Mackay Special Events calendar offers plenty of variety in things to do in our region.
Mackay’s Festival of Arts every July is a jam packed program of artistic talent. The Aero Club Mechanos, and the Sarina Coconut Festival are major draw cards for visitors. So are the Grasstree Beach Motorcycle Races & Mackay’s Blue Water Fling. Global Grooves is a favorite event for locals. Besides that Mackay, Sarina and Finch Hatton Shows are great events for children of all ages.
Theatre & Arts
National and international sporting events are often held in our region. This includes cricket, rugby, AFL football, basketball, soccer and hockey. Even Bird-watching festivals. River to Reef Charity Rides are a favorite. PRB Bull Riding and QLD Kart Championships also draw large crowds. Skateboarding Championships and BMX Championships are great for the young at heart.
In August 2019 the Masters Athletics Championships occur. The first major event for Mackays new Aquatic, Sports and Recreation Centre.
Fishing is excellent in the Mackay region. As a result special fishing events include Barramundi Fishing Tournaments. The World Sooty Championship over the May Day long weekend at the picturesque Eungella Dam gives anglers the chance to compete in the only fishing competition specifically targeting the native Sooty Grunter.
Conferences & Expositions
Mackay also plays host to many major conferences and expos. Wedding and Travel Expos. Mackay Home Show & the Caravan and Camping Expo. The Queensland Mining Exhibition comes to Mackay every second year in late July. The next Mining Expo will be in 2020.