Must dos at South Bank in 2020 - Visit Brisbane


Must dos at South Bank in 2020

A new decade is officially upon us, and with that a whole host of exciting must do events and activities at South Bank - of course, your stalwart favourites still remain, for you to enjoy all year round. 

Regional Flavours River Quay

Regional Flavours – South Bank Parklands: 18 - 19 July 

Queensland’s largest free food and wine event returns, highlighting the Sunshine States vibrant food culture while showcasing over 80 stallholders from renowned producers, artisans, graziers and chefs. Feast your eyes upon the weekend-long program, featuring cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, food innovation talks, live music and more- all enjoyed under the unique alfresco winter climate at South Bank Parklands.

Shrek The Musical – Queensland Performing Arts Centre: from 9 May 2020

Watch the iconic family-favourite animation come to life in The Broadway sensation, Shrek, playing at South Bank’s QPAC Theatre. The film, based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks production, tells the story on an unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. The show features 19 songs, big dance moves and even bigger laughs! 

Water William Forsythe The Fact of Matter photo credit Liza Voll

William Forsythe / ‘The Fact of Matter’ 2009 / Installation view, 'William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects', The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2018-19 Image courtesy the artist. Photograph: Liza Voll. © William Forsythe

Water – Gallery of Modern Art: until 26 April  

‘Water’, the exhibition, takes a deep dive into one of our most treasured elements on Earth. From immersive experiences, through to works of art from national as well as international artists. Water endeavours to highlight current issues surrounding our valuable resource, while educating and sparking conversation.

Spiders - Queensland Museum: until 4 May 

Fascinated by these creepy crawlies and curious to learn more about them, such as how they produce their silk webs and deadly venom? Become educated on this and much more at the Spiders exhibition in South Bank. Come face to face with 12 live spider species as well as an abundance of feared infamous breeds, like the Trapdoor, Redback and Tarantula spider. As well, featured at the exhibition are a range of interactive activities for the young and old.

The Sound Society South Bank

The Sound Society – Rainforest Green, South Bank Parklands: 7 March, 6 June, 5 September and 5 December

South Banks free live music event returns quarterly to the leafy green surrounds of Rainforest Green, entertaining punters into the evening. Head along for free live music from local talent and emerging artists, while indulging in grab-n-go morsels and your favourite wind-down beverages from the licenced onsite food vendor. Want more? The Sound Society is on at Roma Street Parkland too, monthly on a Sunday morning, for details - click here

World Science Festival - various locations: 25 - 27 March 

Taking over South Bank Cultural precinct, the 5th Annual World Science Festival Brisbane explores and celebrates the entanglement of science and art through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical and cinematic experiences, interactive workshops and engaging demonstrations.

QODE - Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC): 24 - 25 March 

QODE takes attendees on a 2 day crash course in where technology is taking us. With 100 presentations, 170 exhibitors, QODE shines a light on major global trends driven or affected by technology. Presenting across the 2 day program are carefully selected global and local experts, ready to showcase their knowledge and insights on the technologies that will most affect individuals and our environment. If you’re passionate about technology and eager for profound insight into trends before they hit the market, then this event is calling your name. 

Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers

Eat - South Bank: all year round

South Bank is a foodie hub! A popular dining place no matter what meal is on the agenda. Venture in and try one of the newer eateries on the menu - Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers or the Emporium Hotels South Bank bars cafe and restaurant. Stanley Street and Grey Street offer casual dining spaces, with every culinary offering imaginable. Opposite South Banks Cultural Forecourt, you will find Fish Lane precinct, with plenty more laid back and trendy dining options to take you into the evening. And for your high-end favourites, venture down to River Quay, pull up a chair at one of the many restaurants and admire the Brisbane city skyline. For more eat and drink options at South Bank - click here.

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