Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 24 Oct 2022

Enjoy some spooky fun at the Sarina Sugar Shed for Halloween, get crafty at the library or witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature in a new stage adaptation at the MECC. Don’t forget the highly anticipated Hydrofoil Pro Tour will be set up at Lamberts Beach over the weekend with some of the world's fastest kite-hydrofoil racers set to battle it out.

1) Beginner Macrame – Made by You!

Tuesday, October 25, 9.30am to 10.30am
Dudley Denny City Library
This macrame class will help you learn the basics and to make your very own macrame piece!
Suitable for adults aged 18 and above. Register for free

2) Healthier Parents Program – Activate Mackay Region

Wednesdays from 9.30am
Andergrove Hall
Following the success of the recent pilot program and overwhelming interest, the Healthier Parents program has become part of Activate Mackay Region and will continue to be conducted at the Andergrove Hall by Lauren Neill of Women’s Health Physio Mackay. The subsidised class is part of Activate Mackay Region at a cost of $5 paid directly to the service provider. To find out more about these classes, visit council’s website.

3) STEAM Club – Air Cannons and Catapults

Wednesday, October 26, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Gordon White Library
Explore the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. This session is all about the science of motions, stored energy and gravity. Designed specifically for children in Year 3 to Year 6. Register for free

4) Silver Screen Surprise – Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)

Friday, October 28, 9.30am to 11.30am
Gordon White Library
Discover a hidden movie gem with this month being “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Jack (Lou Costello) and his "agent," Mr Dinkel (Bud Abbott) star in this comedy film, involving magic beans, a giant and a princess in distress, among other things. For adults aged 18 years and older. Register here

5) Sew Centre Open Day

Induction – Friday, October 28, 2pm to 2.45pm
Open Day - Saturday, October 29, 9am to 1pm
Gordon White Library
Come along to a Sew Centre Open Day and access the sewing machines, overlockers and dressmaker mannequins for your own projects. You will need to know basic sewing techniques and be able to work without supervision.  A short induction is required to be completed prior to attending an open day. Book here to attend the induction and open day. The Sew Centre is for adults aged 18 and above.

6) 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 for all ages and supernatural Cocktail Masterclasses for adults. Don’t miss out!  Book your tickets today.

7) FMS Hydrofoil Pro Tour

Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30
Lamberts Beach
Mackay will welcome a fleet of the world's fastest kite-hydrofoil racers set to battle it out for the coral crown. With speeds on the water up to 70 kilometres per hour, kiters will foil around the bay, hovering above the water as they fight with challenging conditions. On the shoreline, sponsor tents, equipment demos, and chill-out areas will provide some entertainment between the thrill of the race! Visit their Facebook page to find out more or book your tickets here.

8) Harvest Music Development Program – Workshop 2: The Art of Music Promotion & Publicity

Saturday, October 29, 10am to 2pm
Lynette Denny Space, The MECC
The Harvest program provides the opportunity for local emerging and established performers and music industry practitioners to develop, extend on and improve their professional industry skills through a range of free workshops being held at various locations in Mackay until Thursday, November 3. This weekend will be Workshop 2 – The Art of Music Promotion & Publicity and it will unpack the key elements involved and provide the tools needed to reach your audiences. Register to attend

9) Mackay Rainbow Pride Family Fun Day

Saturday, October 29, 4pm to 8pm
Iconic Shelter, Queens Park
Come together for colourful fun to celebrate pride, diversity and community with a parade around Queens Park followed by music, entertainment, games, stalls, food and coffee vendors and local support organisations. The free event is intended to support and increase awareness and visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community in Mackay. To find out more, follow the event on Facebook.

10) 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). 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


Carter Entertainment presents Creedence Clearwater Collective

Friday, November 4, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium
Join in the celebration of Creedence Clearwater Revival, as we walkthrough the life and music of one of the world’s most iconic bands – from the songs they wrote, to the songs covered, to the songs they wrote for others. The Creedence Clearwater Collective brings to the stage a six-piece band – with a guest Saxophonist and a vocalist that emulates John Fogerty’s distinct vocals – to capture the unique CCR sound. Book tickets.

Art Whitsunday Inc. exhibition ‘Whitsunday Wildlife’

Wednesday, November 2, from 9am
Lagoons Gallery, Botanic Gardens Cafe
Come along and see ‘Whitsunday Wildlife’, a collaborative exhibition by members of Art Whitsunday Inc.This exhibition features original artworks which highlight the broad theme of wildlife in theWhitsunday region. The exhibition will be on display at the Lagoons Gallery, within the Botanic Gardens Café until Sunday, December 4.