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 21 July – 25 August 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. July 21 - Jas Cats July 28 - Slippery Bits August 4 - Mango Junction August 11 - Sweet Alibis August 18 - Back to the 80s music video show August 25 - Left of Centre Grab your mates and stretch out your weekends by booking a table for lunch.

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$275 - 275
24 August 2019
Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia's favourite yachting events and a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event's on-water and off-water carnival.

Airlie Beach Foreshore Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 August 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.

Saturday Sessions with live music at The Garden Bar Bistro

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 August 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!

Colorbond Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival 2019

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
24 – 25 August 2019
The iconic Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival continues to grow with this year promising to be bigger and better than ever before. With an Enticer, a Sprint and Standard distance race options there is sure to be a race distance for everyone, from the seasoned professional to the first timer.

Bowen parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 August 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.

Bowen Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 25 August 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.

Sessions in Paradise ll

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$99.00 - 99.00
25 August 2019
Sessions in Paradise ll is held at Paradise Cove Resort located in the heart of the Whitsundays. Sessions in Paradise is a Sunday session held on 25 August 2019. You will enjoy an Australian barbecue lunch with live music all day and the full use of resort facilities.

Father's Day at "The Pub"

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$10.00 - 39.90
1 September 2019
Father's Day is fast approaching and they've got you sorted with the ultimate meat lovers buffet! Treat Dad to an "All you can eat" Carnivores Lunch Buffet on Sunday September 1 from 12pm to 2pm at The Pub!

Fathers Day at Northerlies

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
1 September 2019
What do you think of when you think about your Dad? Supportive, superhero, strong? No? What about beer? Yeah, they thought so! That’s why this year, Northerlies would like to scrap the usual socks and jocks, and to give Dad something he would actually want… Beer tasting and tinnie hurling!
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