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:

Free mulch giveaway (18-27 May)

Date: Fri 18 May - Sun 27 May
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Portsmith, Gordonvale, Smithfield, Babinda

Take advantage of Council's free shredded green waste to protect your garden this summer. More

2018 Cairns Careers and Employment Expo

Date: Thu 24 May
Time: 9:00am - 7:30pm
Location: Fred Moule Pavilion Cairns Show Grounds Mulgrave Road, Cairns

Contact: Kerrie Stanley 0431 022 249

This Expo provides a vast range of education and career providers to inspire students and job seekers More

Messy Play May

Date: Thu 24 May
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: The Fun Ship, The Esplanade, Cairns

Contact: Corrine Fry 1800 171 882

Bring the littlies and get them slimed, gooped, painted or muddied at this fun Playgroup Queensland event! More

Anti-Cyberbullying public forum

Date: Thu 24 May
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Rydges Plaza, 50 Grafton Street, Cairns

Public forum to hear community ideas on preventing or reducing cyberbullying of young people. More

Cairns CBD Wartime Walk

Date: Fri 25 May
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Cairns CBD

Cost: $5:00

Take a step back in time to learn about Cairns during wartime. More

Innovate your business

Date: Fri 25 May
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: TheSPACE, U Block, TAFE, Eureka Street, Cairns

Cost: $20 per person

Learn about idea screening, opportunity development and the commercialisation runway. More

The Circular Economy & Becoming a Waste Wise Business

Date: Fri 25 May
Time: 11:45am - 2:00pm
Location: Hilton Hotel Cairns

Contact: Tony McInnes 0488014962

Understand what makes up a “Circular Economy” and learn how your business can achieve the status of becoming a waste-wise business. 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

Youth Urban Art Project - Kenrick Skate Park

Date: Sat 26 May
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: Kenrick Skate Park, Dempsey Street, Gordonvale

Cost: FREE

Contact: Mariko Molleneaux 4044 3228

Kenrick Skate Park: Free, mural painting workshops for all young people aged 12-25 years! More

Unseen: Exploring the Intersections Between Art and Science

Date: Sat 26 May
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens

Contact: Sapphire McMullan- Fisher & Donna Davis

An ECOfiesta satellite event. Unseen: Interactions between Art and Science is an ecology and creative practice workshop. More

Come and Try Pistol Shooting

Date: Sat 26 May
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Cairns Target Shooting Club 66 Sikh Temple Road Wrights Creek (near Edmonton)

Contact: Peter Bramley 0428 623 780

'Come and Try' Target Pistol Shooting in a controlled and safe environment More

Ride with Cappuccino Ladies

Date: Sun 27 May
Time: 8:00am - 10:00am
Location: Glenoma Park, Brinsmead

road skills, ending in coffee More

TNQ Innovation Awards launch

Date: Mon 28 May
Time: 3:45pm - 6:30pm
Location: Tank 5, Tanks Arts Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill

Awards launch event with guest speaker, "Shark Tank" judge, Steve Baxter. More

Mixed Media Montage

Date: Mon 28 May
Time: 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Location: Cairns Art Gallery, Corner Abbott and Shields street, Cairns

Contact: Marian Wolfs 07 4046 4800

Participants will learn new skills and practical mixed media techniques. More

Tanks market

Date: Sun 29 Apr
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

The Tanks market offers quality products and local produce and great live music. 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

TechKNOW - Introduction to iPads

Date: Tue 29 May
Time: 10:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Hambledon House

Free introduction to iPads class ... More

Small business masterclass: 30-minute marketing plan

Date: Tue 29 May - Thu 31 May
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Gordonvale Community Hall, 17-19 Cannon St, Gordonvale

Cost: $15 per person

Learn how to grow your brand on a budget through a customer-centric marketing approach. More

Social Entrepreneurship in FNQ - Public Forum

Date: Thu 31 May
Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm
Location: The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Smithfield

Contact: Dr. Narayan Gopalkrishnan

Explore the potential of and direction towards social entrepreneurship in FNQ. More

Small business masterclass: High Performing Teams

Date: Thu 31 May
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: MacDonnells Law, 19 Aplin Street, Cairns

Cost: $15 per person

Tips on crafting great teams, management compliance fundamentals and Single Touch Payroll basics. More

This four week program will focus on adult’s skills in improving confidence, learning basic skills  in non traffic areas and getting to know some of the wonderful bike paths we have on offer.   These workshops normally run for up to two hours on a Sunday and will lead in to gaining confidence to join our Sundays Mother’s Day Ride event.
8am - 10am
Session 1  SUN 22 APR
Session 2  SUN  29 APR
Session 3  SUN 6 May
Session 4 SUN 13 May - Mothers Day ride
On Sunday 22 April 2018 at 8:00am


Esplanade Carpark
McKenzie Street (esplanade end of McKenzie Street,  Cairns, QLD 4870

Last updated: 11 April 2018