The Start of Summer Party is on this afternoon at the Gympie Aquatic Centre with free waterslides with entry from 3-6pm.
The Start of Summer Party is on this afternoon at the Gympie Aquatic Centre with free waterslides with entry from 3-6pm. Renee Albrecht

ULTIMATE GUIDE: 23 things to do in the Gympie region

UP TO 11: The Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest kicks off this weekend.
The Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest kicks off on the 19th. Contributed/Mike Roberts

1. MITCHELL CREEK BLUES FESTIVAL

When: Thursday September 19 to Sunday September 22

Where: Mitchell Creek, Kandanga

Cost: Free onsite camping and tickets at mitchellcreekrocknbluesfest.com.au.

EXPERIENCES like the Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest are designed to take you on an adventure that connects you with friends, music and like minded people in an intimate and inspirational setting. Situated in a valley 9 klms from Kandanga, the festival has more than 150 artists over three days and nights and includes the multicultural food festival.

Natalie Ellis with Erin Neilson and Roxanne McGregor in the art gallery for Disability Action Week.
Natalie Ellis with Erin Neilson and Roxanne McGregor in the art gallery for Disability Action Week. Craig Warhurst

2. WEEROONA BARBECUE & GAMES DAY

When: Friday, September 20 at 10am

Where: Weeroona Association Inc., Gympie

WEEROONA Association Inc. and BUSHkids invite you to a barbecue and games day as part of Disability Action Week. Come and hang out for the day or just pop in and say hello. There will be board games and activities indoors and totem tennis, badminton, volleyball and cricket outside. The venue is wheelchair accessible

Georgia Baxter, 17, has been offered a position at prestigious dance company, Royal New Zealand Ballet after years of dedication in the industry.
Awake Studio performance Time After Time will be a beautiful evening. Pointe Shoot Love Photography

3. TIME AFTER TIME

When: Friday, September 20 at 6pm

Where: St Andrews Hall, Gympie

THE Awake Studio Term 3 performance Time After Time is all about joy, expression, and fun. A beautiful evening to go back in time, groove to the classics, and enjoy the true beauty of dance.

4. START OF SUMMER PARTY

When: Friday, September 20 at 3pm

Where: Gympie ARC, Tozer Park Rd, Gympie.

COME along and celebrate the start of the summer season including the opening of the 50m outdoor pool and waterslides! Free slides (just pay for entry) from 3-6pm. Bring a friend or the whole family. Normal sliding rules will apply including height restrictions.

Gympie Landcare turns 30 Ernie Rider President.
Gympie Landcare has it's annual festival on September 21. Renee Albrecht

5. GYMPIE LANDCARE FESTIVAL

When: Saturday, September 21 from 10am-4.00pm

Where: Gympie Landcare Nursery, 365 Old Maryborough Rd, Araluen (additional parking and shuttle buses will be going to and from Victory College every 15 minutes).

Cost: Gold Coin donation to go towards Gympie Landcare.

LANDCARE are super excited to announce the second annual Landcare Festival, packed full of activities. There will be free presentations by well-known hosts, a bush tucker cooking class by James Barnden, more than 25 vendors, kid's zone activities (murals, craft, musical instruments etc.), treasure hunt, face painting, jumping castle, plant your own seed workshop (and you get to keep it and watch it grow) and a petting zoo with reptiles and fluffy animals. Zinc Radio will be broadcasting live and will be drawing raffles throughout the day. Plus there will be a sausage sizzle and food vendors and live entertainment.

Lilly Hanlon dressed by On Location for Gympie cup Races
It's Ladies Day at The Gympie Times Race Day on September 21. Troy Jegers

6. GYMPIE TIMES RACE DAY - LADIES DAY

When: Saturday September 21 from 11am

Where: Gympie Turf Club

Cost: $12

BLACK and white is the dress code for the annual Gympie Times Race Day. This meeting will be a dual code with both thoroughbred and harness racing. Ladies, get your gals, frock up, and let your hair down. It's a full race program in both codes plus there will live music, Fashions on the Field and another chance to win the car.

Caitlin Urwin,Mikaela Calvert and Lily Van Dorrestein excited for a win at the races in Gympie this weekend.
Caitlin Urwin, Mikaela Calvert and Lily Van Dorrestein are ready for the Gympie Times Race Day on September 21. Troy Jegers

7. GYMPIE TIMES LADIES DAY - AFTER PARTY AT THE JOCKEY

When: Saturday September 21 at 7pm

Where: Jockey Club Hotel

JOIN us at the Jockey for the Gympie Times Ladies Day. We've got DJ Linamix bringing all the biggest dance floor bangers and retro hits plus hot food platters and ice cold beer. Doesn't get much better than that!

