Q: What are the dates for 2016?

A: The core festival dates are 25-28 August 2016. There are t a few smaller events in the week leading up to these dates and possibly afterwards as well as are are working with Cairns Regional Council’s Cairns Festival which runs from 26 August until 4 September 2016.

Q: Where will the events be held?

A: We work with various venues, most of which are in the CBD. For a Google Map with all venues, please follow this link.

Q: Where should I stay?

A: Cairns is fairly small, so most accommodation places are close to the action. Any accommodation in the CBD will be within walking distance from most of the festival locations.

A: Please consider supporting the businesses that support us. Hilton Cairns, Double Tree and Pacific Hotel are sponsors of the festival. Please refer to the About Cairns / accommodation page.

Q: When should I fly into and out of Cairns?

A: The core dates of the festival are 25 August until 28 August 2016. We advise you to fly in at least a day before, and fly out the 29th earliest. Most visitors spend an extra few days to see the sights (and regret it when they don’t!); there is so much to see and do! Also have a look at Cairns Festival’s activities and consider extending your stay to participate in even more festivities.

Q: Should I bring my ukulele?

A: YES! There will be workshops, jams, and of course the world record attempt for which you’ll need your ukulele. If you have the “Ukulele Club Songbook” as published by Sasha, bring it along!

Q: Who’s playing at the festival?

A: Check our performers page here on the web site and sign up to this blog to find out about artists as they are announced. Like last year, performers are coming from all over the world, and musical styles are diverse. We’re also on Facebook, and we post regular updates there as well.

Q: When will tickets go on sale?

A: Links to the booking site can be found on this web site, by following this link.

Q: The workshop I wanted to attend is booked out. Can you please squeeze me in?

A: Sorry but capacity to all workshops is limited. We cannot make exceptions.

Q: I would like to perform at the festival, how do I apply?

A: Sorry, but we cannot fit any more performers in this year. We can still accept busking applications.


8 responses »

  1. Does the festival usually start with a Friday night event, or does it start earlier in the day? What about the last event on Sunday? I’m not going to have a lot of extra free time, so I’m trying to decide if I should arrive at the last minute and stay a couple of days afterward, or if I should come early and leave Sunday evening.

    • Update: we have added an extra tour day to the festival program on the Thursday. If you arrive on Friday, you will still get a chance to see all of the artists perform though.

  2. As said above, we recommend you arrive a day early. There will be a daytime activity with concerts on the Friday, starting in the morning. The Sunday event finishes around 8.30pm. So ideally, if you don’t have much time, you arrive Thursday evening or take the earliest flight on Friday, and leave Sunday late or Monday early.

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