Every epic Brisbane event to pencil into your 2018 calendar

Each year in Brisbane it feels like our blockbuster events calendar just gets bigger and bigger – and that’s because it does.

2018 is delivering a mammoth line up of world-class art exhibitions, sporting matches, live theatre, immersive festivals and more. 

Exhibitions on now

100% Brisbane | until 2019

This exhibition pulls back the layers of our city, going beneath the surface of high rises and jacaranda trees to discover the very real heart of Brisbane’s story. Learn, smell, touch and contributeyour two cents – a must for any resident or visitor wanting to learn more about the city.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum | until 28 January

An exclusive exhibition featuring more than 110 original artefacts such as pieces of the Colosseum and authentic weapons and armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii.

Mamma Mia Musical | until 5 February 

Relive the story-telling magic of ABBA’s greatest hits when QPAC brings Mamma Mia to Brisbane. Following the traditional story-line, can Mia sort through her mother’s past three lovers to discover her father before the big day?

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow | until 11 February 

Gracing the world with her artworks since the 1950s, Yayoi Kusama has emerged in the 21st Century as a distinguishable figure of contemporary art. The exhibition includes a range of works from early painterly experiments to large scale installations of her later career. 

Brisbane Roar | until 14 April 

Jump on board and get to Suncorp Stadium to cheer on the Roar at their home games as they battle it out against the country's top teams, fighting for that first place trophy. 

Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin | until 29 April

Moving from a best-selling novel and award-winning film, the story of Li Cunxin is now shown in a world-first exhibition. Discover his moving personal narrative and artistic achievements with never before seen interviews, original objects, documents and footage of Li at the height of his career. 


Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show | 17 January – 4 February 

The world famous rock ‘n’ roll musical follows squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they’ll never forget – buy your tickets now.

Gillette ODI Series – Australia v England | 19 January 

The rivalry will be intense as England hits our soil ready to test the Aussie team to their limits in a battle of the batters. Grab the stadiums best seats as the pool deck returns for some sun, swims and beers. 

Foo Fighters | 25 January 

The Foo Fighters are back to show that rock n roll never dies. Performing their recently released ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold,’ the 11-time Grammy-winning, 25+ million-record-selling stadium rock greats are touring the country with new songs and old time hits. 

Brisbane Heat | until 27 January

Brisbane Heat

Take the chance to catch a Brisbane Heat game at The Gabba before the season ends. The last games fall on January 5, 10 and 27. 


OperaQ’s Reprise | 3 February 

In response to GOMA’s exhibition of images by Gerhard Richter, Reprise delves into the history of song with a particular focus on German tradition. Revel in old classics by German greats including Schubert, Richard Strauss and Henze as well as a new score written in response to the exhibition. 

Brisbane Global Rugby Tens | 9 & 10 February

Global Rugby Tens

Rugby fans and over 300 star players will descend on Brisbane for two days of rugby heaven for the Brisbane Global Tens. Featuring all Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby clubs, as well as four elite teams from Pau, Fiji, Samoa and Japan, rugby fans will be treated to a host of activities leading up to and during the event.

BrisAsia Festival | 10 February – 4 March 

BrisAsia's program of theatre, dance, food, film, talks and visual arts provides a wonderful opportunity to discover and celebrate Asian cultures in Brisbane.

Brisbane Bullets | 17 February

Looks like the Brisbane bullets are back and here to stay with the locals throwing their support behind the team. Head along for a high-energy game before the season ends on 17 February. 

Robbie Williams | 20 February 

Robbie Williams is back with a hit-laden set spanning his entire career. Hear pop favourites including Angels, Let Me Entertain You, Come Undone, Kids and Feel. 

A Night with Cam & JT: Cameron Smith & Johnathan Thuston Testimonial Match (Cowboys v Storm) | 23 February 

Experience the rivalry in this head on clash between Cameron Smith's Storm and Jonathon Thurston's Cowboys in a pre-season game at Suncorp Stadium. 

Queen & Adam Lambert | 24 February 

Celebrating the 40th anniversary since Queen’s biggest-selling studio album, Adam Lambert will be the front-man for Queen as they perform some of rock n rolls greatest hits including We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions and Bohemian Rhapsody. 

Disney Aladdin | from 20 February 

With breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 300 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast – catch the magic of Disney’s Aladdin on stage when it arrives at the Lyric Theatre in February. The musical production includes all your favourite Disney songs and some additional new music. 

Queensland Reds | 23 February - 14 July 

Show your colours and get to Suncorp Stadium to support the Queensland Reds this season. The boys need all your support behind them as they tackle some tough competition. 


