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Cairns & Tropical North Queensland Event Calendar

Cairns and Tropical North Queensland are home to some of Australia's greatest events and festivals. Choose from cultural festivals, sporting competitions, art exhibits, music festivals and community events - all scattered around the diverse region of Tropical North Queensland. Browse events in the List View, or see what's on this month.

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2011 Cairns Events

Events happening in December

31 December

Cairns City Council presents on the Esplanade the 'New Years Eve Family Concert' and Firework displays ... For more information on the events, please call Cairns City Council on 07 4044 3715. ... Celibrations and Firework displays are also held at Palm Cove & Port Douglas.

2012 Cairns Events

Events happening in January

21 January

The Cairns Chinese New Year Street Festival is an annual major festival celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. Since its humble beginnings in 2004, the festival has proven greatly enjoyable and provides a wide variety of activities and staged performances. There are market stalls, Chinese dancing and a parade featuring the dragon, lions and th...

26 January

Australia Day Fun from 12 noon - 9pm along the Cairns Esplanade ... Co-presented by 102.7 Zinc Fm ... Fun and games from 12 noon ... FREE Aussie BBQ from 1 - 3pm ... Entertainment & activities from 2 - 4.30pm ... Live music from 4.30 - 6.30pm ... Outdoor movie from 6.45pm

Events happening in February

1-19 February

Teach the kids that art is not always boring!  Patterns Under the Sea is a special childrens exhibition featuring works from the Cairns Regional Gallery Collection and by local students.  Free art activities are available in the Gallery space and it's a great way to cool down, entertain the kids and take a break from the Cairns heat.

1 February - 1 April

It's not often you hear people laughing out loud in a Gallery, but that's the case in Behind the Lines.  Australia's best known cartoonists have come together to present a cutting snap shot of the 2011 year in politics.  Once you've viewed the show, be sure to cast a vote for your favourite and put it in the running for the People's Choic...

2 February - 27 December
Occurs every week on Thursday

Come in and join in on the fun of Trivia every Thursday night at the Salt House. Register for free from 6.30pm, you can have as many or as little as you like in a team, it is up to you! Win some cool and corny prizes and have a laugh with your friends.

10 February - 8 April

A collection of photographs from successful Australian painter Tim Storrier.  Storrier has had a long history of setting up landscape interventions and photographing them.  Often these photographs help record the light, mood and atmosphere that is then reflected in completed paintings.  An evocative exhibition featuring not only phot...

10 February - 8 April

There's no denying the amazing talent of Nalda Searles.  Working with natural materials as diverse as plant fibres, animal fodder, hair and wax as well as found and salvaged items such as old clothing, Searles constructs amazing fibre textiles and sculptural forms. ... Nalda Searles will present an Artist Talk as part of this exhibition.Friday...

14 February

Treat your loved one to a romantic dinner at the Salt House. We have designed a delicous menu to suit with a glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne on arrival with a matching canape, followed by a 3 course meal. Book now as bookings are essential - phone 07 4041 7733.

26 February

Our next Family Fun Breaky is on Sunday 26th February – bring your family and join in on the fun including face painting and balloon blowing! Family full hot breaky platters are $49 for 2 adults and 2 children, individual prices also apply. Bookings are essential so phone 07 4041 7733.

Events happening in March

17 March

Salt House is bringing you the BIGGEST St Patricks Day yet! ... One of Far North Queensland's most enduring bands, Snake Gully plays a combination of traditional Australian folk music, Celtic tunes and originals (including the odd blues) with plenty of pizzazz and splashes of colour from other acoustic styles. Co-founded by Alan Jones back in 1987...

Events happening in April

28 April

 The Pink Pedal Power workshop is aimed at getting women together in a relaxed and fun environment to overcome their bike riding fears and build confidence on two wheels. You will learn practical skills and get some top tips from the fantastic workshop leaders.Achieving goals, a sense of accomplishment, increased energy, weight loss and body t...

Events happening in June

1-3 June

It is time again for the annual Cairns Home Show & Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo. This year the Home Show is better than ever! Visitors can look forward to an event packed with a huge variety of top quality products and services for improving your home and the outdoors. ... You’ll find everything you need to fit the budget with a ma...

22-23 June

Rockabilly xpress play lively & fun sets Reservations essential $12 meal deal available includes drink

24 June - 1 July
Occurs every week on Sunday

The most popular jam session in Cairns. Join the house band on stage and showcase yourself Instruments supplied $12 meal deal includes drink Reservations essential fun starts 6pm

2013 Cairns Events

Events happening in January

1 January

The Cairns Road Runners invite all runners and walkers to a FREE Fun Run on Australia Day. ... Dress up in your best Green and Gold for the 1km, 3km, 5km or 10km run/walk. ... All Road Runners Club members can enjoy a free breakfast after the run, visitorsj are welcome to join us for breakfast at a cost of $2.00. Please register your interest...

12 January

Along the Queensland coast on Saturday 12 January a king tide will be visible during daylight hours. Green Cross Australia is inviting all Queenslanders to ‘witness’ the king tide and contribute to a project to track and survey the impact of king tides by taking photos and sharing them online. ... King tides can demonstrate what our coa...

24 January

... Cairns’ early sugar industry and the region’s Chinese heritage are being recognised this week, with the unveiling of a plaque honouring the Hap Wah plantation. ... As part of the Cairns Chinese New Year Festival 2013, Mayor Bob Manning will join with the local Chinese community for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at Stockla...

