What's On: Sunshine Coast
THE Imperial Russian Ballet Company is at the Caloundra Events Centre on October 10 to perform Swan Lake, the most loved classical ballet of them all. Swan Lake crosses the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia. Info: eventfinda.com.au/2019/swan-lake-imperial-russian-ballet-company/sunshine-coast/caloundra.
Spring Open Garden and Plant Stall
Visit a country garden in Spring at The Shambles on October 5-6. There will be a rare and interesting plant stall and a collectables stall. Refreshments will also be available. While at the scenic Blackall Range visit the tourist villages of Montville and Mapleton or enjoy the great walk through the Kondalilla National Park. The garden at The Shambles has opened to the public since 2001 and has raised thousands of dollars for charity. Tickets $6. Info: montvillegarden.com
On from October 12-27, this year's Floating Land will have a presence from the serene shores of Lake Cootharaba at Boreen Point to the rocky outcrops of Noosa National Park and several spaces in between. Visitors will be able to experience thoughtful, challenging and environmentally aware works that engage sensitively with these special and spectacular spaces. Floating Land and Noosa Regional Gallery are working on this artistic project with contemporary artist Brook Andrew to be realised in collaboration with artists from across the Sunshine Coast and beyond. Info: noosaregionalgallery.com.au/floatingland.
Caloundra Music Festival
THE Beach and surrounds will come alive during October 4-7 to the sounds of a diverse line-up of entertainment featuring the best of the Australian music industry as well as incredible international artists. Visitors enjoy world-class music, food, arts and local culture and to showcase the natural beauty, creative talents and unique character of the Coast. This not for profit family-friendly community event celebrates the environment, cultural achievements and community pride of the Caloundra area. Tickets: caloundramusicfestival.com.
MARY Cairncross Reserve is hosting the Holmes Art Prize for Realistic Australian Bird Art exhibition at 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny, until October 13. It showcases two-dimensional realistic bird art, with entries depicting a range of birdlife scenes. Six Coast artists are finalists including Michaelah Baburin of Yandina, Peta Boyce of Mooloolah Valley, David Hardy of Kawana, Gail Higgins of Glasshouse, Bernardine Hine of Caloundra and Katherine Savage of Coolum. Entry is free. Info: friendsofthegallery.com.au.
SUNDAY October 13 will be filled with music, fun, food and friendship at the annual Welsh Society Festival Music, on at the Uniting Church in Queen Street Caloundra from 1.30-4.30pm. The program includes the Buderim Men's Choir, tenor and harpist Kim Kirkman, soprano Elisabeth Gaedtke, heritage harpsichordist Janet Brewer and stirring Welsh hymns, welsh-inspired music, unique baroque instrumentals, and this year's special event, a Welsh language 'interjectonarie'.Tickets $15. Info: welshsunshinecoast.com.
THE Sunshine Coast's annual free community weekend event to unlock the region's most historic and architecturally significant buildings, Sunshine Coast Open House, is on October 19-20. It provides visitors the rare opportunity to tour 30 architecturally diverse, contemporary, sustainable and historic buildings from Caloundra, Maroochydore and Nambour to the Hinterland, Peregian, Noosa and Pomona. Anyone wanting to volunteer or learn more the event, go sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au.
Noosa Arts & Crafts Spring Exhibition
THE annual exhibition will showcase the current works of some of Noosa's talented professional, emerging and hobbyist creatives. Held at Wallace House in Wallace Drive, adjacent to the Noosaville Library, the exhibition will be open October 4-11, 9.30am-3.30pm daily. The public are welcome to attend the Opening; drinks and nibbles will be provided. If you are looking for that unique piece for your home or work, some of the works displayed will be for sale. Info: noosartsandcrafts.org.au.
Kris Kristofferson And The Strangers
THREE times Grammy winner, actor, storyteller and country music superstar Kris Kristofferson and his band The Strangers will be performing at the Caloundra Event Centre on October 6. Having accomplished more in his lifetime than most performers dream of, Kristofferson has recorded over 30 albums and written some of the greatest songs of all time. Music fans will not want to miss the opportunity to see the original A Star Is Born legend and Country Music Hall member perform hits from the Kristofferson songbook. Info: theeventscentre.com.au/product/kris-kristofferson-and-the-strangers.
Guys and Dolls
GAMBLERS and gangsters, sassy showgirls and strait-laced missionaries fall in love and out of luck in Little Seed's latest production of Guys and Dolls. It's conquered the bright lights of Broadway in 1951 with timeless tunes like Luck Be a Lady, Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat and A Bushel and a Peck. Little Seed's production is on at The J Noosa on October 4-5 at 2pm and 6.30pm. Tickets are $38.50 for adults and $33.50 for concessions. Book online at thej.com.au/guys-dolls
Opera in the Castle
BLI BLI Castle is transformed by The Underground Opera Company on October 25-27. Sensational music is created by world-class performers, accompanied by an incomparable pianist, while guests are taken on a journey through each opera piece by a charismatic MC. The programme features a concert of popular opera, with arias such as Nessun Dorma from Turandot, duets from Lakme and The Pearl Fishers, with ensemble pieces from Nabucco, Rigoletto; the list goes on. Concerts include canapés served at interval and discounts are available for groups of eight or more and seniors. This venue is wheelchair accessible. Tickets and info: undergroundopera.com.au/product-category/tickets.
The Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show
HEAD to Brisbane on October 25th-27th for the annual Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show where you can spend a day discovering new foods, new wines and latest products. Learn new recipe ideas from some of Australia's best chefs and restaurateurs on stage, learn more about your favourite tipple at one of our many masterclasses, participate in free wine tasting classes at the Riedel Drinks Lab or perfectly match your wine in Wine Selectors' Cellar Door Sessions. On at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, the full program and tickets available from goodfoodshow.com.au/brisbane/whats-on.
Andrew O'Keefe Shouts Johnny O'Keefe
THE sounds of Johnny O'Keefe return in Andew O'Keefe's show, on at the Caloundra's Events Centre on November 1. O'Keefe intertwines his own experiences with legendary stories of The Wild One, and takes audiences on a very personal journey through JOK's twenty-five year career, belting out classics like Wild One, Sing Sing Sing and Shout with an intensity topped only by Johnny himself. His narrative, which includes personal family insights, gives Australia a never before heard or seen a glimpse of what it was like to grow up with the king. Tickets and info: theeventscentre.com.au.