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

The first weekend of November is all about films, live music, theatre and arts, with a few free events to enjoy too. 

Most of the overcast and drizzly weather we've had this week is due to clear by Saturday too. 


Thursday 4 November

P.J. O’Brien’s is hosting its first (of hopefully many!) open mic comedy nights tonight. Free entry, with prizes of beer up for those who can rouse a laugh.

Miss Chief Yum Cha Emporium is back, and of course, the menu looks exceptional. 8 plates and a glass of house wine or local beer for $55. Bookings essential.

Friday 5 November

Sydney’s Travelling Film Festival is visiting Cairns this week, with a full schedule of 12 films at Cairns Central Cinema from Friday to Tuesday. Including both feature and short films, and spanning genres from horror to historical, drama to documentaries, there’s something for everyone. Our pick is Nowhere Special, which tells the story of a terminally ill father’s search for a new foster family for his son.

Two Cairns artists, Dizzy Doolan and Kaweyova, are in the Tanks tonight to play some hip hop and soul. 7.30pm start, tickets from $20

JUTE Theatre is this weekend bringing One Second by Amber Grossman at Bulmba-ja, centred on a group of friends at senior high school at the brink of adulthood. Show times include Friday and Saturday evenings, and a Saturday matinee. Tickets from $20.

Saturday 5 November

Mike Price Trio is dropping into Guyala Café this weekend to play some improvised jazz. Bookings recommended for groups of 8 or more.

‘Zeloh’, a large-scale mermaid sculpture created by the Akay Koo Oila Women’s Art Centre, is currently exhibiting at The Court House gallery. Visit between 10am and 4pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays. Free entry.

Cinnamon Sun, described as something between Mac Miller and Rex Orange County, is at Elixir Bar tonight to launch their new single. $20 on the door, 7pm open

Bring a picnic blanket, snacks and some friends to enjoy a family-friendly Free Movie Night in Edmonton. Dragon Rider screens from 6.30pm.

Sunday 7 November 

One of the Far North’s largest stretches of markets stalls is gathering at Palm Cove this Sunday, with sellers bearing everything from jewellery to plants, fresh produce to handcrafts. 8am to 2pm.