26 January

The biggest and best celebrations can be found on the Cairns Esplanade with BBQ, fun games and activities for the kids and live free music for the adults.  For those who want to make a full day of it, stay and enjoy the free movie at sunset. ... from noon Enjoy a BBQ by the Lagoon Shoot hoops with the Cairns Taipans Win great prizes in the ann...

26 January

A fun day for all the family is planned at the 2013 Australia Day celebrations at Babinda this year.  Starting at 11.30am there will be pie eating competitions, egg and spoon races, human wheelbarrow races and prizes for the most patriotically dressed attendees! ... So bring the kids and come a long for a great Aussie Day in Babinda!

Events happening in February

12 February

... The film provides a unique insight into a story that continues to generate heartache and headlines today. Featuring introduction and discussion by Dave Sweeney, ACF Nuclear Free Campaigner ... Dirt Cheap 30 years on: the story of uranium mining in Kakadu. ... Uranium mining was imposed on the Traditional Owners of Kakadu in the late 1970s...

16 February

Dr Sandra Abell-Davis will introduce you to the Kingdom "Fungi". Bring along some fungi from your garden and get Sandra to identify and explain it. Weather Permitting, we will also go for a walk and discover some of the fungi in the Botanic Gardens.

23 February

BE INSPIRED - Best of Kendal World Film Tour  ... View Trailer ... Unmissable - the best action and adventure films from around the world!Each year the very best films from Kendal Mountain Festival are hand-picked to travel the world on the Best Of Kendal World Film Tour. Audiences across the UK and around the world get to experience the essen...

Events happening in March

1 March

Join hundreds of locals, friends and families of athletes for this great community and charity event on Friday 7th June 2013 from the Cairns Esplanade. Enjoy the beautiful Tropical North Queensland winter sunshine with a 5km stroll for a good cause, or take a serious approach and battle it out with other runners for great prizes and heaps of f...

8 March

This year's show promises to be Akmal's most punctual, and jam-packed with lots of words, some of which he will be using for the first time. Also, for the first time in the history, Akmal will be appearing in high definition 3D (glasses not provided). ... Movies, Sketch, Stand-Up, TV appearances, radio DJ and talk show host, improvisation and a pub...

8-23 March
Occurs every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

Do you like sharp witty language? Watching the transformative power of love?  Being surprised and delighted by the twists and turns of life? Then JUTE Theatre Company's new show 'Soph and the Real World' by Jane Modric is for you.  With live music on stage, 'Soph and The Real World' is a show that will appeal to people who love music, c...

9 March

The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival is coming to Cairns for the first time 9 March and are partnering with EDO-NQ to raise funds. ... The inaugural Australian - San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival is proud to bring North America’s premier cinemaquatic© film event for ocean-related independent films t...

20 March

On Wednesday 20th March 2013, the legendary reggae star Jimmy Cliff is performing at Tanks Arts Centre for one night. His patented sweet tenor is the most recognisable vocals in reggae!  From, 'I Can See Clearly Now' to 'The Harder They Come', singer and actor Jimmy Cliff has spent the past four decades spreading the reggae beat around the wor...

22 March

Gecko’s is an indoor playground which specialises in the best Children’s parties in Cairns, fantastic coffee and a great place to meet your friends while the kids are safely playing. ... The countdown begins to our next Disco - Easter Eggstraviganza. Dress up in your favourite bunny costume or easter bonnet for a night of fun and games....

23 March

ep·i·cu·re·an (p-ky-rn, -kyr-) adj. 1. Devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasure, especially to the enjoyment of good food and comfort. ... Join us for our first ever "Epicurean wine dinner" here at Novotel Palm Cove Resort on Saturday 23rd March 2013. ... Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30 sit down until late in our...

23 March

Over the last year, Council reduced its total electricity consumption by 7% - the equivalent to powering 400 homes per year.  ... Council has signed up to support Earth Hour 2013 and will switch off non-essential lighting.  What will you do to make a difference? ... Earth Hour will take place around the world on Saturday 23 March between...

28 March

Tanks Arts Centre is excited to announce two times Grammy award winner Taj Mahal will perform for one night only on 28 March 2013 as part of his Bluesfest sideshows.You could call Taj Mahal a singer, composer, producer, two-time Grammy-winner, world-class musical collaborator, musicians’ advocate, world traveller, fisherman or cigar aficionad...

Events happening in April

3-4 April

There's nothing new under the sun, so it's said. But wait, there really is something new! The world's most popular children's entertainment group, The Wiggles, are heading out on the road to introduce their new team. After 21 years of entertaining children around the globe, it's the beginning of an exciting new era for The Wiggles as they head out...

4 April

From crooner to retro-rocker to one of music’s most sensitive singer-songwriters, Chris has been making some of the coolest music for the past 25 years. ... In addition to being a multi-platinum artist, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, acclaimed actor and all-round great guy, Chris is a charismatic showman and entertainer. ... His live sh...

14 April - 20 December
Occurs second Sunday of every month

Travel along the Esplanade to Lily Creek and back to the Esplanade, followed by free refreshments and heaps of fun cycling activities, including learn to ride, lose the trainer wheels, learn new bike skills, bike safety checks and maintenance tips. The route is flat and will take about 1 hour and there will be a shorter circuit available if you pre...

