Five of the best things happening across the state this weekend

From film festivals in the far north to seafood and French fare in the southeast, open houses on the Gold Coast and social buzz on the Sunshine Coast, here are some of the best events taking place around the state this weekend and beyond.

Oct 16, 2020, updated Oct 16, 2020


Developed to showcase the best emerging filmmakers from Australia and around the world, the Port Shorts Film Festival is taking place from 4.30pm this evening at Rex Smeal Park In Port Douglas for an audience of up to 500 people.

The event will showcase 50 of the best short films from the past five years and in addition to the in-person event, audiences will also be able to tune in via a simultaneous free online stream.

The live-streamed event will be hosted remotely by actor Stephen Curry from Melbourne.

The 2020 Port Shorts Virtual Film Festival will also feature a free virtual Masterclass Series of workshops hosted by industry heavyweights including Hollywood’s go-to drone operators XM2 (Star Wars, 007, Fast & Furious, Pirates of the Caribbean, Thor), acclaimed composer and sound artist Steeve Body, producer Ashley Davis and screenwriter Kier Shorey.

The virtual festival will be available to download for the week following the event. For more information and to register for the virtual event, visit the Port Shorts website.


Bribie Island’s Sandstone Point Hotel is hosting the Oyster and Seafood Festival from 11am tomorrow.

The waterfront will come alive with fresh seafood stalls including mussels, calamari, prawns indulge in, freshly shucked oysters, oyster-eating competitions, oyster shucking demonstrations and seafood cooking presentations with celebrity chef Sally Jenyns.

There will also be children’s rides, entertainment, live music, a visit from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and fireworks at 7:30pm.

Visit the Sandstone Point Hotel website for more details.


Celebrating the spirit of France in Australia since 2010, Le Festival has become a highlight of Queensland’s cultural calendar and this year’s festivities kick off at Riverlife at Kangaroo Point this afternoon.

From entertainment to gastronomy, education to lifestyle, and everything in between, enjoy a genuine cultural immersion at Brisbane’s very own “coin de France”.

The festival starts this weekend and there will also be events and micro-events taking place on October 23, 25 and 30 and November 7, including cultural conferences, cooking masterclasses and live entertainment.

Visit the Le Festival website for more information.

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Sunshine Butterflies is hosting its Introduction to Bees event from 9-11am tomorrow, hosted by registered local beekeeper with Biosecurity Queensland, John Writer, who is also a member of the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers group.

Experience a morning in the Noosa Countryside at Sunshine Butterflies’ two-hectare facility, “Our Backyard”.

This community event is family friendly, with tickets costing $36.50.  The price includes an instructional seminar and viewing of an observational hive, morning tea, honey tasting and a jar of honey to take home.

Visit the website for tickets and further information.


Now in its sixth year, Gold Coast Open House unlocks the doors to buildings and places not usually open to the public, and this year you can also watch from the comfort of your own home.

The Open House mission is to engage visitors in dialogue about the value of on the Gold Coast and share this knowledge by making buildings, places and spaces accessible to the public.

The event will feature a series of short online armchair video tours of iconic award-winning houses narrated by local architects, live stream tour events on each day at one of our special showcase venues; a series of short videos produced by Griffith University and Bond University students showcasing award-winning buildings around the city; and a series of short videos showcasing the evolution and behind the scenes tours of places such as HOTA (pictured) and the Tugun Desalination Plant.

Visit the Gold Coast Open House for more details. The web content, virtual tours, and videos will be made available for 12 months.

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