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THURSDAY 1 JULY

 

MECC KIDS CLUB – Puppet Workshop 

MECC Meeting Rooms MECC

10.00am – 11.00am / FREE – registrations required / 7 +

 

Resin-ate 

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

10.00am / FREE / 12 – 18 years 

 

Ukulele for Kids 

Dudley Denny City Library

www.eventbrite.com.au

2.00pm – 2.30pm / FREE / 8 – 12 years

 

Toddler Playtime

Runs each weekday

PCYC Mackay PCYC Mackay

9.00am – 11.00am / 0 – 5 years / Members $8.00 , Non-member $10.00, Under 12 months FREE

 

Create your own Calm Jar

Caneland Central Caneland Central

9.00am – 1.00pm / G

 

Creative Pen Writers’ Corner

Gordon White Library

www.eventbrite.com.au

5.00pm / FREE / G 

 

STEAM Club

Runs weekly

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

3.30pm / FREE / Year 3 to Year 6

 

Baby Bounce 

Runs weekly Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

10.30am / FREE – Book online / G (babies from birth to walking) 

 

Wild Puppets with Berky

Sarina Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

10.00am / FREE / 0 – 8 years 

 

Bedtime Stories 

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

5.00pm / FREE / 0 – 8 years old

Continuum – Art Exhibition

Runs until Sunday 25 July

Foundation Gallery, Artspace Mackay

www.themecc.com.au

10.00am / FREE / G 

 

FRIDAY 2 JULY

 

MECC KIDS CLUB – Pete the Sheep Artist Workshop

MECC Meeting Rooms MECC

10.00am – 11.00am / FREE – registrations required / 4 +

 

North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA)

Runs until Sunday 1 August

Townsville – various locations

www.townsville.qld.gov.au

Find the program online for all events 

 

Decorate a Bird Feeder

Caneland Central Caneland Central

9.00am – 1.00pm / G

 

Toddler Time

Runs weekly on Fridays

Dudley Denny City Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

9.30am / FREE – Book online / G (toddlers up to 2 1/2 years) 

 

The Croods – A new Age 

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

2.00pm / FREE / PG 

 

SATURDAY 3 JULY

 

Great Barrier Reef Festival – Immerse – Whitsundays Workshops – Animation

The Lookout Lounge, Coral Sea Marina

www.greatbarrierreeffestival.com.au

10.00am – 4.00pm

FREE – Book online / G – Children under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult

 

Mingle at Melba – Wine Tasting experience with a hint of Opera

Melba House, Marian

www.themecc.com.au

4.00pm / $140.00 – $155.00 / 18 +

SUNDAY 4 JULY

 

NAIDOC Week

Runs until Sunday 11 July

www.naidoc.org.au

 

MONDAY 5 JULY

 

STEAMPunks 

Dudley Denny City Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

9.30am / FREE / 13 – 15 years 

 

Ukulele for Kids 

Walkerston Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

10.00am, 10.45am, 11.30am / FREE / G 

 

Baby Bounce 

Runs weekly on Mondays

Dudley Denny City Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

11.00am / FREE – Book online / G (babies from birth to walking) 

 

NAIDOC Week Activites

Runs until Thursday 8 July

Caneland Central

9.00am – 1.00pm / G

 

Baby Bounce 

Runs weekly on Mondays

Mirani Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

9.30am / FREE – Book online / G (babies from birth to walking) 

 

Toddler Time

Runs weekly on Mondays

Gordon White Library, Sarina Library

9.30am / FREE – Book online / G (toddlers up to 2 1/2 years) 

 

TUESDAY 6 JULY

 

Free Workshops at Caneland Central – Create your own lantern or UV arts and crafts creation to be on display at DBCT illuminate

Also runs on the 6, 8, 17 and 18 July

Caneland Central, next to Myer (ground level)

www.themecc.com.au

Two sessions each day at 10.00 – 12.00pm and 1.00pm – 4.00pm – Bookings required

FREE / G – All ages (Children under 13, must be accompanied by an adult) 

 

Baby Bounce 

Runs weekly on Tuesdays

Sarina Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

9.30am / FREE – Book online / G (babies from birth to walking) 

Story Time

Runs weekly on Tuesdays

Gordon White, Mirani and Walkerston Libraries

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

9.30am / FREE – Book online / G (2 1/2 – 5 years) 

 