Events happening in May

3 May

The Mayor’s Charity Golf Day is an annual event with a lengthy local history. It was introduced into Cairns Regional Council as a valuable charity fundraising event over a decade ago and continues to be one of the most popular on the business calendar. ... Scheduled in 2013 for Friday 3 May at Half Moon Bay Golf Course, the one day Ambrose ev...

11 May

The annual Cairns Blues Festival sees a fine selection of performers from Australia and overseas. Blues music has influenced many genres of popular music, and this is showcased at this friendly, open air festival set amid the tropical splendour of Fogarty Park, on the Cairns Esplanade. This festival values hospitality, fine quality music, the Far N...

12 May

The Mother's Day Classic is one of Australia's largest charity events and raises money for breast cancer research. More than 125,000 people took part in 2012 and raised $4 million. The 2013 Mother's Day Classic takes place on Sunday 12 May. ... Mission ... To deliver an inspirational community event that celebrates those touched by breast cancer an...

Events happening in June

1-10 June

Just an our drive from Cairns, Babinda will celebrate their 50th harvest Festival. The Babinda Harvest Festival is an annual Babinda event. In this sugar town, it celebrates the start of the sugarcane harvest (mid June), as well as celebrating the harvesting of other tropical produce from their region.The Grand Parade will have themed floats from b...

2 June

The Coral Coast Triathlon 5150  is a tradition in Tropical North Queensland that will join the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival for the third time in 2013. Taking place on 2 June 2013, , the Coral Coast Triathlon starts and finishes in the paradise of Port Douglas with a course featuring Four Mile Beach. 5150 (Olympic), Sprint and Entice...

2 June

Even before Cairns hosted the 1996 MTB World Championships, The iconic Triple RRR (Rural, Rainforest & Reef) cross country event was in its 5th year. The Triple R mountain bike race is the longest running 'point to point' race in Australia. First run in 1991 the race has run consecutively for 22 years. ... The race has been run as club events,...

2 June

Get ready! Australia's biggest and newest downwind iron ocean race is on again. This year, more outrigger canoes and surf skis are expected to do battle in this exciting addition to the Australian adventure race calendar. ... The challenge - should you choose to accept it - is a 40 kilometre awesome surf leg along the stunning North Queensland coas...

6 June

This unique ocean swim offers competitors a chance to swim in the sparkling waters off Green Island. This spectacular 1.5km or 3km swim has the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef below the surface. Swimming over the reef brings the delights of colourful reef fish, turtles and a variety of corals as you navigate one of the most amazing reef swims...

7 June

... Tune in on World Oceans Day on June 7th for a ground-breaking 12-hour underwater broadcast live from the Great Barrier Reef! ... Following up on last year's successful launch of the Catlin Seaview Survey, where a team of scientists and explorers brought Google Street View underwater for the first time, this year's Reef Live event is set to rai...

8 June

Join in the tri fun with the kids’ only version of Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns. Swim through the Esplanade Lagoon, ride along the Esplanade and run along the boardwalk to the finish at Fogarty Park. It’s not about being the best but giving it a go and having a whole lot of fun being active, plus you’ll get a finishers medal*&nbs...

9 June

Set in one of the world’s most iconic tropical locations, Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns will take place on Sunday the 9th of June 2013. ... IRONMAN Cairns is a gruelling iron-distance triathlon that features a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike leg that travels one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and a 42.2km run that...

9 June

Half the distance, half the pain on the same great course as Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns! IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns boasts a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and a 21.1km run.

26 June

In times of crisis, leaders are defined by both their actions and by their ability to make decisions without deliberation - to act with confidence but without recklessness. ... One of the most positive things about working in disasters is that True Leaders are quickly identified. Without the constraints of an organisation chart or imposed manageme...

30 June

Enter the world of smoke and mirrors of light and shade. ... World renowned Hand Shadow Artist, the Unusualist Raymond Crowe returns with his new work of wonder "Curiosities". His show is a dazzling display of skills and artistry rarely seen on the world stage. Be enchanted by his imaginative creations and collections of ventriloquism, smoke painti...

Events happening in July

4-7 July

Cairns has become the place to be for ukulele lovers and music lovers alike the first weekend of July. The Cairns Ukulele Festival is an annual multi-day, multi-arts festival that brings people from all over the globe and from all walks of life and ages together to enjoy and make music in the tropics. ... There are concerts, workshops, tours and ev...

12 July

The year is 2067 and The Republic of Australia is run by Paul Toppy, your everyday Aboriginal President. Problem is, Paul doesn’t know much about being Aboriginal. All that changes one day though when Paul on his Presidential campaign steps onto sacred ground. Travelling back in time he meets a family who teaches him values he forgot about in...

13 July

Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale and commonly Le quatorze juillet. ... Join Alliance Française de Cairns in association with Novotel Palm Cove Resort to Celebrate Bastille Day 201...

26 July - 10 August

Like A Fishbone by Anthony Weigh was first co-produced in Australia by Griffin Theatre Company & Sydney Theatre Company in 2010. ... A remote valley. An unspeakable crime. A prominent architect is commissioned to design a memorial to the victims. ... Like A Fishbone is both a psychological thriller and a haunting puzzle about faith, compassion...

28 July

People of Cairns - get ready to get colourful! It's Far North Queensland's turn to pain the town red...and yellow and blue, green, pink and more when The Swisse Color Run comes to town on Sunday, July 28. Tickets will be on sale from Friday, May 24.Based on the US phenomenon, The Swisse Color Run is a five kilometre fun run ...with a colourful twis...

