Thursday, October 5, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 06 October

Public Art Walk Mackay – New Mural Unveiling

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Hosted by Artspace Mackay Public Art Officer Jennifer Dalton-Smith, this free city art walk for all ages begins at Artspace Mackay and takes you through the city centre. Along the way, participants will learn about Mackay’s iconic public art installations and the local, and internationally-acclaimed artists who created them. Wear a hat, and comfortable shoes, bring a bottle of water, and arrive promptly at Artspace Mackay as the group will depart on time.

Free entry – Bookings essential

Bluewater Quay

Film: The Perfect Dinner


Director: David Minnella / 2022 / Italy / 106 mins / M / Italian with English subtitles

A delicious comedy about a Neapolitan mafioso and a chef who cross paths in Rome.

Join FilmArt for an Italian themed supper after the film.

Find out more at | Book tickets at

Conservatorium of Music Theatre, CQUniversity

Royale with Cheese Ultimate 90s Rock Show


Hailing from Sydney, Royale with Cheese is AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER 90s ROCK SHOW, playing all 90s rock and pop covers – from Seattle-sound to Grunge to Britpop and all the best Oz Rock from the 90s. From Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden to Radiohead, Blur and Oasis to Silverchair, You Am I and Screaming Jets to Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Green Day and Blink 182, Royale with Cheese magically weaves all these 90s sounds into a night that’ll have you feeling nostalgic for the last great decade of rock music!

Book tickets at

The Metropolitan Hotel

Creedence The John Fogerty Show – Fortunate Son Tour


Creedence: The John Fogerty Show returns to South-East Qld, embarking on their Fortunate Son Tour.

World-class lead singer, Andre Lemberg, is the embodiment of brilliant songwriter, guitarist and singer, John Fogerty – legendary front-man of Creedence Clearwater Revival. He gives-his-all, delivering that powerful and emotive Fogerty voice we all love.

As a bonus, audiences enjoy some Texas boogie to open the show, with Oz ZZ TOP ripping through a fun set of greatest hits including Sharp Dressed Man + Tush + La Grange + Gimme All Your Lovin and more!

Get your tickets at

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 07 October

Mackay Showground Markets

6am – 10am

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

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

BMA River 2 Reef Ride 2023

All day event

Now in its 12th year, the BMA River 2 Reef Ride Festival is a mass participation charity ride that raises funds for local charities – RACQ CQ Rescue and Mackay Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Association. The event is a much-loved cycling event in the Mackay region designed to bring the community together and encourage more people to become active and involved in cycling.

This year the BMA River 2 Reef Ride Festival will be held over 2 amazing days at Mackay Botanic Gardens. Participants can choose from the following events:

Saturday 7th October 2023

Golding Kids Colour Ride (Kids aged 5 to 12yrs)

Sunday 8th October 2023

30km Queensland Country Bank | Health Dash

60km City Fitness Epic

100km Corry Cycles Gran Fondo

Registrations required | Fees apply. Register at

Mackay Botanical Gardens Meadow Amphitheatre

Family Karaoke Pizza Party

6pm - 1st Saturday of the month

Come out for a fun-filled family-friendly night on the 1st Saturday of every month!

Enjoy FREE activities including karaoke, face painting, and balloon twisting.

Satisfy your hunger with delicious food at Ma’s Parkside Plaza and make lasting memories with loved ones.

Call (07) 4951 2139 to RSVP | Free entry.

Ma's Pizza Kitchen - Parkside Plaza

Sunday 08 October

Mackay Gem and Craft Show

9am - 3pm

Come and view the wonderful world of precious and semi-precious stones.

Gems, crystals, slabs and jewellery for sale. Lapidary supplies, sieving, stake a claim.

Raffles and demonstrations, refreshments and sausage sizzle.

Club member and commercial stalls available.

Admission $4 & Under 16 years – Free entry – CASH preferred.

For enquiries, phone Jim: 0418 563 477 or Sandy: 0428848996

3 Leisure Street, South Mackay

Troppo Markets | Mount Pleasant Gem and Craft Show

7:30am – 11:30am

2nd Sunday of the 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 Shopping Centre

Souths Sunday Bingo

7pm – 9pm

Every Sunday

Come along to the Souths Leagues Club for a round of Sunday Bingo! Come along and you could win!

Souths Leagues Club

Monday 09 October

Trivia Night

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

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 10 October

Mackay Seniors Expo

9am to 12pm

It is an ideal platform for service providers and businesses that have services, facilities or information to make a real difference in seniors’ quality of life and connection to the community.

The event forms part of the Queensland Government’s state-wide Seniors Month celebrations which aim to improve community attitudes towards older people, facilitate community participation and activity by older people, and enhance community connections and inter-generational relationships.

Free Bus Service (Bus Fox) from Sarina to Mackay Showgrounds and return.

Free Bus Service (Transnorth) from Mirani to Mackay Showgrounds and return.

The Big Shed, Mackay Showgrounds

Mackay Jobs Fair 2023

10am – 1pm

Employers are ready to employ. If you want a job, bring your resume, dress in your best and come along!

There will be 3 lucky winners who will score work clothing vouchers on the day - you have to be in it to win it.

Hope to see you there!

CQ University, Mackay

Women in Manufacturing

7am – 9:30am

Hear some inspiring stories from our panellists at this FREE seated breakfast event. Limited spaces available.

We invite you to join us for our sixth year of celebrating Women in Manufacturing. We will explore the importance of creating clear pathways and inclusive workplaces for women. Learn of the benefits this brings when we get it right, and how innovative employment strategies create a highly skilled workforce and improved staff retention.

Book your ticket at

Rydges Mackay Suites, 9 Gregory Street, Mackay, Australia

Wednesday 11 October

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

Boy & Bear - Regional Tour


Australian chart-topping and ARIA-award winning act Boy & Bear have a new self-titled fifth studio album and have announced tours across Australia. See them live on Wednesday night in Mackay!

Tickets at

Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay

Thursday 12 October

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

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