What's on this month at South Bank - Visit Brisbane

What's on this month at South Bank

Get the gang together for a month of fun and entertaining activities and events at South Bank! Here’s what’s on.

Sunsuper Riverfire

Brisbane Festival

6 – 28 September | Various locations

Brisbane Festival 2019 is back with an explosive program of entertainment hosted across the city in September, featuring a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and the return of Treasury Brisbane Arcadia and Sunsuper Riverfire.

Brisbane Writer’s Festival 2019

5 - 8 September | State Library of Queensland

Brisbane Writers Festival celebrates the wonder of literature and leading writers. This year’s theme is a celebration of the core of what it means to be human through story, the big ideas and thought-provoking writing with a stellar line-up of international and national writers.

The Sound Society South Bank night

The Sound Society South Bank

7 September | Rainforest Green, South Bank Parklands

Park yourself in for an evening of free live music set at Rainforest Green for The Sound Society. With entertainment from Peppermint Ollie, Machine Age and Sahara Beck and food and beverage by the Plough Inn, it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday evening.

Bill Bryson – Observations On Life and The Human Body

11 September | Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre (BCEC)

Well known for his wickedly sassy travel books, Bill Bryson takes to the stage to discuss the human body with knowledge acquired from the last three years, resulting in his latest soon-to-be-released tome 'The Body – A Guide for Occupants'.

Brisbane HIA Home Show 2019

13 - 15 September | Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre (BCEC)

Visit Brisbane’s Home Show to see, try and buy all the latest products for your kitchen, bathroom or interiors upgrade with free expert advice from more than 280 leading Queensland suppliers.

Jon Molvig: Maverick

14 September 2019 – 2 February 2020 | Queensland Art Gallery

An exhibition featuring the vibrant works of Jon Molvig (1923-70), who dominated the art scene into the late 1960s. Brisbane was the catalyst for his major work and provided him with scope for his expressionist view of the world. 

Muriel's Wedding the Musical

19 September – 9 October | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Experience one of the most loved Australian films of all time in this big, brash and very cheeky new musical being performed for a strictly limited season at QPAC.

Lunch with Elle Macpherson 

19 September | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

The guest speaker at the Business Chicks lunch on 19 September will be one of Australia’s most iconic figures, Elle Macpherson.

Oz Comic-Con Brisbane

20 – 21 September | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

An event for all ages celebrating all things pop culture featuring appearances from film and television stars, comic writers and illustrators, voice actors, gaming, activations, industry panels and workshops, and exclusive merchandise that can't be found anywhere else. 

Musica Viva Presents: Emerson String Quartet

21 September | Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium

Perhaps the most celebrated string quartet ever to emerge from the USA, makes its first Australian tour in over 19 years.

World of Drones Congress 2019

26 - 27 September | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

The largest annual congress on the UAV industry in the Australasia/ Pacific region featuring 30 internationally acclaimed speakers, workshops, numerous exhibitors from Australia, Japan, China, Korea and beyond and more. 

Sunsuper Riverfire 2019 | Brisbane Festival

28 September | viewing platforms – Cultural Forecourt and Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank

Sunsuper Riverfire is Queensland’s ultimate fireworks display, wrapping up Brisbane Festival with a bang featuring fireworks from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops. Spectators are also treated to aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force.

Romeo and Juliet

Until 7 September | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

A drama of romance, passion and tragedy, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic rendition of Romeo and Juliet is the unmissable ballet event of the year.

Margaret Olley: A Generous Life 

Until 13 October| Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

‘A Generous Life’ examines the legacy and influence of the much-loved Australian artist, Margaret Olley (1923–2011) who spent a formative part of her career in Brisbane.


Until 13 October | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

‘Quilty’ is the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty.

NASA – A Human Adventure

Until 9 October | Queensland Museum

Come face to face with NASA’s remarkable achievements in human space flights and space exploration – the greatest adventure that humans have ever undertaken.

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