Events happening in August

8-11 August

From 8 to 11 August in 2013, Cairns will host the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. Presented by the team behind the Gold Coast’s biennial Pan Pacific Masters Games using the same successful blend of sports and social programs, this exciting new event will see thousands of masters-aged men and women from across Australia, Oceania an...

8-11 August

The Baseball part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... Thursday 8 August: 3.30pm – 8.00pm ... Friday 9 August: 10.30am - 9.00pm ... Saturday 10 August: 12.30pm – 5.00pm ... Sunday 11 August: 9.00am – 4.00pm ...   ... A maximum of eight teams will be accepted ... The provision of an accredited umpire and scorer per tea...

8-12 August

The Basketball part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... Thursday 8 August: 10.00am - 4.45pm ... Friday 9 August: 9.00am - 3.45pm ... Saturday 10 August: 9.30am - 4.00pm ... Sunday 11 August: 9.00am - 2.00pm ...   ... Depending on the number of team nominations received, the tournament may only be required to be played on Friday 9 &nda...

8-11 August

The Cricket part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... The competition is presented by the Cairns Cricket Association Inc. and the Mulgrave Combined Cricket Association Inc. and is supported by Queensland Cricket.

8-11 August

The Hockey part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... Depending on the number of team nominations received, the tournament may only be required to be played on Friday 9 – Sunday 11 August ... The competition is conducted under International Hockey Federation (FIH) rules. ... The competition is sanctioned by the Oceania Hockey Federatio...

8-11 August

The Lawn Bowls part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games.

8-11 August

The Softball part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... The first day and a half of competition will be used as a grading round for the women 35+ divisions only.  After this teams will be placed into their medal divisions.  Every effort will be made to place into competitive divisions. The women 45+ and men 35+ will not be graded....

9-11 August

The Road & Trail part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... Friday 9 August: 8km Trail Race ... Saturday 10 August: 4km Trail Race ... Sunday 11 August: Road Half Marathon ... Trail Races will be run on established mountain biking tracks and include steep climbs, single tracks and shallow creek crossings. ... The Half Marathon is a road...

9-11 August

The Beach Volleyball part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... Friday 9 & Saturday 10 August – Men’s and Ladies’ Pairs ... Sunday 11 August – Mixed Fours ... Friday 9 August: 1:30pm - 5:30pm ... Saturday 10 August: 8:30am - 5:30pm ... Sunday 11 August: 8:30am - 5:00pm ... All games will be duty refereed. ... Comp...

9-11 August

The Futsal part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... Competition is conducted under Australian Futsal Association Rules. ... All players within a team must have the same colour shirts. ... Shin pads, long socks over shin pads and non-marking shoes are compulsory. ... The competition is presented by Futsal FNQ and is sanctioned by the Austra...

9-11 August

The Golf part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... All events will be conducted in accordance with the rules of golf as approved by the R&A Golf Club of St Andrews and the USGA and such local rules as approved by the match committee. ... The tournament is presented by the Half Moon Bay Golf Club. ...

9-11 August

The Netball part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... All Games will be 4 x 10 minute quarters. ... Competition will be conducted under the All Australian Netball Association rules. ... The competition is presented by the Cairns Netball Association and sanctioned by Netball Queensland. ...

9-11 August

The Squash part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... Competition will be conducted in accordance with Squash Australia Rules. ... Competition is sanctioned by Squash Australia and is presented by Sportsworld Fitness. ...

9-11 August

The Swimming part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... World records will not be recognised as this meet is not a FINA event ... Any swimmers can set a Great Barrier Reef Masters Games record. ... Any Masters Swimming Queensland member can break Queensland records. ... Any Masters Swimming Australia member can break national records. ... Co...

9-11 August

The Tennis part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games.

9-11 August

The Touch Football part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... The competition will be conducted under the Touch Football Australia (TFA) ‘6-a side’ rules. ... The competition is presented by the Cairns Pirates Touch Association and is supported by North Queensland Touch Association and Touch Football Australia. ...

10-11 August

The Track and Field part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... Athletes in sprint events must record their best time in the previous 12 months in the space provided to assist heat seeding. ... High jump and pole vault entrants must record their starting height. ... Pole Vault athletes will be required to supply their own poles. ... A final p...

10-11 August

The Dragon Boating part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. ... Race format will be a 13km endurance event around Admiralty Island ... A crew may consist of no more than 26 members inc drummer and steerer. ... Races will consist of a maximum of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steerer. ... Mixed divisions must be 50/50 split (10:10 ratio). ... A c...

15-18 August

Arts Queensland is partnering with the Far North's arts and cultural organisations, Indigenous artists, Traditional Owners and Cairns Regional Council to stage CIAF Presents. ... CIAF Presents is a homegrown, Far North Queensland event celebrating the state's Indigenous arts and culture with a major free concert on 16 August, dance gather...

24 August

The 7th Annual Cairns Underwater Film Festival will be held on Saturday 24th August 2013 at the Cairns Civic Theatre. ... Cairns Underwater Film Festival is a celebration of underwater photography and filmmaking. The festival combines an underwater film and photo competition (which focuses on the rich and diverse beauty of the Great Barrier Reef a...

31 August

Bring a rug or chair and picnic supper. Lay back and take in the lush garden surrounds while you relax to the mellow tones of some of our best local jazz ensembles.

