October’s Warming Up

October has lots of festivals planned for residents and tourists alike, as well as a few sporting events for the braver souls who like it hot.

Netfest – October 4 to October 7

Netball Australia has chosen the Sunshine Coast region for this year’s over-18s festival so head on over to Mooloolaba Beach and join in. It’s a mass participation event so everyone’s welcome to join in the games or just to hang out and watch or enjoy the side-events like the DJs and food stalls. Last year’s tournament saw more than 2,300 players from Australia and New Zealand and this year could be even bigger. Visit https://netfest.com.au/ for more details.

Nambour Gemfest – October 13

This is a hugely popular little event in the Nambour Showgrounds. It brings together jewellers, fossickers, traders and gem enthusiasts of all stripes so that they can show off their finds and wares and swap tales. After holding Gemfest for the first time in 2007, the Nambour Lapidary Club has been working to make each year’s event bigger and better, so come along to the showgrounds to help. Email nambourlapidary@hotmail.com for more information.

Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival – October 19 to October 21

This is a brilliant event, held at the gorgeous Sebel Golf Resort and Spa in Pelican Waters. It’s basically a week’s worth of fashion bundled into three days. Visitors to the event can take their pick from catwalk shows featuring swimwear, ready to wear and couture, as well as watch the Sunshine Coast Style Awards and shop in the pop-up stalls. Email info@internationalfashionweek.com.au to find out more.

The Blackall 100 – October 20 to October 21

The Blackall 100 is an ultra-marathon event that takes in the Great Walk of the Sunshine Coast. There’s a 100km and a 50km trail to choose from and both have a very easy-going 28-hour time allowance so most participants make it. It’s hosted at the Queensland Conference and Camping Centre in Mapleton, where you can stay for the event if you wish. Visit http://www.runqld.com.au/blackall-100/ for more details and bookings.