Events and Celebrations
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Events and Celebrations

We love a good excuse to celebrate!

Cook Shire Council run and participate in various celebrations and awards ceremonies. Check out some of the biggest annual events in Cook Shire, see how you can be involved, and make sure to read the Event Information Kit if you are planning your own event in the Shire.

Cooktown Waterfront Official Opening

Council is seeking interested stallholders to be part of the Cooktown waterfront official opening. The event will be held at the Webber Esplanade waterfront precinct on Saturday, November 17 from 3pm to 9pm. Food, non-alcoholic drinks, fundraising, service organisations, information tents and retail stalls are encouraged to apply. Site fees will be free, however all stalls must apply. Where a food permit is required, a fee is applicable. Cook Shire residents will be given preference. Successful stallholders will be notified by November 2, and will be allocated a space by Council. Responses must be sent to  by October 29.

Australia Day

Australia Day is an annual favourite with a regular attendance of around 150 locals who help us acknowledge and celebrate our outstanding citizens and be reminded of all the reasons why being an Aussie is so great.

Click here to see more information on Australia Day in Cook Shire.

Event Information Kit

The Event Information Kit has been designed to assist and support organisations, individuals and community groups who are planning events in Cook Shire. The kit consolidates all of Council's requirements and procedures for events, including what licences, approvals or bookings may be required. 

Click here to see more information on the Event Information Kit.

Cooktown Discovery Festival

The Cooktown Discovery Festival is one of Cook Shire's most popular and long standing events, with the highlight being the re-enactment of Captain James Cook's arrival on the banks of the Endeavour River in 1770 and the interaction between the Europeans and the First Nations people.

Click here for more information about the Cooktown Discovery Festival.

Australian Citizenship

Many residents become Australian citizens through Citizenship ceremonies conducted by Cook Shire Council. We ensure your citizenship ceremony is a meaningful and special experience for you and your friends and family.

Click here for more information about becoming an Australian Citizen in Cook Shire.

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