Discover what's on this June and July 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. In fact, with so many food festivals happening in July, we’re renaming July “food month” in Brisbane.

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.

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. 

Skating At Festival | 22 June - 15 July

King George Square is being transformed into a winter wonderland with Brisbane’s Skating At pop-up ice-skating rink. Beyond the open-air ice rink, expect magical lighting, music, rides including ice slides, Kanga skating aids and delicious food and drink.

Brisbane Yoga Day Festival | 24 June

It's the United Nations International Yoga Day and you've got a personal invitation to attend! Expect enjoyable flowing yoga asanas, cooking demonstrations, yoga wisdom, live yoga music bands, yoga games, meditation booths, exciting kid’s games and activities, a great selection of food stalls and much more.

Flavours of Portside | 24 June

With pop-up food stalls, a cocktail garden, live entertainment and free kids zone, Portside Wharf will transform into a foodie and fashion market hub on Sunday 24 June. 

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 

Out of the Box Dance

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.

Brisbane BBQ Festival | 30 June - 1 July

The grills will be lit for two full days with more barbecue than you can poke your tongs at. Expect barbecue stalls, bars, barbecue markets, live music, entertainment, and, of course, the Brisbane BBQ Championships.

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.

Snow4Kids Festival | 30 June - 15 July

Snow4Kids Festival is back these winter school holidays – bringing the snow ball fights to Brisbane. This winter wonderland is a place to create long-lasting family memories while building snowmen, throwing snowballs, playing in the snow and sliding down the majestic toboggan hill.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 | 30 June - 22 July

The world’s most compelling, controversial and intimate moments – as captured by award-winning photojournalists from around the globe – will be on show at the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018. Each year this incredible exhibition travels to the city showing incredible and unbelievable moments from the past year.

Wynnum Central Beach Volleyball | 30 June - 12 August

The Wynnum Wading pool is turning into a beach volleyball court again this winter. Using the courts is free, and you can even compete alongside elite beach volleyball players at Brisbane’s newest sporting arena. 

July

Five-course truffle degustation at OTTO Ristorante | 4 July

To celebrate the arrival of truffle season and experience them in all their glory, OTTO Ristorante is hosting a five-course truffle degustation with matched wines – and yes, this includes the truffle gelato with hazelnut praline and fresh truffle.

Le Festival - Brisbane French Festival | 6-8 July

Explore French culture in the heart of Brisbane – pop on that beret and striped tee, eat French food (hello croissants, crepes, snails and cheese!) taste wines from Bordeaux and listen to French music in the winter sunshine.

Hot Dub Time Machine | 6 July

The world’s one and only time-travelling DJ Hot Dub Time Machine lands in Brisbane for one night only at the city’s historic Tivoli Theatre.

Winter Harvest Festival | 7 July

The signature event of Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Week, Winter Harvest Festival is an excellent day out for families and food lovers in the countryside. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce.

Ice Hockey Classic 2018 | 7 July

Famous rivals Team USA and Team Canada return for the Ice Hockey Classic with current ice hockey stars, illustrious veterans and promising emerging talents showcasing the toughness, speed and skill of international ice hockey.

Teneriffe Festival | 7 July

Celebrate the past, present and future of Teneriffe with live music, history and a whole lot of food and bevs at this street carnival.

Wine Playground | 7 July

The first ever Wine Playground is popping up at Happy Boy. Twelve of Australia's freshest and most progressive winemakers are heading to Brisneyland for one afternoon only.

Good Food Month Brisbane | 12 July - 5 August

Brisbane’s favourite foodie month returns with signature and special events popping up at venues and restaurants all over town. From the Young Chefs Lunch to the Night Noodle Markets, Brisbane won’t be going hungry in July.

James Turrell Lights Up GOMA | 13 July

A newly commissioned architectural light installation will dramatically illuminate GOMA’s eastern and southern facades from within. Be there on Friday 13 July to watch it light up for the first time – there will be food and drink available for purchase.

Abbey Medieval Festival | 14-16 July

The 29th Abbey Medieval Festival promises to be bigger, better and more engaging than ever. Connect with the Middle Ages through reenactors, musicians and street performers, plus banquets, tournaments, jousting on horses, archery dancing, crafts and more.

Grease: The Arena Experience | 14 July

It takes over 700 performers to bring this spectacular to life. Australia’s Christine Anu will don the wings as Teen Angel, with the Footy Show’s legendary larrikin Beau Ryan, DJ Vince Fontaine as well as an all-star case of Australia theatre stars joining her. Expect all the favourite hits.

Colombian Street Festival | 14 July

Celebrate Colombian Independence Day with Brisbane’s 5th annual traditional street party. Expect exotic food, drinks, art, dance, live bands, DJs and more over 12 hours of fun.

Midwinter Market | 14 July

Brisbane’s best artisans and makers are gathering again at Vieille Branche for a mid-winter market. Pick up new threads, handmade leather goods, ceramics, locally made makeup, jewellery and more. 

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical | 14 July - 30 August

Beautiful tells the inspirational true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to global superstar. Featuring hit songs from one of the great songwriting eras, including Natural Woman, I Feel The Earth Move, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, You’ve Got A Friend, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, and Locomotion.

Kimbra | 16 July

New Zealand songstress Kimbra is back on tour, dropping into The Triffid in support of her critically acclaimed new album “Primal Heart”.

An Evening with Michael Leunig | 18 July

What makes us human? What should we make of the current direction of Australian society? Join Michael Leunig for an immersion of art, spirituality and justice.  

Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint | 20-22 July

Round up your mates or family for a weekend packed with non-stop thrills. Enjoy three days of pure motorsport action with high-speed racing and stellar support categories to get your heart pumping. 

Regional Flavours presented by The Courier Mail | 21-22 July 2018

Experience Queensland on a plate at South Bank's free food and wine festival. Taste the best produce from Queensland farmers and gourmet food stalls, plus meet celebrity chefs and enjoy demonstrations.

Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run | 22 July

Whether you're a seasoned runner or taking the step into your first ever fun run, the 32nd Jetty 2 Jetty has a race category to suit. Join the half marathon (21km), 10km, 5km or 3km at Queensland's most scenic fun run. 

Tengdahl presents Secret Garden | 22 July

Sit down to this collaboration of food, wine and fashion with designer Julie Tengdahl and chef Damon Amos. Detour's sommelier will guide you through the pairing of wine & food while you enjoy the exclusive salon parade of Tengdahl's Spring '18 collection.

Brisbane Times Night Noodle Markets | 25 July - 5 August 2018

Grab your chopsticks and explore this street food market of Asian hawker-style stalls open at night. For around two weeks, the Night Noodle Markets turn South Bank into an after-dark playground of all Asian cuisines and specialty street food.

Storyology | 27-28 July

The Walkley Foundation's journalism festival takes you behind the true stories that shape our world. This year, panels featuring some of Australia's best journalists (hailing from the Guardian to BuzzFeed) will delve into the headlines to explore what great journalism looks like, how it’s made, and the ways in which it impacts our lives. 

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.

We Will Rock You @ Brisbane Art Theatre | Until 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.

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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