Great Gatsby  Photo Contributed
The Majestic Flapper Party will transport you back to the 1920s. Contributed

8. MAJESTIC THEATRE FLAPPER PARTY

When: Saturday September 21 from 6-10pm.

Where: Majestic Theatre, Pomona

THE decade that was known as the 'Flapper' era was the era when the magnificent Majestic Theatre was born. Dance the night away in your fabulous flapper gear to the fantastic sounds of the Chardonnay Sippers featuring Jane Michelle, as they swing you back almost 100 years to the time of the Jazz era. Tickets cost $60 and includes an authentic 1920s three course meal and free champagne on arrival. The cocktails will be flowing just like they did in the 1920s.

Restaurant table with silverware, wine and wine glasses
Capelli's pop-up restaurant is on for one night only at Soma Soma Mellor St on Saturday night. Brian Jackson

9. CAPELLI POP UP RESTAURANT

When: Saturday September 21 from 6-8pm

Where: SomaSoma on Mellor St, Gympie.

DON'T miss for one night only this five course degustation by renown chef Michael Hehir. Bookings are essential as there a limited numbers and no walk-ins will be permitted. The cost is $65 per person. Matching wines are also available. Please advise any dietry requirements when booking on 0447 124 160.

RELAXING: Grab your family or your friends together to enjoy a movie in the park at Roma St Parklands.
Enjoy a movie in the park on Saturday night. milanvirijevic

10.MOVIES IN THE PARK - PATRICK

When: Saturday September 21 from 6pm

Where: Nelson Reserve Park, Gympie

PATRICK is a film about Sarah who is a young woman whose life is in a bit of a mess. The last thing she needs is someone else to look after. Yet, like it or not, her Grandmother has bequeathed her a very spoiled pug - Patrick. For more information, visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au/moviesinthepark. Movies in the Park is an unsupervised event.

U14 boys high jump.
The Gympie Athletics Spring Carnival is on this weekend. Meg Gannon

11. GYMPIE ATHLETICS SPRING CARNIVAL

When: Sunday September 22 at 8am

Where: Albert Park Sports Ground, Gympie

Open to LAQ athletes U6 to U17 (age as at 31/12/19) and U18, Open and Masters (age as at 31/12/19). Program books available for purchase at $3 each. Events start at 8am with 2000m and field events. Nomination fee is $5 per event. For all inquiries, contact Gary on 0439 632 028.

Elisabeth Fekonia from Permaculture realfood will be running workshops on how to make cheese, sourdough, fermented foods and more in Warwick on November 10.
Elisabeth Fekonia from Permaculture realfood will be running workshops on how to make cheese in Gympie. Contributed

12. BRIE & CAMEMBERT WORKSHOP + VEGAN FRIENDLY CHEESES WORKSHOP

When: Sunday September 22 from 9.30am

Where: Gympie Regional Gallery, 39 Nash St

THERE will be two workshops the first from 9.30am-12.30pm will teach attendees how to make brie, camembert and butterkase while the second from 1.30pm-4.30pm will teach the methods of making vegan friendly cheeses.

CHANGE: Fortnite's glider operation have changed
We'll find out who's the champion at the One on One Fortnite Championships.

13. FORTNITE ONE ON ONE TOURNAMENT

When: Sunday September 22 at 2pm

Where: Queenslander Hotel, Gympie

WHO is the best Fortnite player in Gympie? We'll find out plus there's a great cash prize pool to be won. Pre registration secures a 50 per cent discount so get your tickets early.

Zen doodles are a relaxing and enjoyable way to zone-out and relax.
A doodle workshop is on this weekend in Cooran.

14. BEYOND DOODLING

When: Sunday September 22 at 9.30am

Where: The HEART of Cooran - Cafe, Gallery, Hub at Cooran

EVER wanted to draw but lacked the confidence? If you can draw a straight line and a circle you can produce some stunning works with the techniques you will learn in this workshop. Students will be guided on a step by step procedure to produce a card to take home (perhaps more than one) and learn the skills to continue to produce other artworks that require only minutes of committment not hours or days and best of all it's fun.

Cooloola Berries Goomboorian Gympie Jason Lewis doing a Paella for lunch.
Cooloola Berries Jason Lewis doing a Paella for lunch. Renee Albrecht

15. PAELLA IN THE PADDOCK

When: Sunday, September 22 at 1pm

Where: Cooloola Berries · Wolvi.

