The 12 events of summer in Brisbane - Visit Brisbane


The 12 events of summer in Brisbane

Brisbane is the gift that keeps on giving. From international sporting matches to world-class performing arts and musicals, let Brisbane show you a good time this summer.

The challenge now? Trying to fit them all in.

1.  The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)| 24 November 2018 -  28 April 2019

This summer an extraordinary exhibition will span The Gallery of Modern Art and The Queensland Art Gallery. Known as the APT9, this free exhibition features more than 80 artists and groups from over 30 countries across the Asia Pacific region. Explore a number of never before seen works and enjoy interacting with the installations and vibrant pieces that will take you on a wonderful journey of discovery while challenging conventional definitions of modern art. 

2. Brisbane International | 30 December 2018 - 6 January 2019

Crowd shot of Queensland Tennis Centre

A highlight on Brisbane’s summer events calendar, tennis fans will this year have the opportunity to see superstars Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Alex de Minaur, John Millman, Kei Nishikori, Naomi Osaka and defending champion Nick Kyrgios. Enjoy the matches courtside at Pat Rafter Arena, or chill out on a bean bag in front of the big screen outside in Tennis Central with a wine or beer in hand.

3. KFC Big Bash League| 19 December - 17 February

Brisbane Heat

The summer of Big Bash cricket is only getting bigger and better. After an incredible 17/18 season, Brisbane Heat are going for the title. Catch the first match between the Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba on the 19th, or go along to any of the other matches during the season. 

4. Queensland Ballet's Nutcracker| 14  - 22 December 2018

Come and experience this classic Christmas story at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and watch as a magical wondrous fantasy world of Sugar Plum Faries and toy soldiers unfolds before you on stage. This show is on point, so plie, pirouette, arabesque or just make your way to QPAC to see this stunning dance performance by the Queensland Ballet. 

5. Jersey Boys | 2 January 8 February - 3 June 2018

This documentary-style musical tells the true story of the rise to stardom in the 1960's of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons who were one of the most successful bands in pop music history. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and selling over 175 million records, you are sure to recognise their songs such as Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man and December 1963. These toe-tapping tunes will have you dancing in your seat. 

6. Hyundai A-League | 21 October 2018 - 25 April 2019

Football fans #RoarAsOne as Suncorp Stadium plays host to 12 Brisbane Roar games as part of the Hyandai A-league competition. Triple championship winning Hyundai A-League club Brisbane Roar will face off against Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory just to name a few. Keep your eye on the ladder and help support the Brisbane team as they try and climb their way to the top. 

7. The Designers' Guide: Easton Pearson Archive| Until - 28 April 2018

Stunning patterns, luxe fabric, unique designs with exquisite detail are all indicative of Australian fashion label Easton Pearson. Brisbane fashion icons Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson have personally selected 200 garments as part of a retrospective for the Museum of Brisbane. Come and explore their unique approach to fashion and discover how their work is influenced by travel, art, film, literature and music. Fashionistas don’t miss out on this one

8. For Shore Festival | 12 January

Escape the hustle and bustle of the week and retreat to the foreshore of the Sandstone Point Hotel for a day of amazing feel-good music at the For Shore Festival. Australian dance music PNAU will take the stage along with the Presets, SAFIA and more. Chill along the waterfront under sunny skies and enjoy delights from the International Food Village and Craft Beet and Beverage Stalls.  

9. Monkeys! A Primate Story | Until 28 January

Go bananas for the world of primates at Queensland Museum’s latest exhibition, Monkeys! A Primate Story. An exclusive exhibition featuring 60 taxidermy specimens and articulated skeletons ranging from the tiny mouse lemur to the might gorilla, get up close and personal with our closest living relatives at this hands-on exhibition

10. Brisbane Domain Day-Night Test: Australia Vs Sri Lanka| 24 - 28 January

Be sure to get to The Gabba, because Brisbane’s Summer of Cricket is in full swing. Don't miss this day/night night match where the action will continue long into the cool of the night as Australia and Sri Lanka face off during this corker of a match. This one is a lolly -  don't miss out on this quintessential summertime experience. 

11. Woodford Folk Festival | 27 December 2018 - 1 January 2019

In its 33rd year, Woodford Folk Festival will this year host more than 2000 local, national and international performers over six days and nights. With over 35 performance venues within the village, festival-goers will be inundated with things to do, with the program featuring concerts, dances, street theatre, circus and cabaret performances. 

12. Laneway Festival'19 | 2 February

Gang of Youths and Courtney Barnett headline a stellar lineup of hot acts including Baker Boy, Crooked Colours, Camp Cope, Methyl Ethyl and much more. This popular festival brings together Brisbane's music lovers with the promise of sweet tunes and good vibes, an unmissable experience for any music enthusiast. 

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