Thursday, October 19, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 20 October

Guided Walks in the Gardens

10am – 11:15am

A guided walk in the Gardens. These walks last about an hour and are conducted at a leisurely pace.

While bookings are preferred, individuals can phone the gardens at 07 4952 7300 or email to reserve their spot.

Every Friday until the end of October. | Free entry.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Friday Night Live Music

Every Friday from 5pm

Join us on Friday’s from 5pm for live music from our local favourites, good food and great company. | Free entry.

Boomerang Hotel

Anette Worthington (Live)

From 6:30pm

Don’t miss out on an evening filled with awesome music and non-stop dancing. See you there! | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Ron & Deb Duo (Live)

6:30pm – 10:30pm

Come along for a great night of live music at The Burb. | Free entry.

Souths Suburban Bowls Club

Paint & Sip

Every Friday at 5:30pm

The After Work Quickie event teaches you the skills to paint on canvas, while having a few cheeky drinks. BYO.

Book tickets at

Studios 104 Victoria Street

Saturday 21 October

Mackay Showground Markets

6am – 10am

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

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

Falun Gong Classes

Every Saturday from 10am

Falun Gong offers you relaxation, meditation, inner peace and health through movement.

You’re invited to come along and experience a session in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens.

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

Enjoy good tunes and great vibes every Saturday from 2pm. | Free entry.

The Kooyong Hotel

The World Goes 'Round

2pm & 7:30pm

The World Goes 'Round is a stunning revue of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team, Kander and Ebb.

From Cabaret to Chicago, the nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including "Mr. Cellophane," "Maybe This Time," "Cabaret" and "New York, New York." | Tickets online.

Central Queensland Conservatorium Of Music

Lucid Wings (Live)

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Lucid Wings Duo will be gracing the stage for a live music performance that you won’t want to miss. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Global Grooves 2023

3pm – 8pm

Travel the world in a single afternoon and celebrate our vibrant cultural communities that together make up our proud Mackay region.

Featuring an array of performances from multicultural artists, local community groups, and a range of talented musicians.

Get your groove on or take part in the many activities and workshops on show throughout the event. | All ages event - Free entry.

Queens Park

Sunday 22 October

Come and Try Lawn Bowls

10am – 11:30am

Enjoy a fun session learning to play. Bowls provided or bring your own. Wear comfortable clothing, flat soled footwear, socks or barefoot. Families, workplaces and individuals welcome. | Free entry.

Mackay City Bowls Club

Country to the Coast

From 12pm

Saddle up and join Mackay’s most exciting country event! Live music from Jessica Cash (12pm - 3pm) and Tyla Rodrigues (3pm – 6pm), ride the mechanical bull and visit the petting zoo!

Akubras & Boots are more than welcome! Show off your country style and strut your stuff. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

St. Joseph’s Christmas Fair

12pm – 4pm

Show rides, jumping castles, face painting and glitter tattoos, kids craft activities, games with fantastic prizes. Meat tray wheel, hot food stalls, dessert bar, live music and bar. | Free entry.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, North Mackay

Monday 23 October

Toddler Time

9:30am – 10am

The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs. It's never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child. Bookings are essential - one ticket required per attendee. | Tickets online.

Gordon White Library  

Tuesday 24 October

Retire Happy Mackay

5:30pm – 6:45am

This session is designed to give you the tools to start building a better retirement now. This casual and easy-to-understand seminar includes a guide on how to retire, including how much you need in retirement and what to consider when retiring, the latest legislation updates, as well as Centrelink benefits you may be entitled to. | Tickets are complimentary for BUSSQ members and their spouse, partner, or friend.

Souths Leagues Club

Baby Bounce

9:30am – 10am

Baby Bounce promotes language development in babies from birth to walking.

The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs. It’s never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child. Please bring a small blanket for your child.

Bookings are essential - one ticket required per attendee. | Tickets online.

Sarina Library

Wednesday 25 October

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase | Mackay

From 7:30pm

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia. Boasting a line-up of festival favourites and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment is bringing the best of the fest direct to you!

Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. | Tickets online.

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre

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 26 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

Annette Worthington

Lucid Wings

Country to the Coast

Sydney Comedy Festival

Global Grooves 2023

St. Joseph’s Christmas Fair

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