Gotta Swing Annual Events

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Cooly Rocks On Festival

The Cooly Rocks On festival is the biggest 50s and 60s nostalgia festival in Australia featuring Rock 'n roll, Rockabilly, Swing music and over 1,000 hot rods, custom cars and classic vehicles lining the stunning beachfront of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads.


Browse through over 100 retro market stalls and 100 craft market stalls and take your taste buds back to the 50s and 60s with vintage styled food. Music fills the venues as the festival builds, culminating in a Grand Finale weekend where the streets are closed down, the outdoor stages are moved in and the streets come alive with street parades, shows, displays, competitions and over 1,000 cars parading from Kirra to Tweed Heads each evening.

The festival is free, however some indoor shows do have ticket prices that can be purchased online or at the door.

Don't miss this very popular annual event as an entrant or a spectator; it's a blast from the past in a most spectacular way.


3-7 June 2020

Qld / NSW Border Towns
Coolangatta / Tweed Heads


Check out the Cooly Rocks On website for more information about this fantastic event.

Queensland Swing Dancing Events

The following information has been provided to assist Swing Dancers to know what is happening in the Brisbane and Gold Coast area.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate, details may have changed since we last updated this page. Please always check event information via the host's website for details of the event, prior to attending.

The Gangster's Ball
The Gangster's Ball

Discounted 'Early Bird' tickets will be on sale exclusively to Mailing List Members from date to be advised.


General Public ticket sales date yet to be advised for 2016. Tickets sales are strictly limited to ensure sufficient dance floor space. This event often sells out well in advance so don't delay in getting your tickets!


  • Circus Acrobats

  • Magicians and Illusionists

  • Burlesque Performances

  • Live Bands


Dates to be advised


Held each year at the Tivoli in Brisbane, this event has a dress code!


Doors open 7pm for a 8pm Start - Midnight Finish


For more information go to the Gangster's Ball website.

Balboa on the River

An event for balboa dancers featuring balboa-dedicated social events and classes with world-class Balboa instructors.


Classes cater to ALL levels of students, from the absolute beginners to advanced dancers and instructors. Take your knowledge of Balboa to the next level! Classes cater to ALL levels of students, from the absolute beginners to advanced dancers and instructors.


  • Internationally renowned Balboa Instructors

  • 3 Days of Classes

  • 4 Nights Social Dancing

  • Live Bands

  • Australian Balboa Championships

  • Balboa Jack and Jill Competition


Dates to be advised


Venues include:


460 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006



416 Vulture Street, East Brisbane, QLD 4169


See website for venue details.

Registrations for this fantastic event open in  July.


To read about the fabulous Guest Instructors, or for more information go to the Balboa on the River website.

Swing Events in Australia


Canberräng is Canberra’s festival of swing and one of Australia’s longest running and best-loved swing dance exchanges.

​1-4 August 2019




For more information check out the Canberräng website.

The Ahoy Ball

Ahoy! Climb aboard the Royale for a night of swing dancing on Sydney Harbour.


  • When: Saturday 16 November 2019, 7.15pm arrival for 7.30pm – 10.30pm

  • Where: Boarding and docking at King St Wharf #8, Darling Harbour. Cruising Sydney Harbour.

  • What: an evening swing dance cruise on The Royale.

  • Theme: Lost on the tropical seas – a chance to have some fun with your outfit!


16 November 2019




Tickets: $33 early bird (until 31 Oct); Regular price $40.

See the Sydney Swing Patrol website for details.
Melbourne Lindy Exchange

The  Melbourne Lindy Exchange (MLX) brings together swing dancers from around Australia and the world. Dance styles range from Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues to Shag, but the common element is a love of swingin' out and sugar foot stompin'. MLX has a long tradition of providing some of the best social dancing these shores have ever seen.

21-24 November 2019




For more information about the Jazz WKND, go to the MLX website or the MLX Facebook page.

Sydney Swing Festival

Sydney Swing Patrol hosts a massive weekend of workshops, social dancing, friends and fun!

17-19 January 2020



For more information Sydney Swing Festival 2020 website.