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9 JAN* MAGIC MILLIONS BARRIER DRAW This event brings brand awareness, community engagement and event interaction to the Race Day on Surfers Paradise Beach. Expected crowds of 4,000. 1 Day L

26 - 28 JAN QUEENSLAND BEACH VOLLEYBALL OPEN The state’s beach volleyball talent playoffs in Surfers Paradise takes place at the end of the Queensland Tour. A traditional proving ground for the sport’s future champions. 3 Days L

3 - 4 FEB OCEAN6 Surf sport series showcasing Australia’s fittest Surf Life Savers in Round 5 of the competition. This event incorporates world athletes and Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman/Ironwoman Series. Expected crowds of 15,000. 2 Days L

18 FEB CHINESE NEW YEAR IN SURFERS PARADISE Cavill Mall hosts a celebration that features a stage show and traditional children’s activities. 1 Day L

2 - 25 FEB SAND SAFARI ARTS FESTIVAL Signature annual event exhibiting bold works of art inspired by sand and sea, hosted throughout Surfers Paradise and the wider Gold Coast. Australian Sand Sculpting Championships and foreshore activations will be featured among the art installations. A Guinness World Record attempt to build the most sand castles in one location in one hour will be held on Surfers Paradise beach.
24 Days M

4 - 15 APR* COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018 Surfers Paradise will become an official celebration zone with stages and entertainment, providing a hub for event goers and onlookers throughout the Games. 12 Days H

27 - 29 APR STEP UP FEAT AUSTRALIAN DANCE CUP (ADC) Internationally acclaimed dance competition featuring some of the best dance talent performing at a beachfront stage and hotel ballrooms. 3 Days L

22 - 23 APR SIPFEST (SHORTS IN PARADISE) Gold Coast’s biggest Short Film Festival hosted in association with Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF). 2 Days L

3 - 6 MAY GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS (GCMA) / SURFERS PARADISE LIVE The GCMAs and Surfers Paradise LIVE combine to create a four day music festival in celebration of Australian music. Local acts play alongside big headliners at the main
foreshore stage, while diverse genres of music are hosted in various venues around the precinct.
4 Days H

8 - 13 MAY INFINITUS Chinese company holding its annual international conference, which will see up to 10,000 international delegates attend. 10 Days L

2 JUN SEAFIRE The world’s greatest pyrotechnicians go head-to-head in a fireworks extravaganza. Expected crowds of 20,000+. 1 Day H

END JUN* SURFERS PARADISE VARIETY WAITERS CHALLENGE This entertaining charity event is where local restaurants, cafes and pubs battle it out for the highly acclaimed title of Variety Charity Restaurant of the year. 1 Day L

30 JUN - 1 JUL* GOLD COAST MARATHON 42,195km run along the coastline covering iconic spots including Surfers Paradise. Expected participants 5,500+. 1 Day H

13 - 22 JUL* VIVA SURFERS PARADISE Australia’s largest tribute event featuring nostalgic performances, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and classic car displays. Expected crowds of 85,000. 10 Days M

8 SEPT OCEANWAY RIDE A spectacular land-mark cycling event along the iconic Gold Coast coastline. This event attracts riders of all ages and offers multiple courses plus a VIP cycling experience. 1 Day L

29 SEPT - 5 OCT* SURFERS PARADISE KIDS WEEK A jam packed week of shows, activities, competitions and giveaways for children. Expected crowds of 70,000. 7 Days M

END SEPT 2018 AUSTRALIAN UNI GAMES The Australian University Games returns to the Gold Coast for its seventh year and welcomes students from across Australia to take part in a week of serious sport and fun. 6 Days M

MID OCT NETFEST 2,500 netballers travel from around Australia and New Zealand for this huge celebration of the sport. 3 Days M

20 - 22 OCT GOLD COAST 600 International V8 Supercars Championship takes places annually in Surfers Paradise, creating a party atmosphere in the precinct with a beach side race and parkside entertainment. 3 Days M

26 - 28 OCT ZOMBIE WALK AND WAKE WEEKEND Halloween activations around the precinct, including the first costumed zombie walk on the Gold Coast. 3 Days M

NOV BUSH MEETS BEACH Part of the Outback Stockman’s Show, Surfers Paradise beach is transformed into a bustling stockyard and showcase of outback skills and traditions. 1 Day L

17 NOV - 1 DEC SCHOOLIES Each year newly graduated Year 12 students descend on Surfers Paradise to celebrate the end of their school years. 15 Days M

13 - 24 DEC* CHRISTMAS IN SURFERS PARADISE Celebrating a coastal summer Christmas with entertainment, free Santa photos and roving carollers. 12 Days M

23 DEC* CAROLS ON THE BEACH A beloved annual tradition for generations of local families, the event features a stunning line-up of talented local entertainers and favourite children’s characters and finishes with a fireworks display. Expected crowds of 20,000+. 1 Day H

27 DEC - 1 JAN* NEW YEAR’S CARNIVAL A colourful array of rides and attractions for all ages across five days in the lead up to 2019. Multiple fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve. Expected crowds of 20,000+. 6 Days M

EVERY WED, FRI & SUN SURFERS PARADISE BEACHFRONT MARKETS One of the largest markets on the Gold Coast in operation since 1995, offering approximately 100 market stalls and providing a unique shopping and cultural experience for locals and holiday makers alike. 3 Days M

CODE: L, M, H (low, medium, high) denotes visitor numbers for the event itself and are expected above the seasonal average. Expected crowds based on most recent year’s attendance.Some event dates may be subjected to change. *Denotes QLD School Holidays.