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

Pool parties, markets, art exhibitions, cricket, comedy and an international film festival ­– there's a great lineup of things to do this weekend. 

The forecast looks like it'll stay mostly fine and sunny across Cairns, with little chance of showers. 

Find your weekend here. 

Friday 12 March

Have you checked out the latest exhibition at NorthSite Contemporary Arts? Call of the Running Tide, on until April 1, is a sculpture and multimedia group exhibition that invites visitors to respond to the real circumstances of escalating ecological change. Free to visit. 

Another round of the Barrier Reef Big Bash is here. Watch the Piccone Badgers battle Twomey Schriber Thunder At Griffiths Park tonight, batting off at 6:30pm.

Basketball fans will want to tune into the Taipans match against S.E. Melbourne Phoenix tonight, on from 6:30pm. Watch if free through SBS On Demand.

Ocean Film Festival has finally arrived at CPAC. Featuring three hours of short films from around the globe, the lineup documents the beauty and power of the ocean and celebrates the divers, surfers and swimmers who live for the sea. Starts at 7pm, limited tickets available.

Saturday 13 March

Saturday morning markets are on at Mareeba this weekend, where you can find all kinds of produce and handcrafts from around the region. 7:30am till midday.

FLAME: International Women’s Day Exhibition at Tanks Art Centre is the exhibition outcome of a mentorship program between established and emerging local artists, whose talent was identified in the 2020 ENERGY. Visit between 9am-4.30pm on weekdays and 10am-2pm on weekends until 21 March.

Looking to entertain the kids? Modern Pantry in Edge Hill is putting on an Asian Adventure Cooking Class today, where junior chefs can learn to make pork dumplings, fried rice, and coconut & lime cake. 1-3pm, bookings essential. 

Laneway has another FLOAT lined up this weekend. DJ's Markus Mark, DK Nico and Supernova will bring the beats, Hungry Nomad the food, and The Gallery will feature a fashion collection by Anya Radionova and local artists Rachel Wolfe, Ash Fazel and Denni Scott-Jackson. On from 1 till 7pm. 

After cutting his comedic teeth in Boston and killing it from New York to LA, Al Del Bene’s dropped into Cairns for Guilt Free Comedy. On from 7:30pm at Macalister’s this Saturday, tickets $25.

Sunday 14 March

Just a few skips from the city you’ll find Holloways Beach Markets on this Sunday, from 8am to 1pm.

Unseen Cinema is screening Days of the Bagnold Summer at BCC Earlville this Sunday afternoon. The film draws you into the wobbly relationship between well-intentioned single librarian and her black-clad teenage, who'd rather listen to Metallica than his mother. On from 4:30pm. 

There’s another Barrier Reef Big Bash match this weekend. This time it’s Twomey Schriber Thunder taking on Designer First Homes Dare Devils. Get to Griffiths Park from 4:30pm.