Discover what's on this November in Brisbane - Visit Brisbane

VB

Discover what's on this November in Brisbane

Brisbane and surrounds are serving up a blockbuster month of entertaining events involving fantastic festivals, spectacular sport, extraordinary exhibitions, sensational stage productions and a whole lot of fabulous food. Check out what events are happening in winter below.

Jane Eyre | 18 October - 9 November

Brontë’s gothic tale of a spirited orphan in search of love, family and a sense of belonging, blazes into QPAC this October. This stunning new production, featuring original music, written and performed live on stage by multi ARIA Award winner Sarah McLeod, will set a fire blazing in your soul.

Island Vibe Festival | 24 - 27 October

Held annually on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) over the last weekend of October, Island Vibe Festival is a multi-faceted celebration of music, dance, art and Island culture that includes art exhibitions, creative and educative workshops, film screenings, talks, cabaret, circus, eco-food and craft markets. Their festival has a strong eco and cultural focus, and is unparalleled by any Australian festival in its majestic location and experience.

The Hidden Lanes Festival | 26 October

Over 50 incredible artists will descend on Fortitude Valley in a celebration of fashion, art, food, music and entertainment for an unmissable FREE event.

Diwali Festival 2019 | 26 October

Presented by Brisbane City Council, Diwali Festival (also known as The Festival of Lights), is returning to Chinatown Mall. Festivities will include traditional live music, dance and performing artists. Special light displays will illuminate the precinct, offering visitors the chance to experience the wonder of this ancient Hindu celebration.

Queensland Theatre: Antigone | 26 October - 16 November

A great city has been torn apart by a civil war between two brothers. In the aftermath, both lie dead – one hailed as a hero and lying in state, the other condemned as a traitor and dumped in a carrion pile. In this lyrical adaptation of Sophocles’ timeless tragedy, award-winning Brisbane playwright Merlynn Tong adds an urgent modern twist.

Josh Thomas: Whoopsie Daisy | 30 October - 2 November

Josh is returning home to Australia for his first live show since the global success of his multi award-winning series Please Like Me. His last live show was in 2013, so he must have something to talk about…

Australia Independent Film Festival | 1-3 November

Lights, Cameras, action. Get ready to sit back and immerse your senses in Brisbane's biggest celebration of independent cinema. The festival will showcase the very best of Australian short films, International short films, documentaries, animations, experimental films and a surprising mix of films you may never see anywhere else in the Wild Card Afterdark session.

Brisbane Fiesta Latina | 2 November

Brisbane Fiesta Latina, the most authentic Latin-American experience. Launched in 2011, Brisbane Fiesta Latina is a Culture, Food & Music Festival created and organised by LACA QLD to celebrate and share the diversity and liveliness of Latin-American culture with the wider community in Brisbane. Every year the event offers Brisbane’s multicultural society an opportunity to experience the warmth and happiness that Latin-Americans have to offer.

Chicago | 2-30 November

A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all the jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the slickest dancing in town. Don't miss CHICAGO coming to the QPAC this November and starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte as Roxie Hart, Alinta Chidzey as Velma Kelly and Casey Donovan as Matron "Mama" Morton.

The Finders Keepers Market | 8-10 November

The Finders Keepers are back in Brisbane this November for three mega market days - showcasing over 200 established and emerging designers, artists and makers from around the country! The festival-style market will spring up in the fabulous Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee where you can connect with creativity while discovering delicious food and local music all weekend.

Bespoke | 8-16 November 

Queensland Ballet joins forces with leading creative talents including Lucy Guerin, Amy Hollingsworth and Loughlan Prior to produce a series of new contemporary works that reimagine dance. Bespoke creates a multi-sensory experience, bringing together a collaborative space for artists who share a vision to co-create, to disrupt the norm and to embrace the interlacing of technology and dance.

Lea Salonga in Concert | 9 November

Known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga won acclaim for originating the role of Kim in Miss Saigon on the West End and Broadway. Joined on stage by a 17-piece orchestra, Lea will wow audiences with Broadway hits and movie greats, including songs from Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Greatest Showman, Aladdin, Frozen and more.

Client Liaison | 9 November

Client Liaison break new ground and begin their new era with the electrifying single The Real Thing. Funk riffs that won't quit, smiling synths and a triumphant chorus make this the Melbourne duo's most pop-skewed track to date.

Steve Martin and Martin Short | 13 November

Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their critically acclaimed comedy tour Now You See Them, Soon You Won't for the first time to Australia. The jokes come at you at a rapid-fire pace with little set-up and big punch lines as they mock Hollywood and the fickle nature of celebrity, but the comedy truly soars when they lovingly (and relentlessly) roast each other.

