This is your June 2016 edition of the What’s On newsletter for Australia. Each month our local staff curates a round-up of their favorite events and must-do’s for their city happening for the month. Current TEAN Australia students can check their inbox to get the full digest.

Townsville

Townsville

Lennon Brothers Circus [$35 – $45 adult]
When: May 18 – June 5 from 6-8:15pm
Where: Townsville Showgrounds, Kings Road, Mysterton
The Lennon Bros Circus is the oldest touring circus in Australia, having started 121 years ago as a Buck jump show and now evolved into a sophisticated circus production. Be captivated by the antics of the clowns, awed by the majesty of the lions, and the daring of the aerialists, and be mesmerized by one of Australia’s largest flying trapeze troupe.

Pacific Festival [FREE]
When: June 3-5 from 11am – 9pm (although times vary some days – double check the program)
Where: The Strand, North Ward
A recreation of Townsville City’s annual traditional festival fun for the past 21 years. Three day entertainment event including carnival rides and a fun fair, car display, food and markets, and much more! A few highlights include fireworks, renegade markets, float display and Pacific Festival parade.

Cat Empire Concert [$49]
When: June 5, doors open 2pm
Where: Kirwan Tavern, 154 Thuringowa Drive, Townsville
For over a decade, The Cat Empire have been known far and wide as one of the worlds greatest party bands. Their colourful, genre-bending music, shipped across the globe in travellers backpacks, seems at home almost anywhere. Difficult to describe and impossible to categorise, The Cat Empire’s reputation is built upon a chaotic and fiercely uplifting live show that, in 2015, over half a million people bought tickets to see. The band have announced yet another global tour for 2016 in support of the release of their album Rising With The Sun. Front man Felix Riebl explains the new album as “an explosive world, filled with fireworks, exotic flavours and deep rhythm”. The Cat Empire writes songs that make people dance, and music that makes you feel like you have just been swept up in a big, colourful, cacophonous parade.

Palm Creek Folk Festival [$60-65 for a day ticket; $98-160 for a wknd ticket]
When: June 10-13 (event runs the whole weekend, starting Friday 5pm to Monday 1pm)
Where: Mountain View Lake Eco Park (40km south of Townsville)
The Palm Creek Folk Festival is an annual event, set in the lush tropical groups of the Mountain View Lake Eco Park just south of Townsville (40km). Takes place over 4 days and 3 nights, with epic music performances and workshops, dances, acoustic jams, art and craft workshops, and markets. It’s basically a small makeshift gypsy town set up for a few days in the bush land at the bottom of a lush rainforest area. Features local performers and artists, as well as selected special international guests. Bring your fancy dress for Sunday night’s Mystery Masquerade! Very laid back, folky festival, and in my humble opinion one of the best things happening in North QLD every year.

Take a Hike … Walk, Run, Race! [Prices vary with distance]
When: June 12 from 6am-2pm
Where: The Strand, Townsville (beginning and finishing at Soroptimist Park, Rose Bay)
Ultimate community fundraising challenge to raise vital funds for children with autism, while getting out walking, running and racing around the stunning strand. Open to everone and caters to all fitness levels with a 10.5km, 21km, and 42km route. Enter as a team or individually. All funds raised go to help Townsville children with autism access an early intervention program.

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Gold Coast

Broadbeach Country Music Festival [FREE]
When: June 17-19
Where: Various locations, Broadbeach
Uniquely combining ‘Country with the Coast’ the beachside event is free to attend, showcasing premier Country Music performers on a number of outdoor stages and in venues throughout the entire Broadbeach precinct. The herd of national music talent assembled for the festival will feature more than 30 incredible artists.

UFC 199 – Rockhold Vs Bisping 2 [FREE]
When: Sunday, June 5, 12 noon
Where: Broadbeach Tavern, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
Thanks to a late injury to original opponent Chris Weidman, UFC middleweight titleholder Luke Rockhold will instead run it back with former 185-pound nemesis Michael Bisping in the UFC 199 five-round championship main event. Make sure you head down to watch this massive event live and loud.

Cooly Rocks On Festival [FREE]
When: June 3-13
Where: Coolangatta Foreshore
It’s the biggest 50s and 60s nostalgia festival in Australia! Over 2 kilometres of Rock ‘n roll, Rockabilly, Swing music and over 1000 hot rods, custom cars and classic vehicles lining the stunning beachfront.

Up Late at The Oracle Boulevard [FREE]
When: Every Thursday night from 5pm
Where: The Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
The entire Oracle Boulevard shut down and lit up with DJ sets, eats and drinks al fresco style! Mingle and dine at the ultimate dining destination on the GC!

AFL – Australian Football League [$26]
When: Saturday, June 4, 7:25pm
Where: Metricon Stadium, Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Carrara
Watch the mighty Gold Coast Suns take on the Sydney Swans in one of Australia’s most loved sports. Wear red and gold to support your (new) local team!

