Friday, November 10, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 10 November

Keep the Speed off the Streets! (Test & Tune)

Gates open 3pm

Scrutineering opens at 4.00pm to 6.00pm Racing from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. $20 Spectator tickets available at the gate.

Palmyra Dragway

Paxtons Night Markets

4pm to 8pm

Mackay’s original and truly local handmade Night market. A unique shopping experience with quality stalls, live music, food and the best location on the river. | Free entry.

10 River Street

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

Friday Kirtan Meditation

2nd and 4th Friday of every month from 6:30pm to 8pm

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

CWA Hall

Annette Worthington (Live)

From 6:30pm

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

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 11 November

2023 PDRC Champs

Gates open 8am

Scrutineering shed open from 9:00am to 11:00am. Qualifying from 12:00pm. Racing from 4:00pm. Finals approx. 8:00pm. $20 Spectator tickets available at the gate.

Palmyra Dragway

WBBL: Heat vs Strikers

First Ball from 6:10pm

The Heat WBBL team are returning to their second home in Mackay for the highly anticipated match against the Adelaide Strikers!

Grab a bite to eat at the ground as you cheer on your favourite team.

Tickets available at

Great Barrier Reef Arena

Mackay Showground Markets

Every Saturday from 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

Mackay Choral Society presents ‘A Glorious Christmas’

3pm and Sunday 3pm

Welcoming the music lovers of Mackay to what will be a world class performance, with choruses from Handel's Messiah and traditional Christmas Carols, filling the theatre with beautiful singing and orchestral music for over two hours (including a 20 minute interval).

Adults $35, Concession $30 and Children $20 | Tickets available at

CQCM Theatre - 151 Boundary Road, Ooralea

Mackay Nth Qld Babies & Kids Mega Christmas Market

From 4pm – 8:30pm and Sunday 12th November from 8am to 12pm

Over 50 Local businesses on display with all things babies & kids, as well as mum’s to be & new mum products.

Lucky door prizes, Jumping Castles, Face Painting, Free Bounty Bags.

$2 Adult Entry - Kids 17 years and under free. Tickets available at the door

Mackay Showgrounds

Significant Other (Live)

From 6pm – 10pm

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable night of live entertainment at the Garden Bar. | Free entry.

Harrup Park

Sunday 12 November

Troppo Markets

2nd Sunday of every month from 7:30am to 11:30am

This event will keep you coming back with a never-ending variety of items for sale and plenty of entertainment and amusements too. | Free entry.

Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre

Significant Other (Live)

From 2pm

A live music performance that you won’t want to miss - come along for a great afternoon! | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

Monday 13 November

Trivia Night

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Trivia night on Mondays at Centro Restaurant.  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.

Magpies Sporting Club

Tuesday 14 November

B2B Brews (sponsored by Travel Associates Mackay)

8am to 9am

This week’s brews are sponsored by Travel Associates Mackay. Enjoy your morning bevvie while hearing all about Travel Associates Mackay upcoming Travel Trivia Night on the 23rd of November. With amazing prizes to be won including a 12-night Norwegian Cruise for 2, this is a night not to be missed!

So come on down, grab your coffee and start fine tuning your travel knowledge!

Sprinkles and Love Cake Emporium

Chatty Cafe

Every second Tuesday of the month from 9:30am to 10:30am

Chatty Café is a global movement that aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation, connecting people over a cuppa to help improve health and mental wellbeing.

Chatty Café invites you to come along to connect, converse, and share ideas. Second Tuesday of the Month.

Access to free events is only one of the benefits of library membership. If you are not already a library member, please join at

Gordon White Library


9am to 3:30pm

An event in Mackay to INSPIRE + EQUIP women on their political journey.

The Women for Election EQUIP: Power Edition Program is a highly practical non-partisan workshop that provides women with the key knowledge of how to campaign at all levels of government.  You'll learn about the tools and techniques to enable you to run for office, be the best candidate you can be, or assist another woman with her political campaign.

Free event | Tickets at

Jubilee Community Centre

Wednesday 15 November

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. $8 for members and $10 for non-members after that. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Thursday 16 November

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

West End Readers Book Club

5pm to 6pm

Come along to the monthly book club and connect with people who enjoy reading and discover new authors. This event is for adults aged 18 years and older. | Free entry.

Access to free events is only one of the benefits of library membership. If you are not already a library member, please join at

Walkerston Library

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