What’s on in Cairns

Let Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort bring you the very best of Cairns. No matter what time of year you visit, our centrally located accommodation near the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns CBD means the best attractions, activities and events are just moments away.

When planning what to do during your stay in Cairns, we’ll keep you up date on what’s on!

  • Laura Rodeo and Races  23-25 June 2017

    The Laura Rodeo and Races are the premier social events for many people who call Cape York Peninsula home. The Horsesports are also held over the same weekend, with locals and visitors competing in traditional events such as the barrel races.

    The annual Laura Rodeo and Races are traditionally held over the 3rd or 4th weekend in June, just 3 kilometres north of Laura township. This is an action-packed weekend with something for all the family to enjoy. This year it will be held 29-30 June. People travel from all over Cape York Peninsula to join in the fun and frivolity, together with friends and visitors from further south.

    Talented jockeys vie for position on the outback track, testing their skills and pitting their steeds against each other. Ringers and stockmen compete with rodeo riders who travel great distances for a chance to take home some well-won prizes and trophies.

    The days’ entertainment flows well into the night with great music and dinner in the picturesque outback setting of the Laura Rodeo grounds.
    Free camping facilities at the Rodeo grounds include hot water showers and shared amenties. Food stalls are available in the daytime and refreshments including a licensed bar are available throughout the weekend.
    The local hotel, roadhouse, general store and post office provide their services, and accommodation and camping are available at the roadhouse, Laura Motel, and Quinkan hotel. Campgrounds are also located next to the Quinkan and Regional Cultural Centre.

    *Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is one of the sponsors for this community event. 

    See updates and news on the Laura Race Page: https://www.facebook.com/LauraRacesFNQLD

  • Cairns Museum - Re-open on 8th July 2017

    On July 8th the newest attraction for Cairns will open its doors, and showcase the story, the history, and  the wonderful tropical life of Cairns North Queensland to the world. We will be welcoming locals and visitors alike to experience the past and the present, the beasties and the beauties of this region.

    The Museum tells the story of Cairns in 4 main galleries

    • Cairns Over Time,
    • Old Cairns and the School of Arts,
    • Living in the Tropics, and
    • Changing Cairns. 

    Covering 3 floors, it also includes a changing Temporary Exhibitions Gallery. Interactive activities, a short film, and a wealth of exhibits, deliver an interesting experience for our visitors, and provide an introduction to the city of Cairns. Catering for the mainstream tourism market as well as the international student market, the Museum has a large tropical verandah, which can host functions. .Located in the heart of the city at the corner of Shields and Lake Street is in walking distance to all the CBD hotels.

    For more details, please see http://www.cairnsmuseum.org.au/

  • The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance - 12th July 2017

    Presented by Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Cairns Regional Council

    With an illustrious heritage built on the innovation and extraordinary creativity of dance royalty Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan, The Royal Ballet is truly one of the world’s great ballet companies.

    For the first time performing in Cairns the company will stage a very special Gala Performance in Cairns’ Munro Martin Parklands on Wednesday 12 July*.

    Featuring an ensemble of dancers from the company, the Gala Performance will feature beautiful solos and duos from the company’s broad repertoire including Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet

    This performance follows The Royal Ballet’s International Series season at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane from 29 June until 9 July.

    We All Dance
    Artists from The Royal Ballet collaborate with community groups and teaching artists from across Queensland to
    celebrate dance and movement through a series of workshops and culminating community performances.

    NAISDA Dance College 
    With ‘Sand to Stage’, NAISDA (National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association) Dance College reflects on the past, pays tribute to the present, and moves beyond form to reveal a new lexicon of Indigenous creativity that challenges our current social and political image of what it means to be an Indigenous Australian.

    For tickets and more information, please see 




  • CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR , 14 - 16 July 2017

    CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR , 14 - 16 July 2017

    AccorHotels and Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort are proud to support the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) for the sixth year.

    Featuring more than 100 artists and some of Queensland’s most renowned Indigenous artists from remote art communities, including those from Mornington Island, Lockhart River and Pormpuraaw, along with local Cairns galleries and national commercial galleries; the CIAF is an events to celebrate culture, create professional development opportunities for artists, and cultural exchange between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and visitors.

    The spectacular three-day art fair, that features a daily program of dance and musical performance, a bustling art market and a curated art exhibition, also hosts the Cairns premiere of Spear, a film by Stephen Page, and a collection of archival films depicting Queensland Indigenous culture of past decades.

    The geographic hub of CIAF is the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, a series of heritage listed and preserved buildings on the waterfront of Trinity Inlet. The art market, art fair, dance and music programs take place in and around the terminal buildings, with other events held at venues throughout the Cairns city scape.

