What's on in The Mackay Isaac Region

The secluded islands and sub-tropical rainforests of Mackay beckon adventurers keen to explore untouched nature. But did you know that watching kangaroos salute the morning sun on Cape Hillsborough, or platypus frolicking at Eungella National Park and going outback and exploring the rugged landscape of the Isaac Region is just scratching the surface of what’s on in Mackay Isaac Region?

Australia’s sugar capital boasts something even sweeter: a diverse events calendar.

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School Holidays Workshops

It’s the school holidays and it’s time to get creative. Come along for a one hour workshop and create a glass dish. Open to all ages, yes, adults can join in too! Lots of colours and inspiration are available. Children under seven must be supervised by a parent or older sibling, carer etc, at no c...

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Self Guided Heritage Walk of Mackay

Self guided walking tour of Mackay City Centre's heritage and art deco buildings. Immerse yourself in the history of Mackay. Starts at Paxton's warehouse, corner of River and Carlyle Street.

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Friday Sunset Sessions

Wake House Australia love Fridays and they love sunsets. Watch the wakeboarders, listen to live music and eat dinner lakeside at the Sunset Bar and Cafe. Different live musician every Friday evening.

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Morning Melodies - Boys from Oz

Join JD Smith as he takes you on a journey through the pop, rock and country classics that have been the soundtrack to your life. From the unofficial national anthems of John Farnham's You’re The Voice, Daryl Braithwaite’s The Horses and Peter Allen’s I Still Call Australia Home; Supergroup classic...

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Mackay Festival of Arts

With annual favourites like Wisely Wine and Food Day and Daly Bay Illuminate, a line-up of new theatre, dance, comedy, visual arts and cabaret, and a jam-packed fringe event program, the 2024 Mackay Festival of Arts is one not to miss!

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DBCT Kids' Theatre Season: You Are A Doughnut

*This is a relaxed session. Relaxed sessions are for anyone who would benefit from a calmer environment. There is a relaxed attitude to noise, doors remain open and lights are dimmed. From the creators of “The Alphabet of Awesome Science” comes a brand-new multi-award winning family show… You are ...

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Festival of Small Halls Winter Tour 2024: Coastal Queensland | Bloomsbury

Presented by the world-renowned team behind Woodford Folk Festival (Woodfordia Inc), the Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s largest regional music tour. With 38 tours under their belts, this will be first time the Queensland tour heads out in Winter. Venturing along the tropical coastline, this ...

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Whitsunday Voices Literary Dinner

Spend an evening with Kate Ceberano at the highly anticipated DBI Literary Dinner to celebrate the conclusion of the 2024 Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival. Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner, meet and mingle with the high-profile presenters from this year’s Festival, and be entertai...

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Festival of Small Halls Winter Tour 2024: Coastal Queensland | Sarina

Presented by the world-renowned team behind Woodford Folk Festival (Woodfordia Inc), the Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s largest regional music tour. With 38 tours under their belts, this will be the first time the Queensland tour heads out in Winter. Venturing along the tropical coastline, t...

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Graeme Connors - My Lyrical Life 50 Years On

Following two packed houses at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, legendary singer-songwriter Graeme Connors brings his special ‘My Lyrical Life’ show to his hometown of Mackay. Graeme continues celebrating 50 years in the music industry with a very special show at the Mackay Entertainment and Con...

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Road Trip Drag Challenge

This event is a family friendly social drag racing local QLD event, with an emphasis on having fun and bringing new people into the sport from around the country.

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Massaoke Oz - Mackay Festival of Arts 2024

Get ready to bring the sing like never before! Get ready to unleash your inner rock star with the legendary band, Massaoke Oz! Brace yourself for a mind-blowing, high-energy live music experience that will have you singing your heart out to the biggest hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. Prepar...

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Mackay Chamber Music Festival

The sixth annual Mackay Chamber Music Festival takes place from the 19th-21st July, 2024. Experience exciting chamber music concerts, and participate in inspiring masterclasses delivered by some of the world’s finest classical musicians!

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Wisely Wine and Food Day

Experience a fusion of music and food. Brought to you by the Mackay Festival of Arts and the Wisely Group, prepare yourself for a sensational food and music experience at Wisely Wine and Food Day! Join them at Queens Park for a day filled with mouthwatering cuisines, refreshing brews, exciting new ...

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Margs & Amigos - Wisely Wine and Food Day - Mackay Festival of Arts 2024

Let’s get spicy with Margs and amigos VIP area! Dive into a Mexican paradise right by the main stage – where chillies, margaritas and Coronas await you for the ultimate fiesta experience! Savour authentic Mexican flavours from a special menu that will keep you energized for the main event. Enjoy e...

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Four Seasons Reimagined: Mackay Chamber Music Festival

Vivaldi’s evocative masterpiece interwoven with works from some of the world’s foremost contemporary composers. “Camerata bursts with musical colour.” Limelight “...this was a most delectable concert by Camerata, rich and luscious with superb playing...” Sydney Arts Guide The Four Seasons has cap...

