Festival to bring back favourites plus twists
THE 2015 Whitsunday Reef Festival is expected to be bigger and better than ever before, with all the old favourites returning to the program plus an interesting line-up of new events.
The festival, now in its 15th year, is all about celebrating the reef, and what it means to live in the Whitsundays.
Festival committee chairwoman Margie Murphy said the reef festival was certainly not to be missed.
“There is something for everyone, whether you’re young or young at heart,” she said.
The spectacular Fireworks on the Foreshore kicks off the 10-day extravaganza on July 31, followed by a street party and groovy DJ set at the Beach Music Main Street Stage, headed by Joel Fletcher.
All the action will be on Airlie’s main street on Saturday, August 1, with the new Revvin the Reef vintage car show, followed by the crowd favourite Rotary Club Street Parade, celebrating life in the Heart of the Reef in an array of colours.
The Main Street Party will continue into the evening with live music and entertainment, featuring the Dave Flower band.
Sunday will see the Telstra Whitsunday Family Fun Day take over the Airlie Beach foreshore, with face painting, circus performers, classic races, a treasure hunt and selfie competition and lots more. Movie nights, reef art exhibitions and installations, twilight sailing, festival tours, beach markets, kids’ activities, and the pop-up Sunset Bar will keep punters entertained throughout the week.
Ms Murphy said the second weekend of the festival would incorporate all the excitement of Airlie Beach Race Week, starting with an opening night party on Friday, August 7, followed by everyone’s favourite glamour event – Frocktails – on Saturday.
FIRM FAVOURITE: The Rotary Street Parade is always a popular element of the Whitsunday Reef Festival.