Events happening in September

1 September

Come and celebrate Fathers Day on Collins Avenue with markets, music, food, kids’ entertainment, buskers and much, much more! ... Carnival on Collins is a great family fun day featuring loads of free entertainment for people of all ages.  Local art, craft, produce and plants are available at a diverse range of market stalls, with free,...

6-7 September

The Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is four days of Fun, Fashion, and Racing built around two days of horse racing in Cairns in early September each year. ... What began as a small meeting in 1959, designed to bring city and country together, has expanded over the years to become one of Australia's premier spring horse racing carnivals. ... 55 year...

21-23 September

The Cardiac Challenge is a three day camping and recreational cycle ride in the September school holidays.The route includes some of the most stunning scenery in the Wet Tropics, Dry Tropics, and World Heritage National Parks of Far North Queensland starting in Cairns and progressing inland through the Kuranda range, Speewah, Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Mt...

28 September - 5 October

Eight unforgettable days of cycling: climbing through the rainforest covered mountains in the Wet Tropics area between Innisfail, Ravenshoe and Cairns. ... Over 500kms on mostly remote dirt roads with minimal traffic. ... Spectacular scenery including waterfalls and gorges, rainforest and open forest, hard to access country that many locals have no...

Events happening in October

16 October

Light the night brings people together to honour the memory of those we have lost and celebrate those who have survived or currently undergoing treatment. Join hundreds of people and walk with the Leukaemia Foundation to show your support. From Fogarty Park Cairns Esplanade - along the picturesque boardwalk up the Cairns Base Hospital and back agai...

16 October

The Ride2Work Program is a nationally run, year round program that encourages thousands of Australians to get started and keep them riding to work. ... Ride2Work has a strong influence in the dramatic increase of people choosing to ride to work, with an amazing 47% of new riders registered in 2012 still riding to work when surveyed five months afte...

19-27 October

Explore some of the toughest and most beautiful regions of Australia - on your bike! The Crocodile Trophy is known as the hardest and most adventurous Mountain Bike (MTB) stage race in the world and, starting with a circuit race at Smithfield near Cairns, over nine days you will ride for 1,000 kilometres on challenging and technical terrain, throug...

20 October

The Tastes of the Tablelands festival is to be held this year in the grounds of the Chinese Temple. It is a showcase of all the best that our region has to offer in the way of food, wines, music and arts and crafts. It provides a great stepping stone for new, small producers to introduce their wares to a much wider market than would normally be ava...

23-28 October

Cairns International Futsal challenge is open to all International and National mens teams. The winning team will receive up to a maximum of AUD10,000 prize money. Whilst in Cairns teams can take advantage of everything that Cairns has to offer from the a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which gives you an amaz...

24-28 October

Tablelands Folk Festival is held in Yungaburra 65 minutes from Cairns on the Atherton Tablelands. Yungaburra is on the Gillies Highway and is 10 minutes from Atherton, the closest regional centre. ... Celebrating music, friendship and cultural understanding, the Tablelands Folk Festival is the longest running folk festival in Queensland. Held annua...

25-27 October

Reef Feast - the best of Palm Cove, is a three day food event showcasing the local produce at its peak, and is in the hands of some of Tropical North Queensland's most creative and imaginative chefs. This year will be bigger, brighter and better than ever, with restaurants and cafes offering tastes to tempt the most discerning palates. Marquees off...

27 October

Cairns' youngest new residents will be the centre of attention at Cairns Regional Council's annual Baby Welcome and Family Expo. ... Registrations are now open to families who have welcomed a new addition since October 2012 and would like to be part of this special event. ... Mayoress Claire Manning will formally welcome each baby into the communit...

Events happening in November

26-30 November

JUTE Theatre Company is passionate about professional development opportunities for regional independent producers, so we created the Indie Season. Since 2008, JUTE has provided independent practitioners the opportunity to produce their own work at the JUTE Theatre and program it as part of the JUTE annual season. ... The 2013 successful Indie appl...

Events happening in December

1 December

The 4th Annual Carols by Candlelight at Yorkeys Knob. Bring the family and be entertained by local entertainers. Candles for sale with proceeds donated to charity. The highlight is a visit from the man himself, Santa! ... The fun starts at 5.00pm and finishes around 8.15pm. Be sure to get there early to get your spot on the grass! ... Bring your fa...

8 December

Back again at Fogarty Park for 2013 is the Cairns Regional Council Carols by Candlelight, the largest and most loved carols event in the region. ... Starting at 5pm with pre-carols stage entertainment and activities for the kids this year's program includes performances from Cairns Choral Society, Cairns Young Voices, Chris Lloyds, Redlynch State C...

2014 Cairns Events

Events happening in January

28 January - 15 February

Cairns Chinese New Year 2014 - Year of the Horse. Celebrate the new Luna Year in Cairns with a number of vibrant cultural experiences, from first class dining, street festivals, art exhibitions, traditional entertainment and games, and demonstrations.Cairns offers a rich Chinese heritage and provides strong links to Chinese culture. Cairns and Dist...

Events happening in April

12-13 April

Join us for a lecture with Buddhist teacher Stewart Jarvis on Why meditate? ... In this talk Stewart Jarvis will show you how regular meditation can make life more happy and meaningful to yourself and those around you. ... Stewart Jarvis has been studying Buddhist meditation for more than 20years. Stewart is currently the President of the Buddhist...

