What’s on

Keep up to date with what's happening in Cairns and the surrounding regions

  • Savannah Pool Party

    A completely unique event taking place poolside at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 April, the Savannah Summer Series Pool Party is a gigantic weekend packed with live music, fresh cocktails and
    endless summer vibes.

    Headlined by Australian favourites Thirsty Merc, the Savannah Summer Series Pool Party also welcomes one of Australia's most popular homegrown country artists Adam Brand to the lineup, alongside Eurogliders, Darlinghurst, Liam Brew, the legendary local Roadtrippers & more!

    Watch the festival and soak up the year round summer sunshine in the pool while sipping on a mojito from MOKU swim up bar, dance barefoot in the sandy lagoon under the palm trees or splurge on a stage view room and enjoy the from your own hotel balcony.

    Guests won’t have to leave the resort with MOKU Bar & Grill serving up island-inspired fare and thirst quenching beverages, pop up bars and food stations.


    Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.” Anh’s stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story.

    WHEN: 10 March 2021
    WHERE: Cairns Performing Arts Centre, 9 - 11 Florence St, Cairns
    MORE INFO: https://cairnsperformingartscentre.com.au/ticketlinkEvents/comedy-shows/anh-do-the-happiest-refugee-live!!


    Cairns Art Gallery is the exclusive Australian venue for the Archibald Prize 2020 outside of New South Wales. The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

    WHEN: 20 March - 2 May 2021
    WHERE:Cairns Art Gallery, cnr Abbott & Sheilds St, Cairns

    Featured image: Jonathan DALTON Angela oil on linen 168.0 x 132.5 cm © the artist Photo: AGNSW


    On the first Sunday of each month from April - December is the Palm Cove markets from 8am - 2pm. 

    You will find arts and craft, gifts, souvenirs, plants, produce, massage and wellness amongst over 130 stalls while taking in the views of beautiful Palm Cove beach. 

    Website: palmcovemarkets.com
    Address: Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove


    Red Hot Summer Tour brings to you, the ultimate Aussie rock lineup: Jimmy Barnes, Hoodoo Gurus, Jon Stevens, Diesel, Killing Heidi and Chris Cheney.

    WHEN: 15 May 2021
    WHERE: Cairns Showgrounds
    MORE INFO: www.redhotsummertour.com.au/


    Cairns Airport IRONMAN is situated at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and boasts a stunning backdrop that will take your breath away.

    The Cairns Airport Adventure Festival Ironman Competition is on from June 3 to 6, encompassing an Ironman, 70.3 Cairns, Quicksilver Reef Swim – Green Island, Bright Night Run and Ironkids Cairns Triathlon. Athletes seeking a berth in the 2021 Ironman World Championship held Hawaii in October will be competing here

    See Ironman website for more information: http://ap.ironman.com


    TARGA Great Barrier Reef is a TARGA event like no other as it passes through iconic tropical landscapes that are truly unique to Far North Queensland. Sugar cane and banana plantations will line the various stages and the weather will be anything but cold.

    Held on 3 - 5 September 2021 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. 

    More information: https://targa.com.au/targa-great-barrier-reef-competition/

  • 01 Oct

    Savannah in the Round

    Tropical North Queensland's own music and camping festival.

    1 - 3 October 2021

    The hottest international, national and local country music artists - 30 artists across 3 incredible days and nights! Artist and program announcements coming soon.

    Lee Kernaghan • Kasey Chambers  • Casey Barnes • John Williamson and so much more!




    The Great Barrier Reef Underwater Film Festival, formally known as the Cairns Underwater Film Festival will be held on 25 September 2021. 

    The festival showcases images and films of the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef as seen through the lens of a camera. With a combination of local and international talent, giving filmmakers a chance to showcase their talent in the only Australian festival of its kind. The Great Barrier Reef Underwater Film Festival delights those who love to explore the underwater world, appreciate nature and have a passion for world-class imagery.

    More information: gbruff.com.au
    Location: Cairns Performing Arts Centre

  • 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 
    12th October