Gold Coast Events - March & April
March and April are popular times to visit the Gold Coast because there are the end of Term 1 school holidays and Easter Holidays.
There are a range of sporting, entertainment and cultural events over these months.
Easter falls usually within March or April. In Queensland, end of Term 1 school holidays usually include Easter. Check dates in either March or April.
Easter holidays are very popular on the Gold Coast and booking accommodation ahead of time is worthwhile to ensure you get the pick of accommodation and location. I like to use Booking.com because, along with great pricing, there is often the option to book without pre-paying and reserve a room that can be cancelled if plans change.
Quiksilver & Roxy Pro Gold Coast
End of February to Early March
Southern Gold Coast or Northern NSW Beaches depending on surf conditions
See listing in February for details.
Bleach Festival Gold Coast
Usually starts on a Friday early in March, runs for just over two weeks to a Sunday
Various Locations around Gold Coast, mainly from Currumbin to Coolangatta
Bleach Festival on the Gold Coast is a surfing, arts and music festival with many different activities and shows held over the festival period.
Festivities run right along the coast from Paradise Point, Burleigh and Palm Beach.
Most of the main festival will be found in Currumbin, Tugun, Kirra and Coolangatta. The main hub is at Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta.
During the festival the Eco Challenge Gold Coast is usually held on one of the Sundays and it co-incides with the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro surfing carnivals.
For the main festival check out Bleach Festival for more details - way too many for me to list and try to keep up with here ;-)
St Patrick's Day in Gold Coast
St Patrick's Day (17 March each year) is celebrated by Irish and non-Irish all over the Gold Coast. You will find revellers drinking Guinness! A Monday St Pats day won't be stopping the die hards, but remember there will be no time to sleep it off before heading back to work!
I am sure you will find lots of fun at places like Waxy's Irish Pub which is part of the Circle on Cavill Complex in Surfers Paradise, McGintys in Oasis at Broadbeach or Harrigans Irish Pub in Jacobs Well to name a couple.
There are many other non-Irish bars and venues hosting St Pat's Day celebrations and plenty of the blarney going around for sure!
Another great spot for some rather more up market St Patrick's Day celebrations is at Canungra Valley Vineyards. They are part of the O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat and Spa group.
Previously they hosted a two course Irish Lunch and vertical tasting of 3 vintages of their Shane Shiraz. I have to admit I have no idea what a vertical tasting is... maybe it is the tasting you do before you have too much which then becomes a horizontal tasting!
Let me know if you spot any Leprachauns! Lots of green will be seen!
Cooly Classic Ocean Swim at Coolangatta
A Sunday in Late March or Early April
Around Coolangatta, Snapper Point and Kirra SLSC, Kirra Beach
The Cooly Classic Coolangatta Ocean Swim is renowned for ocean swimmers as you get to swim across 3 famous surf breaks - Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta and Kirra.
This is a great event for spectators too as you can watch the swimmers from along the beaches. There are now three races.
Cooly Clasic 2.0 for the ironmen amongst you is a 2km swim that starts at Snapper Rocks and is usually the first race - times change slightly each year.
The Cooly 1000 is a shorter course with a 1km swim which starts at Coolangatta Beach about an hour or so later.
The 300m Kid's Surf Dash for the little nippers starts at Kirra Beach and is the last race usally around midday (but please check for exact times) for swimmers aged 10 and over and parents are encouraged to swim along with them.
All presentations are at the Kirra Surf Club around noon.
More information about the races, entries and times at their website.
Surfers Paradise Easter & School Holidays Festivities
Around Easter & School Holidays in March or April
Various Venues around Surfers Paradise
The "festival" is made up of different events and provides visitors with an opportunity to enjoy the best things about our city. A variety of activites run at various times and usually cover the Easter school holidays with a program intended to create a vibrant atmosphere within Surfers Paradise.
The format changes and may include some or all of the following:
SIPFest (Shorts In Paradise Festival) short film festival is part of the Gold Coast Film Festival and runs on a Sunday on Surfers Paradise beach.
Australian Street Entertainment Championships have been running for a few years over the Easter Weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday. It's carnival gone crazy! Clowns, mimes, puppeteers, jugglers, acrobats, magicians and more...
Most are free but you will need to check the festival website for final details and ticketing information. www.surfersparadisefestival.com
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018
4 to 15 April 2018
Various Venues around Gold Coast & Brisbane
Getting closer all the time! Things are starting to shape up. Gold Coast will be hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Claim these dates and make sure you are here to compete, watch and enjoy this amazing once in a lifetime event for the Gold Coast.
Preparations are taking shape and you can already swim in the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, which was built for the games.
More details over on
where I'll be posting information as it comes to hand.
Luke Harrop Memorial Gold Coast Triathlon
Sunday in April
Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Three categories of events including Queensland Tri Series, Enticer Tri Series and Superkidz Tri Series.
World class triathletes compete in the ITU World Triathlon Series Round 3 on the Saturday. Expect there to be some disruption in the area across the weekend.
There are road closures in the areas of Southport, Labrador and Biggera Waters along the Gold Coast highway from Ada Bell Way in Southport through to Burrows Street at Biggera Waters.
Events start and end at Southport Broadwater Parklands, there is some accommodation in Southport which would be the closest option. You can also find accommodation in Main Beach or Surfers Paradise to the south of the event.
More information at www.usmevents.com.au
Gold Coast Film Festival
Thursday to Sunday. Approximately 10 days in mid to late April
Did you know that the Gold Coast accounts for 75% of film production in Queensland? The Gold Coast film festival aims to raise the profile of film making in the area, as well as bring a diverse range of feature and short films to the region.
An expanding range of venues for these films - it's worth having a look at the website for more details if you like your film festivals.
Film makers can submit their films for consideration. Check the website for more details and film program www.gcfilmfestival.com.
ANZAC Day Services
ANZAC DAY 25 April
Various locations and times around Gold Coast
Across the Gold Coast there will be ANZAC Day services including the famous dawn service at Burleigh Heads.
ANZAC day is also the only day of the year you are allowed to play Two-Up - but you can try ANZAC biscuits any day of the year!
Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast happenings, what's ons, 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.