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 19 October 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.

Airlie Beach Parkrun

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 October 2019
Volunteer, walk, jog or run five kilometres every Saturday. Register on line once, print your bar code, then turn up and take part wherever you want, whenever you want.

Saturday Sessions with live music at The Garden Bar Bistro

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 October 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 19 October 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 20 October 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.

Northerlies Spooktacular

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
31 October 2019
Come and join them this Halloween, Thursday 31 October at 'That SPOOKIN' Joint' for a free afternoon of frightening fun, ghastly games and trick or treating. 4pm to 7.30pm. 4pm to 6pm: Fave painting. 5pm:

Julian James "Looking for a light" tour @ Northerlies

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
3 November 2019
Julian James releases new track ‘Looking for a Light’. As a solo artist Julian James may be a relative newcomer on the scene, but he’s making up for lost time in a big way. From Tasmanian Jazz clubs to Byron Bay farmer’s markets, Victorian festivals to Adelaide jam sessions - it’s likely that Julian has stopped in there for a song and a drink (or two).

Melbourne Cup @ Northerlies

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
5 November 2019
Are you ready to get frocked up? It's that time of year again - pull out your fascinators and put on your best frocks and suits. Sweeps plus prizes for best dressed - Male and Female. Jacuzzi Masterpiece with special guest Nicky Bomba.

Melbourne Cup Garden Party at Airlie Beach Hotel!

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$119 - 119
5 November 2019
Moet and Chandon and Airlie Beach Hotel presents: Melbourne Cup Garden Party and Seafood Buffet Featuring MC Matt Hollywood! Celebrate Melbourne Cup in style and enjoy an impressive all-you-can-eat Seafood Buffet which has a selection of seafood, smoked and barbecue meats, salads and dessert.
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