The Gold Coast soars into spring

Whether it’s aircraft, live music, art, or even lawn bowls that you’re into, there’s no better time to escape the final weeks of winter and book a weekend on the Gold Coast.

With spring in the air and blue skies on the horizon, expect an aerial spectacular like no other when the Pacific Airshow Gold Coast takes to the sky over Surfers Paradise.

The three-day event from 18 August features heart-pumping aerobatics and formation flying from the world’s best military aviators and civilian performers.

Two weekends later, the Surfers Paradise beachfront will be transformed into a free music festival as SPRINGTIME blooms for a second year. With more than 30 live music acts across two stages, the VANS Skate Plaza, mural artists and a huge interactive performance installation on the beach, expect guaranteed good times from 1 September all weekend.

In a change of tempo but with no less action, the world’s best bowlers and para-bowlers will descend on the Gold Coast from 29 August for the 2023 World Bowls Championships, with competitors from 44 nations.

“There is no better time to visit the Gold Coast,” said Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick. “The sheer variety of events this city is hosting over the next month is extraordinary and it’s the reason why our reputation as the ultimate events destination continues to grow. After years of planning, we are thrilled to see the Pacific Airshow Gold Coast lift off.”

“What sets our event apart from your ‘typical airshow’ is its unique setting, high tempo and diverse hospitality offerings,” said Pacific Airshow Gold Coast founder Kevin Elliott. “We offer something for everyone, including those who have never considered attending an airshow before. There’s always something to see, always something in your face, always something new happening. It’s something you have to experience to understand.”

From 29 August to 10 September the city hosts the World Bowls Championships for the first time. The sport’s pinnacle international competition will be held across five Gold Coast bowls locations, with finals held at Club Helensvale on 2-3 September and Broadbeach Bowls Club on 9-10 September.

“We are thrilled to have secured this prestigious tournament for the Gold Coast, and the World Bowls Champion of Champions directly after it from 11- 16 September,” said Ms McCormick. “With over 540 competitors and coaches from 44 nations descending on the Gold Coast, this year’s event will be the biggest tournament in the event’s history, and we are expecting some close matches and world-class competition.”

“The Gold Coast is a heartland for the sport of bowls, and its clubs and greens are renowned the world over, so anticipation and expectation from the bowls community and competing nations for the 2023 World Bowls Championships is absolutely sky high – akin to what will be on display at the inaugural Pacific Airshow,” said Bowls Australia General Manager – Promotion and Partnerships Aidan Davis.

“This is the first occasion that para-sport players will compete alongside able-bodied bowlers, showcasing the truly inclusive nature of the sport, and with 11 gold medals up for grabs across two blockbuster finals weekends, home crowds will be hoping the Gold Coast greens are a happy hunting ground for the world’s number one bowls team, the Right at Home Australian Jackaroos.”

The Gold Coast will officially bring in spring on 1 September with the return of Major Events Gold Coast’s newest free music festival, SPRINGTIME. The three-day festival on Surfers Paradise beach will continue to shine a spotlight on Australian artists, and highlight local music, arts and the skate scene while celebrating the best parts of the country’s most popular beachside destination.

The 2023 lineup features homegrown favourites like Matt Corby, Bag Raiders and Boo Seeka with acclaimed international artist BENEE.

“We want this festival to present some of the best Australian contemporary artists as well as to celebrate and support the musical talent right here on the iconic Surfers Paradise beach,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth.

“In 2023 we’re stoked to welcome the incredible BENEE from New Zealand, Matt Corby and many more to the three-day lineup, plus we’ll have live mural artists, a pop-up skate plaza, DJ workshops and a massive interactive art installation inspired by retro arcade games. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

The festival kicks off on 1 September the day after the Gold Coast Music Awards which are proudly supported again this year by SPRINGTIME.

SPRINGTIME celebrates its debut year

The Gold Coast’s new free music festival proves why it’s an important staple for the city in its inaugural year. 

Major Events Gold Coast’s latest free all-ages music festival SPRINGTIME finally bloomed over the weekend, bringing live music, skateboarding, art, food and entertainment to Surfers Paradise, as Australia officially welcomed in the warmer months of Spring!

Thousands of music fans, holidaymakers, families and locals flocked to the iconic beachside destination to enjoy live music with sand between their toes. Those travelling in through the Gold Coast Airport were treated to an early taste of SPRINGTIME with festival artists spinning tunes in the terminal.

