Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 28 July

Friday SUN.sets

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

Knock off drinks, lakeside dinner, good friends, and LIVE MUSIC.

Wake House Australia

Friday Jazz @ The Con

Friday, 6:00pm

CQCM Music Staff present Friday Jazz @ the Con featuring Dr David Reaston (guitar), Dr Peter McKenzie (saxophone), Jason Smyth-Tomkins (drums). The July concert will feature Australian trombonist and current CQU trombone lecturer, Jeremy Borthwick.

Central Queensland Conservatorium Of Music

Open Mic Comedy

Friday, 7:00pm

Mackay Open Mic Comedy Group is back on the July 28 at the Ambassador Hotel in the Lush Bar. If you have been thinking about giving comedy a crack, even your best dad jokes, now is your chance. This month Sean Cooper from Townsville will headline and Mackay's own Mathew Brand will emcee.

Ambassador Hotel

Saturday 29 July

Mackay Yarn on the Voice

Saturday, 11:00am

Join Yes23 spokespeople Thomas Mayo and Jade Appo-Ritchie for an in-person yarn about the upcoming Voice Referendum. You will learn about why constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through a Voice to Parliament is a crucial step on the path to creating a better future. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and learn about how you can engage with the campaign locally.

CQUniversity Mackay City

Mackay Twilight Market

Saturday, 4:00pm to 8:30pm

Come and browse the many local small business market stalls, then have a seat and listen to local musicians all while enjoying the yummy food Mackay food trucks have to offer. ATM on site for customers convenience. $2 Adult Entry (Kids 17 & under free). Entry fee collected at the door on your way in. Market stalls, mini eat street, local musician, jumping castles and face painting. Come and enjoy a night out with your family. It's not just another market, it’s a great family night out.

Mackay Showgrounds

Mackay International Film Festival Screening – ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’

Saturday, 7:00pm

Mackay International Film Festival kicks off with a pre-festival screening of ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’, a vibrant fantasy and romantic drama which celebrates the power of storytelling from visionary director George Miller of Mad Max fame. An optional package is available including film ticket, return coach transfer from Mackay and dinner at the Pinnacle Pub (drinks not included).

Pinnacle Playhouse

Sunday 30 July

National Tree Day

Sunday, 8:00am to 12:00pm

National Tree Day will be held on Sunday, July 30, from 8am to noon at Sandfly Creek Environmental Reserve, Iluka Park. Mackay Regional Council is aiming to plant up to 5,000 plants at this year’s event. You can register as a volunteer at Please wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring a water bottle. If you have your own gloves and gardening equipment, please bring them along. A free barbecue will be provided to everyone who participates in this event.

Sandfly Creek Environmental Reserve, near Iluka Park

Jade Holland & JONTE Live at the Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Head along to the Seabreeze Hotel on Sunday, July 30, for an unforgettable live and loud performance by the talented Jade Holland. After making waves in 2022 with one of the hottest country tracks of the year, “OH MY HEART,” Jade Holland is ready to get the dance floors moving in clubs worldwide.

Seabreeze Hotel

Bloom Sings The Stevie Linda Carole Songbook

Sunday, 3:00pm

Celebrate all the hits of Grammy Award winning artists and vocal powerhouses Stevie Nicks, Carole King and Linda Ronstadt in one massive show. She’s mesmerized audiences across the globe, and now you can witness Bloom’s “sensational” vocal prowess with this songbook that’s been highly applauded by audiences across the country.

Metropolitan Hotel

Monday 31 July

Opera Australia - The Barber of Seville

Monday, 7:30pm

The Barber of Seville fizzes and pops with lyrical acrobatics and irrepressibly funny characters. Rossini’s most famous ‘opera buffa’ is a musical masterpiece with a storyline that would be equally at home in a Hollywood rom-com. Opera Australia’s finest voices and a live orchestra deliver a score that is instantly familiar from renditions in movies, cartoons and commercials. Here, the frothy humour is intoxicating and the chorus revels in every uproarious escapade.


Wednesday 2 August

RSPCA Mackay Supporter Morning Tea

Wednesday, 10:30am to 12:00pm

To thank the Mackay region for their support, RSPCA Mackay is inviting you to their Supporter Morning Tea. These events are an opportunity for like-minded animal lovers to join together for a casual morning and learn more about what the RSPCA does in the local area. The local inspector will also be in attendance. This event is free and everyone is welcome, however RSVPs are essential. Please call 07 3426 9937 or email

Botanic Gardens Café

Teen Shed Mackay Teen Circle

Every Wednesday, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Teen Circle is a place for all teens in the community to come together. It's a safe space for them to connect, heal & learn from each other. They can be seen, heard & understood with no judgement. It's a space to honour the uniqueness of each individual, everyone is equal. They will be able to speak from their hearts about things that trouble, annoy, frustrate them. This gathering will be held every Wednesday, all teenagers are welcome to attend. It is a free event, but attendees are asked to register for numbers.

Kutta Mulla Gorinna Special Assistance School

Mackay Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, 6:30am to 10:30am

The market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

Sugar City Rock and Roll Mackay Club Wednesday Night Lessons

Every Wednesday, 7:00pm

Why not come along and learn to rock ‘n’ roll in a friendly and fun atmosphere with the Sugar City Rock ‘n’ Rollers Mackay Club? Previous experience is not required. Everyone learns at their own pace and, even better, the first lesson is free on your way to learning the four step style of rock ‘n’ roll. $5 for members and $8 for non-members after that. The club caters for social activities for club members with regular dances with live bands in attendance and away trips. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Thursday 3 August

Mackay Riverside Market

Every Thursday, 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Come and meet your local growers, bakers and makers, chill on the lawn listening to some beautiful tunes and grab some delicious dinner and desert.

Bluewater Quay

Artist's Talk - Anneke Silver discusses her works in the MRC Collection

Thursday, 5:30pm

Dr. Anneke Silver is a prominent North Queensland artist born in the Netherlands and based in Townsville. While visiting our region to judge Mackay Show Association’s renowned ‘Woolams Art on Show Awards’, Anneke will deliver a very special artist’s talk at Artspace Mackay, giving us a closer look and deeper insight into her varied works in the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection.

Artspace Mackay

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