Thursday, November 30, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 1 December

Friday Night Live Music

Every Friday from 5pm

Join us on Friday’s from 5pm for live music from our local favourites, good food and great company. | Free entry.

Boomerang Hotel

Morning Melodies – Christmas with Karen Knowles

From 11am

Well known for her Carols and Christmas repertoire, Karen performs regularly with her musical director accompanying her on piano.

Join Karen for a wonderful selection of her hits, standards and your favourite Christmas songs as her music moves you into the true Spirit of Christmas. | Tickets available at

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (MECC)

City Heart Christmas

From 4pm to 8pm

The City Heart will come alive with Christmas celebrations!

Fifth Lane will brighten the city with markets, live music, face painting, roving performers, scavenger hunt, kids activities and more.

Enjoy late night shopping and Santa will be in town. Great fun for all the family. | Free entry.

Fifth Lane

Kickstart Your Christmas

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7pm to 11pm

Join in for a weekend full of festive fun with three fantastic events!


Christmas Karaoke Competition with Hyphen Entertainment!

Win complimentary tickets to 3 ticketed events at Seabreeze – just enter the Karaoke competition for a chance to win this grand prize! Register from 6:30pm for a 7pm kick-off. Come to impress as the winner will be chosen by the crowd response! Plus extra giveaways.


Naughty or Nice Night dress-up party with The Feels!

$100 cash prize to be won for the best-dressed competition. Come along in your best Naughty or Nice themed attire!

Live music will be playing from 7pm to 11pm.


Unwind from an incredible weekend with the Silly Season Sunday Session!

Presenting some of Mackay’s best solo singers & songwriters, the line-up will be performing a mix of original and covers.

Live music from 12pm to 6pm.

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 2 December

Mackay Showground Markets

Every Saturday from 6am – 10am

Local Produce, Natural products, Seafood, Plants and much more.

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

Falun Gong Classes

Every Saturday from 10am

Falun Gong offers you relaxation, meditation, inner peace and health through movement.

You’re invited to come along and experience a session in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens.

Leisa Payne School of Dance Presents ‘Take A Bow’

From 2pm

The incredible LP dancers are proud to present a celebration of 2023 and are excited to showcase their outstanding success in all genres of dance.

Be captivated by the array of talent from 2yrs to Pre Professional in this nonstop dance extravaganza. | Tickets available at

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (MECC)

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

Enjoy good tunes and great vibes every Saturday from 2pm. | Free entry.

The Kooyong Hotel

Carols in the Gardens

From 4:30pm

Carols in the Gardens is back for 2023 thanks to Glencore and Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

An afternoon jam packed with free family fun activities with Carols kicking off at 6pm!

Come down at 4.30pm to secure your spots & for the kids to enjoy the free rides.

There is also plenty of food vendors to grab a bite to eat! | Free entry.

Meadowlands Amphitheatre - Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Bandeoke – A Live Karaoke Experience

From 9pm

Ever Wanted to be the Star of your own show?

Bandeoke – Rockstar Experience offers karaoke entertainment in front of a full rock band.

And for one night we are bringing you the full experience with a live band.

Free Cowboy hat from our sponsors for the first 120 people in the door. | Tickets available at

Arcadia Bar

Sunday 3 December

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

Monday 4 December

Christmas Hoy and Mini Cent Sale | QCWA Calen

From 9:30am

Morning tea, games, mini cent sale, prize for the best Christmas decoration.

$7 entry – For more information, call Kerry on 0427 083 164

120 McIntyre Street, Calen

Santa Visits Harrup Park

From 5pm – 7pm – 4th, 11th and 18th December

Prepare for Christmas! Join in for a festive treat – a complimentary family photo session with Santa Claus.

Santa will be waiting in the Lancaster Rooms. We can’t wait to see you there! | Free family photos available

Harrup Park

Centre Stage Dancy Company Presents ‘That’s Entertainment 2023’

From 6pm Monday and Tuesday

Centre Stage Dance Company presents "That's Entertainment 2023" featuring dancers from 2 - 18 years.

The first half is a celebration of 20 years of Centre Stage with lots of walks down memory lane and a huge variety of music and costumes.

The second half features a smorgasbord of dance routines in jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, cabaret and showgirl.

This show is for all ages and is only group routines, no solos. | Tickets available at

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (MECC)

Trivia Night

From 6:30pm – 9pm - Every Monday

Souths Monday Night Trivia just got a whole lot more serious!

Do you have what it takes to take home the jackpot?

Round up your friends and get your geek on!

Sports Bar, Souths Leagues Club

Trivia Night

From 7pm – 9pm - Every Monday

There’s no excuse not to stretch the grey matter as it’s free to play so come along with your mates or we can put you in a team, each team can have 2-7 players.

Registrations from 6.30pm, starts 7pm.

Book your table to avoid disappointment, call (07) 4965 6100.

Centro Restaurant, Magpies Sporting Club

Tuesday 5 December

Trivia Night

From 7pm – 9pm - Every Monday

Don’t miss this December’s Christmas Comedy Gala, featuring Queensland’s top comedians for an 18+ night of laughter.  Join with your colleagues, friends, or anyone for a grown-up twist on the 12 Days of Christmas.

Headliner Shayne Hunter, known for his smart and hilarious comedy, leads the lineup. Host Anna Brennan and her Drag King alter ego, Bruce Hwy, bring raw and anecdotal storytelling to the stage. Kody Maverick and Max Leishman add fresh, friendly humour to the mix. Expect an unforgettable night of laughter. | Tickets available at

The Metropolitan Hotel

Wednesday 6 December

Mackay Farmers’ Market

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

Shop fresh, shop local. The Farmers’ market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce. Enjoy a morning beside the Pioneer River and buy direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

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 and learn from each other. 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

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. $8 for members and $10 for non-members after that. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Thursday 7 December

The Wiggles WIGGLY BIG DAY OUT! Tour

3 Performances - 10am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

A spectacular live show for the whole family!

The world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles! Are bringing their ARIA award winning live show back for their annual arena tour as they embark on their biggest & brightest show yet!

Get ready for a carnival of fun in a day filled with music, dancing and laughter in this extraordinary live show, guaranteed to bring joy to audiences across the country, leaving the whole family with smiles from ear-to-ear! | Tickets available at

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (MECC)

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 dessert.

Bluewater Quay

Christmas with Karen Knowles

Kickstart Your Christmas

City Heart Christmas

Christmas Hoy & Mini Cent Sale

Carols in the Gardens

Santa Visits Harrup Park

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