Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 26 Jun 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this week… The Whitlams are live at the MECC for their ‘Last drinks at the Morrison Hotel Tour’, River Sessions is back for 2019 with a great line-up, food vendors and a bigger stage to enjoy and Dr. Suess’s The Cat the in Hat is brought to life in an imaginative stage show

1) Speed date the collection

Thursday, June 27, 5.45pm
Artspace Mackay

Our informal Speed Date the Collection night is an opportunity for members of the community to ‘meet’ artists' books from the collection in an informal, fun way and in a social context, so participants can become familiar with the rich resource of artists' books held in the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection. 5:45pm for a 6pm start (until 7:15pm) at Artspace Mackay. Bookings essential, call 4961 9722 to reserve your seat.

2) The Whitlams - Last Drinks at the Morrison Hotel Tour

Friday, June 28, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

It’s 20 years since 'Blow Up the Pokies' was released on the multi-platinum album 'Love this City’. It will be a fantastic night with 12 songs and two bonus tracks from 'Love this City' and the other half of the rambunctious long set will wander widely through the other five albums. Opening on the night is support act Tate Obst, the 2017 winner of 'Mackay's Got Talent' competition, with his mixture of indie and reggae tunes.

3) River Sessions 2019

Saturday, June 29, 11am to 10pm  
J.M.Mulherin Memorial Park, Mackay Harbour

After the success of River Sessions 2018 we have a new location with a great line-up, food vendors and a bigger stage to enjoy. LINE UP: Amy Shark | The Rubens | Illy | Skegss | Middle Kids | LDRU | Stand Atlantic | Alice Skye | Maddi & The Hoopers. Grab your tickets today!

4) The Vanda & Young Songbook

Saturday, June 29, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

John Paul Young and The Allstar Band The Vanda & Young Songbook is a concert celebrating this incredible song-writing duo's creations; the songs that gave Australia it's unique soundtrack during the 60's 70's and the 80's and still to this day.

5) Dr Suess’s The Cat in the Hat

Sunday, June 30, 10.30am & 1pm
MECC Auditorium

Few children’s books have stood the test of time quite like Dr Seuss’s 200 word masterpiece ‘The Cat in the Hat’. As the top selling children’s author of all time, the story is as popular now as it was in the 1950’s when Oxford University educated Theodor ‘Seuss’ Geissel wrote the book. Now both children and adults alike are sure to be left in raptures by this zany and imaginative stage show, that will bring the story to life.

6) Alpaca Prue Book Launch

Monday, July 1, 10am to 11.30am
Dudley Denny City Library

Join local author Rhonda Brown, illustrator Rob Wiezel and Ranger Ros for the very first public reading of the story and an appearance by Alpaca Prue herself! Books available for purchase and signing on the day.

7) Council in Community

Wednesday, July 3, 7.15am to 8.30am
Lamberts Lookout

Your councillors will be in the Northern Suburbs. Join them for a community catch-up (breakfast) to discuss local issues at Lamberts Lookout. Parking at bottom of lookout (stroll up)

8) NAIDOC Week

Until July 12
Mackay Regional Council Libraries

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Join us for a range of activities that support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

9) Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, 7am to 11am
Bluewater Quay

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

10) Beside the Seaside – Sensory Collection

Until June 29
Gordon White Library 

Supportive resources for families and people with a disability of all ages and abilities.


Queensland Ballet presents Dangerous Liaisons

Saturday, July 6, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

A classic tale of seduction and betrayal. Based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ time honoured novel, Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Associate and world-renowned choreographer Liam Scarlett breathes life into this sultry tale. Set amongst the aristocratic elite of late 18th century France, this evocative and vivid work will scintillate audiences.

River Street Twilight Market

Friday, July 12, 4pm  
River Street  
A community nig
ht 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.