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Gold Coast Major Events

Gold Coast Events Calendar

With magnificent beaches, a fantastic climate, a huge range of accommodation and a strong business infrastructure the Gold Coast is a helluva place to hold an event. That's why there's so much happening in this town.

Whether you like car races, golfing tournaments, tennis, musicals, surfing or lawn bowls, there's guaranteed to be something on the Gold Coast events calendar to suit you.

The following is a brief guide to some of the major events held on the Gold Coast each year.

See what's happening on the Gold Coast this month at our event calendar.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

In a bid to host the 21st Commonwealth Games against Hambantota of Sri Lanka, the Gold Coast was announced the winner on 11 November 2011. We join a long list of Games hosts that include major cities such as London, Delhi, Edinburgh, Vancouver, Kuala Lumpur and Manchester to name but a few. So now from 4 to 15 April 2018 the world will be watching as the Gold Coast sets the stage for the XXI Commonwealth Games. Over the past few years there have been major additions to our sporting venues, as world class stadiums and arenas have been built with the capacity for thousands upon thousands of international visitors.

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Quiksilver Pro Surfing Titles

Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast With some of the greatest waves in the world at the doorstep (albeit a sandy doorstep) the Gold Coast is the natural home to the Quiksilver Pro, the first event on the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour - the most prestigious surfing competition on earth.

The competition is held wherever the best waves are on the day, and takes in an area from South Strabroke Island to Ballina in NSW - cyclones permitting, the home of the tour is at Snapper Rocks in Coolangatta where the legendary new wave breaks all the way to Kirra providing the longest rideable waves in the ocean.

Magic Millions Horse Racing Carnival

Magic Millions Horse Racing Carnival & Thoroughbred Sales on the Gold Coast In the second week of January every year the glamorous Gold Coast is the venue for the Magic Millions Yearling Sales and ten days of Carnival and society events surrounding the Magic Millions raceday.

Two One Million dollar races are the highlight of the raceday, with only graduates of the Magic Millions Sales eligible to compete.

The Magic Millions Sales and raceday has established its reputation on the international scene, and has fast become a "must be there" event worldwide.

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Blues on Broadbeach

Blues on BroadbeachThe annual Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival has attracted over 300,000 people since it's inception in 2002 making this a world class event.

Transcending the barriers of age, gender and culture Blues on Broadbeach is one of Australia’s iconic Blues Festivals.

The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival is unique as it feeds on the unique village like atmosphere and relaxed ambience that is Broadbeach.

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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Sanctuary Cove International Boat ShowAttracting visitors from around the world, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is well known for the spectacular array of the marine industries finest. Situated in Australia's leading and most prestigeous leisure boat building region, Sanctuary Cove is the perfect place to see the glitz of local and international glamour on the high seas.

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has attracted more than 130 exhibitor applications within two weeks of bookings opening.

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The Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Gold Coast Airport MarathonIn one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world – the Gold Coast  is an event that motivates and challenges tens of thousands of people of all ages and abilities. The Gold Coast Airport Marathon draws on young and old every year to try their hand at everything from the junior dash to the full 42.196km marathon.

The 37th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be staged on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July 2015 in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world in Queensland, Australia.

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Schoolies Week

Schoolies Week on the Gold CoastThe history of Schoolies Week probably extends back to ancient Greece when the first formal schools were created, and hence the first formal school graduations. Things would have been simple then, you and your mate Alexius would have finished up at the academy and headed over to Ithicus's house and spent seven days drinking wine in the sun and preparing for the college years.

Nowadays not an awful lot has changed - formal schooling has been around for a while, and it's now the school formal which marks the end of school and the beginning of Schoolies Week.

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Armor All Gold Coast 600

Gold Coast 600

This event marked the re-birth of one of the world's greatest motorsport festivals and at a heavily discounted rate on previous years! The event promises to be a motorsport and music extravaganza, offering some of the best value for money in world entertainment.

The highlight of the weekend will be 300km V8 Supercar races on both Saturday and Sunday with all teams having signed high-profile international stars as part of their endurance line-ups.

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Swell Sculpture Festival

Swell Sculpture Festival

Featuring an intriguing display of local and international artworks, the Swell Sculpture Festival is a fantastic free exhibition that turns Currumbin Beach into an outdoor art gallery in September every year. 

Open all hours, you can walk amongst the sculptures under the warming spring sun or see them lit up under the southern sky. Over ten days there are twilight walks, talks from the artists, a Public Art Forum and the Swell Smalls Gallery for smaller pieces.

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