Discover what's on this November 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 spring has sprung below.


2018 Isuzu Queensland Open | 1 - 4 November 

Over four days, golf fans can enjoy the understated brilliance of this PGA Tour of Australasia-sanctioned event. Will a pro take out the trophy or could an amateur steal it from under them?

The Dream of Shangri-La Music and Dance | 3 November

MCSQ proudly presents The Dream of Shangri-La, a concert featuring leading performers, musicians and artists from the glorious Shangri-La, Yunnan region in China. The leading soprano, Yafen, famous in China for her performances with leading international conductors and orchestras, will entertain with her soaring voice performing favourite Chinese folk and operatic songs.

OperaQ’s Don Giovanni | Until 3 November 

Rising international star Duncan Rock makes his Australian debut in Don Giovanni. One of Mozart’s best works for a reason, witness the compelling tale of an iconic antihero’s final days of pleasure as he roars towards his ultimate destruction, wreaking havoc in the lives of everyone he encounters. 

Diwali Festival of Lights | 4 November 

Celebrate Indian culture at the ninth annual Diwali Festival of Lights featuring authentic Indian cuisine, Bollywood dance performance, Indian classical dance performance, Punjabi Bhangra, Heena painting and much more.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert | Until 4 November

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.

Lockyer Valley Country Music Week | 5 - 12 November

The Lockyer Valley Country Music Week will have walk ups from Tuesday to Friday leading into the main show on Saturday. A great week of country music at all levels.

Melbourne Cup | 6 November 

It's the race that stops the nation. Done your best frock and fascinator and attend one of the many events held around Brisbane. Our top picks include the Ovolo Incholm, The Terrace at Emporium Hotel South Bank or the Canadian Club Melbourne Cup Day at Doomben Racecourse. Discover all the events here.

Taylor Swift - Reputation Stadium Tour | 6 November 

Swifties get ready your queen is visiting Brisbane. Make sure you grab your tickets because if you miss out, you won’t be able to just ‘shake it off’. 

QPAC International Series – La Scala Ballet | 7 - 18 November 

The QPAC International Series features an annual, exclusive presentation of some of the world’s finest performing arts companies and is focused in the fields of dance and classical music. This year the celebrated Italian Teatro all Scala Ballet Company will perform for the first time in Australia, and only in Brisbane, for the QPAC International Series.

Supernova Pop Culture Expo | 9 - 11 November 

Come along and celebrate the worlds of television, film, fantasy, comic books, sci-fi, anime, cartoons, books, gaming, toys and collectables at Supanova. Be sure to keep an eye out for special guest announcements.

Finders Keepers Market | 9 - 11 November

The festival-style market will spring up in Brisbane for three massive days. Come along and shop independent Australian designers and makers, discover new music talents, connect with creativity and explore a range of lifestyle offerings while fueling up with delicious food.

Sam Smith Thrill of it All Tour | 10 November 

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith is bringing his acclaimed sophomore album to town this November. 

Caltex Socceroos versus South Korea | 17 November

Watch the Caltex Socceroos take on Korea Republic in their first home game since Graham Arnold was appointed new Head Coach. Australia's best players including EPL guns Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan travel to Brisbane for a rematch of their 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final win over Korea Republic.

A Darling Affair - Bright and Bold Wedding Fair | 17 November

This is not your typical doily-drenched wedding expo, A Darling Affair showcases exclusively handpicked, on-trend vendors in an unrivalled festival style setting and with a Pimm’s on arrival, what better way to kick off your spring wedding planning.

Gillette T20 INTL: Australia v India | 21 November

Watch Australia take on India in the first of three matches for the Gillette T20 International at the Gabba Stadium. Have a wicket time with family and friends enjoying fireworks, music and great cricket. 

Wonderland Festival | 22 November - 2 December

Showcasing burlesque, circus, cabaret, music, comedy, poetry, theatre and variety shows from both international and Australian artists, Wonderland is set to take over Brisbane Powerhouse once again.

Easton Pearson Exhibition | 22 November - 21 April 2019

Stunning patterns, luxe fabric, unique designs with exquisite detail are all indicative of Australian fashion label Easton Pearson. Brisbane fashion icons Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson have personally selected 200 garments as part of a retrospective for the Museum of Brisbane. Fashionistas don’t miss out on this one.  

Gigs & Picnics in City Botanic Gardens | 24 November

Grab a blanket, picnic basket and a group to enjoy an afternoon of Gigs & Picnics You’ll find food trucks and live music including mellow jazz sounds, modern reggae & dub vibes, gypsy swing and more, against a beautiful backdrop of the City Botanic Gardens!

Polo in the City | November 24

Enjoy fashion, glamour and excitement together with fine food & beverage from an award winning caterer, as the world's largest polo series returns to Brisbane.

9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art | 24 November - 28 April 2019 

Zico Albaiquni / When it Shook – The Earth stood Still (After Pirous) 2018 / Image courtesy: The artist and Yavuz Gallery

Having been deprived of GOMA’s contemporary art series for too long, we happily announce that the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) will be available for viewing during spring and summer. Since 1993, the APT series has drawn more than three million visitors and boasts one of the world’s most significant collections of contemporary Asian and pacific art – so don’t miss it. 

Asia Pacific Screen Awards | 29 November 

Celebrate the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the vast Asia Pacific region at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The awards will recognise and celebrate the best films of the region and the people who contributed to making them.

Lighting of the Christmas Tree presented by St. George Bank | 30 November

Start of the festive season in Brisbane City when the Christmas tree lights up King George Square on Friday 30 November. 

The Wombats @ Riverstage | 30 November

English pop heroes are returning to Brisbane with their latest album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life and will be performing both their new hits and old classics this November. 

Tanquerary Terrace @ Customs House | Until late November

The pop-up bar will showcase four Tanqueray Gins, mixed with a range of premium Fever Tree Tonics and a citrus pairing for a match made in gin heaven. Not to mention the menu has been designed to compliment the Tanqueray gins with key stand out dishes including the fried pumpkin flowers with goats cheese, sun-dried tomato and thyme with a preserved lemon dressing, smoked trout and sweetcorn fritters and the Moreton Bay bug milk bun with gem lettuce and cocktail sauce.

Recurring events and exhibitions

Medibank Feel Good Program | Until 1 December

Get fit for free at South Bank Parklands this Spring with the Medibank Feel Good Program. There's yoga, pilates, HIIT, energy, mums & bubs, tai chi, zumba and aqua classes that are all run by qualified instructors – feel the burn!

Monkeys: A Primate Story | Until 28 January 

Featuring 60 spectacular taxidermy specimens and articulated skeletons, Monkeys! is a unique chance to discover a collection that’s been over two centuries in the making. Ranging from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla, get to know our closest living relatives through this hands-on, immersive exhibition.

2018/19 Hyundai A-League Season | Until 25 April 2019

Cheer on the Brisbane Roar as they go head to head in season 14 of the Hyundai A-League season. Captain Matt McKay and his teammates want you to be the 12th man at Suncorp Stadium and join them to #RoarAsOne!

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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