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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. Water exhibition - Gallery of Modern Art | Until 26 April 2020

This summer an extraordinary exhibition will span the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. This unique exhibition features a multitude of pieces that will expand your imagination as well as test your understanding and fascination surrounding the simplicity of water. See animals from around the globe gather to drink from Cai Guo-Qiang’s magnificent aqua waterhole and become immersed in the rise and fall of tidal currents surrounding Angela Tiatia. Water is an opportunity to witness both Australian and international artists join in an exhibition that displays a shared interest on one of the most vital elements within our world.

2. Brisbane Cycling Festival | 12 March – 5 April 2020

A highlight on Brisbane’s summer events calendar, the Brisbane Cycling Festival will get you psyched up with professional, junior, recreation and mass participation events at the celebrated Anna Meares Velodrome and other venues throughout Brisbane. See some of the world’s best track cyclists compete in the Six Day Cycling International Series Final, combining elite track cycling with an energetic atmosphere. The festival sports a series of activities for residents and visitors, as well as a ride across Brisbane city. This is not an event to miss, so get ready for the ride of your life!

3. High Rotation| Until 19 April 2020

Now, this is one for all our music lovers! High Rotation is an interactive exhibition that aims to take all Brisbane’s music lovers for a trip down memory lane. Located in the Museum of Brisbane, High Rotation brings together musical highlights over the past 30 years, revealing how popular music in Brisbane travelled from the local scene to national and international stages.

4. World Science Festival Brisbane| 25 – 29 March 2020

In March 2020, the World Science Festival Brisbane will conduct a stunning program of live and digital content created by the world's best thought leaders. This will connect Asia-Pacific audiences of all ages with concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping the world. The luminaries of the science world will present the beauty, complexity, and importance of science through diverse, multidisciplinary programming that is the World Science Festival signature. This event is an amazing opportunity to expand your knowledge and to understand the importance of science within today's world.

5. RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run | 8 March 2020

The International Women’s Day Fun Run contains a rich history of bringing communities together in support of women affected by breast cancer. For the past decade, RACQ has supported this fun run and this year is excited to see Brisbane once again come together and participate in this life-changing event. Last year, members raised $379,000, so please take a day out of your schedule to register and contribute to this incredible cause. 

6. CMC rocks QLD | 20 – 22 March 2020

This year is the 13th anniversary of CMC Rocks Queensland! CMC Rocks offers a chance for fans to get close to their favourite local and international country music artists. Complete with food and drink outlets plus market stalls, the event will take place at Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich, so purchase your tickets before its too late.

7. Meet Me at The Paragon | Until 15 March 2020 

The Meet Me at The Paragon exhibition explores how the establishment of American-style cafes enabled Greek immigrants to establish a living in the mid-1900s within a foreign country. Establishments like Dalby’s famous Paragon Café really became the social hub for these communities. Bookings for the exhibition are free and its a key opportunity to gain further historical knowledge on this diverse country.

8. Perspectives on a Century Tour | Until 5 March 2020

Brush up on a century of Brisbane's art history by joining illuminating New Woman exhibition tours led by Glenn Cooke and Carl Warner at the Museum of Brisbane. It's a free tour but bookings must be made prior. From the bold work of the 60s through to today's era, the tour will explore how far Brisbane's female artists have come over the decades.

9. Six Day Final Brisbane | 3 – 5 April 2020

The world’s best track cyclists will descend on Brisbane in April 2020 when the internationally-renowned Six Day Series comes to Australia. Come and join the party atmosphere when world champions, Olympians and the next generation of cycling superstars take to the track.

10. Summer Party | 22 February 2020 

Summer Party is a youth dance party where Asian pop culture and the art of Cosplay fuse for a fun night of high energy and vibrant celebration. This event will bring joy to everyone in 2020 with non-stop entertainment from J-Pop, K-Pop, C-Pop to fun games and challenges and many other activities. Bookings are free so don’t miss out on this one-day event located in Reddacliff Place, The City.

11. Didgeridoo Jam Brisbane | Until 2 May 2020

Every first Saturday night of the month from 7pm to 10pm, join a free Didgeridoo Jam at Didgeridoo Festivals HQ in Bellbird Park. The event is located outdoors on a bush stage and is an opportunity to witness Aboriginal culture. Entry is free so come, kick back and relax.

12. Livewired Comedy | Until 19 July 2020 

Serving up the best local and interstate comedy every Sunday afternoon at Brisbane Powerhouse, Livewired Comedy is the best way to begin your week. Entry is free so come along and start your week with belly laughs, catching up with local mates and getting to know the best in the local comedy scene.

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