Gold Coast January 2023 – Events & Things to do

January 2023 is shaping up to be a spectacular time to be on the Gold Coast with an array of major events resuming and everything moving back into full swing. See our 100+ Free & Paid Things to Do on the Gold Coast for the hottest things to do this year and below, let’s list out some of the big events and activities for the month.

NYE Fireworks at Surfers Paradise

Location: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Dec 31-Jan 1 2023 – DJ will be playing pop hits from 7pm with the first fireworks display at 8pm followed by a second show at midnight. Website

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Location: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Jan 2023 – A free, family-friendly outdoor shopping experience by the beachside, every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 4pm to 9pm. Website

Aquis $1.6 Million Raceday

Location: Aquis Gold Coast Turf Club

Sat Jan 7, 2023– Aquis $1.6 Million Raceday showcasing the $450,000 feature race for 3YO & 4YO The TAB Wave, $125,000 Aquis Gold Nugget and $125,000 Aquis Gold Pearl plus three exclusive Magic Millions races worth $750,000 in prizemoney. Website

Dreamworld Night Market

Location: Dreamworld

Fri Jan 13, 2023 – held at Dreamworld in the evening from 5:00-9:00 pm. With food trucks, live tunes, markets, family entertainment & ticketed events. Entry is just $2 and free for Dreamworld Pass Holders. Website


Location: Miami

Fri Jan 13, 2023 – ALTimate GRUNGE The Ultimate 90’s Rock Show at Miami Marketta pays homage to some of the greatest rock bands from the ’90s ALTernative & Grunge era. Website

Palm Beach Night Bites Market

Location: Palm Beach

Saturday 14th, 21st & 28th Jan, 2023 – Palm Beach will come alive with live music, mouth-watering aromas of local and international foods, good vibes and the kind of memories (and tastes) that are simply unforgettable! Website

Live On The Lawn

Location: Star Gold Coast

13/14th Jan, 2023 – The Star Gold Coast is set to provide a line-up of headline entertainment, live and free on The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar. Website

2023 Gold Coast Yearling Sale

Location: Aquis Gold Coast Turf Club

10-16th Jan, 2023 – A lineup of 1,273 yearlings will go under the hammer across seven days from Tuesday 10 January. Website

Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival

Location: Aquis Gold Coast Turf Club

17th Jan, 2023 – 14 days of activities and events, beginning Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo and Showjumping, then The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Barrier Draw, auction sales, culminating in the main race day on the 17th.  Website

Usher Cup

Location: Coolangatta 

19-22 Jan, 2023 – International and local surfers compete at the iconic Snapper Rocks break over four days for trophies and prizes.  Website