until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
Longines Time
April 4 to 15 2018
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What are the dates of the festival?

You’re invited to take the plunge into Festival 2018 - 12 action-packed days of culture to celebrate the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Festival 2018 offers something for everyone, the young and the old, for the community and the arts aficionado.

You can experience music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film from our corner and across the globe.

The festival is free for spectators, visitors and residents alike.

Where can I find the Festival?

The Festival 2018 action takes place at two main festival sites, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, as well as an array of activations across the coast.

Festival 2018 at Surfers Paradise features the Main Stage program – 12 nights of specially curated concerts celebrating the Commonwealth and our local culture - as well as large scale installations and performances for the family to enjoy.

Festival 2018 at Broadbeach features an entire street - Surf Parade - of entertainment, including high energy, circus, dance and physical theatre on the Roundabout Stage as well as the Queensland Music Stage, a stage dedicated entirely to Queensland musicians.

Kurrawa Park will deliver the best children’s and family theatre, workshops and performances from around the world for the entire school holidays. There is something for everyone, children as 6 months old right through to the young at heart. All free!

The Festival will also entertain people journeying to and from sporting events, and will also spill out onto boardwalks, waterways, streets, parks, a hotel and other unexpected places across the entire coast.

Can I perform at Festival 2018?
Programming for Festival 2018 on the Gold Coast has now been finalised. Unfortunately we cannot accept any further submissions from individuals or organisations wishing to participate.
What is the best way to travel to the festival?

There will be no car parking in or around the two main Festival sites at Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, however, there are several public transport options:

  • Take the train
  • Hop on a bus
  • Ride the G-link
  • Or walk, cycle, skate, rollerblade, scoot.

Please visit the Get Set For the Games for information on how to help you prepare.

Will events still be on if it rains?

All outdoor stages and activities will go ahead as planned, pending a safety assessment, in rain and inclement weather.

Please check individual event pages and the Festival 2018 social media channels for updates if changes are required to the program due to inclement weather.

Is there food and drink available at Festival 2018 events and performances?

Access to food and amenities will be determined on the location of each event.

We encourage you to pack your meals and enjoy a picnic while soaking up the Festival atmosphere, or visit the many cafes and restaurant surrounding the Festival sites.

Can I bring alcohol to Festival 2018?

No, alcohol is not permitted at Festival 2018 as it is not prohibited in public places in Queensland. Alcohol can only be purchased consumed in licensed venues.

Will I be able to buy alcohol at Festival 2018?

No, Festival 2018 is an unlicensed event.

Are there any age restrictions?

No, Festival 2018 covers for people of all ages. However, please note age guidelines have been provided for some performances. Please refer to the individual event pages.

How can I become involved?

Thank you for your interest in participating in Festival 2018 Gold Coast. Applications for volunteers and performers have closed. We encourage you to check out our website for other opportunities to get involved in the lead up to and throughout the Festival.

Can I use my camera? Can I take photos?

Yes, but please be mindful of performers and avoid using flash photography. Please tag us @Festival2018 and #Festival2018.

How much do tickets cost?

The Festival is largely free with a very small number of events charging a small fee. Please visit our event pages for each Event City to find out more details and plan ahead.

I have purchased tickets. What happens if I am running late?

We will make every effort to ensure our events start on time. Late admission will be subject to the venue manager's approval. Festival 2018 organisers reserve the right to exclude late attendees or to let them in only during a performance break. Please make sure you plan ahead by checking your ticket and travel details.

Are there any items I cannot take to Festival 2018 events and performances?

Festival 2018 is a largely free and public event. In the best interests of safety and security and for your comfort it is recommended that baggage carried into the Festival areas are limited. Police and Security will be monitoring the area and you may be asked to have your bag checked to ensure the safety of the event.

What facilities are available on site?

Each Festival 2018 site will vary depending on the location. For the two major sites in Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise there will be accessible toilets, baby change facilities in amenities and ATM's.

What can I do with my children?

Kurrawa Park has the majority of children’s performances, activities and workshops. For most events you don’t need to book a ticket, just turn up early on the day. If an event or workshop session is busy, there will be plenty other things to keep the kids entertained. So pack your meals and make a day of it in Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach.