Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 06 Jun 2022

It’s set to be another full week of entertainment in our region heading into the show season, kicking off with the iconic one-day show in the Pioneer Valley on Sunday, followed by the Mackay Show next week. ACCA DACCA performs live the MECC and get set for the return of the popular Mackay Beach Horse Races.

1) Sarina Art Gallery

Until June 24, 10am to 3.30pm
Sarina Art Gallery, Field of Dreams Parklands
Sarina Art Gallery’s new exhibition is now on display, showcasing works of featured artists Susan Day, Sylvia Pucci, Barbara Simpson, Tia Gabriellah, Lenore Chapple, Julie Anderson and Brigitte Zimmermann. Entry is free. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

2) Arm Knit a Scarf

Tuesday, June 7, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Gordon White Library
The cooler months can leave you a little chilled so come along and knit yourself an infinity scarf (a scarf in the form of a loop without ends). No experience or knitting needles required. This event is for young adults aged 12 to 18 years. Bookings are essential. Register

3) STEAM Club – Rubber Band Powered Car

Wednesday, June 8, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Gordon White Library
Using science, engineering and maths, we will test out the limits of paper and how far we can go. Designed for children in Year 3 to Year 6. Register

4) DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season 2022 – Don’t Mess with the Dummies

Wednesday, June 8, 6pm
MECC Auditorium
Stampede into the jungle for a circus extravaganza that will leave you chuckling like a monkey and roaring for more. Featuring lions and tigers and dummies; set up camp and stampede into the jungle for an outlandish, circus filled extravaganza. Book tickets

5) Speed Date the Collection – 2022 Libris Awards Special Edition

Thursday, June 9, 5.30pm to 7pm
Artspace Mackay
Join Artspace Mackay for the next edition of Speed Date the Collection, where they take a closer look at finalists' works and winners of the 2022 Libris Awards. The presenters will show an artist book of their choosing - one that speaks to them. Come along and see if it speaks to you too! Register for free through Eventbrite.

6) Made by You Workshops

>Teacup Bird Feeders

Friday, June 10, 9.30am to 10.30am
Mirani Library
Upcycle your old teacups into something useful, by making your own teacup bird feeder at this workshop. This event is for adults aged 18 and above. Register

>Bee Houses

Friday, June 10, 11am to 12pm
Mirani Library
Build your own bee house using a combination of new and recycled materials and attract bees to your garden by making a home specifically for solitary bees. This event is for adults aged 18 years and above. Register

7) Livewire Touring Australia presents the AC/DC Story

Saturday, June 11, 7.30pm
MECC North Foyer
A one-of-a-kind experience, the AC/DC Story is not a tribute show but a full theatre production described as ‘like watching a live movie documentary’. Over two hours of narrated facts, photos, footage, interviews and moments that this iconic Australian band experienced on their rise to stardom as well as in excess of 30 hits performed live by ACCA DACCA. Don’t miss the only AC/DC Show given the tick of approval by AC/DC themselves. Book your tickets

8) Mackay Beach Horse Races

Saturday, June 11, 11am until late
Mackay Harbour Beach
The iconic Mackay Beach Horse Races, one of the top social and tourism events in Queensland, are back and are expected to be bigger than ever attracting up to 3000 locals and visitors! With three days of entertainment including top Australian and local DJ’s, food, VIP packages, horse racing, Fashions on the Sand, market stalls and a recovery session on Sunday, there is something for everyone. Find out more and book your tickets at

9) Pioneer Valley Show

Sunday, June 12, 6am to 10pm
Finch Hatton Showground
The Pioneer Valley Show is an iconic event in the community, widely regarded by fellow agricultural shows, patrons, exhibitors, site holders and entertainers throughout as the best one-day show in Australia. For more information and to book tickets, visit their website.

10) Mackay Show

Tuesday, June 14, 9am to 10pm (fireworks 7pm and 9pm)
Wednesday, June 15, 9am to 10pm (fireworks at 9pm)

Thursday, June 16, 9am to 4pm (public holiday)
Mackay Showgrounds
The 143rd annual Mackay Show will showcase agriculture, equestrian events and sideshow alley, fireworks and entertainment over three days. Please note rides will not operate until 4pm on Tuesday. For more information and to book tickets, visit their website.


Ross Noble - On The Go

Friday, June 17, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium
Science has proved laughter can induce a Zen-like state similar to meditation, but can contemplation, reflection and self-discovery be achieved by thinking every and all the thoughts at once? Nobody knows or cares but let’s hope so because Ross is always on the go and will be smashing ideas together in the pursuit of fun. Come see one of comedy’s greatest marvels’ (The Daily Telegraph). Book your tickets at the MECC.

Cocktail Master Class

Saturday, June 18, 4pm to 5pm
Sarina Sugar Shed
Come and join the team for some fun as they show you some of their favourite recipes expertly mixed from their selection of Sarina Sugar Shed liqueur products! Cocktails on arrival, tasting liqueur board of products in stock, paired with individual boards of nibblies, instructions and samples with recipe cards to take home. The designated driver does not miss out either with their own complimentary ticket, non-alcoholic Sugar Shed Ginger Beer and nibblies. Book tickets