Events happening in May

23-25 May

Master Zhen Hua Yang will give a weekend course teaching some of the deepest Taoist energy principles being introduced to the Western world. ... Fri 23rd May 6pm to 9pm: develop inner power ... Sat 24th May 9am to 12pm : Cultivate happiness, grounding, inner bliss and harmony ... Sat 24th May 1pm to 4pm Improve digestion & circulation ... Sun 2...

Events happening in June

6-21 June
Occurs every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Play by Stephen Carleton ... Memory can be a real drag.  Russell's ghosts were kind of at rest. He was at peace with it all; his mother disappearing when he was eight, being raised by Neville - a stalwart of the semi-racist no-nonsense Regional Right. Not knowing who his biological father was. ... It's Darwin, 2001, and Russell and his partne...

15 June

Hi, I'm Peta and I'm walking from Cairns to Cape York to raise $10 000 for Jog for Jugs, a charity I created three years ago that support NCBF and BCNA. ... It's 30 days. 30 - 45km a day and 1000km to the tip. ... The footwork begins this June and I'm calling for any support crew/drivers who would like to join me, see some sights and perhaps cheer...

Events happening in July

3-6 July

Cairns has become the place to be for ukulele lovers and music lovers alike the first weekend of July. The Cairns Ukulele Festival is an annual multi-day, multi-arts festival that brings people from all over the globe and from all walks of life and ages together to enjoy and make music in the tropics. ... There are concerts, workshops, tours and ev...

Events happening in September

12-13 September

Enjoy 4 days of fun, fashion, glamour, food and entertainment centred around 2 days of horse racing in Cairns.  ... The Cairns Amateurs began as a small meeting in 1959 designed to bring the city and country together and has expanded over 50+ years to become one of Australia's premier spring horse racing carnivals. Operated by the Far North Qu...

2015 Cairns Events

Events happening in February

19 February

“Charming and disarmingly clever… Drake is one of those rare provocative performers who are uber smart but ultra cosy at heart…” (Gscene, Brighton UK) ...  ** Sold out shows & rave responses in Europe, the USA & Canada** ...  Jimmy is trying to quit romance, cold turkey, so he’s joined the Romance-a...

20 February

“Charming and disarmingly clever… Drake is one of those rare provocative performers who are uber smart but ultra cosy at heart…” (Gscene, Brighton UK) ...  ** Sold out shows & rave responses in Europe, the USA & Canada** ...  Jimmy is trying to quit romance, cold turkey, so he’s joined the Romance-a...

21 February

“Charming and disarmingly clever… Drake is one of those rare provocative performers who are uber smart but ultra cosy at heart…” (Gscene, Brighton UK) ...  ** Sold out shows & rave responses in Europe, the USA & Canada** ...  Jimmy is trying to quit romance, cold turkey, so he’s joined the Romance-a...

Events happening in March

6 March

From the writer who gave us What are the Odds?....  RATED: PG ... 'Stewed' is an office comedy with heart, about a woman who is forced to learn that people who initially seem very different, can often turn out to be very much the same.    The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the b...

7 March

From the writer who gave us What are the Odds?....  RATED: PG ... 'Stewed' is an office comedy with heart, about a woman who is forced to learn that people who initially seem very different, can often turn out to be very much the same.    The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the b...

10 March

From the writer who gave us What are the Odds?....  RATED: PG ... 'Stewed' is an office comedy with heart, about a woman who is forced to learn that people who initially seem very different, can often turn out to be very much the same.    The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the b...

12 March

From the writer who gave us What are the Odds?....  RATED: PG ... 'Stewed' is an office comedy with heart, about a woman who is forced to learn that people who initially seem very different, can often turn out to be very much the same.    The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the b...

14 March

From the writer who gave us What are the Odds?....  RATED: PG ... 'Stewed' is an office comedy with heart, about a woman who is forced to learn that people who initially seem very different, can often turn out to be very much the same.    The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the b...

17 March

From the writer who gave us What are the Odds?....  RATED: PG ... 'Stewed' is an office comedy with heart, about a woman who is forced to learn that people who initially seem very different, can often turn out to be very much the same.    The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the b...

18 March

From the writer who gave us What are the Odds?....  RATED: PG ... 'Stewed' is an office comedy with heart, about a woman who is forced to learn that people who initially seem very different, can often turn out to be very much the same.    The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the b...

19 March

From the writer who gave us What are the Odds?....  RATED: PG ... 'Stewed' is an office comedy with heart, about a woman who is forced to learn that people who initially seem very different, can often turn out to be very much the same.    The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the b...

20 March

From the writer who gave us What are the Odds?....  RATED: PG ... 'Stewed' is an office comedy with heart, about a woman who is forced to learn that people who initially seem very different, can often turn out to be very much the same.    The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the b...

21 March

From the writer who gave us What are the Odds?....  RATED: PG ... 'Stewed' is an office comedy with heart, about a woman who is forced to learn that people who initially seem very different, can often turn out to be very much the same.    The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the b...

27 March

The New Works Department is a program that takes the development of new work to the next level.   It is an in-depth interrogation of work that may have commenced as a text from a playwright or a concept from a creative team.   The work is tested and prodded by a director, dramaturg, actors and ultimately the playwright and key...

Events happening in April

8-10 April

Delta Gymnastics Holiday Clinics are the perfect way to keep kids active these school holidays! Throughout the 3 day clinic, children will have fun in the gym with gymnastics based challenges, games and fitness activities!

