Top 5 things to do on the Gold Coast in October


There's plenty to keep you fully entertained during the month of October as the Gold Coast turns up the heat with night markets, movies, race days and more. Discover what is happening on the Gold Coast this October right here, right now.

Night Markets at Night Quarter

A foodie and culture-lover’s delight, NightQuarter is the Gold Coast’s ultimate destination for all things food, music and creativity. On October weekends, more than 120 food vendors, designers, musicians, shops and craftspeople gather to summon an exciting night market festival. Dishing up oysters to bao, gozleme and desserts in shipping container micro-restaurants, plus six distinctive bars, punters will revel in the night market feel with a backdrop of live music. There is a $3 entry fee to NightQuarter (kids under 12 are free).

Dates: open every Friday and Saturday through October from 4-10pm
Location: 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale 
Find out more here

Movies under the Stars

An initiative drummed up by the City of Gold Coast, Movies under the Stars provide a city-wide opportunity to spend an evening outdoors watching your favourite flick under the night sky. Rally your friends, family and kids for a get-together under the stars… and the best part is the movies are free! There will be food trucks to please hungry tummies and interactive kids’ fun; or, pack your own picnic and enjoy home-made foods. Click here to see what films are on this month. Tea, oats, chia seeds, almond milk, raspberries, blueberries, walnuts, shredded coconut, natural yoghurt, brown rice, vegetables, omelette with trout and cheese.

Dates: 6-27 October

Location: various locations around Gold Coast
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Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2018

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award exhibition is a touchstone of contemporary photographic practice in Australia, forging a platform for established and emerging photographers to showcase their work. The exhibition displays a selection of finalists where established photographers are presented alongside emerging talent.

Dates: Sat October 20 2018 ‐ Sun November 25 2018, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: HOTA Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

Cox Plate

Spring racing is here, and the Gold Coast’s premier race day, Cox Plate, is set to get hearts racing, Held at Aquis Park, it’s the only place on the Gold Coast where you can watch live on-track racing action and the Cox Plate on the big screen. Fashionistas best dust off their finest race-wear for this action-packed day of live racing, champagne, delicious eats and glorious spring sunshine. Tickets range from $15 for general admission to $153 for members.

Date and time: Saturday October 27, 10am to 5:30pm
Location: Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive, Bundall
Find out more here

The Woman in Black

One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences in London since 1989. Based on Susan Hill’s novel, The Woman in Black tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client. When he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.

Dates: until 9 October
Location: Home of the Arts
Book tickets here


October 17, 2018