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

August

Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) | 10 - 19 August

The Ekka

Queensland’s largest annual event is back for its 142nd year with more strawberry sundaes than you can poke a cattle prod at. Held over 10 full days, the Ekka showcases agricultural life and achievements in the Sunshine State. Watch the dog show, see huge cows, view the woodchop, have a beer with the farmers, eat a steak, get your thrills at Sideshow Alley and of course, eat one too many strawberry sundaes.

Lior & Paul Grabowsky | 11 August

The hauntingly beautiful vocals of Lior and the genius of Australia’s most distinguished pianist, Paul Grabowsky, unite for one night only at Brisbane Powerhouse this August. 

Brisbane Science Festival | 11 August 

Head to South Bank for a day of interactive, free, inspiring science. There will be science shows, venomous snake shows, robotics, drones, science challenges and so much more. 

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.

Wynnum Central Beach Volleyball | Ends 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. 

Moreton Bay Fishing Classic 2018 | 12-19 August

The annual fishing competition is back with a prize pool in excess of $50,000. There will be a mid-week dash-for-cash, jetski and boat displays and demonstrations and entertainment all week.

Espresso Martini Festival | 14 August

After selling out last year, the annual Espresso Martini Festival is returning to Fish Lane to shake and stir the caffeinated cocktail scene. Sip your way through a range of espresso martini's with a twist and nibble on a selection of Vietnamese street eats from Hello Please and seafood surprises from Ol' School - did we mention that DJ duo Ben Chiu and Thirsty Paul from A Love Supreme will be filling the night with soul, disco and jazz?

Shannon Noll | 14 August

The former farm boy from Condobolin is taking a close look at his roots, his fame, his love of Australia and his family and at the trials of getting older in his new record.

P!NK Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018 | 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 & 23 August 

Renowned around the world as one of the most dynamic live performers of her generation, Australia’s favourite international pop icon P!NK is bringing us her Beautiful Trauma World Tour.

Smirnoff Mekka Wednesday Races | 15 August

It’s a public holiday, so head to Brisbane's biggest party at the racetrack. Enjoy the races, the festival vibe and some of Australia's most renowned DJs including headlines Shockone and Just a Gent. 

Five Flavours Beer & Cider Festival | 15 August

Looking for festival riverside vibes this Ekka Wednesday public holiday? Settle the age-old debate of beer vs cider at Riverlife, where great brews and great views will combine.

Anjelah Johnson Live | 16 August

US comedian, actress and YouTube sensation Anjelah Johnson is on tour with her stand-up show. The former NFL cheerleader turned actress and comedian became an internet sensation in 2007 with her viral video, Nail Salon.

Hakanaï | 16-18 August

Experience a mesmerising performance weaving digital technology, visual arts and movement. Performed in real time, the energetic show is a conversation between light, music and the body, a delicate dance between human effort and technology.

4ZZZ presents Sonic Masala Fest | 18 August

Support Brisbane’s live and local music scene. Lining up for the fifth straight year, 4ZZZ, Sonic Sherpa and Young Henrys present this mini festival back at Greenslopes Bowls Club (Club Greenslopes). Expect another day of mates, music, bowls, beers, bands and good times. 

Reel Wivenhoe Classic | 18-19 August

Head to Wivenhoe Dam for the inaugural fishing competition at Captain Logan Campgrounds. This family-friendly event has $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.

Courtney Barnett | 22 August

Celebrated as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock, this Australian singer-writer will play her signature songs that flip between political and personal (with face-melting guitars) at The Tivoli this month. 

Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival 2018 | 22-26 August

Experience the next generation of film at Australia’s first film festival dedicated solely to virtual reality technology. The festival will show the world’s best virtual reality short films, music videos, documentaries and creative works.

Brisbane Boat Show | 24 - 26 August

Whether you’re boating and fishing on the inland waterways of Queensland or prefer the open waters off the coast, the Brisbane Boat Show promises everything for this state’s avid boatie, with new vessels, new tackle and loads of technology designed to make your day out even more enjoyable.

Dark Emu by Bangarra Dance Company | 24-31 August

Major new dance work, Dark Emu, arrives from Bangara, a company using compelling contemporary dance, soul-stirring soundscapes and uniquely Australian stories. Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name, Dark Emu explores the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of dance stories directed by Stephen Page.  

Technicolour Multicultural Festival | 25 August

Head along to this free community event in Newmarket to taste various foods, see cultural performances, and have fun at the Family Fun Zone.