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Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch

An unforgettable brunch experience that will leave you yearning for an encore. Embark on a delightful journey of flavours and melodies at the Friends of the MECC's decadent brunch affair. Experience the rhythmic magic and the captivating melodies of award-winning jazz vocalist, Jacki Cooper (Sydne...

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Hudsons Circus - Moranbah

Hudsons Circus presents a two hour traditional style Circus with a modern twist featuring ‘Edge of your seat Daredevils, hilarious clowns, aerial acrobatics and beautiful animal acts’ in a fast paced show for the whole family!

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Mackay International Film Festival

The Mackay International Film Festival consists of a three-day weekend of films plus other outreach events. The festival is hosted on the first weekend in August at Birch Carroll and Coyle cinema, Mt Pleasant, Mackay. The festival commences with a Gala Opening night followed by a program of 5 film...

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Leaving Jackson the Johnny Cash and June Carter Show

Experience the magic of Leaving Jackson. Join the MECC for an unforgettable night of all things Johnny Cash. All the hits and stories that captured the life of a Legend - From the famous "Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues" to the Legendary songs of the "Highway Men" Leaving Jackson will perf...

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Tina - The Ultimate Tribute to the Queen of Rock N’ Roll

Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this glorious, energetic stage production, brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The powerful raspy vocals, high-intensity dancing and thrilling stage presence of Caroline Borole live on stage, complete with band, brass s...

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Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to the Queen of Rock n Roll - Mackay

Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this glorious, energetic stage production, brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The powerful raspy vocals, high-intensity dancing and thrilling stage presence of Caroline Borole live on stage, complete with band, brass se...

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The MECC & Hit Productions present Eskimo Joe and Dan Sultan

Prepare for an intimate rendezvous with Australian rock legends Eskimo Joe as they embark on a national acoustic tour, gracing the stages of Australia's most beautiful theatres. Joining them will be the formidable Dan Sultan, fresh from winning Best Adult Contemporary at the 2023 ARIA Awards. This...

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Daly Bay Illuminate

Get ready to experience the magic of Mackay this festival season! Mackay's beloved winter light display is back and better than ever in 2024! For four nights Queens Park will be transformed into a stunning showcase of art, light and creativity. As the sun sets, Daly Bay Illuminate will transcend Q...

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2024 Mackay Careers Expo

2024 2nd Annual Mackay Careers Expo. Admission is free! The 2nd annual Mackay Careers Expo presents an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in education and training or those seeking professional career development and employment opportunities. With exhibitors including Universities, private edu...

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Ross Noble - Jibber Jabber Jamboree

Jibber Jabber Jamboree marks Ross Noble’s 21st solo stand-up tour. To celebrate this milestone, he invites you to join him for an evening of the sort of inspired nonsense that has cemented his place as the supreme master of stream of conscious freewheeling stand up. This is a chance to see Noble li...

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The Best of the Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever

The Best of the Bee Gees honours the legacy of the Grammy awarded Saturday Night Fever double disco album with special guests - child actor/original Bee Gees drummer, Colin “Smiley” Petersen and global chanteuse Roslyn Loxton. In a two-act performance, the Best of the Bee Gees opens with the Greate...

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BMA River 2 Reef Ride Festival

Mackay and the Whitsundays’ River 2 Reef Ride Ride Festival is back again in 2023. The annual charity ride raises funds for charities: RACQ CQ Rescue and Disabled Sport & Rec Mackay. The event is a great opportunity for some family fun and for more people to become active and involved in cycling. ...

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Mackay Scottish Bluewater Fling

A free outdoor community concert held at the Bluewater Quay Park, Mackay. Pipe bands, highland dancers, Piping MaD Rock band and much more. Massed bands march across the Forgan Bridge and the entertainment continues on the River Stage until dusk. Food vendors on site include haggis pies, scotch ...

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DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season and Tall Stories Production presents The Gruffalo

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood... After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia! Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by...

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Beatle Magic | Chris Coleman Entertainment Projects Australia

For over 15 years "Beatle Magic" has been declared the most authentic sounding Beatles tribute shows to hit Australian shores. This was the opinion of Australia's radio legend Bob Rodges himself, if anyone would know, Bob would. Bob was assigned to travel with the Beatles in 1964 throughout Austral...

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CommBank Women’s 1st T20I v New Zealand

The International season gets underway with Australia hosting New Zealand at the Great Barrier Reef Arena for the first CommBank Women’s T20 International match, the perfect warm-up for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

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Celtic Illusion - Mackay

Immerse yourself in the Irish Dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada, and the USA by storm on its nationwide tour for 2024. Celtic Illusion is coming to a stage near you! Even fans who have seen our previous shows won’t dare miss the 2024 tour s...

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September Weekender: Briefs Factort - Bite Club 2nd Serve

Age Restriction: Strictly 18 years plus. Bite Club: 2nd Serve - A Sensational Encore of Cabaret, Music, and Circus Mischief. By Briefs Factory International and Sahara Beck Get ready for the ultimate encore as the award-winning cult-cabaret mischief-makers, Briefs Factory, and the celebrated song...

