Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week

1) Circus Wonderland

> 6.30pm – July 11, 12, 13 and 14
> 2pm – July 13, 14, 15
Council Precinct Lawn, Gordon Street

Be astounded and amazed as the Strongman, the Contortionist, the Gypsy and a mesmerising cast of acrobats deliver a thrilling and hilarious circus spectacular. For the whole family, the spectacle and sparkle of Circus Wonderland set against a vintage circus backdrop will keep everyone on the edge of their seats.

2) NAIDOC week

> Wednesday, July 11, 10.30am to 2.30pm
Miller House, 35 Central Street, Sarina
Sarina Open Day. Flag raising at 11.30am followed by a BBQ lunch

> Thursday, July 12, 10am to 11am
Gordon White Library

All children aged five to 12 are invited to learn about local Aboriginal culture and language, the meaning behind Welcome to Country, history of the didgeridoo and Aboriginal connection to land and animals. They will also learn to dance and sing in Aboriginal language to favourite children’s nursery rhymes and play games incorporating animal moves and the didgeridoo.

> Friday, July 13, 10.30am to 3pm
Queens Park, Goldsmith Street

NAIDOC Fun Day. Food stalls, crafts, live entertainment, Indigenous games, Oz tag, face painting, jumping castles, early childhood activities

> Thursday, July 19, 9am to 5pm
Gordon White Library

A presentation and workshop called Don’t Keep History a Mystery, is a full-day program is for residents who are interested in finding out about their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander heritage. Bookings are essential for both Library programs and can be made online

> Thursday, August 2, 6pm (night prior to Coppelia Performance)
Free documentary screening in the MECC North Foyer – ‘ELLA’, duration 86min

3) Magpies Crusaders United Vs Brisbane Roar FC

Thursday, July 12, 7pm to 9pm
BB Print Stadium

Don't miss the opportunity to catch the three-time Hyundai A-League champions Brisbane Roar FC LIVE in Mackay! Tickets are available in general admission or reserved seating areas, or enjoy the game in style with a three-hour all-inclusive food and beverage package in a corporate box. Proudly supported by council through the Invest Mackay Events Attraction Program.

4) Coastal Treasures

Until Sunday, July 15
Artspace Mackay workshop room

Drop-in to the gallery anytime during the July school holidays to enjoy free art and craft. Inspired by our local coastal environment, three Indigenous artists, Luke Mallie, Ed Rigby and Charlie Wicking have designed a collection of art activities including a paste-up mural, beach sculptures, drawing and collage for the whole family to enjoy. Parental supervision is required, and you can stay for a few minutes, a few hours, and visit as many times as you’d like. It’s free and no bookings are required.

5) Lino cutting workshops with printmaker Brigitte Zimmerman

Sunday, July 15, 10am – 3pm
Town Hall Studio

Be part of a class of twelve and make your own lino cut in a fun one-day workshop! During this Mountains to Reef themed workshop, everyone from beginners to experienced artists will use lino tools to carve images, designs and patterns into their piece of lino. Once complete, each printing block will be joined together like a puzzle to make a jumbo-sized lino artwork ready for printing. $25 per person. Bookings are essential, phone 4961 9722.

6) Skate Titans Mackay

Sunday, July 15, 1pm to 5pm
Slade Point skatepark, Ocean Avenue

Rescheduled from July 1 due to wet weather, the competition is now on this Sunday, July 15 to select qualifiers for the Rumble on the Reef in September 2018.

7) DBCT Illuminate – Lantern making workshops

Thursday, July 12 and Sunday, July 22 from 10am to 4pm
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Meadowlands Amphitheatre

Free lantern making workshops for all the family! Get creative making giant lanterns and glow in the dark sculptures. All works will light up at the Botanic Gardens ‘Illuminate’ that is part of Festival of Arts at the end of July. Pop in anytime between 10am – 4pm, bookings are not required. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

8) Digital Resources Q&A

Friday, July 13, 3pm to 3.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library

Got a burning desire to find out more about our digital resources? How can our vendors make our digital resources easier to use? Come and talk with some of our vendors including Library Ideas (Freegal and GoChip), Wavesound (RB Digital eAudio, eBook and eMagazines, IndieFlix and Comics Plus), Bolinda Digital (BorrowBox eAudio and eBook) about their products.

9) BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, July 17, 10am to 2pm
Artspace Mackay

Join local artists and performers for creative art activities designed for toddlers and their adults. The ever popular toddler’s program, gives children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. The program includes free artist-run workshops from 10am to 2pm and live musical entertainment for kids from 12pm to 1pm. Bring your children along for a fun day of art-making, singing and dancing.

10) Greater Whitsunday Famers’ Market

Wednesday, July 17, 7am to 11am
Bluewater Quay, River Street, Mackay

Join the Fresh Local Produce Revolution and support our farmers by buying local, seasonal produce straight from the farmer. The market showcases our regions amazing produce giving farmers and value adders an opportunity to help grow our local food culture.


Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts
July 20 - July 29

Hailed as one of the most diverse line-ups to date, the Festival Program boasts everything from the world premiere of a new ballet to an adults-only, tongue-in-cheek acrobatic burlesque show. The Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts is the region’s premier arts and cultural event. A 10 day celebration of music, cabaret, dance, theatre, food & wine, comedy, visual arts and circus, you won’t want to miss a moment!

> Circus Wonderland > 7-15 July
> Rouge - 18+ Event > 20-29 July
> G&S Engineering Wine & Food Day > 21 July
> Caneland Central Lunchbox Concerts > 24-26 July
> DBCT Illuminate > 25-27 July
> G&S Engineering Comedy Club with Dave Thornton > 28 July
> Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch > 29 July
> Damian Callinan Comedian in Swing Man > 29 July

Pet Rego Day
Saturday, July 28, 9am to noon
Council Precinct Lawn, Gordon Street

Come along and take advantage of discount pet registration and microchipping, the RSPCA EMU Van, pet stalls, giveaways and a best dressed pet competition at 10am, plus more. This event will take place from 9am to noon on council's front lawn, Gordon Street, Mackay.