Local Events

ongoing events

First Sunday of the month

Palm Cove Markets

The 130+ stalls stretch along Williams Esplanade under the shade of palm & ancient paperbark trees in full view of the spectacular beach side scenery. 

The regular market features; entertainment for the kiddies, busking, local arts & crafts, gifts & souvenirs, plants & produce, massage, wellness and yummy snacks.

The markets are generally held on the 1st Sunday of the month from 8am – 2pm.

2023 Dates:

  • 1st October
  • 5th November
  • 3rd December

March 2024

8 – 10

Friday – Sunday

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival

The Cairns Tropical Writers Festival is held in Cairns and is the heart of literature in the tropics. Highlights include: a local book fair and bookstore where you can meet authors, attend book launches and purchase books written by locally based writers, about the region or by their visiting authors.

The Cairns Tropical Writers Festival brings together stories from the region and Australian authors who have published nationally and internationally. Featured authors, regional writers, public arenas and exciting workshop programs are designed to ensure there is something for everyone. The blend is irresistible, stamping an indelible sense of place on visitors, and the communities involved.

May 2024

24-26

Friday – Saturday

Port Douglas Carnivale 2024

Save the date for Port Douglas Carnivale to celebrate it’s 30th Anniversary!

Watch Port Douglas transform from a sleepy, palm tree-lined beachside beauty to a stage set for Carnivale revellers! Originally held to mark the start of the sugar cane harvesting season, today Carnivale is now considered the official opening of the tourist season and is a mecca for lovers of all things food, fun and sun.

June 2024

2

Sunday

Ecofiesta Cairns

The ECOfiesta Cairns is held in Martin Munro Parklands, celebrating the natural environment and sustainable living in Tropical North Queensland.

ECOfiesta is where you can immerse yourself in a day of stellar performances, hands-on workshops and a massive expo of green-tech and sustainable living solutions. With a dedicated children’s program, local street eats, ecotourism prizes and new connections to your community the Cairns ECOfiesta is set to help you celebrate today and inspire tomorrow.

16

Sunday

IRONMAN CAIRNS

With a truly spectacular destination, stunning course and electric atmosphere, you can see why the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns has earned the title of World’s Best IRONMAN in the 2022 Athlete Choice Awards. It’s a race where a world heritage-listed rainforest meets one of the natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef … no wonder it’s known as the ‘Race in Paradise’. 

July 2024

17-19
Wednesday – Friday

Cairns Show

At the Cairns Show we promise to bring the best of Cairns’ Agricultural, Pastoral, Mining and Cultural Industries! You’ll see jaw-dropping Entertainment, incredible competition entries, educational displays, local business exhibits, delicious food stalls, animals of all shapes and sizes, and thrilling rides in Sideshow Alley!

The Cairns Show is a budget friendly event that caters to all ages and backgrounds. Discover our list of Free Things to Do to get the most our of your experience.

AUGUST 2024

8-11

Thursday – Sunday

Taste Port Douglas Food & Drink Festival

Celebrate the food culture and lifestyle of Tropical North Queensland as we bring together world class chefs and inspiring food and beverage experiences in one of Australia’s favourite gourmet destinations.

Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas provides a food festival backdrop like no other in the world. Prepare to immerse yourself in a festival committed to the discovery of all things delicious this coming August.

23 – 1

Friday – Sunday

Cairns Festival

Mark your calendars, Cairns Festival is back from 23 August to 1 September and it’s going to be a feast for the senses.

Last year, over 100,000 people attended an array of events, from the ever-popular Grand Parade and Carnival on Collins, to projections and immersive lighting installations and live music, as well as fireworks and art exhibitions.

24

Saturday

Cairns Cup

The Cairns Cup Carnival is a headline event of the Cairns social calendar and a major highlight each year for the locals and guests in our region. With superb fashion, racing, fun and entertainment, the Carnival will run over two days with a variety of packages on sale.

OCTOBER 2024

19

Saturday

Great Barrier Reef Ocean Swim Series

Take part in an ocean swim on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day out on the reef with Sunlover that includes briefings, warm-up, the race, merchandise packages, photography, lunch, a semi-submarine tour, snorkelling, scuba diving, presentations and drinks.

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