Gold Coast Events, Things to Do

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After hosting a fantastic Commonwealth Games 2018 with many happy families coming to support their family members, favourite teams, and experience all the festivities we are pleased to continue the celebrations and offer our returning guests, their family, and their friends the opportunity to come and stay and play!


The Dinner Gift voucher is for Australia’s leading Surf Club and award winning restaurant BMD NorthCliffe Surf Club just 200 metres from the Dorchester on the Beach.

(Valid for phone or direct bookings via this website only. Stay between 19 April 2018 until 15 December 2018. Subject to apartment allocation and availability. Not valid with any other specials, cannot be exchange for cash or other discounts, not available on one bedroom apartment bookings)

Dorchester on the Beach is delighted to announce it has recently received its Liquor Licence and is pleased to offer our cracking hot Wine and Beer Menu for your enjoyment when you are staying with us.

Click here to view our Wine and Beer Menu and we are delighted to feature some excellent Australian wines from Primo Estate, McLaren Vale in South Australia. You can now pre-order beverages to be in your apartment from our wine and beer list for your arrival.

Gold Coast Superhero Weekend

27 April – 29 April 2018

Are you just a Superhero in disguise? Mark the calendar, because Gold Coast Superhero Weekend is heading to Broadbeach. This supercharged weekend will include the Supanova Pop Culture Expo, Gold Coast Film Festival and a ton of action packed events for the young and the young at heart.

The weekend will take over Broadbeach from Friday to Sunday featuring action packed activities for the whole family including movies in the park, meet and greets and the Supanova Superhero Parade which shuts down the streets of Broadbeach for an epic display of superheroes, comic-book characters, cars, policemen and heaps more. Plus plenty of opportunities to have photos with all kinds of characters. Find out more

3 – 6 May 2018

Surfers Paradise LIVE is an exhilarating live music festival. Across three days and four nights LIVE celebrates world class and home-grown live music acts among an iconic beach side setting. With a world class stage positioned on Surfers Paradise Beach, it provides the perfect setting for some of the biggest names in the industry to take front and centre at this free live music festival.

Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will headline the festival, joining an A-list of legendary Aussie talent including Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens and Kate Ceberano. An initiative of Surfers Paradise Alliance (SPA), LIVE transforms the heart of Surfers Paradise into a multi-stage music festival with iconic Surfers Paradise beach providing a unique gig backdrop while the waves play percussion. All music tastes will be catered for, with 2013 X-Factor Australia winner Reece Mastin and high-energy pop music group Justice Crew confirmed among the star-studded line-up. Find out more

24 May – 27 May 2018

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is on course for its milestone 30th anniversary showcase. Renowned as the southern hemisphere’s most highly-anticipated marine event, SCIBS will once again showcase and celebrate the industry’s latest and leading brands, with hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products on show across four action-packed days.

Located at Sanctuary Cove, the world-class waterfront marine village on the famous Gold Coast, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show mixes serious boating business with high-end glamour and a selection of lifestyle and entertainment events. Find out more


There are more than 600 Events and Activities throughout the year. Some of the upcoming fun things to start planning in June and July are:

SeaFire – Surfers Paradise (amazing firework display, view it from Dorchester’s patios)
Cooly Rocs on Festival
Gold Coast Titans V Rabbitohs
2018 Australian Open Bowels
Gold Coast 100 kilometre Supermarathon
Gold Coast Suns V St Kilda
Gold Coast Marathon
Gold Coast Suns V Collingwood
2018 TV Week Logee Awards
Viva Surfers Paradise
Kododa Challenge Gold Coast

More information and tickets:

Dorchester On The Beach Surfers Paradise
3 Garfield Terrace, Surfers Paradise , Gold Coast 4217, Queensland – Australia
Phone : +61 7 5539 8199
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Dorchester and Pancakes On The Rocks Special Package KIDS EAT FREE

Dorchester and Pancakes On The Rocks Special Package – Exclusive for Direct Bookings only.

