Drive-in movies return to Gladstone on Saturday.
Drive-in movies return to Gladstone on Saturday. 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. Drive-in movie night

GO old school with a drive-in movie night at the Gladstone Showgrounds on Saturday.

The night has been 12 months in the making, and aims to offer people a different entertainment experience.

Hosted by CQ Starlight Cinemas, gates open at 5.45pm.

Cost is $20 per vehicle with one to two passengers, and $5 for every extra person. Tickets are available at the gate.

The movie The Smurfs will screen at 6.15pm, with 50 First Dates at 8.30pm.

For more details visit

2. Caulfield on the Lawn

LADIES and gentlemen are invited to a day of fashion, racing, entertainment, raffles, prizes and bubbles as the Star of the Sea School presents Caulfield on the lawn.

Tickets are $85 per person and tables of 10 are available.

Tickets include a drink on arrival, three course meal and entertainment. The fun kicks off at 10am.

Phone 4972 1305 for more details.

3. Ritz at the Races

ROSELLA Park School is putting on the ritz for its annual fundraising event on Saturday.

Frock up and head down to the Gladstone Turf Club from 11am for a great day of racing, lucky door prizes, raffles, fashion parade and prizes for best dressed and best hat/fascinator.

Tickets are $65 each and includes a three-course meal. Tables of 10 are available for $600.

4. Hilltop Hoods perform in Gladstone

GET your hip-hop on at the Hilltop Hoods' long-awaited gig.

Held at Marley Brown Oval on Sunday, the show is set to bring a strong crowd of Aussie rap fans to the event.

Debris, Pressure and Suffa will sing their classics as well as new songs from their album Walking Under Stars.

Gates open at 3pm and tickets are $66. Don't miss a Sunday session you won't forget.

More details are available at

5. McHappy Day in Gladstone

SATURDAY is McHappy Day, where local McDonald's restaurants raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charity.

Now in its 24th year, McHappy Day is one of Australia's longest running charity events.

All funds raised on the day go towards a range of programs that help seriously ill children and their families.

Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham will join First Tullapark Scout Group behind the counter at Gladstone McDonald's, while Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers will be serving at Boyne Island McDonald's.

Residents can make a donation or buy a Big Mac, with $2 of their purchase going to the charity.

6. Grand Sand Slam Golf Classic

THE Grand Sand Slam Tees off again with the funnest nine holes you've ever played. Go dressed as your favourite pirate movie character - think Captain Jack Sparrow, Hook or Blackbeard.

The competition is held on Eurimbula Beach, which you will arrive at via the world's biggest golf buggy - the 1770 LARC.

The competition is nine holes and is played as a four person Ambrose event.

The 18 teams will consist of four players, and registrations include a barbecue breakfast and lunch, sand fees and return trip on the LARC.

Clubs allowed on the day are a five iron, pitching wedge and putter, so make sure you take plenty of spare golf balls.

Registrations will be taken from 7.30am at the 1770 Marina on Captain Cook Drive.

Tickets cost $50. Phone 0428 304 190 for more details.

Thangool Races, Banana Shire
Thangool Races, Banana Shire

7. Country race day

EXPERIENCE first class country racing at the Thangool Race Club, just 12km from Biloela.

Get frocked up for a memorable day of local racing, fun and fashion. TAB, bookies, Sky Channel, bar and canteen will be available on the day.

A free bus service will depart on race days from the Biloela Visitor Information Centre at noon and 12.30pm.

Catering, table and marquee bookings are available. Gates open at 11am.

Phone 4995 8190 or visit for more details.

8. Art workshop at Agnes Water

WILD Zentangles is a fun, innovative workshop where you will learn how to create beautiful, intricate drawings with local artist Denise Wild.

The 2.5 hour workshop will include practical hands-on experiences in the process and techniques of structured patterning.

Cost to attend is $15 which includes all materials and tea/coffee. Meals/snacks are available to purchase from the venue.

The workshop will be held at the Agnes Beach Cafe, 7 Agnes St, Agnes Water. Phone 0427 170 633 for more details.

BRIGHT: Sungrams by Felicia Lloyd.
BRIGHT: Sungrams by Felicia Lloyd. Contributed

9. Make art with sunlight

ARTIST Felicia Lloyd is offering the chance to experiment with making images with the light of the sun.

Using traditional photography methods, without the need for much equipment or even a dark room, Ms Lloyd gives people an insight into the process, allowing for intriguing images to be created.

A workshop will be held from 10am to 1pm on Sunday at Creative Gladstone.

Phone 4903 1952 for more details. Creative Gladstone is at the corner of William and Auckland Sts.

10. Markets galore

GLADSTONE PCYC will host a twilight market from 2-6pm, with a range of stalls including craft, fresh produce, gardening, baby goods and more.

The PCYC is on the corner of Yarroon and Side Sts, Gladstone.

The Miriam Vale Lions Club hosts the Miriam Vale Markets on the third Saturday of each month at Blomfield St, Miriam Vale.

Stroll through the delightful cool and shady park to view a variety of stalls, or try a sizzling fillet steak, sausage or bacon burger.

The markets run from 7am to noon.

Held on the third Saturday of each month, Biloela Markets in the Park offer a wide variety of stalls for everyone to enjoy.

People can enjoy the delicious fresh produce, try their green thumb with huge variety of plants, and find that special piece of jewellery, clothing, accessories and hand crafted goodies.

The markets run from 8am to 2pm at Barimis Park, Callide St, Biloela.

The Rotary Club of Gladstone Midday Markets are held on the third Sunday of each month in the Kmart car park on Phillip St, Gladstone.

There is a wide range of goods on offer including food, coffee, cakes, jewellery, hand-made soaps, plants, toys, clothes and bric-a-brac.

There also is entertainment from local artists. The markets run from 6am to 1.30pm.

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