Tropic Weekender: Our guide to the best events and things to do in Cairns

This weekend isn't dominated by too many big events, which means we've found a few fun, local things to do and try.

That being said, the huge Cooktown & Cape York Expo is carrying on up north, while Fred Brophy's in town with his renowned boxing troupe.

Temperatures are set to drop this Saturday to a breezy 25C. 


Friday 18 June

If you just can’t wait for October, head along to the German Club’s June-tober tonight! With dancing, a beer garden, classic German fare and the club’s Oompah Band playing tunes ‘till late, this one looks like a doozy. 5pm open, bookings essential.

The Bungalow Hotel has two big nights ahead of it with Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe in town! 7pm start tonight and Saturday night, tickets essential.

Strictly Street Salsa at the Showgrounds Shopping Centre is hosting Cuban Social the third Friday of every month, a come-and-try dancing night welcome to all ages. 7pm start, $5 each, bookings essential.

Running with the theme of suburban-soirees, Laneway is cracking open a few bottles of natural wines tonight. If funky ferments, bold flavours and small producers sounds like your thing, book a ticket here. 7pm start.

Saturday 19 June

Who loves a spot of singing? Stratford Deli’s presenting Pub Karaoke this Saturday night, hosted by local musician Nicki Doll. Tickets are limited, book here.

Try your hand at painting in oil and cold wax with local artist Molly Duncan. Sessions run over Saturday and Sunday at The Gifting Gnome, 1.30 - 4.30pm both days. Bookings essential.

While the Taipans season is over, the city’s not taking a break on basketball. NBL1 is entering its sixth round this weekend, with the local Marlins and Dolphins taking on USC Rip at Cairns Basketball Stadium. 6pm start, tickets must be bought prior here.

The festivities are continuing in Cooktown with The Rising Tide expo, showcasing the rich and diverse cultures across the peninsula. Head here for Tropic Now’s highlight of events, or find the full program here.

Sunday 20 June

Woree Markets are on this morning, where residents open up their boots and garages for you to peruse pre-loved goods. Sausage sizzle on-site too! 8am start.

Moon Rock for Monday, screened by Unseen Cinema this Sunday, blendsthe coming-of-age and criminals-on-the-run genres to create a film that’ll stay with you for days. 4:30pm start, BCC Cinemas Earlville.