Discover what's on this September & 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. Just the usual River City month, only this one ends with a really big bang. 

Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival

9 September – 1 October | Various Locations
Good gracious. We could fill this monthly wrap with just the events in town for Brisbane festival, but alas we won't. We've dissected the program and wrapped up our highlights over here, or you can take a look at the whole program on their website. As always, Brisbane Festival will send the city into a flurry of pink lights and fireworks when the best performing arts go on show. Go from comedy to cabaret and finish in the Arcadia for a wine at the femme fatale wine bar. 

Country Music Raceday

16 Sepetmber @ Doomben Racecourse 
Pull on your boots and don a hat for the annual Country Music Raceday at Doomben. Besides horse racing there'll be a mechanical bull, live music, entertainment, line dancing and more.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2017 

20 September – 8 October @ Palace Centro Cinemas
Good pasta is proof that when Italians add love and passion anything is possible. Expect the best of the best at the Lavazza Italianl The festival closes with Life is Beautiful (La Vita e Bella), an effervescent, uplifting, comedic and tragic film by Italy’s king of slapstick Roberto Benigni.

Quandamooka Festival: Kunjiel

Ending 30 September @ Redlands & Moreton Bay Islands  
After spending three months celebrating the culture, country and people, the Quandamooka Festival is going out with a bang and asking members of the public to join. Celebrate with dancing, music, art and culture and see the traditions that still survive among the Quandamooka people. 

Beer InCider Experience 

22-23 September
Beer InCider celebrates the city's passion for a good brew, live music and tasty treats. The festival works solely with independently-owned breweries and cider producers and has featured the likes of Josh Pyke and Busby Marou in previous years as entertainment. Keep an eye out for the full program.

OZ Comic Con 

23-24 September
Pop culture comes alive at Oz Comic Con each year, held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Keep an eye out for special guest announcements.

SPRUKE – Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival 

29 September – 1 October @TAFE South Bank
Uke ’n make music all weekend at workshops, jams and open mics at the city's Ukulele Festival. watch international and Australian artists in concert, enjoy food, markets and live music.

Sunsuper Riverfire

NYE at South Bank

30 September @ South Bank 
Late September every year Brisbane ignites with a fierce firepower greater than anything else. It’s Riverfire night. Brisbane’s night of nights. Find a prime location, book a riverside restaurant, claim a spot at South Bank and get set to watch the sky light up. We've written a guide to finding an A Grade spot.


Brisbane Fashion Month 

1 – 31 October @ Various locations
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 

Medibank Feel Good Program

2 October – 2 December @ South Bank 
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

Cirque Du Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight

Cirque Du Soleil

5 – 15 October @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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.  

Oktoberfest Brisbane 2017

6 - 8 & 13 - 15 October @ Brisbane Showgrounds
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.

Brisbane Open House

7 & 8 October @ Various locations
Throwing open the doors of Brisbane’s most interesting spaces in October, visitors will be invited to go behind the scenes in design studios, places of worship, heritage spaces, medical labs and emergency facilities.



8 October @ Spencer Park, Newmarket
Dive into copious amounts of spaghetti, pizza and arancini as Italians from around Brisbane cook up a storm for Queensland’s only official Italian Festival. Sit back and enjoy an entertainment program of artists, entertainers, singers, dancers and performers while you stuff your face with all the Italian goodies. 

Undercover Artist Festival 2017

13 & 14 October @ Queensland Theatre
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 Festival of Russian Ballet

Russian Ballet

19 & 20 October @ QPAC
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.  

Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies vs. All Blacks

21 October @ Suncorp Stadium
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 @ The Triffid
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 @ Riverstage 
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. 

Kinky Boots 

Ending 22 October @ QPAC
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

Peter Pan

25 October – 4 November 
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.

Island Vibe Festival 

26 – 29 October @ North Stradbroke Island
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.

Isuzu Queensland Open 

Isuzu Queensland Open

26 – 29 October @ The Brisbane Golf Club 
For those who like a touch of history with their sport, the Isuzu Queensland Open is a total treat. Over three 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 @ Fortitude Valley
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.

Reoccurring events and exhibitions



Friday - Sunday in September @ Brisbane River 
Continuing throughout September, 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.

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.  

Whale season 

Whale Watching

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.

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.


Every Friday @ 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.

City Sounds

Various locations

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

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