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.
Exhibitions on now
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.
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Step inside the world’s greatest experiment. Fresh from the Science Museum, London, this exhibition celebrates the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. Take shelter in the air-conditioned Queensland Museum and learn about the work of 10,000 men and women.
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. The season will commence on 9 February with a special performance celebrating Chinese New Year, with many other special performances throughout the year led by conductor Alondra de la Parra. A definite highlight for adults and kids alike will be the performance of music from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, to be held at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1 April.
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.
Queensland Reds | February – July
Show your colours and get to Suncorp Stadium to support the Queensland Reds this season. Kicking off with a home game in Round 1, the Reds will take on the Sharks. The classic Blue vs Maroon style of rivalry will hit Brisbane when the Reds go up against the Waratahs in Round 10 on 29 April.
Brisbane Lions | 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!
NRL Broncos | March – September
The Broncos 2017 season at Suncorp Stadium kicks off on 10 March in the second round against the Cowboys. Can they go all the way this year? Show your colours and support your team at its home games throughout the season.
Ground-breaking, glorious and grand. The beloved My Fair Lady arrives under the direction of the original Eliza Doolittle herself, Julie Andrews and featuring Downton Abbey's Charles Edwards. Celebrating the show’s 60th anniversary, Opera Australia has joined forces with John Frost to honour the past and bring the story to a new generation.
The jam-packed 2017 season for Opera Queensland will begin in April, launching with Opera Qld and QAGOMA Present: Sensory, a performance where music meets art. 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.
NRL Double Header | 13 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.
Brisbane Racing Carnival | 13 May - 10 June
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.
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.
State of Origin | 31 May and 12 July
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.
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.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week | 24 June – 2 July
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.
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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.
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.
Regional Flavours | 15 - 16 July
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.
Ekka |11 – 20 August
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.
Brisbane Writer's Festival | TBA
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.
BIGSOUND Festival | 6 – 8 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 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.
OZ Comic Con | 23-24 September
Pop culture comes alive at Oz Comic Con each year, held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Watch this space for dates and special guest announcements.
Valley Fiesta | TBA
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.
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.
Brisbane Open House | 7-8 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.
Bledisloe Cup | 21 October
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.
Wonderland | TBA
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.
Supanova | 10-12 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.
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.
Ashes Series | 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.
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.
Woodford Folk Festival | 27 December – 1 January
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?