Top things to do in Mackay this weekend 28 June – 30 June

Top things to do in Mackay this weekend

The Whitlams will perform in Mackay this weekend.
The Whitlams will perform in Mackay this weekend. Nick Brightman

When: Friday, June 28, 6.30pm.

Where: Mackay Harley-Davidson, 26 Peel Street.

What’s happening: For the first time Mackay Harley-Davidson has entered “The Battle of the Kings” a world wide Harley-Davidson competition for bike customisation. The store chose to customise a Street Bob and the public is invited to see what the boys have done to it.

Artists Anita Laura and Cynthia Gregg will be participating in Mackay's first art battle. The second battle is on this Friday.
Artists Anita Laura and Cynthia Gregg will be participating in Mackay’s first art battle. The second battle is on this Friday.Emma Murray

Art Battle

When: Friday, June 28, 6 – 10pm.

Where: The Metropolitan, Gordon St, Mackay.

What’s happening: Join in the second Art Battle Mackay. Artists have 20 minutes to turn blank canvases into incredible pieces of original art that will be available via silent auction. Minors are allowed to attend with guardian until 10pm. Tickets are $23.10 and are available from www.eventbrite.com/e/art-battle-mackay-28-june-2019-tickets-61625674050?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse

The Whitlams – Last Drinks at the Morrison Hotel Tour

When: Friday, June 28, 7.30pm.

Where: MECC Auditorium.

What’s happening: It’s 20 years since ‘Blow Up the Pokies’ was released on the multi-platinum album ‘Love this City’. It will be a fantastic night with 12 songs and two bonus tracks from ‘Love this City’ and the other half of the rambunctious long set will wander widely through the other five albums. Opening on the night is support act Tate Obst, the 2017 winner of ‘Mackay’s Got Talent’ competition, with his mixture of indie and reggae tunes. Tickets available from the MECC.

Amy Shark will perform at River Session 2019.
Amy Shark will perform at River Session 2019.Richard Dobson

River Sessions 2019

When: Saturday, June 29, 11am – 10pm.

Where: J.M.Mulherin Memorial Park, Mackay Harbour.

What’s happening: This year’s line-up includes Amy Shark, The Rubens, Illy, Skegss, Middle Kids, LDRU, Stand Atlantic, Alice Skye and Maddi & The Hoopers. Support by Triple J. For information about tickets visit the River Sessions Festival Facebook page.

The Vanda & Young Songbook

When: Saturday, June 29, 7.30pm

Where: MECC Auditorium

What’s happening: John Paul Young and The Allstar Band present The Vanda & Young Songbook, a concert celebrating this incredible song-writing duo’s creations; the songs that gave Australia its unique soundtrack during the 60s 70s and the 80s and still to this day. Tickets available from the MECC.

Mackay Sewathon

When: Saturday, June 29, 10am – 4pm.

Where: Mackay Sewing & Craft Centre

What’s happening: Soroptimist International Mackay with the Mackay Sewing & Craft Centre present the inaugural ‘Bags for Change’ Sewathon. Calling all those who sew, craft or are keen to learn. Bring your sewing machine, overlocker and enthusiasm along to join in making reusable shopping bags for charity as part of the ‘Bags for Change’ program. Can’t sew? It doesn’t matter! If you are keen to learn there will be people who can teach you or you can go along and iron or cut out the bags.

Black & White Facebook Photo Competition

When: Saturday, June 29 until Monday, July 15

Where: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

What’s happening: Black and white images can add mystery and depth to a photograph. Whether it be a landscape, portrait, architecture, nature or wildlife we want to see your best black and white photograph taken in the Mackay Botanic Gardens. This photo competition is aimed to be a family friendly activity, please post your photo to the Facebook Photo Competition page.

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizans latest work will be on display at Artspace.
Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizans latest work will be on display at Artspace.contributed

Take Root (Colony) exhibit

When: Open until August 14.

Where: FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay

What’s happening: In March 2019, internationally-renowned artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan visited Mackay to facilitate community art workshops and devise participative, drop-in style art activities, the result of this residency has formed part of their new work, Take root (Colony): Project Another Country. A large-scale installation is currently on show at Artspace Mackay.

