Festivals & Events on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast in Queensland is host to many festivals and events throughout the year.

No matter where you are staying on the Sunshine Coast - Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum or Noosa - there will be a festival of interest near you.

Noosa Festival of Surfing

5-12 March 2016

The Noosa Festival of Surfing is an annual event featuring both amateur and professional surfing events.

As well as great surfing there is plenty of entertainment for everyone to enjoy - surf movies, live music, fashion parades, dancing. 

Save the date for 2016!

Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival

13 March 2016

Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival has been a feature event on the Australian Triathlon Calendar for over 22 years.

Noosa Ultimate Sports Fest

28 May 2016

Another highlight on the Noosa sporting calendar, this festival includes a variety of events.

Noosa International Food & Wine Festival

Normally in May but won't be staged in 2016. Dates for 2017 TBA.

Join food and wine personalities, media and entertainment icons in Noosa to celebrate the best of Australia's food and wine.

Enjoy lifestyle lunches, wine tasting, Sunshine Coast food trails, concerts, guest chefs at local restaurants, culinary displays, live entertainment.

Tickets may be booked online.

International Rally of Queensland

17-19 June 2016

Coming to experience the excitement of Rally Queensland for yourself? Here is everything you need to know from entry prices to maps for getting around!

The Noosa Longweekend Festival

15-24 July 2016

The Noosa Longweekend is a festival of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and barrier-breaking forums - in one of Australia's most enviable destinations: Noosa Heads, Queensland.

Recognised as one of Australia's foremost regional cultural events, The Noosa Longweekend was launched in 2002 by a local group of creative visionaries wanting to blend their passions with the beautiful environment that is Noosa. The festival's founding members include prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, author Kristin Williamson, internationally renowned violinist Brett Dean, environmental activist Dr Michael Gloster, restaurateur Leonie Palmer-Fischer together with Rick Clayton and Ros McCauley.

The Noosa Longweekend presents a diverse program of events which, since its inception, has attracted some of the best Australian and international performers, writers, film-makers, musicians, artists, chefs, environmentalists and commentators.

Pomona King of the Mountain

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Get along to Pomona for a family day of fun - highlights are the Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge, a Nestle 3km Family Fun Run, heritage markets, relay, tug-o-war, live music, side show alley, food court and much more.

Noosa Jazz Festival

2016 Dates TBA (normally in September)

The Noosa Jazz Festival is a four day celebration of hot food and cool jazz. Each Festival features more than 150 passionate and vibrant national and international artists, offering a huge amount of opportunities for visitors and locals to see them in action.
Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival Maleny

Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival - Maleny

2016 Dates TBA (normally September)

The Real Food Festival is a celebration of the fabulous food on offer on the Sunshine Coast. It is a wonderful opportunity to taste the produce, talk to and buy from producers, manufacturers and restaurants. There will be stalls, demonstrations, discussions, hands-on and other activities throughout the weekend. The Real Food Festival has something for all the family and is a great way to support the best of Sunshine Coast regional food.

This year's Festival will feature more than 100 stalls showcasing local foods and related products.

Join in the fun at the Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Stanley River Rd, Maleny from 9am-4pm.

Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival

2016 Dates TBA (last year's festival was 26 September 2015)

The Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival is a fun filled day of activities for the whole family.

Music, competitions, food stalls, arts and craft stalls, amusement rides and various activities are held throughout the day.

A great family fun day on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa and Hervey Bay.

Caloundra Fringe Festival

Caloundra Fringe Festival

2016 Dates TBA (Last year's festival was 25 September - 5 October 2015)

Caloundra Fringe Festival features music, arts, culture, culinary and sporting activities during the week leading up to the Caloundra Music Festival.

Caloundra Music Festival

2016 Dates TBA (Last year was held 2-5 October 2015)

The annual Caloundra Music Festival is held in the heart of the Kings Beach Tourist precinct.
The festival features the best of the Australian music industry as well as famous international artists. There will be a colourful street parade, roving performers, beach-side carnival, buskers, free kid's entertainment, food and market stalls.

Noosa Beach Classic Car Show 2016

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Come and experience one of the best Classic car shows in Queensland at one of Australia's most famous destinations. Over $3,000 in trophies and prizes -see website for more details.

Over 250 cars of all ages and makes will be on display. Food, drinks and shuttle bus available. Marque of the year is Ford and this year will see some very rare and famous cars including entries from the Bowden Collection. This is a charity fundraising event held by the Noosa Beach Classic Car Club which has donated over $170,000 to local charities and worthy causes.

Where: Lions Park, Noosa Heads

Time: Gates open 8.30am-2.30pm.

Spectator Entry: $10 adults, children free.

Enquiries 0407 009 464 or media@noosacarclub.com.au

Australian Body Art Festival, Eumundi

2016 Dates TBA (Last year 16-18 October 2015)

The Australian Body Art Festival, held in Eumundi, brings together cutting-edge artists and designers from far and wide.
The Festival is about body art in its many and varied forms – from the more readily seen art form of face painting right through to cutting-edge full body painting in the three categories of airbrush, sponge and brush, and special effects.
The 2015 Festival is themed "Pop Trashion" and provides a unique opportunity for Australia’s top body artists and face painters to compete. This festival is a springboard for emerging body artists to develop their skills.

Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival

30 October 2016

The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival brings together a mix of sport and entertainment coupled with sun, sea and surf in one of Australia's most popular destinations. The week-long festival includes swimming, cycling, running, and triathlon events, a celebrity golf tournament, Breakfast with the Stars, and much more.

The highlight of the festival is the triathlon which draws over 8,000 competitors to the Olympic-distance course (1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run). It is one of the biggest triathlon events in Australia.

Sunshine Coast Venues & Events

Sunshine Coast Venues & Events

For more festivals and events, take a look at the Sunshine Coast Venues & Events webpage.