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).

Headspace Art Competition, 22 Aug - 6 Oct

Date: Mon 22 Aug
Location: Headspace Cairns, Level 2/42 Grafton St, Cairns

Contact: James Kerr 4041 3780

Open to youth aged from 12 to 25 years. There will be three categories with great prizes. Entries will close on Thursday 6 October at 5pm. More

Ordinary Meeting - 28 September 2016

Date: Wed 28 Sep 09:00 am
Location: Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns

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Cultural Festival, 16 Sep - 1 Oct

Date: Fri 30 Sep 10:00 am
Location: Various locations within Cairns and surrounds

Contact: Chris Cunningham 0498 846 314

Concerts, dance workshops and a gala ball to raise funds for the new Cultural Centre Project. More

Digital Marketing: Small Business Masterclass 1

Date: Fri 30 Sep 10:00 am
Location: BDO (NTH QLD), Cairns Corporate Tower, 1/15 Lake St, Cairns

Cost: $15 per person (inc. materials & light refreshments)

Contact: Amy Turnbull, CCIQ Regional Manager

The Chamber of Commerce Queensland (CCIQ) and Cairns Regional Council are presenting a series of Masterclasses with easy-to-implement practical tips and real-life local business stories.From Bricks to Clicks: What you need to know about eCommerce & Digital MarketingThe ever-changing digital landscape means small businesses need more help than ever to stay on top of the competition.This session will cover what you need to know to make sure technology is a help and not a hindrance.Topics covered will include:Advice on Social MediaHow to find your consumers before they find youHow to establish a social media policyFree apps to power your productivityEasy ways to experiment with eCommerce before taking the plunge and more.Note: workshop numbers are limited so book early to secure your place. (More workshops will be held in November - dates to be confirmed).Cost: $15 per person per workshop (includes materials and light refreshments).To register, see the CCIQ event website or email CCIQ Regional Manager, Amy Turnbull. More

Tropical Mardi Gras, 30 Sept - 9 Oct

Date: Fri 30 Sep 12:00 pm
Location: See website for details.

Contact: Andrew Wheatland 0415 404 519

Hosted by Cairns Tropical Pride over 10 action packed days. More

Bat Chats, 30 Sep, 1 & 2 Oct

Date: Fri 30 Sep 05:30 pm
Location: Corner Aplin St and Lake St (outside Cairns City Library)

Contact: Maree Treadwell 0412 311 403

Guided tours of the Flying Fox roost outside the Cairns City Library and vicinity. There will even be a chance to watch the evening fly out. More

Navratri - Indian Dance Festival

Date: Fri 30 Sep 06:00 pm
Location: Cairns State High School (Crosswelll Hall) Corner Grafton St and Upward St, Cairns North

Contact: Kearav 0433 688 695

A Navratri Indian Dance Festival celebrates and worships the nine forms of Goddess Durga, the Hindu Goddess of Power. More

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Date: Sat 01 Oct 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

Festival of Architecture, 5 - 9 Oct

Date: Wed 05 Oct
Location: See website for the full program

Contact: Cassy or Helen 4051 8800

The festival and Cairns Open House will conduct three exciting events from the 5 - 9 October celebrating design and architecture in Tropical North Queensland. More

Botanical Drawing Workshops with Julie McEnerny

Date: Wed 05 Oct 06:00 pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Contact: Julie McEnerny 0407 556 189

Botanical drawing monthly workshops conducted by Julie McEnerny More

FNQ Schools Startup Summit, 5 - 7 Oct

Date: Wed 05 Oct 09:00 am
Location: Smithfield State High School, O'Brien Rd, Smithfield

Cost: $30 per student; $10 teachers & parents

Contact: Ben Walker

Hosting talks over thee days that are aimed to encourage high school students to have the confidence in building a successful business. More

Worklink's Annual Stress Less Day

Date: Wed 05 Oct 11:30 am
Location: Cairns Convention Centre

Guest speaker Mary Coustas talks about loss, tragedy, hope, humour and life lessons for coping with stress. More