Baby Bounce

Runs weekly on Tuesdays

Walkerston Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

11.00am / FREE – Book online / G (babies from birth to walking) 

 

WEDNESDAY 7 JULY

 

Story Time

Runs weekly on Wednesdays

Sarina Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

9.30am / FREE – Book online / G (2 1/2 – 5 years) 

 

Toddler Time

Runs weekly on Wednesdays

Mirani Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

9.30am / FREE – Book online / G (toddlers up to 2 1/2 years) 

 

THURSDAY 8 JULY

 

The Ten Tenors – Celebrating 25 Years 

MECC

www.themecc.com.au

7.30pm / $85.00 – $95.00 / All ages 

 

Baby Bounce 

Runs weekly on Thursdays

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

10.30am / FREE – Book online / G (babies from birth to walking) 

 

Story Time

Runs weekly on Thursdays

Dudley Denny City Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

10.30am / FREE – Book online / G (2 1/2 – 5 years) 

 

FRIDAY 9 JULY

 

Mackay Festival of Arts

Runs until 25 July

Various Venues throughout Mackay

www.themecc.com.au

Download the full program online

Heading North (a new musical for North Queensland) 

Runs until Sunday 11 JulyMECC – Lynette Denny Space

www.themecc.com.au

7.30 pm (Friday and Saturday), 2.00pm (Saturday and Sunday) / $30.00 – $70.00

 

NTI Townsville 500

Runs until Sunday 11 July Reid Park Complex, Townsville

www.supercars.com

FREE (Kids Under 12 get trackside FREE with a Paying Adult) – $150.00 / G 

 

Rock Art Workshop

Caneland Central Caneland Central

9.00am – 1.00pm / G

 

Dragon Rider 

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

2.00pm / FREE / PG 

 

Library After Dark 

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

6.00pm / FREE / 12 – 18 years 

 

Great Barrier Reef Festival – Coral Sea Marina Lantern Workshop 

Workshop at Lure

www.greatbarrierreeffestival.com.au

10.00am – 2.00pm / Gold Coin Donation / G – for all ages

 

SATURDAY 10 JULY

 

Isaiah Spirit

MECC

www.themecc.com.au

7.30pm / $23.00 – $25.00 / All ages

 

TUESDAY 13 JULY

 

A Night of Feeling Groovy on the Peace Train – Songs of Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens

MECC

www.themecc.com.au

7.00pm / $29.00 – $79.00 / All ages

 

WEDNESDAY 14 JULY

 

Paul Kelly With His Band – on the Road Again

MECC Auditorium

www.themecc.com.au

7.30pm / $87.00 / PG 

 

THURSDAY 15 JULY

 

Anime and Manga Club 

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

5.30pm / FREE / 12 – 18 years 

Website Building – HTML 

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

3.30pm / FREE / 12 – 18 years 

 

FRIDAY 16 JULY

 

Mackay Newmarket/HL Black Memorial 

Ooralea Racecourse

www.mackayturfclub.com.au

Visit the website for more information 

 

City Silent Disco Tours 

Runs until Sunday 18 July

Mackay City Centre

www.themecc.com.au

6.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.00pm / $18.00 – $65.00 / G 

 

SATURDAY 17 JULY

 

Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show

Runs until Sunday 18 July MECC

www.themecc.com.au

6.00pm, 10.00am, 1.00pm / $37.00 – $62.00 / All ages

 

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival 

Runs until Sunday 18 July Airlie Beach Foreshore

www.runairlie.com.au

6.00am – 4.00pm / $20.00 – $200.00 / G (4 +) 

 

Dads ‘n’ Bubs Baby Bounce 

Dudley Denny City Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

10.00am / FREE / G 

 

G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day 

Including The Circus Drop Zone, giving humans of all ages a chance to try circus skills

Queens Park , Mackay

www.themecc.com.au

10.30am – 5.30pm / FREE entry / G

 

BB Print Main Stage 

with local and interstate artists – including Shannon Noll

Queens Park , Mackay

www.themecc.com.au

10.30am – 5.30pm / FREE / G

Grassroots Stage 

Queens Park , Mackay

www.themecc.com.au

11.30am – 5.30pm / FREE / G

 

Festival Club the After Party 

MECC Plenary Halls

www.themecc.com.au

6.30pm – 11.30pm / $35.00 – $40.00 / G 

 

Messengers of Mackay – six giant Gouldian Finches to spread messages of hope and bring you a smile (Art) 

Runs until Sunday 25 July

Various throughout Mackay.