Brisbane Music Trivia Night | 14 November

Can you sing the lyrics to "Truly Madly Deeply"? Could you pick Keith Urban out of a line-up? Use all of the weird, wonderful and utterly useless knowledge in your back-pocket to win prizes and take part in the quirky mayhem of Bris Must Be The Place. 

Renewable Energy Pop-up | 14 November

The Queensland Government's first Renewable Energy Pop-up will showcase the latest in renewable energy products, services and technology that are right for you at home, at work and for travel. Come along to this free event and get the latest information and displays on solar and battery technologies as well as electric vehicles, bikes, scooters and chargers.

Sip and Shop Pop Up | 17 November

BrisStyle will bring their online sellers virtual stores to life, giving Brisbane handmade lovers a chance to "shop local" with their favourite makers whilst sipping the best wine from City Winery, the only urban winery in Brisbane.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards | 21 November

Film in the hands of a great filmmaker has the power to change lives; the power to bridge cultural divides; the courage to explore and tell our stories; to inform and entertain; to deliver better understanding into hearts and minds. Films which clearly demonstrate a rich slate of diversity – each telling its own story, in its own way, from its country of origin. That is what the Asia Pacific Screen Awards respect and acclaim. From the glamorous and multicultural red carpet, to the sophisticated ceremony every year, APSA holds a night of celebration to acclaim Asia Pacific filmmaking.

Wonderland Festival 2019 | 21 November - 1 December 

Brisbane's sultry summer nights reveal a spectacle of the weird and wonderful as Wonderland Festival returns to Brisbane Powerhouse for nine nights of debauchery from 21 November. With a line-up of 30 spectacular events, Wonderland Festival brings together the most talented home-grown and interstate performers for a unique end-of-year carnival of comedy, burlesque, circus, music, magic and more.

Meeanjin Markets | 22-23 November

Meeanjin Markets is Brisbane's largest Indigenous markets and cultural festival. From products to nourish your body and soul using native ingredients, to jewellery, art, fashion and homewares. There are free activities to learn more about ancient customs and traditions through language and stories, or relax on the lawn listening to local and national performers.

GenreCon 2019 | 22-24 November

GenreCon 2019 is destined to be the best yet, featuring a smorgasbord of leading names in Australian and international genre fiction. Enjoy a spectacular line up of panels, workshops and special events, where you can join over 200 writers, editors, agents and publishers for three days of celebrating genre.

When The World Was Wide | 28 November

Not quite a concert, not quite a play, When The World Was Wide is a melding of narrative, acting and concert music. It digs deep into the life and sparring friendship of two of Australia’s most iconic poets and writers, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, drawing on atmospheric and evocative music to set the scene.

A Christmas Carol | 29 November - 8 December

Following its sell-out world premiere in December 2018, shake and stir’s award-winning production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of compassion and forgiveness returns this Christmas, and is set to become an annual tradition cherished by families for years to come.

Ongoing + reoccurring events and exhibitions

Medibank Feel Good Program | 30 November 2019

Brisbane's free outdoor fitness series, the Medibank Feel Good Program, returns for series two from 30 September - 30 November 2019 with classes taking place in South Bank Parklands and Brisbane City. Check out their timetables and plan your workout now.

Sunset Cinema Brisbane | Until 16 November 2019

Relax with a picnic in the afternoon sun, then snuggle up for a movie under the stars... For those that love the full cinema experience - there's bottomless popcorn at every screening! Sunset Cinema is at Mt Coot-tha Gardens until November 16. Featuring foot-stomping blockbusters, family favourites and VHS classics under the stars.

New Woman | Until 15 March 2020

Fiercely independent, adventurous and often overlooked, Brisbane’s female artists have employed passion and determination to ensure art in Brisbane finds its voice. New Woman traces vast changes in ideas of gender, artistic styles, subject matter and ways of seeing the world through sculpture, painting and photography.

High Rotation at Museum of Brisbane | Until 19 April 2020

High Rotation dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians, labels and producers, venues and fans. Featuring highlights over the past 30 years, High Rotation will reveal a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene onto national and international stages.

Knockoff | Every Friday

Fridays just got funny at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you’ve been a fan of our comedy on Sundays, we encourage you to knock off early for a chance to start your weekend with a good laugh and a cold beer. A variety of local and Australian comedians will be bringing you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations on these Friday evenings.

City Sounds | Various gigs weekly

City Sounds is Australia's largest free live music program, presenting local and touring bands and artists throughout Brisbane.

Want more?

Discover what's on this November in Brisbane