SUNDAY afternoons sees Jason get out his big paella pans and cook up a feast while live music plays in the background. Jason and his wife Kim have been inundated with carloads of food lovers every weekend wanting to gorge themselves on berries picked straight from the bushes. Table bookings 54867512, tickets available on line or just pay on the day.

Grab your fellow wellness warriors and get ready for some serious body, mind and soul nourishment at this year's Discovery Expo.
Grab your fellow wellness warriors and get ready for some serious body, mind and soul nourishment at the Wellness Expo in Rainbow Beach this weekend.

16. RAINBOW BEACH WELLNESS EXPO

When: Sunday, September 22 from 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Where: Rainbow Beach

BRINGING like minded people together, spreading the love energy of sacred healing through different valid modalities, therapy or spiritual awareness. Lots of good vibes for the locals and the visitors of our beautiful community.

Gympie Library
Gympie Library will be the venue for The Great Paper Caper during the first week of the school holidays. Troy Jegers

17. THE GREAT PAPER CAPER

When: Monday, September 23 at 11am

Where: Gympie Regional Libraries

COME along and join in the games, activities, stories and fun and celebrate Oliver Jeffers' The Great Paper Caper. Suitable for children aged 5-8 years. Bookings essential on 5481 0859.

Working on craft, Braxton Morris from  A Country Garden. Annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Working on craft is Braxton Morris. Bev Lacey

18. HOLIDAY CRAFT BAR

When: Monday, September 23 to Friday October 4 between 2-3pm.

Where: Gympie Regional Libraries

STOP by the children's area at your local library branch between Monday 23 September and Friday 4 October for free craft activities during the school holidays. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years and their carers. Weekdays Monday - Friday 2-3pm. Bookings not needed.

19. MINDSTORMS

When: Wednesday September 25 from 10am

Where: Gympie Regional Libraries

HEAD along to the library to learn how to build and control a robot with Lego Mindstorms. Suitable for children aged 8-12 years. Bookings essential on 5481 0859.

Lars (left) and Claude Archer check out a velociraptor dinosaur on display as part of Jurassic World for school holiday activities at Grand Central, Friday, April 5, 2019.
Head along to the Revealing Ravenous Reptiles with Di and discover what this guy will most likely look like today. Kevin Farmer

20. REVEALING THE RAVENOUS REPTILES WITH DI

When:Wednesday September 25 from 1pm

Where: Gympie Bone Museum

Cost: $2 for museum entry

DI WOODSTOCK is back from her latest dinosaur adventure in Winton and this time she has logged some serious hours in the lab prepping the bones of the ravenous reptiles that have been found in the area. Come along to Gympie Bone Museum this school holidays to meet Di and hear all about it. The Ravenous Reptiles exhibition with select pieces on loan from Queensland Museum will be on display. Exhibition curated by Daniel Baines. Admission: $2 per person entry to the museum No bookings required.

Cupcake decorating at SunFest in Tannum Sands.
Cupcake decorating will be on at the Goldfield's plaza in time for the footy finals. Paul Braven GLA120117SUNFEST

21. AFL FINALS WEEK FREE CUPCAKE WORKSHOP

When: Thursday, September 26 at 12noon

Where: Goldfields Plaza, Gympie

ATTENTION Gympie Cats and Lions supporters, come decorate some delicious free footy cupcakes in your favourite team's colours at the Goldfields Plaza these school holidays.

Jean Williams helped find a ring a on Christmas Day with her metal detector.
The Metal Detecting World Championship will be held in Gympie.... somewhere? Warren Lynam

22. METAL DETECTING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

When: Friday September 27 to Monday September 30

Where: A secret spot in Gympie

THIS is the first ever metal Detecting World Championship Event to be held at Gympie. The World Championship will be decided on Saturday September 28 with a timed hunt. There will be provisions to camp but the venue is private property and there is no entry prior to the event, which will be revealed to those who book.

Minnie Marks
Minnie Marks is on the bill for the first Live and Local sessions at the end of the month. Contributed

23. LIVE & LOCAL - MUSIC SESSIONS

When: Friday, September 27 at 7pm.

Where: Gympie Civic Centre

Cost: Free

A POPULAR musical event at Gympie's Rush Festival, the Live and Local Music Sessions are now a regular concert series that brings together the best musical talent of the Gympie region to perform alongside featured touring artists at the Gympie Civic Centre. The stellar line-up includes Minnie Marks, the Dave Orr band and ensembles from the Gympie Blues Club. Presented by Gympie Regional Council in partnership with Creative Arts Alliance.