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Always A Good Friday At The Bluewater Festival

Story: Aleasha Bliss
Published On : Mar 19, 2021
Always A Good Friday At The Bluewater Festival
Sandgate’s iconic Good Friday event will bring you the best views of the bay from Moora Park, the experience of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race and of course, a memorable start to your Easter weekend.

Get nimble and energised for the day with yoga at 8am, before embarking on the food trucks, rides and markets while watching the majestic yachts begin their journey.

Sandgate Bayside Chamber of Commerce president Bill Gollan said he was really looking forward to the 2021 famous Bluewater Festival.

“On Good Friday, our Sandgate bayside area is the centre of the universe,” Bill said. “It is the place to be.

“We’ve got a special guest firing the cannon at the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht race this year. The multi-hulls start at the end of the Shorncliffe Pier around 11:00am and you can almost reach out and touch them, they’re that close. There are a couple of really big ones this year too.”

Bill said the festival officially opened at lunchtime, with many activities for the family to experience and entice them to come back for years to come.

“The famous dragon boats will be back this year,” Bill said. “And people can have free rides on them – it’s one of the most popular attractions at the festival.

“Of course, the Easter Bunny will be there, and we have some incredible local artists, bands, and kids’ acts to keep everyone entertained throughout the day.”

Bill said from 4.30pm the Bluewater Festival would morph into the Bluewater Beach Party and have everyone dancing into the early evening.

“There will be some great bands to rock on to,” he said. “We have a great Creedence Clearwater Revival band and a Cold Chisel band that are very popular.”

The evening will come to a close after the bay skies are lit up with the Bayfire Fireworks Spectacular. Bill said the fireworks would be simulcast live on 99.7 Bridge FM with the soundtrack, and they will also be broadcasting the yacht race live.

“In 2019, we had over 12,000 people down there, so I think this year will also be a great turn out provided the weather stays good,” he said. “It’s a day for everyone – the locals, plus the thousands who visit our part of the world for the day and line the cliffs and beachfront. This year is going to be bigger and better than ever before.”

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Bluewater Festival
Friday 2 April, 8am-7:30pm
Lower Moora Park
Park Parade, Shorncliffe