Major Events on the Gold Coast 2019

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. Formerly the Indy 300 featuring US Champ Cars, the streets of the Gold Coast are now ruled by V8 Supercars, in an event touted as a Super Carnivale of motorsport.
  • The Magic Millions Horse Racing Carnival – Taking place in January and attracting spectators, betters, 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.

For a list of current events see the Upcoming monthly events.


Gold Coast Major Events Calendar 2019

Event Location Date About Website
2019 Magic Millions Carnival Gold Coast Turf Club 4 – 15 January A big week of racehorse sales with the highlight event being the Magic Millions Raceday, which features the richest race in Queensland.
Eurovision Australia Decides GCCEC Broadbeach 8 – 9 February Performers and songwriters compete to represent Australia in Eurovision 2019
Sand Safari Surfers Paradise 8 – 24 February Focussed on the Surfers Paradise foreshore, the beach becomes an art gallery and includes the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships.
Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Snapper Rocks 3 – 13 April  The first stop on the World Surf League Championship Tour.
Gold Coast Film Festival citywide 3 – 14 April During the Gold Coast Film Festival, there are more than 80 film and film related events in 8 different locations.
Australian Surf Life Saving Championships Broadbeach SLSC and North Burleigh SLSC 30 March – 7 April Members from Australia’s 314 Surf Clubs come together annually to compete in more than 450 beach and ocean events.
Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial Broadwater Parklands 7 April The 2019 Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial includes a packed entertainment schedule for the whole family to enjoy.
Bleach* Festival citywide 17 – 28 April Bleach* Festival runs for three weeks packing in live music, beach concerts, theatre, performing arts, film and fun.
Cooly Classic Ocean Swim Coolangatta 28 April The Cooly Classic offers competitors a 3.0km long course at the revered Snapper Rocks
SportAccord 2019 Broadbeach 5 -10 May SportAccord is the world sport and business summit.
Burleigh Pro Burleigh Heads 7 – 12 May The 2019 Burleigh Pro is a six day event that attracts some of the best surfers in the world.
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival Broadbeach 16 – 19 May Blues on Broadbeach is popular a four-day blues music festival in the foodie heaven of Broadbeach.
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Sanctuary Cove 23 – 26 May The four day show features more than 400 exhibitors including Australian marine and boating products as well as international.
Cooly Rocks On Coolangatta 5 – 9 June A five day festival of hot rods, music, and everything ’50’s and ’60s.
Australian Open Bowls Broadbeach Bowls Club 1 – 14 June Major world bowls event.
Gold Coast Marathon Southport Broadwater Parklands 6 – 7 July Attracting over 27,000 participants its one of Australia’s premier road running events.
60th TV Week Logie Awards The Star, Broadbeach TBA The TV Week Logie Awards ceremony includes national and international entertainment and is broadcast free to air on Channel 9.
Australian University Nationals (Division 2) Citywide 8 – 12 July The UniSport Nationals Div 1 and 2 events will see more than 10,000 student-athletes head to the Gold Coast in the year to compete in 47 different sports competitions.
Groundwater Country Music Festival Broadbeach 26 – 28 July Three days and nights of classic country music and good times.
Australian University Nationals (Division 1) Citywide 1 September – 4 October The UniSport Nationals Div 1 and 2 events will see more than 10,000 student-athletes head to the Gold Coast in the year to compete in 47 different sports competitions.
SWELL Sculpture Festival Currumbin Beach 13 – 22 September Currumbin Beach transforms into an open-air gallery.
Robbie McEwen Granfondo Gold Coast Hinterland TBA A mass group ride through the beautiful Hinterland.
Australian Transplant Games Citywide TBA The Transplant Games are a fantastic celebration of the gift of life that transplantation is.
Coolangatta Gold Coolangatta Beach 12 – 13 October The Coolangatta Gold is one of the most challenging endurance races in surf sports.
Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise 25 – 27 October Annual international motorsport event focussed on Australian Supercars.
Australian PGA Championships RACV Royal Pines 28 November – 1 December Australian PGA Championship tournament hosts an array of entertainment on and off the course.