KIDS EAT FREE at Pancakes On The Rocks Gold Coast for your entire stay at Dorchester on the Beach when you book this special package directly.
FROM $220* per night
Save up to 15% per night by booking direct on accommodation at the 4.5-star Dorchester On The Beach, plus enjoy extra savings as kids eat free for the duration of your stay at Pancakes On The Rocks, located at Surfers Paradise opposite the beach.

Surfers Paradise Accommodation and Pancakes On The Rocks Surfers Paradise Special Deal

Click here to request this special deal when you book the best Surfers Paradise Accommodation and Eat Free at Pancakes on the Rocks Surfers Paradise

Priced from $220* per family per night in a 3 star, self-contained apartment (maximum 6 people)
All room types up to 4.5 star are included at 15% discount
Located right on the beach, Dorchester’s apartments are within easy walking distance to all of Surfers Paradise shops and family friendly tourist hot spots.
Valid for all new bookings to stay between December 01, 2016 – March 30, 2017. Minimum two nights stay. For sale until March 29, 2017.
To book contact our reservations at Dorchester On The Beach on (07) 5539 8199 and quote Kids Eat Free or Click here to request this special deal. Subject to availability. T&Cs apply.
Pancake On The Rocks T&Cs:
• Kids Eat Free at Pancakes On The Rocks offer only valid with a paying adult
• Kids must be 14 years and under to claim the Kids Eat Free offer
• Kids Eat Free offer excludes ribs and steak

Surfers Paradise Accommodation Specials

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5% off normal rate + $75 Dinner Voucher Free for Direct New Bookings Only


The Dinner Gift voucher for Australia’s leading Surf Club and award winning restaurant BMD Northcliffe Surf Club just 200 metres from the Dorchester on the Beach.

(Valid for phone or direct bookings via this website only. Stay between 3 March 2016 until 10 December 2016. Subject to apartment allocation and availability. Not valid with any other specials, cannot be exchange for cash or other discounts, not available on one bedroom apartment bookings)

2017 Surfers Paradise accommodation dealsSurfers Paradise accommodation

 5% off normal rates + $75 Dinner Voucher Free for Direct New Bookings Only


The Dinner Gift voucher for Australia’s leading Surf Club and award winning restaurant BMD Northcliffe Surf Club just 200 metres from the Dorchester on the Beach.

Valid for phone or direct bookings via this website only. Stay between 26 January 2017 until 31 March 2017 for 2 nights or more. Subject to apartment allocation and availability. Not valid with any other specials, cannot be exchange for cash or other discounts, not available on one bedroom apartment bookings.

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We recently discovered pancakes and crepes are only part of the menu when Michael and I were invited to Pancakes on the Rocks in Surfers Paradise. This family restaurant has something for everyone, including a kids menu and all day breakfast. Kids up to ten years old can choose from six special main course offerings just for them, and four special desserts.

The menu caters for a wide variety of tastes, you will find Caesar salad, bacon and eggs with a hash brown, steak, pizza, and calamari. These could precede a sweet treat of plain or chocolate pancakes with fresh fruit, sauces and ice cream or, you could double dip and have a pancake experience for both courses. Main course crepes and pancakes include the classics; chicken and mushroom, and seafood crepes with salad, and for the all-day breakfast fans there is Eggs Benedict with pancakes.

We thoroughly enjoyed the marinated beef ribs, and if you prefer there are pork ribs too.
Explore the full menu at, and drop by our office, we’ve usually got some vouchers offering a special deal.

THE FISH EMPORIUM - Gold Coast restaurant


Get a different view of Surfers Paradise. The deck of this high quality casual seafood restaurant has a beautiful view of the Surfers Paradise skyline, with the waters of the Nerang River in the foreground. You can enjoy their generous serves of high quality Australian and New Zealand seafood on the deck, as a take away or buy some fresh to cook yourself.

The menu is extensive and has some great dishes for those who don’t love seafood. Choose from share plates, pasta dishes, salads, classic fish and chips, the daily catch, and signature dishes like the local Moreton Bay Bugs with garlic, chilli and lemon oil.

