Top 10 things to do around the region…

There are plenty of things to do around the region this coming week… Wander through the River Street Twilight Market on Friday night, bring the family for a fun-filled day at the Fiji Drua vs Queensland Country grand final on Saturday or relax in the sunshine at the Rock Paper Scissor Art & Design Market this Sunday at Artpsace Mackay.

1) Greater Whitsunday Famers’ River Street Twilight Market

Friday, September 14, 4pm – 8pm
River Street, Mackay
A community market for all to enjoy, meet local producers, value adders, creators and bakers along with many support business operators from our region. Bring a blanket and relax this Friday night at the River Street Twilight Market, then head into the Mackay City Centre to explore more and dine at local cafes, bars and restaurants.

2) Mackay Rugby - Fiji Drua vs Queensland Country and Grand Final

Saturday, September 15, 9am – 8pm
BB Print Stadium

This is the biggest day for rugby union in Mackay for two decades, and it promises to be a fun-filled day for the whole family with jumping castles and face painting - as well as a full day of rugby. Starting at 9am with the U16 game, followed by Mackay Rugby Championship Plate Final and the Super Tots.Fiji plays Queensland Country at 1pm and the Grand Final takes place at 3.30pm. Tickets: $15 adult, $5 student, U12 free of charge. VIP tickets are also available.

3) Community Info Session for Artists, Arts Educators and Community

Saturday, September 15, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Jubilee Community Centre training room

Presented by Kerryanne Farrer, executive officer of Flying Arts Alliance Inc, this session will inform local artists and creatives about how Flying Arts Alliance Inc and the Regional Arts Fund can help them. RSVP to: by Thursday, September 13
Kerryanne combines her dedication to access for regional Queenslanders to arts and culture with her working knowledge of the sector. Previously she was Regional Arts Development officer for Artslink Queensland, where she facilitated 15 communities across Queensland to re-invent their towns through arts placemaking initiatives.

4) 2018 Rock Paper Scissors Art & Design Market

Sunday, September 16, 1pm – 4pm
Artspace Mackay, Civic Precinct, 61 Gordon Street

This unique curated market features indie design, art and craft stalls, local live music and performances by other local entertainers. There will be something for everyone, from craft items to affordable artisan jewellery and fine art prints. Foodspace Cafe will also be open, providing visitors with a lovely place to grab a bite to eat or a coffee.

5) Revolutions - Slade Point Mackay

Monday, September 17, 4pm
Slade Point Skate Park

A series of workshops suitable for younger attendees to gain confidence and skills in a team environment. They will be coached by the awesome Brenton who will teach vital skills for skating with social and team-building skills. Workshops are scheduled in every Monday from September until December, 4pm – 6pm. Workshops will be held at the Slade Point Skate Park and will move to the Sugar Bowl Skatepark from October 8.
Register here >

6) Ministry of Fitness- Youth Fitness/Athletic Development

10-week program running Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays
Bluewater Quay, River Street, Mackay
Council and Mackay City Centre in partnership with Integrated Bodies have recently launched the Ministry of Fitness program. It complements the Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia mobile food kitchen, that is currently set up at the Bluewater Quay. The program will run for 10 weeks and will aim to teach the Mackay community about healthy living and an active lifestyle.

> Mondays > 5.15pm - 6.15pm, high intensity fitness
> Tuesdays > 10am - 11am, low intensity fitness
> Saturdays > 10am - 11am, youth fitness/athletic development

7) Time out Tai Chi Every Monday until December 17

> Exploring Tai Chi for Health, 5.15pm to 5.45pm
> Time out Tai Chi, 5.45pm to 6.15pm
St Patrick’s College, Gregory Street

Great for that after work wind down. Come to one or both classes. Our mental health is an important area of our life. Regular exercise is considered a great tool for good mental wellbeing. Time Out Tai chi provides gentle, effective and easy to follow moves perfect for the end of the working day. Free - Brought to you by Mackay City Centre.

8) Renew in a Box exhibition

Until Wednesday, September 19
The Dome, Mackay City Centre

A traveling exhibition capturing Renew's out-of-the-box thinking where makers, artists and entrepreneurs activate a city, one empty space at a time. A visually superb and creatively mobile piece of art, Renew in a Box is a visual response to the interest in replicating the 'Renew Newcastle' concept. It tells the renew story in brilliant colour to inform and inspire potential property owners, entrepreneurs and local decision makers to see how an empty space is a missed opportunity. Lunch time Q&A sessions from noon to 2pm, Monday - Friday.

9) BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, September 18, 10am – 2pm
Artspace Mackay

Join local artists and performers for creative art activities designed for toddlers and their adults. BMA Kidspace, Artspace Mackay’s 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.

7) Let's Talk: Inspirational Author

Wednesday, September 19, 10am – 11am
Dudley Denny City Library

October 2011, Jeremy began a challenge of a life time, he embarked on a two-and-a-half-year, 51,916km solo bicycle ride from London to New Zealand. He pedalled his way around the planet and covered more than enough distance to circumnavigate the earth. His phenomenal journey was made possible thanks to the open-heart surgery which saved his life as a child. Jeremy is a recipient of the Australian Heart Foundation ‘Heart Hero Award’ and is an ambassador for Waterline Challenge. This incredible story highlights what anyone can achieve in life, if you are willing to take that first step. Come along and listen to Jeremy chat about his journey.


Sugar City Sounds

Saturday, September 22, 4pm – 11pm
BB Print Stadium

It’s nearly time to rock out to three great Aussie acts! Sugar City Sounds 2018 features The Living End, Birds of Tokyo and Pete Murray for One Night Only at BB Print Stadium, Mackay. Between them they have more than 16 chart-topping albums – including six number ones – seven ARIA awards, seven APRA awards and countless nominations. Get tickets now to catch these legendary Australian bands in their only gig in North Queensland.

Mackay’s Orchid Extravaganza

Saturday, September 22 – Sunday, September 23, 9am – 4pm
Orchid House, Queens Park (enter from Goldsmith Street)
Gold coin donation

The 2018 Orchid Extravaganza will be 'bloomin' good fun! Orchid House will be transformed into a magical world for young and old during. Celebrating 30 years of the Ken Burgess Display House is the theme for this year and attendees will learn the secrets from orchid growing experts, with free orchid workshops and information sessions.