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
|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.||magicmillions.com.au|
|Eurovision Australia Decides||GCCEC Broadbeach||8 – 9 February||Performers and songwriters compete to represent Australia in Eurovision 2019||www.sbs.com.au|
|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.||www.surfersparadise.com|
|Quiksilver and Roxy Pro||Snapper Rocks||3 – 13 April||The first stop on the World Surf League Championship Tour.||www.quiksilver.com.au|
|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.||www.gcfilmfestival.com|
|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.||sls.com.au/aussies/|
|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.||goldcoasttri.com.au|
|Bleach* Festival||citywide||17 – 28 April||Bleach* Festival runs for three weeks packing in live music, beach concerts, theatre, performing arts, film and fun.||bleachfestival.com.au|
|Cooly Classic Ocean Swim||Coolangatta||28 April||The Cooly Classic offers competitors a 3.0km long course at the revered Snapper Rocks||worldseriesswims.com.au|
|SportAccord 2019||Broadbeach||5 -10 May||SportAccord is the world sport and business summit.||sportaccord.sport|
|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.||surfingaustralia.com|
|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.||bluesonbroadbeach.com|
|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.||sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au|
|Cooly Rocks On||Coolangatta||5 – 9 June||A five day festival of hot rods, music, and everything ’50’s and ’60s.||coolyrockson.com|
|Australian Open Bowls||Broadbeach Bowls Club||1 – 14 June||Major world bowls event.||bowlsaustralia.com.au|
|Gold Coast Marathon||Southport Broadwater Parklands||6 – 7 July||Attracting over 27,000 participants its one of Australia’s premier road running events.||goldcoastmarathon.com.au|
|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.||star.com.au|
|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.||unisport.com.au|
|Groundwater Country Music Festival||Broadbeach||26 – 28 July||Three days and nights of classic country music and good times.||groundwatercmf.com|
|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.||unisport.com.au|
|SWELL Sculpture Festival||Currumbin Beach||13 – 22 September||Currumbin Beach transforms into an open-air gallery.||swellsculpture.com.au|
|Robbie McEwen Granfondo||Gold Coast Hinterland||TBA||A mass group ride through the beautiful Hinterland.||robbiesgranfondo.com|
|Australian Transplant Games||Citywide||TBA||The Transplant Games are a fantastic celebration of the gift of life that transplantation is.||australiantransplantgames.com|
|Coolangatta Gold||Coolangatta Beach||12 – 13 October||The Coolangatta Gold is one of the most challenging endurance races in surf sports.||sls.com.au|
|Gold Coast 600||Surfers Paradise||25 – 27 October||Annual international motorsport event focussed on Australian Supercars.||supercars.com|
|Australian PGA Championships||RACV Royal Pines||28 November – 1 December||Australian PGA Championship tournament hosts an array of entertainment on and off the course.||championship.pga.org.au|