We recently grabbed some takeaway, it was a restaurant quality meal traditionally wrapped in paper. The calamari beautifully tender and the batter on the whiting with chips exceptionally light and crisp.

Take the short walk to Isle of Capri or hop in the car and find plenty of parking. The Fish Emporium is open for lunch and dinner in our local shopping centre, ‘Capri on Via Roma’. It’s a modern airy building with open air and underground parking and a great selection of food and other shopping.

BLACK ANGUS BAR AND GRILL - Restaurant on the Gold Coast


One of our favourite local getaways is Sanctuary Cove. The picturesque Marina Village overlooks the protected waterways of the Gold Coast Broadwater, and is the venue for the annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, which will next bring a buzz of heightened activity to the area on 25-28 May 2017.

We like to chill out for a few hours wandering around the marina and relax beside the glistening water with a cheese plate and glass of wine at the Black Angus.

The Black Angus cheese plate might be wonderful, showcasing local and imported cheeses, but this restaurant has been voted a Top 10 Steakhouse in Queensland and offers a great dining experience. Certified Black Angus beef and seafood are prominent on the menu. You can take the classic steakhouse route and choose your steak, sauce and sides. The Ocean Platter for two might tempt you with its abundance; Hervey Bay scallops, Mooloolaba prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and more.

Whether you choose a relaxing lunch or a special evening, you will enjoy yet another face of waterside life on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast events

15-16 October

Add some music to your weekend away at the family friendly ‘Buskers by the Creek’ which has captured the imagination of more than 20,000 people. This award-winning event won Live Music Event Of The Year in the 2015 Gold Coast Music Awards and was named Queensland’s Best New Event at the recent Australian Event Awards.

With 13 different stages, set in the beautiful natural environment of Currumbin Creek, more than 200 performers will provide a packed program of awesome entertainment. Kicking off at 10am on the 15th October and running through to the 16th October.

Take your pick of the brilliant program and be sure you will find some interesting food too. Tastes from Persia, Italy, Spain, Jamaica and Mexico are just a few of the flavours you will find on your plate.

The Kids Zone will have arts, crafts, crazy kids rock band Red Rocket 3, and Tony and Dee from Vivid Entity teaching juggling and hula skills to kids and adults of all ages.

A park and ride service with various pick up points around Currumbin Waters and Palm Beach will be running for the easiest coming and going from the fun.

Check for more details

Gold Coast sporting events

21-23 November

Over 13,000 participants from each state and territory of Australia, as well as visitors from more than 20 overseas countries, will take part in 44 sports during 10 days of competition.

Sport will be played at a number of the region’s world-class venues including two of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games locales, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.

Masters will be present both on and off the field when a swag of legendary Australian entertainers including Ross Wilson, Angry Anderson and Sean Kelly grace the stage as part of the live nightly entertainment program hosted by Jupiters Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Australian PGA Championships Gold Coast

1-4 December 2016

The Australian PGA Championship is renowned as the players’ favourite Australian tournament, and will welcome the world’s best Professional golfers to the Gold Coast from 1-4 December 2016.

The tournament boasts an incredible list of past champions with recent winners including Adam Scott, Greg Chalmers, Peter Senior, Robert Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy.

The 2016 Australian PGA Championship will capture the attention of the world with a prime position on the international golf schedule and AUD1.75 million being contested, it is sure to attract the best Australian and European Professionals to RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Entry is free of charge for the practice day on 29 November and the Pro-Am on 30 November.
For more information about attending visit

Broadbeach Christmas Carols

10 December 2016

Enjoy an afternoon jam-packed with kid’s activities and incredible entertainment filled with Christmas spirit and joy. Then experience the annual Broadbeach Christmas Carols under the stars. The carol singing commences from 6pm with an amazing line up of performers celebrating Christmas under the stars in this free evening.

The fun starts from 3pm on Saturday December 10, in Kurrawa Park on Old Burleigh Road at Broadbeach.

Australia Day on the Gold Coast

26 January 2017

Jump on the G:link and head down to the Broadwater Parklands to celebrate Australia’s birthday with the only fireworks display in the City!

Bring your appetite and indulge in the huge food truck feast or grab a snag from the barbecue. There’ll be Aussie sporting activities for the kids and some sweet tunes from local artists along the pier.

Don’t miss this exciting celebration! Bring your picnic rug, grab a spot on the Great Lawn in the Broadwater Parkland and enjoy the massive fireworks display celebrating our great nation.

For more information contact ph 07 5581 5286 or email


19 February 2017

It doesn’t matter if you can do 100 fast laps or doggy paddle one, everyone can join in, have fun and support people living with MS – an incurable disease which affects a person’s central nervous system. The Sports Super Centre at Runaway Bay is hosting the first MS Swimathon event of the year.

Participants can raise vital funds to help people living with MS, by asking for a one off donation from friends and family or being sponsor. MS Swimathon teams must have one swimmer in the water at all times throughout the entire 12 hour event period. Registrations open 14 December so get involved and swim to help support those individuals living with MS and their families.


5 March 2017

Celebrating the world of Dolls. From Vintage Action Figures to the Brand New Rare and Limited Edition dolls and toys. The Gold Coast Doll Show will feature beautifully crafted One Of a kind Reborn Dolls, the Hobbit Hole which has been acclaimed as one of the “Top Ten” doll’s houses in the world, and Star Wars dioramas and a costume display.

There’s something here for everyone to enjoy. With plenty of photo opportunities, free children’s entertainment, and raffles, giveaways and door prizes going all day.

At Southport Sharks Events Centre, Corner of Musgrave and Olsen Ave, Southport


11 March 2017

A showcase of the most dynamic and fastest growing discipline in skating; bowl.

This unique skateboard festival on the Gold Coast celebrates the end of summer. It is part of the International Skateboarder’s Union bowl world skating series and the Australian Skateboarding Federation national bowl skating series.

For more information visit

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Dorchester On The Beach Surfers Paradise
3 Garfield Terrace, Surfers Paradise , Gold Coast 4217, Queensland – Australia

Phone : +61 7 5539 8199

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V8 Supercars – Gold Coast 600 Championship – 23 – 25 October 2015

The Castrol Gold Coast 600 hits the streets of Surfers Paradise 23-25 October.

Looking for accommodation? Call us direct on 07 5539 8199.

The party is back with a week of celebrations on and off the track.

Don’t miss the PIRTEK Enduro Cup final as the V8 Supercar Championship drivers battle one of the world’s toughest street circuits to claim the title. Some of Australia’s fastest and powerful cars will show their incredible horsepower in a two-hour, adrenalin packed show on the main straight at the Sea FM Friday Night Drags.

V8 Super Cars Gold Coast1 Club 600 is an exclusive Vegas style day club hidden in the heart of the GC600 and offers an on track experience like no other.

Jim Beam 600 Sounds powered by Sea FM is back at Broadwater Parklands.

Free public transport is available on G Link, Surfside Buses and Q Rail
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NetFest 2015 – 8 – 11 October 2015

NetFest is Netball Australia’s 18+ mass participation netball event held on the Gold Coast 8-11th October, offering a choice of traditional (outdoor) or beach netball tournaments, supported by a range of social activities on the Gold Coast, Australia’s favourite holiday destination and the ideal location for netball’s ultimate end-of-season trip! Call us direct on 07 5539 8199 for your best accommodation rate.

NetFest has rapidly established itself as one of the most popular events on the netball calendar. From just 500 participants in its first year, 2014 attracted a whopping 2,200+ netballers from around Australia and New Zealand for this huge celebration of netball, fun and friendship!

At each traditional netball competition venue there is a live site which offers a range of food and beverage options, live music acts and retail stalls to keep you busy while not head to head on the court! Family and friends are welcome to support and enjoy the NetFest festivities!

Netfest Gold Coast 2015Anyone over 18 can be a part of NetFest; you can be social or super competitive, male or female, a netball newbie or an aspiring Aussie Diamond. Your biggest decision will be choosing between traditional (outdoor) netball or the exciting new beach format.

Swell Sculpture Festival – 11 – 20 September 2015

Experience a wondrous display of over 50 sculptures built by local, national and international artists at the 13th annual Swell Sculpture Festival along Currumbin Beach 11 – 20 September, 2015. The free exhibition is open all hours with a selection of sculptures revealing a new verve as they are lit up under the southern sky.

Over 10 days, visitors can experience the sculptures, enjoy twilight walks, informative artist talks, discover new perspectives, wander through the Swell Smalls Gallery and participate in artist master classes and childrens’ workshops.

Surfer and sculpture on beachSwell Sculpture Festival inspires, amuses, uplifts and captures the hearts and minds of all who visit. Find out more

XCats Gold Coast Australian Grand Prix 21 – 23 August 2015

Best described as “Formula One on the water”, this will be the sixth international race on the World Professional Powerboating Association XCAT World Series. Call us directly on 07 5539 8199 to check accommodation availability.

This new three-day event will form part of a week-long party and be based out at Doug Jennings Park on The Spit.

It’s anticipated to bring 10,000 spectator vessels to the Broadwater to witness the action. To find out more go to:

Broadbeach Jazz Weekend 15 – 16 August 2015

Jazz up your life to the rhythm and the beat of the Broadbeach Jazz Weekend 15-16 August 2015. This completely FREE and non-ticketed festival will feature a host of local Australian jazz greats performing on outdoor stages and in venues, along with an array activities for people of all ages throughout Broadbeach. Call us directly on 07 5539 8199 to check accommodation availability.

The Artist line-up and program will be released mid- 2015 further information on the event visit the website

The Kokoda Challenge – Gold Coast – 18 – 19 July 2015

We are pleased to welcome family, friends and the support crews to the Dorchester on the Beach. Please contact us direct on 07 5539 8199 for your special discount rate and to check availability.

The Kokoda Challenge on the Gold Coast is hailed as Australia’s toughest team endurance event. It is a gruelling, cross country, 4-person team event held over 96km, with a time limit for a completion of 39 hours. For further information about the Kokoda Challenge please click the following link.

Viva Surfers Paradise – 10 – 19 July 2015

Viva Surfers Paradise returns this July we pay tribute to the life and music of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. But we don’t stop there, there’s more 50s and 60s fun running all week from live performances to vintage stalls, rock ‘n’ roll dancing to classic cars, a group renewal of vows ceremony and more!

We are very excited to announce due to popular demand world famous Elvis performer Chris Connor will be returning to Surfers Paradise to take the stage at Viva Surfers Paradise 2015! Performing at such venues as the Manchester Apollo and the Harrogate International Centre in the World’s Greatest Elvis Tribute Concerts, Chris is no stranger to the stage and we can’t wait to have him woo our audiences all over again.

This July we will also welcome another international performer, Bill Cherry, all the way from the USA. Bill not only sings, acts and dances like the King, he even drives the same car! Bill took 1st place at the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Memphis, and has won several other awards & competitions.

So get ready to put on your blue suede shoes, because Viva Surfers Paradise 2015 is going to have you up dancing all week long!

This is a FREE event, however limited Premium Reserved Seating for the weekend feature shows are on sale now.

Friday 10 July – Bill Cherry
Saturday 11 July – Bill Cherry
Friday 17 July – Chris Connor
Saturday 18 July – Chris Connor


Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 21-24 May 2015

Why not head on over to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show which is one of the most anticipated events on the Asia-Pacific boat show calendar. Located at Sanctuary Cove, the world-class waterfront marine village on the famous Gold Coast, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show mixes serious boating business with high-end glamour and a selection of lifestyle and entertainment events.

Attracting buyers and marine industry representatives from around the globe, the annual four-day event features a variety of on-water, pavilion and open-air displays, with over 500 boats from luxury cruisers, to power and sail multihulls, super yachts and trailerable craft, as well as engines, electronics, marine materials and equipment, marine finance, designers and marine services

Read more about the activities and purchase your tickets

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival – 21-24 May 2015

Blues 2015 Website Tab - new versionGet away for the weekend and come enjoy the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival.

