Top April 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.

29 March - 8 April @ Metro Arts 

Sporting an all-female, Brisbane cast, Now Look Here and Metro Arts are proud to present Splendour, a play about four women holed up in a drawing room waiting for a dictator to return, while civil war rages outside. The structure of the play mirrors the disintegration of order occurring outside and only at the end will you be able to piece together the truth of it all.

Until 9 April @ Queensland Theatre


Lucas Stibbard (Boy Girl Wall) and Jessica Tovey (Wonderland, Home and Away) play a love-struck beekeeper and a quantum physicist. The odds of them getting together are astronomical but see the story unfold from their first date to the farewell.

Youth Week 
31 March - 9 April @ Various Locations 

Celebrate being young while you can with Brisbane’s annual youth week. Attend the official launch in King George Square featuring live music, food stalls and activities including circus skills workshop, open air photo booth and art displays, to get a taste of what’s in store.

Alliance Franchaise French Film Festival 
Until 9 April @ Palace Barracks & Centro Cinemas 

Lovers of cinema should know that the French film festival is in town showcasing award-winning films and documentaries. Ooo la la!

Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race 
14 April @ Shorncliffe

Celebrate Good Friday watching the 69th Annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. The best waterfront views are undoubtedly found at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails and the Bluewater festival in Shorncliffe, both of which host a variety of fun Easter activities, entertainment and market stalls. How eggscellent!

Model Citizens 
12 - 15 April @ QPAC

Circus Oz is back with their latest circus show, Model Citizens. Don't expect anything normal to happen, as the absurdity is more obvious than ever with circus tricks, backflips, trapeze, contortion and juggling happening throughout the show. You won't be able to draw your eyes away for one second.

GOMA10 – Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything
Until 17 April 2017 @ GOMA

GOMA is turning 10 – how sweet! Headlining the celebrations is 'Sugar Spin', featuring over 250 contemporary artworks exploring light, space, architecture and the senses.From brand-new immersive works to large-scale visitor favourites, the exhibition reflects our complex connections to the natural world with an explosion of colour, sensation and spinning delights.


Client Liaison
21 April @ The Tivoli 

Coming off the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Diplomatic Immunity, Client Liaison is touring the country to share their talent with you. Growing from house parties and warehouse gigs to sell out shows, popular Melbourne duo knows how to entertain a crowd with their international flavour and cosmopolitan style.

Hadron Collider: Step inside the World's greatest experiment
Until 24 April 2017 @ Queensland Museum

This award-winning exhibition recreates the largest scientific experiment ever constructed, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

Buddha Birth Day Festival 
28 - 30 April @ South Bank 

Immerse yourself in the cultural customs of Buddhism. Celebrate the birthday of Gautama Buddha with free entertainment for the whole family. The largest in the world, these celebrations span over three days with cultural displays, live performances and vegetarian food.

Buddha Birth Day

My Fair Lady 
Until 30 April @ QPAC

Under the direction from Julie Andrews, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady comes to QPAC from 14 March. Opera Australia and John Frost take pride in presenting the beloved story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins to a new generation of theatre audiences, with the endearing tale that charms audiences with its warmth and vivid characters.

My Fair Lady

Until 30 April @ Brisbane Powerhouse

Breeze into the week with a good dose of free live music on Sunday afternoons. Join us at Livespark each Sunday for an ever-changing and eclectic mix of indie, pop, folk, alternative country and rock.

Livespark Musician

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

Reoccurring events and exhibitions

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.

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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