Workshops and activities are also happening at Mackay Libraries and Artspace.

Visit website for details.www.themecc.com.au

FREE / G 

SUNDAY 18 JULY

 

Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show

MECC

www.themecc.com.au

10.00am and 1.00pm / $37.00 – $62.00 / All ages

 

Passport to Airlie – local talent competition to perfrom at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Runs 18 and 24 July, Grand Final on August 14

Harrup Park

www.themecc.com.au

register your interest to perform: airliebeachfestivalofmusic.com.au/passport-to-airlie/

3.00pm 

 

Mackay Chamber Music Festival

Central Queensland Conservatorium of Musictry

booking.com

11.00am / from $10.00 / All ages

 

TUESDAY 20 JULY

 

Turn Sunshine into Art 

Dudley Denny City Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

3.30pm / FREE / G 

 

BMA Kidspace – art and music activities

Artspace Workshop Room and Foyer Gallery

www.themecc.com.au

10.00am – 2.00pm / FREE / Toddlers and their adults

 

WEDNESDAY 21 JULY

 

DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season – Charlotte’s Web

MECC Auditorium

www.themecc.com.au

9.30am and 12.30pm / $16.50 – $60.00 / All ages

 

An Unexpected Tour 

Runs until Saturday 24 July

New Mulherin Park Car Park, Mackay Harbour

crossroadarts.com.au

7.00pm / $25.00 – 35.00 

 

THURSDAY 22 JULY

 

DBCT Illuminate 

Runs until Saturday 24 July

Mackay Bluewater Trail, Caneland Park to Forgan Bridge

www.themecc.com.au

6.00pm / FREE – Book online / G 

 

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre – Puppet Making Workshop

Also runs on Friday 23 July

9.00am / FREE – Bookings Essential

 

FRIDAY 23 JULY

 

Mackay Cup Calcutta 

Mackay Turf Club

mackayturfclub.com.au

6.00pm / $30.00 / G 

SATURDAY 24 JULY

 

Opera Australia – Bizet’s Carmen

MECC

www.themecc.com.au

7.30pm / $22.00 – $42.00 / 12 +

 

Coral Sea Academy – Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

The Lookout Lounge – Coral Sea Marina

www.whitsundaytickets.com.au

10.00am / FREE / G 

 

Mackay Cup Race Day 

Mackay Turf Club

www.mackayturfclub.com.au

10.30am / from $20.00 / G 

 

Mackay International Film Festival 

Also runs 30, 31 July and 1 August

BCC Mt Pleasant Pinnacle Playhouse, BCC Mt Pleasant

filmartsmackay.weebly.com

7.00pm / $14.00 – $95.00

 

SUNDAY 25 JULY

 

Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch 

MECC North Foyer

www.themecc.com.au

11.00am / $60.00 – $65.00 

 

SUNDAY 25 JULY

 

Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run 

Register as individual, team or dog

Iluka Park, Mackay

beachtogardensfunrun.com.au

6.30am / Entry by donation to RACQ CQ Rescue /G 

 

Savour Seaforth 

Markets and Live Entertainment

Seaforth Esplanade

www.themecc.com.au

12.00pm / FREE / G 

 

THURSDAY 29 JULY

 

Morning Melodies at the Burb 

Souths Suburban Bowls Club

www.southsmackay.com.au

11.00am / FREE entry / G 

 

SATURDAY 31 JULY

 

Great Barrier Reef Festival – Immerse – Whitsundays Workshops – Sculpture

The Lookout Lounge, Coral Sea Marina

www.greatbarrierreeffestival.com.au

10.00am – 4.00pm / FREE – Book online / G – Children under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult

SATURDAY 31 JULY

 

Great Barrier Reef Festival – Coral Sea Marina Lantern Workshop 

Workshop at Lure

www.greatbarrierreeffestival.com.au

10.00am – 2.00pm / Gold Coin Donation / G – for all ages

 

Unearthed – Extreme Moments of Science With Dr Karl

MECC Auditorium

www.themecc.com.au

7.00pm / $12.00 – $40.00 / 13 + 

 

SUNDAY 1 AUGUST

 

