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August 2017

Mackay International Film Festival

August 4 - August 6
Birch Carroll & Coyle Mackay City Cinema,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Mackay International Film Festival

The Mackay International Film Festival brings six excellent films to the big screen as a part of this year’s exciting program. Opening night is the fabulous Oscar Award winning Estonian drama The Fencer – based on true events, this engaging film is a definite must-see, screening Friday August 4 at 7.30pm. Stay to enjoy the drinks, supper and atmosphere included in the ticket price of this Opening Night event. On Saturday, the terrific film The Eagle Huntress (with English narration)…

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Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live!

August 11
MECC,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Anh Do - The Happiest Refugee Live!

By popular demand Anh returns with his smash hit show! Comedian Anh Do brings his best-selling memoir, The Happiest Refugee, to life in a ground-breaking stand-up show. Performed at Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre for one night only in August, this moving, inspirational and unforgettable theatre experience combines humour, real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell Do’s amazing story. Anh Do travelled to Australia in 1980 on an eight metre fishing boat with 47 other Vietnamese refugees. Sick with…

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Mechanos Mackay

August 12 - August 13
Mackay Airport,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Mechanos Mackay

Mechanos is an aviation and mechanical innovation festival, showcasing historical craftsmanship and modern technology in transport and manufacturing, with dynamic aircraft displays and trade stalls.

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Astronomical – Clermont

August 13
Bottom Oval Clermont Sportsgrounds,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Astronomical - Clermont

Townsville Astronomy Group and Full Throttle Theatre Company presents Astronomical. A comedic outdoor journey through the Cosmos using six large telescopes, with Galileo, Neil Armstrong, Einstein, Henrietta Leavitt and others as your guides. A total of 150 free tickets will be available from the Clermont Library. Limit of five tickets per person. No tickets will be available at the venue on the night of the performance.

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Astronomical – Dysart

August 16
Dysart Soccer Field, Leichhardt Ovals Complex,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Astronomical - Clermont

Townsville Astronomy Group and Full Throttle Theatre Company presents Astronomical, written by Bob Bartlett and directed by Susan Prince. A comedic outdoor journey through the Cosmos using six large telescopes, with Galileo, Neil Armstrong, Einstein, Henrietta Leavitt and others as your guides. A total of 150 free tickets will be available from the Dysart Library. Limit of five tickets per person. No tickets will be available at the venue on the night of the performance.

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Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens versus Japan 2017 International Series

August 17 - August 18
BB Print Stadium,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens versus Japan 2017 International Series

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team will play an International Series against Japan in Mackay, Queensland this August, as part of the build-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Kicking off on Thursday August 17, Andy Friend’s side will play multiple games in two days of Rugby Sevens action at BB Print Stadium in Mackay, as well as getting actively involved in the local community. The International Series will form preparation for the upcoming 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series, with the…

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Astronomical – Nebo

August 17
Nebo Showgrounds,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Astronomical - Clermont

Townsville Astronomy Group and Full Throttle Theatre Company presents Astronomical, written by Bob Bartlett and directed by Susan Prince. A comedic outdoor journey through the Cosmos using six large telescopes, with Galileo, Neil Armstrong, Einstein, Henrietta Leavitt and others as your guides. Nebo residents: A total of 100 free tickets will be available from the Nebo Library. Glenden residents: A free bus service for Glenden ticket holders only will be available. Visit Glenden library for details. A total of 50…

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Seniors Week – Moranbah

August 18 - August 19
1971 Black Nugget Hotel,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Seniors Week - Moranbah

Isaac are excited to offer events across the region that celebrate their Seniors. These events are engaging social activities that bring people together of all ages – you don’t have to be a senior to celebrate with them. Join them to celebrate Moranbah’s seniors with a free lunch, guest speaker and live music.

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Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races The Galley

August 19
Mackay Harbour,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Mackay Airport Beach Races Launch Cocktail Party

The annual Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival is an iconic event on North Queensland’s sporting and social calendar. While the showpiece of this three-day Festival is the Mackay Airport Beach Race Day attended by more than 3000 locals and visitors to the region, the Festival also features more. Please note: Any tickets nominated to be collected from the Box Office must be collected by 4pm Friday 18 August 2017 from the MECC Box Office. The Galley Group 20: 20…

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Mackay Airport Beach Races Launch Cocktail Party

August 19
IBIS Hotel,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Mackay Airport Beach Races Launch Cocktail Party

Dress is Formal Cocktail Attire with Elaborate head wear for ladies. The Launch Cocktail Party is special this year! Purple Betty is very proud to be hosting its very first Mackay Beach Horse Races and this evening represents the start of all they have worked towards, since taking over this most prestigious event. Celebrate their official opening in the magical cocktail lounge at the Ibis, Mackay with a night of entertainment, gambling (legal of course!) and dancing. To launch their…

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Sarina Beach Coconut Festival

August 19
Sarina Beach Coconut Festival,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Sarina Beach Coconut Festival

Sarina Beach Coconut Festival is an inaugural event showcasing the beautiful unspoiled Sarina Beach. This free event is has a spectacular array of festive activities including international kite flyers, camel rides, tropical market stalls and food vendors. Fantastic local entertainers, children’s activities, blow carts on the beach, train rides, coconut tree demonstrations, basket weaving and cultural dancers, there is something for everyone and all in a tropical, coastal setting over looking the Coral Sea. Come on down for an afternoon…

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