Thursday, October 12, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 13 October

Trophy Eyes – Regional Australian Tour


Renowned Australian post-punk rock band, Trophy Eyes, are embarking on a mighty

Australian regional tour this October. The tour serves as a continuation of the festivities

surrounding their latest Top 10 ARIA album, Suicide and Sunshine.

Don’t miss out on seeing Trophy Eyes’ unreservedly candid and emotionally charged

storytelling, joined by special guests Dear Seattle. | Get your tickets at

The Seabreeze Hotel

The Feels (Live)

9pm – 1am

Join the crew at Moss on Wood and let loose with the incredible sounds of The Feels!

Get ready to groove, sway, and dance like nobody’s watching! It’s going to be a night filled with unforgettable beats and fantastic vibes. | Free entry.

Moss on Wood

Friday Kirtan Meditation

6:30pm - 8pm

2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

Kirtan meditation is a unique experience that will transport you to a world of inspiration, peace and joy, far beyond the stress and worries of life.

Kirtan sessions weave live music with sacred yoga chants in a relaxed, uplifting atmosphere where you can easily experience spiritual connection.

Delicious chai and dessert will be served after the meditation session. | Free event, register at - Donations are welcome


Significant Other (Live)

8pm – 12am

Experience an incredible evening of live music with Significant Other.

Come along for a great night! | Free entry.

Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club

Kids Class – Stretch, Breathe and Meditate

5pm – 5:45pm

2nd and 4th Friday of the month

Fully guided kids classes, aimed at ages 7-12.

These classes cover some basic stretches to get the energy flowing, guided relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation. Our kids classes aim to provide children with simple tools to assist with calming the mind and building emotional resilience. | Free event, register at - Donations are welcome.

QCWA Hall  

Saturday 14 October

Mackay Showground Markets

6am – 10am

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

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

Mackay Orchestra and Bands Festival

9am to 3pm and Sunday 1pm – 3pm

Ensembles from over 20 schools and community groups will come together to perform a balanced program of repertoire.

There will be 42 different ensembles performing over the 2-day festival in front of an adjudicator who will be grading and providing important feedback to each band on the performance of their choice of music rather than against each other, making this a unique music competition. | ENTRY FEES: $5 - Adult, $ 2 - Child/Concession, Children under 5 - free OR $10 per family

Mackay Christian College, Faith Centre, Kings Park Campus



Get ready for a night of Rock ‘n’ Roll mayhem, dress up as your favourite Rock or Pop Star and join us for an unforgettable evening. Live Music: The Feels 7pm to 11pm, delivering your favourite rock and pop hits. Air Guitar Competition. Best Dressed Prizes. Courtesy bus available. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Busby Marou – Blood Red Album Tour


Busby Marou have gained the reputation as one of Australia’s hardest working live bands, best known for their distinctly Australian storytelling and gifted musicianship.  Their 5th album, “Blood Red”, is out on July 21st, and they are taking the band on the road to celebrate.

Busby Marou will be joined by special guest Jem Cassar-Daley | Tickets available at

Harrup Park

Sheffield Shield and March Cup

Starting 10am Saturday

Featuring the Queensland and Victoria men's teams, the four day match will take place from 14th to 17th, followed by a Marsh Cup one day game on Thursday October the 19th.

Featuring some of the biggest names in Australian Cricket. | Tickets available at

Great Barrier Reef Arena

Sunday 15 October

BarbsWired (Live)

11am - 2pm

Cap off your weekend with a live performance from BarbsWired. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

The Wild Sky (Live)

3pm - 7pm

End your weekend on a high note with a live performance from The Wild Sky. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Monday 16 October

Rescue Chopper Week

Starts Monday 8:30 am

Register to hold a fundraiser, such as a sausage sizzle, free dress or crazy hair day during Rescue Chopper Week, one lucky school will win a helicopter landing on their school oval and visit from the RACQ Rescue crew!

You can also score a host of great prizes by entering the colouring and short story competitions during Rescue Chopper Week, from October 16 to 20.

Jump aboard, have some fun and raise funds! | Register at

Mackay Healthcare Virtual Job Fair

11am – 2pm

If you are looking for a job in Mackay, Queensland then you're in the right place. Interview with multiple recruiters from Mackay's top employers. Register today and land your dream job. | Register at

Online Event

Tuesday 17 October

Mackay Roadshow 2023

9am - 2pm

Awesome Women in Construction (AWIC) will be running a roadshow throughout North Queensland which will include visiting a large variety of education providers and industry site tours.

The roadshow will be highlighting the economic security, empowerment, and recognition of women in non-traditional roles within the construction industry through regional Queensland.

This program is aimed at female students who have shown an interest in the construction industry or may want to learn more about the construction industry as a career.

Mackay Leisure Centre

B2B Brews & Breakfast

8am – 9am

Supporting Anti-Poverty Week. Breakfast and coffee provided. Your donation of a non-perishable food item on the day is very much appreciated.

The Neighbourhood Hub, 4 George Street

Wednesday 18 October

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 19 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

Gin Appreciation Evening


THE DISPENSARY will be holding their last Gin Appreciation Evening for 2023!

The evening will feature 5 gin tastings with a 3 course menu designed by THE DISPENSARY head chef, Alex. If gin is your drink of choice this is one event you don’t want to miss. | Tickets available online.

The Dispensary Mackay

Sleeping Beauty – Royal Czech Ballet


Following their 2022 performances of Swan Lake, the Royal Czech Ballet return to Australia with their presentation of the classic masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty. | Tickets available at

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (MECC)

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