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

The weekend is here, and so is another set of fantastic events. 

From Amy Shark to drag shows, Taipans match screenings to markets, and the Lunar New Year Lantern Festival, Cairns has it all. 

It is going to be pretty wet and stormy this weekend, but don't fear; Far North events are pretty well prepped for the rain. 

Friday 26 February

Laneway are turning it down a notch with Beat Lab’s Stereo Lounge, where a lineup of local producers will play their original beats into the night. No entry fee, with the first set starting at 7pm.  

Our favourite lunar new year event is here – the Lantern Festival! Write your new year dreams on a lantern, before lighting and releasing it from the Lagoon’s edge to create a sea of lights. This unforgettable spectacle starts at 5:30pm. 

Don’t forget to get around the Taipans while they’re down south! Tonight they’re playing the Perth Wildcats, which is being screened for the Orange Army at the Casino Sport Arena from 7:30pm AEST. 

Saturday 27 February

Make your Saturday morning market stop at Yungaburra this weekend. From 7:30am till midday, local growers, makers and bakers will gather to sell their goods.

In the picturesque Palm Cove, Nu Nu’s hosting its Hot Tips & Spicy Tricks cooking class. An $189 ticket includes a welcome drink and lunch, plus three hours of Nick Holloway wisdom. Bookings are essential.

Amy Shark’s here for the next installment of Cairns Summer Sounds. If you didn’t catch her on Friday, she’s playing again tonight at CPAC from 7:30pm. Tickets available here.

Fancy a night of fabulous glamour? At Paramour Cabaret Theatre you’ll find Drag'd Out Late, featuring the Far North’s best Kings and Queens of drag, with specialty cocktails to boot. 7pm start time, with tickets available here.

Sunday 28 February

Got nothing to do this Sunday? The Port Douglas Markets might be exactly what you’re after. On from 8am to 2pm, you’ll find all kinds of fares and wares, from all over the Far North. 

This Sunday, End Credits Film Club is screening Wild Things, with 100% of the event’s profits donated to's campaign to buy back a piece of the Daintree on Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Rd.  

The Snakes are lined up for another match this weekend, set to play the Brisbane Bullets. Again, this one's being screened at the Casino Sports Arena from 3:30pm.