Things to do in Mackay this July

Things to do in Mackay this July

What’s happening in and around Mackay this July? Here are our top suggestions for families who love to play together:

Active Kids in the City

If you are looking for something fun and free for the kids to do these school holidays, check out the Active Kids in the City school holiday program! Spaces are limited for most activities, reservations required.

  • Zumba Kids, Bluewater Quay – Thursday, July 7, from 10am 11am
  • Kevin Balloon Man, in front of Gelatissimo, Victoria Street – Thursday, July 7, from 1pm 2pm
  • Zet Yoga for Kids, Bluewater Quay – Friday, July 8, from 10am 11am

 Bush Foods School Holiday Quiz at Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens

  • Friday, July 8

Could you survive in the Australian Bush? Bring the whole family to the Botanic Gardens and have some fun completing a “Bush Foods Quiz”, finding out what might be edible from plants. Watch out, some are not! Quizzes are available at the Botanic Gardens or online on the Botanic Gardens website, Completed quizzes can be returned to Botanic Gardens Administration. Bush Foods Quiz winner drawn Friday, July 8, 2016.

Pots and Pop Stick Craft at Sarina Library

  • Friday, July 8, at 10am – 11am

5 – 12 year olds, unlock your imagination and join us in creating unique works of art using materials such as flower pots and paddle pop sticks. Book online from Monday, June 20 at

Gala in the Gardens – Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts

  • Friday, July 8, at 6pm (Gates open at 5.30pm)

Picture yourself sitting perched on a picnic blanket with your family, under the stars at the beautiful surrounds of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, sipping on a hot chocolate, or tempting your tastebuds with a picnic basket full of tasty treats. Now cue the entertainment – listen to the Queensland Youth Orchestra as they deliver their much-loved classical program.

But it doesn’t stop there. Be serenaded by the sounds of the Mackay Choral Society and the Mackay City Band bringing you their combined program of modern hits and traditional classics. Bring the whole family for this one of a kind night out with plenty of fantastic food available on site.

G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day – Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts

  • Saturday, July 9, from 10:30 am – 5.30pm
  • Queens Park, East Gordon Street, Mackay

The ultimate day of free entertainment for thousands of people from the Mackay region and visiting holiday makers. In 2016, you will see the G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day pop up on the first weekend of the Festival, kicking the Festival into high gear from beginning to end. Boasting an oval full of gourmet food, sublime wines and craft beers coupled with two stages of free live entertainment, the Black Duck Kitchen’s Chef’s Bites demonstrations and a great selection of market stalls, you can see why it’s Mackay’s event not to be missed. Check out the full program at

Animal FanFair at Artspace Mackay

  • Until August 21

This exhibition draws attention to humankind’s changing relationships with animals which are complex and often contradictory. The artists examine human nature and challenge us to think about how we treat animals, asking us to question the ethics of keeping, killing and engineering new species of animals. Visit Artspace Mackay Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm

Sarina Sugar Shed School Holiday Guides

  • Tours at 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm

Share in the sweetness these school holidays with guided tours at Sarina Sugar Shed. Visit this award-winning adventure –  a great fun for all ages.

Enjoy the tour, movie and displays and visit the Café, gift shop or enjoy the shady picnic area. Check it out and book via or 4943 2801

Rockhampton Brick Events – For all Lego Lovers out there 

  • 9 to 10 July 2016, 9.00am to 4.00pm at Robert Schwarten Pavilion, Rockhampton Showgrounds, Wandal QLD 4700

Take a road trip to Rocky and experience a Lego land like no other. The Rockhampton Brick Event is a fan event, showcasing Lego creations and sets from Lego history. There will be Lego available to purchase at the event as well as a play area where your little ones can showcase their master building ability. If you have Lego lovers in the house, then this event is certainly a must-see.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for children 3-15 years of age and $43 for a family (2 adults and 3 or 4 children). Check out and for more info.

Snugglepot & Cuddlepie at the MECC

  • 31 July 2016, 2pm

This exquisite new stage adaptation will spark the imagination and sense of adventure in 5-10 year olds and their families as they experience the timeless charm of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie.

The Gumnut babies are on a mission to see a human – but only in the distance! On their journey to the big city they meet friends and foes including Professor Kookaburra, Mrs Fantail, Mr Lizard, Mr Frog, Mrs Snake, Mr Possum and, of course, Little Ragged Blossom.Can Snugglepot lead the way? Can Cuddlepie hold his nerve? Can they avoid falling victim to the Big Bad Banksia Man?

These much loved characters come to life on stage as this funny & charming new production introduces today’s children to the wonderful world of May Gibbs. Check out for more info.