1800014014 or go to twintowns.com.au to book.
RAPIDLY becoming one of the Gold Coast's iconic community events, Yoga Day Festival is a fun, free celebration of the United Nations International Yoga Day.
Saturday, June 16 is a day we come together to honour all things yoga, while expressing our heartfelt gratitude for the light and joy that yoga brings to our personal lives and humanity at large. From 6am-2pm at Justin's Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads. Organised by the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga.
For more, go to the website asmy.org.au.
CELEBRATE the special 40th edition of the Gold Coast Marathon and run for the good times! The world-class international marathon is set to attract more than 27,000 participants in eight races including the Gold Coast Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Gold Coast Airport Fun Run and the Garmin 4km and 2km Junior Dash on June 30 and July 1 at Broadwater Parklands, Southport.
For details, go to the website goldcoast marathon.com.au.
THE TV Week Logie Awards (the Logies) are an annual event celebrating Australian television. Established in 1960, the Logies have been held predominantly in Melbourne, Victoria, with the Gold Coast now the event's new home. The awards ceremony includes national and international entertainment and is broadcast free to air on Channel 9.
Live voting for the 10 most popular awards - including the Gold Logie - will reopen on June 29 and will close following the red-carpet arrivals on Sunday, July 1, at The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach. Go to tvweeklogieawards. com.au for further information.
BOOTS & BLUES
ROOTS, Boots & Blues is a free exciting new festival happening at the Broadwater Parklands on Saturday, July 14. It is a free family event including six hours of international and local musical artists, dance, international foods, rides, games and song contest. From 10am-4pm, at Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport. Details on the website.
IF YOU'RE someone who often has plans to wake up early on the weekend to browse your local farmers' market but never actually makes it, the Currumbin Community Markets could be right up your alley. Held every Thursday from 6-11am, the markets give locals the opportunity to buy fresh, seasonal produce direct from local farmers without having to deal with weekend leisure crowds. The Currumbin Community Markets are held across from the Currumbin RSL.