LOCAL GIG: Ian Moss will perform with a three-piece band at the Marina and Agnes Water.
LOCAL GIG: Ian Moss will perform with a three-piece band at the Marina and Agnes Water. Contributed

Ten things to do in Gladstone this weekend

IF you're looking for something to do in the Gladstone region this weekend, here are 10 suggestions to get you started.

1. GPC Centenary Sounds free concert

GLADSTONE Ports Corporation will host a free comunity concert on the marina stage from 2pm on Sunday.

Homegrown Australian music icon Ian Moss will take to the stage along with children's act Jelly Kids, Australia's Got Talent favourites The Twine and Brisbane's Slip on Stereo with fresh summer sounds.

There's plenty of fun for everyone with a fireworks display at 7.15pm, free face painting, an appearance by GPC's Curtis the Turtle, and food stalls catering to all tastes.

The event will also be painted live by special guest artist, Bob Gammage.

The community is reminded that this is an alcohol free event.

Jelly Kids will be on stage from 2.30pm, followed by The Twin at 3.30pm, Slip on Stereo at 4.40pm and Ian Moss from 6.15pm.

BUCKING BULLS: The action will kick off again for the Miriam Vale Rodeo this weekend.
BUCKING BULLS: The action will kick off again for the Miriam Vale Rodeo this weekend. Contributed

2. Miriam Vale Rodeo

MIRIAM Vale will be full of cowboys and cowgirls on Saturday for the annual rodeo.

The full rodeo will be jam-packed with people and events for the biggest day on the town's calendar.

The Miriam Vale Rodeo Association is hoping for perfect weather and around 1200 spectators to enjoy all the activities on show.

There will be 17 events on Saturday with plenty of activities for kids and parents. There are 229 competitors, and events from bull riding to chainsaw racing.

Admission costs $15 adults and $8 students/pensioners. Primary school kids are admitted free.

The horse sports start at 9am with the rodeo starting at 11am.

The main rodeo events will begin at 1pm.

3. Soak up Irish music, dance and song

GET IN touch with your Irish side at the Celtic Legends show.

Held at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre on Saturday, the show is all about the culture of Ireland.

It offers 100% live music, dance and song with all of Ireland's authentic national instruments.

Musical director Sean McCarthy is widely recognised as one of the best players of Uilleann pipes in the world.

Tickets cost $79 for adults and $59 for children. The show is on at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

For more details visit www.gladecc.com.au.

Mother of two Heidi Fowles runs her jewellery business, Firefly Amber, from home.
Mother of two Heidi Fowles runs her jewellery business, Firefly Amber, from home. Brenda Strong

4. Craft market at Calliope

THE Work at Home Mums Expo is a free event showcasing local businesses specialising and crafts, sewing, handmade, and homegrown produce.

The expo is held once a month and features up to 40 stallholders selling their goods.

This month's event will be held at the Calliope RSL Hall in Stirrat St from 2-4pm.

Expect to see everything from jewellery to picture frames, artworks, baking goods, home cleaning products, plants and handmade soaps and candles, plus items not seen at other markets.

5. More markets

THE Library Square markets are on in the heart of Gladstone's central business district.

Gladstone residents and visitors can purchase fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts and much more at the Library Square Markets on Saturday.

When you're done at the markets, there are a number of restaurants and cafes in the CBD that will tempt your tastebuds.

The markets run on Goondoon St from 7am until noon. Phone 4978 1396 for more information.

Then on Sunday, the Discovery Coast Markets are on at the SES Grounds between Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy.

Browse the arts and crafts, bric-a-brac and fresh produce available to purchase between 8am and noon.

6. Banana Shire Relay for Life

THE 2014 Banana Shire Relay For Life is happening this weekend for a fantastic cause. Take your tent, family and friends and get ready for the festivities.

Be inspired as survivors take part in the Survivors Walk during the opening ceremony.

The Banana Shire Relay for Life will be held at the Magavalis Sports Complex from 3pm on Saturday.

Author Isobelle Carmody.
Author Isobelle Carmody.

7. Writing workshops

BEST-selling fantasy author Isobelle Carmody and Indigenous comics writer Brenton McKenna will host writing and storytelling workshops on Saturday.

The workshops follow the launch of Read Around Gladstone, which is aimed at growing the reading culture of Gladstone.

Brisbane Writers Festival CEO Kate Eltham says Read Around Gladstone is about raising the profile of books and reading for community literacy.

The workshops will be held at Boyne Island Library. The first, from 10am-noon, will tackle Comics and Graphic Novels with Brenton McKenn.

The second, from 1-3pm, will look at writing fantasy, with Isobelle Carmody.

8. Endeavour Foundation market day

THE Endeavour Foundation market day will have its items discounted heavily, with prices starting at $1.

The market day will be held on Saturday from 9am-1pm at the store at 167 Auckland St.

The Endeavour Foundation supports people with disabilities in the Gladstone community.

Clothing, manchester, shoes, toys and more will be on sale. 

Kyra-Lee Sweeney with Alma Mercer.
Kyra-Lee Sweeney with Alma Mercer. Mike Richards

9. Our Priceless Past exhibition

Head to Gladstone Regional Art Gallery to check out the Our Priceless Past exhibition.

The exhibition features the stories of local seniors, prepared and presented by students of Chanel College, in celebration of Seniors Week.

The exhibition features a wealth of knowledge from nominated seniors who have lived in the Gladstone region for more than 30 years.

The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

10. Start the weekend with a run

STOCKLAND Gladstone and Parkrun Australia faciliate a unique, community run program that provides free weekly timed 5km running events for people of all ages and abilities every Saturday morning from 7am - 8am at Lions Park.

Register online here before your first run.



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