What's on in Cairns: May 2018 - Down Under Tours

What’s on in Cairns: May 2018

April 19, 2018

The last month of Autumn is just beautiful in Cairns; the weather is the perfect warm temperature with comfortably low humidity, usually from 20-28 degrees Celsius. The nights start to get a very slight chill (depends where you are from!), and while there might be some clouds, May rainfall in Cairns is quite low and tends to be overnight. Overall, May is usually one of the perfect months- not too hot and sticky, and not too cold ever.

If you’re visiting Cairns, there’s lots of things to see and do – you can visit Kuranda and design your own day with what you want to see, head out and explore the Great Barrier Reef, or visit the world’s oldest rainforest – The Daintree.

Another big month in Cairns – we’ve found what exciting events are on this May for you so keep scrolling to see what’s on!

Local Markets:

Tanks Art Centre Markets – Sunday 27th May 9am-2pm at The Tanks Art Centre & Cairns Botanical Gardens, Edge Hill
Cairns Esplanade Markets – Every Saturday 8am-4pm near the Lagoon, Cairns Esplanade
Port Douglas Markets – Every Sunday 8am-1:30pm at Market Park, Port Douglas
Palm Cove Markets – Sunday 6th May 8am-2pm at Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove

Angus & Julia Stone – Fri 4th May 2018 SOLD OUT

The popular sibling duo are stopping in Cairns on their nationwide tour after playing sold out shows across Europe, the UK and the US. Tickets are already sold out, so if you do have tickets, enjoy the show!  If not, make sure to subscribe to Ticketlink’s newsletter so you don’t miss out on any future events.


Your Wardrobe Cairns – Sat 5th May 2018

This great event is being held at the Fred Moule Pavilion, Cairns Showgrounds – only a gold coin donation and you can spend the morning shopping from new, vintage and pre-loved clothes, shoes, accessories and more! The Wardrobe meet is a cash only, so be sure to stop by the ATM beforehand to make sure you don’t miss out on the perfect item on the day! Find out more info here.

Got too much in your own wardrobe? You can also sign up to be a stallholder and sell your own collection at the event!

Cairns Expo – Fri 11th to Sun 13th May 2018

The Cairns Home, Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo is back again at the Cairns Showgrounds! This even has something for EVERYONE! There’s prizes, entertainment and a long list of exhibitors to keep the whole family busy. Find out more info here.


Aqua Yoga @ Cairns Aquarium – Sat 12th May 2018

Hosted by Wild Heart Yoga Tribe, this is their second Aqua Yoga event in the amazing Cairns Aquarium. This event sold out early the first time so jump on quickly to secure your spot as there is only 25 spots available! Enjoy a one hour class in the Oceanarium for this unique experience. For more information, click here.

Busby Marou @ The Union Jack – Sat 12th May 2018

Heading off on a huge national tour, the Queensland duo Busby Marou are bringing their ‘Got Your Back’ tour to Cairns this month! The talented chart-topping duo have become hugely popular and you would have seen and heard them as the faces in the latest Queensland tourism campaign released at the start of this month. Guaranteed to be an amazing show, buy your tickets here before they sell out!

Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run– Sun 13th May 2018

The Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run is a nation-wide community event to raise money for breast cancer research, and to remember, celebrate and honour those that have been touched by breast cancer. This event is run along the Cairns Esplanade and has 3km & 5km walk, and 5km & 8km run options to suite anyone! All funds from donations and entry fees go towards Breast Cancer Research. Get the family out this Mother’s Day to support this worthwhile cause!
For more information, click here.

Million Paws Walk Cairns – Sun 20th May 2018

Calling all animal lovers and dog owners! The RSPCA is hosting the Million Paws Walk in Cairns down on the Esplanade to fight against animal cruelty. All funds raised go towards supporting all animals against cruelty – we can be the voice for them. There will be activities and food available and the walk starts at 9am, so make sure you get your friends, family and dogs down to support this cause! Click here for more info. 

Cairns Children’s Festival 2018 – Sun 20th May 2018

This annual Cairns Regional Council event is hosted at the Tanks Art Centre & Cairns Botanical Gardens for children under 12 with a range of free creative, adventurous and innovative events to keep the kids busy and entertained! Find out more information and what events are on here


Jimmy Barnes @ Tanks Art Centre – Tues 22nd & Wed 23rd May 2018 SOLD OUT

This Aussie rock icon will be back in Cairns with his latest tour, ‘Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs’. Starting where his last 2016 stage show finished off, this theatrical production has Jimmy uses his music and storytelling to continue his honest account of his famous life story. Unfortunately both nights are already sold out, so if you do have tickets enjoy the show!


Port Douglas Carnivale – Fri 24th to Sun 26th May 2018

Originally held to mark the start of the sugar cane harvesting season, the Port Douglas Carnivale is now considered to be a celebration marking the official opening of the tourism season here! Celebrating all the best things that Tropical North Queensland has to offer, there is definitely something on for everyone! With a whole host of events held to celebrate the Port Douglas Carnivale, be sure to choose your favourite or go to as many as possible!
Events are: Ross Wilson’s Tropic Rock Concert on the 26th, the amazing Circus Wonderland on 24th, 26th & 27th  Rouge at the Wonderland Spiegeltent from 18th to 27th  The Longest Lunch on the 25th, the Tropical Magic Street Parade on the 25th, Seafood Extravaganza on the 27th, AFL match between PD Crocs v North Cairns Tigers on the 26th and more – there definitely something for everyone! Find out all the events and info here.

Tanks Unplugged @ Tanks Art Centre – Fri 25th May 2018

Showcasing amazing local musicians, head along to see the latest talents live – this month features the different styles of Jordan De La Cruz, indie pop-rockers, Handles, and indie artist, Maggie Slater. Tanks Unplugged showcases the best live and local music every month, so be sure to head down to support and appreciate our local talent. Click here for more info!