Salute to Paradise [FREE]
When: Wednesday, June 8 at 6am
Where: Foreshore, The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Free yoga at sunrise beside the beautiful Surfers Paradise beach. All ages welcome, beginners to professionals (on 8th day of each month)

Monster Movie Marathon [$25]
When: Friday, June 10, 8:30pm – 1:45am
Where: Gold Coast Arts Centre, Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise
The Arts Centre Gold Coast is screening some of the best classic ‘monster’ movies, with a five-hour marathon of legendary cult classics and a ground-breaking modern re-make. See all three films back to back, featuring ‘The Thing’, ‘American Werewolf in London’, and ‘Dawn of the Dead’.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Demonstrations [FREE]
When: Every Friday and Saturday night in June
Where: 3084 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
iFLY present choreographed Indoor Skydiving Shows for FREE every Friday and Saturday night at 7.30pm. iFLY’s professionally trained instructors will be showcasing a plethora of neat tricks as a fun and quirky entertainment option to start your night off.

Live Music – The Beards [$30 online]
When: Thursday, June 16 – doors open 7.30pm
Where: Soundlounge, 165 Durringan St, Currumbin
The band will be performing two sets jam-packed with pro-beard anthems from their impressive five album back-catalogue, incorporating both the stripped-back acoustic sound that saw them crack Triple J’s Hottest 100, and the infectious pop-rock that has won them a legion of fans worldwide.

The Village Markets [FREE]
When: Sunday, June 5 & 19, 8:30am – 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
95+ of the best boutique market stalls around by the loveliest of folk in fashion, vintage, art, homewares and lifestyle, plus street eats, live tunes and plenty of sweet Sunday vibes.

Miami Marketta – Street Food Market [FREE]
When: Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday night from 5 – 10pm
Where: 21-21 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Watch Miami come alive with Gold Coast’s first street food markets from all different nationalities – complete with a dessert hall! Street food brings together an eclectic and authentic food mix in an open air dining experience. The main stage hosts local independent blues, jazz, and indie alternative artists.

Surfers Paradise Beachside Night Markets [FREE]
When: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night
Where: Surfers Paradise Foreshore
Make your way to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets to wander along the coastal stretch of more than 120 market stalls, while live entertainers set a casual mood in their performance. One of the largest of the Gold Coast Night Markets, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets feature a variety of premium products, including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products and decor. It has a funky vibe and you can pick up some unique stuff for family and friends back home.

Stand up Comedy Night [FREE]
When: Every Monday night, 7.30pm
Where: Broadbeach Tavern, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
Some of the best stand up comedians from around the country take to the stage to entertain you. The venue also hosts a Sunday Session featuring local and national bands.

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Brisbane

Yoga Day Festival [FREE]
When: June 19 from 11:00am
Where: Roma Street Parklands – Celebration Lawn
All you need to bring is your yoga mat and some water for this free event at Roma Street Parklands. “Highlights include the chance to participate in fun and flowing yoga asana classes, deep peace relaxation, yoga breathing, live music and kirtan and a vibrant yoga dance.”

City to South Fun Run [$50 Registration Fee]
When: Sunday, June 5 from 8:45am
Where: Brisbane Corso to Musgrave Park
Support several charities by participating in this 5 km event that runs from Brisbane Corso to Musgrave Park in West End. Registration details can be found on website listed below.

Luminous Lantern Parade [FREE]
When: June 10 from 5pm
Where: South Bank Parklands
Come celebrate Queensland’s diversity by showing your support for migrants in Australia. The night will include live music and a unique parade with floats that come in all shapes and sizes to represent the diversity that exists in Australia. The parade will start at 5:00 PM with the concert to follow at 6:30.

Brisbane Winter Festival [$22]
When: June 17-July 10
Where: King George’s Square
“Australia’s largest winter events featuring open-air ice-skating, exhilarating rides and captivating entertainment for the whole family.”

Disney On Ice [Various Ticket Pricing]
When: June 23-27
Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Come see some of your favorite Disney characters skate to their favorite songs! You will see familar faces from a wide range of Disney classics!

Bands in the Square and Food Trucks [FREE]
When: Friday, June 3 frmo 6pm – 12am
Where: King George Square
Enjoy some lively jazz music as you shop at the Twilight markets in King George Square.

Knockoff (Comedy) [FREE]
When: Every Friday in June from 6pm
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Come see “a variety of local and Australian comedians that will be bringing you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations every Friday.”

Gathering: Kombumerri Aboriginal Dance Troupe [FREE]
When: Wednesday, June 8 from 12 – 1pm
Where: Queen Street Mall
Come hear songs and see dances that depict dreamtime stories as well as hunting and gathering stories from the Kombumerri clan of the Yugambeh Nation.

