Discover what's on this October in Brisbane

Brisbane and surrounds are serving up a blockbuster month of entertaining events involving fantastic festivals, spectacular sport, extraordinary exhibitions, sensational stage productions and a whole lot of fabulous food.

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. 

Medibank Feel Good Program | 2 October – 2 December

Medibank Feel Good Program

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

Kitty Flanagan | 3-15 October

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 Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight | 5-15 October

Cirque Du Soleil

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.  

American Express Openair Cinemas | 6 October - 19 November

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.

Oktoberfest Brisbane 2017 | 6-8 & 13-15 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.

Adam Ant | 12 October

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.

The Jetty Lunch | 13 October

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.

Undercover Artist Festival 2017 | 13 & 14 October

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. 

Sandgate Sunset Run | 14 October

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.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards' Indian Cinema Program | 14-15 October

In partnership with Confluence: Festival of India in Australia, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards has lined up a tantalising weekend of brilliant Indian cinema.

Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images | 14 October - 4 February 2018

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. 

Murphy's Creek Chilli Festival | 15 October

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.

A Festival of Russian Ballet | 19 & 20 October

Russian Ballet

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.  

Containment | 18-29 October

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.

Brisbane Bullets Season | From 20 October 

The Bullets are back again, kicking off the season with a match against the Cairns Taipans on 20 October. Don't miss it.

Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies vs. All Blacks | 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?

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. 

Brisbane Kite Festival | 22 October

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 | Ends 22 October

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 Peter Pan | 25 October – 4 November

Peter Pan

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.

What Rhymes With Cars and Girls | 25 October - 4 November

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.

Island Vibe Festival | 26-29 October

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.

Moreton Island Photography Festival | 26-29 October

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.

Isuzu Queensland Open | 26-29 October

Isuzu Queensland Open

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?

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.

Sandstone Rocks 2017 | 28 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

Tastes like Sunshine |Until 12 November 

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!

Whale Watching

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.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum | Until 7 January 2018

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.

Knockoff | Every Friday

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.

100% Brisbane | Until 2019

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 | Various gigs weekly

City Sounds is Australia's largest free live music program, presenting local and touring bands and artists throughout Brisbane.

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