September Weekender

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September Weekender - Three events over three days!

Enjoy a weekend of cabaret, burlesque, circus, and live music, featuring Queensland and local artists - the way you want!

On the lawns? Enjoy the fresh air, street foods, frosé bar and relaxed atmosphere! Watch the performance as it is streamed live onto a giant screen in casual surrounds, on your personal patch of grass.

Inside the Auditorium? Find yourself leaning towards the comfort of our beautiful sea of red chairs in the theatre? Choose a seat indoors watching firsthand the amazing talent that graces the stage. Even better, you can now take food and drink into the Auditorium!

Have questions about the September Weekender event? Find our FAQ's here

View the map of the MECC Lawns here

Keeping You COVIDSafe

The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre is operating under an Approved Industry COVID Safe plan, to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for our guests, clients, community and staff.

You can read our COVIDSafe Plan on our website and the September Weekender events will be set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Patrons are required to provide the First name, Last name, Email address/Residential address and Mobile Contact number for each individual ticket holder.

Please follow the direction of staff and have yourself a great weekend!


Friday 25 September, 2020
5pm Gates/Doors Open
5.45pm Local Entertainment – Platform Artist
6.30pm CHORES! 
proudly supported by DBCT

$15 - Premium Seating (Theatre)
$20 - 2 Person Lawn Circle (fits 1-2)
$40 - 4 Person Lawn Circle (fits 1-4)

Get your kids to clean their rooms with acrobatic comedy show, Chores!

Chores is the story of two typical young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, their mother's alarming screams rattle the boys back into acrobatic action. A generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room and doing their chores. This mess of chaos and comedy concludes with a last-minute cleaning spree. The parents are kept at bay and the rewards come flooding in!

Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the side-splitting duo of Chores is coming your way. Two excitable brothers, are definitely, probably, maybe, just about to, almost, at some stage, going to do the chores their mother has asked them to do...

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Saturday 26 September 2020
5pm Gates/Doors Open
5.45pm Local Entertainment – Platform Artist
7.30pm Club Briefs!

Premium Theatre Seat - $25
2 Person Lawn Circle (fits1-2) - $40
4 Person Lawn Circle (fits 1-4) - $80

Australia’s favourite trash glamour disco circus is coming Mackay! Please note: This is an 18+ event.

Cult cabaret hooligans and mischief-makers Briefs present a wild romp of disco dancing, circus, variety, and burlesque featuring a hand-picked selection of guests from across the world of queer cabaret. Expect a pumping soundtrack with your favourite dance floor smashes and ridiculous performances from the Briefs boys plus a cavalcade of hand-selected guest cabaret and circus artists.

Briefs pays homage to the traditions of circus, the extremities of physical theatre, the artistry of drag, the guts of burlesque, the imagery of theatre, the debauchery of speakeasies and the showmanship of cabaret. The company uses the circus and variety format as a vehicle for engaging audiences, challenging stereotypes, and exploring notions of gender, sexual orientation, race and politics.

WARNINGS: Strobe lighting, coarse language, smoke, nudity and adult themes. 18+. Photography and filming prohibited.

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Make your experience complete - grab a bite to eat! (Chores and Club Briefs)

We have delicious hot and cold food options* available to pre-order online at time of ticket purchase and collect/have delivered (depending on seating) to eat during the show. A limited number of these options will be available to purchase at the event; however, we recommend ordering ahead to avoid disappointment.

Pre-order cut-off: Platters only available to pre-order until Thursday 25 September 2020, 12pm.

$13 Antipasto Platter (1 serve): Gouda, smoked cheese, brie, cheddar, apricots, dates, olives, cocktail onions, gherkins, salami, kabana and crackers (G/F and vegetarian options available).

$15 Street Food Box (1 serve): Grilled pork skewers, assorted yum cha, karaage chicken bao bun with Korean BBQ dipping sauce, samosas, beer Battered fries with garlic aioli, chocolate cake with ganache, cream, sticky salted caramel sauce and caramel popcorn.

Collecting your meal - on the night
Auditorium Seats collection at the event: 
Platters will be available for collection from the retail cafe 90 minutes prior to event, food can be taken into the Auditorium.

Lawn Circles platter delivery time, please note these delivery times cannot be changed: 
Circle 1 to Circle 20 – 5.30pm to 6pm
Circle 21 to Circle 33 – 6pm to 6.30pm
Circle 34 to Circle 51 – 6.30pm to 7pm
Circle 52 to Circle 74 – 7pm to 7.30pm

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Sunday 27 September 2020
9.30am Doors Open
11am Local Entertainment – Platform Artist
11.35am Karen Jacobsen, Mackay to Manhattan (Premiere)

Admission - $48.50
Ticket price includes choice of a meal plus tea and coffee

Ticket cut-off: Tickets for this event go off sale for this event on Thursday 24 September, 12pm.
Please note: This event is General Admission - book together, sit together. Your table number will be advised on the day of the event.

At the age of seven in her home town of Mackay, Karen Jacobsen saw Olivia Newton-John on television and knew what she wanted to do with her life. She wanted to become a professional singer and move to America.

Karen returns to Mackay to premiere a musical memoir of that journey. Solo at the grand piano, and part concert, part motivational experience, “Mackay to Manhattan” follows the story of a small town girl with big dreams who believes “It’s Never Too Late To Recalculate” to get to your destination in life.

Along the way Karen’s speaking voice ended up in over a billion GPS devices and as the original Australian voice of Siri in iPhones. Be ready to be entertained, inspired and hear the “only voice men will take directions from” in this very special event.

Enjoy full table service with a choice of 3 delicious brunch meals to choose from plus tea and coffee included in your ticket - thanks to our talented chefs at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.

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Make your experience complete - grab a bite to eat! (Mackay to Manhattan)

Brunch A la Carte: As part of your ticket cost, you can choose from three delicious Brunch à la carte items, available to order when you purchase your ticket. Tea and coffee is also included in your ticket. View the menu options here.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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Looking for Accommodation?

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Quest in Mackay and Quest Mackay on Gordon are offering a 12% discount on bookings in September. Use the code QUEST12 to obtain the discount.

To find other accommodation deals and what else to do in the Mackay Region, visit here.