About Reef Festival!

The vibrant coastal town of Airlie Beach will come alive in August, as the Whitsunday Reef Festival hits town. The annual favourite festival, is a delicious combination of family fun, community events, all-night celebrations, food, fireworks and one of the biggest street parties in the north. The festival, now in its 18th year, is themed Heart of the Reef, and celebrates the lifestyle in the Whitsundays, on the edge of the Coral Sea, in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.

Key events

The festival is full of classic events such as Telstra Family Funday, Revin’ the Reef Car Show, Fireworks on the Foreshore and the Beach Music stage will be Rockin the Reef throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for updates on more events as our amazing committee locks them in. This event is an event solely run by and operated for the community meaning we need local business and citizen support to make it happen. If you or your business would like to donate or sponsor an event be sure to get in contact with us.

Rotary Street Parade

One of the most popular events of the festival is the Rotary Street Parade. Spectators flock to the newly-revitalised main street to watch the amazing floats built by businesses, community and school groups pass by. Cafes, bars and restaurants overflow as locals and visitors alike enjoy the Whitsunday hospitality and show their support for those in the parade.Following the parade the stage will be rocking once again with live acts sure to have everyone enjoying the street-party vibe.

Telstra Family Fun Day

The younger kids are the focus on Sunday, with the Telstra Family Fun Day. Circus performers, face painting and traditional games such as 3-legged and sack races are run alongside modern activitieslike a selfie competition and slushy slurping comps, with some awesome prizes up for grabs. There are many other events and activities during the 4-day program including comedy night, the pop up sunset bar, carnival rides, market stalls and much, much more. The Whitsunday Reef Festival is not to be missed, as there is something for everyone, whether you’re young or young at heart!