Brisbane Comedy Festival | 23 February – 25 March

International and national headlining comedians will take over the Brisbane Powerhouse (and spill into Brisbane City Hall) for the 2018 festival. Expect more laughs than ever with over 65 comedians across the two venues.

NRL Broncos | 8 March - 2 September

The Broncos 2018 season will see major rivals return to Suncorp Stadium in head to head clashes. Can they go all the way this year? Show your colours and support your team at their home games. 

Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour | 14 & 15 March 

Grammy Award winner and world-renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter Bruno Mars is set to rock the Brisbane Entertainment Centre with hits including Uptown Funk, 24K Magic and Versace On The Floor

CMC Rocks | 16 – 18 March

CMC Rocks

The biggest country and roots festival in the southern hemisphere, CMC Rocks is ready to celebrate its origins in 2018. What promises to be another great year of country music, mates and good times, CMC Rocks is not one to miss – book early. 

Ed Sheeran Divide World Tour | 20 & 21 March 

With two Grammy Awards, six billion YouTube videos, 70 million online followers and a constant appearance on the top of our music charts, Brisbane welcomes pop-sensation Ed Sheeran to sold out gigs. 

World Science Festival Brisbane | 21 – 25 March

Once again this festival will bring some of the world’s greatest thought leaders to the city, showcase local scientists and performers from around the Asia-Pacific region and host the brightest and best in the field. 

Brisbane Lions | From 22 March – 29 September 

Get your mates together and storm the Gabba. The first home game of the season will kick off against Essendon and you’re guaranteed to see spectacular marks, impossible goals and amazing action all around you!

Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection | 24 March - 5 August 

Globally renowned for her adventurous use of sculpture, installation, video and sound to create imaginative hybrid creatures, Piccinini is bringing her recognisable collection from the last ten years and showing it exclusively at GOMA. 

Brisbane to Gladstone | 30 March 

The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race will set sail from Shorncliffe on Good Friday morning. The race record was set in 2004 in a time of 20 hours, 24 minutes, 50 seconds… Can it be beaten this year? Catch all the action at Bluewater Festival. 

Bluewater Festival | 30 March 

The Bluewater Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the Shorncliffe Pier and Moora Park, Sandgate on Good Friday to take advantage of the best waterfront views for the start of Australia’s second-biggest yacht race – Brisbane to Gladstone. 

Commonwealth Games: The Queen's Baton Relay Celebrations | 30 & 31 March

Join your community celebrations as the Queen's baton makes its way through the streets of Brisbane finishing at South Bank Parklands on the 31 March. 


Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 | 4 – 15 April 

Share the dream with hundreds of athletes as they descend on the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Head along to all your favourite events including swimming, athletics, basketball, cycling, diving, gymnastics and the rugby sevens. 

Commonwealth Games Cycling | 5 – 8 April 

Meet the Commonwealth’s best cyclists at the Anna Meares velodrome in Brisbane as they battle it out for a gold medal and a good chance at the 2020 Olympics. 

Commonwealth Games Shooting | 8 – 14 April 

After Australia takes out the gold medals for cycling, head a little down the road and see the same thing happen as some of the world’s best shooters vie for the top place at Belmont Shooting Complex. 

A Rock & Roll Writers Festival | TBA 

This unique, boutique festival experience could only spring from the rich cultural and social history of Brisbane's Fortitude Valley. You will explore and celebrate the relationship between writing and music. 

Harry Styles | 28 April 

Although we’re a little sad the entire One Direction crew won’t be joining, girls everywhere are queuing to see the teen heartthrob perform his recently released self-titled album. 

Queensland Firebirds | 29 April - 4 August 

Following previous wins in past years, more games will be taken to the 10,000 capacity Brisbane Entertainment Centre – allowing more supporters than ever before to experience the thrill.


Buddha Birth Day Festival | 4 - 6 May 

Buddha Birth Day

Celebrate the birthday of Gautama Buddha with free entertainment for the whole family. The largest in the world, these celebrations span over three days with cultural displays, live performances and vegetarian food.

Anywhere Theatre Festival | 10 – 27 May

The 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival

The nooks and crannies of Brisbane will explode with over 500 performances in places you least expect it to. Theatre in car parks, comedy in laneways, opera in reservoirs, dance in stairwells and quirky workshops exploring arts and craft from cooking to jewellery. 

NRL Double Header | 12 May

Suncorp Stadium’s legendary double-header is back again and this year the Broncos are facing off against the Manly Sea Eagles and the Gold Coast Titans will go up against the Melbourne Storm. Usually a sell-out event, get tickets as soon as possible.

Mother’s Day Classic Run & Walk | 13 May 

Wear your best pink clothes and get involved in the Mother’s Day Classic to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. The annual fun run and walk is a fun way to get the family outdoors on Mother’s Day and to support a good cause – nobody could miss the sea of pink swarming around Brisbane.

