Things to do this autumn in Brisbane City - Visit Brisbane


15 things to do this autumn in Brisbane City

From belly laughs and toe-tapping rhythms, through to quirky dramas and curious questions – Brisbane City is alive with unique festivals and events this autumn. Since warm weather is a year-round blessing, sink a spritz by the river and make your way to one of the many free events or awesome things to do in the CBD this March, April or May. 

1. Uncover the truth with The Storytellers 

Discover the hidden histories, myths and tales of Brisbane with the Museum of Brisbane's latest exhibition. Told by the contemporary writers of our city, including Victoria Carless, Simon Cleary, Matthew Condon, Trent Dalton, Nick Earls, Benjamin Law, Hugh Lunn, Kate Morton and Ellen van Neerven, The Storytellers is an immersive and interactive experience that combines historical objects, artworks and written and narrated histories. From conflicts to celebrations, peel back the layers of Brisbane’s history with The Storytellers.

2. Eat at one of Brisbane City's newest restaurants and bars


Pair your gnocchi with a negroni at riverside Italian restaurant Coppa, tuck into a poke bowl at the new Cheeky down Ulster Lane, and pull up a stool for fresh oysters and Latin cuisine riverside at Rico. The City has exploded with new venues and you can find out more about what's new in food and drink in Brisbane City here

3. Head to the green for Gigs & Picnics

Gigs and Picnics

Bring a picnic blanket, snacks and friends and kick back in the City Botanic Gardens with Gigs & Picnics. On the last Saturday of each month you’ll find food trucks and free live music. It’s different each month with everything from mellow jazz sounds, modern reggae and dub vibes, to gypsy swing and more.

4. Go shopping in The City

We might be biased, but we think there’s no better spot to shop in Queensland. Stroll down open-air Queen Street Mall seeking out 700 specialty stores. Sounds daunting? Fear not – we have a comprehensive guide to shopping Brisbane City here. Check out big international brands Uniqlo, H&M and Zara, shop luxury stores on Edward St and inside Queens Plaza, and hunt out boutique finds inside the Brisbane Arcade. Find parking deals from $5 here.

5. The City Sounds like…. music

The City Sounds

More free music? Sign us up! City Sounds is Australia’s largest free live music program and every. single. week. you can catch local and touring artists and bands in Queen Street Mall, Post Office Square and other locations. Keep an eye out for big names or discover someone new and local.

6.  Summer clear out at Suitcase Rummage

Suitcase Rummage

Pick up some sweet new second-hand threads, or book your own stall and #KonMarie your closet. The Suitcase Rummage market pops up in Brisbane Square giving locals a chance to sell, swap and buy second-hand wares and artisan goods. 

7. Catch the stars on the big screen 

Take yourself out for a fancy night at the cinema before or after dining at one of the City's newest restaurants. Boutique cinema the Elizabeth Picture Theatre brings old world glamour to the heart of Brisbane CBD. Use it as an excuse to lock in a date and dress up for the occasion. If you can't find a flick you're interested in there, try the Event cinemas in the Myer Centre too.

8. Everything is a stage at Anywhere Theatre Festival | 6 – 23 May

The nooks and crannies of Brisbane will explode with over 500 performances in places you least expect it. Theatre in car parks, comedy in laneways, opera in reservoirs, dance in stairwells and quirky workshops exploring arts and craft from cooking to jewellery. Open your hearts and minds to this cool festival.

9. Watch the Anzac Day Parade Brisbane 

In good news, the 105th anniversary of the Brisbane Anzac Day Parade on 25 April 2021 will go ahead as normal, giving you a chance to see the Veterans and pay your respects. Brisbane’s largest dawn service also occurs in the CBD at Anzac Square.

10. Plan a staycation in The City

Ovolo Inchcolm

Escape close to home with a weekend in Brisbane City. From boutique spots (like the heritage Ovolo Inchcolm), through to five-star and pet-friendly hotels (hello W Hotel and Westin Brisbane). Use the room as your base to explore all things new, or stay in with room service, spa trips and pool dips all close by.   

11. Push your pedals to the metal at Tour de Brisbane | 9-12 April

Everyone is invited to explore Brisbane on two wheels. The only biking event with fully closed roads, use this opportunity to explore the streets of Brisbane CBD at your pace on two wheels while exercising and raising money for charity. It's a win-win!

12. Shake those hips on Friday night

You know you want to check out the place that was pumping Despacito long before we even knew it existed. Every Friday night, Latin beats and dancing feet take to Reddacliff Place (outside the Treasury Casino on Queen St) and transform the square into an energetic hub of dance each Friday from 8pm. 

13. Take to the streets with Brisbane Art Design (BAD) | 7 May - 30 May

A celebration of visual art and design will animate a network of parks, laneways, galleries, artist spaces and studios across the city this May. Over three weeks more than 150 artists will host exhibitions, open studios, art tours, workshops, talks and performances at 60 venues.

14. Climb the Story Bridge

You’ve driven over it 1000 times and turned to look at the bridge every time a Powderfinger hit comes on the radio, so why not climb over the famous structure. Ascend the historic Story Bridge to experience awe-inspiring 360-degree views of Brisbane City, the river, mountain ranges and Moreton Bay Islands with the Story Bridge Adventure Climb

15. Explore the intersection of art with On Earth | Until 6 June

Including works from the QUT Art Collection alongside the work of contemporary Australian artists, this exhibition delves into current discourses around the environment and how the arts may offer a different understanding of our opportunities and challenges.

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