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Events in Cairns 2020


Australia Day

Celebrate what's great about our nation at local Australia Day with community events presented by Cairns Regional Council.  The Australia Day celebrations offer a free events including breakfast, music, stalls, games, entertainment and community activities.  



Chinese New Year celebrations

The most important festival in the Chinese Lunar Calendar and celebrates the significance of the New Year through dance, music and cultural performance. Cairns has a strong connection with China, reflected in the relationship with Zhanjiang, Cairns’ sister city and Zhongshan, Cairns’ friendship city, and the Chinese New Year celebrations between 25 January and 5 February are one of the biggest and most popular events on the local calendar.  The Street Festival is NOT TO BE MISSED and will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 9:00pm.



Cairns Marathon & Community Run Festival

The inaugural 7 Cairns Marathon Festival will become a must-do destination event in Australia for all running and lifestyle event enthusiasts.  Event distances include the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km and the 2km. Each road race will take in the best that Cairns has to offer. The event hub will become a hive of activity hosting running clubs, corporate teams and sponsors. On-course and post-race entertainment in Fogarty Park are an integral element of the participant’s overall event experience.



Great Barrier Reef Masters Games

First held in Cairns in 2013, and has since been held every second year. The 2019 were our biggest and best yet, and we now look forward to the fifth installment to be held from 20 to 23 May 2021. Cairns is the ideal location to host the Games, being one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations with a myriad of local attractions, dining, adventure sports, reef activities and entertainment within close proximity to the city centre.



Now in its tenth year, the Cairns Ecofiesta is a major festival of stellar performances, hands-on workshops and a massive expo of green-tech and sustainable living solutions. With a dedicated children's program, local street eats, roving performers and satellite events, its the perfect time to come together and celebrates their regions unique natural environment, tropical lifestyle, raises awareness of environmentally friendly living solutions and how to reduce the impacts on the environment.



Cairns Ironman

The Race in Paradise earned a near-perfect satisfaction score from our athletes, with a spectacular bike course, terrific crowd and volunteer support and a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef being standout aspects. Over it's eight year history the event has become known as the IRONMAN in Paradise, boasting an experience that extends past the race day excitement.



The Cairns Show

Bringing some of the Bush to the City and having lots of fun at the annual event. Enjoy all the festivities including rides, animals and plenty of food. This annual event is not to be missed.


Relay For Life

A fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Cairns community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives. Join the thousands of Australians who take part in Cancer Council’s Relay For Life each year in the fight against cancer: start or join a team in the Cairns 2020 Relay today!



Cairns Festival 

One of the biggest event on the Cairns calendar, celebrating art, culture and the beauty of tropical living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Brought to you by Cairns Regional Council.


Cairns Cup Carnival

It's the Tropical North Queensland version of Melbourne Cup festival, where visitors get to experience all the excitement at Cannon Park Racecourse including live racing, entertainment, superb fashion and exciting company.


Cairns Pyramid Race & Country Fair

You’re damn fit, you run a lot, you have strength, grit and confidence, so the prospect of a of 12-kilometre race doesn’t especially faze you. You stare up at the perfect peak of Walsh’s Pyramid rising 922 metres above you and think “how hard can it be?” The Great Pyramid Race is arguably the toughest of it’s kind on the planet and you’ve just run it and no matter when you crossed the line, in what time or what place, you’ve won.


Targa Great Barrier Reef Event

This is an event like no other as it passes through landscapes that are truly unique to Tropical North Queensland. Sugar cane and banana plantations will line the various stages and the weather will be anything but cold, being held at an ideal time of the year.



Cairns Amateurs Carnival

Experience Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef at its fashionable best… northern Australia’s most anticipated social and sporting event icon, the Cairns Amateurs Cup sponsored by Stella Artois, is the feature of the Carnival, and a must-do social spectacle to witness live. While Cairns Amateurs Carnival is a racing event at its core, the Carnival transcends traditional sporting events with a combination of sport, fashion, celebrity and entertainment. With a reputation for fashion with a tropical twist, great racing and an unmatched scale and splendor this is the pinnacle of the north’s social calendar.


Cairns Marathon

20 September - Event distances include the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km and the 2km. Each road race will take in the best that Cairns has to offer. The event hub will become a hive of activity hosting running clubs, corporate teams and sponsors. On-course and post-race entertainment in Fogarty Park are an integral element of the participant’s overall event experience.



Reef Feast Palm Cove

Celebrating our Tropical Lifestyle and Unique Regional Produce over 3 Days of Fantastic Events Reef Feast Palm Cove is Tropical North Queensland’s premier community event, celebrating cuisine, fresh produce, live music, relaxed culture and lifestyle of the magnificent tropics.


Babinda Harvest Festival

An annual event that has been held within the community for the past 56 years, making it one of the longest running regional festivals.  The township of Babinda comes alive with daytime excitement from Tractor Pulls and Trader’s Markets leading to the Grand Street Parade that is filled with over 70 community groups, schools, businesses and cultural groups in a wave of colour, music and excitement. The fun and entertainment continue throughout the evening with festival rides, music, dances, food, competitions, fireworks and the crowning of the Babinda Harvest Festival Queens.



Each year, Council supports the community in celebrating with a range of Christmas activities throughout the region. There will be something for everyone in every area of our region. Popular events include Christmas Race Day, Green Christmas, Christmas Markets, Carols by Candlelight and other festivities.