There's loads of live music and markets on this weekend, as well as Palm Cove's long awaited three-day Reef Feast.
For some left of field intrigue, visit Patricia Piccinini's exhibition Curious Affection at NorthSite Contemporary Arts.
The rain's clearing out today to make way for a sunny couple of days, with top temps of 33.
Wherever this weekend takes you, the Tropic team hope you have a great one.
Friday 4th December
Reef Feast kicks off in Palm Cove today, a three-day celebration of the region’s produce and tropical lifestyle. A stack of local restaurants are hosting long lunches and food tastings, before the weekend winds up with the markets on Sunday.
Coral spawning season is here, a dazzling display lasting just a few days. Some local reef operators are doing night trips (Divers Den are even doing a 30% discount for Cairns locals!), while ABC iView will be live streaming the underwater snowstorm from 7.30pm Friday and Sunday.
For some late night boogie of a different kind, head to Elixir Music Bar to see Happy Africa’s Gabriel Otu & Celestino perform from 9:30pm.
Saturday 5th December
Two of our city’s most creative spaces will combine tomorrow as Makin' Whoopee takes over Bailey. The Crystalbrook hotel will house a locally-curated market, with a treasure trove of arts and design products on offer from 9am to 2pm.
Make it a market-hopping morning with a stop-in at Gordonvale Markets, where you’ll find a huge variety of plants, clothes and handcrafts in Norman Park until midday.
Patricia Piccinini will launch her latest exhibition, Curious Affection, at NorthSite Contemporary Arts today from 10am. The Melbourne-based artist invites audiences to think about a world where bio and digital technologies blur the lines between human, nature and the artificial.
For some afternoon action, head down to Cairns Pop-Up Arena for the WNBL’s Bendigo vs Melbourne match from 4pm. At the same time you might hear Music in the Park at MPP, a free (though already booked out) event presented by CIAF and Deadly Choices.
Sunday 6th December
There’s a WNBL double-whammy with Sydney Uni vs Bendigo at 12pm, Southside vs Melbourne at 2pm this Sunday afternoon.
Vivaldis Restaurant is throwing a Groovy Sunday on the Balcony, where you can indulge in all things Latino from 4pm to midnight. There’ll be cheap pisco sours and caipirinhas, local DJs spinning Afro-Latino beats, and all-you-can-eat tapas for just $20.
The weekend's set to close to the sweet tunes of live music with either Kate Miller-Hiedke at Munro Martin Parklands from 6pm or Greta Stanley at Gilligan’s from 8pm. There are limited tickets left to both of these stellar Queensland artists.
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