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Upcoming Events in the Whitsundays 1:00pm, Fri 17 Jul 2020

Annual Events

New Years Eve 2021 ft. Busby Marou

Date: 31 December, 2020
Location: Whitsunday Sailing Club

This years New Years Eve event has an obligation to be better than any other New Years Eve Event in history and the team at Whitsunday Sailing Club are going to ensure that happens.

With Busby Marou headlining the night supported by the incredibly talented Brooke Schubert with fireworks and celebrations a plenty this is going to be a night to reflect on one of the most difficult years we've all had.

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

Date: 17 - 18 July, 2021
Location: Airlie Beach Foreshore

The Airlie Beach Marathon Festival is held annually in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. It is the Whitsunday’s premier running event and the largest onshore mass participation event in the region.

It caters for athletes of all ages (0-100) and different levels of fitness. The event has runs of varying distances from a one kilometre family fun run through to a full marathon. All these runs are off road along boardwalks and footpaths giving the participants breathtaking views over the ocean out to the famous Whitsunday islands.

All events use the same course, providing spectators and supporters the opportunity of seeing their athlete on more than one occasion.

Great Barrier Reef Festival

Date: 5 - 8 August, 2021
Location: Airlie Beach Foreshore

Great Barrier Reef Festival is an annual celebration of the Great Barrier Reef and showcase of the Whitsunday lifestyle and community in the "heart of the reef" – Airlie Beach.

The region's favourite festival will celebrate 21 years in 2021 and will take over the vibrant tourist hub of Airlie Beach. The 4-day event is a delicious combination of family fun, reef focused environmental and art initiatives, destination events, local food and culture and some of the biggest parties in the tropical north.

The 2021 festival will feature a fun-filled program of events including the Coral Sea Marina Resort Lantern Parade, Great Barrier Reef interactive workshops and installations, a Comedy Gala, massive reef-themed street parade, main streetcar show, a wearable art parade and Recyclable Regatta and free family fun activities on Airlie Foreshore.

The not-to-be-missed Fireworks on the Foreshore event will ignite the skies on Friday Aug 6, the biggest night on the Whitsunday calendar, complete with night markets, food stalls, carnival rides and street performers and the popular Pop-up Beach Bar.

The Beach Music stage will be pumping out live entertainment throughout the weekend with a fantastic line-up of artists soon to be announced.

Hamilton Island Race Week

Date: 21 - 28 August, 2021
Location: Hamilton Island

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. Every August, spectators and yachties from around the globe sail to Hamilton Island for Hamilton Island Race Week - Australia's largest offshore keelboat regatta.

Perfectly situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst Queensland's 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.

Whitsunday Trail Festival

Date: 11 - 12 September, 2021
Location: Coconut Grove, Airlie Beach

It is a Trail Run along the scenic Conway Ranges in the Whitsundays with categories for all comers of all ages - WTF58, WTF28, Honeyeater 10.5, Beat The Creek and Kids Beach Bash. The race precinct is on the beautiful Airlie Beach Foreshore starting and finishing at the Sound Stage adjacent to the Pacific Ocean.

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Date: 5 - 7 November, 2021
Location: Airlie Beach

The Airlie Beach Festival of Music is fast becoming one of Queensland’s premier live music events. Only in Airlie Beach can you see 74 bands alongside 74 islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

With jaw-dropping sea views from the main tent at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, it’s a party like no other in a tropical paradise. Watch big name acts and discover new talent - there is something for every musical taste.

Experience a town coming alive to the sound of music. With live entertainment spread throughout 18 venues, the atmosphere is electric. Everything is easy to get to and fully equipped – there’s no need to bring camping chairs.

Come for all three days or a single day; buy a standard ticket or a VIP pass.

Tickets will be available on the festival website.

To stay up to date with all the latest announcements and news follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Weekly Events

Airlie Beach Markets

Date: Every Saturday 7am - 1pm
Location: Airlie Beach Foreshore

The Lions Airlie Beach Community 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.

The Saturday Markets in Airlie Beach are a great way to kick off a fabulous day in Airlie Beach. In addition, the Lions Club conducts Cruise Ship Markets at the Airlie Beach foreshore each time there is a cruise ship in town.

Airlie Beach Hotel

Location: Airlie Beach Hotel, The Esplanade, Airlie Beach

‘The Pub’ in an undercover al fresco dining and back deck area. Perfect for cocktail parties or large group dinner bookings for celebrations of any kind. Weekly live bands adorn the alfresco area popular for locals and visitors alike.

Make the most of your time in the Whitsundays and coincide your bareboat charter with an event. Contact us today!

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