Your SPRINGTIME festival itinerary on the Gold Coast!

With a banging artist lineup to check out across 1 September – 3 September, a good plan will be your best friend when it comes to planning your SPRINGTIME experience in Surfers Paradise. So to help you squeeze as much as you can out of your three day Gold Coast festival escape, here’s our recommended festival itinerary for you! 

Before the festivities begin. 

The Gold Coast Music Awards will be held at Home of the Arts (HOTA) on Thursday 31 August to celebrate the city’s best talent. With plenty of our very own SPRINGTIME fam nominated for awards, tickets are on sale now for those wanting to join in on the Gold Coast’s premier music ceremony!

After the formalities, come and celebrate with a live concert after-party presented by yours truly… marking the beginning of SPRINGTIME 2023 with some epic live performances!

Day 1 Friday 

If you’re joining us from interstate, flying into Gold Coast Airport is the go. You’ll be greeted by in-terminal SPRINGTIME entertainment so that the festival vibe begins from the moment you land. Then it’s just a quick drive up the coast to Surfers Paradise!

From there, N’Jaane will kick off the music from 12pm noon at the Dr Martens Street Stage to start the boogie off early. Then at 1:30pm, Quest of Chaos begins! Located right on Surfers Paradise beach, it’ll be hard to miss this brand-new interactive performance installation. Complete with obstacle courses, quirky costumes and characters, join in on the challenge to defeat King Chaos!

For the skate lovers, the Vans Skate Plaza is open to the public between 1:30PM – 4:00PM and once again at 5:00PM – 8:00PM so you can shred down the streets of Surfers Paradise. There’ll also a daily $300 Vans voucher to win, so make sure to sign up at the Vans Skate Plaza to be in the draw!

Bag Raiders will close off the Beach Stage from 9PM with a DJ set, but you can always keep the party going by heading to our Friends of SPRINGTIME venues, with late night tunes from acts like Sunday Sesh, Rum Jungle, Latour and more.

Day 2 Saturday

Start your Saturday off with some art! Take a quick stroll down the street and check out Makers Market Day, an open art exhibition brought to you by Level Up Studio, Nextdoor ARI and 3/3 Studio. Featuring paintings, sculptures, clothing and more designed by incredible local Gold Coast artists, it’s a great chance to join in on more fun and arty goodness!

You can’t have lunch without some dessert. Lucky for you, Dr. Martens will have a pop up shop along the beachfront where they’ll be handing out free ice creams with any purchase. So if you’ve been eye-ing a new pair of sandals, now’s the chance! 

YEAHYEAHCHLOE and Malara Rise will also be adding in the final touches to their beautiful live murals, and if you’re looking for dinner with a show, our friends at Hyde Paradiso and Steampunk are both great spots for a solid festival feed to fill up and party the night away with Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir and BENEE!

two girls taking a selfie on the beach

Day 3 Sunday

We don’t blame you if you need some recovery time on Sunday morning… Head to Paradise Centre for a nice cafe brunch right by their beautiful beachfront precinct. Once the caffeine kicks in, give the DJ Workshop a spin and get the energy flowing for Day 3! 

Whether you’re a skater or not, don’t miss your chance to check out Jesse Noonan, Nixen Osborne and Rome Collyer from the Vans Skate Team show off their professional tricks at the Vans Skate Plaza. 

But before we get too sentimental, there’s still Eliza & The Delusionals, Babe Rainbow and the one and only Matt Corby to close out SPRINGTIME 2023.

There’s always more good times.

If you don’t want the good times to end, we get it, neither do we. For more arts and culture, extend your Gold Coast stay and explore the SWELL Sculpture Festival that starts from 8 September – 17 September. 

With over 75 large scale contemporary sculptures set among the natural landscape of Currumbin Beach, the exhibition is completely free and transforms the beachfront into a world-class outdoor gallery.

Anomoly by Philip Darnton & Sorrow by Jacqueline Damon Image PBR Images

To further plan out your very own festival itinerary, download the official SPRINGTIME app to see artist set times, as well as timings for Quest of Chaos, Vans Skate Plaza, DJ Workshops and more. Everything you’ll ever need to know is on there, so get planning now and we’ll see you real soon. 

Your Surfers Paradise to do list!

Surfers Paradise, the iconic precinct of the Gold Coast and the home for SPRINGTIME from 1 – 3 September, 2023! 

