Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 30 June

Friday SUN.sets

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

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

Wake House Australia

Open Mic Night

Last Friday of every month, 7:00pm

Stand up comedy returns to the Ambassador Hotel with Deanne from Nth QLD headlining and Michelle Byrne as MC.

Ambassador Hotel

Saturday 1 July

2023 Riverside Festival

Saturday, 3:00pm to 10:00pm

2023 Riverside Festival hosted by 100.3 HitFM is located at Mackay's Bluewater Quay and will include the official opening of Red Dog Riverfront. This is a free community event, supported by Mackay Regional Council. Red Dog Beer Truck. Diablo Co. cocktail bar. Local food trucks. Fun activities. Live music from Jonte, Allessandro and Stone Faced Heathens.

Bluewater Quay

Formidable Vegetable (Duo) Album Launch at Mackay Community Garden

Saturday, 4:00pm

Fresh from a sold-out national tour and rocking the legendary Woodford Folk Festival with fat beets about plants, permaculture and the planet, Formidable Vegetable are back with some all new Spoonbill-boosted electro-funk and positive climate action that the whole neighbourhood can get down to as they launch their brand new album 'Micro Biome'. BYO Picnic & blankets/cushions. Kids show from 4:30 to 5:30pm. Permaculture electro funk-swing set from 7pm-8pm. Jam session afterwards - bring your instruments!

Mackay Community Garden

Vassallo Constructions Annual Tradie Auction

Saturday, 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Join an evening of entertainment, laughter, decadent street food tapas & a bar full of boujee beverages with proceeds going directly to the Grapevine Group to continue their quest of create awareness and vital training for suicide prevention. Place your bid on one or more of the 15 trade services up for grabs. Be mystified by the captivating Andino during the auction halftime magic show while indulging in delicious hot and cold platters created by Poco Cucina. Welcome drinks of wine, beer or prosecco on arrival. Downstairs in LUSH Function Room at the Ambassador Hotel.

Ambassador Hotel

MECC Presents: Circus Trick Tease: WERK IT

Saturday, 7:30pm

'WERK IT' by Circus Trick Tease is an all-new, late-night, high-energy, acrobatic comedy romp. Celebrating spandex, high-vis, vitality and vigour – 'WERK IT' received nightly standing ovations in it’s debut season. Combining never seen before acrobatic feats and jaw dropping skill, this show is the buzz of the town.


Indie Intensified

Saturday, 9:00pm

Noah Davis, Katanak, Comfort Royale and Weathered will be hitting the Empire stage from 9pm - don't miss out! Tickets on sale now - $15 or $20 at the door.

Empire Alternacade and Events – Mackay

Sunday 2 July

Mackay Weddings & Events Expo

Sunday, 11:00am to 3:00pm

Are you getting ready to marry the love of your life but not sure where to begin planning your special day? Are you planning an event or function but don’t know what services and vendors are available in the region? The Mackay Weddings & Events Expo is the event for you! Celebrating 10 years in 2023, the Mackay Weddings & Events Expo has grown to become the region’s number one platform for letting locals know what businesses are available for your wedding or event.

St Patrick’s Parish Hall

Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch

Sunday, 11:00am

Swing into the MECC for a decadent brunch affair and a collection of smooth jazz sounds. Soothe your soul with a sensational collaboration between Conjazz, the exceptional Australian jazz vocalist Gregg Arthur and renowned jazz pianist Peter Locke. With an array of delectable delights, a drink on arrival and tantalising tunes, you won’t be able to resist moving to the swing era hits with this sensational collaboration.


Sunday Live Music

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

Monday 3 July

High Tea with Booff

Monday, July 3 to Sunday, July 9, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm

Welcome to the wonderful other-worldly realm of BOOFF! This uniquely dark and immersive experience of comic theatre is something between a visit with royalty and popping-in to see your strangest and most favourite aunt for a madcap of tea. As you enter a world with richly detailed custom-made furnishings, bespoke chandeliers, you will meet an eloquent, other-worldly host with a larger-than-life personality. Lose yourself in this surreal tea-party filled with shared true stories that are partly scripted and partly improvised. With a twinkle in his eye, a glint of mischief, and perhaps even buffoonery... your disarmingly charming host, BOOFF wants you to love him, and as soon as you do, he wants you to laugh with him. Physically and verbally ridiculous, BOOFF can't blend in, but then he doesn't really try, and neither should you.

Ukiyo, Festival Hub, Civic Centre Precinct (61 Gordon Street)

Tuesday 4 July

Roll Back The Clock

Tuesday, 10:30am to 11:30am

Mackay City Bowls Club is taking a step towards curbing low physical activity rates among older Australians by encouraging them to ‘roll back the clock’ through lawn bowls, exercise and social interaction.  Our Roll Back the Clock Classes will run every Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30am for 8 weeks commencing on the 4th July.  A small cost for the class includes light exercise, a cuppa and a chat.  Contact Janette 0427275492 for more information.

Mackay City Bowls Club

Wednesday 5 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 6 July

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

Le Coup

Thursday, July 6 to Sunday, July 9

It's Fight Night at the Circus! Brought to you under a lavish Ukiyo tent, Le Coup brings you the finest contenders from all around the country to fight for your attention, adoration, and applause. From sword swallowing to daring aerial feats, tap dancing to acrobatics, this ragtag troupe of travelling misfits will duke it out with common sense and even the laws of physics for your entertainment.

Ukiyo, Festival Hub, Civic Centre Precinct (61 Gordon Street)

Formidable Vegetable


Mackay Weddings & Events Expo

Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch

High Tea with Booff

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