Get ready for fast paced racing, great weather and a day of family fun at the annual Grasstree Beach Races.
Get ready for fast paced racing, great weather and a day of family fun at the annual Grasstree Beach Races. Contributed

Bikes on the beach: just one of 23 events this weekend

2019 Air BP Airlie Beach Airshow

When: Saturday, September 7, from 8am

Where: Whitsunday Airport Shute Harbour, 12 Air Whitsunday Rd, Airlie Beach

What's happening: Whitsunday Airport Shute Harbour will roar into life with breathtaking aerobatics, iconic warbirds and plenty of entertainment on the ground to keep the whole family enthralled. Tickets available from

SKY'S THE LIMIT: Paul Bennet Airshows will thrill visitors to the Lismore Aviation Expo which will go ahead this Saturday.
SKY'S THE LIMIT: Paul Bennet Airshows heads to the region this weekend Darren Mottram

4u2 Family Concert

When: Saturday, September 7, from 2pm

Where: Hornery Business Complex, Railway Station Rd, Moranbah

What's happening: Acts including Jon Stevens, Killing Heidi, The Radiators and Eurogliders will headline this Moranbah concert. This year, the fundraiser will support the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital Foundation, RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter and the Royal Flying Doctor. Ticket booking details and additional information about the event can be found on the Hornery Group page on Facebook or via the website

LIVE: Jon Stevens will be performing his 'Best Of Tour' in Mackay April 12.
Jon Stevens will be performing in Moranbah this weekend.

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Motorcycle Beach Races

When: Sunday, September 8, 10am - 5pm

Where: Grasstree Beach Esplanade

What's happening: With a rich history, the Grasstree Beach Races are one of a kind and the only competitive modern beach motorcycle race of its kind in Australia. ​Get ready for fast paced racing, tropical weather and a day of ​family fun at the annual Motorcycle Beach Races. There's plenty to do with markets, jumping castles and face painting. The day will conclude with its famous "King of the Beach” race.

Local roller derby players, front row (from left): Allison 'Roarsome Force' Discher, Mary 'Karma Chameleon' Snee, and Tiarne Tattingham. Front: Carmen 'Charlie' Hargans and Breanna 'Rodie-hoe' Deguara.
Local roller derby players, front row (from left): Allison 'Roarsome Force' Discher, Mary 'Karma Chameleon' Snee, and Tiarne Tattingham. Front: Carmen 'Charlie' Hargans and Breanna 'Rodie-hoe' Deguara. Emma Murray

Roller Derby

When: Saturday, September 7, 6.30pm

Where: Mackay PCYC, off Norris Rd, Mackay

What's happening: Mackay City Roller Maidens are bringing roller derby to Mackay PCYC. Watch all the hard hitting roller skating action as The Rainbow Brights take on The Wild Cats in the main bout at 7.30pm. Go early to catch the Mackay City Roller Misfits showcasing Junior Roller Derby at 6.30pm. Adults $10. School aged children $5. Family pass $25. Cash only.

Leo Cruckshank, 13, Jacob Cruckshank, 13, and Alana Gee, 13, from Eimeo Surf LIfesaving Club, taking part in the Nipper activities at Sarina Beach on the first weekend of the school holidays.
Leo Cruckshank, Jacob Cruckshank, and Alana Gee, from Eimeo Surf LIfesaving Club, taking part in the Nipper activities. Luke Mortimer

Nippers Come and Try

When: Sunday, September 8, 9am - 11am

Where: Eimeo Esplanade

What's happening: The Eimeo SLSC Nippers team invites all families to experience a real Nippers session. Speak to the age managers and learn how your family can get involved in the Red and Yellows. Nippers is suitable for children aged 5-14 as at September 30, 2019. Wear bathers, stinger suits, hats and goggles.

Kidz Arvo Out - Child Protection Week 2019

When: Friday, September 6, 3.30pm - 6pm

Where: Shark Park, Milton Street

What's happening: The free event aims to build connections with families and their community because 'Protecting Children is Everybody's Business'. Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon on the South Sharks Rugby League grounds with educational stalls, fun activities and entertainment.

