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.

Additional event information can be found at:

Historic Cairns Chinatown Miniatures

Date: Thu 8 Feb - Wed 28 Feb
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Cairns City Library, 151 Abbott Street, Cairns City

Step back in time to the 1880’s and explore a miniature version of Cairns Historic Chinatown. More

Free guided birdwatching tour

Date: Tue 9 Jan
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

Storytelling workshop

Date: Wed 28 Feb
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: TTNQ, Level 2, 51 The Esplanade, Cairns

Cost: $20 per person For tourism businesses or business intenders

Contact: Kelsey Andersen 4015 1206

Everyone loves a good story and It is through stories that we all connect! More

Esplanade market

Date: Sat 6 Jan
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Cairns Esplanade, next to the Lagoon

The Esplanade markets are held every Saturday against the backdrop of the Cairns waterfront. More

Health and Wellbeing expo

Date: Sat 3 Mar
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Pier Shopping Centre, Esplanade, Cairns

Contact: Cairns Chamber of Commerce

Aiming to inspire and involve the community in health and overall wellbeing More

Waitangi Day

Date: Sat 3 Mar
Time: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Barlow Park, Scott Street and Severin Street, Parramatta Park

Celebrating whanau (family) culture and recognising its history More

Free guided birdwatching tour

Date: Tue 9 Jan
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

TTNQ - China Now workshop

Date: Tue 6 Mar
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: TTNQ Office, Level 2, 51 Esplanade, Cairns

Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Kelsey Andersen 4015 1206

Is your business ready to welcome the next generation of Chinese visitors? Get prepared now! More

International Women's Day Breakfast & Awards Presentation

Date: Thu 8 Mar
Time: 7:30am - 9:00am
Location: Pullman Cairns International - Grand ballroom

Cost: $40

Celebrate women who have made an outstanding contribution to our community. More

UMI Arts Members Exhibition (8-16 Mar)

Date: Thu 8 Mar - Mon 16 Apr
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 335 Sheridan Street, North Cairns

Contact: Deb Avery 4041 6152

Presenting a stunning array of authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art More

Esplanade market

Date: Sat 6 Jan
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Cairns Esplanade, next to the Lagoon

The Esplanade markets are held every Saturday against the backdrop of the Cairns waterfront. More

Japan Day of Hope

Date: Sat 10 Mar
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Edge Hill State School, Performing Arts Centre, 254 Pease Street, Edge Hill

Contact: Maki Kitai McCarthy 0403 112 116

Raising money to support Fukushima Children through the Smile for Kids charity More

Gals at the Gallery

Date: Sat 10 Mar
Time: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Sheridan Plaza Hotel, McLeod Street, Cairns

Cost: $10 entry

Zontas's celebration for International Womens Day More

PCYC Edmonton Bluelight disco

Date: Sat 10 Mar
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: PCYC Edmonton, 10 Walker Road, Edmonton

Contact: Melanie Lizotte-Steponavicius 0409 884 807

A fun night planned for children from prep to Year 6! More

Free guided birdwatching tour

Date: Tue 9 Jan
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

Queenslanders with a Disability Network - Community Conversation

Date: Tue 13 Mar
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Cairns Regional Council, Civic Reception Room, 119–145 Spence Street, Cairns

Contact: Louise 07 3252 8566

Working together to build a strong local support group with people living with a disability in Cairns More

Queen's Baton Relay (15-17 Mar)

Date: Thu 15 Mar - Sat 17 Mar
Time: 11:27am - 11:27am
Location: Various

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Cairns from March 15-17 as the Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018. More

Esplanade market

Date: Sat 6 Jan
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Cairns Esplanade, next to the Lagoon

The Esplanade markets are held every Saturday against the backdrop of the Cairns waterfront. More

Tradies and Ladies Race Day

Date: Sat 17 Mar
Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Cannon Park Racecourse 585-619 Mulgrave Road Woree,

Cost: Gate entry $10 and children under 15 years are free

Contact: Cairns Jockey Club 4054 1203

Enjoy a fun day out at the races! More

Free guided birdwatching tour

Date: Tue 9 Jan
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

Last updated: 13 October 2017