THE 2012 Caloundra Music Festival has been moved to the new Queen's Birthday long weekend in September.
Ticketed events will now run between September 28 and 30 to take advantage of the newly created long weekend.
A whole festival "fringe" week can now begin from September 22, which marks the beginning of the spring school holidays.
Free entertainment including the Village, presented by Festuri, the popular Music on Kings, the Bulcock Busking Festival, band competitions, lunchtime concerts and a beach-side carnival will all contribute in a diverse musical build-up to the main festival event.
"This is a bold initiative to put the region's best foot forward to the widest possible audience," Division 2 councillor and Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer said.
"A comprehensive consultation was undertaken with key stakeholders to determine the new dates, a decision that was necessitated by the State Government realigning the school holidays and the creation of the Queen's Birthday weekend," he said.
Tickets will go on sale around April.