Airlie Beach’s favourite family-friendly event, the Whitsunday Reef Festival, will open the regions festival season from August 3rd – 6th. Held in Airlie’s Main Street and foreshore the four-day event will include a jam-packed program of mainly free entertainment.
The festival will kick off on Thursday August 3rd with a night of fun and laughter at the Comedy Gala featuring 2 of Brisbane’s top comedians Mark McConville and “The Bogan Prince of Australian Comedy”, Steven J Whitely.
The free fireworks on the foreshore kick off the fun on Friday night, with a pyrotechnical spectacular over the Coral Sea. With market stalls bordering the beach, carnival rides, live music and entertainment and food and drink on offer, there is a celebratory feel as locals and visitors mix and mingle with one another.
Main Street is the focus on Saturday starting at 10:00am with the ‘Revvin The Reef’ Car Show. The free event will see “rev machines” from as far afield as Townsville and Rockhampton line up in their shining glory down Airlie’s “Main Drag”, complemented by a Miss Pin-up competition and rock ‘n’ roll music.
The popular Rotary Street Parade takes over Airlie’s main street at 4:00pm Saturday afternoon. With cash prizes on offer – not to mention the community pride involved – it’s a great excuse to dress up, have some fun and promote your business, school or community group at the same time. Or just watch the spectacle go by!
The action will be on the foreshore Saturday night for the Reef Festival Beach Party. The pop-up bar with the best view in town will be open on Airlie Point and there will be a wide variety of food stalls on offer. Live entertainment featuring some of the region’s top artists will be pumping from the Beach Music stage into the evening.
Families love the Telstra Family Fun Day on the beautiful Airlie Foreshore on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. The day includes a huge variety of free activities, from the more traditional face painting and circus play to the modern texting and selfie competitions with the highlight of the event being the Telstra “Wacky Races” including the egg and spoon race, the sack race and three-legged race.
The festival also offers a wearable art competition, sand sculpting, main street mile run, and helicopter joy flights with full event program to be released soon.
“The festival is for all ages and aims to entertain people in a safe, family-friendly environment,” event organiser Margie Murphy said. “Many of the events are free, meaning it is very affordable entertainment for families, who can have a great time and not worry about blowing the budget.”
To get involved or register for any of the events please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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