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Tropic Weekender: Our curated guide to the best upcoming events around Cairns

International-level sport, fantastic live music, plenty of top-notch art and Tropical North Queensland's unique way of celebrating Mardi Gras – you certainly have no reason to be bored this weekend.

While it'll be wet up until Saturday, the forecast shows the weekend itself will only have the odd shower.

Find your weekend below. 

Thursday 18 February - 22 February

Berlin boy-wonder Hans, has descended on Port Douglas for the Hot and Steamy Festival! On Friday take in the Taste in the Tropics long lunch, followed by the White Party at the Sugar Wharf. On Saturday, tropical vintage swimsuits will be on show, followed by a sunset booze cruise and the Main Festival Party. It'll all wrap up with a pool party, closing party at Turtle Cove and – if you've still got the stamina – recovery drinks at Hemingway's.

Friday 19 February

You've probably seen the outside, which is looking rather fab – but now you can finally check out the inside of the newly-refurbished Court House at the venue's open day. Doors open to this free event from 4pm and you can check out exhibitions Lore to Law by UMI Arts, From the Ground Up by Yarrabah Arts Centre and Justicia by Bonemap. On the lawn outside, relax on a picnic blanket to the tunes of Mau Power, Bobby Alu, Nikki Doll and the Mambo Swing and Tessa Devine. All while you're sampling gin cocktails from Wolf Lane Distillery, Salty Captains Prawns, The Donut Shack sweets, Richards Salt and Pepper takeaway and Espresso Cairns Mobile Cafe.

Saturday 20 February

International-level basketball will be on show at the Cairns Pop-Up Arena as the Australian Boomers take on the New Zealand Tall Blacks in a FIBA Asia Cup qualifier. Tickets from

Dive into Crystalbrook Collection's Fabulous Pool Party at Riley Resort. DJ Jamie Porteous is bringing the beats, while queens Claudia Izout and Delvine DeFillme will guide the sun-soaked affair in celebration of Mardi Gras 2021. The fun splashes off from 1pm.

If rock is more your groove, former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning will be performing at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre. The multi award-winning and platinum selling artist has now been going solo for 15 years and has firmly cemented his position as one of Australia’s finest songwriters and lyricists. Saturday's will be the first of two shows – he's backing it up for another performance on Sunday. Tickets through ticketlink.

For comedy and drinks head to the espresso martini-fest at Laneway, or if an art class and bubbles is more your style, Wolf Lane Distillery is hosting its Bubbles and Brushes Art Workshop.

Sunday 21 February

The month’s second Sunday marks the time for the Wondecla Markets showcasing fresh local produce, crafts, plants, homemade goods and more. 

Feel like kicking a footy? The North Cairns Tigers Juniors AFL will also be holding their come and try day. Tropic Now is sponsoring this fantastic, local club, and we certainly recommend you get involved!