Oh my golly, are we in for a treat on Good Friday at Sutton's Beach in Redcliffe, with not just one but three exciting events! Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism, in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council are very proudly hosting a full day of FREE and low-cost family festivities, which includes the annual Redcliffe Festival of Sails; the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race AND the Queen's Baton Relay. Wow, what an awesome line-up of events!
Families are invited to spend Friday, 30 March at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails - a whole day of Easter-themed FREE entertainment and activities from 8.00am in the morning until 4.00pm in the afternoon. The children will be totally blissed out with the FREE workshops and activities; the giant Easter egg hunt; rides and amusements; and definitely wouldn't want to miss out on the famous sky-diving Easter Bunny.
Mum and Dad can wander around hundreds of market stalls (okay, this one's probably more for Mum), but Dad can sit back and enjoy the live music and entertainment on three different stages.
Where to start, there's just so much happening! Here's the programme for Redcliffe Festival of Sails to make your day's planning that little bit easier and to ensure you don't miss out on anything important.
12.45pm | Tiarne Tiarne is a 20 year old Electronic/Indie/Pop artist from Brisbane who will be performing on the Main Stage at 12.45pm
2.00pm | Aaaron the Pirate Show (yep, definitely 3 a's in this one)
All aboard at 2.00pm for a magical hilarious pirate adventure with Aaaron the Pirate and his macaw parrot called 'Polly's gone crackers'. This oh-so-funny comedy will have the whole family doubled over with laughter.
3.00pm | Jimmy Watts Jimmy Watts is a one of a kind gentleman of the road, He is a memorable entertainer, delivering his performances with energy and spontaneity. Jimmy Watts is an intrinsic part of Australia's roots and blues movement.
🐰 Ice Cream Festival Entertainment
9.45am | 10.45am | 11.45am | 12.45pm | 1.45pm Dan & Diletta Dan & Diletta are a fresh, relaxed duo combination covering the 'not so common' tracks from the likes of Pink Floyd and Bossa Nova, as well as crowd favourites such as Ed Sheehan and Darryl Braithwaite. Dan & Diletta are sure to set an incredibly chill and festive atmosphere in Redcliffe Festival of Sails first Mini Ice cream Festival*.
🐰 Northern Acoustic Stage Entertainment
9.15am | Accelerate Band Students from the Accelerate Arts Programme at Southern Cross Educational Enterprises will be performing at their very first Redcliffe Festival of Sails.
10.30am | Tim Lollback Tim Lollback's repertoire consists of the all-time classics as well as bringing current top 40 tracks to a live acoustic setting. Tim's performance is guaranteed to be high quality and engaging.
11.45am | Alex Kosenko Alex Kosenko is an up and coming artist with powerful vocals, wailing harmonica and acoustic guitar. Alex' music has a strong following and this year he will be playing at Redcliffe Festival of Sails!
1.00pm | Anais Campbell Anais is a 17 year old Brisbane-based singer/songwriter. Anais has recently received an amazing opportunity to record and perform in Nashville. Come along to the Festival of Sails and be part of Anais' heartfelt lyrics and spirited stage presence.
2.15pm | Ben Timmings Ben has been playing throughout the Darling Downs and Moreton Bay Region, inspiring audiences with music from artists like Cat Stevens and Passenger. Ben, armed with his acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica has music to please everyone.
9.15am | Cryss Coleman Cryss Coleman is a songwriter and musical chameleon from SE Queensland, who explores issues of social justice and compassion through his highly emotive and genre-spanning music.
10.30am | Lucy Korts Lucy Korts hails from Toowoomba. Lucy is an original artist, with a repertoire successfully spanning across internationally beloved artists, from Cyndi Lauper to Bruce Springsteen, but still manages to maintain her own distinctive folk-pop style.
11.45am | Jackson Villani Jackson Villani, is a local Sunshine Coaster and is currently in the process of recording his first single. Jackson is looking forward to shining bright at venues and this year we are lucky enough to see him at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails with his laid back pop, jazz and blues influences.
1.00pm | Taleena Peck Taleena Peck is a young musician with an alternative edge style that stretches from folk to indie, pop and country pop. Taleena's fascination with music ensures a captivating performance every time.
2.15pm | Guy Stacey Guy Stacey has performed at a myriad of venues as a musician around SE Queensland. Whilst being an advocate for the slower more soulful tunes, Guy isn't afraid to kick it up a notch with some up-tempo numbers. As a capable soloist, Guy is set to delight the audience at Redcliffe Festival of Sails.
🐰 Accelerate Kids Zone
9.00am to 4.00pm | First 5 Forever Pop Up Library
Choose from a range of fun and informative First 5 Forever activities at the pop-up library and help your child develop literacy skills.
9.00am to 4.00pm | Sand Sculptor and Workshop
Watch in absolute awe and delight as a professional sand sculptor creates incredible scenes right before your eyes. You also have the opportunity to jump right in and show off your prowess by creating your very own masterpiece. My sand castle building skills should come in handy here - I just need to remember to bring my bucket and spade!
The Pop-Up Ice Cream Fair is a brand new 'extra' at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails, designed to tempt and tantalise ice cream lovers with everything sweet, creamy and frozen. You will find the Pop-Up Ice Cream Fair in an ice cream-themed location within the Festival. Be prepared for an explosion of alluring gourmet dessert treats to set your taste buds all a-dance. I scream, you scream, we all scream forů..ice cream!
The Redcliffe Festival of Sails is shaping up to be a family fun day of free entertainment. But, there is still more to come.
🐰 Queen's Baton Relay in Redcliffe
A huge perk for the Sunny Coast to welcome the Queen's Baton through Redcliffe! Image: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to QBR in Redcliffe - Community Celebration FB
You do remember that we're having the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April? Yes, we are really fortunate up here on the Sunny Coast, we don't really have to worry about parking permits, transport problems, an influx of millions of tourists, but still get to participate in the 'perks' of the Commonwealth Games.
I'm sure most of you are aware that the Queen's Baton Relay started from Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017, and is busy travelling more than 230,000 kilometres, visiting seventy nations and territories, before reaching its final destination on the Gold Coast on the 4 April.
Well, here's the exciting news! On Friday 30 March the Queen's Baton Relay will pass through Redcliffe and visit Suttons Beach at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails at 8.54am! See above for the route map of the Queen's Baton Relay.
🐰 QantasLink 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race
11.00am to 2.00pm
You don't want to miss the 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race! Image: Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race FB
Dear readers, there is still more exciting news! The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is Queensland's highest profile Easter weekend sporting event, and it's all happening on Good Friday, with the contestants setting sail from Shorncliffe. The yachts proceed via a mark off Redcliffe Point, to the North West Channel, up to Caloundra and through to Gladstone.
Entrants will include the country's best Queensland-based race boats as well as interstate rivals. The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is the most important and prestigious Ocean Yacht Race in Queensland and gets underway at 11.00am. Bring your binoculars, and hopefully get to see this very exciting yacht race as they pass en route to Gladstone. For more information regarding this very special yacht race, please click here.
Queenslanders, if you're planning on staying home for the school holidays, make sure you get to the Redcliffe Festival of Sails for an absolutely memorable day! The children will definitely have something for 'show 'n tell' when they get back to school after the holidays.
What makes this day really extra special and not-to-be-missed, is that in true Aussie fashion, all the entertainment is either FREE or very low cost!