Redcliffe Festival of Sails Returns to Suttons Beach

Expect a seaside gig packed with live music, fun activities, great food and more as the Redcliffe Festival of Sails unfurls at Suttons Beach on Good Friday. Best of all, entry is FREE!

On Good Friday, the 15th of April 2022, a day of Easter-themed entertainment and activities await families from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as the annual Redcliffe Festival of Sails returns. 

Kids and adults alike are sure to have a grand time at the festival which will feature a host of activities including seven stages of live music, kids zone, sand sculptures by Dennis Massoud of Sand In Your Eyes. There will also be an Easter Bunny meet and greet and Easter Bunny’s Easter egg hunt plus market stalls, pop-up ice cream fair and other fun activities.

Easter Bunny meet and greet
Easter Bunny meet and greet | Photo Credit: Redcliffe Festival of Sails
Sand sculptures by Dennis Massoud of Sand In Your Eyes
Sand sculptures by Dennis Massoud of Sand In Your Eyes | Photo Credit: Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Be sure to arrive early to secure the perfect spot to watch the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race which enters its 74th year this 2022. The annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is considered one of Australia’s largest yacht races. Witness entrants set sail from Shorncliffe to the North West Channel up to Caloundra and through to Gladstone as they compete for the Courier Mail Cup. 

Two food courts plus a Pop-up Ice Cream Fair and Seafood Lawn at  Redcliffe Festival of Sails
Two food courts plus a Pop-up Ice Cream Fair and Seafood Lawn| Photo Credit :Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Two food courts plus a Pop-up Ice Cream Fair and Seafood Lawn will be available to satisfy your appetite. From international cuisines to festival classics, the choices are endless.

List of Starboard Food Court food trucks (Southern end)

  • The Wiener Wagon
  • Red Oriental
  • Z’FiANORA Lebanese Street Food
  • Whatcha Brewing Specialty Coffee Co
  • Icy Snow shaved ice snow cones
  • Potato Slinky
  • Piante Pizza
  • Rustic Pastel
  • Jimbo’s Delights
  • Fresh Gozleme
  • Patrick’s Crêpes
  • Jakarta’s
  • Casa Nova Churros

List of Port Food Court food trucks (Northern end)

  • Schnitzel Von Yumm Food Truck
  • Deadwood_pizza
  • OMG Decadent Donuts Australia
  • Hierba Santa – Organic Teahouse
  • Smokin Butts & Racks
  • El corazon mexican
  • London Spuds
  • Joseph’s Hungarian Langos
Redcliffe Festival of Sails: Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race enters its 74th year this 2022
Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race enters its 74th year this 2022 | Photo Credit: Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Remember to follow COVID-19 safe practices when attending the event.

The Redcliffe Festival of Sails will be held on the 15th April 2022 at Suttons Beach Park, Marine Parade, Redcliffe. Visit the official website here for more information and a full list of activities.

Redcliffe Festival Of Sails 2020 Cancelled

Taking public safety into account, the Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism has decided to cancel the Redcliffe Festival of Sails 2020, which was scheduled this Good Friday, 10 April 2020 at Suttons Beach.

Through a Facebook post, Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism announced that this is in line with Queensland Health and Australian Department of Health’s advice that events and large gatherings of more than 500 people have to be cancelled or postponed.

“We, just like you, are extremely disappointed and saddened by the decision to cancel this much-loved community celebration, however the safety and welfare of festival guests are our critical priority and the decision was made with this at the forefront,” the organisation noted.

This year’s event was designed to be filled with Easter-themed activities like the Easter egg hunt, the Egg & Spoon race held on the sand, and the visit of the sky-diving Easter Bunny. Other activities planned for this year include face painting, amusement rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, live music, as well as sand sculpture and workshop.

The 72nd Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, the highlight of the festival, was also cancelled. It was announced through a press release by Queensland Cruising Yacht Club, the organising authority for the race. Karen Somerville, Race Director of Queensland Cruising Yacht Club, said this is on account of the escalating nature of advisories and measures necessary to contain the pandemic in Australia.

“QCYC looks forward to a steady return to normal life for the whole community over the months ahead and ultimately, we can all look forward to seeing the 2021 race return with the usual health, spirit of competitiveness and passion and public spectacle which it generates,” Ms Somerville said.

For updates and important announcements, visit Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism’s Facebook page.

Redcliffe Festival of Sails is presented by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) and supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council. 

Hop Aboard the Egg-citing Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Well, blow me down! It’s the mid of April and if you haven’t planned a trip yet for the long Easter weekend, you might want to consider joining in the fun at Redcliffe Festival of Sails on Good Friday, 19th April 2019, at Suttons Beach.

The Redcliffe Festival of Sails offers a whole day of Easter-themed free entertainment and activities, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, organized by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council and 9 News Queensland.

2019 Redcliffe Festival of Sails
Photo credit: Redcliffe Festival of Sails / Facebook

You’ll get to see the Skydiving Easter Bunny in person as he gives out chocolate treats for kids at 10:10am.

Also, you’ll have a front-row view of Australia’s second largest yacht race, the QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, with entrants from all around Australia, as the yachts sail on by pass the remarkable Redcliffe Peninsula.

