Connect Fest is back this October

There will be all sorts of activities across the state this October.

Get ready to socially connect this October as Queensland Month Seniors Month, 1 – 31 October, returns for another year.

Beginning on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons (1 October) and including the celebration of National Grandparents Day on Sunday 29 October 2023.

Reinforced by the continued theme of ‘Social Connections’, Seniors Month aims to increase the social connectedness of communities throughout Queensland. Simply put, it’s going to be a Connect Fest!

“There is no denying the importance of feeling socially connected “said Lisa Hodgkinson, Senior Project Officer at Council on the Ageing Queensland.

“Social connectedness is one of the most important factors in creating strong and resilient communities. It allows us to build relationships with people we might not otherwise meet, share common values and experiences, and can help us to become more aware and engaged.

To enable this, we need caring supportive communities that foster and support social connections through spaces, places, and activities. It’s part of what makes Queensland Seniors Month so special.”

Seniors Month provides the opportunities for people to connect through inclusive events and activities held throughout the month.

Event organisers are in full swing, planning and organising what is shaping up to the best year yet.

From fitness classes, art and craft workshops, technology courses, social events, concerts, excursions, expos a so much more, there will be a wide variety of events and activities on offer.

If you’re planning Seniors Month activities, we urged to let the community know what’s on offer by submitting their events and activities into the online event calendar.

For more information and to submit your events visit

Happening in our area

Seniors Week Garden High Tea

17 October

11:30 am – 2:30 pm


Coolum Beach Meals on Wheels clients are invited to attend our Centre to enjoy a Garden High Tea. The event is run as if you were attending a High Tea at a hotel venue – the high tea is served using fine china and clients are waited on by our volunteers. Our volunteers mingle with the clients to ensure everyone is included and made to feel welcome.

Coolum Beach Meals On Wheels

17 Santa Monica Avenue, Coolum Beach

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival

6 – 8 October


Every year Gympie comes alive with film lovers from far and wide to celebrate short films that are uplifting, heartwarming and inspirational during Queensland’s biggest short film festival, Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival.

For three fun-filled days, your hearts will be warmed with our curated film screenings, your bellies will be sore with laughter from the comedy, and your toes will be tapping to the beat of irresistibly good live music, all the while you fill yourself up of mouthwateringly good food, beer and wine.

Gympie Pavilion

The Pavilion Conference & Reception, Gympie Showgrounds, 77 Exhibition Rd


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