What’s on in The City in May - Visit Brisbane


What’s on in The City in May

This month is jam-packed with things to do, see, eat and experience in Brisbane City. From foodie trails to picnic gigs, music events to museum exhibitions, there are plenty of FREE and ticketed events that will appeal to all ages, plus it’s so easy to visit The City via public transport or drive and park. Here’s what’s on in The City in May 2021.

New events:

Brisbane Art Design (BAD) 2021

Check out the array of rad local artists and artworks presented in BAD 2021, highlighting Brisbane creatives in all corners of our city. Running from 7–30 May across four weekends, BAD launches in Brisbane City on 7–9 May. Events include installations, pop-up shows, live improv art activations and full venue takeovers at indoor and outdoor locations such as the Museum of Brisbane (MoB), Brisbane City Council’s Outdoor Gallery, Brisbane Quarter, Contra, QUT Art Museum, Superordinary and many more.

Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF) 2021

Coinciding with BAD 2021, BSAF is Brisbane’s citywide outdoor art festival, running 1–16 May. Superordinary is the Festival’s HQ in The City, kicking off with a ticketed Festival Launch Party on 1 May with a celebration of art, music and performance. Brisbane City will also provide the backdrop for live murals by local and Australian street artists in the Queen Street Mall as well as events, workshops and talks at Superordinary.

Dine BNE City

Whet your appetite for food, wine and good times with the inaugural Dine BNE City multi-venue event from 13–30 May. The first-of-its-kind event hosts a program of delectable dining options that range from curated midday meals to bar-hopping experiences, multi-course menus and gourmet trails. Taste the best of The City’s fine diners, including the return of Brisbane’s bug and oyster trail along the riverside with Sea to the City on Sunday 30 May for one day only. Find out more about Dine BNE City here.

City Symphony Live 

Music lovers should get along to the FREE City Symphony Live event, presented by QMF from 11am–7pm on 15 May. The multi-venue music fest will take over King George Square, Queen Street Mall and City Botanic Gardens with live stage performances. Check out the likes of local artists such as Hope D, MZAZA, JADENew World Collective, The Ancient Bloods, Ella Fence and many more. 

Museum of Brisbane (MoB)

Current and FREE MoB exhibitions to explore include The Storytellers and Perspectives of Brisbane, while RMXTV starts in May as part of the Brisbane Art Design (BAD) 2021 program. Running from 7–30 May, the collaborative art project will see artists add their creative mark to a large purpose-built environment with prompts delivered via a big screen over three weeks. Book your free entry ticket online.

Image via Museum of Brisbane 

Ongoing events:

Gigs & Picnics

Happening on the last Saturday of every month until November, the next Gigs & Picnics event is on Saturday 29 May from 12–4pm. Get along to City Botanic Gardens to enjoy free live music from jazz to reggae and more. Plus. Partake in a delicious picnic in the park, thanks to the mouth-watering array of food trucks parked on site.

Riverside Markets at the Gardens

Enjoy a leisurely Sunday stroll through the Riverside Markets at City Botanic Gardens. Browse an array of artisan stalls with handmade wares and enjoy cuisines from around the world and live music between 8am–3pm – access is via the Alice Street gate entrance.

Image via @riversideatthegardensmarkets

Saint-Tropez Sunsets by Moet & Chandon

Say “santé” to lingering sunsets at Customs House. On Fridays from 3pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm, soak up the alfresco ambience of Saint-Tropez Sunsets by Moet & Chandon pop-up bar. With walk-ins welcome, toast to the chic French Riviera lifestyle with French-Mediterranean flavours, French wine and bubbles from Moet & Chandon.

Image via @customshousebne

City Sounds

Continuing throughout May, enjoy free tunes from local musicians with live performances in various outdoor locations in The City. Every Thursday to Sunday, see emerging artists and music groups across a variety of genres from folk and indie pop to gypsy rock and jazz. Check out the City Sounds Gig Guide to see who is playing where in The City.