Cairns’ premier annual celebration!
Cairns Festival is an annual 10-day celebration of art, culture and the beauty of living in Tropical North Queensland. The event delivers a vibrant, progressive and collaborative festival showcasing the rich cultural identity of Cairns, including the much-anticipated return of Reef Lights at the Esplanade Lagoon.
Since it’s inception in 1961, Cairns Festival continues to proudly showcase the breadth and depth of our local creatives, as well as brings world-class performers to the region.
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A massive line up of events is planned for Cairns Festival. To see the full program, visit the Cairns Festival website.Learn more