If you're looking for inspiration for your next family day-out, our incredible line-up of workshops, performances and activities will inspire, educate and entertain even the smallest family members. From shelters built from raw materials and nature playgroups to outdoor circuses and mischievous puppet shows, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
Get out your diary and lock in the dates for these amazing events during Horizon Festival 2019. Whether you’re 2 or 52, the program is packed with family-friendly events.
FOR THE LITTLE ONES
Sat 24 Aug & Sat 31 Aug, 10am – 3pm, Festival Central, Maroochydore City Centre | FREE
Each Saturday, Festival Central will be taken over by little people and their families with workshops and activities for making, playing, dancing and singing. With activities varying from clay making, musical instruments, Kabi Kabi colouring and family dance parties, Horizon Kids’ line-up of free activities is the perfect way to spend the weekend as a family.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/horizon-kids
Sat 31 Aug, 10am – 3pm, Festival Central, Maroochydore City Centre | FREE
Join Wildlings Forest School for a free nature craft workshop where children will learn about the plants and weeds they can find in their backyard, while creating nature crowns and dream catchers from Cat's Claw, fishing rods from Chinese Celtis, and magic wands from Camphor Laurel.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/urban-wildlings
Bond & Build Raft Building Workshop & Picnic
Sun 1 Sep, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Wildlings Forest School, Burnside | $45
Will you sink or will you float? Wildlings Forest School welcomes you to come and build your own life-sized raft to float down the idyllic Petrie Creek with your dad, grandad or loved one, followed by a family Father’s Day picnic down at our beautiful forest space.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/bond-build-raft-building-workshop-picnic
Sat 24 Aug, 9am – 12pm, Wildlings Forest School, Burnside | $20
Come and build a giant nest, a beautiful shelter or a cubby worthy of Andy Goldsworthy’s approval! Our enchanted forest space is the perfect place to create works of art that will inspire our local children to spend more time outdoors.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/cubby-town
Mon 26 Aug, Tues 27 Aug & Fri 30 Aug, 9:30am – 11:30am, Shelly Beach – Mudjimba – Tanawha | $17
Meeting in wild spaces around the Sunshine Coast, these sessions revolve around free play and encourage adventure and exploration in nature to help promote imagination and self-discovery. Meeting in wild spaces around the Sunshine Coast, this group follows a loose rhythm that revolves around free play and encourages adventure and exploration in nature to help promote imagination and self-discovery.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/little-wildlings-nature-playgroup-shelly-beach
Sat 31 Aug & Sun 1 Sep, 1 – 3pm, Tanawha | $20
Set to the backdrop of the stunning Maroochy Botanic Gardens and facilitated by artist Lincoln Austin, this family friendly workshop guides you through the construction of your very own kite, inspired by his work, The Wind Forms.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/kite-making
FOR BIGGER KIDS
Sat 24 Aug, 10.30am, Venue 114, Birtinya | From $20
Journey to an eccentric place where gadgets are poetic, puppets naughty, machines untamed and circus tricks pop up when you’re least expecting it! Loose Ends is the story of a man who thinks he can organise all his life in boxes, and has a knack for getting into mischief.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/loose-ends
Sat 31 Aug & Sun 1 Sep, 11am and 3pm, Harmony Development, Palmview | FREE
Revolve brings together 12 of Queensland’s youngest circus stars, experienced artists and a live DJ to create a show that’s bursting at the seams with energy and fun. Circles, loops, wheels, group bikes, roller skates, unicycles, and even a tractor tyre are jammed onto the stage to create a whirling cacophony of wheeling wonder.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/revolve
Sat 24 Aug & Mon 26 Aug, 1-2:30pm, Tanawha | $15
Facilitated by contemporary artist Kim Schoenberger, Untitled [H2O] is a family friendly workshop in the construction of clay ‘water drops’ inspired by her Elements work. In this workshop each participant will be guided through several clay-making techniques including, pinch, slab and textured relief work while imbedding various textures of reclaimed steel objects into the clay to realise their creations.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/untitled-h2o
Sun 25 Aug, 12 – 3.30pm, The Events Centre, Caloundra | FREE
TOY is an interactive installation for families that examines diversity in toys. This gender neutral workshop allows children to build alternative toys of their dreams, providing a creative space to explore fluidity and multiplicity against the backdrop of traditional gendered roles and responsibilities.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/toy
Fri 30 Aug, 5-10pm, The Events Centre, Caloundra | $35
The ultimate festival party for teens boasting an all-star line-up of the country’s most exciting emerging and established artists curated by QMusic, plus multi-art projections and installations.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/point
Tue 27–Fri 30 Aug, 10am–4.30pm | Performance Sat 31 Aug, 2–5pm, Alexandra Headlands Skate Park | FREE
Here’s one for the skaters in your family! Sydney company, Branch Nebula, brings their breath-taking, anarchic street-style performance to the Alex Head’s skate park. Branch Nebula’s team will infiltrate the park for a whole week, jamming moves and tricks with the locals and building up for a spectacular improvised performance at the end.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/snake-sessions
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Fri 23 – Sun 25 Aug, 6.30pm and 8pm, Festival Central, Maroochydore City Centre | FREE
A stunning performance that combines aerial theatre with cutting edge interactive technology. Two shows each night will light up Festival Central when four performers seamlessly meld acrobatics, dance and aerials to create a captivating spectacle. After the show, you’re invited to play with the interactive projection system.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/mountain
Sat 31 Aug, 6.30-9.30pm, Festival Central, Maroochydore City Centre | FREE
Kick back at Festival Central and enjoy a stellar line up of free live music, with a packed program of established Queensland bands and musicians, as well as some incredible up-and-coming local talent. Paired with a delicious meal and tasty brew from our Festival Bar & Eats, this is the perfect night out for any music lover.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/horizon-sounds
Eumundi School of Rock
Sat 24 Aug, 5pm, Eumundi | From $13
Experience the new wave of young rockers from the Sunny Coast! The fourth year of Eumundi School of Rock presents 20 young rockers from the class of 2019. This concert is the culmination of all their hard work and a chance to see five-time ARIA winning and seven-time platinum selling school founder, Katie Noonan, alongside awesome local band Mufassa and The Pride.
See more: https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/event/eumundi-school-rock
There are plenty of events for Mum and Dad too! Head to www.horzionfestival.com.au to explore the full program.