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Local Events

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

Artists visit Mackay to perform at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre. They include dancers, comedians, and actors. BB Print Stadium also hosts national and international artists. Elton John, Birds of Tokyo, Kiss, Living End and Pete Murray have all taken centre stage at BB Print Stadium. Artspace Mackay showcases fine arts. Sculpture, pottery and other creative forms get displayed. Music festivals include Grass on the Green, Wintermoon and TimberFest. 


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.

Local Tours

Local businesses run tours/activities for visitors and locals. These include miniature sugar mill tours with rum tastings. Riding on a zip line through a tropical rain-forest. Paddle board lessons and cable park wake boarding . Tours of historic homes and walking tours around the City Centre’s Art Deco buildings. Unique experience of scuba diving with platypus and amazing Tiger Moth joy flights.
The Greater Whitsunday Food Network run seasonal Farm Food and Flavours Tours. Farmers and producers on these tours are passionate about regional food. Hence locals and visitors get to dine on the wonderful produce that is grown, raised, caught and made in our region.
Nature also does Mackay proud. We have whale watching season and turtle nesting as well as migratory shore birds. Wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough. Platypus in their natural habitat at Eungella National Park.