Friday 20 Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May 2016
The CAPTAIN COOK 1770 FESTIVAL has been an annual event since 1992, commemorating the visit of the HMB Endeavour and the landing of Lt. James Cook and his party on May 24 at the town of Seventeen Seventy, as it is now known. This was the first landing for Cook and his crew in Queensland.
The Festival day begins with a colourful street parade of highly decorated floats. The parade starts at 9:30am at the 1770 Marina and winds its way along the foreshores the Festival site at SES Grounds.
Lots of interesting and artistic market stalls offer a great range of treasures for you to buy with many local artisans displaying their works. And, of course, there’s a delicious selection of international foods available for you to enjoy such as Thai food, Dutch Proffertjes, German Sausages, wood fired pizzas, vegetarian food, alongside all the usual festival foods.
Lots of other live entertainment keeps the crowds jumping throughout the Festival. Each year headline acts are backed up by local talented musicians, as well as fabulous dancing performed by the Nahlah Sahara Dancers, vocally vibrant singing performed by the Discovery Vibes Choir, and the fun of the AWSUM Ukelele Club.
Festival Art show
The Captain Cook 1770 Festival Art show, now in its 11th year has become an integral part of the annual festival. The art show each year attracts entries from local, regional and interstate artists in the categories of Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture and Textiles.
Cook's Landing Re-enactment
Each year at the festival, the landing of Lieut. James Cook and his crew aboard the HMB Endeavour at Bustard Bay on 24th May, 1770, is commemorated with a re-enactment of his landing.
Gooreng Gooreng welcome
The Gooreng Gooreng people are the traditional owners of the land in Seventeen Seventy. Each year they welcome visitors and explain their dreamtime stories, performing traditional dances to the sound of didgeridoos. The dancers have appeared at the festival each year for the past 20years and are a much loved part of the entertainment.