Fun day at Carlisle Adventist Christian College.
A family fun day out at school fairs. contributed

MNSS P&C 2019 Spring Fair

When: Friday, September 6, 5pm - 8pm

Where: Mackay North State School P&C, Harvey Street, North Mackay

What's happening: The Mackay North State School will hold a spring fair. The event will include rides, stalls, food, an art show, showbags and fun games.

Beaconsfield State School 20th Anniversary Fete

When: Saturday, September 7, 10am - 2pm

Where: Beaconsfield State School, 1 Nadina Street, Mackay

What's happening: Celebrate 20 years of education at Beaconsfield State School at the school's anniversary fete. Plenty of rides, food, entertainment, market stalls and more.

Marian State School Spring Fair

When: Saturday, September 7, 3pm - 8pm

Where: Marian State School, 137 Anzac Avenue, Marian

What's happening: A fun-filled family night out at Marian State School. Bring a blanket and enjoy something from the eat street vendors for dinner. Heaps to do for children and adults including show rides, face painting, a balloon artist, pony rides and loads of fantastic market stalls. A fireworks display will end the festivities.

Helana King, Shauana Anson and Rashay Tass onstage at Pasifika 2016. Photo Lucy Smith / Daily Mercury
Helana King, Shauana Anson and Rashay Tass on stage at Pasifika in previous years. Lucy Smith

Pasifika Festival

When: Saturday, September 7, 11am - 4.30pm

Where: Meadowlands Amphitheatre

What's happening: A free, fun family and community event, showcasing cultural performance from Mackay schools. Pasifika will also launch 'Nesian Spasifik', an exercise class with Polynesian beats. Food and cold drinks (including hangi, poke and Cook Island donuts) will be available for purchase.

An Evening For Mia

When: Saturday, September 7, 6pm

Where: St John's Catholic School hall, Walkerston

What's happening: Mackay Casino Nights will host a Monte Carlo Black Tie Casino Night for Mia McEldowney, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. The event will raise as much money as possible to make life a little bit easier for Mia and her family. An 18+ event, tickets are available from

8-year-old Mackay girl Mia McEldowney is battling cancer.
Fundraiser will help Mackay girl Mia McEldowney and her family. Contributed.

Our Lady of Victories Mass

When: Friday, September 6, 7 - 10pm

Where: Francis of Assisi Home, Dupuy St, West Mackay

What's happening: Mackay will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Victories. An important day in Malta, it is always celebrated in September. The Mackay Maltese community's celebration will include Mass, a procession and a feast. A statue of Our Lady of Victories is usually walked down the street followed by an open air Mass and refreshments.

Our Lady of Victories Dinner

When: Saturday, September 7, 7 - 10.30pm

Where: North Mackay Bowls Club, 74-76 Malcomson St, North Mackay

What's happening: Our Lady of Victories dinner includes a buffet dinner, live music, raffle and lucky door prizes. Bookings are essential, payment to be made at time of booking. Phone Rose Borg, 0418 788 363, for details.

Amanda Wescombe went to the Botanic Gardens Open Day to pick up her free native plant.
Amanda Wescombe collects her free native plant. Rainee Shepperson

Free Native Plant Program

When: September 6 - 7, 9am to noon

Where: Mackay Natural Environment Centre, 6 Swayne Street, North Mackay

What's happening: Council's free native plant program is on again this Friday and Saturday from 9am to noon at the Mackay Natural Environment Centre. If you are a ratepayer and have not yet collected your four free plants for the year, now is your chance.Bring your latest rate notice to choose four plants from the range. For more details about the program visit

A Taste of Things to Come

When: Friday, September 6, 8pm, Saturday, September 7, 2pm and 8pm

Where: MECC North Foyer

What's happening: Mackay Musical Comedy Players presents A Taste of Things to Come performed in a cabaret style setting in the MECC foyer. The audience will be treated to six bite-sized bits from six big Broadway productions.

