What's on this week | 25 September - 1 October

The last week of September. Spring’s here and the jacarandas are starting to bloom. Just where did the rest of the year go? Distract yourself with a week full of friends, plans and great things to do. If you can’t find something in this list, why not explore the rest of our events calendar?

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All Week | Brisbane Festival

Sunsuper Riverfire

Each September, Brisbane Festival explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and – the quintessential – Sunsuper Riverfire. How wrong can a million people be about a city-wide artistic throwdown? Explore the program here.  

Monday, 25 September | MoB Kids: Sunshine Food Explorer Workshop at the Museum of Brisbane

Bring the kids to discover the seasonal, fresh, wholesome and delicious foods growing in Brisbane backyards with this Tastes Like Sunshine accompaniment. The kids’ll be supported to prepare food at their own skill level, with beginners shown the ropes and mini masterchefs able to show off a little.

General admission $10. All ages welcome.

Monday, 25 September | Trivia at Ben’s Burgers

Ben's Burgers

Round up the team for trivia with a ~ twist ~. Prepare to be dazzled with playtime on the bleachers, accompanied by some of Brisbane’s best burgers and beers, great prices and the insanely hilarious Dani Cabs as host.

Entry $5 per person with no limit on players per team. Begins at 7pm, arrive by 6.30 for a burger and a seat.

Tuesday, 26 September | Two Guys In A Box at Theatre Republic

In a box is a box that needs to be opened to see the box! Meet Mathias and Benny, two ordinary guys who live inside a box in the middle of a field somewhere. One day, for the first time, the phone on the wall rings. "We are coming," says a voice. What follows is the weirdest day of both their lives.

Part of Brisbane Festival, tickets to the 7pm showing are $29 for adults.

From Tuesday, 26 September, to Thursday, 28 September | Max Brenner’s I-Scream Party at Max Brenner Portside

Max Brenner

Keep the kids cool and entertained these holidays with this chance to create (and eat!) their very own Max Sundae with a selection of Max Brenner ice-cream, toppings and chocolate to enjoy. Plus, mum can take some much-needed time out with a complimentary classic hot chocolate.

Tickets $25, from 10.30 - 11.15am.

From Tuesday, 26 September to Saturday, 30 September | Kaleidoscope at QPAC

“Pure love … play and love and laughter.”

Kaleidoscope invites you into Ethan’s world. Diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was four, Ethan understands the world through touch, sensing his surroundings with the pads of his fingers and the tips of his toes. Kaleidoscope allows him to express himself through a medium he loves – circus. Tickets $30.

Wednesday, 27 September | The Aints Play The Saints ’73 to ’78 at the Tivoli

The Tivoli

On the 40th anniversary of the release of The Saints’ classic (I’m) Stranded, The Aints revisit this seminal Brisbane album at the Tivoli for a nostalgic night out. Tickets $50, standing room only. Concession tickets $45.

Wednesday, 27 September | Nicolas Alstaedt and Alexander Madzar at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre

Two brilliant adventurers set out across an enthralling musical landscape when Nicolas Alstaedt and Alexander Madzar step onto the stage. This Brisbane Festival presentation offers a delicious survey of Romantic and modern cello sonatas courtesy of Debussy, Boulanger, Britten, Brahms, and a world premiere by Jakub Jankowski.

Tickets from $37 to $92.

Wednesday, 27 September | The Mudcakes in Concert at The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent

The Mudcakes

Universally loved children’s entertainers The Mudcakes sing about the wild ups and downs of family life in styles ranging from Hawaiian to reggae to garage rock. Their debut album, Songs for Little Monkeys, will get monkeys of all shapes and sizes singing and dancing.

Adults $25, concessions $19, kids $15, family passes $65.

Thursday, 28 September | Little Days Out: Superhero Escapades on the Little Stanley Street Lawns

Run! Jump! Fly! A super-energetic workshop aimed at building confidence, self-esteem and a healthy body in our youngest superstars. Hear stories of the smallest yet mightiest superheroes, play awesome games and do some super-cool colouring in.

Free, from 9am to 1pm.

Thursday, 28 September | Merchant of Venice at Redlands Performing Arts Centre

Bell Shakespeare returns to the Redlands Performing Arts Centre after stunning productions of Othello and Henry V. This year, they embrace the dark humour and bawdy romantic hijinks of The Merchant of Venice to take you on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

Adults $50, pensioners $45, students $20, groups of 10 and over $38 per person.

Thursday, 28 September | Megan Washington & the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at QPAC


Megan Washington burst onto the Australian music scene in 2008 with a unique and evolving approach to indie-pop and alternative rock. The two-time ARIA winner continues that lively streak with her forthcoming album played live plus a selection of older favourites, underscored by a magnificent orchestra.

