Discover what's on this April 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 autumn below.
Curiocity | 15 March - 3 April
From the South Bank Cultural Precinct to the creative hub centred around the Powerhouse in New Farm - connected by our river - Brisbane is coming to life with a myriad of curious encounters with science, the arts and technology. The city is being transformed. Day and night. Inside and out. A fully-immersive, sensory experience for everyone’s inquisitive nature. Touch, see, hear, taste, learn, play and wonder.
Once again this festival will bring some of the world’s greatest thought leaders to the city, showcase local scientists and performers from around the Asia-Pacific region and host the brightest and best in the field.
The iconic Peters Ice Cream Factory site will once again host Brisbane Ice Cream Festival on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March, with 17 ice cream stalls to have your heart melting. Up Late and Chef’s Playground will be the first side events of their kind, with Up Late offering a night of creamy, boozy fun for all big kids, and Chef’s Playground bringing four renowned Brisbane chefs together to create a special feast. Tickets go on sale on March 1!
The world’s best track cyclists will descend on Brisbane for the six day international series final from, combining elite track cycling with an energetic party atmosphere!
Watch Australia’s track stars in the annual battle of the boards at the championships.
Grab a blanket, picnic basket and bring a group to enjoy an afternoon of Gigs & Picnics in the City. You’ll find food trucks and live music at this free event in City Botanic Gardens, on the last Saturday of the month.
The Village Markets will be lining the leafy street of Logan Road with 80+ boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art and design, as well as pre-loved Rack Sales, street eats, entertainment and live tunes!
QODE | 1 April – 3 April
Meet the brightest minds in technology and innovation at QODE, a brand new event for Brisbane, part of the “Curiocity” event running in March and April 2019. QODE will together leaders and thinkers representing businesses, high technology, academia and governments from across the globe to analyse the opportunities and challenges presented by technology transformation and the frameworks needed for global scale-up.
More than 300 of the world’s best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films are shown during the week-long event. A selection of award winners and audience favourites then tours the globe, visiting 390 communities and 35 countries as part of the festival’s official world tour.
Brisbane will host the Track National Championships in Brisbane at the Anna Meares Velodrome until 2021 firmly establishing Brisbane as the home of track cycling. The Track National Championships are the biggest domestic track event in the country, where national champions are crowned. Take a ride to the Anna Meares Velodrome to see some of the nation’s best riders in action and take part in Brisbane’s celebration of cycling.
Watch your favourite squad of anti-heroes on the intergalactic quest of a lifetime at Big Screen On The Green, the biggest screen in the Southern Hemisphere!
Multi-platinum selling and five-time ARIA Award winning singer and songwriter Katie Noonan returns to RPAC with her ARIA Award winning jazz trio Elixir featuring Zac Hurren – for a magical evening of music and poetry.
Stephen Cummings is one of Australia's most revered rock 'n' roll icons. Rising to fame as front man of ‘70s legends The Sports, he has spent more than 40 years at the forefront of the local music scene, forging a reputation both as one of Australian rock's greatest lyrical storytellers.
Listen and taste the new food and wine trends from Aria's award winning head sommeliers and chefs. Indulge in an relaxed evening including 2 glasses of wine and 5 tastes from Aria's emerging menu. After winning Australian Wine List of the Year in July, relax in a casual setting in the Aria Bar and learn more about flavour profiles and combinations.
Choo-choo, all aboard! Get ready to ride the Xpress Fun Train during the school holidays at South Bank. The trackless train will wind its way from one end of the Parklands to the other, a perfect family adventure!
For those of you craving that summer sun and fun outdoor activities, get excited because Waterworld Central, Australia's first mobile water park, is returning to Sandstone Point Hotel! Come splash with us these Easter School Holidays!
The Sound Society delivers a free live music program that will mellow your soul and leave you relaxed as you embrace chilled tunes in the lush green surrounds of Roma Street Parkland.