Redcliffe KiteFest | 26 & 27 August 

Yes, the colour and fun of Redcliffe Kite Fest is back on the bay this August. Head to Pelican Park in Clontarf for a weekend of family fun, kite flying, music, roving performers and more.

Bridge to Brisbane Day | 26 August 

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. 

Expo Liaison | 26 August 

Presented by Triple J, this event will have you jamming out to a stellar lineup featuring Client Liaison with special guest John Farnham and performances by Alice Ivy / KON (USA) and DJ John Howard to name a few. Get your tickets and get your groove on.

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives | Ends 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.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane | 27-30 August

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival

Brisbane’s top fashion festival returns, coinciding with the arrival of new-season Spring/Summer collections in stores. Discover the best local, national and emerging fashion designers and retailers with a program of runway shows and other exciting events.

Queens of the Stone Age | 28 August

Catch one one of the biggest forces in pure rock in Brisbane at the Riverstage this August. They will be joined by Australian blues maestro C.W. Stoneking.

Valley Fiesta | 29 August - 2 September

For the 22nd year Valley Fiesta is set to take over the streets, malls and laneways of Fortitude Valley for its free, all-ages festival in August.

Kitty Flanagan | 30 August

Lovesongs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics, everything is getting "smashed". Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan style education. 

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical | 13 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.

September 

Dust Hustle 7: North Brisbane | 1 September

Get down and dirty with motorcycles, pro level dirt tracks, food trucks and a trade stall alley that will keep you up to date with the latest gear. Dust Hustle is an event for the whole family.

Urban Wine Walk Brisbane | 1 September 

Grab your wine glass and join the self-guided wine trail through Brisbane's bar and restaurant scene. Partnering with seventeen local venues, the Urban Wine Walk will take you through popular venues including Super Whatnot, Happy Boy, Wandering Cooks, Gerards Bar, Felix for Goodness and many more, letting you try and sip a whole lot of wine.

The Society Spring Series Rose Edition | 1 - 29 September

After two sell out seasons, The Spring Series is back with a glitzy new bevvy for you to indulge and delight... Rosé Edition presented by Chandon! Only running for four Saturdays in September, you'll have to get in quick to secure tickets.

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 Writers Festival | 4 - 7 September

2018 brings us the 55th Brisbane Writers Festival that will include well known writers Jackie French, James Moloney, Wendy Orr and many more. 

BIGSOUND Festival | 4 - 7 September 

Get yourself along to BIGSOUND Festival, and join fans, industry, and international tastemakers alike, discovering the next big acts to come out of Australia. Over 4 nights, one wristband gets you access to all 17 Fortitude Valley venues.

Cinderella – Queensland Ballet | 7 - 15 September

The classic fairy tale is bought to life with dazzling costumes and a little sprinkling of Fairy Godmother dust. Ben Stevenson’s acclaimed production of Cinderella is not to be missed. 

Qantas Wallabies v South Africa | 8 September

It's always tough competition when the wallabies go up against the Springboks, so the boys will need all your support to win this intense match. 

Moreton Bay Food and Wine Fest | 8 & 9 September 

With Moreton Bay as its stunning backdrop, the Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival winds its way along the Redcliffe Foreshore where foodies will enjoy top-notch bites and sips, along with a jam-packed program of entertainment.

Brisbane Festival | 8 - 29 September 

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.

Scandinavian Festival Brisbane | 9 September 

Bringing together the local clubs of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Estonia, the Scandinavian Festival brings many exciting cultural and entertaining offerings to celebrate everything Scandinavian in Brisbane.

Tkay Maidza | 15 September

In the past few years, singer/rapper Tkay Maidza has risen out of the underground to emerge as one of Australia’s most electrifying artists. With her rapid-fire flow, frenetic beats and fiercely inventive lyrics, the Zimbabwe-born artist brings that dance-ready yet reflective dynamic to each and every track she releases.

The Cat Empire @ The Triffid | 21 September 

Australia's much-loved The Cat Empire are embarking on another national tour to their favourite Australian venues, so it's only necessary they stop in at The Triffid to perform both new songs and old classics. 

Beer InCider Experience 2018 | 21 & 22 September 

Celebrating it's fifth year, the Beer InCider Festival is not only boasting an epic musical lineup including The Smith Street Band, the Jungle Giants, Mallrat, Alice Ivy and more but also an epic brew lineup of over 60 independent breweries and cideries.

OZ Comic Con | 22 - 23 September

Pop culture comes alive at Oz Comic Con each year, held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert | 26 September - 21 October

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.

Sunsuper Riverfire | 29 September

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.

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!

Recurring events and exhibitions

Seadeck | Until 21 October

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. 

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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