Kuranda Festival – 19th & 20th October
The Kuranda Festival on October 19-20 will be two big days of entertainment and fun activities as the village in the rainforest celebrates the 125th anniversary of its official survey.
The Bash of the Barron River Raft Race will be held on Saturday, October 19 and both the German Sausage Eating Competition and The Kuranda Undie Fun Run will be on Sunday, October 20.
New to the Festival this year will be a motorbike and vintage car show in Coondoo St from 11am on Saturday. Coondoo St will be closed so people can easily move around the many vehicles on display. Further along the street, outside the Kuranda Arts Co-operative, there will be an art display with local artists doing demonstrations. Buskers will keep the crowd entertained, kids can get their faces painted and four bands – Black Rising, Ice Breaker, No-Hype and Snake Oil – will perform in Centenary Park.
Head down to the Barron River and take advantage of the free river cruise or join EnviroCare planting trees on the banks of the river. There will be music and food stalls to enjoy before you head back to the village to see the bee display at Rotary Park.
Start Sunday with the Poets Breakfast down at the Queen Bee cafe at 8.00am while you wait for the activities to start. As well as street performers, there will be a Hot FM outside broadcast, circus workshops, face painters, a magic show and pony rides. Centenary Park will have a great line-up of music with The Hot Shots big band, the Sing Australia choir, The Lawson & Moon Band, a cappella group Woyaya and local school displays and performances.