The Queensland Autospectacular, the largest combined Auto Show and Swap Meet in Queensland, offers affordable family friendly activities including: display cars and bikes, a huge swap meet, quarter mile Test 'n' Tune drags, Australian Rocker Cover racing Championship, car sales corral, trade sites and more.<.p>
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are globally known for their amazing feats on the basketball court, incredible humour, generous acts of goodwill and providing endless entertainment for their adoring fans, and this tour is no different!
Internationally renowned, award-winning musician, comedian, actor, writer and composer, Tim Minchin, will return to the Australian stage with his first national tour since 2012. The show will see a set list of material from all corners of Minchin’s eclectic – and often iconoclastic – repertoire.
Join the narrator Dr Coppelius and young lovers Swanilda and Franz, as they sneak into the magician’s mysterious workshop and discover the secrets of his mechanical dolls. Running for under an hour, children are fully immersed in the story and help make the magic happen on stage!
Kids Collective is a free program held from 9am to 1pm, Thursday to Saturday, during school holidays in Roma Street Parkland. Activities are suitable for kids aged 5 to 12 years old at all skill levels. Bookings are not required and classes are re-set at regular intervals, so you can come and go as you please.
Dahl’s much-loved favourite leaps off the page (and all over the stage) in a spectacular new production from the team behind the award winning, sold out national tours of George’s Marvellous Medicine and Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts. Experience this world-premiere stage adaptation from the wacky mind of the world’s No. 1 Storyteller.
The Youth Arena is the perfect place to connect with other locals and try something new. Get ready to celebrate at their Tropical Block Party! This inclusive event will bring together the youth of the city with an exciting line up of fun and engaging activities you won’t want to miss!
In operation since 2000, the Ipswich Art Awards have developed into a premier annual event attracting entries and interest both locally and across Australia. The exhibition will run throughout the Ipswich Festival from Friday 12 April to Sunday 14 April and be open to the public from 10am to 4pm daily - the exhibition is free to attend.
The Tour de Brisbane is set to showcase Brisbane as an international cycling destination to anyone on a bike, from elite riders, to weekend warriors, to families and kids. Their purpose is to raise funds for the Ride for a Metre Matters campaign to promote safe cycling in the city through our partnership with the Amy Gillett Foundation.
The world’s best track cyclists will descend upon Brisbane in April 2019 when the internationally-renowned Six Day Series comes to Australia. A combination of bikes, beats and beers, the Six Day Series takes a traditional form of cycling and mixes it with an exciting party atmosphere to form the ultimate sporting event.
Unconventional, romantic and direct. With the recent drop of their fresh new single ‘ The Others’ The Jezabels’ return can’t be denied.
A vibrant array of roving entertainers, giant lanterns, magical floats, marching bands and lively characters will take to the streets in the annual Festival Parade of Light themed “Our Backyard”.
Spice up your weekend and enjoy an impressive line-up of talented musicians of contemporary folk songs by local singer-songwriter Brooke Austin and feel-good pop tunes of Wild Eyed Wonder. Get your toes tapping and faces smiling with sinfully catchy hooks and folksy nods of Lighthearts.
Direct from concerts in Sydney and Melbourne, the world-class proudly returns with the work that became their namesake: Kilar’s Orawa. From classic Haydn to heart-wrenching Mendelssohn, Czech dances to Polish folk tunes, feed your soul on the joys, sorrows and exuberance of this music, brought to you with the trademark intensity of Brisbane’s Orava Quartet.
The Plant Sale Spectacular is a two day plant sale like no other with an abundance of specialist plant growers set up under the one massive roof. Load up on plant varieties including bromeliads, succulents, orchids and tropical plants.
Brisbane City Council is hosting Songkran Thai New Year in Chinatown Mall on Saturday 13 April. Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival on the Buddhist calendar and marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The festival will feature a range of activities and events to celebrate cultural diversity and showcase the cultures of Thailand and South East Asia.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Herb Armstrong brings to the stage a magnificent deep voice and a lively personality as he performs the music of his grandfather, the late great Louis Armstrong. Come in and warm up with his soulful sounds. This is a man with a heart and soul who can rock any crowd with his deep voice and larger than life presence.
