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MARKETS

Palm Cove Markets

Palm Cove Markets -First Sunday of the month (unless otherwise specified), April to December, 8am-2pm, Williams Esplanade.  The Palm Cove markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, plants and produce, wellness stalls and food.  The markets have great family entertainment including free crazy golf and a free jumping castle.

 2019 dates: 7 April / 5 May / 2 June / 7 July / 4 August / 6 October / 3 November / 1 December

For more information on this event please visit the Tourism Palm Cove web page; 


Cairns Esplanade Markets

The Esplanade Markets showcase local, quality products from contemporary jewelry, leather work, pottery, clothes and skincare. If you need a gift or souvenir you are sure to find it here. Held against the backdrop of the Cairns waterfront, you can follow your market shopping with a swim in the Lagoon or take advantage of the free barbecues, exercise equipment and children's play grounds.

Every week on Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm  Location: Cairns Esplanade, next to the Lagoon

For more information in this event visit the Cairns Esplanade Facebook page; 

 

Rusty’s Market

Rusty’s Market is one of the most successful and well-known markets in Australia and abroad.

From modest beginnings in 1975 of only half-a-dozen stalls, Rusty’s has grown into a bustling three-day event. Renown for its carnival atmosphere and colourful stallholders, Rusty’s boasts over 180 stalls featuring exotic fruit, vegetables, and flowers, sumptuous delicatessens with fresh breads, diary, and seafood, a host of international food and beverage stalls, an abundance of bric-a-brac and specialty products including clothing, jewelry, coffee, and chocolate ... and so much more!

Location: Cairns city,  Grafton and Sheridan Streets 

Opening Times:
Friday — 5.00 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday — 5.00 am to 6.00 pm
Sunday — 5.00 am to 3.00 pm

For more information in this event visit the Rusty's Markets page;


Tanks Markets

Showcasing a blend of local art, craft, produce, vintage clothing, collectibles and local natural health products and treatments, the markets are a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning.  Market stalls line Tanks promenade on Collins Avenue, with live entertainment provided by local musicians.

Last Sunday of the month, April to November, 9am-2pm, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

For more information in this event visit the Tanks Arts Centre web page;
https://www.tanksartscentre.com/whats-on/monthly-markets


The Kuranda Original Markets

The Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets began in 1978 on Honey House land by a group of local people trying to attract visitors to Kuranda. At that time, the village was very small with many “Hippie Artists” and craft people.

Kuranda is world famous for its markets. The Village in the Rainforest has two market locations, the Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets and the Heritage Markets, both of which are open every day of the year. Stalls offer a wide range of Aboriginal artefacts, handmade leather goods, wood and jewellery. Stall holders are happy to explain their craft and overseas posting is not a problem. Entertainment from wandering buskers may also be enjoyed.

Open 7 Days from 9.30 AM to 3.00 PM / Address: Corner of Therwine & Thoree St, Kuranda

For more information in this event visit the Kuranda Markets web page;


Port Douglas Markets

Each Sunday a market is held in Market Park, which adjoins ANZAC Park, Port Douglas. Bordered by Dickson Inlet and Wharf Street. The location is picturesque with the mountain ranges and Coral Sea in the background. Established almost 25 years ago, Port Douglas Sunday Markets provide locally produced food, fruit and veggies as well as hand crafted goods of every description.  craft, produce, vintage clothing, collectibles and local natural health products and treatments, the markets are a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning. Market stalls line Tanks promenade on Collins Avenue, with live entertainment provided by local musicians.

Market hours for visitors are from 8am until 1.30pm.

For more information in this event visit the Douglas Shire Council web page;




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EVENTS & FESTIVALS 

Food and Wine Port Douglas Carnivale - May 2020

Carnivale celebrates the best of Tropical North Queensland from the bounty of the sea, abundant fresh produce and world class wines, to talented local artists, musicians and performers.  Held in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and attracting tens of thousands of local, interstate and international visitors, Port Douglas Carnivale was originally held to mark the start of the sugar cane harvesting season, but is now considered the official opening of the tourism season. A mecca for lovers of all things food, fun and sun, Carnivale is a must do on anyone’s bucket list.

For more information about this event please follow this link to the organisers web page ;             https://www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au/listing/event/port-douglas-carnivale/


Cairns Airport Adventure Festival – 4th to 8th June 2020  

Set in one of the world's most iconic tropical locations, the 2020 Cairns Airport Adventure Festival will take place from 4th June to 8th June 2020.  The festival features an event for everyone, including; IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns, Quicksilver Reef Swim – Green Island, Bright Night Run and IRONKIDS Cairns Triathlon!    

The pinnacle event of the festival is ‘Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns’ a gruelling full-distance triathlon that features a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike leg that travels one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and a 42.2km run that includes the Cairns Esplanade before finishing in the heart of Cairns.

For more information about this event please follow this link to the organisers web page;  
https://www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au/listing/event/cairns-airport-adventure-festival/


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair  - Australia’s Premier Indigenous Art Event – 10th to 12 July 2020

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary in 2020 and dedicated to supporting the careers of Queensland Indigenous artists of Australia and Torres Strait Islands by providing a platform for exposure and income generation. The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is an annual event held over three days in July, 2020 dates are 10th to 12 July. The annual CIAF program of events continues to create the well-known celebration of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, music, dance, performance and fashion. The three day event that includes an art market, art fair, fashion performance and a dance and music performance program is held at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.

For more information about this event please follow this link to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair web page; 
https://ciaf.com.au/


Cairns Festival – 23 August to 01 September 2019  

In 1963 the festival was named 'Fun in the Sun'. The Fun in the Sun name and branding remained in place until the early nineties when it was re-launched as 'Reef Festival' to celebrate the city's gateway access to the Great Barrier Reef and diving industry.   A new chapter began in 2010 when the management and direction of the festival returned in-house to its founding organisation, the Cairns Regional Council. It was at this time the festival was re-branded once more and given its current title – Cairns Festival.    Events include Grand Parade, Free concerts, Carnival on Collins, fireworks etc. 

For more information about this event please follow this link to the organisers web page; 
https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/festival/news-events/events


Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival – 12th to 14th September 2019

The Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is three days of fun, fashion, glamour, food and entertainment built around two days of horse racing in Cairns in early September each year. The Cairns Amateurs is now complemented by a host of social activities, some formal and some very informal. The dates for the 2019 Cairns Amateurs are from Thursday the 12th September to Saturday the 14th of September.   

The beautiful mild September climate entices large crowds of locals as well as interstate visitors. 

For more information about this event please follow this link to the organisers web page; 
https://cairnsamateurs.org.au/


Reef Feast Palm Cove -  4 & 6 October 2019

Celebrating cuisine, fresh produce, live music, relaxed culture and lifestyle of the magnificent tropics. Over 3 days in October Reef Feast is a feast for all senses.  The main Taste of Palm Cove event combines the relaxed lifestyle of Tropical North Queensland, with food from world class restaurants and music to make it a night you will rave about.

For more information about this event please follow this link organisers web page; 
https://www.reeffeast.com.au/