Brisbane Fashion Month | 1-31 October
After having huge success in 2016, Brisbane Fashion Month will continue to raise the profile of Queensland fashion in the Australian and international market. Get involved in a range of events including make your own leggings workshop, Queen Street Mall runway, Design Competition Display, Runway Cocktail Party and the Gala Finale to finish it off with a bang.
Get fit and ready for summer with the Medibank Feel Good Program, a series of free outdoor fitness classes set amid the beautiful surrounds of the South Bank Parklands. Classes include yoga, cardio, bootcamp, active kids and more. Check out the full program here.
Love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics, everything is getting “smashed” in Kitty Flanagan's new show. It's on at the Brisbane Powerhouse until 15 October.
Cirque Du Soliel transports you to the world of Pandora, first discovered through the award-winning film Avatar. Using cutting-edge visuals, puppetry, stagecraft and an outstanding cinematic score, performers combine their unique signature style to this imaginary world and create a performance that allows audiences imaginations to run wild.
Festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas on the South Bank. Join us under the woodland canopy of the Rainforest Green for an exciting festival program of food, fun and flicks.
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.
Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark Kings of the Wild Frontier album with a newly-remastered reissue and Australian tour.
Starting at midday, this true trawler-to-table experience is back. Join the event for freshly shucked oysters, local king prawns and a glass of something refreshing straight off the trawler all situated in the stunning Pumicestone Passage.
Showcasing the belief that art is for everyone, Undercover Artist Festival 2017 provides the opportunity for artists experiencing disability and mental health to discover their creative side and perform for audiences that support them.
A team relay fun run and community festival in the heart of Sandgate Village with free entertainment, food trucks and music, raising money for Hummingbird House.
Heartbeat Theatre's Rhinoceros | 13-28 October
Two men - Berenger and Jean - sit at a street cafe when a rhinoceros runs past. How unusual! Eugene Ionesco's absurd and comic masterpiece Rhinoceros rumbles through the Spring Hill historic underground reservoir.
In partnership with Confluence: Festival of India in Australia, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards has lined up a tantalising weekend of brilliant Indian cinema.
QAGOMA is opening the first substantial Australian exhibition of works by the German artist Gerhard Richter, who is widely recognised as one of the world's most influential living painters.
The chilli festival is back – and this year it is even bigger, better and hotter than before. Head alog to taste test, enjoy talks and entertainment, competitions and buy local produce.
Following the success of Swan Lake and A Russian Triple Bill, the Imperial Russian Ballet returns to Australia to perform a three-hour ballet extravaganza. Three acts Don Quixote, Bolero and highlights from the world’s greatest ballets will be played throughout the evening, leaving audiences on the edge of their seats till the very end.
We’re on the edge of the zombie apocalypse. Are you ready? Gather some friends and head to the Brisbane Powerhouse. Containment is your chance to save the world in this 90-minute, strategy-based team adventure game.
The Bullets are back again, kicking off the season with a match against the Cairns Taipans on 20 October. Don't miss it.
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?
Brisbane BurgerFest | 21 October
Burgers are best when they’re eaten at BurgerFest. Stone & Wood and the Triffid are shutting down Stratton Street, Newstead to hold Brisbane’s first burger festival. The best burger joints from around town will be setting up stalls including Ze Pickle, Miss Kay’s, Ben’s Burgers and many more – so get your stomach prepared.
The Chainsmokers | 22 October
Following an 18-month run of chart-topping singles, the American duo confirmed they would be bringing their Memories… Do Not Open tour down under – and the Australian public couldn’t be more excited. Expect to hear smash hits including ‘Closer’, ‘Something Just Like This’, ‘Paris’ and many more.
This festival promises to be a great day out for families flying kites at Murarrie Recreation Grounds. Entry is free and you can either bring your own or purchase kites on the day.
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.
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.
Performed with a live band led by Tim Rogers, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls is an intimate musical jewel that sees two lovers brought together by a conjunction of the stars and a pizza delivery gone weird.
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.
Brisbane is a quick boat trip from the fabulous Moreton Island, which is a paradise for photographers. The team at Canon Collective will be hosting a three-day photography festival.
For those who like a touch of history with their sport, the Isuzu Queensland Open is a total treat. Over four 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?
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.
Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Diesel, The Superjesus, The Art and more headline acts will perform at Sandstone Rocks 2017 with stunning views of Pumicestone Passage.
Recurring events and exhibitions
Tingle all five senses with this interactive experience that will challenge your pre-existing ideas on food. Installations by acclaimed artists Elizabeth Willing and Sean Rafferty will make your mouth water while they explore Brisbane’s rich food history – prepare to view food in a new light.
Whale season | End this month!
Get up close and personal with majestic humpback whales as they pass by the South East Queensland coast to the warm, tropical waters of Queensland. Check out our guide to the best whale-watching tours and spots along the coast where you can catch a glimpse of these deep blue sea creatures.
Discover who the gladiators really were, where they lived and how they trained through artefacts, interactive games and displays. Archeological treasures including pieces of the Colosseum and original armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii give an insight into their lives and tell the unknown stories of these arena heroes.
Fridays just got funny at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you’ve been a fan of our comedy on Sundays, we encourage you to knock off early for a chance to start your weekend with a good laugh and a cold beer. A variety of local and Australian comedians will be bringing you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations on these Friday evenings.
This landmark exhibition also invites you to have your say and contribute to this incredible self-portrait of the city. 100% Brisbane will not only change the way you think about museums, it will change the way you think about Brisbane.
City Sounds is Australia's largest free live music program, presenting local and touring bands and artists throughout Brisbane.