Learn from a NASA astronaut, NASA leaders and expert scientists to launch your ideas into space! In teams, take on the role of research scientists and design a science experiment to be conducted in space. The overall winning team’s experiment, as judged by the NASA panel, will be launched to the International Space Station and conducted by astronauts on board!
Join them for a beautiful swim in the protected bay, followed by a fast ride over the Ted Smout Bridge and a flat foreshore run. In 2019 Moreton Bay Triathlon will again be offering Olympic, Sprint, Enticer and Kids distances!
We're all losers in some form and at some point. We’ll all hit our rock bottom. Are you prepared? Get ready losers, join the award-winning comedian Urzila Carlson as she tackles our failures. What’s the worst that can happen?
From award-winning author Andy Griffiths comes the world premiere of The Day My Bum Went Psycho, adapted by author Dave Lowe exclusively for Brisbane Arts Theatre. This is the story of a boy, his runaway bum and some of the most dangerous bums in the world! After a sell out season in Brisbane, the bums are heading to Ipswich these school holidays.
Known for their exciting, high-energy and powerful live shows, Nahko And Medicine For The People’s upcoming performances aren't to be missed. They incorporate a variety of sounds that artfully merge rustic acoustic guitars, upbeat energy, tribal flavour and fiery percussion with ponderous lyrics.
Allen Stone's vocals and melodic style show the clear influence of classic soul and R&B of the 1960s and ‘70s, while his lyrics reveal an idealism and passion that recall the folk-inspired singer-songwriters of the same era.
Celtic Illusion is the biggest dance and magical illusion sensation that has been taking Australian and New Zealand audiences by storm. The show for all ages cleverly fuses awe-inspiring contemporary Irish dance with mind-blowing magic and grand illusions.
The North Brisbane Easter Festival (NBEF) is a yearly, free, family-fun festival. Join them for Easter egg hunts, inflatables, food trucks, photo booth, chai tent, graffiti wall, petting zoo, face painting, crafts, live music, games, competitions and more!
Immerse yourself with Illusionist Josh Norbido for an evening of astonishing magic, baffling mind reading and impossible moments. This exclusive show seats just 50 people for an intimate evening at the gorgeous Treasury Brisbane.
Come and support Queensland's Ash Barty as she leads Australia's Fed Cup tennis team in the semi final against Belarus at Pat Rafter Arena on Easter weekend. Experience an exciting sporting atmosphere as you cheer for Australia's best women's tennis players.
The Anzac Day Parade in Brisbane has its 103rd anniversary on 25 April 2019 having been continuously commemorated from the first Anzac Day in 1916. The 2019 Anzac Day Parade Brisbane will be led by the Royal Australian Navy and recognise the contribution of Women in War in Group 2.
Australia's most-popular vocal group, Human Nature, are making a triumphant return home in 2019. They will embark on a dazzling national tour that will form a celebration for their loyal fans on the eve of the group's amazing 30 years of making music together.
Every year, they put the call out to the industry to create something special for GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest. In 2019, almost 120 different brewers and cider makers around Australia and New Zealand have answered that call and created something special just for you. On top of all the crazy beers and ciders, you can expect a range of food trucks, activities and live acts.
Make the most of your visit to Brisbane City or a night out as a Brisbane local and tickle your funny bone aboard the Brisbane Comedy Dinner Cruise. It's 3 hours of comedy, laughter and dancing!
Celebrate one of the biggest movie franchises of all time like never before - projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture!
Kicking off at 7.30am with scenic 1 kilometre, 5 kilometre and 10 kilometre routes around QUT Gardens Point and the Central Business District, this all-inclusive, family friendly event will finish off with food and entertainment at Gardens Point campus with something for everyone. Join the fun if you'd like to compete as a team or individual, get fit, or simply hang out with your friends. All profits will be donated to the charity partner, the QUT Learning Potential Fund.
