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When it comes to special events, the Gold Coast always delivers with seasons of spectacular events all year-round. The Coast has thumping sounds showcased in theatres, venues and outdoor stadiums to ensure a rocking good time for all while providing a real sense of surfside occasion. You can be rest assured that each of the below get the Paradise Resort seal of approval for family fun - check out what's happening on the Gold Coast in the next coming months!


Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets 

Wednesday & Friday Nights

The Gold Coast Night Markets feature a variety of premium handmade or homegrown products.

If you're looking for an unusual gift or one-off piece, the beachfront Night Markets are your one-stop-shop, with friendly stallholders always keen chat about their products.

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Bundall Farmers Markets

Every Sunday Morning

Gold Coast's Farmers' Markets support local farmers and fine food producers. Great atmosphere, amazing food, community spirit.

Attracting thousands of shoppers every week. Find everything you need from organic and conventional fresh fruit and vegetables; gluten-free bakery items; homemade organic juices; organic skin creams, candles and more!

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Carrara Markets

Open every Saturday & Sunday  

Carrara Markets is the biggest permanent weekend marketplace in Australia. With over 400 stalls covering 10 acres it's a treasure trove of the curious and the unusual.

Carrara Markets is a popular family day out, with buskers, pony rides, jumping castle, bungy trampolines, Reptile Kingdom and Mini Golf. 

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Miami Marketta Markets

Friday & Saturday Nights 

It  could be the back streets of Thailand, Barcelona or New York City but it is right here in Miami on the Gold Coast!

Miami comes alive with foods of all nationalities, complete with a dessert hall. This family orientated outdoor dining experience has seating for 450 people all undercover.

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Chinatown Street Markets

First Saturday of every Month 

On the first Saturday of every month Chinatown transforms into a vibrant Asian inspired street food and entertainment scene as one big cultural feast takes over the streets of Southport.

Taste your way through Asia without leaving the Gold Coast.

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Salute to Paradise

8th Day of every Month 

Start your day off the right way with a free yoga class at sunrise beside the beautiful Surfers Paradise beach. All ages welcome, beginners to professionals. Class starts at 6.00am. 

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Emerald Lakes Twilight Market

Every Thursday August - September

With delicious cheeses, pizza, crêpes, French patisserie, Thai food, meat and hot and cold seafood as well as fresh produce, Emerald Lakes Twilight Markets has all the bases covered.

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Saturday 11th - Saturday 25th January 

Ignite your senses at Sea World Carnivale across 8 summer nights this January. Immerse yourself amongst the Aquacolour Spectacular, with the all new Queen of Carnivale lightshow. An aquatic spectacle of colour, lights, dance and fire!

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Saturday 11th January  

The spectacular history of the The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday is well documented. The jewel in the crown of the Gold Coast and indeed Queensland, this is the event which defines all that is great about being Australian.

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Summer Saturdays 

Saturday 11th January - Saturday 28th March 

Spend your Saturdays learning some of Queensland's favourite outdoor pastimes at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre. Join them from 9am-12pm every Saturday over the summer and experience surfing, stand up paddle boarding, abseiling and the high ropes course

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Sunday 12th January

The Queensland Triathlon Series welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in a fun, friendly environment. From the Kool Kids 7yrs+ races, to the beginners getting a feel for a triathlon, to challenging yourself to take on the longer Olympic or Sprint distance races, there has never been a better time to tri!

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Tuesday 14th January 

The 2020 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival is a week-long celebration of all things equine. Join them for 10 magnificent days on Australia's number one holiday destination - The Gold Coast!

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Wednesday 15th - Friday 17th January 

Get ready to get messy! Step inside the Mad Scientist Slime-o-logy lab where you can make your very own oozy, out-of-this-world slime. Bring along your own recycled container and take your experiment home with you. This event is part of Kids Take Over: Save The World.

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Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th January 

Calling all mini buskers! Would you like to perform in the Lawn Bar at HOTA? We are looking for the next generation of performers to take to the lawn bar stage during Kids Take Over and entertain the crowds. This is your chance to shine! Veteran buskers will work with participants in the lead up to their performance to prepare their act and get ready for their public appearance.

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Sunday 19th January 

The Gold Coast Summer Swims are super social and the distances are great training goals – think of them as stepping stones to longer distances and other events throughout your Summer. The courses offer a mix of surf and flat water, from the sheltered Greenmount Beach around to Kirra Beach, home of the Cooly Classic.

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Sunday 19th & Sunday 26th January 

Inhale, Exhale, Repeat. Meet yourself at our yoga session every Sunday morning at Lululemon. Practice breath, joy, stillness, acceptance, compassion, self-discipline, patience, and contentment. We will invite different yoga teachers each week, they are all-powerful and inspiring people from our community. 

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Friday 31st January 

Join the GC SUNS for an amazing free family event this January! Bring your picnic rug and enjoy live music for a history making moment at the season launch as we celebrate the SUNS very first AFL Women’s season and their 10th season in the AFL. Meet the players, grab a photo and enjoy free kids activities!

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