Every mammoth event to pencil in your 2017 calendar
Each year in Brisbane it feels like our blockbuster events calendar just gets bigger and bigger – and that’s because it does. 2017 is delivering a mammoth line-up of world-class art exhibitions, sporting matches, live theatre, immersive festivals and more.
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. This landmark exhibition will have you learning, smelling, touching and contributing your two cents – a must for any resident or visitor wanting to learn more about the city.
Don your orange and head to Suncorp Stadium to cheer on the Roar as they try to take out the top spot this season. The 2016/17 season ends in May, but don't fret, as the 16/17 season is due to kick off in October.
2017 marks Queensland Symphony Orchestra's 70th birthday. Special performances throughout the year will be led by conductor Alondra de la Parra.
Following the Firebirds’ back-to-back premiership win in 2016, more games will be taken to the 10,000 capacity Brisbane Entertainment Centre - allowing more supporters than ever before to experience the thrill.
Show your colours and get to Suncorp Stadium to support the Queensland Reds this season. The players hold 1,239 Super Rugby Caps and 540 Test Caps between them - so you know you're in for a good time at the match.
Brisbane Lions AFL Premiership Season | March – August
Get your mates together at 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!
Can the Brisbane Broncos go all the way this year? Loyal fans descend on Suncorp Stadium for the home games to cheer on their favourite players. Show your colours and support your team at their home games through to September.
The jam-packed 2017 season for Opera Queensland will begin in April. Key productions throughout the year include Bizet’s The Pearlfishers, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruggidore, or The Witch’s Curse and Mozart Airborne.
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The nooks and crannies of Brisbane will explode with over 500 performances in places you'd least expect them 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-making will feature in the 2017 Anywhere Theatre Festival.
Tchaikovsky’s classic tale of good versus evil will come alive at QPAC. Ben Stevenson and Queensland Ballet’s traditional production features exquisite dancing, beautiful costumes and spectacular sets.
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. More than 50,000 fans will descend on Suncorp Stadium and spill onto the streets of Paddington to celebrate what is hopefully a Queensland Victory all round.
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 on 10 June.
2017 is this iconic festival's 41st year and it has become a milestone event for Brisbane. Fast in preparation to eat as many honey puffs as possible and then work it all off with a rounds of the zorba. The Paniyiri Greek Festival never disappoints.
The 10th annual festival will feature five events over one memorable weekend including the StraddieKidz Duathlon, Straddie Strike Fun Run, Straddie Pure Road Triathlon, Straddie Salute Off-Road Triathlon and the Straddie 1000 Ocean Swim.
The exhibition at QAGOMA will bring to life the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe with characters including Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Black Panther – to name a few. Marvel: Creating the cinematic universe will include original artwork, film props, costumes and more and will follow Marvel heroes from comic book page to cinema screen.
The Maroon Festival will be the official fan zone for the Queensland supporters in the lead-up to State of Origin. It will be a four-day celebration of rugby league and the mighty Queensland team. Fans will have the chance to get up close with the state heroes that are the XXXX Queensland Maroons.
Queensland will attempt to assert its superiority over New South Wales once again. Suncorp Stadium will host the first game and what promises to be a nail-biter final game in July. Tickets are on sale now, with two-game packages on offer.
In its fourth year at the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Queensland Cabaret Festival returns this year with an exciting program of international and local performers.
City2South is back with a two-day festival of fun on from 3-4 June. Join in with a 5km and 14km fun run, F45 outdoor training session, open-air cinema, live entertainment, food trucks, kids' activities and much more at Brisbane’s new lifestyle festival.
Qantas Wallabies v Italy | 24 June
The Qantas Wallabies are set to take on Italy in a blockbuster match at Suncorp Stadium. Get your tickets fast for this one, it’s certain to be a sell-out.
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. The star event, the Winter Harvest Festival, will be held on July 1.
This Australian exclusive is touring to the Queensland Museum with more than 120 artefacts, interactive games and displays that reveal who gladiators were, where they lived and how they trained. Highlights include pieces of the Colosseum, elaborately decorated bronze helmets, original arms and armour, preserved by the ashes of Pompeii.
Image Credit: ROH Johann Persson 2014
Two original works in one exclusive Brisbane season – the Royal Ballet arrives at QPAC with two original productions, including an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic A Winter’s Tale and Woolf Works, based on three of Virginia Woolf’s novels.
Ding ding! Suncorp Stadium will become the centre of the boxing universe for one night only when Brisbane’s own Jeff Horn takes on global sporting icon and reigning title holder, Manny Pacquiao. The world will be watching when Horn takes his chance to become Australia’s first-ever world welterweight champion.
The annual Quandamooka Festival will be celebrated across three month, celebrating the culture, country and people of the Quandamooka region.
Celebrate Bastille Day in Brisbane with a two-day carnival of French music, cinema, culture and entertainment. French food, real champagne and French wine, market stalls and stages will set up in South Bank for the weekend.
The Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide celebration of musical excellence with its home base in Brisbane. The 2017 program is set to feature a variety of local and international artists from across many genres.
While a victory in Game 2 would be ideal, let's hope for our sake that we can watch the Maroons thrash the Blues in the final game on their home soil. Either way, it'll be a spectacular match and an exciting finish to another year of Origin. Regardless of whether we win or lose, we've got 8 in a row.
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.
An award-winning musical based on the smash hit film, Australian Idol star Paulini is set to take centre stage as Rachel Marron when The Bodyguard hits the Lyric Theatre in July. The show will feature a number of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits.
Witness all the fast-paced action as the Supercars head to Ipswich to race round the course and try to take out the title. There's great trackside viewing and the event is family-friendly.
Run through the streets of the city in the 2017 Brisbane Marathon. For the serious marathon-goers, the 42km and 21km courses take you past some of the best of the city's sights. The 10km and 5km courses are more for the I-run-for-fun types, following along the Brisbane River in South Bank and across to the City Botanic Gardens. For the littlies, the 2.2km kids mini marathon is also on offer.
Queensland’s largest annual event is back for its 140th 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.
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Kinky Boots is the hilarious and heart-warming musical that has captured hearts around the world. See the fun first-hand and take in the incredible costumes, choreography and music - brought to us by pop-icon Cyndi Lauper.
Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest height... The annual Redcliffe KiteFest will see kites of all shapes and sizes take to the skies above Pelican Park. The festival will bring together local and even international kite flyers.
Three bridges, two courses, one day. Run (or walk - whatever you feel like) as part of Queensland's biggest community fun run through the City and take in some of the best sights. If you've ever wanted to cross the Story Bridge on foot - this is your chance.
Brisbane's fashion festival is back. The best of Queensland and Australian fashion will be on parade, highlighting up-and-coming talent in the fashion industry.
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.
This annual five-day literary love affair will be held at the State Library of Queensland in September. The Brisbane Writer's Festival will give the opportunity to meet your favourite authors and for upcoming authors to have their voices heard.
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 on the final night during the renowned spectacle that is Sunsuper Riverfire.
Beer InCider celebrates the city's passion for a good brew, live music and tasty treats. The festival works solely with independently-owned breweries and cider producers and has featured the likes of Josh Pyke and Busby Marou in previous years as entertainment. Keep an eye out for the full program.
Pop culture comes alive at Oz Comic Con each year, held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Keep an eye out for special guest announcements.
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), as well as Black Forest cake (Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte) with a side of German-brewed beer.
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.
The long-time rivalry between the Qantas Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks will descend on Suncorp Stadium, with Bledisloe Cup fever certain to take over the city. Can the Wallabies get the win?
Queensland Ballet’s production of this favourite childhood tale about the boy who never grows up will play out at QPAC. Witness Wendy and her brother's adventures in Neverland with Peter Pan.
Enjoy three days of reggae, roots, soul and electronic arts over on North Stradbroke Island. Last year's lineup included Nattali Rize, Dubmarine, Katchafire, Tiki Taane, Echo Drama, Kooyeh, The Strides, Cheap Fakes and more. Details for 2017 to come.
For those who like a touch of history with their sport, the Isuzu Queensland Open is a total treat. Over three days, golf fans can enjoy the understated brilliance of this PGA Tour of Australasia-sanctioned event. The 2016 trophy was taken out by an amateur that has since turned pro - will another underdog take out the title again this year?
Valley Fiesta | 27-28 October
Now in its 21st year, Valley Fiesta is set to take over the streets, malls and laneways of Fortitude Valley for its free, all-ages festival in October.
Wonderland 2017 | 23 November - 3 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.
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.
Over five weeks from October to December, the best players and teams from around the world will descend on Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for the Rugby League World Cup. Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will play host to a semi-final match, which is sure to be a thrilling spectacle.
The Ashes – Australia Vs England | 23 – 27 November
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Can the Aussies win the Ashes back from England on home soil? The First Test is set to be held at the Gabba over five days. Hopefully a Brisbane summer will wear the English out.
Asia Pacific Screen Awards | 23 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.
Christmas in Brisbane | 1-24 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.
Li Cunxin's story has been told many times but it's never been told like this. The exhibition at Museum of Brisbane will feature never-before-seen interviews of Li's colleagues and family, original objects and documents from Li's personal archives and footage of Li at the height of his career.
Suncorp Stadium is set to host the Rugby League World Cup Final and it is set to be one of the biggest sporting events of the summer. The atmosphere will be electric and the fan experience will be unrivalled as two of the world’s best teams battle it out for a place in the final.
Christmas isn’t officially here until you go to see Queensland Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. With the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky and lavish sets and costumes, Ben Stevenson’s production is a must-see Christmas treat for the whole family.
In its 32nd 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 things to do, with the program featuring 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?