Cairns Region Events Calendar

Below you'll find listed interesting events in Cairns and Surrounding areas. You'll also see Queensland School and Public Holidays listed. As Cairns is a tourist town most Public Holidays will not affect your visit. The exceptions are Good Friday, Anzac Day, Cairns Show Day and Christmas Day (click here for Cairns Tours that operate on Christmas Day). Alcohol cannot be sold on Good Friday and Christmas Day unless whilst dining at a licensed restaurant, most of which will be open in Tourist Areas. All Tours operate on Public Holidays with the exception of Christmas Day, with only some larger companies operating.  (click here for Cairns Tours that run on Christmas Day) 

January 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 1st - New Years Day (tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 16th - Full Moon
  • 28th - Back to School QLD, VIC, SA, NT
  • 29th - Back to School  NSW
  • 26th - Australia Day - Aussie Family Fun Day - Yorkeys Knob (tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 27th - Australia Day - Public Holiday (tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 31st - Chinese New Year

February 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 1st - Midday - Barramundi Fishing Season Re-Opens
  • 3rd - Back to School WA, ACT
  • 5th - Back to School TAS
  • 7th - Madeline's 7th Birthday
  • 14th - Valentines Day
  • 14th - Full Moon
  • 16th - Wedding & Formal Expo
  • 21st - Taipans vs New Zealand Basketball

March 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 1st - Taipans vs Sydney Kings Basketball
  • 1st - Port Douglas Rugby Sevens
  • 7th to 16th - Australian Psychic Expo
  • 8th - International Womens Day Lunch
  • 14th - Taipans vs Melbourne Basketball
  • 16th - Full Moon
  • 17th - St Patricks Day
  • 21st - Feast of the Senses Food Fare, Innisfail
  • 21st to 30th - Feast of the Senses, Innisfail
  • 30th - Feast of the Senses Market Day, Innisfail

April 2014

  • 1st - April Fools Day
  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 4th - QLD, VIC, NT School Holidays Begin
  • 11th - NSW, WA, SA, ACT School Holidays Begin
  • 14th - Back to School NT
  • 15th - Full Moon
  • 17th - TAS School Holidays Begin
  • 18th - Good Friday (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - tourist areas open, most other shops closed, Pubs and Bars closed, alcohol restrictions in place)
  • 20th - Easter Sunday (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 21st - Easter Monday (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 22nd - Back to School QLD, VIC
  • 25th - Anzac Day - various Dawn Services (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 28th - Back to School WA, SA, ACT
  • 29th - Back to School NSW

May 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 2nd & 3rd - Mt Garnet Races & Rodeo
  • 5th - Back to School TAS
  • 10th - Cairns Blues Festival
  • 11th - Mothers Day
  • 11th - Cairns Tropical Garden Fair
  • 14th - Full Moon
  • 16th - 25th - Port Douglas Carnivale
  • 16th - Great Wheelbarrow Race - Mareeba/Chillagoe
  • 16th - The Longest Lunch - Port Douglas
  • 17th - Food Wine and a Taste of Port - Port Douglas
  • 17th - Golden Gumboot Festival - Tully
  • 17th & 18th - Motorcycle Muster - Cairns
  • 18th - Million Paws Walk
  • 20th to 24th - Clipper Cup Yacht Racing - Port Douglas
  • 31st to 8th June- Babinda Harvest Festival

June 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 1st to 8th - Babinda Harvest Festival
  • 1st to 8th - Cairns Adventure Festival
  • 1st - Coral Coast Triathlon - Port Douglas
  • 1st - Hekili Ocean Challange race
  • 1st - RRR Mountain Bike Challange - Port Douglas
  • 5th - World Environment Day
  • 5th - Quicksilver Reef Swim - Green Island
  • 6th - Cairns Post Run for Cairns - Cairns
  • 7th - Ironkids Cairns
  • 8th - Ironman Cairns
  • 8th - Ironman 70.3 Cairns
  • 8th - Parrot Head Party - Cairns
  • 10th - Queens Birthday (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 13th - Full Moon
  • 14th - Festival of the Knob - Yorkeys Knob
  • 20th - NT School Holidays begin
  • 21st - Winter Solstice
  • 27th - QLD, NSW, VIC School Holidays begin
  • 14th & 15th - Kuranda Roots Festival
  • 19th - EntheonGaia - Cairns
  • 21st & 22nd - Classic Precision Rally - Cairns
  • 28th to 13th July - Mareeba Rodeo festival
  • 28th - Palmy Classic - Palm Cove