Unearthed – Dr Karl for Kids

MECC Auditorium

www.themecc.com.au

9.00am / $10.00 – $35.00 / 7 – 13 years 

 

WEDNESDAY 4 AUGUST

 

DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season – The Last Great Hunt present ‘New Owner’ by Arielle Gray and Tim Watts

Also runs Thursday 5 August at 9.30am

MECC

www.themecc.com.au

6.00pm / $16.50 – $60.00 / 7 +

 

THURSDAY 5 AUGUST

 

Great Barrier Reef Festival 

Runs until Sunday 8 August

Airlie Beach Foreshore and Main Street

www.greatbarrierreeffestival.com.au

View the full program and enjoy all the fun!

 

FRIDAY 6 AUGUST

 

Great Barrier Reef Festival – Coral Sea Marina Resort Lantern Parade 

Cheer on or ParticipateDeparting from the Garden Bar, along Bicentennial Boardwalk and down to the Foreshore

www.greatbarrierreeffestival.com.au

4.30pm – 7.00pm / FREE / G 

 

Fireworks on the Foreshore

Night Markets, ‘Eat Street’ food stalls, Sky High Juggling – Fire Show, Carnival Rides, DJ’s, LIVE Music and entertainment at the Beach Music Main Stage including Juzzie Smith.

Fireworks at 8.00pm.The Esplanade, Airlie Beach

www.greatbarrierreeffestival.com.au

6.00pm – 9.00pm (music until 10.30pm) / Free Entry / G

 

Mackay Big Boys Toys Expo

Runs until Sunday 8 August

Showground Mackay

bigboystoysexpo.com.au

8.30am – 3.00pm / $10.00 – $50.00 / G

SATURDAY 7 AUGUST

 

ARJ Baker – Comes Clean 

MECC Auditorium

www.themecc.com.au

8.00pm / $49.90 – $54.90 / 15 + 

 

SUNDAY 8 AUGUST

 

Anything Environmental Recyclable Regatta

Make a raft out of recyclable materials.

Two categories: Open Age 13 + and Children Ages 6 – 12

Airlie Beach Foreshore

www.greatbarrierreeffestival.com.au

10.00am – 12.00pm / FREE / G 

 

TUESDAY 10 AUGUST

 

DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season – ‘Pete the Sheep’ 

MECC

www.themecc.com.au

9.30am and 12.30pm / $16.50 – $60.00 / 4 – 9 year olds

 

Create Music in Your Heart! 

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

3.30pm / FREE / 12 – 18 years 

 

Multiples Chatterplay 

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

9.30am / FREE / 0 – 5 years 

 

THURSDAY 12 AUGUST

 

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing

Runs until Thursday 19 August

Whitsunday Sailing Club

www.abrw.com.au

$250.00 – $625.00 / G 

 

SATURDAY 14 AUGUST

 

Forever Gold – The Ultimate ABBA Show

Metropolitan Hotel

tickets.avclive.com.au

8.00pm – 10.30pm / $30.10 / 18+

 

SUNDAY 15 AUGUST

 

Hamilton Island Race Week 

Runs until Saturday 28 August

Hamilton Island

10.00am / Registration closed / G 

THURSDAY 19 AUGUST

 

Anime and Manga Club 

Gordon White Library

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

5.30pm / FREE / 12 – 18 years 

 

Children’s Book Week – Picnic in the Gardens 

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

www.mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

9.30am / FREE / G 

 

FRIDAY 20 AUGUST

 

Surf Music in Paradise Featuring Daryl Braithwaite and Richard Clapton

Runs until Tuesday 24 August

Daydream Island Resort

www.surfmusicinparadise.com

FREE / $1745 – $2895 (packages incl. accommodation) / PG 

 

SATURDAY 21 AUGUST

 

Coral Sea Academy – Gourmet Galley

Coral Sea Marina

www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

2.00pm / FREE entry / G 

 

THURSDAY 26 AUGUST

 

Long Weekend in the Whitsundays Featuring the Living End and Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon.)

Runs until Monday 30 August

Daydream Island Resort

www.surfmusicinparadise.com

$1850.00 – $2995.00 (package incl. accommodation and more) / G 

 

SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

 

Mackay Colour Frenzy

Fun runJohn Breen Park, Mackay

colourfrenzy.com.au

8.30am / $from 5 / All ages, friendly dogs welcome