If you’re wondering what else to do in Surfers Paradise apart from catching sets from Matt Corby, BENEE, Bag Raiders (DJ Set) plus many more, then keep reading! This list will take you all over so you can get the complete ‘Surfers’ experience.


If you’re still looking for a festival fit, stress less. There’s plenty of clothing stores and op shops where you can find the perfect spring outfit.

For a quick fashion win, our friends at Paradise Centre are the Official Shopping Centre for SPRINGTIME this year, complete with everything you’ll need for your SPRINGTIME adventures. But if you’re down to do some digging, there’s a few op shops that are the perfect spot for you to spend some time and find that unique vintage piece you didn’t know your life needed. 


Start each day of SPRINGTIME off right with a good cup of coffee. There’s plenty of incredible cafes amongst Surfers, so be sure to have a wander. Our hot tip, take a turn down some side streets for hidden coffee gems!

There’s also plenty of bubble tea shops, ice cream parlours, frozen yoghurt – you name it, Surfers has got it. Once you’ve got your sweet treat, take it down to the beach and soak up some vitamin D and breathe in that fresh ocean air, because is there anything else better than that?


If you happen to be near the Gold Coast on 18 – 20 August 2023, you don’t want to miss this. The Pacific Airshow is coming to Australia for the first time ever, with the best civilian performers and military aviators flying right across the Surfers Paradise beachfront. The only other place in the world where the airshow takes places is at Huntington Beach, California, so this is a spectacle not to be missed!


During SPRINGTIME, the beachfront of Surfers Paradise will be transformed into Quest of Chaos, a brand new interactive performance installation by Shock Therapy Arts that’ll be one part live action video game, and one part retro art installation!

There’s also one of Australia’s biggest arcades in Paradise Centre, as well as bowling and mini golf so you won’t ever be bored!


Presented by yours truly, the Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMA) offers even more incredible music and shines a line on some of the city’s best in music! 

The awards will be held on Thursday 31 August this year, and will feature a live concert after party to officially kick off SPRINGTIME 2023. Tickets to the GCMAs are on sale now, so hop to it!

With so much to do and see, there’s got to be plenty of accommodation as well. Secure a room for SPRINGTIME now to enjoy all that Surfers Paradise has to offer. Better yet, extend your stay so you can explore more of the Gold Coast as well! We’ve got a list of more free things you can check out on the Gold Coast here.

Explore these venues at SPRINGTIME!

A music festival by the beach, in a bustling dining, shopping and music precinct, is there anything SPRINGTIME doesn’t have? No, not really!

From a stage right on the beach to a Vans Skate Plaza and a massive Arts Program that includes live murals and an all new interactive performance installation, SPRINGTIME is unlike any other festival you’ve experienced before. Plus, did we mention that it’s all free?

If there wasn’t enough on your itinerary already, we’ve made a few good friends around Surfers Paradise too who are just as keen to make your SPRINGTIME one to remember. Check them out below!


Located up a now iconic hidden staircase, elsewhere is an unrivalled platform for emerging artists and has always been more than a bar.

A space to celebrate arts, music and escapism, enjoy DJ sets from your faves like Latour, Giv, Sunshine from Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir plus more!


We don’t know about you, but hip hop and R&B has never not gotten us off our feet! If you’re keen for some beats, Havana has you covered. More than a nightclub, it’s a culture. 


Enjoy uninterrupted ocean views of the Surfers Paradise beach when visiting Hyde Paradiso, a European summer-themed oasis nestled above the crowds of Surfers Paradise. Indulge in over-sized cocktails, mouth-watering Mediterranean-inspired food, Instagram-worthy decor and live DJ sets from Charlie Sky, Big Fuzz, Just Jessie ft. Mr Smith and more.


Step into a world of Victorian-era invention and immerse yourself in a whirlwind of cogs, gears, and steam-powered delights!

Expect the unexpected at Steampunk and enjoy live performances from India Dupriez, Sunday Sesh, Rum Jungle, Austin Mackay and more!


From early hours tech-house to techno, TEMPO is the latest underground experience on the Gold Coast. Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, it’s the perfect spot for when the vibes are high and you want to keep the good times going!

In between catching set from our incredible lineup at the Beach Stage and Dr. Martens Street Stage, make sure to take a little wander through the side streets of Surfers Paradise to find these mates of ours! 

For more information on each venue and set times of in-venue performances, download the official SPRINGTIME app or see our 2023 set list here

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