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The best Sunshine Coast events you can’t miss in 2020

On the Sunshine Coast, the sparkling coastline isn’t the only thing that shines.

Each year, this overachiever plays host to more events then it does pristine beaches, and in 2020 that’s no exception.

Whether you’re a self-confessed culture vulture, foodie fanatic, or sports superfan, these Sunshine Coast events will have your social calendar booked out all year long.

SUNSHINE COAST EVENTS FOR… CULTURE VULTURES

Gympie Music Muster 2018 1

If spectacular performances and awe-inspiring artistry spell bliss to you, then boy, do we have a lineup of cultural events for you.

Dust off your Akubra – it’s time for the Gympie Music Muster. Claiming the title of Australia’s favourite outdoor country music (and camping) festival, the annual hoedown in August brings together the best of blues, folk, and country into one location. Intrigued? Here are five things you need to know about this iconic event.

Bringing to life the mantra of ‘sun, surf and soul’, join in the celebration of the region’s very best music, arts, culture and local produce at the Caloundra Music Festival. Held over four days during October in Kings Beach, the festival proves music is that much better when paired with a scenic location.

For those after something further afield, head into the Hinterland for Jungle Love or pump art into your heart at Horizon Festival.

Ready for an encore? Here are all the music festivals happening around Queensland in 2020.

SUNSHINE COAST EVENTS FOR… FOODIE FANATICS

Noosa Food and Drink Festival 2018

Asking you to choose between one food festival over the other is like asking to pick your favourite child. So, why not skip the moral dilemma and attend them all?

Don your best stretchy pants and head to the mouth-watering Noosa Food and Drink Festival. As iconic as the location it’s held in, the annual feast takes place in May and sees foodies and celebrity chefs nab themselves a place at the table to celebrate all things delicious.

Continue the love affair with culinary excellence at The Curated Plate in August. A newcomer to the scene, this food festival is all about celebrating the relationship between the chef and the producers of quality produce. With the best chefs in Australia and the international dining scene in attendance, earn your bragging rights by sinking your teeth into the agenda with events held all along the coast.

SUNSHINE COAST EVENTS FOR…SPORTS SUPERFANS

Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival 2018

On your marks, get set, go. It’s time to prepare for the most scenic run, ride or surf of your life. With an event happening almost every month between February to November, there’s no doubt you’ll break a sweat in 2020.

Get ready for a swell time at the Noosa Festival of Surfing in February. Wave hello to nine gnarly days of surf action on Noosa Main Beach. Although the event plays hosts to the champions of the surf world, the real attraction is the surfing dogs’ championships. You read that right. Dogs on surfboards.

Test and tri your endurance at the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival and Noosa Triathlon Multisport Festival. Not only do both events bring pretty backdrops to gruelling events but they each often something for newcomers and pros.

Or, if running is more your forte, make a sprint to the start line at the Runaway Noosa Marathon or 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon.