Viva Surfers Paradise is Australia’s ultimate tribute artist festival to music legends. Expect free live performances and events spanning multiple genres and decades. Celebrate the music, memories and moments of legendary icons both past and present. The “King” Elvis Presley fans, take note!

Viva Surfers Paradise will run for 10 days from Friday 12 July to Sunday 21 July along the Surfers Paradise Foreshore, Surfers Paradise Beach, and in the official VIVA Theatre Marquee. Watch a unique Feature Show every night, brought to you by Elvis Tribute Artists and world-class Tribute Acts able to recreate the sound and style of your favourite rock, pop and soul artists.

Here are the 9 events to look out for at Viva Surfers Paradise and high on the list #1 is a must do with the family:

#1: Viva Street Parade

Viva Street Parade returns for its second year on Saturday 13 July 2019 at 5.30pm. A carnival-style street party featuring performers, classic cars and floats will proceed through the streets of Surfers Paradise. A free outdoor concert by big band Soul Men will follow, paying tribute to the Blues Brothers.

Viva Street Parade will start from Corner Hanlan Street and the Esplanade Surfers Paradise so bring your family along and watch the parade as it weaves it way through the heart of Surfers Paradise along the Esplanade, Elkhorn Avenue, Orchid Avenue and Cavill Avenue.

#2: 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

VIVA hosts preliminary rounds for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, held annually in Memphis, United States. VIVA has invited 20 high-calibre contestants to compete over two days in a rigorous contest. The winner will travel to Memphis for Elvis Week 2019 to compete in the semi-final round.

Round 1:

Saturday 20 July 11am – 5pm

ROUNDS 2 & 3

Sunday 21 July 11am – 5pm

Venue: Viva Theatre Marquee

#3: Elton John Experience

Greg Andrew’s sequin-studded show takes you on one of the world’s greatest song-writing journeys spanning 40 years. Covering Elton’s iconic hits from ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, and all major hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s through to today, this production replicates as closely as possible the experience of an Elton John concert today, highlighting the showmanship, virtuoso piano playing and crowd engagement that you would expect from this iconic performer, accompanied by seven world-class musicians on stage.

When: Sunday 14 JULY, 7.30PM – 9.00PM

Where: Viva Theatre Marquee, Surfers Paradise Beach

#4: The Killer Queen Experience

John Blunt is one of the world’s most recognised Freddie Mercury tribute artists and together with the band – Wayne Vitale, Bass Guitar (John Deacon), Kevin Shilling, Drums (Roger Taylor) and Andrew Edwards, Guitar (Brian May) – form the complete Queen line up portraying their personas in costume, replica instruments and harmonies. Enjoy some of Queen’s greatest hits including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Radio Ga Ga’, and ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, all on the VIVA stage.

When: Monday 15 July, 7.30PM – 9.00PM

Where: Viva Theatre Marquee, Surfers Paradise Beach

#5: The Beatles – The Ultimate Beatles Tribute

Taking you on a journey during the fame of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll bands, Queensland’s very own Beatles Tribute Show, The Beatlegs, create a nostalgic porthole to the ‘60s. With their true to form costume changes, superb harmonies and music, The Beatlegs have been performing as the Fab Four since 2008. Come together to experience the ultimate Australian Beatles tribute act.

When: Thursday 18 July, 7.30PM – 9.00PM

Where: Viva Theatre Marquee, Surfers Paradise Beach

#6: Renewal of Vows Ceremony

Declare your burning love for your partner in our very own chapel of love! Renew your vows in a group ceremony performed by our very own Elvis, Dean Vegas.

When: Sat 13 July 11am-12pm

Venue: VIVA Theatre Marquee

#7: Car Show and Shine

Car enthusiasts will not want to miss the 2019 Car Show ‘n’ Shine! Take a stroll along the foreshore and discover an impressive array of classic cars from the ‘50s right through to the ‘80s, thanks to the Gold Coast Muscle Cars.

When: Sat 13 & 20 & Sun 14 & 21 July 10am-4pm

Venue: Surfers Paradise Foreshore

#8: Gospel Songs with Diogo Light

Join international Tribute Artist Diogo Light, accompanied by the Brisbane City Gospel Choir as they give a heart-warming performance of the many gospel songs of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Sing along to iconic classics including ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘How Great Thou Art’ and many more.

When: Sun 14 July 11am-12pm

Where: VIVA Theatre Marquee

#9: Live Performances by Elvis Tribute Artists at Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre

Enjoy retail therapy and multiple dining options at Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre during VIVA Surfers Paradise among special Elvis Tribute Artist performances over both weekends. Don’t miss The Supremes Tribute by The Beehives Sunday 21 July.


Saturday 13 July, 1PM – 2PM;

Sunday 14 July, 5PM – 7PM;

Monday 15 July, 2PM – 3PM;

Saturday 20 July, 5PM – 7PM;

Sunday 21 July, 1PM – 2PM

Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd

What Else To Do at Viva Surfers Paradise?

  1. Enjoy the sunrise and an early walk on Surfers Paradise Beach (rated #2 beach in Australia on Trip Advisor);
  2. Hungry? Head to McDonald’s Cavill in Cavill Mall and enjoy a free McCafé coffee with any McMuffin purchase;
  3. Take a morning cruise at Sea World Cruises;
  4. Spend the afternoon at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Odditorium where you can see authentic Legends items;
  5. Retail therapy at newsXpress in Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre with a huge range of Elvis merchandise;
  6. Lunch at one of Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre’s many food outlets and enjoy an Elvis Tribute Artist performance while you’re there;
  7. Treat your feet at Barefoot Fish Spa or head over to Amey Hair and Make Up Artist for a beehive or Elvis hair style;
  8. Make your way to Strike Bowling Bar and Holey Moley Surfers Paradise for two for one bowling, mini golf or karaoke;
  9. From Mexican to seafood, pub grub to Americana, Surfers Paradise has it all!
  10. Fancy dinner and a show? Head to one of the restaurants throughout the precinct and enjoy an Elvis Tribute Artist performance in Cavill Mall from 4pm–7pm;
  11. Shake, rattle and roll to the VIVA Theatre Marquee to enjoy a nightly feature show;
  12. Want to keep the party going? Dance the night away at SkyPoint Observation Deck or grab a night cap at The Island.

Gold Coast Accommodation For Viva Surfers Paradise

All Holiday Holiday’s Surfers Paradise accommodation are within easy walking distance to Viva Surfers Paradise events. Best accommodation to for Viva Surfers Paradise is the H-Residences above Hilton Surfers Paradise. Choose from a selection of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in the H-Residences. Check out the following most popular 3 bedrooms apartment on level 48 with ocean views:

Level 48 H-Residences above Hilton Surfers Paradise

Level 48 H-Residences above Hilton Surfers Paradise

All Holiday Holiday accommodation is self contained and fully equipped with kitchen and laundry. No booking fee and free car parking space for each apartment. For more Gold Coast accommodation options for Viva Surfers Paradise, speak to a Holiday Holiday team member or simply enter your dates and search for Gold Coast holiday apartments here.