If you’re searching for art, culture and food this winter, look no further than the Sunshine Coast.

This year, our winter line-up of events is packed with epic festivals championing local talent. We're talking foodie festivals packed with homegrown produce, world-class chefs and mouthwatering flavours, music that pays homage to our countryside roots, gardening extravaganzas, and more. It's time to get out your calendar and start planning!

GourMay Mary Valley

1 May — 1 June, 2024

We know GourMay Mary Valley is in May, but it's too hard to resist leaving this one off the list! This glorious month-long festival is dedicated to spotlighting local farmers, their products, and those who create spectacular dishes that hero these ingredients. Tucked away in the Gympie hinterland, the Mary Valley is a charming region famous for its country roads and fresh produce. At GourMay Mary Valley, you can expect plenty of food stalls, vendors, cooking demonstrations, workshops, and more. You won't go hungry at this month-long feast.

Chamber of Music Festival

Chamber of Music Festival

Chamber Music Festival

6-9 June 2024

The 2024 Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival brings a unique program of specially curated performances. Concerts will be held in breathtaking natural settings and cozy venues throughout the Sunshine Coast. Prepare to be surprised as musicians weave together chamber music with contemporary elements, creating site-specific experiences that blend different art forms and cultures.

The Show Trail

It's time to embrace the scent of hot chips in the air, the sight of billowing pink clouds of candy floss, and the flashing lights of exhilarating rides as they illuminate the night sky. We're in our official 'show season' once winter comes around, with the Maleny Show (31 May — 1 June, 2024) and the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show (June 14, 15, 16), offering up plenty of fun for the whole family. We're talking equestrian, show-bags, baking competitions, and much more.

Queensland Garden Expo

4 July — 7 July, 2024

Queensland Garden Expo

Queensland Garden Expo

Whether you’re a bona fide horticulturist or a novice green thumb still learning the ins and outs of propagation, the Queensland Garden Expo is THE place to meet with gardening gurus. Spanning four mammoth days at the expansive Nambour Showgrounds, you’ll be able to dive headfirst into workshops, browse through the diverse array of stalls on offer, marvel at the floral art displays by some of the region's best artists, and more. Make sure to stay for lunch, where you'll get to soak up the winter sunshine with a hot meal from one of the many delicious food trucks on offer. There's also plenty of fun for the kids, including a giant slide.

Noosa Alive! Festival

19 July — 28 July, 2024

You might have explored Noosa National Park, gone for a dip in the pristine waters of Main Beach, and dined out at one of the many award-winning restaurants that line Hastings Street, but have you seen Noosa Alive? This 10-day festival attracts performers, writers, film-makers, musicians, artists, chefs, environmentalists, and commentators from across Australia and around the world to Noosa’s sandy shores. Expect a thought-provoking program of music and theatre that will have you seeing Noosa from a whole new perspective.

The Curated Plate

26 July — 4 August, 2024

Long Table Lunch, The Curated Plate.. Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Long Table Lunch, The Curated Plate.. Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Our highly popular foodie event, The Curated Plate is back better than ever in 2024, with an invitation to embark on a culinary journey across the Sunshine Coast. The Curated Plate is all about connecting people to places through local produce, and across the festival’s 10 delicious days, you’ll learn the stories of the local farmers, producers and chefs.

Rangebow Festival

1 August — 4 August, 2024

No festival celebrates diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability and reconciliation all at once quite like The Rangebow Festival. Taking place annually in the Hinterland hills, this glitter-filled carnival boasts over 30 fabulous events in 2024, with performances, music, Indigenous food experiences, and more to enjoy.

Australian Wearable Art Festival

9 August — 10 August, 2024

Where Gautier meets Picasso, the Australian Wearable Art Festival is a weekend of creativity like no other. Here, you’ll witness 40 national and international designers represented on the runway, competing in the glamorous 2024 Gala Awards. If you're a fashionista, or intrigued by the fascinating designs on display, make sure to book your spot.

Gympie Music Muster

22 August — 25 August, 2024

The Gympie Music Muster

The Gympie Music Muster

Music lovers listen up, one of Australia’s best country, blues, folk and rock festivals is coming to Gympie this late winter in a showdown that has your name written all over it. Over four days the Gympie Music Muster will feature dozens of artists, all set against the backdrop of the picturesque Amamoor State Forest. With camping onsite, it’s a true country experience.

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