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What's on at South Bank

Discover what’s on at South Bank in May 2021 – amazing street art, dance performances, live music, comedy and more! Read on for the details.

Claire Foxton Artwork Liverpool New South Wales

Artist: Claire Foxton. Portrait of social justice advocate Adi Holmes in Bigge Street, Liverpool, NSW, 2019.

Brisbane Street Art Festival – various locations, including South Bank 

1 – 16 May 

View five live murals in Little Stanley Street, South Bank on 8 May by exciting street art practitioners. Tickets also available to street art workshops at Flowstate on 2 and 8 May and an artist talk on 8 May via the Brisbane Street Art Festival website.

Carl Barron: Skating Rinks for Flies – Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

18 – 30 May 

Popular live comedian, Carl Barron ponders all the things we think about but never mention in his brand-new show. Book tickets on the QPAC website.

Brisbane Truck Show – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

13 – 16 May

A huge display showcasing the latest and best trucks, trailers, components, equipment, accessories and technology in Australia. For more information and to book tickets, head to the Brisbane Truck Show website.

South Bank Truck Festival

South Bank Truck Festival, South Bank Parklands

South Bank Truck Festival – South Bank Parklands

13 – 16 May

Free family friendly entertainment including a Laservision water and light show at Streets Beach, outdoor cinema at Rainforest Green, truck and trailer display on Little Stanley Street and more. Visit the South Bank Truck Festival web page for the details.

An Evening with John Butler – Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

21 May

John Butler performs for the first time a QPAC! Part of his national tour, in this new live show John will be sharing stories and songs from his vast catalogue. Book tickets to the show on the QPAC website.

The Sound Society South Bank

The Sound Society, River Quay Green, South Bank Parklands.

The Sound Society – South Bank Parklands

Every Friday and Saturday afternoon

Relax and enjoy free live music in the parklands, head to The Sound Society South Bank page for more information. 

Drummer Queens – Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

11 - 16 May

Drummer Queens is a must-see Australian theatrical experience with powerful and inspirational creativity and choreography blending movement and rhythm. Tickets available on the QPAC website.

Creative Generation 2021: Excellence Awards in Visual Art – Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

Until 8 August

An exhibition showcasing the work of 37 excellence award recipients chosen in 2020 from 500 entries by students from metropolitan and regional schools throughout the state. The exhibition is free entry, more information on the QAGOMA website.


Bluey, children's television series.

Bluey’s Big Play: The Stage Show – Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

4 – 9 May

Bluey is brought to life in a live theatre show adaptation of the award-winning children's television series. Featuring puppets with an original story by Bluey’s creator, book tickets via the QPAC website.

Musical Theatre Gala – Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

15 May 

Queensland Symphony Orchestra performs hits from the great musicals of the 20th and 21st century including Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Frozen and more. Visit the QPAC website to book tickets.

Three – Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

26 - 29 May 

Brought to you by Australasian Dance Collective, experience three highly anticipated Australian premieres from renowned choreographers Jack Lister, Melanie Lane and Hofesh Shechter. Book tickets via the QPAC website.

Deadly Threads – State Library of Queensland (SLQ)

Until 15 August 

Deadly Threads is a showcase of over 170 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designed shirts from colourful sporting jerseys to protest and artists shirts. This is a free exhibition, no booking required.