T’Shirts Reworked [FREE]
When: Saturday, June 18 from 10:30am – 1pm
Where: Brisbane Square Library
Have any old T’ shirts that you’d like to turn into something new? This free workshop will give you some great ideas on how to recycle clothing and find new functions for it such as; eco shopping bags, pouches, necklaces, gym singlets and more.

West End Film Festival [$20]
When: June 26
Where: Rumpus Cinema
“The West End Film Festival (WEFF) is an Australian short film competition held in one of Australia’s most vibrant communities, Brisbane’s West End.”

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Melbourne

Winter in Fed Square [FREE]
When: June 1 – July 17
Where: Federation Square
Embrace the winter season in Fed Square with a huge program of events, performances, exhibitions and culinary delights running from 1 June to 17 July. Highlights for 2016 include The Light in Winter’s 10th anniversary of events, and the outdoor ice skating rink which will call Fed Square it’s home from 18th June.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival [Ticketed and FREE events]
When: June 3-12
Where: Various venues across the city
First held in 1998, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival is an eagerly awaited annual event that brings international and Australian musicians to Melbourne to perform in some of the city’s most iconic spaces. Featuring acts from Australia and the rest of the world, this year the festival present artists who have been defining and redefining jazz for generations, including Gary Bartz, Eddie Palmieri, Mulatu Astatke and Tomasz Stańko.

Melbourne Chilli Festival [Gold Coin Donation]
When: June 4
Where: Hoba, 424 Malvern Road, Prahran
Prahran café Hobba has joined forces with some of the hottest food trucks in Melbourne for the Melbourne Chilli Festival in June. In an effort to raise fund for the Prahran Mission, the community festival will host food trucks including the Mexican food peddling Dos Diablos Mobile Cantina, Little Mushroom Co. and wood-fired pizza guys Soul Food Kitchen. If you think you can handle your chilli, join in the chilli eating competition to try your luck for a good cause.

Scorsese Exhibition @ ACMI [$18]
When: Now until September 18
Where: ACMI, Federation Square
Featuring over hundreds of objects and a rich selection of footage from across the director’s work in film, documentary and television, SCORSESE invites fans, cinephiles and culture buffs to explore the world of one of the most influential directors of our time.

Mind Body Spirit Festival [$18]
When: June 10-13
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Don’t miss Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event. Learn from over 200 exhibitors, attend free inspirational seminars, book yourself a psychic reading, try some body pampering, watch the free stage performances, join a free meditation session and taste some delicious health foods! See, try and buy unique products and gifts including jewellery, cosmetics, music, books, giftware, clothing, crystals, educational courses, body treatments and more!

Melbourne Cabaret Festival [Ticketed and FREE events]
When: June 14-26
Where: Various venues in Prahran and the city
From legendary locals and exciting up and comers, to numerous treats from all around Australia, along with a sprinkling of stellar international artists, the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival promises to be smoking hot!

Emerging Writers’ Festival [Ticketed and FREE events]
When: June 14-24
Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street
The Emerging Writers’ Festival is Australia’s premier festival for new and emerging writers. Over 200 members of the literary community will come together with audiences to celebrate and explore writing through ideas, storytelling, and performance in an event which has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting on the Australian literary

Melbourne Design Market [FREE entry]
When: June 19 from 10am – 5pm
Where: Fed Square carpark
The twice-yearly Melbourne Design Market is coming back to Federation Square car park, with popular newcomers Plant by Packwood, memobottle and Skimming Stones joining many popular Melbourne designers in this much-loved event. As per usual, Melbourne Design Market is all about new products and meeting the designers who created them in an informal and fun setting. With 50 store holders selling great designs including furniture, fashion, jewellery and homeware, Melbourne Design Market is a great place to find a unique and thoughtful gifts. Fuel your shopping trip with coffee and food from food stalls at the venue and stop to enjoy the live music entertainment every now and then.

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Sydney

Vivid Light Walk [FREE]
When: May 27 – June 18
Where: Circular Quay
The Vivid Light Walk showcases 60 spectacular light art installations, large-scale illuminations and mesmerising 3D-mapped building projections to light up Sydney’s waterfront. Walk along prime harbourside locations that include the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Campbells Cove and Walsh Bay. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time!

Deep Purple Pool Hall [FREE]
When: May 27 – June 5 from 6pm till late)
Where: Concert Hall, Bar Level, Northern Foyers, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
The deep purple pool tables take up temporary residence in the Concert Hall Northern Foyer of our most famous live music venue. Part pool club and part Twin Peaks saloon, stroll along the western board walk and head up the back steps of the Opera House for the best view in the city.

