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Tropic Weekender: Your curated guide to the best events across the Cairns region this weekend


How are you spending your last pre-Christmas weekend in Cairns?

Those up for a drive may like to visit the Douglas Street Festival in Mossman on Friday night, or one of markets in the Tablelands. 

Closer to Cairns, there's Froth Fest – an all-local ale lineup at Laneway on Saturday. 

It will be mostly clear across the weekend, with a top of 34C each day. 



Friday 18th December

From 6pm, Front Street in Mossman will be abuzz with market stalls, food trucks and free rides for kids. The Douglas Street Festival stage is set to host student performances, carols, local artists, and maybe even Santa!  

Further south you’ll find Davy Simony and his groovy, cruisy tunes at the Parkview Hotel in Gordonvale. The Kuranda-raised but now Melbourne-based artist is playing from 8pm. 

For a Friday a little more lavish, why not call into the Paramour Cabaret Theatre? The comedy, cabaret and burlesque show runs every Friday and Saturday night in Cairns. 

Saturday 19th December

For a quieter Saturday morning (or some last-minute Christmas shopping), head out of the city to Clifton Beach Markets or Malanda Markets. Both will have lots of unique handcrafted gifts and home baked goods.

Love a good brew? Laneway has brought together an all-local lineup of beer in its new event, Froth Fest. Head there in the afternoon for a taste of Hemingway’s, Coral Sea, Barrier Reef Brewing, and Macalister Brewing, with food covered by the Hungry Nomad.

Sunday 20th December

There are more markets on at Yungaburra this morning, the biggest and oldest markets in the Tablelands.

After a distraction for your little ones? Christmas has made its way to Cairns Aquarium, and Santa and Mrs Claus will be there this weekend with some fun activities. You might even catch the bearded man in a snorkel suit!

AJ Hackett is opening its brand new Skypark this Sunday, with $49 bungy jumps, a range of new activities and live tunes by the Brazilians.