Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 21 July

Friday SUN.sets

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

Knock off drinks, lakeside dinner, good friends, and LIVE MUSIC.

Wake House Australia

Mushroom Valley Presents...Techno Dinner Party

Friday, 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Mushroom Valley presents Soundfood, a unique fusion of Mark's two biggest passions - music and food. During a Soundfood session this Melbourne based Kiwi simultaneously DJs and cooks, resulting in a sensory explosion; bringing the heat with sweet treats and phat beats. Get your fancy shoes out, dust off your cocktail dress and come enjoy an amazing night. Throughout the evening you will be served a variety of fresh tapas with a side of the best beats!

The Residence at Dispensary

Leyon Milner Live at the Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday, 6:30pm

Cap off your work week at the Seabreeze Hotel. Dance the night away at the Seabreeze.

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 22 July

July Photo Walkabout Workshop - Birds in the Botanic Gardens

Saturday, 8:00am to 10:00am

Get your binoculars and cameras out this month as we look at the birdlife on the lagoons and surrounds of the Botanic Gardens. Meet the group at the Botanic Gardens Viewing Deck (next to the cafe). Bring along the longest camera lens you have. This workshop is suitable for smart devices to DSLR cameras. These workshops are hosted by the Garden Friends Association and supported by Mackay Camera Group and Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. To book your spot, phone the gardens on 4952 7300.

Mackay Showgrounds

Mack PopCon 2023

Saturday, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Special guests, cosplay, games, vendors, food and drink, music and much more! Ages 10+ - $5. Under 9 – Free. An event you don’t want to miss!

Mackay Showgrounds

Kucom Theatre ‘Things I Know To Be True’ Auditions

Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Victor Scott will be holding auditions for his production of "Things I Know To Be True", by Andrew Bovell, coming to Kucom in October. Visit the EventBrite website to register and download an audition pack. Registrations are essential and places are limited, so don't miss out.

Kucom Theatre

A BeeYOUtiful Showcase

Saturday, 4:00pm to 8:30pm

A crowning showcase of entrants new found confidence, positive mindset and body image while fundraising for BreastScreen Mackay throughout the Mackay Hospital Foundation.

Seabreeze Hotel

Lucid Wings Live at the Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday, 6:30pm

Dance the night away with Lucid Wings performing from 6.30pm.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday 23 July

Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run 2023

Sunday, 6:00am

The 2023 Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run offers runners a selection of beautiful scenic routes from 5km, 8km, 16km and 21.1km along the Bluewater Trail to raise vital, lifesaving funds for your region’s rescue helicopter service, RACQ CQ Rescue. All four races will start and finish at Iluka Park.

John Breen Park

Mackay Disc Sports Come & Try League Day

Sunday, 8:00am to 12:00pm

Learn how to play Disc Golf. One or two rounds of nine baskets on the pop-up course. Prizes for different divisions thanks to sponsors Mt Pleasant Tavern and Kingfisher Disc Golf. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the Playground at John Breen Park (Gooseponds). $5 per person. Disc Hire: $10 refundable deposit on return of discs. Anyone under 18 will need a guardian to accompany them. Closed in shoes required.

John Breen Park

Sunday Live Music – The Feels

Sunday, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Music every Sunday from 2pm - 5pm. Head down to the Seabreeze Hotel this Sunday for some fresh tunes, delicious food, and ice-cold brews.

Seabreeze Hotel

Wednesday 26 July

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 27 July


Thursday, 10:00am

Book a seat for an enjoyable social experience discussing memories and our responses to artworks at Artspace Mackay. This free program, designed and delivered by gallery staff, is for people living with dementia and their carers. Participants in Art and Memory will meet in the Artspace foyer. We’ll have a cuppa at the café, then go into the gallery to take a closer look at two selected artworks. This is not an art theory lesson, you don’t need prior art knowledge or a passion for art. The aim of this program is to take our time and look at the artworks—notice features and themes, and allow them to trigger our memories, thoughts and generate relaxing and enjoyable discussion. Phone Billie-Jo on 4961 9737 to reserve a seat for you and your loved one living with dementia. Seats are strictly limited so call now!

Artspace Mackay

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

Daly Bay Illuminate

Thursday to Sunday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Shining the light on Mackay, this July! Mackay’s favourite winter wonderland of lights returns bigger, brighter and bolder in 2023! For four nights, Mackay’s iconic Queens Park will come to life with a spectacle of art, light and imagination. As darkness falls, Daly Bay Illuminate transcends Queens Park adding a spotlight to historic landmarks and the natural flora of the park. Through the involvement of local and national artists, Daly Bay Illuminate is designed to captivate and rekindle your sense of optimal wonder.

Queens Park

Birds in the Botanic Gardens. Photo credit: Belinda Eckford

Mack PopCon

Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run

Mackay Disc Sports Come & Try League Day


Daly Bay Illuminate

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