Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Friday 4 August
Mackay Disability Expo
The Mackay Disability Expo will offer a crucial opportunity for people with a disability to find out about the latest products, services, technology, aids, and equipment.
Every Friday Evening From 6pm
Knock off drinks, lakeside dinner, good friends, and LIVE MUSIC.
Wake House Australia
The James Morrison Quartet
Friday, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Internationally acclaimed jazz musician and multi-instrumental virtuoso James Morrison performs live in Mackay! A Mackay Festival of Arts event - Whitsunday Anglican School Oval will transform into a major entertainment outdoor hub, with James Morrison and his renowned jazz quartet headlining on the big stage, under the stars. Supporting acts include James Morrison performing alongside the talented Whitsunday Anglican School Junior and Senior bands, and the Whitsunday Big Band.
Whitsunday Anglican School
Mackay International Film Festival
Friday, 7:00pm to Sunday
Mackay International Film Festival commences with the Opening Night Event on Friday, August 4 and a screening of ‘The Innocent’, with French-themed canapes and drinks after the film included in the $30 ticket. The festival continues Saturday with a screening of Moroccan drama ‘The Blue Caftan’ from 4:00pm and ‘Limbo’ with a live Q&A with Director Ivan Sen to follow. Sunday’s screenings include the Darren Aronofsky drama ‘The Whale’, and Spanish-Italian drama ‘Alcarras’. For tickets and more information, visit filmartsmackay.weebly.com/2023-miff.html.
BCC Cinemas Mount Pleasant
ACCA DACCA plus GUNNERS
Experience the ultimate double header with this tribute to AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses.
Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club
Saturday 5 August
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Experience a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with tea expert Geeta Harmon. Geeta runs bespoke workshops with The Rabbit Studio, Brisbane. At Artspace Mackay, she will demonstrate the history and principles of Chado – the ‘Way of Tea’. Participants will be served a ‘seasonal tea sweet’ followed by a ceremonial grade Matcha Tea, learn to whisk Matcha the traditional way, and discover practical methods for preparing Matcha at home. Geeta will also guide participants through a simple meditation that may be used on a daily basis. Held during the final weekend of Artspace’s 20th Birthday Exhibition Fire and Ash: Woodfire Pottery of Arthur and Carol Rosser, this unique demonstration will inspire you to relax and bring the nourishing, calming ritual into your daily life! $30 per person, visit Eventbrite for tickets.
Pasifika Mackay 2023
Always wanted to travel to the Pacific Islands and on? Well look no further than Pasifika Mackay! Brought to you by local and QLD pacific communities, Pasifika transports you through cultural crafts, food, song, and performing arts. This annual event allows local and regional pacific communities to work together as one team or family to celebrate pacific culture and experiences that build pride and awareness. Everyone is welcome to come and join in on the festivities!
Mackay Choral Society presents Come Fly With Me
Saturday, 7:30pm and Sunday, 2:00pm
Sign up for this musical Contiki tour as the Mackay Choral Society takes you on the trip of a lifetime. A musical tour of hits from around the world, both new and familiar, the program for Come Fly With Me has been in the planning for almost a year. With beautiful arrangements and a gorgeous musical blend, Come Fly With Me will have you tapping your toes and perhaps even singing along.
Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Sunday 6 August
Lift the Lid Walk Mackay
Join Lift the Lid Walk to raise funds for mental health research. The Lift the Lid Walk event is a national initiative used to raise awareness on mental illness across Australia. It gives communities an opportunity to come together and Lift the Lid on mental illness. Everyone is welcome, including dogs, for an 8km walk & talk (it's not a race!) 8am registration for a 9am start. Cost: $32 per registration (kids 15 & under free). Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle on the day. All proceeds will be donated to Australian Rotary Health.
RSPCA Mackay Supporter Morning Tea
Sunday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSPCA Animal Care Campus
Sunday Live Music – BIG PUPS
Get ready, Mackay, because Big Pups is rolling into town! The legendary musician has embarked on his annual tour to the Cape, and this time he's bringing the Loving The Life Tour to the Seabreeze Hotel. It's an event you won't want to miss!
Passport To Airlie Mackay
Sunday, 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Join Airlie Beach Festival of Music, Bricklane Brewing and The Metropolitan Hotel as they search for Australia's best live and original emerging artists and find someone from the Mackay region to head to Airlie Beach Festival of Music in November.
The Metropolitan Hotel Mackay
Monday 7 August
Homeless Week 2023
Monday to Thursday, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Visit CASA - Community Accommodation & Support Agency Inc. on Facebook to find out what’s planned for Homeless Week 2023, including Money Matters, CASA Chats, Community Day and Handy Homeless Hacks.
CASA - Community Accommodation & Support Agency Inc.
Monday, 10:00am to 11:00am and 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Emma Memma is delighted to announce that she will be twirling her way to sunny Far North Queensland in her Butterfly Bus with her friends Elvin Melvin, BB Butterfly and Waffles The Wombat! Empowering the next generation through movement, creativity, inclusiveness and friendship, Emma Memma with her love of dance, sign language and music, brings visual communication to the forefront of the children’s media space and fans will get to immerse themselves in this sparkling experience on Emma Memma’s Twirly Tour. Families are encouraged to dress in Emma Memma and Elvin Melvin’s favourite colours: orange, pink and green!
BCC Cinemas Mount Pleasant
Wednesday 9 August
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.
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 10 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.
Mackay Disability Expo
Japanese Tea Ceremony