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    Tropic Weekender: Your insider guide to the best events this weekend

    This might just be one of the biggest weekend of events Cairns will see in 2018.

    But first, the weather. We can expect partly cloudy conditions and a high (70%) chance of light showers on Saturday, with a max of 30C. On Sunday, it's expected to be cloudy with a high (80%) chance of showers and thunderstorms. 

    So it might pay to bring your umbrella to the headline act of the weekend: which is of course The Cat Empire, the big finale of the hugely successful Festival 2018 and Commonwealth Games celebrations down at the Esplanade on Sunday.

    Apart from old school rockers like Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite on the weekend, you can also catch Cairns FC in action at Barlow Park.

    Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend in paradise!

    Saturday April 14

    1. Cairns FC vs Western Pride FC: Info

    2. Persistence by Kick Arts & Clinton Freeman for Festival 2018: Info

    3. Ms V. Soul Sessions at The Conservatory Bar: Info

    4. Free entry at Cairns Art Gallery: Info

    5. African Night at the Cairns Brass Hall: Info

    6. Daryl Braithwaite at BAR36: Info

    7. Oriental Cravings at The Attic: Info

    8. Jordan Brodie live at McLaughlin Theatre (St Augustines College): Info

    9. Drewboy & The Sax Addicts live at Holloways Beach Sporting Complex: Info

    10. Mau Power, supported by Zennith, Deline Briscoe Trio and Skanq live for Festival 2018: Info

    Sunday April 15

    11. Cat Empire at the Esplanade for Festival 2018: Info

    12. Gigs For Kids for Festival 2018: Info

    13. The Big Sing at The Jack: Info

    14. Montgomery Brothers Sunday Sessions at Three Wolves: Info

    15. Sunny Ray 'Across the Tablelands Tour': Info