EVENTS CALENDAR Quarter 1 | 2020

FEB 1-28


febfast is where individuals call time-out on alcohol, sugar or another vice of their choice, to support disadvantaged youth in Australia. It is the perfect excuse to kick-start the year with a little good health and good will. Across Australia, thousands of people give up alcohol or sugar for the month of February to raise funds for young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.


Lantern Festival
5:00pm – 7:30pm
Chinese Friendship Gardens,
Greenslopes Street Edge Hill
Fiona John
0402 529 610

The Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the 15th day and marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. The Lantern Festival will see revellers join together to create a sea of wishing lanterns for an unforgettable spectacle. There will be Lion and Dragon performers and music. Write your new year wish on the lanterns provided, with your highest hopes, deepest regrets, and fondest dreams. This will be a visual spectacle as the sun goes down and the lake lights up. Lanterns can be purchased on the night from the CADCAI Merchandise tent.

FEB 25

Deep Dive
9:00am – 3:30pm

CQUniversity Cairns Campus, corner of Abbott Street & Shields Street, Cairns CBD
Y(E)P Entrepreneurship Facilitators Cairns

Deep Dive is back!
Dive deep into the world of sales and marketing. A great line up speakers and presenters will share their knowledge to help you, and your business.

Whether you are thinking about starting a business, trying to scale, or building to sell, effective sales and marketing is essential to all entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Morning tea and a light lunch are provided, to allow you to make valuable connections through networking and sharing your passion for your business with others.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking to grow your business, the range of workshops will be insightful and beneficial.

FEB 8 & 25 + MARCH 15

Cairns Jockey Club – Australia’s Hottest Racing
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Cannon Park Racecourse
585 – 619 Mulgrave Road
Woree QLD 4868
Cairns Jockey Club

Racing, fun and fashion! Gates open at 12 noon and entry is $10 and children under 15 are free (purchase on the day). Become a Member for a Day: $30 including gate entry (purchase online. Limited). Seven races.

FEB 15

True Vibenation
Show starts: 7:30pm
Tank 5 – Standing Only

Cost: $40 / $35
(CONC) inc b/fee
Rating: 18+

Big bass. Big beats. Big Horns. True Vibenation do everything big. This trio of multi-instrumentalists draw on their African roots to create an irresistible blend of soul and afrobeat, and Cairns; they are ready to show us what makes them the next big act in Australian music.

True Vibenation have been picking up some serious steam, with tours to Africa, Europe and all over Australia playing some of the world’s finest festivals including Glastonbury, Woodford, and the Bushfire Festival in Swaziland. Somehow, they have also made time to hit the studio, make a short film and achieve rotation on Triple J. Their track ‘The World Is Ours’ peaked at #1 on Spotify’s viral chart for the UK and #4 globally.

Raised in the cultural migrant melting pot of Australia, their sound and the trio themselves, have developed a reputation for an electric live show, which features all three artists producing beats and playing horns live on stage. Taking influence in equal parts from Fela Kuti, Hugh Masekela, The Daptone Horns, Outkast, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Rudimental – this will be a crazy fresh show not to be missed!

SUPPORT ACT: Zennith Soundsystem

Local legends Zennith will be bringing their special Soundsystem show as the official support act. All the way from the deep scrub of Bulwai Country in Kuranda, Zennith Soundsystem combines a healthy dose of roots, rock, reggae, and funky hip hop for one serious night of big sounds!


International Women’s Day Breakfast & Awards Presentation
7:30am – 9:30am
(doors open at 7:00am)
Cairns Convention Centre
1300 855 835

Cost: $42 (includes ticketing fees)

Cairns Regional Council’s International Women’s Day Breakfast celebrates women who have made an outstanding contribution to our community.

You will hear from inspiring speakers including key note speaker Professor Hurriyet Babacan (author, awarded an Order of Australia and Bi-Centenary Medal), and Roz Pulley (journalist and 2019 Woman of the Year Winner).

Ticket price includes a hot breakfast, tea and coffee, live entertainment, and prizes to be won!

The 2020 Woman and Young Woman of the Year Awards will be announced at the breakfast, along with the announcement of the Scholarship to a woman in our community.

March 20

The Black Sorrows
Show starts: 7:30pm
Tank 5 – Standing Only

Cost: $45 / $40
(CONC) inc b/fee
Rating: 18+

In the wake of Joe Camilleri’s 49th album, Citizen John, The Black Sorrows extend their Lover I Surrender Tour to Cairns.
Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows are one of Australia’s most prolific and enduringly popular bands renowned for their high-energy live shows, musicianship and infectious, rootsy rhythms.

Recently awarded ‘Living Legend’ status by Rolling Stone, Joe Camilleri has kicked a staggering number of goals during his 50+ years in music as a singer, songwriter, multi-talented musician and producer. Joe first came to prominence as leader of seminal 70’s band, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons. Considered one of the most genuinely talented figures in Australian music, Joe was inducted into the ARIA Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

March 26

The Pyjama Foundation’s 2020 Trivia Night
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Bluewater Bar & Grill
3256 8802

Flex your brain at The Pyjama Foundation’s 2020 Trivia Night!
Battle of the Brains Trivia Night is all about coming together with your friends, family and colleagues to go head to head with other teams to see which team is the brainiest – taking out the title of ‘Trivia Champion 2020’!
Participants are encouraged to don their pyjamas or onesies to battle against other teams in 10 seriously fun rounds – all while raising much-needed funds for the Love of Learning Program, which directly benefits foster children in the community.

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