Carnivale is the Hot Ticket in Port Douglas

 Cementing its place as one of Australia’s leading festivals, Port Douglas Carnivale will serve up delicious, fresh, regional produce, A-list entertainment together with a first-class location and its trademark north Queensland hospitality after unveiling its 2023 event program today.

Running from May 12 with the opening of the Wonderland Spiegeltent and building to the main weekend from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21, Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said there was a lot to look forward to this year.

“The program is fresh and fun and offers great depth of things to do across community, culinary, live music, theatre, arts and culture, entertainment and sport,” he said. 

“Now in its 29th year, the 10 days of Carnivale sees the region come to life in a celebration that engages locals and attracts visitors from across the country.”

The main weekend will comprise The Longest Lunch, hosted by the Local Collective, the Property Shop Port Douglas & Mossman Street Parade on Friday, May 19, FNQ Gin Fest, Tropic Rock presenting YOU AM I, and the Family Beach Day on Saturday, May 20 while Sunday will see the event close out with the Seafood Extravaganza

The Wonderland Spiegeltent will also bring its heady mix of burlesque, cabaret, music, dance and comedy in a 10-day season that features Popcorn Underground and Debauched for mature audiences and Circus Wonderland for children and families. 

New events include Tropical Neon Nights with DJ SGT Slick and the Port Douglas Music Trails, featuring singer-songwriters in iconic Port Douglas venues presented by Chopperdog Productions. 

Mayor Kerr said float registrations were still open for the annual Street Parade, themed Living The Best Life and encouraged local businesses and community groups to enter. 

“It’s the biggest party of the year along Macrossan Street, and a great night for those involved,” he said. 

Tickets are now on sale for all events. For the full rundown, download the 20-page program from Carnivale’s website or pick up a printed copy from key locations across Port Douglas, Cairns, and the Atherton Tablelands. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit 



Tanya Snelling

Strategic PR

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