Upcoming Events

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).

Glass art design exhibition

Date: Fri 17 Mar
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Corner of Abbott and Shields Street, Cairns

Contact: Cairns Regional Council 4046 4800

Exhibition exploring products, projects, and works of glass art More

Free green waste disposal, 21-25 April

Date: Fri 21 Apr
Location: Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations - see list for operating hours.

If the recent rain put a dampener on your backyard clean-up and you weren't able to make use of the free green waste drop-off between 1 and 9 April, we've got some good news!We're offering a bonus five-day drop-off to make sure no one misses out. You'll be able to drop off your domestic green waste at our waste transfer stations on 21-25 April 2017. As a result, the free mulch giveaway has been pushed back to 19-22 May 2017.Take the opportunity to clean up your yard and drop off your domestic green waste for FREE from Friday 21 to Tuesday 25 April 2017 at:Portsmith Transfer Station: 7 days, 8.30am to 5.15pmGordonvale Transfer Station: 7 days, 8.30am to 5.15pmSmithfield Transfer Station: Monday-Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am to 5.15pmBabinda Transfer Station: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am to 4.45pmNote:Domestic cars, utilities and/or trailers and light trucks (up to GVM 4 tonnes) only. Normal charges apply for disposal of any other waste.For enquiries regarding electric or crazy ant quarantine details please contact Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry ()DAFF) on 13 25 23.Remember illegal dumping can incur a fine; it affects the environment and the safety of individuals. Please report any illegal dumping to 4044 3044. More

Francesca Rosa: Memoria (21 April - 18 June)

Date: Fri 21 Apr
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Corner of Abbott and Shields Street, Cairns

Contact: Cairns Regional Gallery 4046 4800

Solo exhibition memoria investigating the history of italian migration More

Anzac Day services

Date: Tue 25 Apr
Location: Babinda, Cairns, Edge Hill, Edmonton, Gordonvale, Stratford, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob.

Events will be held across the Cairns region to recognise the spirit of Anzac and remember those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.A number of temporary road closures will be in effect to allow for these Anzac Day services to take place.Babinda4:25am Dawn parade from RSL Memorial Hall to ANZAC Park (cenotaph) followed by service/ wreath laying (assemble at 4:00am at RSL Memorial Hall)10:00am Commemorative march (assemble at 9:50am RSL Memorial Hall) to ANZAC Park, followed by service/ wreath layingRoad closures9:45am to 10:30am - School St, Church to Munro sts and Munro St, School St to Knowles RdCairnsDawn ServiceThe Dawn Service will commence at the Cenotaph on the Cairns Esplanade at 5.30 am.Ecumenical Church ServiceCairns Ecumenical Service will be held in St Monica's Cathedral commencing at 8.15am.Services Parade *The March will step off at Fogarty Park at 10.00 am.* NOTE: the parade will travel north along the Esplanade to Minnie Street and along Grafton Street to enter Munro Martin Parklands. This is the opposite direction to last year’s march.Commemoration ServiceThe Commemoration Service will begin after the arrival of the March (approx. 10.35am) at Munro Martin Parklands.Road closuresEsplanade, Spence to Minnie sts - 3am to noonGrafton St, Minnie to Florence sts - 9am to noon parking reserved by Council 0230 - noonMinnie St, Esplanade to Grafton St - 9am to noonMunro Martin Parklands will be closed on Monday 24 April for ANZAC Day preparations.Edge Hill4:10am Commemorative March (assemble on Anderson Street entrance)4:28am Dawn Service begins at the War graves, Martyn Street CemeteryEdmonton5:15am Dawn parade at Fuller Park (cenotaph) followed by service/wreath laying5:28am Bugler sounds long "G"7:45am Commemorative march (assemble outside Hambledon Hotel) with service/ wreath laying to follow at Fuller Park (cenotaph)Road closures - 7:30am to 10:30amBruce Hwy Service Rd, Stoke to Cattle stsCattle St, Bruce Hwy Service Rd to Wolff StWolff St, Cattle St to Fuller ParkPart closure of Stoke StGordonvale3:30am Gunfire breakfast at RSL Annex (next to tennis court in Norman Park)4:15am Dawn Service begins at Norman Park cenotaph (assemble at 4:00am at RSL, Gordon Street) followed by service/ wreath laying6:00am Breakfast at Norman Park9:00am Parade to assemble at Gordonvale Primary School9:30am Commemorative march from Gordonvale Primary school to Norman Park (cenotaph) followed by service/ wreath layingRoad closures - 9am to 11amGordon St, Mills to Norman stsNorman St, Gordon to Cannon stsCannon St, Norman to George stsGeorge St, Cannon to Sheppard stsStratford6:50am Parade assembles at Stratford Post Office7:00am Commemorative march to Stratford Cenotaph, followed by service and wreath layingRoad closures - 6:30am to 7:30amStratford Parade, Greenbank West RdTrinity Beach5:30am Dawn parade (assemble adjacent to Memorial) followed by commemorative address and wreath layingRoad closures - 5am to 8amVasey Esp, Trinity Beach Rd to Possum StYorkeys Knob8:30am Commemorative service at the Boat Club Marina More

