NightQuarter Festival on the Gold Coast | Experience Oz

Upcoming Event: NightQuarter Festival on the Gold Coast

Location: Helensvale, Gold Coast
Date: 5th – 14th April
Cost: $3 entry, 12 years old and under are free

If you’re heading to The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and wouldn’t mind an evening or two full of locally sourced food and live music, we’ve got just the place for you!

From the 5th of April through to the 14th of April, NightQuarter Festival kicks off 10 straight days of authentic local food and performances from local musicians, artists and dancers. The festival opens at 12pm each day and runs until 9pm, leaving plenty of time to eat, dance and soak in the atmosphere.

Located in Helensvale, around 25 minutes drive north of Surfers, NightQuarter is one of the Gold Coast’s premier food and music destinations. Boasting over 60 street-food style restaurants and a unique live music space, the festival is set to entertain locals and visitors alike throughout the duration of the games.

Featuring food science, permaculture, urban gardening, indigenous tradition and unexpected local cuisines, the festival aims to capture the many flavours of the Gold Coast over 10 days of incredible local food and entertaining performances. From Aboriginal kupmurri to botanical cocktails made with local micro-herbs and the famous Australian timber barbecue, the festival is bursting at the seams with unique Gold Coast experiences to populate your afternoons throughout the week.

Food Experiences

With a number of recurring food experiences – such as a Backyard Pub Experience and Gourmet Taste Trial – there will be plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty and bellies satisfied. However, there are a number of one-offs worth jotting down in your diary. These include:

Sunshine Food Adventures

  • Thursday 5-10th April, 12pm – 9pm.
  • Located at Little NightQuarter

Celebrate with Champaign

  • Friday 6th April, 5pm – 6pm.
  • Located at The Paddock

Blessed are the Cheesemakers

  • Friday 6th April, 6pm – 7pm.
  • Located at The Paddock

Botanical Mixologist

  • Friday 6th April, 7pm
  • Located at Baroque Booth

Scientist in the Kitchen

  • Saturday 7th April and Sunday 8th April, 2pm-5pm
  • Located at The Paddock

Barbecue and Beer Masterclass

  • Saturday 7th April, 5pm – 6pm
  • Located at The Backyard

The Brewer, The Distiller and the Scientist

  • Sunday 8th April, 3pm – 4pm
  • Located at The Paddock

Married with Chocolate

  • Sunday 8th April, 5pm – 6pm
  • Located at The Paddock stage

Demystifying Seafood on the Barbie

  • Saturday 14th April, 6pm – 7pm
  • Located at Backyard Grill

Soil to Supper Series

  • Session 1: 12.30pm – 1.15pm
  • Session 2: 1.30pm – 2.15pm
  • Session 3: 3.15pm – 4pm
  • Session 4: 4.15pm – 5pm
  • Located at The Paddock stage

Music & Culture

Featuring everything from daredevil stunts and rock ’n’ roll, to smooth jazz and a glass of fine wine; the NightQuarter Festival is pulling out all the stops to ensure there’s something for everyone throughout the week.

For Locals

  • Thursday 5th April, Noon – 9pm
  • Located at The Paddock
  • Featuring live music throughout the festivals opening night!

Opening Night

  • Friday 6th April, 12pm – 9pm
  • Located at The Paddock
  • Featuring the popular funk, hip hop, blues, soul and dance music band Electric Lemonade

Deja Voodoo

  • Saturday 7th April, 6pm – 9pm
  • Located at The Paddock Stage
  • Featuring some of the world’s finest daredevils and hosted by The Space Cowboy

Good Vibrations: Science, Music & Wine

  • Sunday 8th April, 5pm – 9pm
  • Located at The Paddock
  • Featuring a lineup of eclectic musicians exploring the various ways in which science can influence art and art can influence science

Encounter Spain

  • Monday 9th April, 6pm – 9pm
  • Located at The Paddock
  • Featuring singing, dancing, guitar playing, hand clapping and finger snapping with Kallidad and Felicity Lawless as they explore Spanish music

Pacific Dance

  • Tuesday 10th April, 6pm – 9pm
  • Located at NightQuarter
  • Featuring Fijian culture, both old and new, for an authentic and unique experience

Blues in the Night

  • Wednesday 11th April, 12pm – 9pm
  • Located at The Paddock
  • Transporting you back to steamy Mississippi bayou, Beale Street in Memphis or the clubs of Chicago with authentic reditions of Blues classics

Jazz, Shiraz & Swing

  • Thursday 12th April, 12pm – 9pm
  • Located at NightQuarter
  • Featuring lots of jazz and wine… obviously

Culture Strong

  • Friday 13th April, 12pm – 9pm
  • Located at NightQuarter
  • Featuring a cultural celebration of local and traditional dance, singing, food, art, native flora and more!

Brass Off!

  • Saturday 14th April, 7pm
  • Located at The Paddock
  • Featuring two of Australia’s most prominent party starters; Bullhorn and Hot Potato Band coming together for a night of hard-hitting horns

If you’re after more information on the event or just want to be kept in the loop, head over to the official NightQuarter website.

For all the best things to do during your visit to the Gold Coast and surrounds, browse the catalogue on Experience Oz here!

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Mackenzie Burr

Experience Oz + NZ Travel Writer

Mackenzie loves exploring and is always up for new adventures. Born in New Zealand and living in Australia, Mackenzie considers himself a local of both countries and is a handy contact for experiences on either side of the ditch. For any ideas, questions or queries contact Mackenzie at mackenzie@experienceoz.com.au

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