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.

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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. 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.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum | 23 June - 23 January 2018

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.

November

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. 

Rugby League World Cup - Semi Final | 24 November

World Cup

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 Magellan Ashes – Australia Vs England | 23 – 27 November

Cricket
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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.

December

Christmas in Brisbane | 1-24 December

Christmas in Brisbane

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.

Mao's Last Dancer The Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin | 1 December - 29 April 2018

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.

Rugby League World Cup Final | 2 December

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.

Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker | 8 – 16 December

Nutcracker

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

Woodford Folk Festival

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

Fireworks

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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