Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 21 Aug 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this week…Dress up as your favourite character this Book Week and join Mackay Regional Council Libraries for Picnic in the Park, toddlers bring your adults along to Artspace Mackay and get creative at BMA Kidspace and SES are holding an open night in Sarina next week with information on how to join and tips on disaster preparation

1) Book Week

August 19 - 21
Mackay Regional Council Libraries  

Come along to Toddler Time, Baby Bounce, Story Time at your local library this week dressed as your favourite book character to celebrate book week.

2) Screenagers Movie

> Wednesday, August 21, 6pm – 8pm  
> Wednesday, August 28, 6pm – 8pm  
Jubilee Community Centre 

MYSS is bringing the movie/documentary 'Screenagers' to Mackay and Sarina in August. Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on kids and how to help them avoid harmful effects and find balance. Tickets are free however it is essential to book.  Please go to the relevant link below for each showing:  

3) Picnic in the Park

Thursday, August 22, 10am – noon  
Civic Precinct  

Dress up as your favourite book character and join us for a picnic in the park, Story Time under the trees and Baby Bounce on the lawn. There will be loads of fun for the kids with face painting, puppets, craft activities plus heaps more! Bring a picnic, rug, water bottle and hat.

4) 2019 RACQ CQ Rescue Talent Search Competition

Saturday, August 24, 2pm  
MECC Auditorium 

The RACQ CQ Rescue Talent Search is a fundraising Talent Search Competition held in Mackay. In 2013, Brooke Lee created the RACQ CQ Rescue Talent Search to bring more opportunities for our young talent in our regional communities. The main focus for the event is to raise much needed funds for RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter service. Since 2013 the event has been held each year in Mackay and raised over $150,000 over the 6 events.

5) The Mackay Aussie Farm and Drinks Tour

Saturday, August 24, 8am  

A choice of fully guided whole day tours to enjoy the highlights of our region! 8am - 4.30pm. Lunch, snacks and drinks included. All tours depart from The Mackay Entertainment Centre (MECC). Our farmers and producers on these tours have a passionate desire to foster the development of a vibrant regional food culture where locals and visitors alike can access and enjoy the wonderful produce and value-added goods that are grown, raised, caught and made in our region. The tours will take visitors to family owned farms in-season as well as other food-related businesses who use local produce.

6) BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, August 27, 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) Sarina SES Open Night

Wednesday, August 28, 6.30pm – 8.30pm  
Sarina SES Group, Brewers Road, Sarina

Come along to the Sarina SES Open Night in Sarina. Information will be provided about joining the SES including the activities and training involved as well as tips on disaster preparation and how to carry out temporary storm damage repairs. Please wear closed-in shoes. RSVP: or 4961 9650

8) Active in the City – Zumba

Every Sunday, 9am    
Bluewater Quay  

Zumba® Fitness is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere! Wear comfortable clothing that is moveable, breathable and will wick sweat away. Also, wear a pair of supportive fitness shoes that allow you to pivot your feet easily. Bring a towel and water bottle because you'll need them! People of all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome! Enjoy the experience! Live, love, laugh and DANCE!

9) Sunday Painters

Until August 25
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery Art Exhibition

Sunday Painters is a collection of paintings by two talented artists, Uta Wild and Mary Brown. The ladies meet every Sunday in Sarina to share their love of painting the beauty that surrounds them.

10) STEAM Club

Every Wednesday until September 18, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Gordon White Library

Children in years three to six are invited to explore the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Imagine, invent, discover and create with fun and challenging hands-on activities. Sessions range from Lego play to coding challenges, science experiments, creative arts to mini Makerspaces. Our STEAM Club offers something for everyone.


Lee Kernaghan – Backroad Nation Tour

Saturday, August 31, 8pm    
MECC Auditorium  

Lee Kernaghan is one of the all-time greats of Australian music with 38 number 1 hits and a ute load of Golden Guitar awards to his credit. Following his sold out 25th Anniversary Tour Lee began turning his experiences out on the road into songs and a brand new album “Backroad Nation”.

Great Northern Clean Up

Saturday, August 31, 8am – 4pm  
Join us in the biggest community clean-up event. Simply turn up to a registered site wearing closed-in shoes and sturdy gloves. Bring a hat, some sunscreen and water. Let’s make our region clean, green and pristine.