What’s Happening in July
Find out what’s happening in July on the Gold Coast! With plenty of events and entertainment for the whole family, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Pet lovers, school holidays, health & fitness- we have you covered!
GOLD COAST MARATHON June 30 – July 1
This IAAF Road Race Gold Label event features a marathon, half marathon, 10km run, 5.7km challenge and junior dash races for the kids over 4km and 2km. More than 25,000 people from around the world are set to participate in 2018 and lap up the magnificent running climate, as well as the flat, fast and beautiful course that runs alongside the Pacific Ocean.
If you’re interested in joining in on the action, read more at https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au
MARINE BIOLOGIST FIELD DAY July 4
Be a marine biologist for a day and learn what is involved in their day to day job. Ask our in-house marine biologist questions about our mini marine life and mangroves and learn to dig a turtle’s nest and investigate microorganisms under a microscope. Ages from 7 years and up. Limited spaces available and bookings required, so book now. $7.50 per child.
Learn more about Griffith University’s School Holiday Programs at https://www.griffith.edu.au
ACTIVE & HEALTHY AT HOTA July 9
Join us for an inspiring fitness, movement and healthy lifestyle morning at HOTA. Grab your fresh food at the Bundall Farmers Markets and stay for a morning of fitness and family fun. Stay and enjoy one of the many other FREE activities including a pop-up playground, rock climbing, inflatable cricket and AFL zones, stand up paddle workshops, circus fun, sports and agility fun, free pilates and fitness classes.
Find out more at http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/community
TWILIGHT EXPERIENCE AT DAVID FLEAY July 12-14
Visit David Fleay Wildlife Park these holidays and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world—that of the Yugambeh Aboriginal people. These holidays they’ll open after dark for you to enjoy a Jellurgal cultural experience and Park Ranger wildlife presentation. You can also explore the wildlife park and find out what their Australian wildlife get up to at night. The Nocturnal House will be a hive of activity with the platypus, mahogany gliders and greater bilbies. In the Ring Dam look for the red eyes of the crocodiles under the lights and then wander to the rainforest to see the cassowaries feeding. Night time is when the koalas are also most active. But be quick, nights and numbers are limited!
Book now at https://davidfleay.experienceoz.com.au
GOLD COAST PET & ANIMAL EXPO July 14
The Gold Coast Pet and Animal Expo returns in 2018 to provide animal lovers with an excellent opportunity to celebrate all our furry, scaled and feathered friends! Over 20,000 people attended the expo in 2017, and now in its 16th year, the event will be bigger and better than ever before! Animal lovers will find over 70 exhibitors, incredible live entertainment featuring animal demonstrations, product giveaways and discounts, hundreds of animals and so much more.
View more about this event at https://www.goldcoastpetexpo.com.au
BASTILLE DAY DINNER & SHOW July 14
Come and celebrate the best of French culture for the French National Day Party. The iconic Marissa Burgess featuring Daphnee Maresca and the Rouge Dancers will wow us with their incredible costumes and voices. Opera from Vavachi Entertainment as well as Theater Act from Andre Lerouge and his Magnifique Blades new show, the energetic dancers from Corina School of Dance and our precious Darling will occupy the stage. The most fun, full of culture and best food has arrived once again in town- French yourself up for the night in blue white red and your biggest smile!! Do not fear we will have berets on sale at the venue
Buy your tickets at https://www.bonjourfrenchfestival.com.au
KOKODA CHALLENGE July 14-15
The Kokoda Challenge will once again be coming to the Gold Coast in 2018, register now for the 96-kilometre event. This course is a bucket list item to tick off, as it’s referred to as the toughest team endurance event in Australia: 96 kilometres of winding tracks through the Gold Coast hinterland, 5,000 metres of vertical elevation to climb (and descend!) including 14 checkpoints to get through. It’s time to prove to yourself that you can go above and beyond what you think your limits are and do something truly extraordinary. All fundraising and donations from the event go towards our Youth Programs, with the principles of courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice we transform the lives of hundreds of teens each year.