Melt Festival |17 - 27 May 

Laugh, cry, gasp and play, MELT is Brisbane’s chance to embrace the last of the heat and celebrate Brisbane’s vibrant LGBTQI+ community.

Paniyiri Greek Festival | 19 & 20 May

Get your Greek on at this year’s Paniyiri Festival in West End. Various performances are held over the weekend to keep you groovin’ as all the food stalls stop you from movin’. Indulge yourself with Souvlaki, Moussaka, Loukoumades and Baklava before you dance the night away.

Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival | May - June

Brisbane Racing Carnival

Have your form guide ready, don your best frock and fascinator or suit up for one of seven Group One races, including the iconic UBET Stradbroke Day. 


Quandamooka Festival | June - August

Cultural traditions stemming from tens of thousands of years of living history are on show at this three-month festival jam-packed with events.

Niall Horan Flicker World Tour | 3 June 

One fifth of One Direction will be bringing his fine voice and looks down under to put on a huge show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. 

Wallabies v Ireland | 9 June 

It's never too cold to enjoy a game of Union. Start off the winter month right and cheer on the Qantas Wallabies as they go up against Ireland at Suncorp Stadium. 

QPAC’s Out of the Box | TBA

Get your little ones creative and take them along to Out of the Box. Kids eight and under can enjoy eight days of cultural activities that celebrate and support learning, play, curiosity and discovery. 

OperaQ’s The Merry Widow | 22 – 30 June

Graeme Murphy directs a fresh take on Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, starring two of Australia’s most charistmatic opera performers David Hobson and Natalie Christie Peluso. Setting this classic operetta amid the Art Deco glamour of Paris gives new life to the traditional love story between Hanna and her playboy ex-lover Danilo. 

OperaQ’s Opera Romance | 28 June

Celebrate the careers of Antoinette Halloran and Rosario La Spina as they share backstage stories and perform their favourite opera arias and duets. Antoinette and Rosario will be joined by members of the Open Stage Community Chorus for this one-evening-only performance.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week | 30 June – 8 July

Eat Local Week in the Scenic Rim

Taste food and wine from the Scenic Rim at this festival of farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners, pop-up cafes and other free or low-cost activities. Connect with your farmers and learn about where food comes from. Star event, the Winter Harvest Festival, will be held on July 7.

Brisbane Times City2South | TBA

Tie up your laces and run the streets and bridges of the city at this year’s City2South. The winter breeze will keep you cool as you run the scenic route along the Brisbane River and through West End – easy to scope out the best cafes for an after run coffee. 


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical | from July 

Beautiful tells the inspirational true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to global superstar after she fought her way into the record business. 

Queensland Music Festival| TBA

The Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide celebration of musical excellence with its home base in Brisbane. The 2018 program is set to feature a variety of local and international artists from across many genres.

State of Origin Game III | 11 July 

State of Origin will be turning mate against mate with what could be the deciding match at Suncorp Stadium on 11 July.

Regional Flavours | 21 & 22 July 

Regional Flavours River Quay

The reputation of Brisbane’s dining scene only continues to grow, and nothing exemplifies this quite like Regional Flavours. South Bank will become Brisbane’s food hub during Regional Flavours, with some of the region’s best on offer and welcoming a host of celebrity chefs.

V8 Supercar Championships - Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint | 20 - 22 July 

Nicknamed "The Paperclip" due to its six-turn design and lack of elevation, Queensland Raceway is a thrilling track to watch V8 supercars sprint around the course. 


EKKA |10 - 19 August

The Ekka

Queensland’s largest annual event is back for its 142nd year. Held over 10 full days, the Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State and welcomes visitors from all across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane. The event has grown from 17,000 visitors in its first year in 1876 and now averages over 400,000 visitors.

Brisbane Marathon Festival | 5 August

Get involved in the 27th annual Brisbane Marathon Festival and impress all your friends by running a deathly distance. Run the full 42.2km marathon or 21.1km half marathon, or go a little lighter and run/walk the 10km, 5km or 2.2km kids run – all distances are equally impressive. 

Katy Perry: Witness The Tour | 8 & 10 August 

Global pop superstar Katy Perry is bringing her Witness tour down under, playing two shows at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

P!NK World Tour| 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 & 23 August 

Renowned around the world as one of the most dynamic live performers of her generation, Australia’s favourite international pop icon P!NK is bringing us her Beautiful Trauma World Tour.

Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane | 26 August 

Run/slowly die as you cross three of Brisbane’s most iconic bridges in this 10km fun run. Getting up bright and early on a Sunday morning may be a struggle but the sunrise and necessary café breakfast after makes it all worth it. 

