SEE what's on in in the Gold Coast to enjoy these coming months.
ROCK 'n' roll legends will take centre stage when VIVA Surfers Paradise returns in July for 10 days of free live entertainment to celebrate the legacy of the greatest music visionaries including feature shows by some of the world's best tribute artists. The annual event will see more than 60,000 music fans come together. In 2018 crowd favourites will feature again, including the renewal of vows ceremony officiated by Dean Vegas, and the car show 'n' shine. The event takes place from July 13-22. Entry is free, with limited premium seating also available to book. Go to surfersparadise.com.
COME and celebrate the best of French culture for the French national day party. Organised by Voila Events GC in partnership with Bonjour French festival, the Bastille Day dinner and show will be sizzling. features opera, theatre and dancing, the fun night of culture and best food takes place at the Italo-Australian Club, 18 Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters, on July 14 from 6.30-11.30pm. Cost is $79 includes buffet and a photo. French yourself up for the night in blue, white and red. Berets on sale at the venue. Go to bonjourfrenchfestival. com.au.
BOOTS & BLUES
ROOTS, Boots & Blues is a free exciting new festival happening at the Broadwater Parklands on Saturday, July 14. Acts include 8 Ball Aitken, Lecia Louise, Oz Latin Brothers, Sunsoakers, Mozaic and other blues/roots acts. It is a free family event including six hours of international and local musical artists, dance, international foods, rides, games and song contest. There will be free show bags for kids aged 12 and under for a limited time. From 10am-4pm at Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport. Organisers also have a blues song contest for anyone willing to take part. See the website for details.
THE Gold Coast Pet and Animal Expo returns on July 14 and 15, 9am-4pm both days, to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre to provide animal lovers with a great opportunity to celebrate all our furry, scaled and feathered friends. More than 20,000 people attended the expo last year and now, in its 16th year, the event will be bigger and better than ever. Animal lovers will find more than 70 exhibitors, incredible live entertainment featuring animal demonstrations, product giveaways and discounts, and hundreds of animals. Entry from $5, concession $8. Go to gccec.com.au/ gold-coast-pet-and- animal-expo-2018.
AROUND THE WORLD
HOTA and Hit Productions present Around The World in 80 Days, an epic, funny, madcap adaptation of the classic novel by Jules Verne. The story opens in 1872 with a sinister robbery taking place. Our hero Phileas Fogg unexpectedly places a wager of 20,000 pounds with fellow members of a London gentlemen's club that he can travel the world in a mere 80 days, and he suddenly leaves the country. You'll have to see the show to find out what happens next. Performances are on July 20 and 21, from 7.30pm to 9pm at HOTA, Home of the Arts - Arts Theatre, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. Cost $48, senior $42. Go to hota.com.au.
THE Eagels Band is a stunningly accurate tribute to Southern California's most famous musical group. Six talented musicians each bring their own style and flair to the group. The Eagels Band is intent on delivering a near replica of a live Eagles performance that is so precise, so intense, so unbelievable, it comes frighteningly close to the originals themselves. One of the most successful bands of the '70s, The Eagles enjoyed massive worldwide success. Even today, the concert DVD Hell Freezes Over is still the best-selling DVD ever. The Eagels Band will perform on July 21, from 8-11pm, at RSL Club Southport, 36 Scarborough Street, Southport. Go to rslclubsouthport.com.au.
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 alleyarareare held every Thursday from 6-11am, the markets give locals the opportunity to buy fresh, seasonal produce food direct from local farmers. without having to deal with weekend leisure crowds. The produce must be grown, raised, or caught by the individual farmer or the farmer has a direct link to the produce and can identify exactly where it comes from. The Currumbin Community Markets are held directly across from the Currumbin RSL at 164 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin. Details on the website.
GOLD Coast Fashion Week is dedicated to creating the most innovative four days of entertainment, world-class runways and opportunities for both established and emerging designers using some of the country's most spectacular location backdrops. With the spectacular Gold Coast coastline, landmark icons and premium venues as our backdrop,The GCFW18 will mark the first of what will become an annual event. The event takes place from July 26-29 at various locations. Entrance free up to $150 for a glam red carpet event. Visit gcfw18.com.au.
TREE Day is an opportunity for you to do something positive for your community and the environment by reconnecting with nature. National Tree Day started in 1996 and since then more than 3.8 million people have planted 24 million trees and plants and it's still growing. Play a part and join us for National Tree Day on July 29, from 9-10.30am at Regatta Waters Park, Graywillow Blvd, Oxenford, and help plant 3000 native trees along the Coomera River. The event is family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Go to cityofgoldcoast.com.au/ naturallygc.
THIS year will be the 11th year of the annual Gold Coast Multicultural Festival, an event that the whole family can enjoy. The festival provides an unprecedented display of culture including international music, dance, drumming, instrumentals, art and craft, food and cultural information, with up to 65 stalls. The free event also serves to promote greater awareness and participation in cultural activities, as well as understanding and respect between different cultural groups. It takes place on August 12, 10am-4pm, at Southport Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport. Go to queenslandcultural events.org.