Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 10 Oct 2022

There’s something for everyone this week with performances continuing at the local Eisteddfod, an opportunity for seniors to gain valuable information at their annual expo and big-hitting action when the Women’s Big Bash League kicks off in Mackay.

1) Mackay Seniors Expo 2022

Tuesday, October 11, 9am to 1pm
The Big Shed, Mackay Showgrounds
The annual event returns with around 70 exhibitors connecting seniors with services, advice and products vital to them. A host of healthcare professionals, like optometrists, audiologists, physios, chiropractors, nurses and pharmacists, will join service providers, sport and recreation options, products and retirement living organisations. Entry is free with plenty of parking close by, a spacious layout and food stalls available. To see the full list of exhibitors, follow the Facebook event.

2) Healthier Parents Program – Last Sessions

Tuesday, October 11, 9.30am to 11am (Session 1)
Wednesday, October 12, 9.30am to 11am (Session 2)
Andergrove Community Hall, 80-84 Celeber Drive, Andergrove
Join a free child-friendly weekly exercise program. Meet other parents for morning tea and weekly guest speakers focused on improving the overall wellbeing of parents in the first 1000 days. Session 1 (Tuesday) involves low intensity activity with Shannon Smith (Pilates Instincts). Session 2 (Wednesday) involves high intensity low impact exercises with Lauren Neill (Women’s Health Physio Mackay). This week will be the last two sessions of the program for the year. To find out more and register your interest, visit

3) Rocktober

Tuesday, October 11, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Gordon White Library
Learn how to carve stone in this beginner’s carving class for young adults aged 12 to 18 years. Register here

4) Artist’s Talk – Meet ‘Creative Inquiry’ featured artist Sophie Munns  

Wednesday, October 12, 5.30pm
Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
Sophie Munns melds art and seed science in her Brisbane-based art practice. Her work features as an ‘Art as Lens’ case study in the Queensland senior secondary visual art resource, ‘Creative Inquiry’. Come join Sophie as she makes the case for the wonder and power of curiosity as a learning tool to navigate a changing world. The artist describes a technique she calls ‘bio-cultural mapping’ – offering teachers and students an integrated method for exploring themes of biodiversity and climate change. Sophie uses rare and common seeds as a lens for viewing various aspects of the world including the constant regeneration of life. Book tickets

5) Ukendrum

Thursday, October 13, 3.40pm to 4.40pm
Dudley Denny City Library
This young adult music program is for those who love the rhythms of music but don’t play an instrument. Use the provided ukuleles or drums and within three minutes gain the knowledge to play along to popular songs in a music group. Register here.

6) Weber Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL)

Thursday, October 13, to Tuesday, October 18  
Great Barrier Reef Arena
The Weber WBBL series is returning to Mackay to kick off its eighth season with five WBBL teams, six professional games of big bash cricket played across a huge four days at the Great Barrier Reef Arena and Harrup Park with Mini Eat Street, kids’ activities and fireworks. Don’t miss this big-hitting action here in Mackay. Tickets only $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Book today!

7) Macrossan & Amiet Solicitors 75th Annual Mackay Eisteddfod

Until Saturday, October 15
The annual Mackay Eisteddfod continues at the MECC with singing, dancing, choral speaking and speech and drama sections. Be entertained by talented young performers and local schools. Access the program here. Tickets from $6 available online or at the box office.

8) One Shot Photography

Saturday, October 15, 9.30am to 10.30am
Gordon White Library
Want to discover how to take amazing photos with your camera? Come along to this outstanding workshop that will make your photos pop. This event is for those aged 16 years or older. Register to attend.

9) Kids Art Club Term 4

Saturday, October 15 to Saturday, November 19, 10am to noon
Workshop Room, Artspace Mackay
Kids Art Club is Artspace Mackay’s ongoing term-based Saturday art program for eight to 12 year-olds who love making art. Led by local award-winning artist Rosemary Payne, young participants will spend six weeks using fun-filled art activities to explore and respond to the exhibitions on display. They learn new techniques and make art with all kinds of exciting creative art materials! Cost per child for the term, including materials is $180. Limited places available. Book today.

10) Cocktail Master Class

Saturday, October 15, 4pm to 5pm
Sarina Sugar Shed
Join the team for some fun as they show you some of their favourite recipes expertly mixed from their very own liqueur products. Includes cocktails on arrival, tasting liqueur board and nibblies as well as instructions and samples to prepare your own cocktails. A non-drinker? You can still join in the fun and try Sugar Shed’s non-alcoholic ginger beer. A complimentary driver ticket is available with a minimum of four adult tickets and includes the ginger beer and nibblies. Book tickets.


Mackay Global Grooves 2022

Saturday, October 22, 3pm to 8pm
Queens Park
Travel the world in a single afternoon and celebrate our diverse cultural communities that together make up our proud Mackay region. The annual community event will feature an array of performances from multicultural artists, local community groups, and a range of talented musicians. Get your groove on or take part in the many activities and workshops on offer. Browse the market stalls or tantalise your tastebuds with a range of both local and exotic foodie delights. This event is not to be missed! Find out more, visit Mackay Festivals Facebook page.

A-List Entertainment Presents Multicultural Comedy Gala

Friday, October 21, 7.30pm
Join Australia’s favourite and emerging comedic talent as they touch on cultural identity in a concoction of comedy that pokes fun at what makes us all different but very much the same. The star-studded line-up includes Dilruk Jayasinha, Akmal, Steph Tisdell, Urvi Majumdar, Ting Lim and Simon Taylor in a hilarious celebration of Australia’s multicultural diversity. Book tickets