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

Discover what's on this 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 are happening in winter below.

Oktoberfest Brisbane | 11 - 13 & 18 - 20 October

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

Swan Lake | 11 October

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia and New Zealand with the most loved classical ballet of them all. Swan Lake crosses the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal.

Brisbane Open House | 12 & 13 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.

INAS Global Games | 12 - 19 October

The INAS Global Games are the world’s biggest sports event for athletes with an intellectual impairment, and the 2019 games is set to be the biggest week yet. More than 1000 athletes are expected to travel to Brisbane to compete in what is an important build up to the 2020 Paralympic Games.

Sea to the City | 13 October

Get ready for round two! Brisbane’s Bug and Oyster Trail, Sea to the City is back for its second year. The alfresco food trail celebrates fresh seafood against the spectacular backdrop of the Brisbane River. Expect an afternoon filled with mouth watering treats, wine, river views, and live music.

La Boite Theatre: Open Homes | 25 October - 10 November

Personal stories from Brisbane’s neighbourhoods — this is theatre in a stranger’s living room. Join this unique theatre experience as the doors of local homes are flung open over three weekends. The residents invite us into their private spaces to enchant us with personal stories, histories and anecdotes. 

John Waters: Make Trouble | 16 October

The one and only John Waters returns to Australia with his world acclaimed one-man show, filled with “comic anarchy” – the unique brand of outrageous insights and urbane wit that once earned the cult filmmaker and pop culture icon the moniker, "The Pope of Trash".

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.

The Music of James Bond | 18 October

Celebrate the timeless hits with The Music of James Bond in full live symphonic sound. Conducted by Mr 007 himself, Guy Noble, and sung with soulful power by Australia’s finest songstress, the multi award-winning Kate Ceberano and musical theatre extraordinaire, Michael Falzon. Grab a martini and prepare to be shaken, and yes, possibly stirred.

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.

Ongoing + reoccurring events and exhibitions

Muriel's Wedding the Musical | 19 September - 26 October

Experience one of the most loved Australian films of all time in this big, brash and very cheeky new musical.

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.

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