Events calendar

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).

2016 Cricket Australia Tour Match

Date: Thu 08 Dec 01:30 pm
Location: Cazalys Stadium Cairns, Mulgrave Road, Cairns

Cazalys Stadium Cairns will see Cricket Australia XI take on Pakistan under the lights, in a three day/night tour match. This is the first time Pakistan have played in Cairns. Tickets available at the Gate $10, Concession Card Holder $5 and Children under 15 free of Charge. More

Free mulch offer (9-12 Dec)

Date: Fri 09 Dec
Location: Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations

Protect your garden this summer and take advantage of Council's free mulch giveaway.Take the opportunity to collect mulch for FREE at Council's Transfer Stationsfrom 9 to 12 December 2016.Where and when:Portsmith Transfer Station, open 7 days, 8.30am to 5.15pmSmithfield Transfer Station, open Monday-Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am to 5.15pmGordonvale Transfer Station, open 7 days, 8.30am to 5.15pmBabinda * phone 4044 3044 to register for collection datesImportant:Please note: this offer is only for domestic cars, utes and/or trailers and light trucks (vehicle weight to GVM 4 tonnes).Material is uncured shredded green waste and is not to Australian Standard (AS4454-2012).Council does not assume any liability from the use of the productNormal rates apply for disposal of any other waste during this period, including green waste from garden maintenance contractors on behalf of residents.For enquiries regarding Electric or Crazy Ant quarantine details, please contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) on 13 25 23. More

Babinda Christmas Wonderland Experience

Date: Fri 09 Dec 07:00 pm
Location: Babinda RSL Memorial Hall, School Street, Babinda.

Contact: Karen Lacey 0413 132 173

The Babinda RSL Memorial Hall will be transformed into a whimsical land of Christmas winter streetscapes, ice palaces and Aussie outback scenes. More

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Date: Sat 10 Dec 08:00 am
Location: Cairns Esplanade by the lagoon

Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more. More

Babinda Christmas Wonderland Experience

Date: Sat 10 Dec 02:00 pm
Location: Babinda RSL Memorial Hall, School Street, Babinda

Contact: Karen Lacey 0413 132 173

Visit a wonderland of winter streetscapes, Aussie scenes, fairyland forests, fabulous places and Santa's workshop where you may even meet Santa. More

Carols by Candlelight

Date: Sun 11 Dec 06:30 pm
Location: Fogarty Park, Cairns Esplanade

Fireworks, singers, dancers, games and Santa!Bring your rug, chair and your best singing voice to one the biggest annual community events in Cairns. Carols by Candlelight attracts thousands of residents and visitors for a feast of Christmas cheer.The evening doubles as the major fundraiser for the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal.  Proceeds from the sale of merchandise goes towards the distribution of food hampers to around 700 local families who might otherwise go without on Christmas Day. More

Carols in the City

Date: Wed 14 Dec 05:30 pm
Location: Cairns city

Celebrate the Christmas spirit in Cairns city with free entertainment every Wednesday evening from 30 November to 14 December.face paintersfree Santa’s grottocarol singersbrass band and roving Christmas-themed entertainersLate night shopping in the cityOn 30 November, join us for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree on the Cairns Esplanade from 7pm. More

Ordinary Meeting - 14 December 2016

Date: Wed 14 Dec 09:00 am
Location: Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns

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Christmas Around The World

Date: Wed 14 Dec 07:00 pm
Location: Freshwater Auditorium, 400 Brinsmead Rd, Brinsmead

Contact: Vanessa Ballard 07 4055 1311

An amazing night of Christmas carols and family entertainment. More

Cairns Christmas Lights Ride

Date: Thu 15 Dec 05:00 pm
Location: Starts & finishes at Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

The Christmas Lights Ride is a ride with a difference!  This slow-paced ride is suitable for all ages, and is a wonderful opportunity to get together with family and friends as you cycle past some terrific local light displays.Add lights and bling to your bike, display your Christmas cheer with a wonderful ride outfit and understand that your efforts will make a big difference in the lives of FNQ families supported by Ronald McDonald House Charities.Entry: from $12 per individual or $36 for group of 4.How it works:Add lights to your bike and helmet.Arrive 20 minutes early to collect your rider rego plate.Attach your rider rego plate to your bike (cable ties will be provided).Enjoy the ride!!Want to know more?  Watch the promo video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CohfKlo-FJw More

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Date: Sat 17 Dec 08:00 am
Location: Cairns Esplanade by the lagoon

Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more. More

A Cairns Christmas Carol

Date: Sat 17 Dec 05:00 pm
Location: Munro Martin Parklands, Grafton & Florence Streets, Cairns

Cost: Various - see Ticketlink website for details

The ultimate twisted Christmas Pantomime comes to life in classic Cairns style! A Cairns Christmas Carol is an antipodean interpretation of the Charles Dickens tale penned in 1843. Don your Christmas hats, warm up your carolling voice and 'boo' along until Scrooge gets it right!A mean-spirited, miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and thinks it is a ridiculous occasion, especially when it’s stinking hot! One Christmas Eve in balmy FNQ, he is visited by three ghosts who help him see the error of his ways. Scrooge discovers that a little empathy and love for one's community can be cause for celebration anywhere!Staged in the outdoor amphitheatre of Munro Martin Parklands, A Cairns Christmas Carol is adapted and directed by Rachel Terry of Box Jelly Theatre Co and pulls together local creative professionals with choral work by Cairns Young Voices.Please note:BYO blankets or chairsBYO food / picnics and soft drinks only. No glass please.Strictly no BYO alcohol, a licensed bar is availableFood vans on site, food available for purchaseFood vans on site. More

Holloways Beach Carols by Candelight

Date: Sat 17 Dec 05:30 pm
Location: Holloways Beach AFL Club Oval Wistaria Street Holloways Beach

Contact: Jennie Fletcher 0473 397 823

Carols, Santa, Raffles, Food and Fireworks. More

Carols Spectacular at Edge Hill

Date: Sun 18 Dec 04:00 pm
Location: Edge Hill State School, 254 Peace Street, Edge Hill

Contact: Mark Tabacaru 4214 0053

A free community event with rides, petting zoo, face painting and live music. More

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Date: Sat 24 Dec 08:00 am
Location: Cairns Esplanade by the lagoon

Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more. More

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Date: Sat 31 Dec 08:00 am
Location: Cairns Esplanade by the lagoon

Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more. More

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Date: Sat 07 Jan 08:00 am
Location: Cairns Esplanade by the lagoon

Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more. More

Botanical Drawing Saturday Workshops with Julie McEnerny

Date: Sat 07 Jan 10:00 am
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill

Contact: Julie McEnerny 0407 556 189

Brush up on your botanical drawing skills at these Saturday workshops. More

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Date: Sat 14 Jan 08:00 am
Location: Cairns Esplanade by the lagoon

Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more. More

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Date: Sat 21 Jan 08:00 am
Location: Cairns Esplanade by the lagoon

Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more. More

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Last updated: 12 April 2016