Discover what's on this May 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 autumn below.

Senior Moments A Comedy Revue: Brisbane | May 1 - May 12

Senior Moments is a comedy revue about old people and the young people they have to deal with, with sketches and songs and performers who are old enough to know better, all making wicked fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.

Trio of Talks | May 2, May 9, May 16

The Trio of Talks is being presented as part of the National Trust of Australia Heritage Festival. Come along and discover the history behind Peel Island, story of a local family and the role of Redlands in post-war migration.

The Gin Dinner 2.0 | May 2

After huge success at The Gin Dinner last October, Pig 'N' Whistle Riverside will hosting its second instalment this May. Expect a cocktail on arrival to be-gin the proceedings, gin tastings from Tanqueray, Ink and Malfy... and a gin cocktail to finish for good measure.

Jim Beam Black Carnival Ball | May 3

Set at the heritage-listed Eagle Farm Racecourse, this year’s event will highlight opulence and extravagance like no other. Let the glamorous “black on black” theme inspire your attire for a night of free-flowing beverages and a bespoke menu featuring gastronomic experience stations prepared by BRC’s very own Culinary Team.

Of Wartime and Remembrance | May 3

Under the baton of Peter Morris, the Conservatorium Wind Orchestra presents a program inspired by the musical outcomes that have arisen out of global historical conflicts. 

Spencer Wilson Trio | May 3

Spencer Wilson Trio seeks to entertain by presenting a dynamic and communicative performance of Jazz based music, including material of well-known Jazz standards alongside more modern tunes written by the Jazz giants of today. 

The Planting Festival | May 3 - May 5

Come along with friends and family to plant trees, attend workshops, listen to talks and of course enjoy the music!

Queensland Racing Driver's Championship - Round 2 | May 3 - May 5

The premier racing drivers’ championship, the Queensland Racing Drivers' Championship. The Championship is open to talented newcomers as well as experienced old hands and produces some very close racing. The Championship regularly attracts more than 100 talented drivers to do battle.

Buddha Birth Day Festival 2019| May 3 - May 5

Immerse yourself in a rich and memorable cultural experience through vibrant performances, colourful displays, spiritual customs, enlightening activities, tasty vegetarian food, a spectacular firework show and so much more.

After Dark | May 4

Star Wars Fans grab your lightsabers and explore all the Museum has to offer including access to the blockbuster exhibition NASA – A Human Adventure. Enjoy expert talks, science demonstrations and displays, live music and entertainment.

Brisbane Street Art Festival | May 4 – May 19

The Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF) has played an important role in contributing to their city’s creative sector, connecting with 100s of creatives, in all forms of creativity, since the bare foundation three years ago. BSAF is an annual multi-platform public arts festival with the core objective of showcasing local, national and international artists through a wide public platform.

The Dan Bolton Quartet | May 4

Dan Bolton is a singer/songwriter/pianist with a unique sound, honed over the years from his time living in New York City. His songs are 21st Century standards, incorporating elements of jazz, pop and Latin American styles. His music is reminiscent of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin but with a modern twist.

Free City Health Bootcamp | May 4

City Aquatics and Health Clubs are offering a free Bootcamp to anyone who wishes to attend on the First Saturday morning of every month. This session is suitable for all ages and experience levels so come on down and experience our facilities and great work-out!

The Sound Society @ Roma Street Parklands | May 5

The Sound Society delivers a free live music program that will mellow your soul and leave you relaxed as you embrace chilled tunes in the lush green surrounds of Roma Street Parkland.

Coorparoo Markets | May 5

Pop down for a coffee, bite to eat and browse the stalls where fashion, homewares, design, music, art and good vibes collide! Featuring a carefully curated lineup of stalls, there will be homewares, apparel, accessories, plants, skincare, design stalls as well as their popular rack sale and more!

Stones Corner Festival | May 5

Stones Corner Festival is back! And it's bigger than ever with a huge lineup of Aussie music, local food trucks, over 20 breweries as well as Urbane Market's festival debut, showcasing 80 local artisans.  Mac From Way Back, Burleigh Brewing Co and Revel Brewing Co will also be slinging the goods for foodies and beer fiends on the day - Is there a better way to spend the long weekend than mac n' cheese and an IPA?

Nick Murphy | May 8 

One of Australia’s most impressive songwriters and performers Nick Murphy is returning to Australia this May 2019 to perform three special headline dates off the back of his long-awaited sophomore full length album 'Run Fast Sleep Naked' due out on 26 April via label Future Classic.

Foster and Allen | May 8 

Legendary Irish folk music due Foster and Allen are number one stars across the globe, having 30 new-release charting albums over a 40-year career, the only act in the world to do so.

NRL Magic Round Brisbane | May 9 - May 12

NRL Magic Round

All 16 NRL Teams will play at Suncorp Stadium over three days as part of a Brisbane Magic Round, with two matches scheduled for Friday night, three for Saturday and three for Sunday. Tickets available in link above. 

