Discover what's on this July 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. 

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

24 June - 2 July @ Scenic Rim 

Soft cheese and fresh jams are only the start of what produce you can expect from Eat Local Week. There's something for foodies of all ages and features activities for children and families, farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners, and opportunities to meet the growers and taste their wares. Who knew you could find this only a stone’s throw away from the city? Read our complete guide to festival highlights here, and be sure to enter our competition for an indulgent weekend away.

Eat Local Week in the Scenic Rim

QPAC International Series: The Royal Ballet

29 June - 9 July @ QPAC 

Two original works in one exclusive Brisbane season – the Royal Ballet arrives at QPAC with two original productions, including an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic A Winter’s Tale and Woolf Works, based on three of Virginia Woolf’s novels.

Good Food Month

1 - 31 July @ Various locations

The month of food is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited. Throughout July you can enjoy a series of bespoke food experiences including delicious fine dining lunches, dinners and food festivals – visit the website here for a range of organized events.

Teneriffe Festival 

1 July @ Teneriffe Woolstores

Wander past the old Woolstores of Teneriffe and celebrate the area's exceptional dining and entertainment venues, unique historical features and iconic lifestyle and design with this year's Teneriffe Festival. There's an activity for everyone including the Tastes of Teneriffe, historical installations, film, fashion and art – along with unique dining and drinking experiences and an entertainment program that will guarantee headlines. 

Battle of Brisbane: Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn 

2 July @ Suncorp Stadium

Battle of Brisbane Pacquiao vs Horn

The world will be watching when Australia’s own Jeff Horn takes on global sporting icon and reigning title holder, Manny Pacquiao, for the chance to become Australia’s first-ever world welterweight champion in the Battle of Brisbane. Descend on Suncorp or your nearest bar for a chance to witness this history making event. 

Queensland Music Festival 

7 - 30 July @ Various locations

It may spread from the far north to the NSW border, but the Queensland Music Festival has its heart in Brisbane. Bringing the best local, national and international talent to the city, the mammoth music festival crosses all genres, every music venue and every demographic. Read through the program to see what catches your eye.

Le Festival – Brisbane French festival

7 - 9 July @ South Bank

Celebrate Bastille Day in Brisbane with a two-day carnival of French music, cinema, culture and entertainment. Get your tummies ready for some French food, real champagne and French wine while you wander the market stalls and plant yourself down at the stages that will be set up in South Bank for the event. 

Brisbane French Festival

Brisbane BBQ Festival 

8 & 9 July @ Brisbane Showgrounds

Calling the carnivores of Brisbane to stampede down to the Brisbane showgrounds this weekend for two days packed full of everything barbecue. Barbecue championships, food stalls and expos can be expected along with craft brews, demonstrations, workshops and live music making it a hell of a weekend.  

State of Origin game III

12 July @ Suncorp Stadium

The game is bound to get heated because of the personal vendetta between New South Wales and Queensland.  Support your maroons in the stadium or head to a local bar or pub where the beer will be cold and the atmosphere promises to be wild in this deciding match. 

Pete Murray in Brisbane

14 July @ The Tivoli 

The quiet achiever of Australian music will showcase new tracks and old favourites when he tours the country in these coming months. After the release of his sixth studio album Camacho, it doesn’t look like this Aussie music legend plans to slow down so Brisbane fans should expect one hell of a show.  

Regional Flavours 

15 & 16 July @ South Bank

Food. Wine. Free. Those three words are music to our ears, especially when combined. Regional Flavours is Brisbane’s massive food festival held across one weekend that brings the best Queensland produce to the city through street markets, celebrity chefs, cooking masterclasses, kids' activities, live music and more. 

Regional Flavours

The Bodyguard The Musical 

19 - 29 July @ 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

Night Noodle Markets 

19 - 30 July @ South Bank

The crowd-favourite event of Good Food Month has returned to the shores of South Bank with 23 food stalls, bars and music for a great but relaxed night out. Treat your senses to all the colours, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market and immerse yourself in the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival.

Night Noodle Markets

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 & A Hustler’s Diary. 

Brisbane Food & Wine Expo 

21 - 23 July @ Brisbane Showgrounds

Celebrity chefs, gourmet food and an obscene amount of wine is on offer at this year’s Food & Wine Expo. Spot a reality tv chef at the Celebrity Cooking Stage, attend a cheese & wine masterclass (if you don’t know everything already), and taste, sample and learn in the Appreciation Area before plonking yourself down in the Celebrity Dining Room for a luxurious 2-hour degustation menu with matching wines. 

Laneway Street Food & Music

28 July @ Secret location 

What’s not to love about a laneway celebration of cold beers complemented by delicious street food created by Australia’s best chefs? At just $50 a ticket in a secret city location you can enjoy all the delights of food, ice-cold beer or cider and live music. 

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 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. 

Knockoff

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

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.

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