Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 27 Mar 2019

There is plenty of things to do around the region this week… Some fantastic live shows at the MECC, Neighbour Day is on at your local library and bring the kids along to Playgroup and Smarty’s Fit Food Fun at the Botanic Gardens.

1) 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.

2) Neighbour Day Program

> 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.

3) We've Only Just Begun - The Music of the Carpenters

Friday, March 29, 11am
MECC Plenary Halls

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. Australian music theatre star, Angela Lumicisi channels Karen Carpenter’s unique voice to recreate the distinctive style that made the Carpenters among the best-selling artists of all time.

4) Red Giraffe Theatre Presents: 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.

5) Bonsai workshop

Sunday, March 31, 1.30pm
Botanic Gardens Meeting Room (opposite Café)

Mackay Bonsai Society are holding monthly workshops for 2019 at the Botanic Gardens.
It’s a workshop of like-minded people sharing their love of Bonsai, developing a knowledge base, growing, developing and sharing everything Bonsai. New members are very welcome. For more information please contact Bill Taylor >

6) Playgroup & Smarty’s Fit Food & Fun

Wednesday, April 3, 9am – 11am
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Join George Street Neighbourhood Centre and Smarty’s Fit Food & Fun on the Tropical Sun Lawn (opposite the Botanic Gardens Café) for a morning of super fun physical activities for the kids and meet new friends. All welcome. Suitable for children aged 0-5 years. Light refreshments will be provided, please bring a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle.

7) Council in the Community – Mackay City

Wednesday, April 3, 9am – 11am
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Join Cr Amanda Camm and Cr Kevin Casey for a community catch-up to discuss local issues.

8) Ian Moss

Wednesday, April 3, 7.30pm
MECC North Foyer

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice. He answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia and that made such an undeniable impact that they are now etched in the Australian music psyche forever. That band was Cold Chisel.

9) How Nature Motivates Me to Create Art by ArtSake

Until April 28
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.

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.


Charley Pride – 50 years of pride

Friday, April 5, 7.30pm
Saturday, April 6, 7.30pm
MECC Plenary Halls

Charley Pride is one of the biggest selling country music artists of all time. He has sold an incredible 70 million albums, including 31 gold and four platinum albums – as well as one that achieved quadruple platinum status.

Dads ‘n’ Bubs Baby Bounce

Saturday, April 6, 10am
Dudley Denny City Library

Baby Bounce promotes early language and literacy development in babies from birth to walking. The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs, and is a great opportunity for dads to do something special and beneficial with their little one.