Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 20 Mar 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Celebrate Harmony Day this Thursday (March 21) by bringing a plate of food to share with members of the community, join world-renowned artists, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan for one of three 'build a house from card' workshops and witness The Sapphires bring their raw energy, fun and emotion with one of Australia’s best-loved stories to the MECC stage.

1) Harmony Day Gathering

Thursday, March 21, 10am – 1pm
Jubilee Community Centre, Fig Tree, Civic Precinct

You are invited to a Harmony Day Gathering. Help us celebrate Harmony Day by bringing a plate of food to share with other members of our community. Eat, mingle and share stories in a friendly environment. RSVP by 4pm Wednesday, March 20, Mulum Stone at or by calling 49619435.

2) Understanding MyGov

Thursday, March 21, 1pm – 2pm
Dudley Denny City Library

Free seminars delivered by the Department of Human Services. Light refreshments provided. Bookings are essential. For information and bookings, phone 13 63 57 or email Access to free events is only one of the benefits of library membership.

3) Three Free Workshops – build houses from card!

> Artspace Mackay
Sunday, March 24, 10am - 2pm
> George Street Neighbourhood Centre, World Café
Monday, March 25, 9:30am - 12:30pm
> Dudley Denny City Library
Monday, March 25, 3:30 - 5pm

Join world-renowned artists, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan for one of the 3 fantastic 'build a house from card' workshops!  All 3 workshops are free, suitable for people of all ages. NB: All workshops are free to attend, no booking are necessary and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

4) How Nature Motivates Me to Create Art by ArtSake

Until March 24
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Nature is a motivating influence of creative inspiration. Throughout history, nature has maintained an important function as a resource of inspiration for visual artists. Nature is a natural part of how we learn about our surroundings, interact with each other and respond to events that can develop, maintain and change our perceptions in unique ways within the community space of where we live.

5) Neighbour Day Program

> Mirani Library
Tuesday, March 26, 10am – 10.30am
> Sarina Library
Wednesday, March 27, 11am – 11.30am
> Dudley Denny City Library
Thursday, March 28, 6pm – 6.30pm
> Gordon White Library
Friday, March 29, 10am – 10.30am

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood. We will be holding workshops across the Mackay region during the last week of March to provide information on being a good neighbour and conflict resolution, while providing answers to your local laws questions. Good relationships with neighbours are important to help transform communities.

6) The Sapphires

Thursday, March 28, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

The Sapphires is one of Australia’s best-loved stories. Winning multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album there was one challenge left and that was to undertake a national tour of Australia. Bringing the raw energy, fun and emotion of this story directly to stages like the MECC and across the nation.

7) A Chorus Line

> Friday, March 29, 8pm
> Saturday, March 30, 8pm
> Sunday, March 31, 3pm
MECC Auditorium

Directed by Tania Attard with Choreography by Erin Brookhouse and Vocal Coach Sharon Thompson, Mackay’s premiere, boutique Theatre Company is proud to bring a true music theatre masterpiece to the MECC.

8) Colouring in competition – Dumbo

Until Friday, March 29
Mackay Regional Council Libraries

Colour in for a chance to win!  The winner at each library will receive a ‘Dumbo’ prize pack.  The runner up entry will receive a ‘Dumbo’ double pass. Competition closes 2pm Friday, March 29.  Enter at any of our library branches.

9) OBSESSED: Compelled to make
ADC On Tour: An Australian Design Centre national touring exhibition

Until May 19
Artspace Mackay

This Australian Design Centre touring exhibition explores the preoccupations that drive the creative process, moving beyond the finished work, to tell the hidden stories of making, uncovering the artists ’inspirations, day-to-day studio experiences, hours of expertise, and the joys and frustrations of obsession.

10) Greater Whitsundays Farmers’ Markets

Every Wednesday, 7am – 11am
Bluewater Quay

Join the Fresh Local Produce Revolution and support our farmers by buying seasonal local produce straight from the farmer.


We’ve Only Just Began – The Music of the Carpenters

Friday, March 29, 11am
The Carpenters were one of the most successful and cherished bands of all time. Recording some of the greatest love songs in pop music history, they captivated not one but three generations of fans. We’ve Only Just Begun is a moving music-filled performance that celebrates the hits of the band. Australian music theatre star, Angela Lumicisi’s spellbinding performance follows Karen Carpenter’s transformation from a little girl behind a drum kit to one of the brightest stars of the ’70s.