Natalie Fitzgerald, officer manager at Debbie's Seafood.
Natalie Fitzgerald from Debbie's Seafood. Tony Martin

Pink Run or Walk for Breastscreen Mackay

When: Saturday, September 7, 6 - 8am

Where: Bluewater Lagoon & Pancake Bliss, 32 River Street

What's happening: This is a 5km run or walk. Participants are encouraged to dress in pink outfits. Everyone is welcome. Children can ride scooters and well behaved dogs are welcome.

Pink Ribbon Bubbly Breakfast

When: Saturday, September 7, 9am

Where: Debbie's Seafood & Deb's Fish Cafe, 16 David Muir Street, Slade Point

What's happening: The goal of the breakfast is to raise $1000 towards breast cancer research. The event includes games and raffles, a guest speaker, a complimentary glass of bubbles (non-alcoholic versions too). Book through Living Lovingly; The Lifestyle Flippers 0400 263 889.

QCWA Eton Annual Cent Sale

When: Saturday, September 7, 12.30 - 4.30pm

Where: Uniting Church, 3 Bold St, Walkerston

What's happening: QCWA Eton/Eton North will hold its annual cent sale, afternoon tea and fashion parade. Doors open at 12.30pm for a 1.30pm start. The $5 entry cost will also get you a lucky door ticket.

Troppo Markets

When: Sunday, September 8, from 8am

Where: Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre carpark

What's happening: Troppo Markets are held on the second Sunday of the month at Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre. With about 140 stalls you might just find what you're looking for. Browse old and new, second-hand and pre-loved, homemade and home-grown items. There will be a range of plants, books, arts and crafts, food, fruit and vegies, tools and clothing. Troppo Markets is run by the Rotary Club of North Mackay with proceeds returned to the community.

Sausage King competition at Brothers Leagues Club on Tuesday.
Enjoy a barbecue and a chat Rob Williams

Mackay Pop-Up Mental Health BBQ and Chat

When: Saturday, September 7, 1 - 3pm

Where: River St, Mackay

What's happening: Join in a relaxed chat by the Bluewater Lagoon. Pop-up barbecue chats are being held around Australia to promote community inclusion and access to a comfortable environment to chat and meet new people. You can also find out about how to better your mental health - for yourself or for someone you know.

Mackay Two Feet & A Heartbeat Charity Walk

When: Sunday, September 8, 8.30am - 12pm

Where: John Breen Park, Malcomson St, North Mackay

What's happening: In honour of the four lives lost to congenital or acquired heart disease every week, Two Feet & A Heartbeat is a 4km walk, enabling participants of all ages to get involved. Those keen on a greater challenge can choose to do the course twice, and tackle 8km in recognition of the eight babies born with congenital heart disease every day.

Infamous The Show

When: Until September 8

Where: Mackay Showgrounds

What's happening: Following sell-out shows in Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane, Infamous brings it's sensational 2019 show to Mackay. Infamous is a multi-million dollar production with a unique combination of sexy circus acts, raunchy dancing and cheeky comedy that will have you crying with laughter. Infamous is an 18+ event encompassing tasty food and a choice of alcoholic beverages for a never-seen-before circus cabaret vibe.

Infamous The Show performer Dante Ashton.
Infamous The Show performer Dante Ashton. Allan Reinikka ROK210319ainfamou

Trees in Transition - Lagoons Gallery Art Exhibition

When: Wednesday to Sunday

Where: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, 9 Lagoon St, Mackay

What happening: Mackay Woodturners see "Trees in Transition” every time they step up to their lathe, scroll saw, sander or burner. The craftspeople take various sized trees or logs, and work their magic in creating both decorative and practical items. Most of the timber is donated by local gardener or tree loppers or has simply fallen due to natural causes. The club takes pride in its environmental awareness, community spirit, ability to make beautiful things from discarded materials and, above all, their skilled craftsmanship. The exhibition is at the Lagoons Gallery in the Botanic Gardens Cafe, which is open Wednesday to Friday, 9am to 3pm, and weekends, 8am to 4pm. The cafe is closed on public holidays.