Surfers’ annual carnival begins on Mar. 27 with a Lantern Parade. Over Easter the precinct teems with jugglers, clowns, mimes, and dancers during the Australian Street Entertainment Championships. Launch It! brings a trio of cutting-edge music concerts on Surfers Paradise Beach (April 5-7); the One Way Street Party on April 13 enlivens Appel Street with live bands, vintage fashions, and an outdoor film festival. April 21’s laidback gourmet picnic in riverside Lionel Perry Park showcases the area’s chefs—and top local jazz and folk acts.