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

This weekend has a couple of unusual new events in store, as well as some longtime favourites. 

You'll find everything from comedy to classic cars and trivia to music bingo, as well as a few new exhibition openings. 

The forecast is still a little rainy, but easing up as the week goes on. 


Thursday 17 February

The regular trivia night at Salt House is back! $10pp, with all proceeds donated to Guide Dogs QLD. This event always fills up quickly, so make sure you book early. 6pm to 9pm.

Australian comedy troupe Sooshi Mango are taking over the Cairns Convention Centre tonight, providing two hours of trademark skits and hilarious musical numbers. Tickets from $60pp. 7.30pm start.

Friday 18 February

If you like the emotional, indie sounds of artists like Sam Fnder, Gang of Youth and Billie Eilish, head along to the Tanks this Friday. Andy Martin & Abi Muir are pairing up to play some of their original songs. $20pp. 7.30pm start.

SLUMBERJACK is taking its Club Sessions Tour to XS this Friday night. Ticket sales are only on the door – so get in early. 9pm open.

Saturday 19 February

The Clifton Beach Markets have returned. In the cool digs of the shopping centre, you’ll find everything from jewellery to homewares, dog accessories to plants. 9am to 2pm.

NorthSite Contemporary Arts is hosting an opening for two photographic exhibitions, Deep North and Never So Visible. The former explores more than a decade of Matthew Stanton’s observation of the tropical north’s changing landscapes, while the latter is a collection of six visual artists exploring the theme of personal experience. Make sure you register for the free event. 11am to 1pm.

History buffs may like Cairns Museum’s new exhibition, Rediscovering Buk Ti, which launches today. It explores the little-known story of Chinese settlers in the lower Herbert district, about 230 kilometres south of Cairns. Free admission with museum entry. 10am to 4pm.

The Mountain View Hotel is throwing a Saturday afternoon soiree, themed all things classic cars. The day’s set to include live music by Now or Never, as well as live moves by the Cairns Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Club. 1pm start.

Who’s up for a bit of (free) Music Bingo? Head to Macalister’s Brewery from 7.30pm – no need to book. Tony’s Pizza will also be on site!

Elixir Music Bar has Monique Angele and The Joker Pokers in store for another night of live music. 8pm start, free event.

Sunday 20 February 

Unseen Cinema has a Polish comedy drama in store this weekend. Never Gonna Snow Again screens from 11am at BCC Cinemas Earlville.

The Edge Hill Tavern is hosting metalcore band Alpha Wolf this Sunday night, along with a few special support acts. Tickets from $29.90. 7.30pm start.