Major Events on the Gold Coast 2020

A list of major events on the Gold Coast for 2020. The Gold Coast is home to many of Queensland’s major events, these include:

  • The Gold Coast 600 – Held in October this is one of the biggest events in Queensland attracting a crowd of around 300,000 + fans.
  • The Magic Millions Horse Racing Carnival – Taking place in January and attracting spectators and buyers from around the globe to a week of horse sales, racing, and events.
  • Gold Coast Airport Marathon – In July around 12,000 competitors hit the pavement each year.
  • Sanctuary Cove Boat Show – Growing every year and attracting visitors from all over the globe the Boat Show is held over four days in May.



Surfers Paradise New Year’s Eve Carnival

Date: from Dec 27 2019 – Jan 1, 2020
Location: Surfers Paradise beachfront

Starting with a bang from Friday December 27, from 3:00-10pm daily and until midnight on New Year’s Eve. The Surfers Paradise Carnival offers family-friendly activities and carnival rides including rock-climbing walls, cup and saucer, and pirate ship rides. Culminating on NYE with fireworks at 8:00 pm and midnight.

Bartercard Sail Paradise & Pittwater to Paradise race

Date: from January 6 – 9, 2020
Location: Surfers Paradise beachfront

The Pittwater to Paradise race begins in Sydney and finishes at Main Beach, at the same time the Bartercard Sail Paradise features racing events of the Gold Coast for four-days. of racing from January 6 to 9. More info:

2020 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival

Date: from January 4 – 14, 2020
Location: Aquis Park (and other locations)

Highlights include Aquis Raceday on the 4th January, the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo on Sunday 5 January, The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Barrier Draw on Tuesday 7 January, horse sales from Wednesday 8 January onwards, and the 2020 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday on the 11th of January. More info


Eurovision – Australia Decides – Gold Coast 2020

Date: 7 – 8 February 2020
Location: GCCEC

Hosted by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst, Australia chooses its entrant for Eurovision 2020. More info

Sand Safari Arts Festival 2020

Date: 14 February – 1 March 2020

Surfers Paradise beach is transformed into an amazing 3d gallery of sand sculptures as artists compete in the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships. More info


Corona Gold Coast Pro

Date: 26 March – 5 April 2020
Location: Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta

More info


Gold Coast Triathlon

Date: 5 April 2020
Location: Southport

The Gold Coast Tri – Luke Harrop Memorial. More info

Gold Coast Film Festival

Date: 15 – 26 April 2020
Location: various

The 18th annual Gold Coast Film Festival will feature 100+ films, panels, parties and events at 13 locations from Coomera in the north to Coolangatta in the south. The full program of films, panels and events will go on sale in March, 2020. More info

The Australian Surf Life Saving Masters and Open Championships

Date: 20 – 26 April 2020
Location: Broadbeach SLSC and North Burleigh SLSC

The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is an annual event where members from Australia’s 314 Surf Clubs come together to compete in more than 400 beach and ocean events. More info

Surfers Paradise Live

Date: 30 April – 3 May 2020

Surfers Paradise LIVE is an award-winning four-day music festival held on the unique beachfront that is Surfers Paradise. 2019 headliners included The Living End, Jebediah, Reece Mastin, Hoodoo Gurus, Daryl Braithwaite, Thirsty Merc, The Screaming Jets, Chocolate Starfish, Boom Crash Opera, Bachelor Girl, Casey Barnes, San Mei and Peach Fur. More info


Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Date: 14 – 17 May 2020

The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival hosts free international and Australian talent annually across 20 outdoor stages and venues throughout Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. More info

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Date: 21-24 May 2020

Featuring over 300+ exhibitors and 600+ watercraft on display including superyachts, fishing boats, trailers, watercraft, marine tech and much more. More info

World Bowls Championships 2020

Date: 26 May – 7 June 2020

Queensland’s Gold Coast continues to entrench itself as the home of Bowls in Australia, with the 2020 World Championships to be held at three Gold Coast clubs. Broadbeach Bowls Club, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club and Club Helensvale will host the two-week long tournament, with over 240 bowlers expected to take part in one of the pinnacle international events in the sport. More info


Cooly Rocks On™ Festival

Date: 3 – 7 June 2020
Location: Coolangatta

Cooly Rocks On™ is an annual celebration of everything 50s, 60s and 70s bringing the colourful and vibrant beachside towns of Coolangatta and Tweed together for the ultimate party. More info

SeaFire 2020

Date: 12 – 13 June 2020

Surfers Paradise becomes a playground of light, music and entertainment over two huge nights (4pm – 9pm) with an international fireworks competition. More info

Australian Open Bowls

Date: 13 – 26 June 2020
Location: various

Australian Open has become a true festival of bowls, with 14 days of action played across the 15 host clubs on the Gold Coast. More info


Gold Coast Marathon

Date: 4 – 5 July 2020
Location: Southport

The world-class international marathon will attract 27,000 participants of all ages and abilities from over 50 countries across eight races including the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15 kilometre, Southern Cross University 10 kilometre Run, Gold Coast Airport Fun Run, Garmin 4 kilometre Junior Dash and Garmin 2 kilometre Junior Dash. More info

Groundwater Country Music Festival

Date: 24 – 26 July 2020
Location: Broadbeach

Groundwater Country Music Festival is a free to attend festival hosted in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast on July 24-26, 2020 with international and Australian artists headlining. More info

Gold Coast Expo 2020

Date: 24 – 26 July 2020
Location: Bundall

The Gold Coast Expo is the perfect location to view and compare dozens of the latest caravans and camper trailers, plus motorhomes, 4×4’s, accessories, gadgets, holidays, tourism information and loads more. More info

Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival

Date: 24 – 26 July 2020
Location: various

Bleach* Festival is the Gold Coast Festival, taking place annually across the City in April. The program is one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts programs. More info


Gold Coast Show

Date: 28 – 30 August 2020
Location: Broadwater Parklands

The popular Gold Coast Show features equestrian events, side-show alley, wood chopping, baby animal farms, arts, crafts, camel rides on the beach, live music, and of course, the showbag pavilion. More info


SWELL Sculpture Festival

Date: 11 – 12 September 2020
Location: Currumbin

SWELL is Queensland’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition and presents up to 50 Australian and international artists to captivate the hearts and minds of all who visit. Set along Gold Coast’s Currumbin Beach. More info

National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival 2020

Date: 17 September – 4 October 2020

National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival is Australia’s largest gymnastics participation event with more than 4000 gymnasts across seven Gymsports expected to compete at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. More info


Gold Coast World Masters 2020

Date: 14 – 19 October 2020
Location: Various

The Championship will be a 72-hole single stableford event. “A” grade golfers will also be eligible to compete for a 72-hole ‘gross’ event. Competition rounds will be conducted on Thursday 15 October, Friday 16, Sunday 18 and Monday 19 October 2020. More info

Supercars Vodafone Gold Coast 600

Date: 30 October – 1 November 2020
Location: Main Beach

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship returns for Round 12 at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600, 30 October to 1 November 2020. More info


Pan Pacific Masters Games

Date: 6 – 15 November 2020
Location: Various

16,000 athletes from over 40 countries will converge on one of the most popular holiday destinations to compete in the world’s biggest and best biennial masters games. More info


Australian PGA Championship

Date: TBA December 2020
Location: Various

A stellar list of Australian and international players from all over the globe are expected to compete for the Joe Kirkwood Cup. More info