Brisbane’s epic 2021 event calendar
Updated: 2 July 2021
From rainforests to rugby league, Brisbane’s got it all in 2021. Here’s your guide to the city’s non-stop schedule of exclusive events for lovers of sports, arts, culture, nature, motoring and more.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience works by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Turner, Fra Angelico and Titian, direct from The Met’s collection – one of the finest collections of
European paintings in the world, the majority of which rarely leave the permanent display in New York.
Spanning 500 years of masterpieces, it’s a breathtaking journey from the 1420s and the emerging Renaissance to the height of early 20th century post-impressionism, including portraiture, still-life, landscape and figure studies.
This Australian-exclusive exhibition – a must-see for art lovers and anyone with any interest in history, society, beauty, religious iconography, mythology and symbolism – will be held at GOMA from 12 June to 17 October.
Get ready for the ride of your life, as Australia’s biggest multi-disciplinary cycling festival pedals back into the Anna Meares Velodrome and other venues around the city. The three-week program will seek to capitalise on the surge in cycling participation and popularity in the wake of the coronavirus, with the Brisbane Showgrounds set to host an Active Lifestyle Expo with markets and entertainment for all ages from 1 - 11 July.
Other highlights of the festival include the Track National Championships for Juniors, Masters and Elites, firmly establishing Brisbane as the home of track cycling, and Spokes n’ Jokes, a cocktail event taking a look at the lighter side of cycling.
The Tour de Brisbane is one ride you don’t want to miss, with over 110 kilometres of fully closed city roads and a new home at the Brisbane Showgrounds. With multiple distances and challenges available, there’s a ride or race for you, whether you’re shooting for the podium or just going for a casual pedal.
The Tour de Brisbane is a great way to experience Brisbane’s most iconic landmarks on two wheels, and you can even raise funds for vital organ and tissue transplant research along the way.
And now for something completely different. Brisbane Comedy Festival returns in 2021 with a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country, bursting at the seams with comic musings, side-splitting stories and tear-inducing tales.
Held across Brisbane Powerhouse, The Tivoli and The Fortitude Music Hall, this multi-venue laughter extravaganza will feature everything from stand-up to improv and sketch comedy with the most hilarious national and local comedians from 16 July to 8 August.
Get ready to eat, drink and enjoy! With Moreton Bay as its stunning backdrop, the festival precinct winds its way along the waterfront where foodies can catch cooking demos by some of the biggest names in the culinary world, enjoy a cold one at pop-up bars, listen to live music, learn something new at talks and discussions, and sample the region's local produce from the Bay and the farms.
The next evolution of action sports is coming to Brisbane. The world’s top athletes in FMX, BMX, skate and scooter will gather in Suncorp Stadium for a global showdown, with gravity-defying big air formats, the largest ramps ever seen in competition and innovative course designs.
Be there live as Australia’s finest take on elite challengers from the USA, the UK, Brazil, Japan and more, pushing the limits and attempting insane, never-before-seen tricks in a battle to top the podium from 23-24 October.
You’ve never seen Wagner’s Ring Cycle like this before. It’s a spectacular new production from visionary Chinese director Shi-Zheng Chen that sees the pinnacle of opera performed over four nights – a 15-hour epic of men and maidens, gods and giants, dragons and dwarves.
Get settled in for the long haul and enjoy this exhilarating adventure from 29 October to 20 November.
Australia’s flagship golf tournament will return to Brisbane in December 2021, with dates to be confirmed.
Recent champions include Adam Scott, Cameron Smith, Greg Chalmers, Peter Senior and Geoff Ogilvy, so you can expect a star-studded lineup of the country’s best players to be swinging for the Joe Kirkwood Cup at the Royal Queensland Golf Club in Eagle Farm.
The landmark tenth edition of QAGOMA’s flagship exhibition series, The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) will take a fresh look at contemporary art from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Surveying recent developments in art spanning from Northern Oceania to West Asia, the exhibition will place a strong emphasis on the contributions of First Nations and those living outside their home countries.
Continuing the exhibition’s legacy of bringing together a diversity of cultural and creative perspectives in a single, expansive presentation, APT10 will be held at QAGOMA from 4 December 2021 to 25 April 2022.
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