What's On - The Whitsundays QLD
The Whitsundays, Queensland.
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The Whitsundays, the Heart of Events, plays host to a raft of entertaining events throughout the year, from family-friendly festivals to sporting events and music festivals.

One of the biggest events of the year is the Great Barrier 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 whole family. There is also a classic car display, parties, live music and the ‘famous’ Saturday afternoon street parade.

The sailing season is heralded by two great events on the yachting calendar in August – Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing and Hamilton Island Race Week - and where better to sail than around the 74 Island Wonders of The Whitsundays.

As the temperature warms and November hits, the region comes alive with the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, on the mainland. This festival draws thousands of music fans with top acts in the central ‘big top’ marquee right on the waterfront. Musicians also play at many bars and restaurants around the town to create a lively and vibrant atmosphere.

December in The Whitsundays is rung in with the annual Christmas Carols on the Beach, a favourite with everyone who loves a good sing-a-long and plenty of Christmas cheer! Taking place on the Airlie Beach Foreshore, the event is eagerly anticipated by residents and holidaymakers and the visit from Santa Claus is always enjoyed by kids of all ages.

February sees Chinese New Year Celebrations throughout the region - a colourful celebration of culture and cuisine.

June brings the spectacular Whitsunday Show in Proserpine, and then in Bowen.

Autumn and Winter is a great time for sports lovers when The Whitsundays is packed with sporting events including the Hamilton Island Endurance Series - Hilly Half Marathon in May and Hamilton Island Endurance Series - Great Whitehaven Beach Run in June followed by the Airlie Beach Marathon Festival in July. Come September you can show off your prowess at the Whitsunday Trail Festival and Airlie Beach Triathlon & Ocean Swim.

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