Camel rides on Bondi Beach [$20-25]
When: Saturday & Sunday, June 19 – July 30 from 10am-5pm
Where: Bondi Beach
View Bondi from a unique perspective by taking a 15 minute Camel ride on the beach. The rides are part of the Bondi Winter Magic festival and tickets can be purchased on the day.

Sydney Film Festival [$15-19]
When: June 8-19
Where: Various venues throughout Sydney
The Sydney Film festival celebrates ‘courageous, audacious and cutting-edge’ cinema. The Festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animation from around the world in venues across the city including the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne, Dendy Newtown. SFF also takes place at Town Hall, Martin Place and the Apple Store in Sydney’s CBD.

The Spiral @ Carriageworks [FREE]
When: June 2-13 from 10am-6pm
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
French artist Mathieu Briand’s The Spiral finds a temporary home at Carriageworks. Visitors can enter an experimental studio to manipulate beats and record tunes on a vinyl cutting machine.

Bjork Digital [FREE]
When: June 4-18 from 10am-6pm
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
Vivid Sydney and Carriageworks are hosting a free exhibition of the Icelandic pop artist’s digital art and video collaborations including Bjork’s 10-minute music video Black Lake, an “immersive cinema experience featuring a cutting edge surround sound system”, filmed in the lava fields of Iceland. The exhibition is free, but you need to book a slot to attend!

Etsy Sydney Made Market [FREE]
When: Saturday June 4 from 12 noon-10pm
Where: Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Dawes Point
Pick up a one-of-a-kind gift at the Etsy Sydney Made Market. You also get the opportunity to meet the crafters who spend their days making cute and quirky homewares, jewellery, stationary and art.

Queens Birthday Long Weekend: Retro Electro 80s Party [FREE]
When: Sunday, June 12 from 6pm
Where: The Soda Factory, 16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills
The 80’s are back! To celebrate the Long weekend the Soda factory are hosting a Retro Electro 80s Party. Embrace the 80‘s theme by dressing in your best retro electro threads and have a dance to the finest 80‘s jams.

Work in Progress
When: Monday – Friday, Kitchen: 12pm-3pm, 5.30-10pm, Bar: 12pm- late
Where: 50 King St, Sydney CBD
Sample Eric Koh’s delicious dim-sum at Merivale pop-up Work in Progress. The pop-up is the perfect spot to catch up with friends or a kick start to the weekend with DJs playing every Thursday and Friday night.

Classic film night: Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges [FREE]
When: June 9 from 6-8:15pm
Where: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street
Watch In Bruges for free in Sydney’s CBD. The film is a dark comedy and writer/director Martin McDonagh’s feature film debut.

Ze Pickle Burger Pop-up
When: Sunday June 5 from 12 noon
Where: The Oxford Tavern, 1 New Canterbury Rd, Petersham
Surry Hills burger meisters Ze Pickle are taking over the Oxford’s kitchen to serve up four signature burgers plus one using the super-tasty smoked meats from Black Betty herself. Burger fans are advised not to leave it too late in the day as the pop-up lasts only until everything is sold out. If you’ve never been, the Oxford Tavern is a short walk from both Petersham and Stanmore stations.

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Wollongong

Josh Pyke [$30]
When: Thursday, June 2 from 8-11pm
Where: Towradgi Beach Hotel, 190 Pioneer Rd, Towradgi
Josh Pike is one of Australia’s most respected and successful musicians, whose extensive career has taken him around the world. His shows in Sydney and Melbourne sold out and his most recent album debuted at #2 on the ARIA chart and #1 on the Australian charts, making it his fifth top-10 release in a row. Tickets are on sale until 5pm Thursday 2nd.

Tasty Tuesdays @ Humber (1/2 price)
When: Tuesdays from 5pm
Where: Humber, 226 Crown St, Wollongong
Every Tuesday the burgers and fries on Humber’s evening menu are 1/2 price!

Nan Tien Temple [$4]
When: Tuesday – Sunday from 9am-5pm
Where: 180 Berkeley Rd, Berkeley
The Nan Tien Temple is the largest buddhist temple complex in the southern hemisphere. It is located on the southern outskirts of Wollongong and accessible via train or bus. You can do a guided tour at 1pm on a Saturday for $4. There is a vegetarian restaurant and on the 12th June you can participate in a cooking workshop.

Eat Street Market [FREE]
When: Thursday nights, 5 – 10pm
Where: Crown Street Mall, Wollongong
Crown Street Mall comes alive every Thursday night with food stalls and music. Head here for food made from fresh local produce.

Mid Week Meat Feast [$39.50]
When: Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30pm
Where: 1 Marine Drive, Wollongong
Every Wednesday night, The Meatery hosts an all you can eat buffet. It includes a selection of juicy ribs and other delicious meat cuts, tasty salads, veggies, baked baguette and the famous Meatery steak fries!