What's on this week | 18 - 24 September

Fill a week with friends, plans and great things to do. If you can’t find something in this list, why not explore the rest of our events calendar?

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Monday September 18 | Bert Kreischer at the Tivoli


American standup comic, TV host and Joe Rogan regular Bert Kreischer shares the hilarious and outrageous stories that define his comedy and exemplify what has made him one of his generation’s best storytellers.

From 7pm to 10.30pm, tickets from $57.90

Monday September 18 | Comedy Commentary Cinema: Kingdom of the Spiders at Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

Armed with only their wit and their laser pointers, comedians Taylor Edwards and Rosa Sottile take you on a journey through 1977’s hilariously bad film Kingdom of the Spiders, starring William Shatner. Investigating the mysterious deaths of a number of farm animals, vet Rick Hansen discovers that his town lies in the path of hoards of migrating spiders. Terrible, right?

Tickets $10

Monday September 18 | Loose Ends: Theatre for Families at Ipswich Art Gallery

Ipswich Art Gallery

Experience extraordinary visual theatre, set in a wonderous tinkering heaven where gadgets are poetic, puppets are naughty, machines untamed and circus tricks pop up when you least expect them. Loose Ends, developed and performed by Paris-trained, multi-disciplinary Jens Altheimer, follows a man who thinks he can organize all his life in boxes… turns out, he’ll have to learn a big thing or two about real friendships.

Tickets $7, suitable for all ages

Tuesday September 19 | Twilight Notes 5: Debussy Quartet at QPAC

Born over a quarter century ago in the Conservatoire de Lyon and unashamedly French in voice, the Debussy Quartet embodies the curiosity evident throughout the work of its namesake. Yield a little to the unsettling tones of Beethoven’s Serioso quartet, then lose yourself completely in utterly authentic Ravel, an achingly classical work beloved by the composer himself.

Adults $59, concession $54, students $29.

Tuesday September 19 | Drinking & Dragons at the Brightside

Dust off those D20s because every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month we're putting on a very special D&D night! With tables from beginner to expert, theres space for everyone. Special cocktails, table service and more coming at you too! 


Tuesday September 19 | Blind Cinema at the GOMA Cinematheque

Australian Cinematheque

In the darkness of a cinema, the audience sits blindfolded. Behind each audience member sits a child, who describes in hushed tones a film they are seeing for the very first time. Experience this specially-made film like you’d never think to try a movie. It’ll be a great story either way.

Adults $15, concession $10, groups of 6 $10 each.

Wednesday September 20 | Regurgitator performs The Velvet Underground and Nico at the Tivoli

In collaboration with Seja and Mindy Meng Wang , Brisbane’s art-rock veterans reinvent the genius album that his year celebrates its 50th anniversary. Here’s Regurgitator’s faithful but fresh take on this legendary album – a love letter from one set of enduring eccentrics to another.

Adults $45, concession $40, at the door $50

Wednesday September 20 | Attractor at the Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm

Here is a trance-noise odyssey that transcends all borders, a unique music/dance ritual. Indonesia’s tour-de-force heavy metal duo Senyawa and Australian choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australia’s leading dance companies - Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc. The distinction between dancer and non-dancer, audience and performer, dissolves as the performance transitions into an all-in dance event.

Tickets $37.

Wednesday September 20 | Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2017 at Palace Barracks

For almost two decades the Lavazza Italian Film Festival has celebrated Italian language, culture and la dolce vita with an ever-growing audience, last year attracting 86,500 people nationally. Festival highlights this year include Tenderness, (La Tenerezza), Let Yourself Go! (Lasciati Andare) and Life is Beautiful (La Vite e Bella).

Tickets $20.

Thursday September 21 | Hand Heart Pocket Gala at Customs House

Customs House Queen Street

This World Alzheimer’s Day, world-class opera stars and musicians gather at the Customs House to raise money in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s. Musical Director Norma Marschke invites you to enjoy an evening of superb music making, with a harp, viola and flute trio on the terrace and a program of duo-pianists and Australia’s finest opera singers in the Long Room upstairs.

Single tickets $160, groups of ten tickets $1440.

Thursday September 21 | AJ Tracey at the Courier Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent

The emergence of grime as the most important music trend from the UK is undeniable. Emerging from West London alongside J Hus, AJ Tracey represents the young vanguard of grime MCs invigorating the genre. AJ’s addictive sound combines the razor-sharp wit of UK street music with an array of international rap influences. Also featuring a special performance by Swick – Melbourne’s own well-shaken can of bubbly fizzy drink.

Adults $48, concession $45, groups of 6 for $45 each. From 9.30pm. 

Thursday September 21 | Sip & Paint Night at Ironlak Art & Design Centre Brisbane

Sip & Paint is a relaxed painting class for everyone - from beginner, to professional. Our host artist will take you step by step through the evening, allowing you to enjoy creativity and conversation over a beverage of your choice. All the paint required to create your masterpiece will be supplied. Including; Ironlak acrylic paint, brushes, apron, and your own canvas to take home. Attendees are welcome to BYO beverages. This is an 18+ only event.

Tickets $55, from 6pm. 


Friday September 22 | The Pyjama Foundation’s Cat in the Hat Cocktail Party at the State Library

State Library of Queensland

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr Seuss. Many children living in foster care bounce from home to home, from school to school, meaning they never the foundation upon which to build the education they need. With your help, the Pyjama Foundation’s Love of Learning Program will be able to help more foster children discover their love of reading and learning.

