LOOKING for some family-friendly activities to take part in this weekend?
We have put together a list of the must-attend events across the region, scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
1. Marian Markets
Where: Anzac Ave, Marian
What’s happening: Head to the first Marian market of the year, sure to be packed with people browsing for a bargain. A variety of stalls selling plants, books, craft, orchids, homemade cakes and baked good and other knick-knacks. The kitchen will be open selling food and drinks.
2. Queensland Country Water Polo Championships
Where: Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex, Boundary Rd, Mackay
Helping to deliver the event is Mackay Water Polo and Mackay Regional Council.
The tournament is also vital for the selection for 2020 Queensland Country Men’s and Women‘s teams to compete at the National Country Championships. For more information and game times, head to www.waterpoloqld.com.au.
Where: Don Daniel’s Bar Tapas, River St, Mackay
What’s happening: Celebrate love and friendship on Valentine’s night with Don Daniel’s paella night. Enjoy a delicious Spanish paella, complementary glass of sangria or champagne, a chocolate fountain, live music, games and Latin dance performances. Couples and groups welcome. This is an 18+ event and bookings are essential. Tickets are $55 each with $5 from each ticket sold donated to the bushfire appeal. Phone 4818 2707 for more information.
4. River Street Twilight Market
Where: River St, near Bluewater Quay, Mackay
What’s happening: Enjoy a romantic stroll through the Twilight Market’s this Valentine’s Day. Featuring live entertainment on the main stage and a huge range of food vendors including Mexican, pizza, dumplings, waffles and more. A range of different stallholders will be there selling local food and homemade goods.
What’s happening: Featuring wedding exhibitors from Mackay and the Whitsundays, this is the perfect event to attend with your friends if you have an upcoming wedding. Enjoy the exciting atmosphere as you browse beautiful displays, watch a fashion parade and chat to stallholders under the marquee.
Where: Mirani Swimming Centre, Caroline St, Mirani
What’s happening: Take part in this women‘s only charity triathlon and test your fitness while having fun. Flippers and floaties are allowed and all finishers will receive a medal. Enjoy a BBQ after the event. To register and for more information, visit www.mackaytriclub.com.au
Friday Sun. Sets featuring Will Blume
Where: WakeHouse Cable Park, Michigan Way, Mackay
What’s happening: Enjoy Valentine’s Day watching the sunset over the lake. With a chilled set from musician Will Blume and casual dinner and drinks, this event makes for the perfect date night. Beverages served until 9pm.
Where: Mackay PCYC, Norris Rd, North Mackay
What’s happening: Hosted by S.N. A. G. S (special ne and supports group), this is an all-inclusive disco event with music and dancing. Dress-up is welcome and food and drinks are available for purchase. Gold-coin donation entry. For more information, phone 0419 731 751.
Adults Waterpainting Workshop
Where: Vintage Kiss, Melba House, Marian
What’s happening: Hosted by Vintage Kiss, this adult’s waterpainting workshop will be run by Kylie Ferriday Art. Learn painting techniques and take home a beautiful piece of work that you can keep and frame. Price is $89 and includes supplies, a drink and snack. The theme of the workshop is ‘under the sea’. Bookings are essential. Message the Vintage Kiss Facebook page to secure your spot.
Sugar City Rock n Roll Social Dance
Where: St Patrick’s Hall, River St, Mackay
What’s happening: Enjoy a night full of dancing and fun at this social dance. With a live band playing on the night, dress up in old-school outfits and rock the night away. All are encouraged to bring a plate of food to share. Cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
Fall in Love with Photography Workshop
Where: Mackay Harbour
What’s happening: Join trainer Adrian Matthiassen for this one-day course teaching you how to use your digital SLR camera. This class is limited to eight participants and bookings are essential. Cost is $180 and tickets can be purchased online at https://mackayphotographyschool.com.au/product/fall-in-love-with-photography/
Take your own camera and lenses, walking shoes, a hat, drinking water and food.