IN BLOOM: Botanical Bazaar includes green exhibitors, plant sellers plus a range of celebrity gardener talks and demonstrations at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang on Sunday, August 4.
IN BLOOM: Botanical Bazaar includes green exhibitors, plant sellers plus a range of celebrity gardener talks and demonstrations at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang on Sunday, August 4.

What's on: Gold Coast


MADE in the 80s is described as a tribute to the decade of decadence - of big hair, leg warmers, fluoro, when big bands ruled MTV.

In the history of modern music there has not been a more diverse decade, from punk to Glam rock, Electro Pop and dance to straight up raw anthem rock.

You all remember the big names and tunes, and from 5-10pm on Friday, July 12, you can relive all the fun in this three-hour show performed by Made In the 80s, a six-piece band featuring five lead vocalists, at BBQ Bazaar, 18 Junction Rd, Burleigh Heads.

For tickets at $10-$15, go to,, or at the gate.


GOLD Coast City Council is holding a Celebrate GC 60th birthday party with music, food and fireworks at Broadwater Parklands, Southport on Saturday, July 13. The line-up is, of course, all Gold Coast stars, including Amy Shark and The Lamplights. It's free from 3-7pm.

Go to or phone 07 5581 5286.


ON THE second Sunday of each month the Rotary Club of Currumbin Coolangatta Tweed Inc holds a car boot sale at Burleigh's Stocklands Shopping Centre. You don't need to reserve a spot, just arrive on the day from 4-5am for set-up. Pack-up begins at 10am and all stall holders must be off the ground by 10.30am. Luckily, if you want to take part, there's a barbecue stall for your breakfast.

Stalls cost $20 for two car spaces (one for the car and one for your stall/table) and insurance and don't forget your small change for customers.

Phone 0421 576 816.


ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival's Jazz Under the Stars is a chance to enjoy a live performance showcase from some of Australia and New Zealand's most talented young musicians at one of the Gold Coast's best beachfront venues, Kurrawa Park. It's on Friday, July 19 from 5.30-9pm. It's first in best dressed for your picnic blankets or chairs. Then, ASPIRE's Gala Finale Concert is presented at The Star from 3-5.30pm on Saturday, July 20. See winning classical ensembles from the four-day festival compete for the John Curro Overall Best Performance and Audience Choice Awards. This is a not-for-profit event.

Adult tickets are $10 via Ticketek (with a transaction fee of $7.05), $12 at the door, or phone The Star box office on 07 5592 8303 (no transaction fee).

Go to aspiremusic


CHECK out the Quota International Tweed Heads/Coolangatta Craft Fair from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. There are hundreds of stalls displaying and selling everything you can think of, including woodcraft, applique, tatting, jewellery, embroidery, leather, clothes, glass art, knits, crochet and quilting. A canteen is available. It's at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, corner of Wharf and Brett Sts and cost is just $5 for adults.

Phone 0413 328 552 for details or go to Facebook.


SUNSETS by Sanctuary Cove is a new festival of food, wine, beer and music on the weekend of July 27-28. It will run from 2-8pm at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove, with tickets $20 Sunday, $15 Saturday and $30 for a weekend pass. That includes entry, your official Sunsets glass, tasting guide, entertainment, and access wines, beers and ciders from Australia and New Zealand's leading producers. Entertainment is headed by Ash Grunwald on the Saturday and Russell Morris on Sunday. A cashless event, so bring your credit card.

Phone 07 5577 6011 or go to sunsetsby


THE Original Gold Coast Swap Meet includes veteran, vintage and classic cars and parts, automobilia, memorabilia, model cars, antiques, collectables, and Australiana. It's from 6am-12pm on Sunday, July 21 at Mudgeeraba Showground. Cost is just $5.

Contact Colin Hayes from Gold Coast Antique Auto Club on 0409 825 913 or go to


THE Darren Smith Classic is heading back to the open road on Sunday, July 28 with an undulating 12.2km circuit around Hinze Dam's service roads. The race has been run by Gold Coast Cycling Club for the past 26 years in memory of Olympic cyclist Darren Smith, killed in a cycling accident in 1992. Entries close midnight July 21 and cost $60-$80, depending on division. All race divisions are limited to 70 riders. Convoy drivers and course marshals are also needed.

Email race director Chris Thompson, or phone 0408 092 592.


BOTANICAL Bazaar includes a huge number of green exhibitors, plant sellers plus celebrity gardener talks and demonstrations. Guests include Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis and Stephen Ryan. Learn how to grow your own food, urban gardening and composting, permaculture techniques and sustainable living concepts. Located at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang, this is an all-weather event set in community gardens, with live music by Leopold's Treat and delicious food. It is presented by Rotary Gold Coast and runs 9am-4pm on Sunday, August 4. Adult cost is $15.

Phone 0406 007 583 or go to

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