Upcoming events

This event calendar is provided as a service to residents and visitors to promote community events taking place within the Cairns Regional Council area. The information is submitted directly by the listed host; unless the listing is for a Council-run event, Council takes no responsibility for the accuracy of information nor does it endorse the events.  The event calendar does not constitute an exhaustive list of all local community events taking place in the Cairns Regional Council area.

Do you have a community-run, not-for-profit event, festival, celebration or important date that the Cairns community would like to know about? Submit your event for our What's On listing. Terms and conditions apply.

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BreastScreen visit to Gordonvale (6 - 23 Nov)

Date: Mon 6 Nov - Thu 23 Nov
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Gordonvale Hospital, 1 - 11 Highleigh Road, Gordonvale

Contact: Belinda Lees and Sandra Peut, BSQ Health Promotion Officers 13 20 50

Equiped with mobile radiographers, providing free breast screens for women aged 40+ More

Commonwealth Games business briefing

Date: Fri 24 Nov
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Cairns Convention Centre, Mezzanine Level

Contact: Danielle Spillett, TTNQ

Free information session on opportunities for Cairns tourism and business operators. More

Cairns Art Society 70th Annual Exhibition

Date: Fri 24 Nov
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Cairns Art Gallery Cnr Abbott & Shield St, Cairns

Exhibition Opening Event of the Cairns Art Society’s 70th Annual Art Exhibition More

Botanic Gardens Basketry

Date: Sat 28 Jan
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill

Contact: Pam 4032 5039

Basketry skills for all levels. More

Everything Automotive Christmas Party race day

Date: Sat 25 Nov
Time: 11:00am - 11:00am
Location: Cannon Park Racecourse, 585-619 Mulgrave Road, Woree

Cost: $10 entry and children under 15 are free

Contact: Cairns Jockey Club 4054 1203

Join the Cairns Jockey Club's Everything Automotive Christmas Party, choosing from two Christmas packages - the Cocktail Party or the Luncheon More

Free guided birdwatching tour

Date: Tue 21 Nov
Time: 8:30am - 10:30am
Location: Meet at Friends House in the Flecker Garden.

Free bird watching guided walk every Tuesday commencing at 8.30am. Bring binoculars and wear walking shoes. More

Christmas Tree light switch-on

Date: Fri 1 Dec
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Esplanade Plaza (near Lagoon), Cairns Esplanade

The winners of Council's eCard design competition will switch on the lights on the giant Christmas Tree. More

World AIDS Day Ball

Date: Fri 1 Dec
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Pullman Hotel Cairns, 17 Abbott Street, Cairns City

Contact: Ben Dawson 4041 5451

Raising awareness about issues surrounding HIV and AIDS More

Scope Club - Christmas cent sale

Date: Sat 2 Dec
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Gordonvale State Primary School, George Street, Gordonvale

Cost: Adults $3, School age children $1

Contact: margaret Barbour 4036 2697

Annual fundraiser for the local community More

Tropical Tree Day Planting - Freshwater

Date: Sun 3 Dec
Time: 7:00am - 9:30am
Location: Freshwater Creek, Redlynch

Contact: Lisa O'Mara 0435 016 906

Help plant trees on the banks of the Freshwater Creek in Redlynch from 7am More

Friends of the Botanic Gardens Christmas plant sale

Date: Sun 3 Dec
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens, 78-96 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Contact: Lorraine Smith

Offering everything from culinary herbs to bromeliads More

Tropical Tree Day - Kamerunga

Date: Sun 3 Dec
Time: 8:00am - 10:00am
Location: Kamerunga Conservation Park, Lake Placid Road, Caravonica

Help plant 1,000 trees on the banks of the Barron River at the Kamerunga Conservation Park. More

Free guided birdwatching tour

Date: Tue 21 Nov
Time: 8:30am - 10:30am
Location: Meet at Friends House in the Flecker Garden.

Free bird watching guided walk every Tuesday commencing at 8.30am. Bring binoculars and wear walking shoes. More

Mulgrave Landcare 2000 Tropical Tree Day Planting

Date: Tue 5 Dec
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Just south of Fishery Falls (follow the signs)

Contact: Lisa O'Mara 0435 016 906

Part of Greening Australia’s Reef Aid program to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef More

Edmonton Community Carols by Candlelight

Date: Wed 6 Dec
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Ravizza Park Edmonton

Contact: Edmonton Community Carols by Candlelight 40351175

Free, fun family event featuring local acts and a visit from Santa. More

Botanical Drawing introductory course

Date: Wed 6 Dec
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

Cost: $150 for 4 lessons (includes materials)

Contact: Julie McEnerny 0407 556 189

Learn basic techniques for drawing plant structure & form over 4 weeks. More

Free mulch giveaway (8-11 Dec)

Date: Fri 8 Dec - Mon 11 Dec
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Portsmith, Gordonvale, Smithfield, Babinda

Council's free shredded green waste offer will run from Friday 8 - Monday 11 December. More

Gordonvale Carols in the Park

Date: Fri 8 Dec
Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Norman Park, Gordonvale

Contact: Nicola Millen 0423 499 967

A free community evening of carols and entertainment with a few market and food stalls More

Redlynch Christmas Festival

Date: Sat 9 Dec
Time: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Xavier Herbert Park Redlynch Valley

Contact: Redlynch Valley Community Group Inc 0448949162

Amusements, kids' activities,carols, Santa, bar and food trucks, parade. More

Carols by Candlelight

Date: Sun 10 Dec
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Fogarty Park, Cairns Esplanade

Bring your rug, chair and your best singing voice! More

Last updated: 13 October 2017