In addition to showcasing the best local and homegrown musicians, artists and skaters, the festival provided locals with the perfect excuse to get reacquainted with Surfers Paradise and explore the countless bars, restaurants and entertainment offerings that have rapidly popped up across the precinct in recent years.

With Surfers Paradise’s beachfront and streets packed with people, SPRINGTIME proved why the Gold Coast is the perfect destination for a three-day contemporary music festival.

Festival Director Mark Duckworth said the inaugural SPRINGTIME had been a huge success and had achieved exactly what it set out to do – showcasing the Gold Coast as an incredible music tourism destination.

Mark Duckworth, Festival Director:

Holding a festival like SPRINGTIME is important for so many reasons, not only does it put a spotlight on our local music scene and highlight the calibre of our artists, but it also provides a much-needed economic boost for the local community.

While eager music fans danced on the sand to their favourite artists, crowds gathered to watch ‘The Cleaners’, an interactive durational performance installation by multi-award-winning contemporary performance makers Shock Therapy Productions. Festivalgoers needed no encouragement to fire paint-filled balloons via a giant slingshot at the actors 7m above. 

Local artists, Dion Parker and Camille Manley, armed with spray cans and paint brushes transformed the festival precinct in real time with spring-themed murals, further highlighting the Gold Coast’s growing arts and culture scene.

At the Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts (HOTA), the 8th annual Gold Coast Music Awards proudly presented by SPRINGTIME, shone a light on more than 85 of the city’s most talented musicians, across twelve categories. 

SPRINGTIME proved itself as the perfect opportunity for punters to explore the many offerings of the Gold Coast, while getting a taste of the best live music the country has to offer.

Produced by Major Events Gold Coast, SPRINGTIME wraps after an incredibly successful first year with thanks to our Sponsor Family – City of Gold Coast, triple j, Artesian Hospitality, Gold Coast Airport and Yugambeh Region Aboriginal Corporation Alliance.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government, under the Recovery for Regional Tourism program administered by Austrade.

Free Gold Coast music festival springs to life

SPRINGTIME is coming to the Gold Coast this September, featuring the best homegrown and national artists in leftfield alternative, electronic and hip hop. 

Major Events Gold Coast has unveiled a brand new, three-day music festival to be held on the beach and in the streets of Surfers Paradise, across multiple FREE outdoor stages in the first weekend of September (2-4 September).

Supported by triple j, SPRINGTIME shines a spotlight on Australian artists, highlighting local music, local entertainment and local businesses, and celebrates the best parts of the country’s most popular beachside destination.

Leading SPRINGTIME’s debut lineup will be none other than Gamilaraay pop queen Thelma Plum, surf-garage rock trio Skegss and Australian electronic-hip hop duo Hermitude. Having all performed around the country at some of Australia’s largest music festivals, they’ll all be appearing at SPRINGTIME, for free!

Living up to its promise to focus primarily on Australian artists and put homegrown talent front and centre, the festival also welcomes Aussie acts Sneaky Sound System, Alex the Astronaut, JK-47, Skunkhour, Haiku Hands, Ninajirachi, Teen Jesus & The Jean Teases, and triple j host and DJ Ebony Boadu.

Spread across multiple free outdoor stages and sideshow partner venues, including a partnership with the Gold Coast Music Awards to be held at the city’s iconic art precinct HOTA, SPRINGTIME is the perfect opportunity for punters to explore the many offerings of the Gold Coast, and locals to get reacquainted with the city they live in.

Festival Director Mark Duckworth said the SPRINGTIME team is excited to be adding a fresh and fun new music festival experience to our calendar of events on the Gold Coast.

Mark Duckworth, Festival Director:

We can’t think of a better way to welcome in spring on the coast than with an all-age contemporary music festival like SPRINGTIME. The Gold Coast has such a strong calibre of artists emerging from the city and we can’t wait to showcase their music alongside the country's best, in this perfect location.

We’re also proud to be partnering with the Gold Coast Music Awards 2022 to celebrate the creativity in the Gold Coast’s music sector and will be supporting local venues with official SPRINGTIME sideshows for paid ticketed offerings.

Book a flight, book a room and join us on the Gold Coast for a long weekend of great Australian music.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government, under the Recovery for Regional Tourism program administered by Austrade.