Wednesday, December 6, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 8 December

Churches Together Christmas Lunch

From 12pm to 2pm

All are invited to attend, with Mayor Greg Williamson featuring the launch of the Christmas Bowl Appeal of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Discussion on the issues the churches are facing especially at Christmas, and the launch of an appeal for a NAYBA social and economic impact survey and report. | $28 per person, kids under 12 eat free!

Bookings essential by 12pm, 1st December at

St Paul’s Uniting Church, Macalister Street

Summer Sounds Vol. 1

From 7pm

Get ready to kick off your summer with a bang at the most exciting music event of the season, “Summer Sounds”! A stellar lineup including Systemic Machine, Inside Lane, Viper Syndicate and Giant Palms are ready to drop an incredible night of music to create a night to remember. | Get your tickets at

Arcadia Bar

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

DJ Tikelz

From 9pm

Reggae | R&B | Old School | Dancehall | Island Jamz

If that’s your vibe then this night with special guest DJ TIKELZ is for you! | Ticket available at the door.

The Rabbit Hole

Saturday 9 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

Special Olympics Mackay Fire Multi Sport Event

Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am

Special Olympics Mackay Fire invites Special Olympics athletes and those athletes with an intellectual disability to have a go at 3on3 basketball, table tennis, bocce and ten pin bowling.

Lock it in your calendar! | Tickets available online.

187 Borgs Rd, Alligator Creek

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.

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

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

The Kooyong Hotel

Sunday 10 December

Troppo Markets

7.30am to 11.30am

Monthly Event, held on the second Sunday of each month

Mackay’s Troppo Treasure Markets will keep you coming back with a never-ending variety of items for sale and plenty of entertainment and amusements too.

It’s more than just shopping… it turns your Sunday into a fun day.

Come and be a part of this major community event!

Mount Pleasant

The Memorial Swimming Centre Is Turning 60!

Sunday from 11am to 4pm

Jumping castle, merry-go-round and rock climbing wall, as well as a vintage car display, rock and roll dancers and live entertainment from The Two Māori’s. | Free entry.

Milton St, Mackay

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

Monday 11 December

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 12 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 13 December

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

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

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 14 December

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

Summer Sounds @ Arcadia Bar

DJ Tikelz @ The Rabbit Hole

Special Olympics Multisport Event

Troppo Markets

Mackay Farmers Market

The Memorial Swimming Centre

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