Adults $89


Friday, 29 September | Pizza & Wine Tasting at Pizza Caffe

At this self-explanatory evening, a wine ambassador pairs a selection of authentic Italian-style pizzas with exquisite choices from the Treasury Wine Estates. Explore the Pizza Caffe range, taste some delicious wine and relax with live piano music. Bring some extra cash to buy bottles on the night.

General admission $25, UQ staff and students for $20.

Friday, 29 September | Mike McClellan in concert at the Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm

With songs like Song and Danceman, The One I Love, Saturday Dance and I Wonder Who You’re Waiting For, Mike McClellan has earned his honoured place in the history of Australian music. Since his return to performing in 2011, McClellan has released three new albums and now returns to Brisbane to delight Powerhouse audiences.

Adults $54, concessions $51.

Friday, 29 September | Jam & Juice Open Mic Night at Pig ‘n’ Whistle Brunswick Street

Bite the public performance bullet and sign up to the regular Jam & Juice Open Mic Night at Pig ‘n’ Whistle Brunswick Street, Brisbane’s favourite British pub. Sharpen your teeth against new crowds every week and compete for a prize pool that includes a paid gig at Newstead Brewing Co.

From Friday, 29 September to Sunday, 1 October | SPRUKE – Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival at South Bank TAFE

Uke’n make music all weekend at SPRUKE, headlined by international acts like Kyas Ryo, Ukulele Russ, Tyrone and Lesley, and The Pockets. Be inspired and educated at workshops and masterclasses, plus join in jams and open mics around the Festival.

Find the full program here.

Saturday, 30 September | Riverfire


It’s back for 2017 – the river ablaze. You know what to expect and how it’s gonna go. Find somewhere to watch the spectacle and make sure you get there early. Bring food, family, friends and floofs. Only rule is to have a good time.

Saturday, 30 September | UV Boi at The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent

In 2014, at just 18 years old, UV Boi won Triple J Unearthed. Since then, he’s collaborated with international taste makers and dominated national airwaves with his debut EP L-UV. Don’t miss the joyous beats and smooth vocals at this Riverfire afterparty.

Tickets $30

Until 30 September | Quandamooka Festival

The Quandamooka Festival is a three-month celebration of First Nations’ People, the Quandamooka, and their ancient lifestyle in and around the Moreton Bay and Redlands islands. Whale-watching cultural tours, kunjiels (corroborees), Aboriginal sports, boat tours, bush tucker dining experiences, speakers’ forums and symposiums highlight the festival that ends in September.

Sunday, 1 October | Sounds in the Park: Sunday morning jazz in the Roma Street Parkland

If you like jazz, music, a beautiful park or even just good things in life, you’ll love Sunday morning jazz. This month, the Erin Logan Organ Trio will perform in Forest Meadow from 10.30am until midday. Bring a picnic blanket, brunch and a coffee for a morning done right.

Sunday, 1 October | Young Designers Market along Little Stanley Street

Young Designers Market

The Young Designers Market features some of Brisbane’s best up-and-coming designers and artists selling a range of fashion and accessories, jewellery, homewares, designed furniture and arts. These markets are held on the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 4pm.

Until 8 October | Lavazza Italian Film Festival at Palace Barracks

For almost two decades, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival has celebrated Italian language, culture and la dolce vita with an ever-growing audience, last year attracting 86,500 people nationally. Festival highlights this year include Tenderness, (La Tenerezza), Let Yourself Go! (Lasciati Andare) and Life is Beautiful (La Vite e Bella).

Tickets $20.

Until 8 October | Welcome to the Alterverse at REDSEA Gallery

Welcome to the Alterverse features a new collection of works that capture artist Gary Winfield’s philosophies. Beyond the paint, the canvas and the theory Gary creates relaxed, spontaneous flows of colour and layers his images like a master. Like all art, Welcome to the Alterverse is open to interpretation. Why not see how it makes you feel?

REDSEA is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm daily, on James St in Fortitude Valley.

Until 14 October | Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Brisbane Arts Theatre

The Little Mermaid

Adapted from the 2009 Disney Broadway production of the story from the movie we all know and love, this stage performance of The Little Mermaid tells Ariel's story all over again. Complete with the songs you and the kids know the words to and the characters they adore, this is one not to miss while it's in town. Runs until October 14. 

Until 12 November | Tastes Like Sunshine at Museum of Brisbane

Tastes Like Sunshine: Flavours of Brisbane explores the delicious side of our city. Discover insights into the minds, and taste buds, of some of the River City’s most innovative contemporary chefs and indulge your other senses with new installations by Elizabeth Willing and Sean Rafferty. Experience food in a new light and savour this delicious taste of Brisbane.

All Week | City Sounds

The City Sounds

Support local artists and attend the City Sound acts around Brisbane with artists including Amela, Bart Thrupp, Blue Child Collective, Josh Mcnz, PeppermintOllie, Kelly Brouhaha, Looking for Alaska, Toby Robinson, Matt James, The Acfields, and Bree Bullock

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