30 things to do this spring in Brisbane

Goldilocks wouldn't have it any other way – spring in Brisbane is not too hot and not too cold, it's just right. As we roll on into September and a new season, celebrate beautiful Brisbane by shedding those winter layers, getting out and smelling the flowers. 

There's a bounty of delightful things to do in spring – from rooftop bars, food festivals, flower shows, sporting matches, performances and much more. We’ve rounded up the 30 best ways to spend your days from September to November. 

1. Join Brisbane Festival’s pink fiesta | 9-30 September

Brisbane Festival

Over three dazzling weeks in September Brisbane will become a spectacle of sound, colour, light and action with big acts, live music, interactive art and performances taking over the city’s venues. Drop by the pop-up Spiegeltent and festival hub at South Bank, or hunt out a show elsewhere.

2. Smash out a scenic hike in a morning

Couple walk through D'Agular National Park

The early bird gets the worm, and if you take our advice and do one of these trails in the morning hours, we’ve shared our top suggestions for breakfast or lunch nearby. Work up an appetite in the fresh air this spring.

3. Discover Australia’s new hits at BIGSOUND

It’s big, it’s loud, it’s BIGSOUND. More than 160 of the hottest acts from around Australia will converge on Brisbane for three nights for a festival like no other. Playing two 20-minute sets across more than 16 venues, the artists are there to impress agents, label execs – while you, the music lover, get to experience the next Flume, Megan Washington, Rufus, Courtney Barnett and Gang of Youths before they hit the bigtime. Did we mention all-access tickets are cheap as?

4.  Plan a food crawl up Brisbane’s hottest laneway

South of the river, Fish Lane has all the wine bars, restaurants and cafes you need to create a choose-your-own dining and drinking adventure with friends. Read our comprehensive guide, print the map and get crackin’.

5. Chase the purple rain around Brisbane

Evan Margison Park, Goodna by Lee Haskings

Have you ever seen Brisbane erupt in a sea of purple Jacaranda trees? Late October or early November is the best time to pack the camera and set out. Instagrammer Lee Haskings shared the best spots to find them in Brisbane, and top tips on how to photograph them.

6. Explore Brisbane’s delicious side at Tastes Like Sunshine | Until 12 November

A wall made of toasted marshmallow. It’s not what you expect to find hanging in a museum, but then again the Museum of Brisbane is anything but ordinary. Until mid November MOB is celebrating the delicious side of our city’s character with a sensory and interactive exhibition.

7.  Get out on the water 

There’s something extra-special about watching the sky light up in every shade of pink, purple and orange from the water. Whether it’s cruising up and down the winding Brisbane River, or putting about on the expansive blue of Moreton Bay, being out on the water is a real treat. Check out our wrap up of Brisbane boat cruises.

8. Upskill your photography in paradise | 26-29 October

This October the Canon Collective will be running a three-day photography festival on Moreton Island. Meet new friends, learn new skills, push your limits and explore the world’s third largest sand islands. 

9. The summer of sport kicks off early | Women’s Ashes, 22 October

Two of the most highly ranked women’s cricket teams – Australia and England – will battle it out for Ashes glory at The Gabba this October. Don’t miss the first match and ODI of the Commonwealth Bank Women's Ashes Series. 

10. Lace up those Kinky Boots | Until 22 October

From a working-class shoe factory to the runways of Milan, Kiny Boots is a hilarious journey of acceptance. With Tony and Grammy award-winning musicby pop icon Cyndi Lauper, don’t miss this musical hit.

11. Brisbane City dish-es up the goods

Jellyfish in Brisbane

The CBD is a huge place with laneways, nooks and crannys to hide dining gems. Check out the latest edition of Dish guide, which all that's worth eating and drinking in Brisbane City. Keep an eye out for the physical copy or download the guide here.

12. Close out Quandamooka Festival with the corroboree | 23-24 September

This annual celebration of the First Nations’ Quandamooka People is coming to an end for 2017. Join the Kunjiel (corroboree) closing event of dance, music, art and culture on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

13. Plan out your camping adventure near Brisbane with these top spots

Camping at Lake Moogerah

With the weather getting a little warmer, now is the time to plan your camping adventure in Brisbane. Surrounded by stunning displays of natural beauty, the Brisbane Region is home to national parks, beaches and lakes worth pitching a tent at.

14. Lock in tickets for the Rugby League World Cup matches

Brisbane isn’t just hosting the semi final. No, we’ve got the grand final too. Yes that’s right, the Rugby League World Cup will turn our River City into the centre of the rugby universe from late November.

