What to do
Noosa’s natural beauty, vibrant villages, tranquillity and relaxed spaces inspire a dynamic community of artists, artisans and performers who call Noosa home. Touring national and international exhibitions, musicians, stand-up comedy, fashion and film festivals also regularly feature on our ‘what’s on’ calendar.
Venues from galleries, studios, community halls and theatres to markets, showrooms, bars, cafes, parks and laneways provide a colourful backdrop for arts and cultural events.
Discover Noosa's creative side with glass blowers, printers, painters, sculptors and ceramicists showcasing their work. Meet the maker, or for something a little different, enjoy a master class or workshop run by a local artist.
Arts, music and cultural festivals bring national and international artists to Noosa, performing and exhibiting alongside Noosa’s own talent. NOOSA Alive! is an annual 10-day festival of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and thought-provoking forums.
Noosa Open Studios is a chance to meet Noosa artists in their studios over 2 weekends every year.
The Australian Body Art Festival brings local and national body artists to the hinterland town of Cooroy. Tall Trees is an annual arts exhibition showcasing the diversity of artists in Cooran.
Floating Land is a biannual arts events that celebrates our connection to the environment, while the Horizon Festival is a broader Sunshine Coast celebration of the arts.
The Noosa International Film Festival presents a diverse program of film, workshops and talks.
Also take in live theatre, comedy, dance or a classic musical on your Noosa holiday. See what's on at The J Noosa, our premier entertainment venue; Noosa Arts Theatre which has an annual progam of high quality plays and pantomimes; and local community theatre groups.
Noosa’s artists bare their creative souls and you can see their landscapes, portraits, photos, indigenous and abstract art, sculptures, jewellery, 3D creations, furniture, fashion, glass work, homewares and more – why not take home some unique Noosa art? Galleries, shops, studios and special events showcase their work.
Visit Noosa’s major public gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery along the river foreshore at Tewantin (catch the ferry to Noosa Marina), and other public spaces including the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, Noosa Arts and Crafts Association in Noosaville and Pomona Railway Station Gallery. See some of the best of local art on a guided tour with Art Tours Noosa.
Also visit private art studios and retail showrooms including Phillips Gallery in Tinbeerwah, Susan Schmidt Art, Artisans Gallery Eumundi, Paul Smith Images in Noosa Junction, Honey Ant Gallery, Young Masters Gallery, Jive Art and Design in Hastings St, Julia Carter Studio, Dinah Wakefield, Pete Goodlet, This Bird Florist and Creative Studio in Pomona, Broadcroft Design creative garden metalwork in Kin Kin and The Big Shell in Tewantin.
The historic Noosa Museum in Pomona, just 25 minutes from Noosa Heads, houses an impressive collection of photos, displays and artefacts from Noosa’s past. Find out about Noosa’s indigenous Kabi Kabi people at the Gubbi Gubbi Keeping Place and tranquil Island of Reconciliation.
Step back in time at the beautifully restored Majestic Theatre in Pomona, originally built in 1921 and now the world’s oldest continuously running silent movie theatre!
The Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, originally built in 1911, has a significant collection of photographs, documents and artefacts of the town’s indigenous and early pioneer days, and houses the Wan'din'in Arts Space (which means ‘a gathering of people’ in the indigenous Kabi Kabi language) with its arts and heritage exhibitions.