Discover what's on this September 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.
Warm up your winter with tasty street food, roaring fires, deliciously spiced mulled wine at Brisbane Markets every Friday. It will be a family wonderland every week, with kids inflatable world, family entertainment, dance parties and winter-themed activities.
This comedy that asks if good intentions are the ultimate crime of the middle class. Razor-sharp and whip-smart, this edgy new comedy marks the directorial debut of one Australia’s most accomplished storytellers, Joanna Murray-Smith.
Head along to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to see a combination of excellent locally made rigs with brilliant products from overseas, plus all the gear you need for them, including electronics, safety equipment, fishing gear and more.
Join the month-long celebration of Moreton Bay Region's fresh produce from Bay and Farm to plate. Dice, slice, shuck and spice with culinary experts from around the region. Learn their secrets to creating scrumptious dishes to 'wow' your next dinner party guests.
Run/slowly die as you cross three of Brisbane’s most iconic bridges in this 10km fun run. Getting up bright and early on a Sunday morning may be a struggle but the sunrise and necessary café breakfast after makes it all worth it.
Experience the most famous love story of all time. After a sell-out season in 2014, Queensland Ballet is back with Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic rendition of the bard’s famous tale of star crossed lovers.
Be fashion forward and see what trends are taking the runway by storm at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival. Come and support Brisbane's local incredible design talent and retailers. Lights, camera, action.
Bathe yourself in the light and colour vibrations at the latest creative project installed amongst Brisbane’s oldest working laneway on the last Friday of August (30) from 4pm til late. Watch the local street artists in action surrounded by local beats. Then grab something to eat or drink in one of Burnett Lane’s many bars.
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.
Peabody Award-winning, Grammy and Emmy-nominated actor, comedian, voice artist, screenwriter, producer, singer and musician, Fred Armisen is coming to Australia this August and bringing his colourful personality with him!
Get yourself along to Australian music showcase BIGSOUND Live and join industry decision-makers watching a wide variety of up-and-coming artists over two nights. One wristband gets you access to all 15+ venues to discover the future of music.
Over six days the Brisbane Writers Festival presents more than 150 events with 200 writers, attracting more than 20,000 literary lovers to the State Library of Queensland and QAGOMA each September. In its 57th year BWF will continue to explore big ideas and showcase some of the world’s most influential thinkers.
Head to Chinatown Mall for an evening of cultural performances, family-friendly activities and roving entertainment.
Redlands Coasts most iconic event - RedFest Strawberry Festival provides a vibrant mix of music, arts and cultural displays, sideshow alley with an abundance of national and international entertainment. For more than 60 years locals and visitors have gathered together to celebrate the juicy, red, sweet and tasty strawberry.
Don’t miss this gripping, darkly funny drama about a spiritual force and a family’s need to connect with it. In his debut at La Boite, Isaac Drandic directs this incredible new Australian work with a stellar Indigenous cast.
Meet Edna: She’s 14, chronically awkward,and everyone thinks she’s a serial liar. But none of this will matter when her REAL life starts. With Harry. There’s just one problem. This world premiere by Yve Blake is stacked with insanely catchy numbers that will take you straight back to your first crush.
With more than 50 stalls, the Scandinavian Festival is sure to draw a crowd with Vikings, Folk dancers and much more. Bring the whole family down for a super fun afternoon filled with your favourite Scandinavian food, drinks, games & entertainment.
Brisbane Festival will once again transform the city over three dazzling weeks in September. With its thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus and opera, it will all come to a close with a bang during the renowned spectacle that is Sunsuper Riverfire on the final night.
Huge spheres of leaping flames, sculptures that flicker and dance, fiery urns that cause shadows to play, and a soundtrack every bit as brilliant as the garden itself – making your way through this wondrous and maze-like garden will inspire awe and reverence in equal measure.
With his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson will exercise his razor-sharp wit in sharing his globe-trotting travel experiences, his forays into science and his latest endeavour—the human body, live on stage.
Brisbane’s very own festival dedicated to all things sweet is back for it's second edition. There will be brownies, cheese, chocolate, coffee, cupcakes, doughnuts, gelatos, ice-creams, macarons, marsh mallows, meringues, popsicles, sorbets, waffles and lots more from an awesome line-up of Queensland's best dessert makers. There will be options for most special dietary requirements including lactose free, gluten free, nut free & vegan desserts.
Australia’s most successful heavy music exports The Amity Affliction will have their Brisbane fans revelling as they bring ‘Heaven and Hell’ to Riverstage for the venue’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Joined by Underøath, Crossfaith, Pagan, South East Desert Metal, Void of Visions, Endless Heights, and Thornhill (with more to be announced soon), this will be one of The Amity Affliction’s biggest shows yet – and just for Brisbane.
New Woman | 13 September 2019 - 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.
Experience one of the most loved Australian films of all time in this big, brash and very cheeky new musical.
Beer, cider, music, ping pong – name a better day out and about in sunny Brisbane? Soak in the good vibes and good ales at this popular mini festival at the showgrounds.
Spend an intimate evening of songs, stories and laughter with the incomparable John Barrowman. From West End leading man to time-travelling hero, John is the epitome of entertainment.
Pop culture comes alive at Oz Comic Con each year, held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
After the highly acclaimed sold-out shows in 2018, Japanese-Brazilian Bossa Nova queen, Lisa Ono, is bringing her warm smile and beautiful music back to Brisbane again in 2019.
Global popstar and LGBTQI icon, Troye Sivan, is making his long-awaited homecoming tour this September, playing headline shows in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in support of his sophomore album, 'Bloom'.
Exclusive to Brisbane Festival, City and Colour performs his only Australian show to close out both Brisbane Festival 2019 at the Riverstage on Saturday, 28 September. Joined by acclaimed Australian act The Jezabels and rising star Asha Jefferies, with more special guests to be announced, the event rounds out the Riverstage’s 30 birthday celebrations and coincides with the dazzling fireworks display that is Sunsuper Riverfire.
Late September every year Brisbane ignites with a fierce firepower greater than anything else. It’s Riverfire night. Brisbane’s night of nights. Find a prime location, book a riverside restaurant, claim a spot at South Bank and get set to watch the sky light up.
Recurring events and exhibitions
Devon warms up for truffle season, where Zacharay Tan introduces a new truffle menu to run across all venues. There are limited edition dishes popping up throughout the month including truffle hotcakes with whipped cream cheese, maple and fresh truffle; Devon x La Boqueria truffle eggs served with potato pave, asparagus, pancetta, truffle hollandaise, eggs and La Hoguera Duroc Jamon Serrano.
Quandamooka Festival, held over three winter months, returns in 2019 to coastal region of East Brisbane with up to 55 events including whale watching cultural tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, music, eco boat tours, art exhibitions, fibre art and weaving workshops, bush tucker dining, arts and cultural talks by specialists and new events featuring international acts and First Nations dancers and performances - something to suit all ages!
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.
In celebration of Sculptors Queensland’s 50th anniversary, take a self-guided tour of a selection of spectacular outdoor sculptures set upon the grounds of the picturesque Sirromet property.
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.
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.
Quilty | Until 13 October 2019
‘Quilty’ is the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty. The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
‘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. A charismatic character who exerted a lasting impact on many artists as a mentor and friend over several decades was also a muse for artists from William Dobell to Jeffrey Smart. The exhibition will profile a life that was immersed in art – her own and that of those she supported.
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 is Australia's largest free live music program, presenting local and touring bands and artists throughout Brisbane.