Tickets $110.

Friday September 22 | Tombstone Folk at South Brisbane Cemetery

Enjoy an evening of live acoustic folk music in a grassy, shaded amphitheatre under the stars when the Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery host Tombstone Folk - the first-ever folk music evening at the historic cemetery.

From 7.15pm to 9.15pm, with tickets a gold coin donation. 

Friday September 22 | Grug and the Rainbow at QPAC

Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Created by Australian author Ted Prior, Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Fascinated by the world around him, Grug embarks on an epic journey to reach the rainbow that always seems just beyond his grasp. Will our grassy little friend find what he’s looking for? And what fun and adventure will he have along the way?

Shows at 10am each day. Adults $30, kids $19, concession $25, and family passes for $79.  

Saturday September 23 | Terror at QPAC

A hijacked plane is heading towards a packed football stadium. Ignoring orders, a fighter pilot shoots the plane down, killing the 164 people on board in order to save the 70,000. Put on trial and charged with murder, the fate of the pilot is in the audience’s hands. You are the jury, so how will you vote?

7.30pm, tickets $65

Saturday September 23 & Sunday September 24 | Quandamooka Festival Kunjiel (Corroboree) at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island

Quandamooka Festival

Kunjiel (corroboree) is the closing event of the Quandamooka Festival season. Members of the public are invited to join the Kunjiel ceremony, with dance, music, art and culture, as the Quandamooka people host First Nations dance groups alongside their own in a celebration of shared cultural experience and entertainment.


Saturday September 23 | Beer InCider Experience at Brisbane Showgrounds

300 beers and ciders, 53 breweries and cideries, 15 food trucks, 9 epic bands, 2 days, 1 ticket. Beer InCider takes over the Brisbane showgrounds this weekend and features some of the best beers and ciders in the country accompanied by some of the best bands – Ball Park Music, City Calm Down, Cub Sport and more!

Second release single tickets $35, groups of 4 or more for $30 each.

Sunday September 24 | Sounds in the Park Kids Concert at the Roma Street Parklands amphitheatre

Join the South of the River Community Band for an afternoon of musical adventure and fun. Come dressed as your favourite character from Disney fairy tales, swashbuckling pirates, Star Wars heroes, circus performers and Sesame Street personalities. Prizes for the best dressed! Bring a picnic and be ready to join in the fun!


Sunday September 24 | Jazz by the Jetty at Sandstone Point Hotel

Pretty self-explanatory – head down to the Sandstone Point Hotel for the second ever Jazz by the Jetty. Relax in the Sunday afternoon sun. Delicious platters courtesy of Cheese & Deli Kitchen and fresh seafood straight from the trawler complement the music and the million dollar view. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a full-bodied shiraz.

From 11.30 to 4.30.

Sunday September 24 | MoB Kids: Whacky Food Feast at the Museum of Brisbane

Decorate the room with food, dress up with pasta necklaces and fruity hats, draw with chocolate, crunch on crackers made from weeds and find flowers hiding in jelly. Messy, delicious food fun, the Whacky Food Feast is a great chance to use food to feed all your senses. Part of the Tastes like Sunshine school holidays program. 

Tickets $20.

Sunday September 24 | Boozy Brunch at Blackbird

This Sunday, Blackbird hosts Brisbane's first Boozy Brunch after its huge success in Melbourne and Sydney. This sell-out event will bring together premium lifestyle brands and the best in food and drink (of course) for one fabulous day. Cost of admission covers a three-course lunch, pop up bars, DJs, performers and a fashion parade by Sass & Bide and MJ Bale, hosted by Sea FM. A boozy brunch indeed.

$175 tickets.

Until Sunday 24 September | FUN HOUSE at the Brisbane Festival

FUN HOUSE is a brand new show full of exhilaration, exaltation and the best kind of inflation. This will undoubtedly be Brisbane’s biggest house party. There is only one rule – have fun! Oh, and no shoes on the jumping castle ... welcome to FUN HOUSE!

Tickets $40.

Until 30 September | Quandamooka Festival

The Quandamooka Festival is a three-month celebration of First Nations’ People, the Quandamooka, and their ancient lifestyle in and around the Moreton Bay and Redlands islands. Whale watching cultural tours, kunjiels (corroborees), Aboriginal sports, boat tours, bush tucker dining experiences, speakers’ forums and symposiums highlight the festival that ends in September.

Until Sunday 1 October | Brisbane Festival

Sunsuper Riverfire

Each September, Brisbane Festival explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and – the quintessential – SunSuper Riverfire. How wrong can a million people be about a city-wide artistic throwdown? Explore the program here.  

Until 12 November | Tastes Like Sunshine at Museum of Brisbane

Tastes Like Sunshine: Flavours of Brisbane explores the delicious side of our city. Discover insights into the minds, and taste buds, of some of the River City’s most innovative contemporary chefs and indulge your other senses with new installations by Elizabeth Willing and Sean Rafferty. Experience food in a new light and savour this delicious taste of Brisbane.

All Week | City Sounds

The City Sounds

Support local artists and attend the City Sound acts around Brisbane with artists including Daryl James, My Nightingale, Jazz Surreal, Peta Pomerenke, Hailey Calvert, Tenzin and Taro, Tuxedo Kitten and Neighbour.

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