Carnival back with improved layout!

The city’s most popular market day is back. Carnival on Collins with a wealth of stalls, music, kids’ activities and skills challenges is on Sunday.CarnivalOnCollins-1-of-11

Carnival on Collins is one of the highlights of Cairns Festival. “It’s an amazing community event with something for the whole family. It’s a must on my personal Festival calendar and, with 30,000 attending last year, it is clearly a must for a large segment of our community as well.”

Taking on board feedback from last year, Carnival organisers have restructured the site layout to reduce crowding and make it easier for people to get around. But the main focus areas remain the same.

Spreading throughout the Botanic Garden precinct, plant and art and craft stalls will take their normal position along Collins Avenue with food vendors setting up shop on the Tanks promenade.

The Botanic Gardens will host the main stage, with live music kicking off at 9am and featuring a host of local bands, as well as the must-see Kawanji Dancers. Kids Carnival features a horizontal bungy, jumping castle, Aussie Farm Animals, Twisted Balloon Designs and art workshops, with further kid’s workshops and a climbing wall nearby.

The Blue Sky Brewery bar will offer beer tastings, giving dads (and everyone else) a chance to relax on Fathers Day. There will also be the chance to “Win Your Weight in Beer” with the winner announced on the main stage before the final band.

A new feature this year is “Take the TAFE Challenge” in Tank 3. Visitors will have the chance to learn more about the skills offered at TAFE and participate in a range of workshops and demonstrations, from horticulture to carpentry, air conditioning to cookery, and have a go themselves with the chance to win a prize.

Sustainable Living will return to Tank 5 with a range of stalls promoting environmental and healthy living information and products. The Zoo Aquarium Association is also back this year with living displays from local zoos and wildlife parks. Tank 4 holds the annual ENERGY Exhibition 2013, an annual showcase of visual arts by the region’s secondary school students

Carnival goers are advised that there won’t be a shuttle bus service this year but additional disabled access parking spaces have been set aside at the Tank 1 car park on Collins Avenue and in McCormack Street. After 10am the stall holder’s car park in Centenary Lakes opposite Little Street, will be opened to the public.

Collins Avenue and several feeder streets will be closed for the Carnival. Please see the alert section of Council’s website for details.


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