Traditional Indigenous Weaving

When: Daily, 9am – 3pm.

Where: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

What’s happening: Traditional Indigenous Weaving exhibition by Deadly Weavers showcases the talents of the group through handmade weaving works. This exhibition is on display in the Lagoons Gallery in the Botanic Gardens Cafe which is open Wednesday to Friday, 9am to 3pm and Weekends, 8am to 4pm.

Free Community Boot Camp

When: Saturday, June 29, 6am.

Where: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

What’s happening: Once a month Muscle Garden holds a free community boot camp to help keep the community active at no cost. Saturday will be a fun-filled fitness session for the whole family.

Aaron Kleier winning the Open Bull Ride on Booger Man at a rodeo in Nebo. The next round of action will be seen in Collinsville.
Aaron Kleier winning the Open Bull Ride on Booger Man at a rodeo in Nebo. The next round of action will be seen in Collinsville.DAVE ETHELL

The Glencore Collinsville Rodeo 2019

When: Saturday, June 29, 10am -11.29pm

Where: Collinsville Rodeo Grounds

What’s happening: Come along and support the town’s annual rodeo. Events will include full rodeo, bulls, broncs and barrels. Tickets will be available at the gate.

Money will be raised for sick children at the upcoming race day.
Money will be raised for sick children at the upcoming race day.Nick Wright

VIP Lawn Party

When: Saturday, June 29, 11am – 5pm.

Where: Mackay Turf Club, Ooralea Racecourse.

What’s happening: Head to trackside for the annual Give Me 5 for Kids Family Race Day. There will be a DJ, kids fashions on the field, jumping castles, face painting and live local racing. Gates open 11am and the cost is $5 per person with kids under two free. Tickets are available from mackaytickets.com.au.

Drone Day offers fun and tips on flying.
Drone Day offers fun and tips on flying.KIRILI LAMB

Drone Day

When: Saturday, June 29, 1 -4pm.

Where: Secret location

What’s happening: Makerspaces Mackay is hosting a special event. Rules for drone flying change as at 1 July, so the group is making the most of the current laws with a Drone Day. The location will be revealed (about 40km from CBD) to registered and financial members. ($15 per month – http://www.msmky.org/) Bring your drone and something for the barbecue.

Book Reading and Craft

When: Saturday, June 29, 1pm.

Where: Let the Children Play Toyshop, Corner Victoria & Macalister Sts.

What’s happening: Join in story time followed by craft afterwards. A perfect start to the school holidays.

Local roller derby skater Mary 'Karma Chameleon' Snee. Grab your skates for roller disco fun.
Local roller derby skater Mary ‘Karma Chameleon’ Snee. Grab your skates for roller disco fun.Emma Murray

Super Saturday Roller Disco

When: Saturday, June 29, 6.30 – 9.30pm.

Where: Mackay Leisure Centre, 95 Broadsound Road.

What’s happening: Calling all superheroes to an end of school term roller disco celebration. There will be games to be played and prizes to be won. Come in your best superhero outfit to have a chance to win a prize donated from Timezone for best dressed. Entry fee is $5 with $5 skate hire available.

Covered In Chrome

When: Sunday, June 30, 10.30am – 1pm.

Where: Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill, Airlie Beach.

What’s happening: From the late 40’s to now – Covered in Chrome is one of Queensland’s most active car enthusiast club. They are dropping by Northerlies, bringing their hot rods and muscle cars, for all to enjoy.

Dr Suess’s The Cat in the Hat

When: Sunday, June 30, 10.30am & 1pm.

Where: MECC Auditorium.

What’s happening: Few children’s books have stood the test of time quite like Dr Seuss’s 200 word masterpiece ‘The Cat in the Hat’. As the top selling children’s author of all time, the story is as popular now as it was in the 1950’s when Oxford University educated Theodor ‘Seuss’ Geissel wrote the book. Now both children and adults alike are sure to be left in raptures by this zany and imaginative stage show, that will bring the story to life. Tickets available from the MECC.

 

Sourced from Mackay Daily Mercury

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