Palm Cove Reef Feast

Date: Thu 06 Oct

Palm Cove Reef Feast is one of Tropical North Queensland’s premier events, celebrating the unique region’s fine cuisine, produce and music.The three-day food event showcases local produce at the hands of some of the region's most creative and imaginative chefs.On the family market day, Sunday 9 October (free entry), famed restaurants will serve up culinary delights for only $5 or $10 a serve. Marquees will line the Esplanade, so come along and stroll amongst the ancient Melaleuca trees of Palm Cove's famous palm-fringed, sandy beach and enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavours of this exciting family event. Top class local musicians and entertainers will showcase the many talented performers in Tropical North Queensland, and families will find children are well catered for.Other Reef Feast events include:exclusive wine and produce dinnerscooking demonstrationslive musicfood seminarsfamily market day teaming with an incredible array of divine food stallsSpecial accommodation packages and tours can be found on the Reef Feast website as well as on the Tourism Palm Cove website and Facebook pages More

Finance Fundamentals: Small Business Masterclass 2

Date: Fri 07 Oct 12:00 am
Location: Advance Cairns, Level 1/51 The Esplanade, Cairns

Cost: $15 per person (inc. materials & light refreshments)

Contact: Amy Turnbull, CCIQ Regional Manager

The Chamber of Commerce Queensland (CCIQ) and Cairns Regional Council are presenting a series of Masterclasses with easy-to-implement practical tips and real-life local business stories.Cashflow Confidence: Power your profitability with the right finance fundamentalsBDO (Nth Qld) Manager – Tax & Advisory, Cheryl Overlack, delivers engaging and insightful advice about her top tips you should know and the pitfalls you need to avoid. In addition, some broad financial planning advice to help ensure you’re making the right decisions today, that’ll impact you in future.We’ll also hear from a lending consultant about when it’s time to get cashflow help and what to look out for. Finally, you’ll hear about grants and funding that you may be able to access to boost business.Cost: $15 per person per workshop (includes materials and light refreshments).To register, see the CCIQ event website or email CCIQ Regional Manager, Amy Turnbull. More

Paradise is Singing at the JUTE Theatre, 7 - 22 Oct

Date: Fri 07 Oct
Location: JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St, Cairns

Cost: Visit the JUTE website for entry prices

Contact: Peta Cooke 4050 9444

Celebrate what it means to live in paradise through a theatre experience with JUTE Theatre. Three performers will share their personal stories of life in the tropics. More

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Date: Sat 08 Oct 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 Tennis International, 8 - 16 Oct

Date: Sat 08 Oct
Location: Cairns International Tennis Centre 358 Sheridan St, North Cairns

Contact: Nicky Mayer 4041 3383

A series of professional tennis events that bridge junior events and the ATP/WTA Tour, providing an opportunity for players to earn their first world ranking points.For more information and a program of events, visit  www.itftennis.com.For Australian Pro Tour updates follow @oztennisresults on Twitter and for all tennis news follow @tennisaustralia or like them on Facebook. More

Bloom Inspiring Wellness Day

Date: Sat 08 Oct 09:00 am
Location: Cairns Colonial Club, 18-26 Cannon Street, Cairns

Contact: Emma Lodge 0438 174 947

If your interested in learning more about natural health and wellbeing, then this one day event is not to be missed. More

Cairns Local Disaster Coordination Centre Open Day

Date: Sat 08 Oct 09:00 am
Location: Cairns Local Disaster Coordination Centre, 61-79 Windarra St, Woree

Contact: Sioux Campbell 4044 3571

Cairns Disaster Response team and the Cairns Emergency Services are hosting an Open Day to launch Get Ready Week. More

Palm Cove Market

Date: Sun 09 Oct 08:00 am
Location: Williams Esplanade

Cost: Free

The Palm Cove markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare and food.The markets often include great family activities such as crazy golf, henna tattoos and free entertainment.Williams Esplanade, between Cedar Road and Harpa Street is closed for the market allowing visitors to browse safely.Follow us on Facebook for the latest news on markets across the City. More

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Last updated: 12 April 2016