Events happening in May

29 May

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

30 May

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

Events happening in June

2 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

3 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

4 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

4 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

5 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

6 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

9 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

10 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

11 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

12 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

13 June

In this delightful, heart breaking, funny one woman show written and performed by Susan Prince, we are taken on a very personal journey through life as a performer with epilepsy.  Susan takes us through her life through the eyes of the characters she has played. Each character telling us about her life behind the scenes.  What drives her...

Events happening in July

10 July

WHAT IS THE “NEW WORKS DEPARTMENT”?: ... The New Works Department is a program that takes the development of TWO new scripts/projects to the next level.  This is the ‘juice’, the stuff not usually seen by people outside the theatre world, but the New Works Department opens its doors and invites everyone in.  It's e...

Events happening in August

1 August

Experience a Far North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural extravaganza at the UMI Arts Big Talk One Fire Indigenous Cultural Festival. ... UMI Arts is proud to present its annual signature event, now in its eight year. Fogarty Park, on the Cairns Esplanade, will come alive with Traditional dancing, culture, music, performanc...

13-16 August

The Great Barrier Reef Masters Games are being held in Cairns from 13 to 16 August 2015. The Games are international non-qualifying, social event, with 20 sports for motivated, like-minded sports enthusiasts to choose from. ... Following the success of the inaugural event held in 2013, it is planned to stage the Games in Cairns every two years. ......

Events happening in September

6 September

Blue September raises both awareness about and funds for Fighting Cancer in Men. It supports the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and Australian Prostate Cancer Research. ... Challenge yourself this Father’s Day, Sunday Sept 6th, with a 5km, 10km or 21.1km running event or a 5km family run/walk throughout the beautiful Redlynch Valley, s...

21-23 September

The Barron Valley Gymnastics Holiday Clinic is the perfect way to keep active in the September school holiday break! Throughout the 3 day clinic, children will have fun exploring gymnastics movement based challenges, games and fitness activities! The Holiday Clinic is offered in addition to regular class and is open to both Members and the gen...

Events happening in October

2-4 October

Would you like increased vitality, sex drive and control over your overall life balance through the power of positive change? This event has been established to educate, motivate and inspire you to transform your body and mind, take control and understand the fundamentals of living with real food. Topics will be covered by industry expert and celeb...

17 October

Head along to Cairns' best live music venue, Tank 5 at the Tanks Art Centre to enjoy original music by Indigenous musicians, the SK Boiiz and Warrigan Band.  ... Warrigan Band will kick-off the evening with original songs they have written since forming in 2005. For over 10 years, this group of six family members from Hopevale, Cape York,...

Events happening in November

18 November

It All Begins With Love is a 37min piece of verbatim theatre about Domestic Violence being presented at JUTE Theatre on 18th November 2015 at 7.30pm, with a Q&A afterward.  ...   ... This is a controversial, in-your-face piece, wrapped around what 12 survivors and 3 perpetrators actually said.   ...   ... This extraordinary...

20 November

WHAT IS THE “NEW WORKS DEPARTMENT”?: ... The New Works Department is a program that takes the development of new scripts/projects to the next level.  This is the ‘juice’, the stuff not usually seen by people outside the theatre world. The New Works Department will open its doors and invite you in to be part of the devel...

Events happening in December

10 December 2015 - 22 January 2016
Occurs every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

The UMI Arts annual Pathways exhibition showcases works by recent participant in the UMI Arts Exhibition Ready program. ... The Pathways 6 exhibition present works by five artists whom are Samuel Savage, Paul Bong, Lynelle Flinders, Norman Miller and Joseph Banu. Each artist completed the Exhibition Ready program during the last twelve months and...

11-12 December

For 2-days the popular UMI Arts Indigenous Markets are back in Cairns!! ... On Friday 11 and Saturday 12 December, 2015 the Markets will be held at UMI Arts’ outdoor area and Gallery space at 335 Sheridan Street, North Cairns.  ... The Indigenous Markets are an opportunity for friends, locals and visitors to enjoy the diverse talent...

2016 Cairns Events

Events happening in May

17 May

Do you want to take your business to the next level?  ... This seminar will give you the solutions. ...   ... The event is run by Alexander Martin and John Strange - a MAUS accredited business coach with 40 years of experience working in and with small businesses.  ... This event is aimed at small business owners who want to grow and...

18 May

2016 Queensland Small Business Week 16-21 May. Are you in business? Do you want to start a business? ... Get the support you need, network, and hear new ideas at a small business event. ... Join the Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business at the Cairns: Get Fit for Change...

20 May

UMI Arts popular Indigenous Markets where you can purchase directly from the creator of each item. ... Held on the Esplande (adjacent to the Lagoon). ... Markets with authentic traditonal and contemporay Aboriginal and ... Torres STrait ISlander dance, arts, craft and clothing stalls.

Events happening in June

2 June

UMI Arts popular Indigenous Markets where you can purchase directly from the creator of each item. ... Held on the Esplande (adjacent to the Lagoon). ... Markets with authentic traditonal and contemporay Aboriginal and ... Torres STrait ISlander dance, arts, craft and clothing stalls.

17 June - 2 July
Occurs every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

JUTE Theatre Company presents ‘The Salt Remains’ by Tom Gardiner. ...   ... In the best tradition of thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat, Gardiner’s play 'The Salt Remains' is a study in twists and turns that will keep the audience guessing. Gardiner has written two very strong characters and placed them in a dea...

