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

July

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Skating At Festival | Ends 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.

Snow4Kids Festival | Ends 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.

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

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.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 | Ends 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.

Brisbane Times Night Noodle Markets | 25 July - 5 August

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. 

August

Secret Supper Club | 2 August

Looking for a unique dining experience? Join Just Sit for its first ever hidden dinner. You’ll know which suburb the dinner is in, but will only receive the address 48 hours ahead. Tickets are just $65 for five courses.

Queensland Ballet at Spicers Hidden Vale | 3-6 August

Enjoy a weekend of decadence and elegance when the grandeur of classical ballet and award-winning dining collide at luxury estate Spicers Hidden Vale. Artistic Director Li Cunxin is giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of Queensland Ballet over one weekend, commencing with a coaching masterclass.

Parks Alive | 4-5 August

Experience Roma Street Parkland come at this free weekend event that shows off the park. Enjoy two days of unique displays, family fun, guided Parkland walks, demonstrations, live music and gourmet food and a daily yoga session. 

Queensland Firebirds | Ends 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 | Ends 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.

Brisbane Marathon Festival | 5 August

Get involved in the 27th annual Brisbane Marathon Festival and impress all your friends by running a deathly distance. Run the full 42.2km marathon or 21.1km half marathon, or go a little lighter and run/walk the 10km, 5km or 2.2km kids run – all distances are equally impressive. 

1971 - The Music | 7 August

It was the year of Sticky Fingers, Bowie’s Hunky Dory, Tea For The Tillerman, Tapestry, Joni Mitchell’s Blue and Led Zeppelin’s IV. Join multi-award winning chanteuse and ABC music journo Nadia Sunde as she takes her audience on a journey into the soundtrack of a year that has never really left us.

Katy Perry: WITNESS The Tour | 8 & 10 August 

Global pop superstar Katy Perry is bringing her Witness tour down under, playing two shows at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Which Way Home | 8-11 August

Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher, and the world goes on forever. It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Two black faces in a very white suburb. ILBIJERRI Theatre Company tells stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today, infused with humour and heart.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Recurring events and exhibitions

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!

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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