What's on: Gold Coast
WE'VE not exactly had a cold winter, but you can enjoy the spring weather on a guided tour through some beautiful areas of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens at Benowa this Wednesday, September 11. Find out about the diverse past and the living collections of this special 31 hectares with the Friends of the Gardens. It's free. Meet at the Friends Centre at 10am.
Phone Shelly on 0449 561 674. To find out more, go to friendsgcrbg.org.au.
GOLD Coast Little Theatre presents The Addams Family musical until September 28. Princess of darkness Wednesday Addams (Chloe Smith) has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family and the Addams are hosting a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents. Director Jay Ahrens says he wanted to direct the musical "because of its high energy, fantastic score and iconic characters". It's at GCLT, 21A Scarborough St, Southport.
Tickets ($34 adults) go to gclt.com.au or phone 07 5532 2096.
THIS year's 17th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival runs along the Currumbin Beach from Friday, September 13-Sunday, September 22. For 10 days you can wander among the distinctive and thought-provoking works of Australian and international artists in one of the best settings in the world. Busy during the day? Enjoy guided twilight walks and artist talks.
To find out more, phone 07 5525 0503 or go to swellsculpture.com.au.
BILLY JOEL AND KASEY CHAMBERS
BILLY Joel - My Life celebrates the Piano Man's 70th Birthday at RSL Club Southport on Saturday, September 14, with Kasey Chambers celebrating the 20th anniversary of her ground-breaking album The Captain on September 21. Anthony Mara stars as Billy Joel, and the show includes a live band, stories about Billy Joel's life and audio visual footage. Kasey has re-formed her band and will play hits from The Captain plus a best-of set.
Go to rslclubsouthport.com.au for details or phone 07 5552 4200.
BIG RED KIDNEY WALK
SHOW solidarity for people living with kidney disease and their families at the Big Red Kidney Walk in Pratten Park Broadbeach on Sunday, September 15. "Everyone" wears red and some really dress up for the occasion. Registration fees pay for the cost of staging the event, so you will be given a special fundraising page that is unique to you for your 1-3km walk. There's a real buzz, including live music and entertainment, plus food vendors. You can even bring your dog.
For details go to bigredkidneywalk.org.au or phone 1800 454 363.
ORCHID SPRING SHOW
THE Gold Coast District Orchid Society will hold its 2019 Spring Show at the Albert Waterways Community Centre, Mermaid Waters, on Friday, September 20 (8am-4.30pm) and Saturday, September 21 (8am-3pm). This is a judged orchid and foliage show, with traders selling orchids, bromeliads, cactus, succulents and accessories. There will be a members' plant sale table and potting demonstrations. Cost is $4.
Phone Lewis on 0408 686 725 or find them on Facebook.
PINK RIBBON CUP RACEDAY
AUSTRALIA'S largest community fundraiser race day celebrates its 12th year at the Gold Coast Turf Club, Bundall. Gold coin donation only at the main gate for people wearing pink. Birkbecks Jewellers Pink Ribbon Cup Raceday is supported by the GCTC and raises funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It's on Saturday, September 21 from 10am-5.30pm.
IT'S A first, and Palmy Fest invites families to celebrate all things Palm Beach from 10.30am-5pm on Sunday, September 22 for absolutely no cost. Held in Rotary Park, Palm Beach (near Salk Oval) there will be live music on the main stage, so grab a blanket and enjoy. There will also be market stalls, food and kids' entertainment.
BOOKS BY THE BRIDGE
Books by the Bridge is a world-wide author event, and the Gold Coast venue is the Ocean Room at Sea World Resort on Saturday, September 28.
It will showcase 45 Australian authors and run from 11am-5pm. For the full list of authors and to book tickets ($32.74) go to booksbythebridge. com.
Oktoberfest on the Coast is launching this year on Saturday, October 5. It's advertised as a multicultural festival that will allow you to experience traditional German culture in our very own backyard - well, the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (2018 Commonwealth Games venue). Strictly for over-18s, it will celebrate the music, food, beers and most of all, the fun and games of Germany, including multiple stages and a strong-man competition.