There is always something exciting happening in Mooloolaba.
Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast is known for its iconic annual events, held throughout the year. And if you’re looking to add some extra excitement to your beach holiday, why not time your visit to coincide with one of the following?
From local live entertainment to huge annual Mooloolaba events such as Mooloolaba SUP Fest, the Mooloolaba Tri, Old Woman Ocean Paddle, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade and more, Mooloolaba won’t disappoint if you’re looking for excitement, atmosphere and entertainment on your holiday.
The following Sunshine Coast events are either held in Mooloolaba, finish in Mooloolaba or are close to Mooloolaba. Either way, this region is the heart of the events and live entertainment to be found on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Mooloolaba Annual Events
This location is a picturesque surf suburb and one of the most vibrant destinations the Sunshine Coast has to offer. So it makes sense that it’s also one of the Sunshine Coast’s busiest destinations when it comes to annual events, festivals and world-class live entertainment.
And that’s not all. Each week, there is non-stop live entertainment to catch at various local venues, including The Events Centre Caloundra, Solbar in Maroochydore and NightQuarter in Birtinya, all reachable within a short drive from us. After a full day on the beach, nothing beats a live show if you want to end the day with a bang, and these venues offer everything from live music and dance, to cabaret and theatre.
Looking for more? Take a look below to find out what happens in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast throughout the year.
Every Friday & Saturday, 4 – 10pm
The excitement doesn’t stop at NightQuarter. Having recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast, NightQuarter is a night market complete with weekly live entertainment – everything from live music to cabaret and stand-up comedy.
It’s a venue like no other, offering an electric outdoor atmosphere and plenty of mouth-watering street food to tuck into. You will find international specialties from all over the world, in addition to drinks and stalls selling souvenirs and handmade crafts.
Simply put: NightQuarter Sunshine Coast is a one-of-a-kind live entertainment hub and marketplace that shouldn’t be missed near Mooloolaba.
Sunshine Coast Marathon
13- 14 August 2022
There is something about running on the coast, right next to the beaches, that hits a little differently. 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon is the region’s huge annual marathon, held each winter with a variety of distanced races for all ages and abilities.
Each event starts at Alexandra Headland, heading down the coast past Mooloolaba Beach. There is the Marathon and Half Marathon, plus 10km, 5km and 2km distances for first-timers.
Ultimately, if you’re looking to run – both for fun or competitively – the Sunshine Coast is the perfect spot, offering flat routes, the cooling sea breeze and of course, stunning beach and ocean views to take in along the way.
But you don’t have to wait for the Sunshine Coast Marathon. Have you tried running along Mooloolaba Esplanade and Parkyn Parade? It’s a fantastic way to explore the area with the beach and the sparkling Pacific Ocean at your side.
26 August – 4 September 2022
Sunshine Coast’s leading contemporary multi-arts festival, presenting 10 days and nights of visual art, music, theatre, dance, words and ideas, film and creative workshops; inspired by the stories and beauty of the Sunshine Coast.
The Old Woman Ocean Ski Race
3 September 2022
The Old Woman Ocean Paddle will challenge Ocean ski paddlers as well as SUP and prone board paddlers throughout the 18-kilometre journey from Mooloolaba Spit, along the coast line around the Island and return.
Iron Man 70.3 Sunshine Coast
11 September 2022
September 11 marks the return of IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast.
If racing on a world-class course in a spectacular coastal location is what you want, then IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast has the best of everything. Start your swim off our beautiful Mooloolaba Beach, followed by a fast and furious ride and a picture-perfect two-lap coastal run course – before recovering a few steps from the finish line with the sand in your toes.
Caloundra Music Festival
30 Sep – 2 Oct 2022
The Caloundra Music Festival aims to bring a broad audience of locals and visitors together in celebration, to enjoy world-class music, food, arts and local culture, and to showcase the natural beauty, creative talents and unique character of the Sunshine Coast.
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