Discover what's on this August 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. Just the usual River City month, only this time it starts with an A. 

Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 

20 July - 6 August @ Palace Centro Cinemas

Delve into the iconic cinematic style of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland at the Scandinavian Film Festival. Highlights of the specially curated program include Little Wing, The Other Side of Hope and A Hustler’s Diary

Jerry Seinfeld Live 

9 August @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre

He may be a little older but is definitely none the wiser as the 90s comedy icon is bringing his trademark humour, wit and sharp observations about everyday life to Brisbane audiences. Anyone wanting to relive the Seinfeld glory days will not be wanting to miss this. 

The Bodyguard The Musical 

19 July - 13 August @ QPAC

Based on the renowned Hollywood film The Bodyguard, this hit London musical is bringing the story and songs you love to Brisbane. The show stars Australia’s own Paulini and includes one of the greatest songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

The Bodyguard


Friday - Sunday in August @ Brisbane River 

Continuing throughout August, Seadeck is offering Brisbanites the opportunity to cruise the Brisbane river in style and enjoy 360-degree views of the city’s skyline. View the city by night or soak up the warm Queensland sun during a weekend afternoon of drinking, dining and dancing on this hand-crafted European vessel – you won’t be able to resist the photo opportunity.



11 - 20 August @ Brisbane Showgrounds

Country meets city when the whole of Queensland descends upon Brisbane for the annual Ekka showcasing what the sunshine state has to offer. Perfect for the whole family, you can visit farm animals, watch dog shows, shriek on thrilling rides, eat all the strawberry sundaes possible and marvel at the 8pm fireworks before grabbing your favourite show bag for the lasting memories – before all the goodies get eaten that is.

The Ekka comes to town this Friday!

National Science Week 

12 – 20 August @ various locations

Help in recognising and celebrating the contributions of Australia’s scientists to the world of science and technology. With more than 1000 events occurring across the nation, anyone can get involved in this year’s National Science Week including kids, students, amateur scientists, chefs, musicians, your cousin, their cousin, their cousin’s neighbour and the list goes on.

Burning of the Vines

13 August @ Sirromet

Sirromet is keeping with tradition and burning the grapevine cuttings to cleanse the vineyards and celebrate the coming of the new bud bursts, and what better way to do it than with the drinking of wine. Come and revel in the end of the harvest and winter pruning with a glass of wine, plenty of food and exciting entertainment.


16 August @ Doomben Racecourse

Don your best fascinator or smartest suit and head to Doomben Racecourse for Mekka race day. Place a bet on your favourite horse before heading to the main stage for a lively afternoon listening to some of Australia’s best DJs. 

Tastes like Sunshine

18 August - 12 November @ Museum of Brisbane

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.  

Strawberry Festival 

19 August @ Sandstone Point Hotel 

Strawberry this and strawberry that is all you will see at the annual Strawberry Festival where can you believe it, but everything revolves around strawberries! Indulge in strawberry milkshakes, ice-cream, jams, chocolate and even a Strawberry Patch bar. If you’re not sick of strawberries by then, then enter the strawberry eating competition – where everything will certainly be coming up strawberry. 

Redcliffe Kitefest

26 & 27 August @ Redcliffe

Kites of all sizes will fill the sky during this weekend of fun, colour and excitement. Kids can enjoy the thrills of the Kitefest Karnival, get creative at Splatt Nation and marvel the kites in the sky zone while you wander the markets and and grab a bite to eat – fun for the whole family.

Redcliffe Kitefest

Bridge to Brisbane

27 August @ South Bank 

Bridge to Brisbane is taking over South Bank and the Story Bridge on this fine Sunday morning so don’t miss out on getting involved in the fun. Grab your mates and complete the death-defying 10km course or the slightly more enjoyable 5km before using your bib-ileges to indulge in a much-needed Sunday morning breakfast. 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane

27 - 31 August @ various locations

Fashion enthusiasts are invited to once again support the local, national and emerging fashion designers with a program of runway shows and other exciting events. Coinciding with the arrival of new season Spring/Summer collections, attendees can be some of the first to see new designs from Australian labels including Alice Mccall, Aje, White Label Noba, Camilla, Manning Cartell, Wilde Willow and Scanlan Theodore.

mercedes benz fashion festival brisbane

Reoccurring events and exhibitions

Marvel Film Screenings 

1 June - 3 September @ GOMA 

Translating the comic book experience into the cinematic realm, Marvel has successfully created a brand of superheros for everyone to love. In celebration of Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe, the Australian Cinematheque will be screening the current Marvel films for the duration of the exhibition. 

Whale season 

June - November 

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.

Whale Watching

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

23 June - 7 January @ Queensland Museum 

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. 

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe

27 May – 3 September @ GOMA

From the comic book pages to the big screen, this exhibition will include original artwork, film props, costumes and more. The exhibition 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. 


3 March - 25 August @ Brisbane Powerhouse 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

Through 2017 @Museum of Brisbane

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.

Board Games & Burgers

Thursdays 6-10pm @Grill'd Fortitude Valley

Board Games & Burgers is a tabletop meet-up, run by Vault Games and Grill’d Burgers Fortitude Valley, where anyone can come and play games until close.

City Sounds

Various locations

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

Brisbane Broncos 2017 NRL Season

3 March – 1 September @ Suncorp Stadium

The #bronxnation will again fire up as our fiercest NRL rivals such as the Cowboys, Rabbitohs and Storm all head to a packed Suncorp Stadium for the on-field and off-field fireworks and heroics. So join the family-friendly atmosphere of 35,000-plus passionate footy fans cheering the thrilling tries, witnessing the miracle sideline conversions, booing the opposition’s penalties and enjoying the pre-game stadium precinct entertainment, live music, skills tests and giveaways.

Suncorp Stadium

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