SANCTUARY SECRET: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary takes on a new life after dark every Friday from 4pm-9pm as the Sanctuary Markets take over.
SANCTUARY SECRET: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary takes on a new life after dark every Friday from 4pm-9pm as the Sanctuary Markets take over.

What's on: Gold Coast

SANCTUARY MARKETS

FEEDING time at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary takes on a new meaning every Friday from 4-9pm as the Sanctuary Markets take over. The markets run on The Village Green's deck and incorporate a variety of international foods including Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Brazilian, Turkish, Venezuelan, South African and Chilean, craft stalls in the undercover area of the green and a produce market selling Asian greens, fresh produce, eggs and Australian seafood in the car park. Food can be eaten onsite or taken away. It's fully licensed, with Burleigh Brewery's boutique beers and Sirromet Wines and there is live music from local musicians.

Go to currumbinsanctuary.com.au/ or phone 0417 759 777.

DRAGON

It can only mean one thing ... yep, the 1980s rock legends are back on tour and playing at Mermaid Waters' Lonestar Tavern on Friday, November 8. You won't get Marc Hunter of course, but you will get Bruce Reid, Todd Hunter, Pete Drummond and Mark Williams in a two-hour "best of" concert. They will play all your favourite Dragon classics plus some of the #1 hits from their Countdown tours.

Go to lonestartavern.com.au or phone 07 5572 2000.

JONI MITCHELL TRIBUTE

Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell is at HOTA, presented by Australian cabaret and musical theatre star Queenie van de Zandt. It's an evening of melancholic songs, poetic storytelling and the haunting vocals of Mitchell, who is described as having "created a soundtrack for the Woodstock generation". Queenie is backed by a live band and takes audiences through Joni's life, losses and loves, as she reinterprets her music and reveals the stories behind some of her most haunting songs. It's on Saturday, November 9, with tickets from $35.

Phone 07 5588 4000.

NATURALLYGC

There is an amazing range of native plants we can use in Coast gardens, but the challenge is often working out which plants suit best. Helping you restore native biodiversity and select the best natives to use for the garden style of your choice is the aim of well-known native plant enthusiast Kate Heffernan and Catherine Pickering from Griffith Unviersity. Grow Me Instead is on Saturday, November 23 from 9.30-11.30am at Robina.

Phone 1300 465 326 or find Grow Me Instead on Eventbrite to confirm venue.

SENIORS EXPO

Gold Coast Seniors Health and Lifestyle Expo at Southport provides free wellbeing information. Learn about retirement living options, in-home care, seniors travel, insurance, financial planning, investment advice, free hearing and eyesight checks, and mobility aids. Information is available from Centrelink, City of Gold Coast and more. Find it all one location and on the same day from 9am to 1pm, with free entry. There are over 60 exhibitors.

Go to gcseniorsexpos.com.au or phone 0409 277 430.

TUGUN LIGHTS UP

The annual Tugun Lights Up kicks off a month-long celebration of Christmas in Tugun Village. It all starts at 4.30pm on Saturday, November 30 with an evening of family fun. Enjoy free Christmas entertainment and carols, shop at the market stalls and dine under the stars with special menus from local restaurants. Now in its seventh year, Tugun Lights Up promotes the village spirit of coming together to enjoy the Christmas lights displays in each shopfront window.

CAROLS AND MORE

The eighth annual Mayor's Christmas Carols presented by Mercedes-Benz Gold Coast is returning to Broadwater Parklands on Saturday, December 7. But as we went to press, details were still to be announced, so all we can say is keep an eye out for news.

There are, of course, a heap of other festive events coming up, including A Sanctuary Cove Christmas at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove with plenty of family fun from 4-8pm on Thursday, December 5. On December 7, Pacific Pines celebrates with community carols at Christmas in the Park at Central Park from 4-8pm. Celebrate by the water at Marina at Coomera Waters on December 7, with a Christmas market and twilight event from 11am-8pm. There will be food trucks, mulled wine, over 30 affordable Christmas gift stalls, face-painting, character entertainment and more.

DOGS ON THE GREEN

Following well-received events in May and September, Dogs on the Green is doing it again at Benowa State Primary School from 8am-1pm on Sunday, December 8. And there are plans to make this free community market for dog-lovers a quarterly event. Bring your dog along for a fun day out to socialise with other dogs and support small businesses specialising in products and services for your furry friends. Perfect timing to find a Christmas gift for your dog! There's even a mobile dog groomer on site.

Phone 0450 173 338.