The 2019 Cardwell UFO Festival was the biggest and best yet


Alien Invasion party

The Alien Invasion Party is on again and this year on the beautiful Cardwell foreshore. With live music, bar, food and heaps of activities for the kids it promises to be a heap of fun for all the guys, gals and aliens attending this year’s festival.

Star Bar

Fancy having a drink with Darth Vader, Mulder & Scully or even a Grey Alien… anything is possible at The Star Bar. Grab a drink and relax or even dance the night away, you never know who you’ll bump in to. With a great selection of beer, wine and spirits.

Live music by band Zachariah

Enjoy the down-to-earth music of the popular band Zacariah at the Alien Invasion Party with lead guitarist Des Mizzi, bassist Greg Armbrust, lead vocalist and guitarist Paul Pappas and guitarist and vocalist Brad Mizzi. Festival party-goers can dance the night away to a repertoire of rock classics from the 70s through to the present day with songs from bands like AC/DC, Deep Purple, Kiss, Pink Floyd, The Angels, ZZ Top, The Rolling Stones, Metallica and INXS, along with more recent hits by Daft Punk, The Black Keys and Pharrell Williams.

Food vendors

All your earthly favourites, like burgers, hot chips, hot dogs, Asian food and pizzas will be available from early in the day to late in the evening. There will also be ice cream, coffee, chilled drinks and snacks.

Judging of Shop front contest

To help the town get into the spirit of the festival shop owners will be trying to out do each other with some amazing window displays. Join us as we choose the best dressed shops and give away some great prizes.

Judging of costumes junior division

Kids love dressing up and what better event than a UFO festival to bring the best out of our young costume makers. There have been some great costumes in the past and we’re sure this year will be no different. Join us to give away some great prizes for the best dressed Girl and Boy categories.

Milky Way Lantern Parade

A new event at the festival this year is the Milky Way Lantern Parade. Lets see just how far the boundaries of creativity are pushed when you ask a group of people to create UFO themed lanterns. We are certain of some out of this world results.

Judging of costumes adult division

As if dressing up as your favourite alien wasn’t fun enough, this is the part of the evening where the best dressed get to win some prizes. With giveaways for best dressed Adult male, Adult female.

FREE Courtesy Taxi Ride Home

The local taxi will be running courtesy rides for the Alien Invasion Party goers to get them home safe from 8pm onwards. (Free drop off to homes in Cardwell)
There will be a single run to the north of Cardwell in the Kennedy/Carruchan area (time TBA) and a single run south or Cardwell to Stoney Creek/Five Mile area (time TBA)
The TAXI will also be available throughout the day for fare paying patrons.

Massive Market Day

The grounds on the Cardwell Foreshore will be a hive of activity at the Massive Market Day starting at 9.00am With over 80 stalls confirmed, all manner of souvenirs, trinkets, festival merchandise and Earth based treasures will be available. Anyone interested in having a stall should download an application form available on the homepage and email for more details

Food Glorious Food

More fabulous food will be available from 10am on Sunday with our vendors working tirelessly to make sure your energy levels are up for the fun filled day. As usual there will be plenty of choices available from breakfast through till lunch.

Activities for the kids

Hey kids, ever wanted to join the circus but lacked juggling, ribbon twirl or even slack line skills. Well this year at the festival we will be joined by the crew from Circus with a Purpose . Their playshops will facilitate a large space for children and their parents to explore circus arts.  All equipment is provided in a self-paced, supportive and fun environment. It is an ideal activity to burn off energy, create games and challenges with friends

C-Files, UFO Forum & Discussion

The two speakers at this years C-Files will be Australia’s original “Yowie man”, Rex Gilroy and Director of Victorian UFO Action. Ben Hurle.
Rex Gilroy focuses on yowie reports and the lost Australian civilization of Uru. He is an author and publisher of a number of books.
Ben Hurle is Director of Victorian UFO Action (VUFOA) and has appeared in the National Geographic Channel, the Herald Sun, The Age and Channel 9 Today show.

Don't forget to share your pics

Whatever you do don't forget to take lots of pics. There'll be plenty to do and lots to see so be sure to share your photos with us so we can post them on our website and social media.


Had a great time at the festival? One of the best way to remember your experience at the Cardwell UFO Festival is to visit our official merchandise stand and take home a little piece of the festival with you. Our stand has a variety of T-Shirts and trinkets for yourself or a special friend.

Men In Black 'Seek & Win' Mission

Calling all Earthlings to help save the galaxy. Your mission should you choose to accept it is to find a series of clues and report back to the Festival Information Tent with your completed form no later than 12.00pm on Sunday. Pick up you Top Secret Mission Files from the Cardwell Historic Precinct  (Old Court House Building) 51-53 Victoira St, on Saturday between 9.00am - 12.00pm. You could win an epic prize donated by Harvey Norman Innisfail. Winners will be announced at 1.00pm at the Massive Market Day on Sunday the 11th. Entry Deadline: 12.00 noon, Sunday

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