Chinese New Year

Gong Xi Fa Cai !  Xin Nian Kuai Le !

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese lunar calendar. Cairns has a valued cultural and commercial relationship with China, and this is reflected in our enduring relationships with Zhanjiang, our Sister City, and Zhongshan, our Friendship City. Our Chinese Friendship Garden at the Cairns Botanic Gardens celebrates these important links.

Supported by Cairns Regional Council, the Cairns Chinese community hosts vibrant annual celebrations for Chinese New Year. The hugely popular festival showcases the city's rich Chinese heritage through music, dance and cultural performances, food, market stalls, and a parade featuring the traditional Chinese dragon, lions and the 12 zodiac animals.

In addition to thousands of local attendees, the annual Chinese New Year Festival attracts around 10,000 Chinese nationals to the city each year. Many of these visitors travel on specially-chartered flights from China to celebrate their important cultural holiday in Cairns.

Event cancellations due to COVID-19 restrictions

Date: Fri 27 Mar - Sat 20 Jun
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am

Due to the unique and complex circumstances surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), many community-run events have been cancelled or are subject to date changes. Check event status directly with the organiser. More

Free green waste drop off 23-31 May

Date: Sat 23 May - Sun 31 May
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Portsmith, Gordonvale, Smithfield, Babinda

Clean up your yard and drop off domestic green waste for FREE, 23-31 May 2020 More

Space+Place: Fun Driveway Games

Date: Sun 31 May
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Your home

Cost: Free

Space+Place: Fun Driveway Games More

Space+Place: Basketball Challenge

Date: Mon 1 Jun
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: Free

Space and Place Basketball Challenge More

Space+Place: Sports At Home

Date: Mon 1 Jun
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Your home

Cost: Free

Tailored one-on-one and/or family home sporting sessions through home front and back yard multi-sports clinics More

Space+Place: Tribal Body Percussion

Date: Mon 1 Jun
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Your home

Cost: Free

Space+Place Tribal Body Percussion activity for youth in Cairns More

Recycling bin

Date: Mon 1 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Mon 1 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Mon 1 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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A Dimension of Reconciliation - Institutional Integrity

Date: Mon 1 Jun
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

National Reconciliation Week 2020 webinar series More

Recycling bin

Date: Tue 2 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Tue 2 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Tue 2 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Tue 2 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 12:00am

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General waste

Date: Tue 2 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Recycling bin

Date: Tue 2 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Space+Place: Lullaby Project

Date: Tue 2 Jun
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Your home

Cost: Free

Space+Place: Lullaby Project More

Space+Place: Strong Families

Date: Tue 2 Jun
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Your Home

Cost: Free

Space and Place Strong Families program More

A Dimension of Reconciliation - Historical Unity

Date: Tue 2 Jun
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

National Reconciliation Week 2020 webinar series More

Space+Place: Unleash a Star

Date: Wed 3 Jun
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Your home

Cost: Free

Space and Place: Unleash a Star More

Space+Place: Youth Gym At Home

Date: Wed 3 Jun
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Your home

Cost: Free

Space and Place Youth Gym at Home More

Space+Place: Dancing Matters

Date: Wed 3 Jun
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Your home

Cost: Free

Come and groove along to the beat and learning new dance routines with Dancing Matters. More

Recycling bin

Date: Wed 3 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Recycling bin

Date: Wed 3 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Wed 3 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Wed 3 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Wed 3 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Wed 3 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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A Dimension of Reconciliation - Unity

Date: Wed 3 Jun
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Reconciliation Week 2020 webinar series More

General waste

Date: Thu 4 Jun
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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