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

Live music is front and centre this weekend, with The Grass is Greener and the Tablelands Folk Festival on alongside lots of other local gigs. 

There's also movie nights, trivia and laneway parties to partake in across Cairns. 

A shower or two could come on Friday, but the forecast clears up on the weekend for 33 degree sunshine. 


Thursday 21 October

Radical Reels – a series of thrilling, action-packed short films featuring all things skiing, boarding and climbing – is playing at CPAC this Thursday night. 7pm start, tickets essential.

The Salt House Trivia Night is back, this time raising money for Animal Rescue Tablelands. $10 per person, 6 to 9pm. Limited tickets available so get in quick!

Friday 22 October

Cairns artist Greta Stanley is launching her latest single, Close Call, at the Tanks this Friday ahead of an album release in early 2022. Supported by Ingrid Piper. 7.30pm start.

Those with tickets to the Tablelands Folk Festival are in for a fabulous weekend of live music, culture and arts. The three-day event starts today.

The annual Tinaroo Barra Bash kicks off today, a catch and release tournament for keen anglers to snag a monster barra. The event helps monitor the lake’s fish survival and raise funds to maintain a barrier net, used in times of high rainfall.

Saturday 23 October

The Grass is Greener is making its homecoming today, along with a collection of big-name artists and even bigger vibes. 12pm start at the Showgrounds, limited tickets are still available.

The third run of Oktoberfest antics comes to the German Club this Saturday. This year, for the Club’s 50th anniversary, you can expect the festivities turned up a notch. 4pm till late, $5 at the door or $5 pre-purchased.

Three Wolves is celebrating its fifth birthday this weekend with live music in the laneway by the Drew Boy Band and of course, brilliant cocktails. 6pm till midnight.  

Raya and the Last Dragon screens for a free movie night in Khalu Park, White Rock this Saturday evening. Bring a picnic rug and snacks for a 6pm start!

Sunday 24 October

Bottomless brunch, but high tea style? Yes please! Stratford Deli is the place to be this Sunday. $70pp for mimosas, bellinis and delicious food. Bookings essential.

Kuranda-raised artist Davy Simony (Cinnamon Sun) is playing his signature blend of alt-pop, hip hop and reggae at the Barron Falls Hotel this Sunday. 1 to 4pm.