The fifth annual Surfers Paradise Festival has come to a close after a fantastic few weeks of entertainment and fun for the whole family. Proudly presented by Escape Travel, the premier beachfront event went off without a hitch as thousands descended to the pristine shores of Surfers Paradise. Showcasing a brilliant line up of local and international artists, the festival featured live musical acts, street performers, food markets and even fireworks.
This year’s festival began with a special Street Parade, as community groups, school children, marching bands and even acrobats made their way down the streets of Surfers Paradise. Finishing with a bang, the sky erupted with a dazzling fireworks display over the beach. The fun continued with a three day beach concert featuring artists Jon Stevens, James Reyne and Daryl Braithwaite.
A family friendly festival, kids loved the creative performances by acrobatic street performers, including the daring feats of amazing fire twirlers. The 2014 festival also saw the launch of the Surf, Seafood and Symphony. This special event saw the foreshore covered with sumptuous food stalls, while guests could enjoy a wonderful performance by the Gold Coast Symphony Orchestra.
Escape Travel’s Marketing Manager, Emma Gilleland attended the festival for the first time, along with her husband and two children, ages 8 and 5. Emma was thrilled with the family friendly entertainment available, much of which was absolutely free. A highlight for the family was jumping on board the party bus making its way through the streets.
“We loved going on the psychedelic double decker party bus. Departing every 30 minutes, the bus featured a lively party crew onboard who got everyone in the party mood, dressing us up in 70’s wigs, sunglasses and hats. The music was pumping and the bus turned a lot of heads as we cruised around Surfers having a dance. The kids loved it so much, we went on it twice!” said Emma.
There were always plenty of things to do and see throughout the day. Emma and her family spent the afternoons roaming the markets and enjoying the free street entertainment. Then on the Saturday evening, Emma and her family attended the Surf, Seafood and Symphony.
“It was such a special family event. Under the stars and on the sand, we enjoyed the tunes from the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra while sampling incredible food prepared by local chefs, that even proved to be a hit with the kids,” said Emma.
A roaring success, the Surfers Paradise Festival will be back bigger than ever next year. Be sure to plan your Gold Coast getaway next April so you can be a part of this amazing event.