Redcliffe Kite Fest | 26 & 27 August 

Yes, the colour and fun of Redcliffe Kite Fest is back on the bay this August. Head to Pelican Park in Clontarf for a weekend of family fun, kite flying, music, roving performers and more.


Priscilla Queen of the Desert | from September 

Join the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime.

Brisbane Festival | TBA

Brisbane Festival will once again transform the city over three dazzling weeks in September. With its thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus and opera, it will all come to a close with a bang during the renowned spectacle that is Sunsuper Riverfire on the final night.

BIGSOUND Festival | 4 - 7 September 

Get yourself along to Australian music showcase BIGSOUND Live and join industry decision-makers watching a wide variety of up-and-coming artists over two nights. One wristband gets you access to all 15 plus venues.

Brisbane Writers Festival | 4 - 7 September

2018 brings us the 55th Brisbane Writers Festival that will include well known writers Jackie French, James Moloney, Wendy Orr and many more. 

Qantas Wallabies v South Africa | 8 September 

It's always tough competition when the wallabies go up against the Springbox, so the boys will need all your support to win this intense match. 

OZ Comic Con | TBA

Pop culture comes alive at Oz Comic Con each year, held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. 

Sunsuper Riverfire | TBA

Sunsuper Riverfire

Late September every year Brisbane ignites with a fierce firepower greater than anything else. It’s Riverfire night. Brisbane’s night of nights. Find a prime location, book a riverside restaurant, claim a spot at South Bank and get set to watch the sky light up. 


Valley Fiesta | TBA

For the 22nd year Valley Fiesta is set to take over the streets, malls and laneways of Fortitude Valley for its free, all-ages festival in October.

Oktoberfest Brisbane | 5 - 7 & 12 - 14 October 

Don your dirndl and lederhosen and get to the Brisbane Showgrounds to take part in Oktoberfest. Indulge in tradition and try bratwurst, pork knuckles (Schweinshaxe), and Black Forest cake (Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte) with a side of German-brewed beer.

Brisbane Open House | 13 & 14 October 

Throwing open the doors of Brisbane’s most interesting spaces in October, visitors will be invited to go behind the scenes in design studios, places of worship, heritage spaces, medical labs and emergency facilities. 

OperaQ’s Don Giovanni | 19 October – 3 November 

Rising international star Duncan Rock makes his Australian debut in Don Giovanni. One of Mozart’s best works for a reason, witness the compelling tale of an iconic antihero’s final days of pleasure as he roars towards his ultimate destruction, wreaking havoc in the lives of everyone he encounters. 


2018 Isuzu Queensland Open | 1 - 4 November 

Over four days, golf fans can enjoy the understated brilliance of this PGA Tour of Australasia-sanctioned event. Will a pro take out the trophy or could an amateur steal it from under them?

QPAC International Series 2018 | 7 - 18 November 

The QPAC International Series features an annual, exclusive presentation of some of the world’s finest performing arts companies and is focused in the fields of dance and classical music

Supernova Pop Culture Expo | 9 - 11 November 

Come along and celebrate the worlds of television, film, fantasy, comic books, sci-fi, anime, cartoons, books, gaming, toys and collectables at Supanova. Be sure to keep an eye out for special guest announcements.

9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art | 24 November - 28 April 2019 

Having been deprived of GOMA’s contemporary art series for too long, we happily announce that the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) will be available for viewing during spring and summer. Since 1993, the APT series has drawn more than three million visitors and boasts one of the world’s most significant collections of contemporary Asian and pacific art – so don’t miss it. 

Asia Pacific Screen Awards | 29 November 

Celebrate the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the vast Asia Pacific region at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The awards will recognise and celebrate the best films of the region and the people who contributed to making them.

Wonderland | November - December 

Showcasing burlesque, circus, cabaret, music, comedy, poetry, theatre and variety shows from both international and Australian artists, Wonderland is set to take over Brisbane Powerhouse once again. 


Christmas in Brisbane | 25 November – 25 December 

Australia’s most extensive free Christmas program takes over Brisbane’s centre each December. Join the city for free festive fun at the annual parade, light projection shows, markets, fireworks and cinema series.

Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker | 14 - 22 December 


Christmas isn’t officially here until you see Queensland Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. With the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky and lavish sets and costumes, Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker is a must-see Christmas treat. 

Woodford Folk Festival | 27 December – 1 January

In its 33rd year, Woodford Folk Festival will bring more than 2000 local, national and international performers to the stage over six days and nights. With over 35 performance venues within the village, festival-goers will be inundated with concerts, dances, street theatre, circus performances and cabarets.

NYE South Bank | 31 December 

Enjoy an evening of free, family-friendly fun as Brisbane’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular returns to South Bank. Is there any better way to bring in the New Year?

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