Top 10 things to do in the region

Find out what's available around the Mackay region.

1) FESTIVAL OF CULTURES

Friday, March 19, 9am to 1pm
Mackay Civic Precinct, Gordon Street

The Neighbourhood Hub, in partnership with Mackay Regional Council, is celebrating diversity to mark Harmony Week. Come and celebrate Mackay’s cultural diversity at the Festival of Cultures event. There will be kids’ activities, cultural stalls and live music…http://bit.ly/3lgbSNC.

2) QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - FIREBIRD, AN INSTRUMENTAL SPECTACULAR

Saturday, March 20, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
The MECC

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra will host one of the greatest pianists Queensland has ever produced, Piers Lane, to perform Franz Liszt’s monumental first concerto for piano and orchestra and the MECC is bringing this live experience to Mackay through a free, livestreamed event straight from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Firebird features music by a few of the masters - Franz Liszt, Weber and Stravinsky. Book your spot… https://bit.ly/3rDcLC4.

3) ZUMBA FITNESS

Sunday, March 21, 9am to 10am

Bluewater Quay
Join Elena for an outdoor Zumba session at the Bluewater Quay. Get active, meet new people and have fun at this regular fitness session. This is an Active in the City initiative run by council and city businesses. It caters for varying levels of fitness and ability and is suitable for beginners … http://bit.ly/3rN6c0b.

4) NEIGHBOUR DAY

Monday, March 22 at 10am + various times below

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community and never have our neighbours been more important! Connect with neighbours in your community by stopping in at your local library. Take the time to have a chat with the wonderful team, receive a free plant and explore the ever-changing library service... http://bit.ly/3lhiL1c

  • Walkerston Library: Monday, March 22 at 2pm
  • Mirani Library: Tuesday, March 23 at 11am
  • Sarina Library: Wednesday, March 24 at 10am
  • Dudley Denny City Library: Friday, March 26 at 10am

5) BMA KIDSPACE

Friday, March 19, 1pm to 2.30pm
Artspace Mackay

Artspace Mackay’s ever popular toddler’s program gives children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. The program includes free artist-run workshops from 10am to 2pm and live musical entertainment for kids from 12pm to 1pm. Bring your children along for a fun day of art-making, singing and dancing. Proudly presented by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance…http://bit.ly/3rZONBz

6) GREATER WHITSUNDAY FARMERS' MARKET

Wednesday, March 24, 7am to 11am
Bluewater Quay

Join the fresh local produce revolution and support our farmers by buying seasonal, local produce straight from the farmer. Want to know who will be selling at the markets each week? Head to the Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market Facebook page every Tuesday, where you will find all the details of markets stall and produce listed… http://bit.ly/369yDth.

7) STEAM CLUB

Wednesday, March 24, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Gordon White Library

Imagine, invent, discover and create with challenging and entertaining hands-on activities. Sessions range from Lego play to coding, science experiments to creative arts and much more. STEAM Club offers something for everyone and is specifically designed for children in year 3 to year 6… http://bit.ly/3qGLRbm

8) AFTERNOON GUIDED WALK

Wednesday, March 24, 4.30pm to 6pm

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Join one of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens guides, Maya for a walk to discover what's special in the Cremorne Precinct. Explore the vast range of flora from Mackay and the Whitsundays, as well as other native and exotic plants. Bookings are essential and places are limited. To book your spot, phone the gardens administration on 4952 7300… http://bit.ly/2PSlQZR.

9) SHAUN THE SHEEP ARTISTS WORKSHOP

Thursday, March 25, 10am to 11am
Lynette Denny Space, The MECC

Children will enjoy this free workshop with experienced arts educator Lisa Roebig Holmes when they create their very own Shaun the Sheep craft, in anticipation for the Shaun the Sheep Circus Fun show on April 2 and 3. This session is for children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Spots are limited and registration for both child and adult are essential. Register at http://bit.ly/3bLSdlD.

10) RIN SAFETY CONFERENCE

Friday, March 26 from 7.15am to 5pm

The MECC

Resource Industry Network’s annual Safety Conference is the region’s premier safety event, designed to bring together safety leaders from mining houses and the supply chain to hear about current industry topics and gain valuable insights, tools and strategies that they can implement. The theme for this year’s conference is 'Safety Evolution: From Compliance to 'MY' Safety Ownership'.… http://bit.ly/3viJTS9

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50th ANNIVERSARY - THE ULTIMATE EAGLES EXPERIENCE

Saturday, April 24, 7.30pm
The MECC

The Ultimate Eagles Experience is a concert performance not to be missed. This tribute show delivers a captivating live concert celebrating the synonymous country/rock sound of the Eagles.

Performing all the classic Eagles hits including ‘Desperado’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘New Kid In Town’, ‘Take It To The Limits’, ‘Heartache Tonight’ and the legendary ‘Hotel California’, amongst many more… http://bit.ly/3vlkrLI

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS ART & DESIGN MARKET - applications open!

Applications close: Friday, May 14

Market Day: Sunday, September 19, 1pm to 4pm

Mackay Civic Precinct, Gordon Street

Applications are now open for artists, designers, makers, foodies, musicians or craftspeople to apply to have a stall, perform or serve yummy food at Artspace Mackay's ever-popular Rock Paper Scissors Art & Design Market. This is a curated market that takes place outdoors in the green spaces of the Civic Precinct behind Artspace Mackay. Successful applicants will be notified by June 2. Visit http://bit.ly/3rJhpi6 to apply.