Discover what's on this March and April 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.

April 

Festival 2018 | 4 – 15 April 

Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers

Share the dream with hundreds of athletes as they descend on the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Head along to all your favourite events including swimming, athletics, basketball, cycling, diving, gymnastics and the rugby sevens. 

Skylore: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Astronomy | 3-14 April

Visit the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium to see the new permanent exhibition, Skylore: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Astronomy. Then, in the Cosmic Skydome show Stories in the Stars, meet teenagers Erica and Daniel, two Aboriginal Australian city-slickers who travel home to country and hear stories about the constellations and how they relate to their culture.

Hot Brown Honey | 4-7 April

Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat with lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit, genre defying, firecracker of a show.

Brisbane Portraiture Archibald Preview | 5 April

Eight artists from Brisbane and South East Queensland reveal their 2018 Archibald Prize entries at The Henderson. The evening will include artist talks, insight into their motivations, storylines, the reveals and live music from Sabrina Lawrie.

Commonwealth Games Track Cycling | 5-8 April 

Meet the Commonwealth’s best cyclists at the Anna Meares velodrome in Brisbane as they battle it out for a gold medal and a good chance at the 2020 Olympics. 

Botanica - Contemporary Art Outside | 6-15 April

Immerse yourself in the beauty of art and nature simultaneously at Botanica – a major contemporary art exhibition where local and national artists will transform the City Botanic Gardens into a temporary gallery.

WOW at Festival 2018 | 6-8 April

Join three days of fun, laughter, inspiration and serious reflection on what it means to be a girl or woman in the world today at Women of the World.

The Society Autumn Series | 7-28 April 

The Society Autumn Series is here for a good time not a long time, so grab some friends and book tickets for the rooftop bar in Eagle Farm Racecourse to enjoy flowing bubbles, delectable charcuterie and DJ entertainment. 

Commonwealth Games Shooting | 8 – 14 April 

After Australia takes out the gold medals for cycling, head a little down the road and see the same thing happen as some of the world’s best shooters vie for the top place at Belmont Shooting Complex. 

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2018 | 9 – 14 April 

Enjoy two and a half hours of sublime footage shot in some of the wildest and remote corners of the world when the Banff Mountain Film Festival rolls into Brisbane. 

BNE Design | 13-15 April

BNE Design presents Brisbane's leading designers and creatives in an open-air market. Take home bespoke jewellery, homewares, fashion, ceramics, stationery and accessories, or get creative in hands-on workshops with some of our best local artists.

The Preatures | 14 April

Sydney outfit The Preatures have endeared audiences around the world with their brash, joyous pop, thanks in part to captivating frontwoman Izzi Manfredi. Did we mention it's free?

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2018 | 16 – 18 April

Dive into the deep blue – or at least think you are as the Ocean Film Festival brings a carefully curated selection of short films that document the beauty and power of the ocean. 

Harlem Globetrotters | 20 April 

The Harlem Globetrotters promise to put on a show when they hit the Brisbane Entertainment Centre this month. Perfect for the whole family, the Globetrotters will thrill fans with their unique basketball skills and wizardry. 

James Turrell Lights Up GOMA | 20 April

A major architectural light installation by internationally renowned artist James Turrell is set to transform the face of GOMA at night from 20 April.

WAVE Festival | 20 & 21 April 

Queensland Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with Luke Lesson and Horrorshow on Friday 20 April and The Kite String Tangle on Saturday 21 April to morph modern sounds, technology and talent with the classical heritage and strength of the state’s orchestra. 

Dust Hustle | 21 April

Ellaspede’s Dust Hustle events are Australia’s biggest "inappropriate" dirt days for anyone to ride whatever rig they can throw a leg over! These "dirt flirt" fun days are open to all the weird, wonderful and woefully unsuitable motorcycles that could possibly be ridden on the dirt. Riders to be 16+ and spectators welcome.

Anzac Day Parade in Brisbane City | 25 April 

If you missed the dawn service, head into the city for the annual Anzac Day Parade along Adelaide St starting at 10am. 

Bite Sip Stroll | 28 April 

OTTO

Occurring only four times a year, you have to get in quick to enjoy this progressive fine-dining lunch experience. Enjoy a wine and plate at four of Brisbane’s best restaurants including Urbane, Esquire, Pony and Otto Ristorante over one Saturday lunch.

Harry Styles Live on Tour | 28 April 

Although we’re a little sad the entire One Direction crew won’t be joining, girls everywhere are queuing to see the teen heartthrob perform his recently released self-titled album. 

Queensland Firebirds | 29 April - 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.

Recurring events and exhibitions

Mao's Last Dancer The Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin | Until 29 April 

Li Cunxin's story has been told many times but it's never been told like this. The exhibition at Museum of Brisbane will feature never-before-seen interviews of Li's colleagues and family, original objects and documents from Li's personal archives and footage of Li at the height of his career.

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.

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives | Starts 16 March 

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 between 3000 and 1800 years ago.

Brisbane Lions | Starts 22 March 

Get your mates together and storm the Gabba. The first home game of the season will kick off against Essendon and you’re guaranteed to see spectacular marks, impossible goals and amazing action all around you!

Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection | Starts 24 March

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 last ten years and showing it exclusively at GOMA.

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.

NRL Broncos | Starts 8 March 

Brisbane Broncos

The Broncos 2018 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 at their home games. 

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.

Medibank Feel Good Program | 30 January – 28 March 

Feel Good Program Class

Medibank Feel Good Program returns with a series of free outdoor fitness classes set amid the beautiful surrounds of the South Bank Parklands. Classes include yoga, cardio, bootcamp, active kids and more. Check out the full program here.

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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