Unmissable events on the Sunshine Coast in 2023
icon

Horizon Festival: credit Nic Morley and Horizon Festival

From killer concerts to drool-worthy food festivals, craft beer, sport and cultural events, ‘bored’ is never a word you’ll hear in this sensational part of the world.

So get your calendar at the ready, because we’ve rounded up the unmissable Sunshine Coast events in 2023!

Maleny Wedding Summer Festival Trail

When: 14 and 15 January

Where: Eight Sunshine Coast venues will throw open their doors from Maleny to Palmwoods

What: Blushing brides and their grooms looking to plan their dream day should hit up the 2023 Summer Maleny Wedding Festival Trail in January for some serious wedding inspiration.

Old Maleny Dairy Wedding Festival Trail
icon

Old Maleny Dairy Wedding Festival Trail

Sunshine Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival

Where & when: Watch this space!

What: We don’t like to brag but the Sunshine Coast is Australia’s Craft Beer Capital, with more craft breweries per capita of any state or territory in Australia! Come taste the local passion in every glass at this festival – details to come! – where more than 100 brewers from around Australia will come together.

Sunshine Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival
icon

Sunshine Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival

Noosa Festival of Surfing

When:  3-12 March

Where: Noosa

What: Noosa’s joyous surf fest is a family-friendly, sustainable event that attracts keen surfers from all over the globe, as well as the world-famous surfing dogs, to ride Noosa’s glassy waves.

Surfing at Tea Tree, Noosa Heads
icon

Surfing at Tea Tree, Noosa Heads

Maleny Wood Expo

When: 29 April – 1 May

Where: Maleny Showgrounds

What: From a prestigious woodworking competition to boat-making, wood carving, food, wine and kids’ activities galore, this festival provides a tree-mendous hinterland day out.

Runaway Noosa Marathon

When: 27 May

Where: Noosa Heads

What: Starting and finishing in Noosa’s famous Hastings Street, competitors can choose between four different race distances - the full marathon, half marathon and 10km and 5km events -in this road event which caters for everyone form speedy pros to first timers.

Queensland Garden Expo

When: 7 – 9 July

Where: Nambour Showgrounds

What: Green thumbs will be in their element at this three-day expo where you can soak up the knowledge of Australia’s leading gardening gurus in lectures, demonstrations and workshops.

Blooming, lovely!

Stilt walkers at the 2019 Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour
icon

Stilt walkers at the 2019 Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour

Noosa Alive Festival

When: 21- 30 July

Where: Noosa region

What: For 10 days in July, the Noosa region transforms into a performing arts mecca celebrating music, theatre, film, literature and dance as part of this award-winning arts and cultural festival.

Queensland Rally Championship

When: 22 July

Where: Gympie

What: Rev your engines for some wheely cool racing action when drivers of all models of cars compete across different championship races and series at the Queensland Rally Championship - from novice and juniors to the fast and furious Championship race.

Sunshine Sounds

When: Watch this space!

Where: Eumundi

What: In the past this epic all-ages music festival has boasted a predominately South East Queensland line-up featuring Katie and Tyrone Noonan of George, Clare Bowditch, Tim Rogers and Band of Frequencies and more – watch this space for the 2023 line-up!

The Curated Plate

When: 28 July – 6 August

Where: Sunshine Coast

What: Foodies rejoice! The Sunshine Coast’s premier culinary festival is back serving up - and celebrating - the very best of the local food and beverage scene. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this one.

People Plates and Places with Curated Plate
icon

People Plates and Places with Curated Plate

Noosa Enduro

When: 30 July

Where: Tewantin

What: Swap the boardies and beaches for mountains and gravel at this mountain biking festival in the Noosa Hinterland.

Australian Wearable Art Festival 

When: 11 and 12 August

Where: Bokarina

What: From the eclectic to the outlandish to the bold and the beautiful, this festival provides a platform for artists and designers to get creative and merge materials in weird and wonderful ways.

Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival
Runners in the Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival, Alexandra Headland
icon

Runners in the Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival, Alexandra Headland

When: 12 and 13 August

Where: Alexandra Headland

What: You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to experience that finish line feeling in one of Australia’s running festivals, with 2km Mini Marathoner events as well as the full Marathon, half marathon and 10km and 5km events included in this year’s program.

Horizon Festival

When: Watch this space!

Where: Locations across the Sunshine Coast

What: Honouring the stories and artworks of the First Nations people, this leading contemporary multi-arts festival is inspired by the staggering beauty of the Sunshine Coast and presents 10 days and nights of visual art, music, theatre, dance, words and ideas.

Horizon Festival: credit Nic Morley and Horizon Festival
icon

Horizon Festival: credit Nic Morley and Horizon Festival

Quad Crown Sunshine Coast

Date: 9-11 June

Where: Caloundra & surrounds

What: Go for podium glory in this fun-filled heart pumping mountain bike race event held on the Sunshine Coast.

Buskers by the Lake

When: Watch this space!

Where: Kawana

What: Some of the world’s best musos have been discovered busking so why not take a chance and have a go - or at least pull up a rug and watch the talent on display at this feel-good and utterly entertaining festival.

Lucy Gallant - Buskers by the Lake 2021
icon

Lucy Gallant - Buskers by the Lake 2021

Rangebow Festival

When: Watch this space!

Where: The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

What: This community-based not-for-profit festival celebrates the creative life and spirit of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland through entertainment and cultural activities in a dreamy setting, diversity and inclusion at its beating heart.

The Gympie Music Muster

When: 24- 27 August

Where: Gympie

What: Music, camping and good times is what this jam-packed four days at The Muster is all about, perfectly bringing together country, roots, blues, folk and rock tunes for a music festival like no other.

Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast
Mooloolaba Ironman event
icon

Mooloolaba Ironman event

When: 10 September

Where: Mooloolaba

What: Watch the nation’s fittest athletes swim, run and ride their way around this spectacular coastal course, which finishes on the beautiful Mooloolaba Beach.

Caloundra Music Festival

When: Watch this space!

Where: Kings Beach Amphitheatre, Caloundra

What: The picture-perfect Kings Beach provides the perfect backdrop for this three-day festival of sun, sun and soul featuring a diverse line-up of Australian artists.

Caloundra Music Festival
icon

Caloundra Music Festival

Noosa Tri

When: 1-5 November

Where: Noosa

What: Set around Noosa’s iconic Main Beach, town centre and sub-tropical Sunshine Coast hinterland, this event is the biggest Olympic- distance triathlon in the world – complete with a lively, festival vibe.