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

We're in for a big final weekend of February, kicking off with Hot & Steamy in Port Douglas tomorrow!

Cairns is also hosting a bunch of live music this weekend, from rap to surf rock, and a unique mix of quiz games, music and comedy with RocKwiz at CPAC. 

There's also two Taipans home games coming up. 


Thursday 24 February

Hot & Steamy kicks off its four days of festivities today in Port Douglas! With luscious food events, an all-white party, cocktails at the surf club, and a ‘soaked’ soiree on Sunday afternoon, there’s something for all in the region’s annual LGBTQI+ festival. Find a full list of events and ticket details here.

The Taipans are set to take on the Brisbane Bullets tonight at the Convention Centre. 6.30pm start, tickets from $25.

Friday 25 February

Brisbane surf rock band Shag Rock is in Cairns tonight as part of their Double Overhead tour. Catch the five-piece at the Tanks with local support act, The Bluebottles. General tickets $25. 7.30pm start.

A mix of comedy, quiz games and live music is in store for RockWiz Live, featuring Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis. Two shows are set to play at CPAC over tonight and Saturday, wrapping up Cairns Summer Sounds! Tickets from $60.50. 7.30pm start.

Aussie hip hop icon Seth Sentry is taking his ‘Super Cool Tree House’ tour to Gilligans this Friday. Online tickets $40. 8pm start.

Elixir Music Bar has Tessa Devine on the bill tonight, along with special guest Katie Who. Tickets $15, 7.30pm start.

Paint the Town opens tonight at the Court House, with the judges and prize-winning artists of last year’s event in tow. A number of programs for young people, educators and artists then run across the weekend. More here.

Saturday 26 February

For some weekend country markets, head up the range to Yungaburra. You’ll find a range of local handcrafts, produce, plants, homewares and goods. 7.30am to 12.30pm.

Cruisy coastal hits are coming to the Tanks with Hockey Dad in town. The pair from Windang, south of Sydney, has managed to crack into the top of ARIA charts, triple j Hottest 100 playlists, and sell out two national tours. Tickets $45.50, 7pm start.

More alt music can be found at Elixir Music Bar, with not one but three sets playing Saturday night. Catch Jimmy Harwood, Cinnamon Sun and Zaynab Wilson from 7pm. Free entry. 

The Edge Hill Tavern presents Kevin Bloody Wilson, an internationally renowned comedian who’s loved for his true Australian character and ‘DILLIGAF’ attitude. 7.30pm start.

Sunday 27 February 

Another home game this week, let’s go! The Taipans v Melbourne United kicks off at 2pm this afternoon.

The Tanks is also launching its annual International Women’s Day exhibition this weekend – FLAME. The art collection is the outcome of a mentorship program involving six emerging artists. Free entry. Runs until 20 March.