There is always something special happening in Mackay to suit visitors and locals alike. Mackay's Festival of Arts every July is a jam packed program of artistic talent sure to please. The Aero Club Mechanos, and the Sarina Coconut Festival, are major draw cards for visitors every August. In September the region plays host to the Grasstree Beach Motorcycle Races and Mackay's Blue Water Fling. Mackay and Finch Hatton Shows are always favorite events for children of all ages in June.
Theatre Performances at the MECC (Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre), BB Print Stadium, and Creative Arts at Artspace Mackay also dominate the events calendar. Music festivals include Grass on the Green, Wintermoon and TimberFest.
National and International Sporting events are held in our region including Cricket, Rugby, Soccer and Hockey. From Bird-watching Festivals, River to Reef Charity Rides, Global Grooves, PRB Bull Riding, QLD Kart Championships to Zerek Barra Fishing Tournaments. Upcoming sporting events include the North Queensland Games in May 2018. #mackaypride
The 13th World Sooty Championship, sponsored by INDT, is a great weekend of camping and fishing scheduled over the May Day weekend of the 5th and 6th May 2018 at the picturesque Eungella Dam. Come and compete in the only fishing competition specifically targeting the native Sooty Grunter.
Helloworld Mackay hosts a variety of local day trips and special events including Long Lunches On The Beach, Day Trips to Eungella, Local Food Trails, and Chill Out Valley Sessions. Contact Helloworld on 4942 1444 for more information.
Mackay also plays host to a number of major Conferences and Expos. This includes Wedding Expos, Travel Expos, the biannual Queensland Mining Expo which is being held at the Mackay Showgrounds from the 24th to 26th July 2018 and the Mackay Home Show & Caravan and Camping Expo.
Local businesses run a number of Tours/Activities for visitors and locals. These include minature sugar mill tours with rum tastings, riding on a zip line through a tropical rainforest, to paddle board lessons, tours of historic homes and Cable Park Wake Boarding and the unique scuba diving with platypus.
Nature also does Mackay proud with Whale Watching Season and Turtle Nesting as well as Migratory Shore Birds, Wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough and Platypus in their natural environment at Eungella National Park.