Thursday, September 21, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 22 September

Significant Other (Live) @ The Burb

6:30pm – 10:30pm

Join Souths Suburban Bowls Club for live music by Significant Other! | Free entry.

Souths Suburban Bowls Club, Mackay

‘Stepping back in time’ – Guided Walk

10am – 11am

Take a step back in time and discover the evolution of plants in the Coal Garden with a free guided walk on - Bring a hat, water bottle, comfortable shoes and camera.

To book your spot, contact the gardens on phone (07) 4952 7300 or email

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

The Shield Tour

10am – 11:30am

Get excited for the Shield Tour! Thanks to Westpac, the Origin shields are coming to Mackay. See the Shields up close and personal and grab a photo with Former Origin Great, Josh Hannay.

Caneland Central

Family Fun Day Fundraiser

10am – 2pm

The day will be packed with excitement including family games and activities, yoga, nature walk, a delicious barbecue, ice cream, seed bombing, mini markets and more!

Bring a picnic blanket with your family and friends. | Adults $5 / Kids FREE

Wetland Walkabout, Keelys Road, Mackay

Saturday 23 September

2023 Qld Veterans and Females MX Championships

Gates open Saturday – 9am

An action-packed weekend of motocross racing. There will be massive motocross action, featuring junior and senior female championship classes, vets championship classes from 30+, along with full support classes available for those unable to race the championship classes.

Whether you're riding in the event or looking to spectate, there will be some fantastic talent on show with full food and coffee supplied over the weekend.

Mackay Junior Motocross Track, 8 Hume Street, Mackay

21DS MapRun – East Mackay

From 3pm

This 40min score event is a great way to end your Saturday afternoon.

Use the MapRun 6 App and a map to run, jog or walk through local parks and streets in the cool of the evening. All ages and fitness levels are catered for. Please bring a water bottle and suitable footwear. $5 per person or $12 per family. Payment: 'Tap & go' or cash. Register on the day or pre-register via email at with the following information: Name, contact number and number of participants in your team.

If you have any queries, phone 0427 758 096.

Quota Park, Binnington Esplanade, Mackay

Mackay Showground Markets

6am – 10am

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

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

Anette Worthington (Live)

From 2:30pm

Anette Worthington is taking the stage, don’t miss out on this afternoon outing. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay

Mackay Twilight Market

4pm – 8:30pm

Market Stalls, Mini Eat Street, Local Musician, Jumping Castles and Face Painting.

Browse the local small business market stalls, then have a seat and listen to local musicians all while enjoying the yummy food Mackay Food trucks have to offer. ATM on site.

Come & enjoy a night out with your family.

$2 adult entry (kids 17 years & under free) | Entry fee collected at the door.

Mackay Showgrounds

One for the Road (Live)

6pm – 10pm

Come along for an incredible night as One for the Road takes the stage at the Garden Bar. Don’t miss out on the fun! | Free entry.

Harrup Park, Mackay

Shanksy (Live)

From 6:30pm

Get ready to groove all night long with Shanksy taking the stage! Don’t miss out on a night filled with awesome music and non-stop dancing. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay

Pirate Party @ Rabbit Hole

Doors open 9pm

AHOY there, me hearties! Join the Rabbit Hole for a Pirate Party. Prizes for best dressed Pirate, FREE Pirate Hat for the first 100 people through the door and LOADS of Captain Morgan giveaways & cocktails.

Rabbit Hole, Mackay

Sunday 24 September

Souths BINGO

7pm – 9pm

Come along and you could win! Weekly event every Sunday. | Free entry.

South Leagues Club, Mackay

Dan England – Live and Loud

7pm – 9pm

Get ready for the ultimate Sunday session as we bring you an unforgettable live performance by the talented Dan England, live and loud on the Terrace.

After his incredible journey on Australian Idol, Dan England has captivated audiences nationwide with his remarkable talent. With his smooth acoustic rock sound, he’ll be playing popular classics along with current hits that are sure to get you singing along. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay

Wednesday 27 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 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. $5 for members and $8 for non-members after that. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Thursday 28 September

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

Slowly Slowly & Stand Atlantic – Regional Tour


Slowly Slowly and Stand Atlantic are thrilled to announce they are joining forces on a mammoth Australian Regional tour through September & October.

Their fourth and most ambitious record Daisy Chain debuted at #5 on the ARIA album chart and has received glowing praise from fans and critics afar.

Tickets from $49.90 | Book yours at

Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay

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