Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 7 July

Between the Tides with Busby Marou

Friday and Saturday, 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Between the Tides is set along the picturesque coastline of Cape Hillsborough, a mere 40 minutes north of Mackay. In a world-first concert experience, national treasures, Busby Marou will host an intimate performance on the beach, inviting fans to an exclusive preview of their brand new album, 'Blood Red'.

Cape Hillsborough National Park

Free Public Art Walk

Friday, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Hosted by Artspace Mackay Public Art Officer Jennifer Dalton-Smith, this free city art walk for all ages begins at Artspace Mackay and takes you through the city centre. Along the way, participants will learn about Mackay’s iconic public art installations, and the local, and internationally acclaimed artists who created them. Whether you’re an artist, art lover, local or visitor to our lovely riverside city, you’ll find this late afternoon public art walk a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Bring friends, family members, or come by yourself - wear a hat, comfortable shoes, bring a bottle of water, and arrive promptly to Artspace Mackay as the group will depart on time.

Artspace Mackay

Friday SUN.sets

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

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

Wake House Australia

Film & Arts Mackay July Film Night: OLGA

Friday, 7:30pm

OLGA is the story of a young female Ukrainian gymnast, played by real-life former Ukrainian national team member Anastasia Budiashkina, who is exiled from her homeland to chase her Olympic dreams.

Central Queensland Conservatorium Of Music

Saturday 8 July

PCYC Mackay Open Day

Saturday, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Celebrate PCYC Mackay’s 75th birthday with a FREE open day. Free events and activities for the whole family! Lucky door prizes and a draw to win a yearly gym membership. Bring your bike or scooter or borrow one as they open up the bike track. Try the beer goggles and check out the braking the cycle program. Patrick Thaiday will be running a dance workshop at 11.30am. Free sausage sizzle. Canteen will be open for snacks and drinks.

Mackay PCYC

The Mackay Scottish Bluewater Fling

Saturday, 12:00pm

Join a free outdoor community concert held at the Bluewater Quay. Pipe bands, highland dancers, Piping MaD Rock band, Kathleen Campbell, Hullabaloo and much more. Starts at 12pm, massed bands will march across the Forgan Bridge at 2pm, with entertainment continuing on the River Stage until dusk. Food vendors will be on site including haggis pies, scotch pies, square sausage and other Scottish biadh. Bring a fold up chair or picnic blanket and enjoy an afternoon of Scottish music, song and dance.

Bluewater Quay

Powerhouse X

Saturday, 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Powerhouse Fight Series will be delivering their tenth event on July 8. This is a huge milestone and they have absolutely stacked the card to show their appreciation for all the support everyone has shown over the past 10 events. Tickets will sell even faster than usual so you know what to do! Get in early.

Mackay Showgrounds

Inside Lane Single Launch

Saturday, 5:00pm

Following the release of their debut single ‘Pass the Time’, local indie rockers Inside Lane are putting on a show to celebrate and inviting Alessandro along on opening duties.

Wake House Australia

Gin Tasting Night

Saturday, 6:00pm

Join for a GIN-tastic night at Seabreeze Hotel on Saturday 8th July from 6pm. Indulge in a delectable four-course meal perfectly paired with hand-selected award-winning gins from Martin Miller's, The Botanist, and Finsbury.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday 9 July

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

Wednesday 12 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 13 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

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