Top May events in Brisbane

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

Milky Chance

2 May @ the Tivoli 

Is everyone’s as excited as we are that Milky Chance have decided to do a Brisbane show sidelining their Groovin the Moo performance? This German duo are responsible for platinum hit Stolen Dance as well as leading singles including Cocoon, Doing Good and the highly anticipated release of Blossom. 

2017 Ipswich Festival 
4-14 May @ Ipswich City Mall 

Begin with an explosive light and sound spectacular, Fire on the River on 4 May and end with a relaxing day at the Festival Vineyard enjoying an afternoon of smooth grooves and rocking blues at Jazz, Wine & Blues on the 14 May. With more than 50 events planned for this year’s Ipswich Festival, you can certainly celebrate the essence of the city’s culture, arts history and theatre. 

2017 Anywhere theatre Festival 
4-21 May @ Various locations

The nooks and crannies of Brisbane will explode with over 500 performances anywhere you wouldn't expect it. 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. 

The 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival

Queensland’s Ballet Swan lake 
5-13 May @ QPAC 

Cursed to live each day as a swan and only return to human form at night, Odette must find eternal love to break this spell. Prince Siegfried spots Odette one night and falls instantly in love, but is betrayed by the black swan Odile. True love prevails in this performance to Tchaitovsky’s glorious score.  

Medibank Feel Good Program
27 February – 6 May @ South Bank Parkland

The Medibank Feel Good Program has been designed to suit all fitness levels, with classes ranging from low impact to high energy options including yoga, ballet fit, energy and Zumba. 

The Medibank Feel Good Program

Fish Lane Festival
13 May @ Fish lane 

Dine, drink and dance at this year’s Fish Lane Festival. The who’s who of local music, foodie and bar community will be showcasing their personal talent, all for you to enjoy. You’ll find us at one of the pop-up cocktail bars munching on some gourmet street eats from Chu the Phat, Julius Pizzeria, Billykart, Gelato Messina and more. 

Peking Ducks Clowntown Tour
13 May @ the Tivoli

Australian born and bred duo have taken on the world stage and are excited to perform their Clowntown tour to fellow Aussies. With two triple-platinum records under their belts, Peking duck always promises an amazing show with their distinctive flavor of indie electronica and electrifying live sets. 

ROC Race Brisbane 2017
13 May @ Brisbane Showgrounds

This is the original game show-inspired obstacle fun run featuring larger-than-life obstacles set along a 5k walk/run course. Whether you’re a couch potato or track athlete, the course is built for everyone with obstacles including wrecking balls, sweepers, the brand new leap of faith and many more. Register a team and get your costumes ready for ultimate blow-up course.  

Brisbane Double Header
May 13 @ Suncorp Stadium

Melbourne, Manly, Gold Coast and Brisbane are converging on Suncorp for the ultimate showdown in round 10. Melbourne Storm will take on the Gold Coast Titans before the Broncos take the field against the Manly Sea Eagles. This is a two for one offer people! Get on that.

Mother’s Day
14 May 

With Mother’s Day around the corner, there are a variety of events designed to make her feel special. Get involved in the Mother’s Day Classic to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Emporium Hotel and the Sofitel are some of the many venues offering a high tea for the special occasion or head to The Walnut Restaurant for a three-course lunch to really spoil her. We suggest booking early as places fill up fast. 

Spanish Baroque: Brandenburg & Circa
16 May @ QPAC

Music meets movements when master baroque musicians and circus artists combine in Spanish Baroque for a muscular and thrilling show where the strength and vigour of the music is matched by sensational acrobatic and circus choreography. Sydney and Melbourne boasted sold out shows so get in quick to secure a spot for this one night only performance. 

Panyiri Greek Festival 
20 and 21 May @ South Brisbane 

Queensland’s largest, annual Greek festival is promising a weekend full of fun, culture and of course, food. Brisbane’s Hellenic dancers will make a number of appearances showing off Greek traditional dance accompanied by many other live performances. So come and celebrate in all things Greek. Opa!

RSPCA Million Paws Walk
21 May @ Various locations

Celebrate with man’s best friend and help raise funds for animals across Queensland. It’s a fun day for all with live entertainment, market stalls, delicious food and activities with your pooch – the pup is bound to make a few new friends during the day. 

South Bank

Film Noir
31 March - 21 May @ GOMA

The glamour and thrills of Hollywood’s crime films melds with the black and white aesthetics of German expressionism in these films of the 40s and 50s. This event offers the sexy, smart and sinister films of the era post the Depression, two world wars and Cold War tensions.

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. 


West End Film festival 
27-28 May @ Boundary Street Markets

Join the locals in one of Brisbane’s most vibrant communities for the West End Film Festival. The festival was started by a group of local filmmakers who understood the need for an annual Brisbane-based film festival concentrating purely on the medium of short film. Help support the local talent in film making, music videos and animations. 

Maroon Festival
28-31 May @ South Bank parklands

It’s time for the annual state vs state brawl in the form of rugby league games. Maroon Festival is the official fan-zone leading up to Game 1 of State of Origin with a variety of experiences, events, demonstrations and player appearances on offer. Support the Maroons in their right to keep the championship trophy!

Reoccurring events and exhibitions

O’Keefe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism

11 March - 11 June @ GOMA

O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism showcases the iconic art of Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the most significant American painters of the 20th century, alongside modernist masterpieces by the celebrated and pioneering Australian artists, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith.

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
Until 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

Brisbane Roar 2016/17 season
Until 16 April @ Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Roar are ready to take on the might of the Hyundai A-League once again. Get your orange on and come along for a fun family day out!

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