Discover what's on this September & October 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 spring has sprung below.


Potted Potter @ QPAC | 2 - 7 October

Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favourite characters, a special appearance from the fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwart’s magic!

The Gizmo @ Brisbane Powerhouse | 4 - 7 October

Adapted from the book by Paul Jennings, The Gizmo will have families laughing out loud at the Brisbane Powerhouse these school holidays. From 4 - 7 October, join the crazy misadventures of Stephen, Mouse and the wondrous Gizmo

Shop Brisbane City | 5 October

Enjoy Brisbane’s biggest shopping mecca under the stars, with twinkling lights, extravagant installations and whimsical entertainment from day to night. Save the date and brace yourselves for hundreds of retailer offers, the latest fashion brought to you by Treasury Brisbane, and opulent experiences throughout the city. 

Crims, Cameras, Clues and Collections @ The Workshops Rail Museum | Until 5 October

Get creative with detective, photography and 1920s themed activities which celebrate the exhibition, Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties.

Oktoberfest Brisbane | 5 - 7 & 12 - 14 October 

Don your dirndl and lederhosen and get to the Brisbane Showgrounds to take part in Oktoberfest. Indulge in tradition and try bratwurst, pork knuckles (Schweinshaxe), and Black Forest cake (Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte) with a side of German-brewed beer.

Lights of Paddington Fashion Night | Saturday 6 October

Paddington’s Given Terrace will light up with fun, fashion and glamour in a spectacular runway fashion show featuring the who’s who of local fashion identities. You'll be treated like a VIP on the red carpet, with gorgeous sparkling wine, delicious canapés, plus lucky door prizes.

Alibi Pop Up @ Salon De Co | Saturday 6 October

Sydney cocktail bar and plant-based restaurant Alibi is hosting a pop up at Salon De Co with US celebrity chef, restaurateur and global pioneer of plant-based cuisine Matthew Kenney. This one off dining experience will include a 5-course menu at the 6pm sitting and a 7-course menu at 8:30pm, matched with paired wines.

Sea to the City - Brisbane's Bug & Oyster Trail | 7 October

The one-day event will be held along City Reach from Eagle Street Pier through to Customs House. Running from 11am to 6pm, expect an afternoon filled with bugs and oysters galore plus other tasty treats, wine, river views, and live music. Specially curated menus have been designed by 15 restaurants, all showcasing fresh seafood items.

Constellation Cup - Australia vs New Zealand | 7 October

Following on from the Quad Series, the team will now shift its focus to the Constellation Cup, in which it will first face New Zealand at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

MOSAIC Festival | 7 October

Expect the best in world music and dance across two main stages, international cuisine from all four corners, handmade arts and crafts gifts bazaar, cultural kitchen, cultural enterprise stalls, youth and children's activities, drumming circle, pop up library, animal farm and roving entertainment.

Brisbane International Film Festival | 11 - 22 October

Across 11 days, BIFF 2018 celebrates contemporary international and Australian screen culture with new release features and documentaries, shorts programs and retrospectives, alongside screenings with live music, conversations, panel discussions and more.

The Hidden Lanes Festival | 13 October

The Hidden Lanes Festival is a day-long celebration combining music, food, fashion, art and heritage in Fortitude Valley. Expect fashion parades from 7 local designers, art and photography exhibitions, a heritage trail and masterclasses hosted by 'The Lanes' very own tenants as well as an epic music lineup featuring Asha Jefferies, Shag Rock, Jeremy Neale, Seaside and much more.

Brisbane Open House | 13 & 14 October 

Throwing open the doors of Brisbane’s most interesting spaces in October, visitors will be invited to go behind the scenes in design studios, places of worship, heritage spaces, medical labs and emergency facilities. 

Festitalia 2018 | 14 October

Celebrate all things Italian at this years Festitalia! The program includes an epic lineup of Italian performers and over 30 flavour-makers serving all the pizza, pasta and gelato your stomach can handle. 

OperaQ’s Don Giovanni | 19 October – 3 November 

Rising international star Duncan Rock makes his Australian debut in Don Giovanni. One of Mozart’s best works for a reason, witness the compelling tale of an iconic antihero’s final days of pleasure as he roars towards his ultimate destruction, wreaking havoc in the lives of everyone he encounters. 

2018/19 Hyundai A-League Season | Starts 21 October

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!

Sugar Republic @ Valley Metro | Until 21 October

Sugar Republic is a new interactive Insta-museum celebrating confectionery, desserts and chocolate through 12 sensory spaces. Visitors are offered edible treats as they explore the design-led space, specially created for the event by local food artisans and iconic brands.

Seadeck | Until 21 October


Seadeck returns to the river city this month so get prepared to soak up the sun while enjoying scenic city views, food and entertainment. 

Recurring events and exhibitions

Priscilla Queen of the Desert | Until 4 November

Join the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime.

Tanquerary Terrace @ Customs House | Until late November

The pop-up bar will showcase four Tanqueray Gins, mixed with a range of premium Fever Tree Tonics and a citrus pairing for a match made in gin heaven. Not to mention the menu has been designed to compliment the Tanqueray gins with key stand out dishes including the fried pumpkin flowers with goats cheese, sun-dried tomato and thyme with a preserved lemon dressing, smoked trout and sweetcorn fritters and the Moreton Bay bug milk bun with gem lettuce and cocktail sauce.

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.

100% Brisbane | Until 2019

This landmark exhibition also invites you to have your say and contribute to this incredible self-portrait of the city. 100% Brisbane will not only change the way you think about museums, it will change the way you think about Brisbane.

City Sounds | Various gigs weekly

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

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