Surfers Paradise Festival

Celebrated in March and April every year, the Surfers Paradise Festival comes together in celebration of local music, food, fashion, film and art as a key driver of the Gold Coast’s cultural development.

Spread over four fantastic weekends, the Surfers Paradise precinct is transformed into a showcase of the emerging arts and cultural scene the Gold Coast has to offer.

There’s a wonderful mix of family events, exhibitions, live music, street markets and even short film screenings to entertain everyone.

So bring the whole family down to experience the Gold Coast art culture at its best.


Surfers Paradise Festival – March-April 2015

The Surfers Paradise Festival of 2014 was a huge success, and already the organisers are planning another great festival for next year.

The 2014 line-up included some of the best performers yet, including the best in food, art, music and entertainment.

The festivities included a vibrant street parade and Launch It Beach Concert to kick off the first weekend of celebrations. Some of the artists involved included;

  • Bombs Away
  • Chardy
  • Mobin Master
  • Tate Strauss
  • The Angels with Dave Gleeson
  • Jon Stevens
  • Daryl Braithewaite
  • Aunty HuHu
  • Bec and the Big River Trio
  • Diddly Squat

Other events included the Surf, Seafood & Symphony, the Australian Street Entertainment Championships, One Way Street Party, a night of pyrotechnics with Seafire, and a long list of other supporting events.

If you head to the Surfers Paradise Festival website you can see some of the great photos from this years’ event and even share your own if your were there.

Just because the Surfers Paradise Festival has ended for another year, that doesn’t mean the fun stops here! There’s still plenty of events run throughout the year in Surfers Paradise, so be sure to check what’s on here throughout the precinct.

Getting There

While the Surfers Paradise area will be busy, driving yourself is still the easiest way to attend the festival, with individual events throughout the suburb and surrounding area. If you’re on holiday you can easily rent a car and you’ll find plenty of paid parking at the following locations;

  • Bruce Bishop Car Park, Beach Road – undercover parking (first 2 hours free)
  • Chevron Renaissance, Ferny Avenue – undercover parking
  • Circle on Cavill, Ferny Avenue – undercover parking
  • Centro Surfers Paradise, Hanlan Street – undercover parking
  • Hilton Surfers Paradise, Orchid Avenue – undercover parking
  • Soul Building, The Esplanade – undercover parking
  • View Avenue Parking Lot – outdoor parking
  • Norfolk Avenue Parking Lot – outdoor parking
  • SURFCiTY Centre - corner of Clifford St & Gold Coast Hwy, access via Appel St

If you don’t have a vehicle or you’d rather hit the streets with your feet, you can make the most of the Gold Coast public transport. There’s a Surfside Bus service with a number of routes going through the festival, as well as the new GoldLinQ Light Rail.

Some streets will be closed off for the festival from time to time, so unless you want to risk missing the start of your events you’ll need to check the website from time to time. These closures will stop the Light Rail trams at times too.

The best way to get to and from the festival events though is to simply stay in the area. There’s plenty of Surfers Paradise Accommodation on offer, including holiday apartments, hotels and some wonderfully luxurious resorts. You'll be able to attend all your favourite events by simply walking out your door, while also enjoying the Gold Coast beaches and all the other local attractions.