Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Looking for something to do this Good Friday with friends or the family? Be shore side for the spectacular start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. The Redcliffe Festival of Sails is an annual event which takes place on the foreshore of Suttons Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula with markets, family activities and a prime possie to watch the yachts race by.

Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

Considered one of the biggest yacht races in Australia, the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race sets the scene for this Festival. 2019 will be the 71st time this race has taken place. Usually occurring in the morning, the competing yachts will pass across Moreton Bay en route for Gladstone in the hopes of winning the prestigious Courier Mail Cup.

To get a good view of the event unfolding, bring your chairs or picnic blanket and binoculars and find a place on the beach early. Good spots tend to go fast!

Fun Easter themed activities

Since it takes place on Good Friday, the Festival of Sails has plenty of fun Easter themed activities to participate in. Kids will love the Easter egg hunt which occurs on the beach, there is also a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny who sometimes makes a spectacular entrance by parachuting onto the beach! Take advantage of face painting, amusement rides, a petting zoo too - before you've eaten too much chocolate!

Festival markets

Another enjoyable aspect of the Redcliffe Sails Festival is the hundreds of markets that set up every year. From arts and crafts to delicious food stalls, there is something for everyone at the market place. Stallholder Applications are now open.

Enjoy the beach

Suttons Beach will come alive during the Redcliffe Festival of Sails. The first thing that will meet your eyes will be the incredible handcrafted sand sculptures. The kids will love getting their hands messy making their own sand sculptures, too, on this accessible shoreline. Watch beach volleyball and keep an eye out for other keep fit activities on the sand. There really is something for everyone.

Live Stage Entertainment

Every year at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails, live stage entertainment is provided all day on the Main Stage. Be sure to check it out and get your groove on! Music and entertainment make it a great day out for kids and parents alike. The full program of live music and entertainment will be confirmed closer to the event.

Have a stall at Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Each year more than 30,000 people visit the Redcliffe Festival of Sails.
Stallholder Applications are NOW OPEN. Click here to apply.

Getting to the Festival

Be advised there is very limited parking at the Festival. There are alternatives to parking near the festival. Catch the ‘Park ‘n' Ride’ shuttle bus service from the Redcliffe Showgrounds, which runs frequently from 8:30am - 5pm. Simply park at the Redcliffe Showgrounds and take the shuttle bus provided to the event.

Alternatively, you can catch the shuttle bus from Kippa-Ring Train Station or Redcliffe Showgrounds running frequently from 8.30am - 5.00pm.

The best part of that this entire service, from parking to taking the bus, is completely free!


The Redcliffe Festival of Sails organisers put a lot of time into planning the 'little things'. Additional public toilets are available along with first aid attendants. Need cash for that bargain you've spotted at the markets? Use one of the portable ATMs to get money out on the go.

One of the top things to do near Brisbane this Good Friday

The Redcliffe Festival of Sails is one you certainly do not want to miss. It’s the perfect place to go for a fun time on a low budget. Keep Good Friday free so you can check it out!

Want to discover more fun things to do all year in Redcliffe? Or do you need directions to get to Redcliffe from Brisbane? Learn more about the Redcliffe area here.

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  • When?
    April 19 2019 9:00am

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