Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 06 Mar 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Celebrate International Women’s Day at the All About Women Satellite simulcast live in the MECC meeting rooms and the Zonta Mackay International Women’s Day Fundraiser luncheon. The region’s sparkling new Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex) is due to throw its gates open to the public this Saturday, March 9.

1) Mackay Cabaret Festival

> Thursday, March 7, 8pm
> Friday, March 8, 8pm
> Saturday, March 9, 8pm
MECC North Foyer  

The Mackay Cabaret Festival is back after a sold out inaugural season with some of the greatest singers in Australia featuring Carlotta and Michael Griffiths, Chelsea Gibb, Steven Kreamer, Bronte Kellam-Pearson and local support acts Molly Rossetto and Red Giraffe Theatre.

2) RADF Showcase

Friday, March 8, 5pm – 7pm
Jubilee Community Centre

Each year we showcase projects in the region that have been developed with the support of the RADF Program.  The event will feature roving models, music, live readings and much more. Event is Auslan interpreted. Food & beverages will be available.

3) River Street Twilight Market

Friday, March 8, 4pm – 8pm
Bluewater Quay, River Street

A community night market showcasing local food, farmers and artisan makers. The River Street Twilight Markets provides a beautiful riverside experience for families, couples and singles.  Bring a blanket and relax on your Friday night under the stars and by the river. Tune out to the vibes of local music and enjoy a delicious food experience. Experience Mackay Local Vibes and be entertained with live music, dance and play. After shopping with our artisan market stalls, head into the Mackay City Centre to explore more and dine at local cafes, bars and restaurants.

4) Sarina Women’s Week Dinner

Friday, March 8, 6pm
Bob Wood Cultural Hall

Held to celebrate Queensland Women’s Week (March 2 to 10), this event will be a fun-filled night out that will also feature the presentation of the Sarina Women’s Week Awards and Mary Malone Perpetual Award.

5) Mackay ARC Grand Opening

Saturday, March 9  
Mackay ARC, 193 Boundary Road

The region’s sparkling new Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex) is about to throw its gates open to the public. An official opening of the international-standard sporting complex will be held Saturday, March 9.  Entry is free and local athletics, swimming and sporting clubs will put on a day of demonstrations and come-and-try activities. Bring the family, try a new sport, check out the aquatic programs on offer, watch a few races, do some yoga or just have a cuppa while the kids get their faces painted and enjoy the jumping castle. Programs and races run from 8.30am to 2.30pm. Event parking at the Trade Training Centre (171 Boundary Rd).

6) Zonta Mackay International Women’s Day Fundraiser

Sunday, March 10, 10am
MECC Plenary Halls

#BalanceforBetter. Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day. Invite your friends, family and colleagues, male or female, to our UN themed “More Powerful Together” Luncheon. Guest speaker Dr Helena Popovic MBBS believes our decisions are more powerful than our DNA. Helena is a medical doctor, a leading authority on improving brain function, a best-selling author and an international speaker with a mission to educate rather than medicate.

7) All About Women Satellite 2019

Sunday, March 10, noon
MECC Meeting Rooms

You don't need to be at the Sydney Opera House on 10 March 2019 to experience the main stage action of All About Women. We're excited to be streaming the '#MeToo, Year Two' panel, live from this preeminent festival on gender.  All About Women features emerging new voices from around the world speaking to future directions in feminism. Watch this simulcast live in the MECC Meeting Rooms, 12pm to 1.30pm.

8) I Want to Know What Love Is

Wednesday, March 13, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

Around the world, people love. They sing for love, they dance for love, they compose poems and stories about love. They tell myths and legends about love. They pine for love, they live for love, they kill for love, and they die for love. I Want To Know What Love Is throws a spotlight on long-buried memories, bedroom fantasies, crushes and conquests,

9) The Basics of Facebook for business

> Wednesday, March 13, 9am at Jubilee Community Centre, Mackay
> Friday, March 15, 9am, Mirani Board Room, 20 Victoria Street, Mirani

The basics of Facebook for business. Get the knowledge you need to be able to use Facebook as a marketing tool for your business. This workshop will cover the following:
> The basic functions required to set up a business page
>Learning what Facebook tools to use and how
>  What, when and how to post on Facebook
Cost: $18.41 including GST. To register please visit . An ASBAS Digital Solutions Qld workshop in partnership with Mackay Regional Council and RDA Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday

10) Exhibition: Foundations in Drawing

Available for viewing until April 28
Artspace Mackay, Foyer and Gallery Three

The Mackay region has many strong, creative women who have helped shape the vibrant and diverse artistic presence that thrives today. In promotion of Queensland Women's Week this exhibition highlights recent works by eleven local, women artists linked through their participation in drawing classes with Clem Forbes. Clem was a Mackay artist, gallerist, and art educator who in the early 80s was considered by many to be the main driving force behind visual arts in the community.


Cliff Richard and the Shadows 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert

Friday, March 15, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

The group dominated British popular music in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the years before the Beatles. Cliff Richard and The Shadows were in the forefront of the UK beat-group boom, placing 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to The Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and The Shadows.