Cairns Festival

Experience the tropical north like never before by celebrating with the Cairns community at the Cairns Festival. This fun festival event held in Cairns, Queensland allows people from all over the world to gather and celebrate the culture, art, and beauty of living in this beautiful northern tropical area.

What to Expect at the Cairns Festival

For over 51 years, the Cairns Festival has provided locals and travellers to Queensland a chance to celebrate and discover the wonders of the city of Cairns. This festival features hundreds of live events, performances, local vendors, and more that allow people to really experience the joys of Cairns.


The entire theme of the Cairns Festival is allowing the community to celebrate, share and learn about the many local traditions and cultural events that make up this northern tropical region of Queensland. The festival features a Grand Parade, fireworks display, and dozens of live performances from local bands, dance troupes, and more.


The Cairns Festival officially kicks off with a Grand Parade. The Grand Parade features colourful floats, live performances, and dozens of local vendors. People line the streets for this amazing, awe-inspiring kick-off event for the festival. The Carnival on Collins is another tradition of the Cairns Festival. Carnival on Collins is a time where festival goers are allowed to gather and celebrate the unique community that is Cairns. The Carnival features lots of dancing, plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with new people, and over a dozen performances from well-known local bands.


The festival's events wind down with an amazing fireworks display. The city's sky fills with beautiful colours as the entire community gathers to celebrate a wonderful community event.


Experience the Community of Cairns

There are hundreds of opportunities to experience the extremely diverse community of Cairns at the Cairns Festival. People looking for something unique may enjoy strolling through the dozens of stalls that make up the small marketplace at the festival. The marketplace stalls feature sweets and treats, clothing, and art from local vendors.


Another great way to experience the community of Cairns is through the many live performances that are held during the Cairns Festival. The festival features several live performances from local bands, theatre troupes, dance troupes, and live performers. These performances are held throughout the festival and are free for festival goers.


When is the Cairns Festival?

The 2014 Cairns Festival has yet to have its schedule released. An official list of events, performers, and activities will be released closer to the event. The dates of annual events, such as the Grand Parade, fireworks, and Carnival on Collins will be released closer to the festival.


Join in the fun and festivities that surround the Cairns Festival by considering a stay in a local holiday rental. Holiday rentals provide you with a convenient location to this annual event, while providing you with a private, quiet lodging choice that is perfect for the whole family.


*Images from Owen Allen

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