A complete guide to regional events around Brisbane to add to your calendar
Updated: 1 July 2021
*Note: Please check the event pages or confirm with the organisers that the events are still going ahead before you make plans.
Pack the car. Gather your crew. It’s time to hit the road.
If you’re looking for events to fill up your calendar this year, then search no further. We’ve rounded up the best (and most entertaining) regional events for 2021. From foodie havens, family fun days and adrenaline-packed events to history and culture, there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy.
Here’s your ultimate guide to regional events happening around Brisbane in the coming months.
This event is for the little ones in your life. The world’s most loved and cherished blue steam engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, will be steaming into The Workshops Rail Museum, located in Ipswich, this winter (26 June - 11 July). Take the kids along for an unforgettable day out with Thomas and his friends.
From live entertainment and market stalls to bush tucker, food trucks and live cultural and cooking demonstrations, this is a great way to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Taking place in Beenleigh on 31 July, this free community event honours Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture.
Spark Ipswich brings you 11 days of city-wide celebrations, celebrating the people, places, arts and culture of Ipswich. From 8 - 18 July you can relish in the program of music, comedy, arts, exhibitions, circus, projection, culture, cabaret, technology, collaboration and discussion.
Rug up for a family-fun night of epic proportions on Saturday 24 July! Bonfire Night has sold out for the past 5 years and it’s no surprise, the spectacular event is packed with bonfires, flame shows, pyrotechnics, fire twirlers, rides, live music, food and dessert trucks, fireworks, entertainment, kid’s rides, fire combat performers and more!
Attend the 13th Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival to delight your senses with chamber music masterpieces from world-class musicians. The intimate and magnificent setting on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) sets this unique music festival apart. Take in three days of music from 23 - 25 July.
Join thousands of rockabilly and hot rod fans for some Kustom Kulture from 30 July - 1 August in Redlands. Think cool cars, rockabilly music, pinup parades, lowrider cycles, local art displays, pinstripes, tattoos, markets and more.
Prepare to eat, drink and have a blast at the Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival, held at Woody Point from 30 July - 1 August. With its stunning Moreton Bay backdrop, this festival winds its way along the waterfront where you’ll be greeted by top-notch bites and stellar sips alongside a full program of entertainment.
Six weeks of foodie heaven? Yes please. This culinary journey goes from 1 August - 19 September and allows you to taste local produce; partake in tours, events and masterclasses; venture on a foodie trail; and sample wines through a cellar door experience. It’s a packed program, but there’s plenty of time to do it all.
Step back in time to Ipswich’s new festival of heritage, held across 10 days from 27 August - 5 September. Showcasing the best heritage experiences and events Ipswich has to offer, it’s an event not to be missed, as you’ll explore iconic venues and historic sites and participate in open days, walking tours, demonstrations and workshops.
An iconic Redlands event, the RedFest Strawberry Festival celebrates – as the name suggests – all things juicy, red, sweet and tasty. Alongside the fruit, you’ll experience a vibrant mix of music, arts, cultural displays and entertainment in Cleveland from 6 - 8 September.
Pile in the kids and head to Moreton Bay for this family fun day out. From 11 - 12 September you’ll enjoy a weekend of colourful kite displays, aerobatics, jet ski stunt shows, children's activities, workshops, market stalls, food vendors and more.
Taking place at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield in the Brisbane Valley, the Brisbane Air Show commemorates 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force, and is dedicated to the men and women who have served in our armed forces. The show takes place from 16 - 17 October and will include a variety of military and civilian aircraft, spectacular aerobatic displays, scenic flights and more.