Every year the bustling tropical town of Airlie Beach - the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands - comes alive with the annual Whitsunday Reef Festival. Throughout the 10 days of festivities you will find loads of fun, and some free, things to do in Airlie Beach.

The 2017 Whitsunday Reef Festival will be hitting the streets of Airlie Beach from the 3rd to the 6th of August. The town will play host to an array of events including Fashion Shows, Markets, Food, Parties, Fireworks, the annual Street Parade and more. The festival is in its 17th year and celebrates anything and everything to do with life in the Whitsundays - 74 islands of pure paradise situated upon the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. What more of a reason is there to celebrate?

Whitsunday Reef Festival 2017 Main Events:

Comedy Gala
When: Thursday 3rd August
Time: 7pm - 11pm
Where: Reef Gateway Hotel
Cost: $25 presale or $30 on the door
Mark McConville and Steve Whiteley, two of Brisbanes best comedians kick off the festival with a night of laughs

Foreshore Fireworks & Beach Party
When: Friday 4th August
Time: 6pm - 11pm
Where: Lions Park, Airlie Beach foreshore
Cost: FREE
To kick off the weekend festivities head on down to the waterfront and watch the grand fireworks display, then enjoy street performers, food stalls, live entertainment and the night market!

Revvin' the Reef Car Show
When: Saturday 5th August
Time: 10am - 3pm
Where: Main Street, Airlie Beach
Cost: FREE
Even if you don't consider yourself a "rev head" this car show is well worth peaking a boo at. Hot Rods, Classic Cars and Muscle Cars will take to the streets along with live music and street stalls.

Rotary Street Parade
When: Saturday 5th August
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Where: Main Street, Airlie Beach
Cost: FREE
By far the most talked about event during the Whitsunday Reef Festival, the street parade takes over the main strip - you'll just have to check it our for yourself!

Sunday Session at Down Under Bar & Grill
When: Sunday 6th - 7th August
Time: 11pm - 2am
Where: Down Under Bar & Grill Shute Harbour Road
Cost: FREE
‘Sunday Session’ at the Official Reef Festival Car Park Party at the top of Airlie Main Street – with brand new bar (courtesy of cyclone Debbie) and top DJs why would you want to go home, lets see this festival out in style!

Full for a full line-up of events at The Whitsunday Reef Festival 2017 click here!

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