Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 14 July

Winter Orchid Show

Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday, 8:00am to 3:00pm

Mackay and District Orchid Society Inc Presents the Winter Orchid Show. Orchids, pots, potting mediums and tags for sale, orchid culture demonstrations, raffles and Devonshire morning and afternoon teas. $2 coin donation.

Sporting Wheelies Hall

Friday SUN.sets

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

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

Wake House Australia

Standup Comedy - Kel Balnaves - Have A Crack

Friday, 8:00pm

Kick your weekend off with award winning standup comedy in a ripper of a pub. Kel Balnaves is heading up to QLD with a new standup show and he’s got some fantastic local support. Following a 15,000km tour of regional Australia, Kel’s back with his latest show and it’s a cracker! A show about how to steal a car and other confidence building skills. Looking for punchy, relatable, award winning Aussie standup? Have a crack at this one.

Ambassador Hotel

Brooke Schubert - ‘Burn Like Summer’ Tour

Friday, 8:00pm

Brooke Schubert returns to her CQ roots by bringing her ‘Burn Like Summer’ tour to town this July. Classed as one of Australia’s best live vocalists, celebrate the release of her new song ‘Burn Like Summer’ with her full touring band. Gather your friends and get your dancing shoes ready, you don’t want to miss this!

Seabreeze Hotel

Metal Hits McGuires

Friday, 8:00pm

Suitable presents its debut demonstration at McGuire's with Townsville local heavy weights Native Tongue, presenting punishing riffs, blistering vocals and pulse-pounding breakdowns. This demonstration marks the release of their latest single, 'Thousand-Eyes Restrict' their most mind melting release to date. Joined by Headwreck, Same Pains and Arcade Stories.

McGuires Hotel

Saturday 15 July

Wisely Wine and Food Day 2023

Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm

It's time to wine and dine, Mackay! Brought to you by the Mackay Festival of Arts, the ever-popular Wisely Wine and Food Day is back for another year at Queens Park. This free, family friendly event is a favourite among locals and visitors alike, celebrating an array of delicious cuisines, local produce, tasty brews and, of course, great music. Curb your hunger cravings with an abundance of local food delights from festival food trucks, cultural flavours, local restaurant pop-ups and gourmet bites. Complimented by an ample variety of craft beers, boutique wines and ciders available from our local pop-up bars, there will be something there to tantalise everyone’s tastebuds.

Queens Park

8 Ball Aitken Live

Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm

8 Ball Aitken is bringing his rockin' swamp-blues and slide-guitar show to the Metropolitan Hotel, Mackay on Saturday July 15. Jessy Lynch is special guest. Tickets are on sale now from Oztix.

The Metropolitan Hotel Mackay

Sunday 16 July

Kids Day Out at the Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday, 12:00pm

Mark your calendars for a fantastic family day at the Seabreeze Hotel! Join in for a fun-filled event that promises enjoyment for everyone. Let your little ones’ imaginations soar with exciting face painting sessions throughout the day. Get up close and personal with adorable animals at the petting zoo, creating unforgettable memories for the whole family. Enjoy a special $10 kids meal deal, ensuring your little adventurers are fuelled up for the day’s excitement. And to top it all off, groove to the lively tunes of the Paul Moleta band from 2pm to 6pm, providing the perfect soundtrack for a memorable afternoon. Don’t miss out on this incredible family day at the Seabreeze Hotel!

Seabreeze Hotel

Monday 17 July

DBCT Kids' Theatre Season - Possum Magic

Monday, 6:00pm and Tuesday, 9.30am and 11.30am (relaxed session)

Mem Fox and Julie Vivas’ beloved picture book ‘Possum Magic’ has enchanted children for decades and Monkey Baa Theatre Company brings the paper and ink to life on stage once again! Using a clever, nuanced palette of live action, stage magic, an original soundscape, elements of puppetry and projected animation, Monkey Baa’s award-winning creative team have translated the whimsical world of the book to a live experience for audiences 3–8 years (and their families).


Tuesday 18 July

BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, 10:00am

BMA Kidspace, Artspace Mackay’s free and ever popular toddler’s program, gives children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. The program includes free artist-run craft activities in two sessions, Session 1: Anytime from 10 to 11:30am; Session 2: Anytime from 12:15 to 2pm with live musical entertainment 11:30am to 12:15pm. Bring your children along for a fun day of art-making, singing and dancing.

Artspace Mackay

Wednesday 19 July

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 20 July

Chair Yoga in North Mackay

Every Thursday, 2:00pm

Using a chair for support (either sitting or standing) Chair Yoga is a practice of gentle movement, combined with mindful breathing & meditation. It's an excellent choice for anyone who wants to focus on a gentle, nurturing practice. Chair Yoga can improve your balance, flexibility, concentration & strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain. Bookings are essential. Call or text your full name to 0434 940 300 or message the Wellness With Deb Facebook page.

Palmview Village Community Centre, via Oasis Drive / Bradford St.

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


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