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Festival Cairns

Updated: 04-Jul-2016

Cairns Festival 2016

Tuesday 26th August – Sunday 4th September 


Held annually during the August and September Festival Cairns is one of Australia’s leading regional cultural festivals.

As Cairns becomes the stage of fun and festivities, the Festival harnesses the strengths of Cairns’ natural ambience, beautiful scenery, balmy spring weather and quality cultural and tourism attractions to create a unique festival experience.

From signature food and wine events and performances by guest national and international artists, to multi-cultural and community celebrations that showcase the region’s talent, Festival Cairns is a celebration of Tropical Australia’s diverse cultural life.

Ticketed events are complimented by a wide range of free outdoor performances including the Festival Finale which attracts an audience of around 40,000.

Cairns Festival Signature Events for 2016:

Saturday 27th August 2016 : Grand Parade & Fireworks  
An iconic event in the Cairns community attracting over 20,000 spectators each year. Incorporates the traditional crowd pleasers the Parade of Lights and Explosion of Lights.  Starting at Minnie St at 3.30pm floats of every shape and size will meander along the esplanade heading for Fogarty Park.  The parade will be followed by fireworks, around 9pm. 

38th August 2016 : Festival Family Concert
Throw a blanket down on the grass near the Lagoon and enjoy a late afternoon wind down with this FREE concert featuring the best of local talent and head world class headline act, Melbourne Ska Orchestra.  


4th September 2016 : Carnival on Collins

Carnival on Collins is the perfect way to spend Fathers Day.  Indulge in a wide range of activities, entertainment and market stalls. Carnival on Collins is a day for the whole family.  There are three exiting stages of live entertainment with over 20 performances including special guests.

The markets will also offer horticultural and enviro-firendly information booths, a free Children's Wonderland for the little ones, a parents retreat with coffee stall, rides, wandering entertainers and more.   Starts at 9.00am and finishes at 3.00pm





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