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

Whether you're up for live music, comedy, markets, or some seriously good food events, there's something for everyone this weekend. 

Vera Blue takes to the CPAC stage on Friday for the next instalment of Cairns Summer Sounds, while Taste Port Douglas is kicking off a little early with a special restaurant takeover. 

The Lunar New Year also wraps up with its traditional lantern festival, fireworks display, and Sunday yum cha lunch. 


Friday 11 February

If you’re keen to start the weekend with a good deed, head to Port Douglas and take part in Tangaroa Blue’s Four Mile Beach Clean-up. 9am to 1pm.

Who’s up for a spot of comedy? Guilt Free Comedy, along with Rhinestone Rebel, are presenting Paul McDermott +1. Bar 94, 7.30 to 10pm. Tickets from $40.

The second artist in the Cairns Summer Sounds line-up is here! For one night only, CPAC will host Vera Blue and the singer/songwriter’s sweet, synth tunes and soft electronica. 7.30pm start with Matilda Duncan as a support. Tickets from $70.

Ahead of Taste Port Douglas, the annual festival is throwing a restaurant takeover, with
Adam D'Sylva's CODA restaurant taking the reigns at Harrisons in the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort. 6.30pm start, bookings essential.

Saturday 12 February

Bar 94 has another event in store, hosting Afro Night / Valentine’s Day Edition. You can expect reggae beats, RnB and afro house all night long. $5 entry, 7pm start.

Do you know how to make an Aviation cocktail? How about a Southside? Head along to Wolf Lane Distillery’s Gin Cocktail Making Class where you’ll learn all the tips and tricks from master cocktail shakers. 1pm start, $79pp. You can also use the code LOCALSCARD for a 10% discount!

Chinese New Year festivities are wrapping this weekend with the Lantern Festival & Fireworks at the Esplanade Lagoon! 5.30 to 7.30pm.

Sunday 13 February 

The Holloways Beach Markets are on today, featuring a huge range of local fares and wares in one of Cairns' most picturesque seaside locations. 8am to 11am. 

Send the Lunar New Year off with a bang with a yum cha lunch at Golden Boat Chinese Restaurant. 12pm start, bookings essential. 

In a special tribute to our furry, four-legged friends, Crystalbrook Bailey is hosting Pooch and Hooch, an adorable exhibition by Cairns artist Amanda Mcgahan.

Today's also the last day to see the late William T. Cooper's huge collection of local botanical illustrations in the Cairns Art Gallery. The Gallery is also exhibiting works by Kuranda artist Peter Thompson, Cairns painter Amanda Emmett, plus a collection of local art across FNQ Contemporaries and Cairns Art Society Annual Exhibition.