    For details of the schedule, visit CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR website http://ciaf.com.au/program

  • Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe at  Munro Martin Parkland, 15 July 2017

    Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe

    Munro Martin Parkland

    15 July 2017

    Direct from North-East Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance ensemble Djuki Mala, fuse traditional Yolngu, contemporary pop culture dance and storytelling, thrilling crowds with a show that is a marvel of comic timing with a hefty dose of heart and soul. Always exuberant, their appearances have delighted audiences at major festivals and events in China, Canada and Europe and offer a rare and insightful view into Indigenous Australia.

    Providing performance opportunities to indigenous performers aged 11-25 years based in Cairns, Biddigal create, choreograph and perform their traditional stories through theatrical presentations. Biddigal artists invite audiences to experience the culmination of their fierce passion to share their culture and personal exploration of their heritage.

    A strong Yalanji woman hailing from FNQ, Deline Briscoe’s soulful, tasty songs tell intoxicating stories that empower and inspire all who see her perform live. Having worked alongside prolific Australian artists including Archie Roach and The Black Arm Band, you will feel her deep connection to spirit and the land when you hear Deline sing in her mother tongue.

    For tickets information, please see TicketLink website:

    And information about the Munro Martin Parklands:


    An official CIAF Satellite event.

    Ciaf Logo

  • NRL in Cairns! South Sydney Rabbitohs vs North Queensland Cowboys , Sun 16 Jul 2017

    NRL Games:   South Sydney Rabbitohs vs North Queensland Cowboys

    Sun 16 Jul 2017 4:00pm

    Barlow Park, Cairns

    For tickets information, please see NRL / Ticketek websites:




  • Cairns Show, 19 - 21 July 2017

    Cairns Show 2017 is on Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st July at the Cairns Showground. 

    Each year Cairns Show brings to you a variety of entertainment to be enjoyed by all ages

    The Cairns Show is an annual event held at the Cairns Show grounds just 5 minutes from the City Centre. Over 3 days visitors can experience Performing artists, Historical displays, Farm & Produce exhibits, Wood chopping competitions & local businesses displaying their wares. 

    For the children & young at heart, Side Show Alley is a 3 day, fully equipped fun park with rollercoasters, Dodgem cars and all the rides and entertainment you would expect.
    The first Cairns Show was held in September 1891. Originally the show consisted of Trade & agriculture exhibitions and competitions

    Open for 3 consecutive days, tickets are available at the the gate for single day entry, or you can purchase your tickets in advance.

    For tickets and more information, please see http://cairnsshow.com.au

  • 2017 AFL Games in Cairns!   Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns  22 July

    Saturday, July 22

    2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season:   Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns

    ROUND 18 - 16:35 AEST

    at Cazalys Stadium

    Ticket On-sale Date: Monday May 1

    Please see AFL website for detials: 



    Booki your stay in Cairns at: www.accorhotels.com/aflcairns

  • Opera Australia's The Marriage of Figaro,  29 July 2017

    Experience Opera Australia’s delightful comic masterpiece of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro under the tropical night sky at the stunning Munro Martin Parklands.

    Follow the adventures of a household over one crazy day; Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters — Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera, but a whole lot more fun!

    In a wealthy household in Seville, Figaro is marrying Susanna, but the Count wants to seduce her first. Marcellina wants Figaro and the Countess just wants her husband back. But Susanna is smarter than all of them. After a crazy day of disguise and duplicity, will she get her happily ever after?

    Award-winning creative duo Michael Gow and Robert Kemp have created this brand new production, featuring stunning period costumes and a clever set. A talented chamber orchestra and chorus of Cairns children will accompany some of Opera Australia's finest singers performing Mozart’s beautiful music.

    Sung in English, performed with chamber orchestra.

    For tickets information, please see TicketLink website:

    And information about the Munro Martin Parklands:

  • Cairns Festival  25 Aug - 3 Sept 2017

    25 Aug - 3 Sep 2017

    Cairns Festival is Far North Queensland's major annual creative celebration. The festival aims to seek greater regional and national recognition of our cultural identity in the Far North; to tell our unique stories and celebrate our distinctive, tropical lifestyle.There will be Grand Parade and Fireworks, performances, workshops and exhibitions. 

    For program details, please visit http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/festival

  • Elton John ONCE IN A LIFETIME TOUR - Cairns, 30th September 2017

    Exclusive to Australia, Elton John & His Band will perform four very special Once In A Lifetime concerts this September.

    He will perform in 4 cities in Australia, and Cairns is one of them!  On the 30th September. 

    Tickets Sale start on Tuesday 14 March. For more information, please see www.chuggentertainment.com/eltonjohn2017 

    See an article from Cairns Post about Elton John and the concert:

  • Cairns Esplanade market - Every Saturday

    Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the Cairns Esplanade market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more.

    See more here: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/esplanade/whats-on/markets