ANZAC Day - Cairns RSL

Date: Tue 25 Apr 05:30 am
Location: Cairn RSL, 115 The Esplanade, Cairns

Contact: Rebecca Milliner 4051 5254

The 2017 theme is the Australian Light Horse: Battle of Bersheeba. Dawn Service: 5:30am Breakfast at the Cairns RSL: 7am Ecumenical Service at St Monica's Cathedral: 8:15am Parade from Grafton St (adjacent to Munro Martin Park) to Fogarty Park steps off: 10am More

Rainbow kids yoga

Date: Thu 27 Apr 03:30 pm
Location: Hambledon House Community Centre, 177 Bruce Highway, Edmonton

Contact: Linda Ryan 4044 3410

Free fun and interactive yoga class for kids aged 7-10 yearsHeld every Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm.To book your place, phone 4044 3410 or email l.ryan@cairns.qld.gov.au More

Wartime Cairns heritage walking tour

Date: Thu 27 Apr 10:00 am
Location:

Cost: $5 per person (includes morning tea). All funds donated to Cairns RSL Sub Branch.

Take a step back in time with Cairns Libraries and the Cairns RSL Sub Branch, and discover what Cairns was like during World War II.Wartime Cairns heritage walking tours will be held on 27 and 28 April, and 4 and 5 May 2017. Tours begin at 10am and finish at midday.The cost is $5 per person (includes morning tea) with all funds donated to the Cairns RSL Sub Branch.Spaces are limited, bookings essential. Phone 4044 3730 to reserve your place on this special tour. More

Brett Whiteley Exhibition Opening

Date: Thu 27 Apr 05:30 pm
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Corner of Abbott and Shields Street, Cairns

Contact: Cairns Regional Gallery 4046 4800

Exhibition opening event of Other Places (Somewhere Else) More

Brett Whiteley exhibition: Other Places (28 April - 2 July)

Date: Fri 28 Apr
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Corner Abbott and Shields Street, Cairns

Contact: Cairns Regional Gallery 4046 4800

Opportunity to view more than forty of Brett Whiteley’s most intimate and personal works More

Wartime Cairns heritage walking tour

Date: Fri 28 Apr 10:00 am
Location:

Cost: $5 per person (includes morning tea). All funds donated to Cairns RSL Sub Branch.

Take a step back in time with Cairns Libraries and the Cairns RSL Sub Branch, and discover what Cairns was like during World War II.Wartime Cairns heritage walking tours will be held on 28 April, 4 May and 5 May 2017. Tours begin at 10am and finish at midday.The cost is $5 per person (includes morning tea) with all funds donated to the Cairns RSL Sub Branch.Spaces are limited, bookings essential. Phone 4044 3730 to reserve your place on this special tour. More

Esplanade Markets

Date: Sat 29 Apr 08:00 am
Location: Cairns Esplanade, by the Lagoon

Cost: Free

The Esplanade Markets showcase local, quality products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes and skincare. If you need a gift or souvenir you are sure to find it here.Held against the backdrop of the Cairns waterfront, you can follow your market shopping with a swim in the Lagoon or take advantage of the free barbecues, exercise equipment and children's play grounds.Further details are available on the Cairns Esplanade website.Keep up to date with all our markets via the Markets Facebook page More

Botanic Gardens Basketry

Date: Sat 29 Apr 09:30 am
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill

Contact: Pam 4032 5039

Basketry for all skill levels More

IGA Charity Car Rally

Date: Sat 29 Apr 07:30 am
Location: Start in Mareeba and end in Cooktown.

