Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 2 June

HeART (beats) - Access is Love exhibition

Friday, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

HeART(beats)- Access is Love Exhibition aims to help build a world where accessibility is understood as an act of love, instead of a burden or an after-thought. Crossroad Arts Inc invited all community members to respond to the theme Access is Love by creating an original artwork using any medium and in any style. Opening Night is Friday June 2 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm as part of Mackay City and Waterfront’s ‘City Heart Fridays.’ No need to book, just come along. Opening Night will be Auslan interpreted and digital image description will be available for each artwork. There will be beats from a local DJ, nibbles and drinks and a chance to admire all the artworks! Most works for sale for $40 each with proceeds going back to Crossroad Arts. Can't make opening night? The exhibition will run Monday - Friday until Friday August 4.

Crossroad Arts Inc

Friday SUN.sets

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

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

Wake House Australia

Keep The Speed Off The Street

Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Race your mates in a safe and controlled environment! All cars and bikes welcome. More info on what is required is available on the Palmyra Dragway website.

Palmyra Drag Racing Club Inc

Saturday 3 June

Mackay Basketball v Logan Thunder

Saturday, 6:00pm

Mackay Meteorettes and Meteors take on Logan Thunder at the Crater.

Mackay Basketball Stadium


Saturday, 7:30pm

Join Film & Arts Mackay for a once-in-a-lifetime waterfront screening of one of the most iconic films out of Hollywood in Mackay’s very own pop-up cinema at Paxton’s Warehouse on Saturday, 3rd June starting at 7.30pm.

Paxton’s Night Markets

Pizza For A Purpose

Saturday, from 9:30am

Members of the public are encouraged to go down to Laffos on June 3 for a raft of pizza-eating competitions with all food supplied by Laffos. Funds raised will support suicide prevention with the Grapevine Group.

Laffos, Caneland Central

Sunday 4 June

BMA Mackay Marina Run

Sunday, 6:00am

Discover why Mackay Marina Run is regarded as Queensland’s most scenic running event. A flat, fast course set against spectacular sub-tropical scenery – the perfect platform for achieving your next PB. Held annually on the first Sunday in June, the stunning 21.1km race winds through the coastal city showcasing the very best scenery of the region. From a 3km kids dash and 5km fun run to more advanced runs, there are categories and courses to suit all motivations.

Mackay Harbour

Visiting Preacher Returns To Mackay

Sunday, 9:15am

Rev. Dr Solmon Zwana, former general secretary of the Zimbabwean Council of Churches, returns to Mackay for a weekend of activities starting on Friday night at 7pm at St Paul's and culminating with a combined service and shared lunch at 9.15am on Sunday at St Paul's led by members of the Zimbabwean community and a pleasant Sunday afternoon at 2.15pm at Calen Uniting Church. For more information contact the Rev. Dr Julia Pitman 0411 094 185.

St Paul's Uniting Church

Family Fun Day

Sunday, 10:00am to 2:00pm

The annual Mackay Hospital Foundation Family Fun Day is back, bigger and better than ever in 2023. With heaps of fun for the whole family, just $5 per person will get you unlimited access to the huge variety of activities and rides, plus browse the market stalls and sample the delights from a variety of delicious food and coffee vendors. Take a seat and enjoy the tasteful tunes of Australian Idol’s Noah Cookson and pass the footy with Broncos, Maroons and Australia rugby league legend Sam Thaiday, all the while raising funds for Mackay Hospital Foundation.

BB Print Stadium

Sunday Live Music – Lucid Wings

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 5 June

Boogie Bounce Mackay Community Walking Group

Monday, 9:30am

Walk with Boogie Bounce Community on the first Monday morning of each month. Meet on the deck at the Botanic Gardens at 9:30am, have a casual walk around the gardens to get your steps up. All welcome.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Wednesday 7 June

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 8 June

Homeless Expo

Thursday, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Housing providers, medical services, flu vaccinations, community services, haircuts, blankets, tea, coffee and food will be available at the Homeless Expo, facilitated by CASA at the undercover basketball area at CQU Mackay Campus.

CQU Mackay Campus, Sydney Street

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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