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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.