Events happening in July

15-17 July

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is a unique four-day event that merges an art market with a celebration of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. ... CIAF is the only art fair in Australia to welcome commercial art galleries and Indigenous art centres to sell and showcase art by Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strai...

2017 Cairns Events

Events happening in March

30 March - 21 April
Occurs every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

This exhibition showcases the talent and diversity of artwork created by UMI Arts members. ... This special annual event will reveal the stunning art of new and emerging artists and the alumni; practicing, established and professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists of Far North Queensland. ... The Exhibition will be la...

Events happening in April

5-7 April

The ANZA Workshop offers many professional development opportunities for participants, including seminars on international education trends, insights into key markets, current visa issues and guidance on building successful relationships with agents.

8-9 April

*FREE DANCE CLASSES ... 3yo to Adult AgeFun, Positive, great for confidenceStyles: Jazz/Funk, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet ... Backstreet Dance Cairns ... *for new students only. Must register.

Events happening in May

Occurs every week on Wednesday

Walk into Wellness is a new, free, physiotherapist-led walking group which is particularly suitable for those returning from injury or illness. We are also happy to welcome anyone who needs a group for motivation, or to meet new friends- if you're a jogger we'll just see you at the start and end :) The walk will be paced for the slowest person and...

Events happening in June

1 June

The Connection is a documentary by health journalist Shannon Harvey, who was diagnosed with a serious autoimmune condition at the age of 24. She embarked on a journey to speak with renowned doctors, professors and others in science and medicine and on the way learnt the connection between the power of the mind and the functions of our body. As...

22 June

Instability? Pain? Previous ankle sprains? Learn 2 techniques to tape your own ankle using kinesio tape and rigid sports tape. Save money, prevent injuries and treat your own pain! Led by a physiotherapist with 11 years experience and a Sports Medicine Masters. http://www.wellnessembodiedcairns.com/events.html

Events happening in July

14-17 July

From where ever you are, come and join Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2017, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own. The CIAF 2016 cultural festivities welcomed more visitors than ever before - 50,000 people attended across all venues - enjoying the diversity of Far North Queensland Indigenous culture and taking the chance to attend a...

14-16 July

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) will transform the city of Cairns with its multi-faceted, all-inclusive celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture between Friday 14 July and Sunday 16 July, 2017. The three-day event brings together recognised and leading emerging Indigenous Australian visual artists and also features an...

19-21 July

The annual Cairns Show Auto Spectacular is a community event which showcases the very best cars and bikes from Far North Qld as well as offering you the experience to test your car to it limits. Visitors can expect to be entertained, to participate and enjoy a great day out for the whole family.  The Cairns Show Auto Spectacular is a true blen...

Events happening in August

25 August - 3 September

The Cairns Festival seeks to deliver a vibrant, progressive and collaborative arts and cultural festival that speaks to the region's unique stories and celebrates the distinctive colours and hues of the tropical lifestyle.

Events happening in September

10-24 September

Gain the skills to to design and grow sustainable edible landscapes. Join us for this 2 week live-in retreat to explore Permaculture to gain a deep understanding of this ecological science, practical principles and guiding design methods.This course covers the 72 hour intensive nationally recognized curriculum plus many practical workshops to...

29 September - 10 October

JUTE Theatre Company Presents ... Here We All Are. Assembled. by Kathryn Ash ... A twisted tale of two hapless characters who dare to question.  Suspended in a rotting dystopian landscape, forgotten by the world, these two are comforted by blissful ignorance, turning a blind eye to the impending Armageddon. Rising from the detritus comes the v...

Events happening in October

23 October

Want to make a difference? Can you help make the 2018 Relay bigger and better? We are looking for people to join the organising committee - come along to the Information Session and AGM on Monday 23 October at 5.30pm. ...   ... Relay For Life raises vital funds for Cancer Council Qld to put towards research, accommodation lodges, free wig and...

Events happening in November

19 November

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet bestselling romance author Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle). Join us for brunch and author talk from 9 am on Sunday 19 November, or come along to the free book-signing at 12 noon.

Events happening in December

11-15 December

Join us in the December School Holidays to make your own furry friend for only *$7This is more than 80% off the recommended price (RRP*)!We will be at: Cairns DFO274 Mulgrave Rd, Cairns Event Date: Monday 11th – Friday 15th of DecemberEvent Hours: 9:30am to 4pm.Bookings: NO booking is required, just come down and make a morning of i...

2018 Cairns Events

Events happening in February

14 February

Want to make a difference? Can you help make the 2018 Tablelands Relay bigger and better? We are looking for people to join the organising committee - come along to the Information Session and AGM on Wednesday 14th February at 5.30pm in the Mareeba Shire Council Boardroom.

Events happening in November

3 November

Australia’s most idyllic coastal music festival, Yarrabah Band Festival, returns with a star-laden line-up – featuring Australian rock legends and some of the brightest rising stars – as well as food stalls, local art and children’s activities, this Festival promises to be the biggest yet. Aussie icon Paul Kelly – with...

Events happening in December

31 December

The NYE Resolution Fun Run on the Cairns Esplanade is certainly putting the fun back into this year's celebrations. ... A carnival atmosphere will line the 4 km course with entertainment and surprises to help you party your way to the finish line! ... Welcome the New Year in a healthy way and kick-start your resolve to take up running in 2019. ......