Dorchester on the Beach still has apartments available.

Andrew Strong and the commitments Tour, James Morrison plays the Blues, The Black Sorrows and Charlie Parr direct from the USA are just a few of the massive names to headline the free Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, May 21 to 24 2015.

The free event staged in the streets and in venues over four huge days will feature Jeff Lan, Tijuana Cartel, The Backsliders and US favourites Old Gray Mule plus many more.

There is something for everyone whether you just love great music or are passionate for your Blues.


Fire Up for QClash 9! – Gold Coast SUNS – 3 May 2015

Witness the Gold Coast SUNS fight for the QClash cup when they take on their rivals the Brisbane Lions, at Metricon Stadium.

Plus enjoy their new and improved game day experience with plenty of entertainment for the whole community including live music, roving entertainment, AFL playground and more!

Gates open at 2.30pm. Ph: 5510 6000

Full ticketing and transport information available on the GC SUNS web site.

Gold Coast Renaissance Faire 2-3 May 2015

Renaissance Faire 2015Pratten Park Broadbeach – 9:30am – 4:30pm

Return to the Golden Age of swashbuckling adventure, pageantry and romance! Enjoy witty Shakespeare’s comedies, dashing swordplay, fine music, Royal processions and dances, the Pirages of eh Coral Seas and more.

Don a costume, play a game of skill, duel with a swordsman. There is something for all ages at the Gold Coast Renaissance Faire – Channel 7 says its “an impressive time travel experience in a brilliant sea of colour and excitement”.

QPOW on Broadbeach 17-19 April, 2015

The Gold Coast is excited to welcome QPOW on Broadbeach from April 17-19 incorporating Supanova and the Gold Coast Film Festival.

Broadbeach will be celebrating all things ‘Pop Culture’ with FREE movies in Victoria Park and the Supanova Cosplay Parade featuring throughout the weekend.

FREE Movies in the Park

Victoria Park will be transformed into an outdoor Movie Cinema on both Friday 17 and Saturday April 18. Movies will be screened from 6.30pm with family entertainment in the park from 4pm on both days.

Friday April 17 – Disney’s Frozen sing-a-long with preshow activities including Frozen dance workshops hosted by Fusion Dance Studio.

Saturday April 18 – Back to the Future featuring the DeLorean Time Machine car.

Supanova Cosplay Parade

Once again they will also be hosting the Supanova Cosplay Parade on Sunday April 19, this is the perfect morning to bring families into Broadbeach to see Supa-Star celebrities and characters from all genres including comic books, cartoons, science fiction, fantasy and more, march through the streets of Broadbeach. There will be a host of great vantage points to view the spectacular parade.
The parade will commence at 9.15am from Pratten Park, cross Old Burleigh Road and travel down the Broadbeach Mall to conclude in Surf Parade.

Call Karen or Michael 07 5539 8199 to book your accommodation to this great event or click on our booking button to book online.

Seafire – Surfers Paradise Festival – 18 April 2015

Come and celebrate in Surfers Paradise this weekend Friday 17 & Saturday 18 April and stay a the Dorchester on the Beach – There is going to be a great fireworks and pyrotechnics show called Seafire on Saturday night.

Watch from your private balcony two teams of Queensland’s greatest pyros go head-to head in the skies above the foreshore, lighting up Surfers Paradise.

Date: Saturday 18 April

Time: 7pm to 8pm

Price: FREE

Address: Surfers Paradise Beach


Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise Beachfront markets are on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night and feature a variety of premium products, including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products and much more.

Head to Surfers Paradise for a Markets and Dinner night – there are lots of great cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy while have a fantastic time wandering around the night markets too.

Date: Every Wed, Fri & Sun nights

Time: 5pm to 10pm

Price: Free

Address: The Foreshore, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Please Note: The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Night markets will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

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