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

It's the last weekend of November, and it looks like Christmas has come early in Cairns!

There's a few Christmas markets on, as well as a free outdoor screening of one of the best festive films of all time, next to live music, comedy, and some bungy jumping action. 

There's a high chance of showers on Friday before the wet weather is forecasted to start easing over the weekend.  


Thursday 25 November

Elixir Bar is the place to be tonight for those seeking a laugh, as it welcomes feature comic Anisa Nandaula in an open mic night by Guilt Free Comedy. 7pm start, tickets $10pp.

Friday 26 November

The Court House is hosting another run of Out on the Lawn, this time welcoming reggae-funk-rock band Manuka, next to Zaynab and The Zephyrbees. They perform from 6 to 10pm.

It’s time for a Christmas Market at The German Club! With classic Christmas food like fresh pretzels and mulled wine, and special handcrafts including pottery, wooden toys and jewellery, everyone is invited to drop in for the festivities. Free event, 4pm till late.

Saturday 27 November

Skypark Cairns by AJ Hackett is throwing its annual Crazy Jump Day, offering $79 jumps plus second jumps reduced to $20. There’s also live music by Jayden Reid from 1pm.

A Christmas Twilight Market goes down at Yorkeys Knob this weekend, with local businesses selling their fares and wares on Sims Esplanade from 4 to 8pm.

The hilarious Christmas classic, Elf, starring Will Ferrell, screens on a Free Movie Night in Loridan Drive Park in Brinsmead. Local music kicks off the night at 6pm before the film starts at 7pm.

For more outdoor cinema head to the Cairns Botanic Gardens, which is showing Priscilla Queen of the Desert from 7.30pm. Food truck on-site, tickets $20pp.

Sunday 21 November 

House of Commons, one of Cairns’ newest bars tucked above the Bavarian Beerhouse, is this weekend hosting a masterclass on Mt Uncle Distillery’s Northern Gem Gin. 4 to 6pm, booking essential.

Edge Hill Tavern is tonight welcoming Creedence: The John Fogerty Show, paying tribute to the classic and timeless rock music the late 60s and early 70s. 7pm start, tickets from $34.