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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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Nebo Rodeo

Grab your hats, dust off your boots and roll up your swag, it's Rodeo time! in 2024 the Nebo Rodeo will be held on the 18th May and again 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...

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Mosaic Classes in Mackay

Experience the Magic of Mosaic Lamp Making at Art Masterclass's Mackay Pop-up. Picture a day embarking on an enchanting artistic adventure, right here in Mackay. Art Masterclass Anatolian Art Classes are not just workshops; they are gateways to unlocking the inner artist and embracing the rich heri...

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RDE-Regional Disability Expo with Bonus Seniors Expo-Mackay

Join them at the RDE-Regional Disability with bonus Seniors Expo for a day filled with inspiration, information, and empowerment. This in-person event brings together a diverse community of individuals, families, and organizations dedicated to supporting people with disabilities and the aged care se...

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2024 Mackay Expo

Your lifestyle, your adventure at the 2024 Mackay Expo. Join them on 24th to 26th May at Mackay Showgrounds for the region’s largest and most exciting outdoor adventure, home and lifestyle event. Learn from the experts and discover new destinations, innovative living ideas, and outdoor products an...

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BMA Mackay Marina Run

The BMA Mackay Marina run is an unmissable event on the Australian running calendar. Widely regarded as Queensland’s most scenic running course, the run is set against spectacular sub-tropical scenery and one of the state’s only blue water rivers. The flat, fast course is extremely popular with ...

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The World of Musicals in Concert - Mackay

Following a sell out 2022 Australia tour - The World of Musicals in Concert Returns to Australia in 2024 featuring an all new show. The World of Musicals in Concert has graced stages across the globe and features a world-class ensemble of multi-talented artists who exquisitely perform classic hits,...

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Rokitz Entertainment presents The World of Musicals in Concert

Following a sell out 2022 Australia tour - The World of Musicals in Concert comes to Mackay in 2024 featuring an all new show. The World of Musicals in Concert has graced stages across the globe and features a world-class ensemble of multi-talented artists who exquisitely perform classic hits, fuse...

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The MECC Presents Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

This thrilling West End production is the genre-defining murder mystery from the bestselling novelist of all time... case closed! As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guest...

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DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season presents A Monkey Baa Theatre Company Production The Peasant Prince

Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas. Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry. Monkey Baa is Thrilled to announce the return of its award-winning production The Peasant Prince in 2024. The children’s version of Li Cunxi’s iconic autobiography,...

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Morning Melodies - Some Enchanted Evening

They were known as America’s most successful musical theatre writing team and their partnership has been called the greatest of the 20th Century. Join a very special event paying tribute to the timeless music from the legendary Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Featuring your favourite tun...

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The Umbilical Brothers - The Distraction

Winner TV - Best comedy at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Do you love staring at screens? Are you staring at a screen right now? You should get out more. Specifically to a show that has an enormous screen smack-bang in the middle of it. The Umbilicals take the energy of live performance and the spe...

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St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend

Queensland's premiere environmental, cultural and food event is back in 2024 to tantalize your tastebuds, animate your artistic bones and blow you away with some of the best entertainment and First Nations performers as one of nature’s finest wetlands burst into life. The 2024 event will be held at...

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The Beach Boys Experience

Pick up some Good Vibrations at this unforgettable celebration dedicated to the music of The Beach Boys For nearly 60 years, the Beach Boys have embodied summertime. Sun, surfing, the beach, pretty girls in bikinis, driving with the top down. Favourites like “Surfin Safari” “Surfin USA” “Surfer Gir...

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A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music and Dance Sensation

Hot off its sold out 2023 UK Tour ‘A Taste of Ireland―The Irish Music and Dance Sensation’ returns with a performance that is ‘Celtic―for this decade’. Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands, as A Taste of Ireland returns to Mackay for the first time in 3 years....

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A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation - Mackay

Hot off its sold out 2023 UK Tour ‘A Taste of Ireland―The Irish Music & Dance Sensation’ returns with a performance that is ‘Celtic―for this decade’. Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands, as A Taste of Ireland returns to Mackay for the first time in 3 years. ...

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Motorcycle Beach Races

Speeding Motorcycles under open tropical skies, at Grasstree Beach, 35 minutes south of Mackay, Central Queensland, first ran in the region back in 1927. This iconic event is and the only competitive beach motorcycle race in Australia, one of only several in the world. The race attracts around 350...

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Running in the Shadows of Fleetwood Mac

They’ve sold more than one hundred million albums world-wide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Fleetwood Mac’s songs are part of international music history. Now, the Internationally acclaimed The Australian Fleetwood Mac Show "Running In The Shadows" is heading to the Mackay...

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Kath & Kim Drag Bingo

Play to WIN $1000 CASH & proizes! Hoi Hornbags! Kath & Kim Drag Bingo is coming to Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre hosted by two foxy morons: Prada Clutch & Conchita Grande! Play to WIN $1,000 CASH & proizes Enjoy 5-games of bingo plus a live Kath & Kim show Dress as your favourite Kath &...

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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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The MECC Presents From Campfire To Stage Light

From Campfire to Stage Light is an epic journey toward self-determination and Indigenous pride, as told through the life experience of David Bindi Hudson, well-known and loved cultural leader and global ambassador for Indigenous Australia. David is the ultimate storyteller, singer-songwriter, dance...

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Merrick Watts: An Idiot's Guide to Wine - Mackay Festival of Arts 2024

Join him on a journey through the wonderful world of wine where he is the idiot but also strangely the expert. After sold out seasons around the world, Merrick is finally bringing his smash hit show to Mackay. Join Mez as he takes you on a wine flight, showing six great wines, each with a story, an...

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Between The Tides | 2024

Between the Tides 2024 returns! The mix of headline and local talent will host performances on the beach/foreshore, inviting fans to an incredibly intimate, inclusive and connected experience. This unique, special event welcomes locals and travellers to the Mackay region to experience song, stories...

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Fox Superflow sealed by Stan's | Mackay QLD

The Fox Superflow is not your average enduro: it's your chance to ride the way you want! Say goodbye to tight schedules and hello to enduro racing with a laid-back vibe. Gear up for the ultimate gravity enduro experience and race the Fox Superflow - Australia’s most popular gravity enduro series, b...

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All-Ages: Great Gable & Kitschen Boy

Catchy indie anthems and dynamic synth-packed tunes are on the menu as Great Gable and Kitschen Boy headline this All-Ages event at Arcadia Bar. Youth music organisation The Push is bringing this massive All-Ages event to Mackay as part of the Queensland Music Festival Reef Trail. You can expect a ...

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Daly Bay Illuminate

Get ready to experience the magic of Mackay this July! 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 Queens Park,...

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Whitsunday Wealth Festival Hub

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of diverse sounds at the Whitsunday Wealth Festival Hub. Located at Bluewater Quay, this lively entertainment hub will be filled with music, food and fun! Each night, a new band and genre will take centre stage, providing an unforgettable experience. That'...

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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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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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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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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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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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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 & 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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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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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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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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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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GSM Presents Best of The Bee Gees Greatest Hits Tour

The Best of the Bee Gees brings the Greatest Hits Tour to the Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre with special guests Colin “Smiley” Petersen and Roslyn Loxton. This brand-new show has a high energy set list with more favourites, more disco and more hits written by the brothers Gibb which were c...

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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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CommBank Women’s 1st T20I v New Zealand

The Trans-Tasman rivalry continues as Australia and New Zealand clash in a T20I series, the perfect warm-up for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. You'll want the best seat in the house for this action!

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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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