A melting pot of cultural experiences and live performing arts, the NOOSA alive! festival is a highlight on the Noosa event calendar and brings its unique blend of arts, music and culture back to town this year. After a hiatus in 2020, the festival is back better than ever, with several not-to-be-missed events on the schedule. We round up our top favourites events at NOOSA alive! 2021.
Take our word for it when we say, if there is an event being held on the sand of Noosa Main Beach, you will want to be there. If that event is a laidback music festival by the ocean, then all the better. Chill beachside and dance the weekend away at the Seaside Vibes Music Festival. Set over two glorious days, under a marquee on Noosa Main Beach, the line-up includes acts like Tijuana Cartel, Nattali Rize, The Brains Trust, Forrest Run and Felicity Lawless (check event schedule for the specific daily line-up).
Day one, Friday July 16, 3:30 – 8:30pm
Day two, Saturday 17 July, 3:30 – 8:30pm
Tickets $59 + booking fee
One for the entire family to enjoy together, grab your picnic blanket and small family members and head to the Noosa Woods for a morning of wholesome fun at the Picnic in the Park. With a guaranteed-to-please lineup including Unicorn-Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, storytelling, hula-hoop workshops, music and dance and roving surprise characters, you’ll be making memories to last a lifetime.
Sunday 18 July, 9:30 – 11:30am
Tickets $17 (under 2’s free)
Likened to the dark yet sweet theatrical brilliance of Tim Burton, High Tea with BOOFF is a unique, immersive work of comic theatre from the brilliant mind of Clint Bolster. Get ready to share stories and biscuits over high tea in the Noosa Lion’s Park; think somewhere between a visit with royalty and popping in for afternoon tea with your favourite, delightfully eccentric great aunt. With several sessions spanning four days, you do not want to miss this truly unique other-worldly event.
21 – 24 July, multiple sessions available
Tickets $60 + booking fee
Pack a picnic and head to the Noosa Woods for a laidback Sunday afternoon of Jazz. Spanning multiple genres of Jazz from 50’s, to Gypsy Jazz and finally onto Classic Jazz from the 20’s - 50’s, lovers of this iconic genre will not want to miss this perfect afternoon under the trees of the Noosa Woods. Performers include the much-loved Peter Uppman, international performer George Washingmachine and multi-instrumentalist Brett Iggulden.
Sunday 18 July, 12:30 – 3:30pm. Tickets $35 ($22 concession, under 2’s free)
A captivating circus spectacular, Cirque Bon-Bon blends dance, incredible balancing acts, aerialists, and acclaimed circus artists, in an exhilarating show led by renowned comedy MC, Mario Queen of the Circus. A family-friendly affair, the Cirque Bon-Bon will perform two shows only at this year’s NOOSA alive! festival.
24 July, 4:15 and 8:15pm
A stand-out literary event and last-minute addition to the schedule, listen to the fascinating story of Mary Li and her journey through a lifetime of ballet, as she presents her first book, Mary’s Last Dance. In conversation with her husband, Queensland Ballet Creative Director and author of Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin, as they discuss the compelling story of their lives as partners in love and ballet, on Noosa Main Beach.
Friday 16 July, 12pm & 2pm
Tickets $25 + booking fee
A true gem of the Australian comedy scene, the one and only Akmal is bringing his UNHINGED, UNFILTERED & UNLEASHED show to the NOOSA alive! festival for one show only.
Promising 80 minutes of improvised, stand-up genius as Akmal delivers his unique brand of hilarious, unfiltered comedy, at The J Noosa Junction.
Wednesday 21 July, 8pm