July 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 3rd to 6th - Cairns Ukelele Festival
  • 4th - WA, SA, TAS, ACT School Holidays begin
  • 4th to 6th - Malanda Show
  • 4th Mareeba Rodeo Ball
  • 7th to 8th - Atherton Show
  • 10th to 11th - Innisfail Show
  • 11th - Mareeba Rodeo Street Parade
  • 12th - Full Moon
  • 12th to 13th - Mareeba Show
  • 12th to 13th - Mareeba Rodeo
  • 14th - Back to School QLD, VIC
  • 15th - Back to School NSW, VIC
  • 16th to 18th - Cairns Show
  • 18th - Cairns Show Holiday (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 19th to 20th - Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Carnival
  • 20th to 21st  - Mossman Show
  • 21st - Back to School WA, SA, TAS, ACT, NT
  • 221st to 25th - Cairns ARTescape
  • 25th to 26th - Tully Show
  • 27th to 3rd August - Cairns Golf Week

August 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 27th July to 3rd - Cairns Golf Week
  • 1st to 2nd - Cooktown Show
  • 3rd - Atherton Gem Festival
  • 8th - Mount Isa Rodeo
  • 9th to 10th - Cairns Cup Horseracing
  • 9th - Great Pyramid Race & Country Fair - Gordonvale
  • 9th - NQ Gold Panning Championship - Mareeba
  • 9th - Mt Carbine Bull & Bronc Ride - Mt Carbine
  • 9th - Cairns Cup Ladies Day - Horseracing Carnival
  • 10th - Cairns Cup - Horseracing Carnival
  • 10th - Full Moon
  • 16th to 1st Sep - Cairns Festival (click here for detailed program)
  • 18th - Cairns Festival Grand Parade & Fireworks
  • 17th - Mission Beach Banana Festival
  • 17th - Warbirds Airshow - Mareeba
  • 17th - Atherton Gem Festival
  • 23rd - Mission Beach Banana Festival 
  • 24th - Mareeba Multicultural Festival
  • 28th - Cairns Tropical Pride Festival
  • 29th -  Maize Festival Mardi Gras
  • 30th to 7th Sep - Cairns Festival
  • 30th - Cairns Festival Grand Parade & Fireworks

September 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 30th Aug to 1th Sep - Cairns Festival
  • 7th - Carnival on Collins
  • 7th - Fathers Day
  •  8th - Ona Mission Multisport Adventure Race - Mission Beach
  • 9th - Full Moon
  • 12th to 13th - Cairns Amateurs Horseracing
  • 13th - Country Music Muster - Port Douglas
  • 19th - QLD, NSW, VIC School Holidays Begin
  • 26th - WA, SA, TAS, ACT, NT School Holidays Begin
  • 20th to 21st - Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Carnival
  • 20th - Tropical Wave Festival
  • 26th to 28th - Wallaby Creek Festival

October 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 3rd to 5th - Evolve Music Festival - Mission Beach
  • 6th - Back to School VIC, NT
  • 7th - Back to School QLD, NSW
  • 8th - Full Moon
  • 9th to 11th - Opera in the Outback - Undara
  • 10th to 12th - FNQ Country Music Festival - Walkamin
  • 13th - Back to School WA, SA, TAS, ACT
  • 15th - Light the Night - Cairns
  • 18th to 26th - Crocodile Trophy, Mountain Bike Challenge
  • 19th - Taste of The Tablelands Festival - Atherton
  • 23rd to 26th - Yungaburra Folk Festival
  • 25th & 26th - Kuranda Day
  • 31st - Halloween

November 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 4th - Melbourne Cup
  • 6th - Full Moon
  • 6th to 9th - Port Douglas Marlin Challenge
  • 8th - Cooktown Race Day

December 2014

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 3rd - Carols by Candlelight - Edmonton
  • 6th - Carols by Candlelight - Atherton
  • 6th - Full Moon
  • 7th - Carols on the Knob - Yorkeys Knob
  • 7th - Carols by Candlelight - Mission Beach
  • 11th - NT School Holidays Begin
  • 12th - Carols by Candlelight - Innisfail
  • 12th - QLD, SA School Holidays Begin
  • 14th - Carols by Candlelight - Cairns Esplanade
  • 17th - NSW, ACT School Holidays Begin
  • 18th - WA, TAS School Holidays Begin
  • 19th - VIC School Holidays Begin
  • 21st - Summer Solstice
  • 24th - Christmas Eve
  • 25th - Christmas Day (most shops closed) (some tours do not operate)
  • 26th - Boxing Day (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 31st - New Years Eve Family Fun Concert - Cairns Esplanade
  • 31st - Fitzroy Island New Years Eve Beach Party 

January 2015

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 1st - New Years Day (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 26th - Australia Day - Various events on the Esplanade and throughout the city (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - tourist areas open, most other shops closed)
  • 27th - Back to School  QLD, SA
  • 28th - Back to School NSW, VIC
  • 31st - Chinese New Year

February 2015

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 1st - Midday - Barramundi Fishing Season Re-Opens
  • 2nd - Back to School  WA, ACT
  • 4th - Back to School  TAS
  • 7th - Madeline's 8th Birthday
  • 14th - Valentines Day
  • 19th - Chinese New Year

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