Gold Coast Events February
Chinese New Year
Variable Dates in January or February
Chinese New Year falls in either January or February.
Gold Coast Chinatown is the centre of any celebrations. Chinatown is a relatively new zone to the Gold Coast and is found in Southport just a short trip on the new G:Link Trams from Surfers Paradise. It is located on Young and Davenport Streets.
Each Saturday there are now Chinese Markets in this area too.
Usually there are also celebrations in Surfers Paradise including dragon dancing, cultural displays, traditional music and dance plus delicious chinese foods to eat. They are usually on the weekends closest to the actual date of Chinese New Year.
Sometimes the theme parks put on special parades or events, but they are just part of normal admission.
Chinese New Year Celebrations in Brisbane
The biggest celebrations for Chinese New Year are in Brisbane as it has a larger, more established and vibrant Chinese district - Chinatown Mall in The Valley in Brisbane.
The events are very structured in Brisbane, with events usually starting on the Friday and Saturday evenings (5pm to 10pm) stepping through the rituals of saying goodbye to the old year and then welcoming the new year in.
Sunday celebrations are in the afternoon usually from noon through to 5pm. It's a great experience for all ages, and you get plenty of opportunity to be entertained or enjoy some Chinese food.
Waitangi Day (The official day!)
Official Waitangi Day - Waitangi Day commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand. A public holiday in New Zealand held each year on 6 February to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, 6 February 1840.
There are many expat NZers in the Gold Coast, so this is a significant celebration in our multicultural city.
Waitangi Day Celebrations In Gold Coast
There's usually a huge family day out at Broadwater Parklands in Southport on a Saturday close to Waitangi Day. The Kiwis get to show us Aussies how to have a family picnic!
Usually includes a Hangi, a traditional Maori Cultural Performance, Kiwi entertainers, games and stalls.
More information at www.ngatamaoteao.com
RACV Australian Ladies Masters Golf Tournament
Can be in February or March
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ashmore, Gold Coast
This event has run on the Gold Coast for more than 25 years. Dates move around a bit and can fall in either February or March.
It is a well established event. Expect a full program of golf.
Great to watch, and always a good range of top players. Or even better score a spot in the Pro-Am Tournament on the first Wednesday.
The resort hotel is RACV Royal Pines Resort (formerly Crown Plaza Royal Pines Resort, it is on Ross Street, Ashmore but is close to Carrara Stadium.
Another alternative close by is Mercure Gold Coast Resort (formerly Radisson Palm Meadows).
Plenty of alternate accommodation can be found in Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise both approximately 20 to 25 minute drive.
More information www.ladiesmasters.com
Australian Sand Sculpting Championships Surfers Paradise
Festival usually runs from mid Feb to March, with Championships Friday to Sunday mid-February
Foreshore at Surfers Paradise Beach
Sometimes you can see sand sculptors doing their thing on the beach at Surfers Paradise and they are impressive. But I suspect you are in for some real treats during this event, previous themes include: "Pirates of Paradise", "Sand Safari" and "Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales" and Disney's Magical Friendships...
Each year, based around the theme, competitors build up the sculptures for the championships and they will be on show through to a Sunday in late February or early March.
What's great about this event is that it is not just for spectators. There are usually workshops running daily with children's activities, sculpting workshops, sand art and sand bottle making.
Makes me feel quite humble when I make my little sandcastles for the kids!
All over Gold Coast and the world!
Valentines Day is a day for lovers all over the world! Show your loved one how much you care. There will be lots of ideas for romantic dinners around such as Salt at Surfers Paradise Hilton or Oscars on the beach at Burleigh is a very romantic location.
Or you could be adventurous...
Why not woo your valentine with an adventure never to be forgotten, such as hot air ballooning, day trip to idyllic Tangalooma, diving or snorkelling adventures or even a day trip the Great Barrier Reef!
Check out a selection of Valentines Day activities and ideas...
Quiksilver & Roxy Pro Gold Coast
End of February to Early March
Southern Gold Coast or Northern NSW Beaches depending on surf conditions
The Quiksilver Pro surfing competition on the Gold Coast is the first leg of the Men's ASP World Tour.
Locations for the competition depend upon weather and surf conditions during the event.
The Roxy Pro surfing competition on the Gold Coast is the first leg of the Women's ASP World Tour.
As with the men's comp, locations for the competition depend upon weather and surf conditions during the event. Most surfing spots used in the past in these competitions are in the southern Gold Coast. Snapper Rocks is a favourite.
If you want to be near the action, it is best to stay in suburbs such as Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach, Currumbin, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra or Coolangatta.
Further north but not too far from the action:
- In the heart of the action:
You can check out each of the areas individually or see below for some other featured selections:
Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only.
Dates are subject to change without notice.
Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.