Top 10 things to do in the region

Published: 07 Jun 2021

From a Buble’-inspired musical show to comedian Jimeoin at the MECC, through to book clubs, farmers markets and new exhibitions at Artspace Mackay and Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in the region this week!

1) Ukulele playing as a group

Friday, June 11, 2.30pm to 3.30pm   
Dudley Denny City Library
You have the basic skills and knowledge so come along and strum the ukulele in a group learning environment. Ukuleles will be provided for this session, for ages 12 and above. Please allow one hour for your ukulele session. To book your spot head to

2) Be Connected: Helping older Australians thrive in a digital world

Friday, June 11, 11.30am to 12.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library  

Join our guided tour of the Be Connected portal and discover life online. These small interactive workshops aim to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in a digital world. All questions are welcome. Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative. Book your spot at

3) MAP Pharmacies Morning Melodies 2021

The Best of Bublé Experience  
Friday, June 11, from 11am  
MECC Plenary Halls  

A spectacular show celebrating the songs and the story of Michael Bublé. International front man and comedian Rhydian Lewis leads his amazing four-piece band The Residuals, to bring you one of the finest tributes to this musical sensation. Book your seat now

4) Jimeoin – Ramble On

Saturday, June 12, from 8pm
MECC Auditorium

A stalwart of Australian comedy and all-round likeable rogue, comedian Jimeoin in his new stand-up show Ramble On happily imparts his clever and quirky observations on everyday suburban life in his trademark devil-may-care style. Book your seat now

5) Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, June 16, 7am to 11am
Bluewater Quay

Join the fresh local produce revolution and support our farmers by buying seasonal, local produce straight from the farmer. Head to the Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market Facebook page, where you will find all the details of markets stall and produce listed…

6) Valley Page Turners Book Club

Wednesday, June 16, 6pm to 7pm  
Mirani Library
Are you interested in joining a book club? Come along to our book club held each month and connect with people who have similar reading interests…

7) Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race by an Ensemble Theatre Production

Thursday, June 17, from 7.30pm  
MECC Auditorium
Inspired by real-life events and featuring a cast of five fabulous women, The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race is a funny, honest and heart-warming story about upsetting the potato cart and standing up for your principles. To book your spot head to

8) Conversations with art

Friday, June 18, 1pm to 2.30pm
MECC Auditorium
Looking for something new? Join Artspace Mackay as they look at images of traditional and contemporary artworks from gallery and museum collections from around the world. Whether you’re an artist, an art and language lover, beginner, or expert, we’d love you to join us! It’s interesting, thought provoking and extremely enjoyable. Booking is essential, for your free ticket visit

9) June Exhibition – Botanica 2021 ‘Fauna in the Flora’  

On display now until Sunday, June 27.
Lagoons Gallery within Botanic Gardens Café
The artists of Mackay’s Botanical Art Interest Group present some of their encounters with ‘fauna in the flora’ in diverse artworks. For more information, contact the Botanic Gardens 4952 7300.

10) Artspace Mackay exhibitions

Leigh Schoenheimer: Iterate | Elaborate
Donna Maree Robinson & David Pyke: Continuum
Tension(s) 2020: Tamworth Textile Triennial
Open now until Sunday, July 25
Artspace Mackay
There are three exciting new exhibitions at Artspace Mackay! Iterate | Elaborate by Brisbane-based Leigh Schoenheimer combines image and object-making to create works that speak to each other and to key moments in art history.
Continuum: Mackay-based artist Donna Maree Robinson teams up with Mackay composer David Pyke to create an immersive, multimedia exploration of music and science. Inspired by David’s experiences in vast desert landscapes, the work is the result of Donna’s experimentations with cymatics, or the visual representation of sound vibrations.
Held every three years, the Tamworth Textile Triennial showcases the best of textile art from across the country. Curator Vic McEwan creates a record of the changing nature and progress of textile practice from a national perspective.
For more information on these exhibitions visit


The Tap Pack

Saturday, June 19, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium
Direct from sold out houses and rave reviews in London, Berlin and Beijing, Australia’s newest and hottest tap dance sensation, The Tap Pack is coming to the MECC. Find out more…

Robertson Brothers 1960’s Variety TV Show

Sunday, June 20, 3.00pm
MECC Auditorium
Do you dream of reliving the good old days? Don't miss The Robertson Brothers 1960’s Variety Show with special guest Simon Brook McLachlan - from the original cast of the hit musical Jersey Boys. Book your tickets today…