Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 17 Oct 2022

Catch the final game of the WBBL in Mackay, ride to work for a free breakfast, enjoy acclaimed entertainment at the MECC or get your groove on for the annual multicultural celebration, Global Grooves, over the weekend.

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2.30pm
Great Barrier Reef Arena
The final match of the Weber WBBL series being held in Mackay will see Brisbane Heat take on Melbourne Renegades. Tickets are only $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Book here

2) Beers & Ideas – A City Heart Traders Monthly Catch-up

Tuesday, October 18, Session 1: 5pm to 6pm, Session 2: 6pm to 7pm
Hotel Mackay
Meet City Heart businesses, work on some collaborative ideas to increase foot traffic in the city and share your ideas. Everyone is welcome. See more information here.

3) National Ride2Work Day – Free Breakfast

Wednesday, October 19, 5.30am to 10am
Vintage Kiss Café, Marian | Third Ground Coffee, Sarina | Mary-ann Vintage Farmhouse Kitchen and J&J Wired Bird Coffee, Bluewater Quay Farmers Market
Whether you’re a regular two-wheeled commuter or looking to start a new healthy habit, National Ride2Work Day is all about supporting your decision to jump on the bike. For people new to riding, the day is a fantastic way to kickstart a new habit, to get all your physical activity in before starting work. For existing riders, it’s a chance to celebrate and show everyone why you live riding. To celebrate Ride2Work Day and the launch of their new web platform, Riding Mackay, council will be putting on free breakfast for those who use active transport to do their morning commute. To find out more and register visit

4) Made by You! – Recycled Bowls

Wednesday, October 19, 9.30am to 10.30am
Gordon White Library
Create a recycled paper bowl that will be a stunning piece for your home! Register here.

5) Conversations with Art

Friday, October 21, 1pm to 2.30pm
Artspace Mackay
Join a casual conversation about art, deconstructing the works, considering themes, possible techniques used by the artist, and creating links with your own personal experiences. Whether you’re an artist, an art and language lover, beginner, or expert, you are invited to attend this free, interesting, thought provoking and extremely enjoyable discussion. Register here.

6) Guided walks in the gardens

Friday, October 21 at 10am
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Discover the gardens with a volunteer guide on this free guided walk around the botanic gardens. Find out what's flowering, local wildlife and the history of the gardens. Group bookings are welcome. To book your spot and find out more, phone the gardens on 4952 7300 or email

7) 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

8) 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.

9) Pioneer Bonsai Mackay Workshops

Sunday, October 23, 1pm to 4pm
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Pioneer Bonsai Mackay hold their monthly bonsai workshops at the Botanic Gardens Meeting Room. If you enjoy the fellowship of bonsai or are interested in learning more, please come along. New members are welcome. For more information, please contact Michael Watt via email

10) BABBA – An International ABBA Spectacular

Sunday, October 23, 5pm
MECC Auditorium
For 26 years BABBA have been thrilling audiences worldwide with their superb recreation of 70s super group ABBA and the legacy of hits they gave us. Bring your dancing shoes, dust off your flares and join the party as we celebrate all the iconic hits of ABBA. Book tickets.


Sarina Sugar Shed Halloween Party

Friday, October 28, 4pm to 8.30pm
Sarina Sugar Shed
Delight the senses while enjoying a spooktacular evening out with the family at the Sarina Sugar Shed for this year’s Halloween party. Free entry, kids’ activities and live entertainment with mysterious morsels and creepy cocktails in the café bar. Ticketed events are also included with Paint & Popcorn sessions with Bottletops & Brushes and supernatural Cocktail Masterclasses for adults. Don’t miss out!  Book your tickets today.

The MECC Presents Jane Eyre – A Shake & Stir Theatre Co Production

Saturday, October 29, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium
Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a faithful yet fiercely original new stage adaptation from the nationally renowned Shake & Stir Theatre Co (Animal Farm, Dracula). Following a childhood spent suffering at the hands of her cruel aunt, Jane finds employment at Thornfield Hall — the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester. As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets locked within the walls of Thornfield start to unravel forcing Jane on a heart-wrenching journey toward truth and freedom. This stunning new production of a spirited orphan in search of love, family and a sense of belonging will set a fire blazing in your soul. Book tickets