Festivals and nightlife in Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach attracts people from all walks of life; from budget backpackers, to the rich and famous; and has developed a wealth of great local festivals and events to reflect this. Below is a quick rundown of some of the best and most notable events in Airlie's calendar as well as where you can enjoy the lively nightlife of Airlie Beach.
THE AIRLIE BEACH RUNNING FESTIVAL (July)
The event includes the ever popular Half Marathon; plus the Port of Airlie 10km, Balance Podiatry 5km, and the 5km Corporate Team Challenge.
WHITSUNDAY VOICES YOUTH LITERATURE FESTIVAL (July)
Whitsunday Voices is the largest literature festival north of the Sunshine Coast with an unprecedented attendance of over 5,000 people.
THE REEF FESTIVAL (August)
An annual favourite, The Reef Festival is a great combination of family fun, community events, all-night celebrations, food, fashion, fireworks and some of the biggest street parties on the east coast.
AIRLIE BEACH RACE WEEK (August)
Sailors and spectators from across the world come to Airlie for the town's annual regatta.
AIRLIE BEACH FESTIVAL OF MUSIC (November)
74 Bands playing over three days in 16 different venues throughout Airlie Beach... with headline acts every night under the big top marquee at the Whitsunday Sailing Club overlooking the Coral Sea, this is one of the biggest celebrations of the year.
AIRLIE'S NIGHT LIFE
From the moment you arrive in Airlie Beach, the good time vibe is contagious. This spectacular coastal town is not only the gateway to the Whitsundays; but the nightlife capital of the east coast! Whether you're looking for cheap beers and live music, or evening cocktails overlooking the Coral Sea there's a spot reserved for every traveller. Here's some of our favourite places you will want to be exploring late into the night.
Mama Africa is one of the most popular clubs in town! Here it's all about dancing and cocktails. If you're looking for a real night out, Mama Africa has to be on the list!
The only place to be after 12! With an atmosphere unrivalled on the east coast you're bound to finish on a high!
Magnums is the spot to catch up with everyone; if they're in Airlie you will bump into them here! From live music, foam parties and themed nights, to a quick game of pool and a few ciders on the decking; Magnums has an infectious atmosphere and is one of the funnest places in Airlie Beach.
Beaches is the backpacker's oasis; cheap food, pleasant accommodation and free entry! If you're looking for a quieter night out, get there early and grab a table! Before 8 o'clock this venue is a great spot to sneak a few beers and catch up with mates; but by 10 this is an all-out party venue and a great opportunity to blow off some steam and lose a night or two.
Paddy's is Airlie's much loved Irish pub! It's the best place to start your night, with great live music and a genuine vibe; you may well find yourself sticking around long into the night!