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


This weekend is a big one for basketball fans (or anyone hanging out to see some live sport) with four WNBL matches scheduled at the Cairns Pop-up Arena. 

For foodies, there's a Sunday session at Barrier Reef Brewing Co with a sustainable seafood twist, as well as tapas and cocktails all Saturday afternoon at Motel Nomad's pool party. 

Kim Churchill's gig at Tanks, the Christmas concert at MMP, and the Gutsy Girls short films is some more entertainment to check out. 

There's a fair chance of showers this weekend, but don't let that keep you inside – most of these events are sheltered. 



Friday 27th November

Dining Project is back, baby. The second iteration of this intimate, lavish degustation by high-profile local chefs Oliver James and Nicolas Devic follows last Friday's sold-out launch, and there's only a handful of tickets left.  

Itching to watch a gripping travel story? Gutsy Girls Film Adventure Tour – a collection of short films featuring awe-inspiring women adventurers – is screening at Event Cinemas in Cairns Central over the next few days. 

If you haven't seen Vanghoua Anthony Vue's exhibition at Tanks Art Centre, put aside some time to go before December 6. This multidisciplinary visual artist explores the Hmong refugee and immigration experience in Australia and Thailand.

Saturday 28th November

The Yungaburra Markets may be a good way to start your Saturday, before it gets a little busy with a stack of exclusive events. 

You'll find the Tropic team tipping some cocktails at Float Club, a pool party collab between Laneway, Wolf Lane, Flamingos Tiki Bar and Nusa Cana. It's all going down at Motel Nomad from 12 to 6pm. 

Two WNBL matches are also on at Cairns Pop-up Arena this afternoon – Townsville vs Southside at 2pm and Adelaide vs Sydney Uni at 4pm. 

As for the night's antics, Kim Churchill is bringing our favourite floppy-haired folk music to Tanks Art Centre, or you can catch some comedy with Shad and Pete Save the World! at Cairns Performing Arts Centre. 

For some family-friendly festivities, there's Getting in the Mood for Christmas at Munro Martin Parklands. Tickets are essential. 

Sunday 29th November

Our favourite markets are back in town at Tanks. On from 9am to 2pm, you'll find quirky handcrafts and clothes, second-hand books, and delicious food truck fare, all among the beautiful Botanic Gardens.  

A Sunday session has never looked better than the Summer of Sustainable Seafood event at Barrier Reef Brewing Co, on from 4 to 7pm. Here you can meet the Farmer Meets Foodie team, who have been busy launching a trawler-to-table local seafood delivery service, as well as enjoy street food bites and a tasting paddle of Barrier Reef brews.

For live music, head to either Tinderbox at Ellis Beach Bar & Grill or Bobby Maguire at Boardwalk Social. 

There's another two WNBL matches on Sunday too, with Adelaide vs Southside at 12pm and Sydney Uni vs Townsville at 2pm.