What's on at Brisbane Festival for families - Visit Brisbane


What's on at Brisbane Festival for families

Are you ready to be immersed in one of Australia’s most celebrated International Arts Festivals? Throughout September Brisbane City will come to life with a diverse program of theatre, live music, circus, comedy and more. Sunsuper Riverfire, a renowned South Bank favourite will take centre stage at the precinct, along with a number of family-friendly entertaining and interactive productions.

Brat Kids Brisbane Festival

Brat Kids Carnival

14 - 15 September- QPAC Playhouse 

A high- energy show for all ages! This mischief making cohort are set to deliver a quirky assortment of hula hoops, acrobatics and some side-splittingly naughty clowning antics. This show will see kids and adults alike, eager to express themselves while watching circus enthusiasts deliver flips and tricks! As well, the audience will have an opportunity to jump on stage and showcase their dancing skills!

1000 Doors Brisbane Festival

1000 Doors 

6 – 28 September – Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands

Lose yourself in a maze of a seemingly endless series of doors, screens, portals and gateways. Created by the masterminds behind last year’s Festival hit House of Mirrors, experience 1000 Doors and seemingly move between eras, with no two visitors leaving by the same door they entered by.

Tetris Brisbane Festival


20 - 21 September - QPAC Studio 1

Witness in awe as this highly-skilled acrobatic quartet weave and intertwine their way through one another to bring you a display of real life Tetris! Children and adults will have the opportunity to join the troupe on stage to imitate some of their bendy movements as well as create their own.

Trash Test Dummies Brisbane Festival

Trash Test Dummies 

21 - 24 September - The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands

Winners of Best Children’s Presentation at the Adelaide Fringe 2015 and 2016, and runners-up for Children’s Choice Award 2016, Trash Test Dummies offers a rib-tickling concoction of slapstick comedy and circus skits involving the house hold wheelie bin.

River of Light Brisbane Festival

River of Light

6 – 28 September – Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands

River of Light is a free show featuring dynamic jets and giant spirals of water, full-colour lighting and rainbow-coloured lasers, to tell a traditional story of the dreaming serpent that wove the river into being and created the life blood of our city. River of Light runs for approximately ten minutes, at 6.15pm, 8pm and 9pm each evening of the Festival. Photo credit: Dianne Parris

Dr AudiYO's Giant Adventure Brisbane Festival

Dr AudiYO’s Giant Adventure 

25 - 26 September - The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands

Join Dr AudiYO, a beat boxing clown-come-superhero, on a Giant Adventure to slay a beast who threatens to silence a city. Dr AudiYO must use her ‘magic looping bum bag’ along with the help of the audience to save the city. Directed by acclaimed theatre-maker Dr Miles O’Neil and performed by theatre-maker/comedian Holly Austin, this interactive comedy production will take the audience down an unpredictable rabbit hole and will undoubtedly be a crowd favourite. 

Dan Sultan Brisbane Festival

Dan Sultan’s Nali and Friends 

27 September - The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands

Get ready to move, groove and sing along with Dan Sultan, ARIA Award-winning musician, as he performs the tunes from his recently-released children’s album Nali and Friends. Songs are set to include accounts about unconventional, quirky animals from all around the world, interwoven with key messages about acceptance of others, protecting our natural world and growing up. 

Game Off Family Addition Brisbane Festival

Game Show-Off: Family Edition 

27 - 28 September - The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands

An interactive production that the whole family can enjoy! Game Show-Off: Family Edition features trivia, comedy, a DJ and a healthy dose of skits and laughter. Questions are derived from all generations- so the broader the mix, the better your chances are of winning! Groups will have the opportunity to fill up on drinks and tasty snacks while giggling their way through hilarious trivia and daring games during this cabaret-style game show.

Sunsuper Riverfire

Sunsuper River Fire 

28 September - Cultural Forecourt in South Bank Parklands

Sunsuper Riverfire will celebrate the conclusion of this year’s eclectic and exciting Brisbane Festival program. Fired by Foti Fireworks Queensland, this captivating firework display will light up the city sky from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops, with aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force. Park up on South Banks stretch of greenery/ promenade for front row seats.

Important to Know 

Please refer to the official Brisbane Festival website for additional information and program specific age recommendations.

South Bank is an alcohol-free space for Sunsuper Riverfire. Please do not bring pets, bikes and scooters, drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink), glass, knives or alcohol to South Bank. These items will be confiscated by South Bank security staff.

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