Find the event for you this Spring
Brisbane is bursting with great Spring activities, whether you’re a football fan, history buff, theatregoer, foodie or art lover. If gigging is your passion or you’d rather be trackside, there’s something for you too.
It’s one of the world’s finest collections of European paintings, and European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is right here in Brisbane. Thanks to renovations at The Met, Brisbane has snagged paintings that generally never leave permanent display.
Walking through the exhibition takes you on an art journey that spans 500 years. You’ll marvel at the masterpieces and see some of your favourite artists. There is something for everyone with paintings by Rubens, Degas, Rembrandt, Renoir, Turner, Monet, and Cezanne.
Take a self-guided tour on your phone and soak up the art. Then enjoy a drawing experience in The Studio while you listen to a musical performance. This is an exhibition that you won’t want to leave.
In a once-in-a-lifetime world-first event in international rugby, fans can expect a thrilling double header clash of rugby giants on September 18 at Suncorp Stadium. Australia’s Wallabies will take on the reigning world champions, South Africa’s Springboks, and Argentina will play New Zealand. It’s part of four straight weeks of the eToro Rugby Championship in Queensland to see out the remainder of the 2021 season.
Country music lover
The country comes to the city at Doomben Racecourse on September 10 to 12 with Brisbane Racing Club’s Country Music Weekend. It starts with a Country Music Rodeo on Friday night with whip cracking, live bull and bronc rides, country-show inspired food, and bars.
On Saturday it is a Country Music Raceday. Sing along with your favourite Aussie country music artists and join the bootscootin’ fun with the Dallas Line Dancers. The local race trackside action includes RM Williams Outback Fashions On The Field, pop-up bars and food trucks.
Queensland’s best bull and bronco riders will compete on Friday, September 10, for the title of Rodeo Champion. The exciting line-up includes bull rides, saddle rides, bareback rides, novice bull rides, novice horse rides, under 18 junior bull rides and 7 to 12 years poddy rides.
Wondering where to stay? Just roll out a swag or pull up the caravan at Doomben’s infield camping on Friday and Saturday nights, or book in at nearby The Constance or Ovolo The Valley.
The highly anticipated Brisbane Festival is set to delight culture connoisseurs from September 3 to 25 with an arts festival that is an explosion of performances and experiences. Highlights include Brisbane’s Art Boat from September 3 to 24, a floating river experience with a bar and performances. In addition, there’s a Festival Playground at South Bank Piazza with late-night cabaret, circus stunts and events including First Nations Fashion, Auntie Fiafia Night, Dirty Laundry, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Razzle Dazzle Riot.
There’s nothing better than the look on little faces when the sky explodes in colour right before their eyes. Enjoy those precious moments again when Sunsuper Riverfire returns to the Brisbane River on September 25. This year the fireworks celebration starts with a smoking ceremony from Shannon Ruska, a Yuggera and Turrbal man. Even before the fireworks, witness the gravity-defying aerobatics of the Air Force Roulettes and Army helicopter displays So, pick your favourite riverside vantage point and settle in for the show. If you want to do it in style, book tickets to Riverfire on the Rooftop at Fiume, or for something different, take in the sights from Brisbane Distillery’s double decker gin bus parked at the Maritime Museum for their VIP Riverfire Cocktail event.
Discover the culinary delights right on your doorstep with Tastes of Moreton Bay, a bounty of tours and events, trails and cellar doors, masterclasses and feasts in the Moreton Bay region from August 1 to October 10.
The bayside is buzzing with degustation dinners and craft beer tours. Highlights include yoga and breakfast in the park, and a trawler to plate experience at Morgans Seafood at the Scarborough marina on September 14. Also, don’t miss the Luvaberry Supper Club Mauritian Banquet on September 11 or the Strawberry and Dessert Festival at Sandstone Point Hotel on September 18.
After some serious TLC, The Princess Theatre, built in 1888, has been lovingly restored and reborn, and welcomes gig lovers to enjoy her delights. Hitting the stage in September will be Collar, I Love Hardstyle, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and Baker Boy to name a few.
The Housewarming launch party celebrating the revival of this grand old lady, Queensland’s oldest standing theatre, is scheduled for Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2. Guests will be treated to a collection of Brisbane’s finest artistic talent when over 20 artists take transform the space with incredible art and nights full of music.
A must for LEGO lovers of all ages, the BRICKMAN® WONDERS OF THE WORLD showing at Queensland Museum until October 4 includes more than 50 LEGO brick masterpieces. There’s no passport required to experience these iconic world landmarks that took almost 5,000 hours to create and contain more than 1.3 million LEGO bricks. The wonders weigh over a tonne, and forklifts and cranes were used to move them into the museum.
The 4.5m tall Space Shuttle was created for the LEGO Masters Australia television show season three. Made by Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught and his team, it took 775 hours to build and is made with 167,891 LEGO bricks.
Led by pineapples, frangipanis, and bikini-clad girls, discover how Brisbane’s subtropical identity evolved in Museum of Brisbane’s City in the Sun.
The exhibition contrasts the roots of modern Brisbane with new large-scale contemporary art alongside historical images. Wander through a playground of flower beds complimented by a tinsel sky, relax in the garden swing and explore the cubby house.
City in the Sun is a fascinating free exhibition at Museum of Brisbane, looking at how laidback subtropical Brisbane saw itself over the years. These images will put a smile on your face and bring back memories of simpler times.
You’ve read the book, now see the musical! Trent Dalton’s blockbuster Australian novel comes alive on stage in the Australian Premiere of Boy Swallows Universe at QPAC from August 30 to October 3. Set in Brisbane’s outer suburbs, the story of Eli Bell’s childhood takes you through the 1980s with an alcoholic dad, a heroin dealing stepdad and a mum who is in jail. His babysitter is a notorious convicted Boggo Road escapee, and the local crime king makes life difficult. But, inspired by Trent’s own childhood, this is a story where love triumphs. Or for a family crowd pleaser, you can’t go past Roald Dahl’s delectable musical treat Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, on stage at QPAC from September 2 to October 3.