Top 10 things to do around the region  

Published: 18 Oct 2021

Enjoy Global Grooves as it returns in 2021 at the revitalised Queens Park, join the Mayor in the 12km Mayor’s Marina Walk on Sunday morning and see the best surf sport athletes compete over three days at the North Australian Championships.

1) Collection Showcase

Thursday, October 21, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library 

Let the libraries highlight their online content accessible from the comfort of your own home. Find out what’s on offer! This event is for adults aged 18 and above.

2) Try the 5 – Wheel sports

Until Sunday, October 24
Various locations 

There are plenty of activities to try in wheels week! Don't forget to scan a QR code on the Try the 5 posters at the event for a chance to win $2000 in prizes! You can also use the hashtag #trythe5 on social media, with a photo/video of getting active in October, for a chance to win one of five $100 sporting vouchers.

> Thursday, October 21, from 4pm to 5pm 
Learn to skate (kids) at Mackay Leisure Centre

> Thursday, October 21, from 4pm to 5.30pm 
Thursday Thunder MTB at Rowallan Park Scout Camping Ground, for school aged kids. Registration essential,

> Saturday, October 23, from 9am to 10am 
Learn to skate (adults) at Mackay Leisure Centre

> Sunday, October 24, from 7am 
MAD MTB Sunday Session at Rowallan Park Scout Camping Ground. Registration essential,

3) Global Grooves

Saturday, October 23, from 3pm to 8pm 
Queens Park

Mackay’s largest multicultural event lets locals travel the world in a single day. Running from 3pm to 8pm at the revitalised Queens Park, the festival features an amazing array of performers, bands and dance groups. On show will be an amazing range of music and traditional dances and costumes from local and international performers as well as a range of food vendors with delicacies from across the world. Find out more, including the full stage line up, at

4) Mayor’s Marina Walk

Sunday, October 24, 7am start 
Bluewater Quay 

The Mayor will be leading the walk on the new Harbour Road and Ron Searle Drive shared pathway as part of Try the 5. The full walk will be about 12km, starting at Bluewater Quay to the Marina and back again, and will take about two hours. Please arrive no later than 6:45am to allow time for registration and be sure to bring water, hat and sunscreen.

5) Giant inflatable fun

Sunday, October 24, from noon to 4pm 
Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex 

Free weekend entry will continue during October! A giant inflatable croc will be set up in the 50m pool on Sunday from noon to 4pm with small floaties available all weekend.

6) Recycled paper beads – Made by you!

Wednesday, October 27, from 11am to noon
Sarina Library 

Would you like to make something a bit different that is the perfect accessory? Come and create beautiful, recycled paper beads in a few simple steps that will turn into a bracelet or necklace that you can wear home. Register at

7) STEAM Club

Wednesday, October 27, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm  
Gordon White Library 

Imagine, invent, discover and create with challenging and entertaining hands-on activities. Sessions range from LEGO play to coding, science experiments to creative arts and much more. Our STEAM Club offers something for everyone. STEAM club is specifically designed for children in Year 3 to Year 6. Bookings essential

8) North Australian Championships

Friday, October 29 to Sunday, October 31 
Various locations
The best surf sport athletes in North Queensland will battle it out over three big days of competition at the North Australian Championships! Athletes will compete in the full suite of surf sport events and the competition features an IRB competition, surf boat competition, pool rescue competition and Champion Lifesaver

9) Soul Series Exhibition by Kate Kennedy

Until October 24, 2021 
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens 

Soul Series combines Kate’s bold and expressive strokes of native flora and mountainous landscapes, with the calming and serene seascapes that are reminiscent of childhood memories. After experiencing some personal challenges and creative resistance this year, Kate launched herself into this collection, allowing herself to let go and embrace the overwhelm and emotions. Soul Series encapsulates the freedom of breakthrough and growth.

10) Sarina Art Gallery Exhibition

Until October 29, from 10am to 3pm 
Sarina Field of Dreams Parklands 

The Sarina Art Gallery will launch its latest exhibition with local artwork on display. The free exhibition features artists Joy Hold, Pam Ellis, Katherin Murray, Jenny Tibbett, Susan Day, Tahra Carniato and Julie Anderson. The three-week exhibition will be open until October 29.


Agro: Up Late

Saturday, October 30, from 7.30pm 
MECC Auditorium 

Grab your Samboy Chips, Troll Dolls, Tazo’s and your favourite Goosebumps book – Australia’s most iconic puppet is back, and he is naughtier than ever! After 30 years in the business, Agro and “the bald man under the table”, Jamie Dunn are back together and live on stage! Hosted by Big Brother’s Ben from Brisbane, get ready to stroll down memory lane and hear the naughtiest and funniest Aussie showbiz stories behind an accidental puppet that became an Aussie icon.

Happy Hallowe’en at Greenmount Homestead

Sunday, October 31, from 9am to 1pm  
Greenmount Homestead 

Take a terrifying tour, play some ghastly games, enjoy a batty book or two during story time, and bring home a haunted Hallowe'en craft. Don't forget to dress up in your best costume to have a crack at winning our costume contest! Coffee available on site; BYO picnic to enjoy on the homestead's spook-tacular grounds. Join if you dare for a Hallowe'en scare!