A Busking Bonanza & Wearable Fashion in Kawana

The Sunshine Coast is the dazzling setting for year-round events and festivals.  And one lesser-known corner of the coast seems to be a real hotspot for happenings!

Kawana is not only home to one of the coast’s longest beaches – 9 k of sand, no less! – it’s also action-central for events and celebrations.

The multi-award winning Buskers By The Lake is set to bring some of the world’s best street performers to Lake Kawana from August 18-20.

The annual event celebrates its 10th year in 2023, welcoming 200 performers of all ages and skill over 3 big days of music, magic and comedy.  “Battle of the Buskers” is a festival highlight – where singer-songwriters go guitar to banjo to take out the top title.

Not surprisingly, Kawana businesses are backing the event, including Your Mates Brewing Co. The boutique brewery is a festival partner and big supporter of local artists, holding regular live gigs showcasing Sunny Coast talent.

If busking and beer don’t do it for you, how about fashion?

Kawana is set to host the Australian Wearable Art Festival from August 11-12.

Models draped in 40 hand-crafted works of art will strut the catwalk at Venue 114 – across 3 big shows.  Organisers describe it as a cross between Paris Fashion Week and the Met Gala – with one-of-kind pieces crafted from all manner of materials:  think plastic milk bottles to guinea fowl feathers!

Another not-to-be-missed Sunshine Coast festival is The Curated Plate – with 100-plus culinary events starring local producers, suppliers and dining venues – like Kawana’s Wildflower Kitchen.

The Kitchen will dish up an extra serving of ‘delicious’ for the festival, including a “Yulefeast Long Lunch for a Cause” – a 3-course menu that puts a Sunshine Coast spin on Christmas in July. The mid-year festivities will raise funds for Sunshine Butterflies disability support service.

You’ll find the restaurant at Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters… a great base for both the buskers and wearable art festivals.


For more exciting events and holiday ideas check out www.visitsunshinecoast.com

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