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

March is off to a bang with this week's TW line-up, featuring everything from theatre to streetwear vintage markets, food events and cinema. 

There's also a trio of young female artists playing at the Tanks, plus a Mardi Gras inspired pool party. 


Friday 4 March

This week marks the fifth birthday of one of our favourite gift shops, Makin’ Whoopee. The Shield St store is celebrating with sales, workshops, prizes and of course, food! The festivities end on Saturday.

This weekend marks the last to see FNQ Contemporaries, as well as the Cairns Art Society’s 74th Annual Art Exhibition. Both are on display at Cairns Art Gallery until Sunday.

Jem Cassar-Daley, Miss Tee, and Cairns’ own Amber Farnan – three brilliant up-and-coming Queensland artists – are performing at the Tanks tonight. Tickets from $20, 7.30pm start.

Saturday 5 March

Gordonvale Markets are on this morning, where you’ll find a huge variety of plants, clothes and handcrafts in Norman Park until midday.

The Koah Markets are also returning this weekend after their wet season hiatus. Cinnamon Sun will also be there to provide some cruisy live music! 8am to midday.

A recycled streetwear and thrifted clothes event comes to Cairns this weekend, straight outta Brisbane! Elixir Bar is hosting Lil J’s Vintage Markets from 10am to 3pm.  

Brought to life by a cast of remarkable puppetry, The Wider Earth is an extraordinary, award-winning drama about the theory that changed everything. The production runs at CPAC this Saturday, with both a matinee and an evening performance. Tickets $35.

Canapes and cocktails? Yes please! Learn the art of crafting cracking gin drinks with Wolf Lane’s Sam, all while enjoying a selection of eats and marina-side views in Ochre Restaurant. Tickets $90, 3 to 5pm.

Crystalbrook Riley is hosting a poolside soiree in celebration of Mardi Gras. Tropicamp Pool Party is set to include interactive games – think tug-of-war, relay races and a twerk off – as well as DJs, pop up bars and of course, drag queens. Tickets $25 and include a welcome drink. 1 to 5pm.

Sunday 6 March 

Getting your hands dirty for Clean Up Australia Day? Treeforce is inviting everyone to come clean up ecological habitat within wetland areas in the heart of Cairns. Here’s where to meet the team on Gatton Street at 7.30am.

Unseen Cinema is this week screening Spanish drama-comedy, Parallel Mothers. It tells the story of two single women who meet in a hospital room upon giving birth – one middle aged and ready for motherhood, and the other a scared adolescent. 4.30pm at BCC Cinemas Earlville.