Discover what's on this May 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.

May

Stargazing Live - Guinness World Record Attempt | 23 May

Join hosts Dr Karl and Jimmy Giggle at Roma Street Parkland for an evening of fun and excitement, as we try to set a new Guinness World Record for stargazing. Pack a picnic and your telescope, purchase treats from the onsite food trucks, and participate in fun and informative stargazing activities. Note: every participant must have binoculars or a telescope.

Rom Coms & Nom Noms in Brisbane City | Until 23 May 

Throughout May, Post Office Square will come alive on Wednesday nights hosting a line-up of popular mid-week romantic comedies and a pop-up bar by Isles Lane. Check out the schedule, but we can confirm 10 Things I Hate About You, He’s Just Not That Into You, Home Again and Crazy Stupid Love will be showing. 

Goodwill Bridge Swing | 25 & 26 May

Raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia while swinging over the heart of the city from the Goodwill Bridge. 

Queensland Ballet’s Double Bill: Carmen & The Firebird | 25 May – 3 June 

Two stories, one night. The Queensland Ballet will be performing Carmen and The Firebird is this fiery double bill choreographed by two of ballet’s best.

Gigs & Picnics in Brisbane City | Until 26 May

Grab a blanket, picnic basket and your mates for an afternoon of Gigs & Picnics in The City. You'll find food trucks and an awesome line-up of musicians providing mellow jazz sounds, modern reggae, dub, gypsy swing and more every Saturday in the City Botanic Gardens. 

We Will Rock You @ Brisbane Art Theatre | 26 May – 11 August

A small band of bohemians struggles to restore free expression of thought, fashion and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Featuring 24 of Queen’s legendary hits, this performance will have you dancing in the aisles.

Welcome to the Whales | 27 May 

Enjoy an evening under the stars as we welcome the first whales of the season to Moreton Bay. Featuring stage entertainment, food trucks, beach fire pits, outdoor movie, sand sculptures, an ecological ocean zone, a science festival and a "whale wishes" ceremony. 

MELT Festival |Until 27 May 

Laugh, cry, gasp and play, MELT is Brisbane’s chance to embrace the last of the heat and celebrate Brisbane’s vibrant LGBTQI+ community.

Anywhere Theatre Festival | Until 27 May

The nooks and crannies of Brisbane will explode with over 500 performances in places you least expect it. Theatre in car parks, comedy in laneways, opera in reservoirs, dance in stairwells and quirky workshops exploring arts and craft from cooking to jewellery.

June

Quandamooka Festival | June - August

Cultural traditions stemming from tens of thousands of years of living history are on show at this three-month festival jam-packed with events.

Madman Anime Festival | 2 & 3 June 

Cosplay

Head along to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to celebrate all things anime and Japanese culture. The festival features international guests and exhibitors, cosplay, live performances, screenings, pop-up shops and exclusive anime events.

Niall Horan Flicker World Tour | 3 June 

One fifth of One Direction will be bringing his fine voice and looks down under to put on a huge show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. 

Sweet as – Brisbane Dessert Festival | 3 June

Prepare your sweet tooth as the sweetest festival rolls into town. Sweet as – Brisbane Dessert Festival will be bringing a full day of tasty treats to Musgrave Park in West End. So satisfy those cravings with brownies, cheese, chocolate, cupcakes, doughnuts, gelato, ice-cream, macarons, meringues, sorbets, waffles and a whole lot more – vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options available. 

Disney Aladdin | Until 3 June

With breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 300 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast – catch the magic of Disney’s Aladdin on stage when it arrives at the Lyric Theatre in February. The musical production includes all your favourite Disney songs and some additional new music.

4MBS Festival of Classics | Until 3 June 

Australia's largest classical music festival is in its 25th year and has no plans of slowing down. Join orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists from South East Queensland as they perform concerts across the city centred around this year's theme – The British Connection.

Qantas Wallabies v Ireland | 9 June 

It's never too cold to enjoy a game of union. Start off the winter month right and cheer on the Qantas Wallabies as they go up against Ireland at Suncorp Stadium.

Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival | Until 9 June

BRC

Have your form guide ready, don your best frock and fascinator or suit up for one of seven Group One races, including the iconic UBET Stradbroke Day.

Briz Chilli Fest | 10 June

Things will certainly be heating up at this year’s Chilli Fest, with over 27 stalls featuring all things chilli and delicious. Not a fan of having your throat on fire? There’ll be food for the non-chilli lovers too as well as kids' activities including donkey rides, jumping castles and more. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time | 12 – 24 June

Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel and winner of five Tony awards is brought to life on the QPAC stage, when 15-year-old Christopher Boone is accused of killing his neighbour’s dog and his detective work takes him on a journey that upturns his world. 

OperaQ’s The Merry Widow | 22 – 30 June

Graeme Murphy directs a fresh take on Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, starring two of Australia’s most charistmatic opera performers David Hobson and Natalie Christie Peluso. Setting this classic operetta amid the Art Deco glamour of Paris gives new life to the traditional love story between Hanna and her playboy ex-lover Danilo. 

West End Film Festival | 23 & 24 June

Celebrate the community, culture and diversity that is uniquely West End at the West End Film Festival. Attend a variety of events over the weekend including music video screenings, Q&A with film director Joe Brumm, awards and much more in this packed program. 

QPAC’s Out of the Box | 26 June - 1 July 

Get your little ones creative and take them along to Out of the Box. Kids eight and under can enjoy eight days of cultural activities that celebrate and support learning, play, curiosity and discovery. 

OperaQ’s Opera Romance | 28 June

Celebrate the careers of Antoinette Halloran and Rosario La Spina as they share backstage stories and perform their favourite opera arias and duets. Antoinette and Rosario will be joined by members of the Open Stage Community Chorus for this one-evening-only performance.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week | 30 June – 8 July

Taste food and wine from the Scenic Rim at this festival of farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners, pop-up cafes and other free or low-cost activities. Connect with your farmers and learn about where food comes from. Star event, the Winter Harvest Festival, will be held on 7 July.

Recurring events and exhibitions

Seadeck | Until 1 July

Seadeck

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

Queensland Reds | Until 14 July 

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.

Queensland Firebirds | Until 4 August 

Following previous wins in past years, more games will be taken to the 10,000 capacity Brisbane Entertainment Centre – allowing more supporters than ever before to experience the thrill.

Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection | Until 5 August

Globally renowned for her adventurous use of sculpture, installation, video and sound to create imaginative hybrid creatures, Piccinini is bringing her recognisable collection from the past 10 years and showing it exclusively at GOMA.

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives | Until 26 August

Featuring more than 200 artefacts from the world-famous Egyptian collections of the British Museum, this exhibition help at the Queensland Museum will let you gain insight into the life and death of six individuals who lived in Egypt from 1800 to 3000 years ago.

NRL Broncos | Until 2 September 

Brisbane Broncos

The Broncos' 2018 season is seeing 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 at its home games. 

Brisbane Lions | Until 29 September

Get your mates together and storm the Gabba. You’re guaranteed to see spectacular marks, impossible goals and amazing action all around you!

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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