A year of festival fun on the Sunshine Coast

04 Feb 2019

A festival adds fun to any holiday and the Sunshine Coast hosts them all year long, so you can enjoy one no matter when you visit.

From delicious food and wine festivals to quirky fun and family-friendly events, make sure you add these amazing events into your 2019 diary!

The Ginger Flower and Food Festival, Yandina: 18-20 January

Foodie and garden lovers get set for three colourful days of floral displays, culinary delights and live entertainment at The Ginger Factory.

Ginger Flower and Food Festival
Ginger Flower and Food Festival

The free event also features lifestyle and foodie presentations, as well as cooking demonstrations from renowned chefs including Matt Golinski, Peter Wolfe and Chris Bond which run across the three days. There’s also loads for the kids to enjoy with the famous train or boat rides.

Sunshine Coast Dessert Festival, Aussie World: 16 February

If you're a dessert lover, it's time to treat your tastebuds at the inaugural Sunshine Coast Dessert Festival at Aussie World. Entry gets you access to loads of dessert food trucks, live music, dessert wine tasting, demonstrations and kids’ activities.

Noosa Festival of Surfing, Noosa: 2-10 March

The Noosa Festival of Surfing is one of the biggest riding events in the world for pros, teams and amateurs. Even dogs get in on the action and show off their surfing skills, making it a great spectator event.

Noosa Festival of Surfing
Noosa Festival of Surfing

There's also music, exhibitions, parties and events on the sand at First Point and around town.

Celebrating Noosa's unique environment, the festival is partnering with Plastic Free Noosa to create a sustainable, plastic-free event, helping to preserve the local region and ocean that make up the 10th World Surfing Reserve.

Australian Body Art Festival, Cooroy: 6-7 April

A colourful, vibrant and totally creative experience to be enjoyed and appreciated by all ages as artists use human bodies as their canvas. This unique Festival attracts artists and spectators from all over the world.

The theme for the 2019 event is "Other Worlds."

There is so much more to see and do with wearable art (funky fashions from recycled items), photography, street performers, market stalls, music and parades each day with finished artworks.

Ukele Festival, Kenilworth: 11-14 April

Be immersed in four days and nights of playing your ukulele, singing, dancing and drumming at the Ukulele Festival. With plenty of workshops for every standard of musicianship, you can learn new skills from the ukulele pro's, dance the samba, learn to sing, relax in the Big Top while fantastic artists entertain you and jam around the campfire.

Maleny Wood Expo, Maleny: 4-6 May

At the Maleny Wood Expo there’s something for everyone; spoon carving, hand-held carving or whittling, steam bending and lamination, and that’s just a few of the options on offer.

Wander at leisure through lovingly crafted timber products and talk to the craftsmen and women who’ve created them.

Kids are also well catered for, with several workshops including simple (and well-supervised) woodwork and a pencil case-making class.

Time Warp Festival, Palmwoods: 5 May

Time Warp Festival
Time Warp Festival

Take a step back in time as the Time Warp Festival celebrates everything Kustom Kulture – hot rods, rockabilly, food and family – based around iconic Rick’s Garage in Palmwoods.

Featuring a diverse selection of entertainment, no matter whether you're young, old or somewhere in between, there is definitely something to rock your socks off at the Time Warp in Palmwoods!

Noosa Food and Wine Festival, Noosa: 16-20 May

Noosa Food & Wine Festival is an annual love affair of great food, wine, live music and entertainment.

From beachfront brunches to dinners with celebrity chefs, live cooking demonstrations to a party under the stars, discover your inner foodie at this gourmet festival.

Big Pineapple Music Festival, Woombye: 25 May

One for the music fans, this event turns a 16 metre-high heritage-listed tourist attraction into the ultimate party playground.

The annual Big Pineapple Music Festival, held at the Big Pineapple Fields, hosts leading Australian music talent and regularly sells out, so plan ahead for your visit!

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival, Gympie: 26 May

If you’ve ever wanted to send a pumpkin flying down Policemans Hill to see how far it can go, this is your chance. Treat yourself to a variety of pumpkin foods, including homemade pumpkin scones, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread rolls, pumpkin and lamb sausages and the best ever pumpkin soup made from the festival’s secret recipe.

 Stick around for the street parade and live music as well.

Downunder Beachfest, Caloundra: 5-9 June

If you are looking for an incredible display of retro cars, then this is the festival for you.

Downunder Beachfest is a celebration of all things custom, hot-rod and classic, and all things Sunshine Coast beaches. It’s a 5-day cruise in and around the hinterland itself, with plenty of Show n’ shines, driving events, dining, dancing, street parties and the Mega Car Show right in the middle of the Main Street Caloundra.

Kenilworth Food Fest, Kenilworth: 29 June

Enjoy the winter Sunshine on the Coast and sample some of the best cheese, food and wine of the Mary Valley at Kenilworth Food Fest.

There will be plenty of entertainment and some gourmet cooking demonstrations so you can try it all again at home.

Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour: 12-14 July

Garden Expo
Garden Expo

Calling all green thumbs and novice gardeners to experience the best of subtropical gardening.

With three full days of free lectures and demos from some of Australia’s leading gardening experts as well as all the free advice you might need, the Queensland Garden Expo is a treasure trove of gardening delights.

You will also find some great food and a range of free children’s activities to make it a great family day out.

The Curated Plate: 8-11 August

The Curated Plate is a four-day destination food festival debuting on the Sunshine Coast in 2019.

It will be a celebration of regional produce and chef expertise, culminating in unforgettable, curated dining experiences in the most spectacular natural environments.

The full line-up will be revealed in March, but to whet your appetite, Tokyo’s two Michelin Starred chef, Zaiyu Hasegawa, along with Sunshine Coast chef Daniel Jarrett from one-hatted favourite The Tamarind will be headlining.

Gympie Muster, Amamoor State Forest: 22-25 August

Held across four massive days, the Gympie Muster features over 120 artists and 300 performances, celebrating Australian country music.

You will also find Blues and Roots, country rock and folk musicians and some bush poetry all while the festival raises money for charities and local community organisations.

There are also a variety of market and food stalls to explore between sets.

Horizon Festival, Sunshine Coast: 23 August - 1 September

Over 10 arts-fuelled days across the Sunshine Coast, Horizon collaborates to deliver more than 200 events in performance, visual art, music, comedy, theatre, dance and immersive technologies.

The events take place around the Sunshine Coast in areas including Buderim, Nambour, Maroochydore, Caloundra, Coolum Beach, Cotton Tree, Eumundi, Kunda Park, Kings Beach and Maleny.

Caloundra Music Festival, Kings Beach: 4-7 October

Caloundra Music Festival
Caloundra Music Festival

Enjoy four days of Sun, Surf and Soul at the beautiful Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast!

Caloundra Music Festival is home to a diverse line-up of Australian performers as well as incredible international artists.

The festival is great for the whole family with a host of extra entertainment including the Funky Forest - home to the Sun Stage - and loads of activities for the kids including ukulele, drumming and flower crown workshops, inflatables, face painting, yoga for kids and craft activities.

Woodford Folk Festival: 27 December – 1 January

The Woodford Folk Festival is a 6-day community festival which boasts over 2000 performers and over 400 events.

The festival is full of concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, a film festival, comedy acts, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children’s festival, an environmental programme featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events.

There is plenty for all ages to enjoy and a wonderful way to bring in the New Year.