One thing is certain – Brisbane is a hotbed of cultural and creative offerings, festivals and events. Exclusive blockbuster exhibitions and inspiring theatre productions sit alongside independent and emerging local performances, outdoor cinema, street art and intimate gallery and performance spaces. Lovers of comedy, musicals, live theatre and dance head to the Brisbane Powerhouse and QPAC. The Queensland Museum and QAGOMA offer free entry to permanent exhibitions. Fortitude Valley and West End are go-to destinations for local live music gigs and DJs, while international acts visit the Brisbane Entertainment Centre or Suncorp Stadium. 

Highlights

From laneway festivals to exhibitions, many activities on Brisbane's arts and cultural calendar are free for all to enjoy.

Brisbane Festival is here with an action-packed three-week program covering everything from cabaret and circus to visual arts, talks and experimental theatre.

Walk or cycle Brisbane's Art and the River Public Art Trail, a 2.4km path starting at South Bank that meanders along the Brisbane River's edge on the Kangaroo Point boardwalk.