Recurring events and exhibitions
Moonlight Cinema is Australia’s favourite and largest outdoor cinema. Watch advance screenings, summer blockbusters and cult classics under the stars in one of Brisbane's most iconic inner-city green spaces, Roma Street Parkland, all summer long.
Based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ time-honoured novel, Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Associate and world-renowned choreographer Liam Scarlett breathes life into this sultry tale in a world premiere production. Set amongst the aristocratic elite of late 18th century France, this evocative and vivid work will scintillate audiences.
Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Broadway musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez is coming to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Sink into a beanbag, sip on fine wine, laugh long and loud. Sunset Cinema is at Mt Coot-tha Gardens until April. Featuring foot-stomping blockbusters, family favourites and VHS classics under the stars.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. It is set to be exceptional, with a 54-films line-up, the biggest yet for the Festival.
The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive features 200 garments selected in collaboration with designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson to reveal the artistry, techniques and demi-couture practices that placed the label at the forefront of Australian fashion from 1989 to 2016.
Artworks and artefacts from the Museum of Brisbane and City of Brisbane Collections are paired with buildings by six of Brisbane’s most exciting architectural firms in Micro Histories, an exhibition exploring the relationship between architecture, art, people and place.
Stunning patterns, luxe fabric, unique designs with exquisite detail are all indicative of Australian fashion label Easton Pearson. Brisbane fashion icons Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson have personally selected 200 garments as part of a retrospective for the Museum of Brisbane. Fashionistas don’t miss out on this one.
Cheer on the Brisbane Roar as they go head to head in season 14 of the Hyundai A-League season. Captain Matt McKay and his teammates want you to be the 12th man at Suncorp Stadium and join them to #RoarAsOne!
Zico Albaiquni / When it Shook – The Earth stood Still (After Pirous) 2018 / Image courtesy: The artist and Yavuz Gallery
Having been deprived of GOMA’s contemporary art series for too long, we happily announce that the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) will be available for viewing during spring and summer. Since 1993, the APT series has drawn more than three million visitors and boasts one of the world’s most significant collections of contemporary Asian and pacific art – so don’t miss it.
Birdcage of the Bay is a recreation of the St Helena prison stockade, using plans from the collection of the Queensland State Archives and other historical sources to show the extent of the prison establishment and its myriad of prisoner stories.
Through never-before-seen original photographs, rare and restricted historical papers, and newly commissioned artworks, Plantation Voices repatriates the living history of the unknown names and faces of people tricked or kidnapped into servitude as cheap labour in Queensland’s cane fields.
The Broncos 2019 season will see major rivals return to Suncorp Stadium in head to head clashes. Can they go all the way this year? Show your colours and support your team.
Get your mates together and storm the Gabba. The first games of the season will kick off in March, where you’re guaranteed to see spectacular marks, impossible goals and amazing action all around you!
Show your colours and get to Suncorp Stadium to support the Queensland Reds this season. The boys need all your support behind them as they tackle some tough competition.
Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight at the Queensland Museum, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology.
The Medibank Feel Good Program is a series of free fitness classes held at South Bank Parklands. Bookings are not required, and there’s a range of classes to suit all fitness levels. All classes are held on the Little Stanley Street Lawns, except for Mums and Bubs Pilates which is held at South Bank Piazza and Aqua which is in the Boat Pool.
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.
The S is for Sunday bottomless Chandon brunches is turning Customs House’s signature restaurant Patina into a sophisticated brunch destination! For $50, you can get a four course menu and seasonal delights like a spanner crab omelette, pumpkin waffle with Korean fried chicken and kimchi, and buttermilk pancakes with brûléed banana!
Little Big House’s iconic Queenslander is welcoming you in with open arms to kick back and relax on a Sunday in the most delicious way possible. In collaboration with 4 Pines Beers, there will be four different parmy dishes on offer, expertly matched with four of 4 Pine’s tastiest beers.
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