Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 23 June

Thy Art Is Murder

Friday, 7:00pm

Thy Art Is Murder are set to cause absolute carnage across regional Australia. Kicking off in May, the lords of extreme metal will raze through venues across the eastern states with Justice For The Damned and To The Grave.

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 24 June

2023 CQ Rescue Talent Search

Saturday, 12:30pm to 7:00pm

The CQ Rescue Talent Search is a Charity Talent Search raising much needed funds for RACQ CQ Rescue. Boys and girls 4 years & over are encouraged to be involved in the charity runway event. Doors open at 12.30pm. Show starts at 2pm

Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music Theatre

BE Social Fest 2023

Saturday, 12:30pm to 9:30pm

Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with electrifying performances from the likes of Grinspoon, Mallrat, San Cisco, 360, The Wild Sky and more plus a huge selection of amusement rides and food vendors.

Harrup Park

Sydney Hotshots

Saturday, 7:30pm

Sydney Hot Shots are coming to Mackay! For one night only, enjoy the hottest male bodies Sydney has to offer.

Rydges Mackay

Jimeoin: THE CRAIC!

Saturday, 7:30pm

You’ve seen him on The Royal Variety Performance, Live at the Apollo, Sunday Night at the Palladium, Conan O’Brien or perhaps online where he has clocked up millions of views of his comedy clips… but NOTHING beats seeing Jimeoin live. Catch his brilliant smash-hit Jimeoin: The Craic! show on tour.


Sunday 25 June

Mackay Disc Sports June Come and Try League Day

Sunday, 8:00am

Come along and learn to play Disc Golf - all ages and abilities welcome.

John Breen Park

Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Live on Stage!

Sunday, 10:30am and 2:00pm

Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat. The Cat in The Hat interrupts this rainy afternoon with his unexpected visit to Sally and her brother's cosy home. Their outspoken and outraged pet Fish is astounded and concerned, but this cat will not be deterred. He will teach us all to make our own fun with nothing but a little imagination. "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the cat will fill the theatre with mischievous humour and madcap style. Young and old alike will delight in this faithful adaptation of a classic book come to life before our very eyes. Spoiler alert: Things run amuck, and quickly!


Monday 26 June

Tibbles Hunt In The Tropical Shade Garden

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm during school holidays

Find Tibbles in the Tropical Shade Garden and decode his latest message for you! Return completed activity sheets to Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre to get your sticker. You can pick up your activity sheets from Visitor Information Centre, weekdays, 9am to 4pm.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Tropical Shade Garden

Bocce With A Buddy

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm during school holidays

Enjoy a game of bocce with a friend on our sand bocce court. Bocce sets are available to hire from Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre or bring your own to play. Cost: $5 to hire a bocce set.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Malta Gardens Bocce Court

Strolling Stories – The Bungee Jumping Caterpillar

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm during school holidays

Follow the Strolling Story to follow the adventure of ‘Zody’ and ‘AK’. Hunt for the bungee caterpillar painted rock along the looped circuit! There will be one painted bungee caterpillar rock hidden along the looped trail each weekday. Return the painted rock to Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre and get your very own copy of the Bungee Jumping Caterpillar book! The hunt is only available during the above times.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm during school holidays

Follow the instructions on the activity sheet to complete your Nature Scavenger Hunt in the Botanic Gardens. Pick up an activity sheet from Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre. Return the completed sheets to the entry box to go into the draw to win a $30 voucher from the Gardens Shop!

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Wednesday 28 June

Winter Creation Station

Wednesday, 10:00am to 11:00am

Come and enjoy a free drop-in nature craft activity at the Botanic Gardens. This activity is suitable for children aged four to 10 years. Short waiting periods may apply during busy periods. Keep up to date with the Facebook event.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Tropical Sun Lawn

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. It's a space to honour the uniqueness of each individual, everyone is equal. They will be able to speak from their hearts about things that trouble, annoy, frustrate them. 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

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. Everyone learns at their own pace and, even better, the first lesson is free on your way to learning the four step style of rock ‘n’ roll. $5 for members and $8 for non-members after that. The club caters for social activities for club members with regular dances with live bands in attendance and away trips. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Thursday 29 June

Chair Yoga in North Mackay

Every Thursday, 2:00pm

Using a chair for support (either sitting or standing) Chair Yoga is a practice of gentle movement, combined with mindful breathing & meditation. It's an excellent choice for anyone who wants to focus on a gentle, nurturing practice. Chair Yoga can improve your balance, flexibility, concentration & strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain. Bookings are essential. Call or text your full name to 0434 940 300 or message the Wellness With Deb Facebook page.

Palmview Village Community Centre, via Oasis Drive / Bradford St.

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 desert.

Bluewater Quay

Puppets And Pyjamas Bedtime Stories

Thursday, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Join Ros from Wild Puppets for an evening of family fun. Suitable for children aged two to ten years of age and their families. Don’t forget to wear your pyjamas!

Dudley Denny City Library

Breathe In

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

BREATHE IN is a hauntingly poetic performance piece that explores an alienating, alternate world of existence and the fragile line between connection and isolation. Enter through Paxton’s Warehouse doors and be taken into a world filled with live music, poetry and projection as lead performers Georgia Cranko (VIC) and Brenden Borellini (QLD) give you a captivating and also disturbing insight into how they as people who use alternate communication, survive in a world that can be at times frightening, unrelenting and inaccessible.

Paxton’s Warehouse

2023 CQ Rescue Talent Search

BE Social Fest

Sydney Hotshots

Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Live on Stage

Tibbles Hunt In The Tropical Shade Garden

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