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Upcoming Events


December / January

Spending the festive season in Paradise provides so many options to keep busy!

Carols by Candlelight
Held at Fogarty Park on the Cairns Esplanade on December 10th.Bring your rug, chair and your best singing voice to one the biggest annual community events in Cairns. Attracting thousands of residents and visitors for a feast of Christmas cheer with carols performed by vocal groups, dance schools and soloists, culminating with a fireworks finale. The evening doubles as the major fundraiser for the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal.

Sunlover launches new pontoon at Arlington Reef 
Expanding their extensive offering, Sunlover Reef Cruises are set to launch their newest product on 4th December, commencing oeprations on 16th December. The sole operator on Arlington Reef, Sunlover offer great packages that cater for locals and visitors to Cairns alike, no matter what your swimming ability!  The only operator departing Cairns, travelling to an Outer Great Barrier Reef location, all within a HALF DAY tour! 

Check out their website here 

New Year's Eve
NYE at the Esplanade is a huge event that brings together locals and visitors alike to celebrate the end and beginning of another year in paradise. The event is alcohol free, with a focus on family-friendly festivities - everyone is welcome!Entertainment begins at 6pm with activities for the children, including free rides, arts and crafts, and various entertainers.  From 9pm the music kicks off for the adults. Fireworks at 9pm and 12 midnight will finish the year on a high note.

February / March

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 strong relationship with China, and this is reflected in our relationships with our Sister City, Zhanjiang, and our Friendship City, Zhongshan. 

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.

The Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay
The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Cairns from March 15-17 next year, as the Queen's Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.Across Australia approximately 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR. Batonbearers for the Queen's Baton Relay will be announced in November 2017.

Information from Cairns Regional Council website.


2018 Commonwealth Games 
The men’s and women’s Basketball competition will be staged at magnificent indoor arenas in Cairns, Townsville and the Gold Coast, enabling fans far and wide to experience Basketball at its best! 
TICKETS FROM: $15 (Children), $30 (Adults)