Thursday, September 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 15 September

Lagoons Gallery Exhibition – Sticks & Stones and Other Inspirations by Linda Danvers

Wednesday – Friday 9am-2pm | Weekends 8am-3pm

'Most people walk through the Gardens looking up at the trees, birds, sky…Botanic Gardens I, II and III are inspired by the beauty I have found looking down'. - Linda Danvers

This exhibition is on display within the Botanic Gardens Café. | Free entry.

Botanic Gardens, 9 Lagoon Street, Mackay


Friday - Sunday, Gates open Friday 10am

Huge motorsport weekend at Palmyra Dragway with over $26,000 in prize money up for grabs. A weekend full of burnouts, drag racing, roll racing, show-and-shine, power skids and more. Ticketed event | Available at

Palmyra Drag Racing Club - Bells Road, Mackay

Gentle Chair Yoga & Mindfulness

Discover the benefits of seated Yoga combined with mindful breathing and meditation practice. Chair Yoga can improve coordination, flexibility & concentration while delivering an overall sense of peace & wellbeing to the participant. This event is FREE to attend, however a current Library membership must be held. Max. 8 spaces, so bookings are essential. Contact Sarina Library on 4961 9387.

Sarina Library / Youth Centre

Mushroom Valley Festival

Friday 15 - Sunday 17 September

Mushroom Valley Festival is an amazing psychedelic wonderland.

Festival goers can expect to see a variety of music genres, a vast range of creative activities, dance, theatre discussion, conscious sound healing and an amazing healing space to provide a place for growth and personal wellbeing. Visit for tickets and further information.

Mushroom Valley Eco Camp, Yalbaroo

Saturday 16 September

VaMa (Live)

Saturday 6pm – 10pm

Experience the dynamic live performance by VaMa at the Garden Bar, join us for an unforgettable night of music and entertainment! Free entry.

Harrup Park, Mackay

Sugardrop Festival 2023

Saturday 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Lovely Records presents Sugardrop 2023, back for its second year!

Acts including Tia Gostelow, Peach Fur, Jem Cassar-Daley, Mt Nadir, Inside Lane and DJ sets Clovr and Pacey.

More info and tickets available at

The Metropolitan Hotel – 17 Gordon Street, Mackay

Sunday 17 September

Sunday Live Music

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

Monday 18 September

Creatures of the Garden

Begins Monday

'Creatures of the Gardens' self-guided fun facts trail.

Discover some of the creatures that make their home in the Botanic Gardens and surrounding areas along our fun facts trail.

Family friendly activity, available weekdays during the school holidays. Free entry.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens - 9 Lagoon Street, Mackay

Tuesday 19 September

Reef Guardians: Virtual Exploration and Craft

Tuesday 10:00am - 11:00am

For ages 5-12. Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and investigate how a hands-on, community-based approach can make a real difference to the health and resilience of the Reef. Virtual sessions, including Reef inspired hands-on craft activity.

Free ticketed event for library card holders, grab yours at

Dudley Denny City Library, 134 Victoria Street, Mackay

BMD Rumble Championships 2023

Tuesday 9am – Saturday 10am

FMS Group presents ‘Rumble on the Reef’ - Get ready to watch the best skateboarders from the season battle it out during championship week. The biggest skateboarding event of the year. Watch the best skateboarders from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji live and free in Mackay. More information found here:

Sugar Bowl Skatepark, Scriha Street, North Mackay

Wednesday 20 September

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. 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

National Boys Choir of Australia

Wednesday, 6:00pm

The National Boys Choir of Australia is delighted to perform in St Paul’s Church in Mackay for its 2023 North Queensland Tour. The NBCA is delighted to be joined in this concert by the Mackay Choral Society, directed by Nicole Thomson.

St Paul’s Uniting Church, 21 MacAlister Street, Mackay

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.For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Juniors Oztag Tryouts

Starts Wednesday at 4pm

Bring the kids down and try out oztag at Souths Junior Rugby League Grounds.

Under 3 – 10 plays from 4:00pm to 4:30pm & Under 11 – 15 plays from 4:30pm to 5:00pm. Registration information will also be available on the day. Free event.

Casey Avenue & Bridge Road, Mackay

Thursday 21 September

Mackay Family Carnival

Thursday - Sunday, 5:30pm – 9pm daily

Mackay Family Carnival is back for the September School Holidays - A family friendly carnival with plenty of rides, food, Side Show Alley games & show bags for ALL ages.

️Free entry into event, ride tickets & armbands available on the night purchased from ticket box. More info:

Mackay Showgrounds

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