Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 25 August

Friday SUN.sets

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

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

Wake House Australia


Friday, 6:00pm

Don't miss this unmissable show as Choirboys perform all your favourites, all their hits, all night long. Celebrating over 4 decades together, Choirboys’ back catalogue has a swag of enduring rock anthems including Never Gonna Die, Big Bad Noise, Fireworks, Gasoline, Midnight Sun, Rendezvous, Boys Will be Boys, Struggletown and one of this country’s unofficial anthem, Run To Paradise. Doors open from 6:00pm, Choirboys from 8:00pm.

The Seabreeze Hotel

Open Mic Comedy Night

Friday, 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Last Friday of the month, Open Mic night is on again. Sammy Cole is headlining this month, and Brenden Hayles will be hosting. If you want to try stand-up comedy in a supportive environment, message Mackay Open Mic Comedy Group on Facebook.

Ambassador Hotel

Saturday 26 August

Mackay Disc Sports Come & Try League Day

Saturday, 8:00am to 12:00pm

Come along and learn/play disc golf. One or two rounds of nine baskets on the pop-up course. Prizes for different divisions thanks to sponsors Mt Pleasant Tavern and Kingfisher Disc Golf. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the Playground at John Breen Park (Gooseponds). $5 per person. Disc Hire is $10 refundable deposit on return of discs. Anyone under 18 will need a guardian to accompany them. Closed in shoes required.

John Breen Park

Mackay Christian College Open Day

Saturday, 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Join for an exciting Open Day event, where unlimited ride tickets ($35) are available for purchase at Junior and Senior Reception. Don't miss the Powerhouse Auditorium, where the school will showcase the memorabilia of their Alumni.

Mackay Christian College Junior Campus

Insane Cane Train

Saturday, 4:00pm

The Sugar Shed, the 2013 premiership winning Cutters squad and Insane Cane Train – three sugar-themed products of Mackay that the region can be proud of. When six people from differing walks of life and musical backgrounds met in a South Mackay shed to play music, they formed a bond that only playing music in a suburban shed can create. Now, months later, Insane Cane Train are excited to share what they’ve been working on at their debut gig at Red Dog Brewery on August 26. Expect a blend of rock and roll, pop, indie and good times. So, remember: Use your train brain and look out for Insane Cane Train. Dom Pinzone performs from 4:00pm and Insane Cane Train from 6:00pm.

Red Dog Brewery, Chain Street

Elvis - The Sounds Of The King

Saturday, 7:30pm

Get ready to travel back in time to the golden age of rock n roll with the Elvis: The Sounds of the King. Join the Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club on Saturday the 26th of August for a spectacular 2-hour live performance, featuring 2023 European Elvis Championship Finalist Tristan James as Elvis Presley.

Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club

Sunday 27 August

Motorcycle Beach Races

Sunday, 9:00am

Join in for an exhilarating and unforgettable experience at the longest-running, pulse-pounding event in the Mackay region! For over 90 years, the Motorcycle Beach Races has been igniting the skies with the sheer thrill of methanol-fuelled action, set against the backdrop of the stunning tropical paradise. Don't miss out on this extraordinary event that has captivated generations!

The Esplanade, Grasstree Beach

Sunday Live Music – Mango Junction

Sunday, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Music every Sunday from 2pm - 5pm. Head down to the Seabreeze Hotel this Sunday for some fresh tunes, delicious food, and ice-cold brews.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday Afternoon @River Wharves

Sunday, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Sunday Afternoon @River Wharves, near Paxtons. A relaxed arvo of fun kid's activities, cool tunes, and yummy food. 3pm - 5pm Free Kids Activities including Carlie's Fascinating Faces Face Painting Mackay and Plaster kids - make a free Father's Day pressie. Live music from Jonte and the EST No.8 food van.

River Street, Mackay

Soweto Gospel Choir

Sunday, 7:30pm

Hope is an all-new concert by 3-time Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir - celebrating songs and anthems from the Freedom movement of Nelson Mandela’s South Africa, back to the Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King’s 1950’s America. Formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto. The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world and has received critical acclaim and audience adoration for their powerful renditions of African American spirituals, gospel, and folk music.


Wednesday 30 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.

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 31 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


Mackay Disc Sports Come & Try League Day

Elvis - The Sounds Of The King

Motorcycle Beach Races

Soweto Gospel Choir

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