Cairns Multicultural Month, held annually during the month of August, provides an opportunity to build and promote appreciation and acceptance for the diverse cultures of our region to strengthen meaningful and respectful community connections. It is a chance to come together to embrace our common values through the sharing of knowledge, tradition, food, music, sport and art.
When: Thursday 1st August – Sunday 1st September Where: Various locations – Cairns
Targa Great Barrier Reef 2018 was the first ever Targa event held in Queensland and the event name joins two iconic brands under the one banner.
This event is based in one of Australia’s iconic tourism locations, Cairns and will reach out to all of the surrounding regions.
The 2nd Targa Great Barrier Reef will be held on 30th - 31st August & 1st September 2019 on a course of over 200 competitive kilometres, including the exciting range roads out of Cairns, which if you have ever been to the region, you will agree are some of the most exciting roads in the country.
Targa Great Barrier Reef is a Targa event like no other as it passes through landscapes that are truly unique to Tropical North Queensland. Sugar cane and banana plantations will line the various stages and the weather will be anything but cold, being held at an ideal time of the year.
Where: Cairns When: 30th August - 1st September
Cairns Festival is the biggest event on the Cairns calendar. Celebrating art, culture and the beauty of tropical living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Brought to you by Cairns Regional Council.
When: Red Beret Hotel & IGA Leukaemia Cairns Cup Day 1 - Saturday 3rd August Red Beret Hotel Cairns Cup Day 2 - Saturday 10th August Where: Cannon Race Park
The MSF Sugar Great Pyramid Race
The Great Pyramid Race is arguably the toughest of its kind on the planet.
The event and the supporting pop up stalls, entertainment and music, cultural and craft events, children’s activities and rides and amusements have become the foremost community event for Gordonvale and surrounding areas, growing every year since its inception in 1959.
Festival activities include the main event, The Great Pyramid Race & the new 1/2 Pyramid Race, as well as other sporting activities including a 6.2km Race to the Base, 1800m Juniors Race around Alley Park and The Charity race which also runs to the base of the mountain.
When: Thursday 29th August Where: CPAC Theatre, Cairns
Experience Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef at its fashionable best… northern Australia’s most anticipated social and sporting event icon, the Cairns Amateurs Cup sponsored by Stella Artois, is the feature of the Carnival, and a must-do social spectacle to witness live.
While Cairns Amateurs Carnival is a racing event at its core, the Carnival transcends traditional sporting events with a combination of sport, fashion, celebrity and entertainment. With a reputation for fashion with a tropical twist, great racing and an unmatched scale and splendor this is the pinnacle of the north’s social calendar.
Reef Feast Palm Cove is Tropical North Queensland’s premier community event, celebrating cuisine, fresh produce, live music, relaxed culture and lifestyle of the magnificent tropics.
Enjoy your Longest Lunch on Friday, feast and dance under the stars on Saturday and come back for more for and markets on Sunday.
Where: Palm Cove When: 4th – 6th October
Babinda Harvest Festival
First held on the 27th of October 1962, however back then it was known as the Babinda Sugar Harvest Festival and was presented by the Bellenden Kerr Junior Farmers. Initially the street procession was held at 7.30pm and the Sugar Princess was crowned at 9pm in the Memorial Hall. Entrants in the Sugar Princess quest came from Tully to Mossman and everywhere in between. Babinda’s own Joan Arnold (nee Dickson) claimed the title of the very first Sugar Princess. The day after the Festival an afternoon of water sports was held at the Russell River by the Russell River Water Sports Club.
Where: Babinda When: 12th October
Carols by Candlelight 2019
Bring your rug, chair and your best singing voice to one the biggest annual community events in Cairns. Carols by Candlelight attracts thousands of residents and visitors for a feast of Christmas cheer featuring carols performed by vocal groups, dance schools, and soloists, culminating with a fireworks finale.
Where: Cairns Esplanade When: Sunday 8thDecember
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