15. Breathe country air at the Laidley Spring Festival | 7-9 September

Leave the bright lights, big city and drive west for Laidley’s Spring Festival.  The town celebrates the season with a street parade, family fun day, Art and Flowers Show, church displays, Orchid Show, art exhibition, award-winning gardens, Quilt and Craft Expo and much more.

16 Your summer bod won’t build itself | Medibank Feel Good Program | 2 October - 2 December

You know the drill – summer is coming and that means it’s time to shake off your winter layers, leave your doona behind and venture out into Brisbane’s beautiful outdoors. The best place to start? Why, the totally free Medibank Feel Good Program of course! Held in the exquisite South Bank Parklands, the Program offers free fitness classes (including yoga, Pilates, Zumba and more). 

17. Check out these 28 things you didn't know you could do in Brisbane

Island Gondola Bribie Island

Think you’ve ticked it all off your list? Think again. We’re pretty confident we could bet that you haven’t done everything on this list – helicopter pub crawls, night kayaking on an island, buying ALL the cheese, visiting the drive-ins, trying hip hop yoga ...

18. Save the world at Containment | 18-29 October

Think you know how to survive a zombie apocalypse? Super. Gather some friends and give Containment a shot. You need to save the world in this immersive, 90-minute strategy-based game, which will take over the Brisbane Powerhouse for 10 days. 

19. Tap your toes to live jazz, blues and soul music in Brisbane

Press Club

If you’ve got Georgia on your mind and want to find your own brown-eyed girl, perhaps you’ll find her at one of Brisbane’s live music bars – specifically those with a little more soul ...

20. Explore our buildings at Brisbane Open House | 7-8 October

Over one weekend the doors to the city’s most interesting public and private buildings will swing open. Architecture enthusiasts and heritage lovers can build their own tour, hopping between everything from Fort Lytton to City Hall to private homes in New Farm. Book your free spot at more than 90 buildings now. 

21. Find 34 things to do in the Moreton Bay Region

Ocean View Estates

From the salty sea air by the bayside at Redcliffe to the lush rainforest greens of the D’Aguilar range, read on to discover 34 things to do in the Moreton Bay Region, just north of Brisbane.

22. Ride Brisbane's scenic cycle paths

Kurilpa Bridge by day

Cycle lovers, put your foot to the pedal, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite bike paths around Brisbane. Take a look, soak up the glorious spring weather and get pedalling!

23. Book tickets to a spring or summer music festival

Woodford Folk Festival

Brisbane is a city blessed with great weather year-round meaning there is never a quiet moment in our calendar of events. While spring is the lead up, summer is festival season – plan ahead and book tickets to the music festivals rocking Brisbane.

24. It’s Oktoberfest Brisbane time! | 6-8, 13-15 October

Get your dirndl and lederhosen at the ready – Australia’s largest German festival is back, turning the Brisbane Showgrounds into a mini Bavaria. Beer, beards and bratwurst are just a few things to expect. Come ready to dance to Bavarian Oompah band "Munchner Buam", fresh off the plane from Germany. There’ll be pretzels, pork knuckles, carnival rides and a marketplace too.

25. Tick off all 63 items on Brisbane's ultimate food bucket list

Red Hook tacos

These modern classics are the best of the best – the dishes a venue can't take off its menu without an uproar. Try and finish all 63, we dare you.

26. Explore different farmers markets in Brisbane

Brisbane’s bustling market scene is in overdrive. View our guide to the best farmers markets in Brisbane – from farm-fresh food and vegetables to picking up vintage and homemade gems.

27. Entertain the kids with these 40 ideas

TreeTop Challenge

Keeping your children entertained while on holiday in Brisbane is easy, with endless activities to enjoy. Whether entertaining young ones or teenagers, make the most of your short stay in Brisbane with this family-friendly itinerary.

28. Plan your Valley Fiesta weekend | 27-28 October

The line-up is yet to be announced, but Brisbane’s totally free music festival that takes over Fortitude Valley for the weekend is always killer. More than just a street party, gather your friends for a music, food and art fuelled two days.

29. Take drinking sky high at Brisbane's best rooftop bars

Next Hotel

Soak up the sunshine and raise your glasses to drinking up high at the best rooftop bars in Brisbane. While our winters are mild, there’s nothing quite like clinking glasses outdoors with views of the CBD skyline. 

30. Soak up stories at the Brisbane Writers Festival | 6-10 September

Celebrating 55 years, BWF is bringing another epic program of more than 150 events. Simulating ideas, debate and discussion will transcend on the State Library and QAGOMA for five days. 

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