Kids Zone

The Kids Zone will feature enjoyable activities such as the following:

  • Eco Cartoon Colouring MuralWall: Let your kids participate in this fun colouring activity or encourage them to join the interactive community games using recycled instruments.
  • Free Craft Workshops: Just be sure to jump in early to book your children’s spots.
  • Nine News’ mini news desk: Snap a photo of your kids behind the desk as they pretend to report the day’s stories.
  • Face Painting: A festival won’t be complete without a painted face for a small cost.
  • Rides on Gentle Ponies: The youngest members of the family will have a delightful time for only $5. Don’t forget to capture that moment on your camera!
  • Animal Farm: Let your children get up close and personal with friendly alpacas, sheep, goats, and cuddly chickens, ducklings, and piglets. They can hand feed, brush or pat the animals.
Redcliffe's skydiving bunny
Photo credit: Redcliffe Festival of Sails / Facebook

Beach Zone

The Beach Zone will also have the following fun activities:

  • $1 Easter Egg Hunt: Search for colourful Easter eggs for a $1 donation.
  • MBRC Healthy and Active Moreton: Moreton Bay Regional Council Healthy & Active team will deliver free, fun activities throughout the day such as Kinetic Kids (9:00am-11:00am), Billy’s Buddies (1:00pm-4:00pm), Disc Golf (10:00am-2:00pm), and Croquet (9:00am-11:00am & 1:00pm-3:00pm).
  • Kite Making Workshops: The Redcliffe Kite Club can help you make your very own kite for $7.
  • Beach Activities: There will be beach volleyball, cricket and tennis all day for free!
  • Sand Sculpture & Workshop: A professional sand sculptor will create incredible scenes right before your eyes. You can also jump in and try creating your very own masterpiece.
Easter Egg Hunt
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Live Entertainment

There will be three stages dedicated to live music: the Main Stage, Northern Acoustic Stage, and Southern Acoustic Stage. Non-stop music performances will be a mix of genres including pop, folk, acoustic, blues, jazz, RnB, soul, and dance.

Entertainers lined up for the Main Stage include Thomas Armstrong-Robley, Mason Watts, Ruby Gilbert,  Amy Kate, and Ballantyne. Also, the Sharon Alback Dancers will be performing “Where is the Easter Bunny” at 2:00pm.

Lined up at the Northern Acoustic Stage are amazing local musicians like Amy Kate, Nicole Canaway, Izack Hunt, and Nicole McKinney. Whilst the Southern Acoustic Stage will enjoy great live music from talented local performers like Sarah Hamze, Jax Haze, Liam Johnson, Lucky Korts, and the front-man from Reggae band Fat Picnic, Graham Moes.

Pop-Up Ice Cream Fair

Chill at the festive atmosphere of the Pop-up Ice Cream Fair that will have everything sweet, creamy and frozen. Participating in this fair are Dippin Dots, Gelato A Go-Go, Classic Ice Cream, Icephile, Ungermann Brothers Ice Cream Parlour, Whips and Co, Yo-Get-It, and Popsyland. Also taking part are Donut Kitchen and Espresso XO.

Other Features of the Festival

Aside from the Pop-up Ice Cream Fair, there will be two food courts with international cuisines or festival classics like spiral potatoes, pizza, churros, hot donuts, and much more.

Roam around and have a look at over 150 market stalls lining Suttons Beach selling clothing, accessories, toys, and treasures. Love Handmade Lane in particular will have a variety of made in Brisbane products like handcrafted sterling silver jewellery, art & prints, plants, and jam + chutney. You may also be interested to join the free Easter Wreath Workshops featured in this area at 10:00am and 2:00pm.

A range of rides will also be featured such as the Circus Jumping Castle, Cup & Saucer, Ferris Wheel, and more. Rides will cost $5 each or $25 for an all-day rides pass.

On top of that, you can just catch the Free Shuttle Bus for stress-free travel to the festival. There will be two locations to hop on a shuttle bus: at the Redcliffe Showgrounds on Scarborough Road and at Kippa-Ring Train Station. The shuttle is pram and wheelchair friendly. For details regarding stress-free travel, click here.

For more information, click here.

It’s Confirmed! Queen’s Baton Is Coming to Redcliffe

The Queen’s Baton will be the starring attraction at the 2018 Redcliffe Festival of Sails on Good Friday, the 30th of March, the Moreton Bay Regional Council announced on the 17th of November. The baton will be carried from the front of Council’s administrative building on Irene Street and would proceed along Redcliffe parade, through the markets, up in Marine Parade and onto the main stage on Suttons Beach.

The journey of the Queen’s Baton began at Buckingham Palace during Commonwealth Day held on the 13th of March 2017. During the ceremony, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed her message for the Commonwealth and its athletes into the Baton and entrusted the first chosen Batonbearer to travel with it. The baton has since started its journey through the entire Commonwealth, 388 days and 230,000 kilometres, until it arrives in Australia on the 25th of December 2017 and subsequently in Redcliffe.

Credit: Wizard327 YouTube

At the 2018 Redcliffe Festival of Sails, paralympic world record holder and Moreton Bay’s Young Citizen of the Year Lakeisha Patterson OAM will carry the baton on the stage. She will be joined by other baton-bearers around the region, namely Alicia Coutts from Macgregor, Colleen McCarthy from Brighton, Lakeisha Patterson from Caboolture, Eric Wallwork from Beachmere, Michelle Wardle also from Redcliffe, Isla White from Bracken Ridge, and Kayleigh Williams from North Lakes.

All Redcliffe locals are being encouraged to get involved in the celebrations, Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland said during the announcement.

“The Baton’s arrival is the perfect way to kick-start the region’s iconic Easter celebrations – which will include the Redcliffe Festival of Sails and the Good Friday Redcliffe Jetty Markets along Redcliffe Parade,” he said.

“We want as many locals as possible to be part of the Baton’s journey around the world and share in the excitement of GC2018. So get on down to the Redcliffe Parade and Suttons Beach and be a part of history!”

The baton will then travel to the Gold Coast for the XX1 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on the 4th of April 2018. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will then read the Queen’s message from the baton to officially start the games.

“The baton relay represents a calling together of people from every part of the Commonwealth.” – Her Majesty The Queen