The Whitsundays | Events

The Whitsundays plays host to a raft of events throughout the year, from family-friendly celebrations to sporting events and music festivals.

Sailing Events

Spring is the Season of Sailing in the Whitsundays and it’s heralded by two great events on the Australian yachting calendar at the end of August – Airlie Beach Race Week and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, both draw hundreds of competitors, their families and friends to the region. You can also come along and celebrate the Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival in January.

Festivals

One of the biggest events of the year is the Whitsunday Reef Festival, in August, which celebrates living in the heart of the reef and brings together fashion, food and plenty of family fun, with games and competitions for the kids. Also be sure to check out the Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft or the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, on the mainland.

Endurance Events

Test your endurance at the Hamilton Hilly Marathon, a perfect challenge for the whole family with a marathon for the fearless, a half marathon, a three by 7km relay and three different distance options for the kids. All on pristine white beaches beside crystal clear waters.

Or, come along to the annual Airlie Beach Running Festival take place, the Whitsunday’s premier running event and the largest onshore mass participation event in the region, including the Heart of the Reef Marathon (42.2km) and the free Turtle Club 1km Family Fun Walk.

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Sunday Sessions at "The Pub"

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 1 September – 27 October 2019
Sundays just got a whole lot better at "The Pub!" New Sunday Sessions have arrived! Free live entertainment for the whole family from 2pm to 6pm. September 1st - Father's Day - Out of Our Trio 8th - Bon Jovi show 15th - Left of Centre 22nd - G Force 29th - Andy Mammers October 6th - Out of our Trio 13th - who remembers the 80's show 20th - The Fox 27th - G Force Grab your mates and stretch out your weekends by booking a table for lunch.

Bowen parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 September 2019
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp at Barker Park on Horseshoe Bay Road, Bowen. Participating is easy, however you must register before the event on the Parkrun website to get your time.

Whitsunday Eats n Treats

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$2 - 2
21 September 2019
A family friendly community event where people can come together, eat good food, shop a little or a lot, sit back relax and listen to great music while the children play. The Whitsunday's version of the iconic Eat Street in Brisbane.

Saturday Sessions with live music at The Garden Bar Bistro

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 September 2019
Come on down to The Garden Bar Bistro every Saturday to enjoy their Saturday Sessions with live music from Total Entertainment! Enjoy the views, share the specials, and soak up the Whitsundays winter sunshine!

Airlie Beach Foreshore Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 September 2019
The Airlie Beach Saturday Markets are located on the foreshore of Airlie Beach, every Saturday morning. Complete with local produce, art, craft and all locally made souvenirs, it is a great place to spend some time, have a coffee or purchase a unique gift.

Bowen Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 22 September 2019
Bowen Markets are held every Sunday from 8am to 12pm at Hansen Park. Features over 50 stallholders showcasing fresh food cooked on site plus tea and coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables, local and Balinese clothing and artifacts, fishing gear, toys and kids stuff, plants and jewellery just to name a few.

A Gathering in the Gathering

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 26 September 2019
"A Gathering in the Garden" - an informal networking night for women of the Whitsundays - returns on Thursday 26 September! Grab your friends and come on down for an evening of views, specials and some extra treats!

AFL and NRL Grand Final at The Pub!

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
28 September 2019
The 2019 AFL and NRL Grand Finals will be one to remember, and there’s no better place to experience it than the Airlie Beach Hotel! AFL Grand Final – 2.30pm Saturday September 28. NRL Grand Final – 6.

Revolutionising Turtle Health on the Reef

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$2795 - 2795
29 September – 5 October 2019
Human activities are putting sea turtles in danger. Work with Earthwatch Scientists to assess sea turtle health and collect crucial data to support better management strategies to conserve these wondrous creatures.

Round the World Whiskey Dinner at Northerlies

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
From AU$85 - 85
10 October 2019
A journey of the world featuring 5 awesome whisky / whiskey perfectly paired by Chef Zibby Deca with five course paired premium menu items. Whiskey and Spirit Guru Brady Retschlag from ‘The Exchange’ will join them for an informative yet indulging feast.
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