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September Weekender: Marcia Hines – Still Shinning The 50th Anniversary Concert Tour

Australia’s legendary musical treasure will tour Australia in 2024 performing her ‘Still Shining’ album concert repertoire. This two-and-a-half-hour musical showcase is a celebration of Marcia’s career and will feature every charting song from her vast repertoire, commencing with ‘Fire and Rain’ th...

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CommBank Women’s 2nd T20I v New Zealand

The Trans-Tasman rivalry continues as Australia and New Zealand clash in the second CommBank Women’s T20 International match at Great Barrier Reef Arena. Don’t miss your chance to see some world class cricket.

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September Weekender: DBCT Kids' Theatre Season - Brats Carnival

Proudly supported by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal as part of the DBCT Kids' Theatre Season. A high-energy super fun afternoon show for all ages – from tots to teenagers and their mums and dads - brought to you by the finest team of circus artists and mischief makers behind international touring sens...

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Little Lifesavers - Mackay

Little Lifesavers is a fantastic way to keep the kids active, engaged and learn important water safety skills. This program is a great way to educate children on the important aspects of water safety, whilst also increasing their skills and confidence in the water with a variety of water safety and...

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Rumble on the Reef - Wakeboarding

This is a 3 day wakeboarding competition with competitors from all over Australia. Starting with a grass roots style competition right up to pro level riders. This is the wakeboarding part of the Rumble on the Reef Festival of events.

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Morning Melodies - Livvy and Pete

Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths and acclaimed cabaret darling Amelia Ryan celebrate the songbooks of Aussie icons Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen. From their humble small-town beginnings to world domination in sequins and jumpsuits, revisit all of their sing-along classics from Rio to Te...

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Over 65's National Cricket Championships

Teams from every State and the ACT and New Zealand with support staff and partners will be in Mackay from the 29th - 4th October for the Over 65's National Cricket Championships. Visitors are encouraged to stay on in Mackay for a holiday before or after the event.

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Rhythm and the Reef 2024

Rhythm & The Reef is set to make a triumphant return to the picturesque Queens Garden in the Central Queensland region of Mackay. Against the backdrop of this breathtaking waterfront location, the festival promises to deliver an experience that will leave a lasting impression on both local and int...

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PBR Monster Energy Tour Mackay Invitational

A sport unlike any other. A battle of the greatest. A competition of man vs beast where every second counts. The best in bull riding battle it out in a new Professional Bull Riders season like no other. Join PBR Australia for a premier entertainment experience at the PBR Monster Energy Tour Grafto...

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Echoes of Pink Floyd Signs Of Life Tour

In 1988, Australia witnessed a rock concert event unprecedented in its scale, scope and impact. Now, 35 years later as our country begins to re-embrace live music, Australia’s own Echoes of Pink Floyd bring you their painstakingly crafted homage to this amazing concert experience, Signs of Life. E...

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Echoes of Pink Floyd: Signs of Life Tour - Mackay

In 1988, Australia witnessed a rock concert event unprecedented in its scale, scope, and impact. English powerhouse rockers Pink Floyd, sparkling with fresh energy after enduring significant upheaval in the early 1980s, came to our shores in support of their smash hit A Momentary Lapse of Reason a...

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Ashes To Ashes: David Bowie Experience - Mackay

The spirit of the legendary, the iconic, the revolutionary, David Bowie lives on with ‘Ashes To Ashes: The David Bowie Experience’ who has earnt a reputation as Australia’s premier Bowie tribute. They perform faithful versions of the songs that span Bowie’s stellar 5-decade, 27 studio album career ...

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ARJ BARKER - THE MIND FIELD

All of reality, as we can ever possibly know it, exists exclusively in our minds. Armed with this knowledge, Arj sets out to answer some of Life’s Biggest Questions: Why are we here? Are we alone in the Universe? Why does it hurt when we pee? You’ll laugh and you’ll learn, but you’ll never look a...

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Morning Melodies - Andrews and Bing Christmas Swing

The original Andrews Sisters trio brought joy to so many during the troubled times of WW2. Together with Bing Crosby they recorded many classic Christmas tunes, reminding the Allied Forces troops of home! Songs such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” their iconic version of “Jingle Bells” “Mele Kal...

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Mackay Isaac's Lucky Catch and Snap

A family friendly inclusive fishing event that incorporates key Mackay and Isaac fishing locations. A mobile app based event with a catch and release aspect. Capture your catch through the app and it will measure it's size, location, and species. You will be able to compete with friends and track y...

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Nebo Rodeo

Grab your hats, dust off your boots and roll up your swag, it's Rodeo time! In 2025 the Nebo Rodeo will partner with Nebo Hotel to bring you a fantastic weekend of entertainment for the whole family. Starting on Friday night with the Nebo Hotel Street Party with free kids entertainment, stalls, ...

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