Gold Coast Folk Festival / Celtic Woman / Gold Coast markets

Keen to escape the winter chill? The sunny Gold Coast offers an appealing escape from the frigid conditions seen across much of Australia and, as a welcome bonus, September brings an array of interesting diversions to the fore.

Maybe the Gold Coast Folk Festival’s right up your alley? Or how about the wistful warbling of Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman? That’s just a taste of what’s on offer.

And, as usual, the region’s colourful, varied and acclaimed entertainment, dining and leisure options remain a tempting drawcard – especially when it comes to the bustling market scene, which we’ll explore below.

Whatever’s attracting you to the coast’s sunny shores, you’ll find a comfy, central accommodation a stone’s throw from all the action at Labrador’s The Grand Apartments.

Gold coast's sunny shores Grand Apartments

Speaking of The Grand, it’s just a short drive away from Country Paradise Parklands – the Nerang-based venue for the Gold Coast Folk Festival.

The family friendly festival offers a wide array of folk, acoustic, roots, blues and bluegrass artists taking to the stage alongside a colourful assortment of markets, food stalls, buskers and more. You can also take part in a music workshop, or join in a jam session.

Operating since 2009, the celebrated September 19 to 20 festival features Perch Creek and The Lamplights as headliners this year, backed up by performers such as the Soul Sisters, Ewan Mackenzie, Thrillbilly Stomp and quatro. All up, the festival has attracted a lineup of about 30 bands and solo artists

The Gold Coast Folk Festival has been frequently lauded as one of the Gold Coast’s top music events and it will likely be a packed affair this year.

Adult tickets cost $22 online and $30 at the gate, and family tickets are also available. Visit www.goldcoastfolkfestival.com for more information, or to buy tickets.

Gold Coast Folk Festival

A little over a week earlier, on September 11, the Celtic Woman take to the stage at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach for their 10th anniversary tour. The five-piece international powerhouse features a fusion of Irish traditional tunes, contemporary song crafting and top-notch stage production and has gained millions of fans worldwide since its inception a decade ago.

The anniversary gig will present a selection of Irish classics, fan favourites and original compositions in Celtic Woman grace and style, under the direction of Emmy-nominated producer David Downes.

Whether you’re a long time tragic, or a newcomer to the work of Celtic Woman, it’s well worth checking out what’s bound to be a one-of-a-kind experience.

Visit www.celticwoman.com for more information, or to buy tickets. They range from less than $100, to almost $300 for the exclusive Celtic Woman Experience, which includes exclusive seating, a meet & greet with the group, pre-show canapes and more. If you’re looking for a particularly glamorous experience, it could be worth a look.

While you’re on the Gold Coast getting your boogie on, you’d be amiss to pass over the diverse range of quirky markets on offer.

For arts, craft and food markets, you’ve got a massive selection of fascinating options, including Broadbeach Markets, Miami Marketta Arts Creative Chinatown Street Markets, Coolangatta Markets and the Bayside Tavern Markets. All vary in style, size and typical clientele, making for a diverse and interesting experience almost every time.

For arts, craft and food markets

You”ll also find a number of car boot, bric-a-brac and vintage/retro themed markets scattered along the coast, including Labrador Car Boot Sale and Carrara Markets, just to name a small selection.

Market locations range from nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland, to right beside our world famous beaches, and most attract strong crowds keen to check out the varied goods up for grabs. For a full list of all of the region’s markets take a look at www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au. You’re sure to find something that will interest you.

For more information about short stays at the centrally located The Grand Apartments, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5552 6000, or email reservations@grandapartments.com.au.

(Photo credit: Miami Marketta)