Contact: Sunny Tan 07 4041 6708

Get together for laughs and fun while raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation's vital services. More

InkMasters - 3 day Lithography Workshop

Date: Sat 29 Apr 08:45 am
Location: R Block TAFE, Gatton St, Manunda

Cost: Members $285 Non-Members $320

Contact: Rose Rigley 0438 535 957

An opportunity for beginners as well as those with experience to further develop printmaking skills More

Learn emergency radio broadcasting

Date: Sat 29 Apr 01:30 pm
Location: Uniting Care Community, 188 Aumuller Street

Contact: Sioux Campbell 4044 3571

Learn to be a radio announcerSupport your community by providing important emergency updates in your language.To qualify for training, attend a community workshop to learn:Emergency communications procedures and how to get involved in the radio training to help your community stay safe during a natural disasterHow disaster management arrangements work in Queensland &CairnsWhat you can do to prepare and respond to a disasterCommunity support and connectionsWhat the risks are in a natural disaster & how they are managed in the Cairns regionHow to develop a household emergency planReview of how to prepare a household emergency kitGathering stories of people’s own experiences of all kinds of natural disastersParticipants can win a household emergency kit, battery-powered radio or household generator.RSVP essential Contact Sioux Campbell 4044 3571 or disaster@cairns.qld.gov.auOther dates: 13 May 9am-noon Manunda Library Raintrees Shopping Centre,3 June 1.30-4pm Uniting Care Community 188 Aumullar Street More

Fundraiser Comedy Night - Women Like Us

Date: Sat 29 Apr 07:30 pm
Location: Brothers Leagues Club, 99-105 Anderson Road, Manunda

Contact: Margo 4053 1053

Raising money for the Cairns Regional Domestic Vilolence Service More

Tanks Markets

Date: Sun 30 Apr 09:00 am
Location: Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Cost: Free

Tanks markets are held on the last Sunday between April and November, excluding August. More

Kewarra Beach Community Dog Walk

Date: Sun 30 Apr 09:00 am
Location: Kewarra Beach, near the playground, northern end of beach

Cost: Free

Join us for a Community Dog Walk at Kewarra Beach.The walk will kick off with a FREE dog obedience session followed by a pack walk along the foreshore and beach.Meet up near the playground at the northern end of the beach.Please keep your pooch on a lead and remember to "scoop the poop".This event made possible through your dog rego. More

Healthy Waterways free public seminar

Date: Tue 02 May 11:00 am
Location: Civic Reception Room, Cairns Regional Council, 119 Spence Street, Cairns

Cost: FREE

The Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership is pleased to offer a free public seminar in Cairns on 2 May 2017.Come along and find out how Tasmania’s Derwent Estuary recovered from “the most polluted river in the world” to a clean habitat where humpback whales and minke whales have been recorded in the Derwent River for the first time since the whaling days of the 1800s.Hear from guest speaker Christine Coughanowr, Director of the Derwent Estuary Partnership.This is an opportunity to find out how a successful regional partnership formed to improve water quality, what lessons were learned, what it achieved and how it stays sustainable.RSVP to Suzanne.jenkins@terrain.org.au by 1 May 2017.This free public seminar is proudly supported by Cairns Regional Council, Derwent Estuary Program, CAFNEC, and the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science. More

Candlelighting Remembrance Ceremony

Date: Wed 03 May 05:30 pm
Location: Cairns Hilton, 34 The Esplanade, Cairns

Contact: Jan 4033 1324

Light a candle to remember victims who have lost their lives or have been affected by domestic and family violence. More

Last updated: 02 June 2016