Discover what's on this August 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.
The Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide celebration of musical excellence with its home base in Brisbane. The 2019 program is set to feature a variety of local and international artists from across many genres.
Enjoy this magical fairytale for the littlest lovers of dance and music. Set in the Australian bush, The Little Green Road to Fairyland takes the audience on a charming musical journey with colourful sets and costumes that will delight all ages.
Warm up your winter with tasty street food, roaring fires, deliciously spiced mulled wine at Brisbane Markets every Friday. It will be a family wonderland every week, with kids inflatable world, family entertainment, dance parties and winter-themed activities.
Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash hit delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses!
This free event will see over 2,500 musicians from primary and high schools descending on the Top Stage of the Queen Street Mall to perform for the public. There will be a variety of ensembles performing including string and full orchestras, jazz and concert bands, symphonic ensembles as well as choirs, rock bands and guitar ensembles.
Bathe yourself in the light and colour vibrations at the latest creative project installed amongst Brisbane’s oldest working laneway on the last Friday of July (26) and August (30) from 4pm til late. Watch the local street artists in action surrounded by local beats. Then grab something to eat or drink in one of Burnett Lane’s many bars.
100 Years of the History of Dance is a physical theatre performance blending dance and theatre in an unusual, charming and funny way. From Martha Graham to Bob Fosse to Paula Abdul, Jacob knows it all. Through a rollercoaster of dance moves we explore the broken families, addictions and political escapades that fuelled the lives of these extraordinary artists.
The sizzle, spice and smells of the Night Noodle Markets return to Brisbane. Food-lovers arrive hungry to feast on signature dishes and new innovations from local favourites and interstate pop up stalls.
The BrisStyle Twilight Markets, an initiative of Brisbane City Council, is a meet-the-maker event and is the only Brisbane-based marketplace selling 100 per cent locally handmade products. In addition to a huge variety of handmade market stalls, you will also find a great variety of local food vendors, live music and a free Craft Workshop, making this a great event for the whole family.
Round up your mates or your family and start planning a weekend packed full of non-stop thrills at the Ipswich SuperSprint. Queensland Raceway offers one of the most accessible trackside experiences on the Supercars calendar.
The feathers are set to fly in Australia’s largest burlesque competition – with the Queensland State Finalists throw their sparkles into the ring and battle it out for the crown and title of Miss Burlesque Queensland 2019. The winner will go on to represent the state at the Grand Finals in August.
Colin Thiele’s cherished yet bittersweet coming-of-age story gets a new stage life. This production will touch the hearts of young and old with its masterful puppetry and boundless imagination.
Caboolture will be a hive of activity with two weeks filled with over 10 events set to bring live music, entertainment, family fun, foodie delights and something for all ages to the region.Get ready for two jam-packed weeks of fun, family, food and music as the first ever Caboolture Festival are launched.
River to Rooftop is Brisbane’s biggest stair climb! Scale over 1,000 stairs to the rooftop of the iconic One One One Eagle Street skyscraper in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. Open to all fitness levels, form a team or race against your mate.
This comedy that asks if good intentions are the ultimate crime of the middle class. Razor-sharp and whip-smart, this edgy new comedy marks the directorial debut of one Australia’s most accomplished storytellers, Joanna Murray-Smith.
Queensland’s largest annual event is back for its 143rd year. Held over 10 full days, the Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State and welcomes visitors from all across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane. The event has grown from 17,000 visitors in its first year in 1876 and now averages over 400,000 visitors.
Last time Music Director Alondra de la Parra conducted a program of music like this, audiences and reviewers alike went wild. Hear music inspired by Brasil and Mexico, including a musical description of one of Mexico's proudest sporting moments.
Synthony is a unique collaboration between the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, DJ's and vocalists performing the biggest dance tracks of the last 30 years. August 17th will see the iconic Brisbane City Hall transformed into a nightclub like no other with state of the art audio, lights, lasers and full visual show.
Head along to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to see a combination of excellent locally made rigs with brilliant products from overseas, plus all the gear you need for them, including electronics, safety equipment, fishing gear and more.
Join the month-long celebration of Moreton Bay Region's fresh produce from Bay and Farm to plate. Dice, slice, shuck and spice with culinary experts from around the region. Learn their secrets to creating scrumptious dishes to 'wow' your next dinner party guests.
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.
Experience the most famous love story of all time. After a sell-out season in 2014, Queensland Ballet is back with Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic rendition of the bard’s famous tale of star crossed lovers.
Be fashion forward and see what trends are taking the runway by storm at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival. Come and support Brisbane's local incredible design talent and retailers. Lights, camera, action.
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.
Recurring events and exhibitions
Join their Visitor Experience Team for an illuminating afternoon of art insights during the weekly Brisbane Art Design Exhibition Tours. Discover the stories behind the incredible works created by BAD artists and designers, with practices that span robotics, performance art, video, installation, ceramics and painting.
Devon warms up for truffle season, where Zacharay Tan introduces a new truffle menu to run across all venues. There are limited edition dishes popping up throughout the month including truffle hotcakes with whipped cream cheese, maple and fresh truffle; Devon x La Boqueria truffle eggs served with potato pave, asparagus, pancetta, truffle hollandaise, eggs and La Hoguera Duroc Jamon Serrano.
Quandamooka Festival, held over three winter months, returns in 2019 to coastal region of East Brisbane with up to 55 events including whale watching cultural tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, music, eco boat tours, art exhibitions, fibre art and weaving workshops, bush tucker dining, arts and cultural talks by specialists and new events featuring international acts and First Nations dancers and performances - something to suit all ages!
Through never-before-seen original photographs, rare and restricted historical papers, and newly commissioned artworks, Plantation Voices repatriates the living history of the unknown names and faces of people tricked or kidnapped into servitude as cheap labour in Queensland’s cane fields.
In celebration of Sculptors Queensland’s 50th anniversary, take a self-guided tour of a selection of spectacular outdoor sculptures set upon the grounds of the picturesque Sirromet property.
The Broncos 2019 season will see 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.
Get your mates together and storm the Gabba. The first games of the season will kick off in March, where you’re guaranteed to see spectacular marks, impossible goals and amazing action all around you!
Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight at the Queensland Museum, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology.
Quilty | Until 13 October 2019
‘Quilty’ is the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty. The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
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 is Australia's largest free live music program, presenting local and touring bands and artists throughout Brisbane.