12 Queensland events you shouldn’t miss in 2018
Imagine suppressing your jealousy and having to ‘like’ a selfie that your friend took at a cool event you missed – uhh, awful thought.
Well, do like Taylor and shake it off because 2018 will be your year my friend, and you’ll be the one waving around a selfie stick at the coolest events in Queensland.
To make your search even easier, here are the top 12 events that should make your must-do list.
BRISBANE GLOBAL RUGBY TENS | BRISBANE
WHEN: 9-10 February 2018
Love your rugby? Head to Brisbane to watch Australia’s Super Rugby quintet – the Force, Waratahs, Reds, Rebels and Brumbies take on the world’s strongest teams over two days of rugby heaven. The tournament intensifies the traditional virtues of rugby union with 10 players per side, playing 10-minute halves. And with less time on the field, teams will unleash their best plays early in the game, so you can expect an electrifying performance from kick off.
This global showdown will transform Suncorp Stadium into an exhilarating battlefield as 14 professional teams from France, South Africa, Samoa, Japan and New Zealand, descend on Brisbane (with an army of fans) for 28 matches of unapologetic rugby union.
QUIKSILVER PRO & ROXY PRO GOLD COAST | GOLD COAST
WHEN: MARCH 2018
The Gold Coast has produced more surfing world champions than any other place else in the world, so it’s the perfect stage for the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro to open the men’s and women’s world championships tours.
Snapper Rocks will transform into the ultimate surf hub when it attracts thousands of fans in March. Together they’ll witness and support their favourite surf-pros as they dominate giant waves and ride flawless right-hand barrels. You can get involved with the action and watch the best of the best surf it out for the championships.
CMC ROCKS QLD | IPSWICH
WHEN: 16-18 March 2018
For the love of country music, don’t miss this chance to belt out your favourite country tunes as the singers perform them live on stage. Sway, laugh and cry alongside a crowd of fellow country-music-loving fans at the annual CMC Rocks QLD.
The artist line-up is already making us giddy with excitement. Especially when two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year country superstar Luke Bryan is set to make an appearance. Not to mention the likes of Darius Rucker, Busby Marou and Kelsea Ballerini.
While you wait for March to come around, crank up your best country Spotify playlist and let the countdown begin.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games | Gold Coast
WHEN: 4-15 April 2018
I don’t know how to tell you this, but it’s kind of a big deal! The XXI Commonwealth Games will call the Gold Coast home for 11 epic days of sport. And if you’ve secured tickets, you’ll be up front and centre watching some of the world’s best athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.
Rock your country’s colours or opt for a classic green and gold (Aussie colours) and get ready to experience greatness rarely seen.
Noosa Food & Wine Festival | Sunshine Coast
WHEN: 17-20 May 2018
Two words: Instagrammable goodness. Well, that’s what we think of when the words Noosa + Food + Wine are used conjunctively. You could almost picture the flat lays and close-up shots you could take of tastefully decorated plates of deliciousness. And, that’s exactly what you could be doing at the Noosa Food and Wine Festival. Well, that plus eating GREAT food of course.
GOLD COAST AIRPORT MARATHON | GOLD COAST
WHEN: 30 June – 2 JULY 2018
They say that you are guaranteed to set your personal best at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon because it’s the flattest and fastest course in Australia. And, for finishing you’re rewarded with a medal, t-shirt and certificate to commemorate your achievement!
The course is the most picturesque and the scenery will make any non-runner want to lace up their shoes and get involved. Serious athletes are able to compete in the 10km run or the 5.7km challenge and junior runners can compete in the 4km or 2km dashes.
If you’re not interested in participating, why not provide spectator support a.k.a “runspiration” to runners by cheering from the sideline (or the beach)?
BIRDSVILLE BIG RED BASH | BIRDSVILLE, OUTBACK QUEENSLAND
WHEN: 10-12 JULY 2018
Erect your campsite, marvel as the sun sets over the Big Red sand dune and then watch it light up as the concert’s backdrop. You’ll feel the music fill the desert and before you know it, you’ll be rocking out to the most remote music festival in the world. Headlining the night are Aussie superstars Troy Cassar-Daley, Missy Higgins, Lee Kernaghan and The McClymonts!
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) | Tropical North Queensland
WHEN: 13-15 July 2018
Did you know that Queensland is the only state in the country where you can experience both of Australia’s Indigenous cultures? Yep – Queensland is home to Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures. And, both are celebrated at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair every year.
The festival is all about showcasing amazing Indigenous artwork across various forms. And, you’ll also be able to meet talented artists and learn the history behind their work.
Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo | Outback Queensland
WHEN: 9-12 August 2018
Yee-ha cowboy! In this town of true grit and hard yakka, the locals countdown every year for the annual Mount Isa Rodeo. It’s a time to celebrate all things country and great about the Australian outback. And in true Aussie fashion, riders lace up their R.M. Williams (boots) and put their bravery to the ultimate test… riding one-tonne bucking bulls.
If you need a hand planning your trip to the Outback, this blog will show you how to have a bucking good time at the Mount Isa Rodeo.
ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships | Gold Coast
WHEN: 15-16 September 2018
Qualifying athletes representing 46 nations will demonstrate their strength, endurance and determination when they compete at Southport Broadwater Parklands in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final.
From the opening ceremony to the closing, you’ll be able to support and cheer on your favourite athletes as they embark on a tri-course that will ultimately change their lives forever.
Gold Coast 600 | Gold Coast
WHEN: 19-21 October 2018
If you’re a sucker for all things motor racing, then you’ll want to be at the Gold Coast 600 in October. Get a glimpse of internationally acclaimed drivers as they skid by burning rubber and winning hearts. And as they move into the final lap, you’ll be at the edge of your seat waiting in suspense to know who will take home the prize package.
Woodford Folk Festival | Brisbane
WHEN: 27 December 2018 – 1 January 2019
Brisbanites know that new year celebrations are closely paired with the annual Woodford Folk Festival. It’s the only way to see in the near year.
Catering to your every scent, you’ll be enthralled by magic, theatrical performances, music and an epic fire event that puts all bonfires to shame. Not only is Woodfordia a place for the young at heart, it’s also a great spot for families to spend the new year together. With circus acts, workshops and visual art, it’s like there’s an entire children’s festival happening simultaneously.
The excitement doesn’t stop at these 12 events, check out the full 2018 Queensland Event Guide below.