Read more at https://www.kokodachallengeevents.com
VIVA SURFERS PARADISE July 13-22
Viva Surfers Paradise is back as they pay tribute to the life and music of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley with 50s and 60s fun all week long! At this festival, enjoy live performances, dancing, classic cars, the annual renewal of the vows ceremony and, of course, a preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The winner will advance to the Semifinal Round during Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee.
To find out more, visit http://www.surfersparadise.com
MEET THE ENTREPRENEUR July 18
July’s Entrepreneur of the month is James Gilmore. Gilmour Space Technologies is an Australian launch provider, based in Queensland and Singapore, that’s developing and launching low-cost hybrid rockets for the fast-growing global small satellite industry. Founded by brothers James and Adam Gilmour, their mission is to “provide low-cost access to space.”
Hear James share his journey from a childhood fascination with space to signing a Space Act Agreement with NASA to collaborate on various research and technology development initiatives at the Southport Library on Wednesday 18 July, 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Secure your spot at http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au
A RIGHT ROYAL GALA BALL July 21
The Southport Yacht Club invites you to A Right Royal Gala Ball incorporating the Commodore’s table. The Southport Yacht Club – A Right Royal Gala ball includes a three-course dinner with a beverage on arrival also including entertainment by The Royal Australian Navy 18 Piece Band and raffle prizes.
Limited tickets available so be quick to visit http://www.southportyachtclub.com.au
GOLD COAST FASHION WEEK 2018 July 26-29
Gold Coast Fashion Week 2018 (GCFW18) is dedicated to creating the most innovative four days of entertainment, world-class runways and opportunities for both established and emerging designers using some of the countries most spectacular location backdrops. The vision for the 2018 revival is unlike anything the industry will have seen. With the magnificent Gold Coast coastline, landmark icons and premium venues as our backdrop, 2018 will mark the first of what will become an annual event.
Find out more information at https://gcfw18.com.au
GROUNDWATER COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL July 27-29
Saddle up and get set for the Groundwater Country Music Festival (formerly known as the Broadbeach Country Music Festival). The best bit is you don’t need a ticket; the Groundwater Country Music Festival is completely FREE! Featuring local, Australian and International country acts. So get your Stetson out, and dust off those old cowboy boots for three days and nights of incredible, boot-scootin’ entertainment across outdoor stages and throughout venues in Broadbeach.
See what acts are appearing this year at http://broadbeachgc.com
GOLD COAST EXPO July 27-29
Gold Coast’s largest Home, Caravan & Camping Expo! Find caravans, camper trailers, boating, 4x4s, vehicles and everything for home and outdoor living.
A major Gold Coast event combining the highly successful Midyear Caravan and Camping Expo, plus Home and Outdoor Living Ideas. Two events running together, side by side, will ensure a massive development that will attract many thousands of visitors and shoppers. Visitors can expect to browse a vast range of the very latest caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, 5th wheelers, vehicles, camping gear and accessories. PLUS products and services for your homes, outdoors and lifestyles, including pools and spas, new homes, solar power, blinds, awnings, patios, gardening, furniture, bedding and much more.
For tickets and information visit http://goldcoastexpo.com.au
NATIONAL TREE DAY July 29
National Tree Day is an opportunity for you to do something positive for your community and the environment by reconnecting with nature. National Tree Day started in 1996, and since then more than 3.8 million people have planted 24 million trees and plants and it’s still growing. Play a part and join the City of Gold Coast along the Coomera River planting 3000 trees. The event is family friendly and suitable for all ages.
Please register to receive further location details, including reminders and what you need to bring/wear: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/naturallygc-national-tree-day-planting-tickets
GOLD COAST MARKETS
Don’t forget to check out what local markets are on each weekend near you! Our daytime weekend markets rotate between the picturesque beachfront locations of Broadbeach, Burleigh and Coolangatta. Discover the hidden treasure of Tamborine Mountain country markets or head to Marina Mirage Markets in Main Beach to tantalise your taste buds exploring a huge array of food stalls.
If you are looking for somewhere to spend your evenings, check out the night time markets of Surfers Paradise, China Town in Southport or the bustling Miami Marketta which is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night offering a range of food options, market stalls and live entertainment. They are all family friendly and a great way to spend an evening.