Brisbane Anywhere Theatre Festival | May 9 - May 26

Over 18 days experience 500 events from performances in all the suburbs of Brisbane and beyond: comedy in alleys, drama in backyards, cabaret on buses, walking tours with historical figures and much more.

Hold My Beer | May 9 - May 23

Hold My Beer is a delectable cocktail of circus, live music and drinking games, where the stage is everywhere and nobody is safe. A bold blend of astounding acrobatics and audacious antics, this show is circus served over ice with a (triple) twist.

Underwater Tour 2019 | May 9 

This year the Underwater Tour, Australia’s annual nationwide touring speaker event series, features international photographers David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes and William Tan live on stage, showcasing their extraordinary images and sharing stories of discovery from below the surface and behind the lens.

BrisStyle Twilight Markets | May 10

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, giving you the opportunity to shop from a huge variety of truly unique, quality handmade items, directly from the maker.

Faulty Towers The Original Dining Experience | May 10

Basil, Manuel and Sybil are in town! – and they’re bringing a healthy dose of mayhem to your door. Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this is the top-flight show where anything can happen and usually does – and with 70 per cent of the show improvised, it’s never the same twice. With two hours of comedy, three courses of food, and five-star reviews, expect chaos, laughs, and a brilliant night out.

The Dinner Party | May 10 - May 18

Premiering to extraordinary reviews in Brisbane, The Dinner Party (former title The Host), is gripping contemporary dance theatre from Queensland’s award-winning Expressions Dance Company. You will be struck by the sublime costumes by acclaimed Australian fashion designer Gail Sorronda, original music recordings from Queensland’s highly acclaimed Southern Cross Soloists and inspiring movement by internationally renowned choreographer, Natalie Weir, in this thrilling ride that exposes the not-so-beautiful in beautiful people.

Brisbane Art Design Festival | May 10 - May 26

Brisbane Art Design (BAD) 2019 is where art, design and the city of Brisbane collide over a 17-day festival of dynamic exhibitions, performances, talks, art tours, workshops and open studios. Held from 10 – 26 May 2019, BAD showcases more than 150 Brisbane creatives, from emerging talents who are carving their mark locally, to trailblazers who are redefining creativity on the international stage.

Sweet As Dessert Festival | May 11 - May 12

There will be brownies, cheese, chocolate, coffee, cupcakes, doughnuts, gelatos, ice-creams, macarons, marsh mallows, meringues, popsicles, sorbets, waffles and lots more from an awesome line-up of Queensland's best dessert makers. There will be options for most special dietary requirements including lactose free, gluten free, nut free and vegan desserts.

Fish Lane Festival | May 11

Explore Fish Lane with an ice cold beverage in hand, taking in modern artworks in between gourmet street eats and getting down to some of Brisbane’s best emerging live bands and DJs.

Funny Mummies Comedy Gala | May 11

For this Mother’s Day weekend, don't miss this amazing afternoon of some of Australia's funniest comedians who also happen to have birthed loin-fruit. Gather a table of your favourite gal pals and celebrate Mother’s Day your way: with quality gal time and LAUGHS!

K-9 Brisbane | May 11

K-9 is an awesome family fun event that has given a whole new meaning to the words "puppy power!" No need to worry you aren't at the greyhound track, so take all the time you need, letting your furry friend lead the way around a four kilometre muddy, crazy, fun and exciting obstacle course.

Gold Coast SUNS versus Melbourne | May 11

See Your SUNS take on Melbourne at Metricon Stadium for Round 8 of the 2019 season. They are your family-friendly Saturday entertainment with plenty of pre-game activities, including a kids zone with inflatables and lots more!

Titanic: The Movie, The Play | May 11 - May 26

Strap on your life jacket and get ready to board this shameless comedic homage to the most epic romance of the 90s. Join aristocratic Rose and lowborn Jack as they discover love, loss and a lack of lifeboats onboard the “unsinkable” ocean liner. It's an immersive theatre experience with real lifeboats and a genuine replica of the Titanic bow.

Prada's Priscillas: An All-Male Revue | May 11

Flanked by gorgeous men, lead singer Prada Clutch and her ‘girls’, take you on a journey from where it all began with Les Girls in the 60s, across the Aussie outback with Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the 90s and into 2018 with a celebration of today’s music icons.

Mother's Day Champagne Lunch | May 12

Spoil Mum this Mother's Day with their decadent Mother's Day Champagne Lunch! For AUD59 per person, you'll receive a sparkling or tap beer on arrival with a delicious buffet!

Women in Super Mother's Day Classic Brisbane | May 12

The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic is Australia’s largest community fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) raising funds for breast cancer research. Since 1998 when the event began, every Mother’s Day, across the nation, people join in this fun-run and walk in capital cities and regional centre to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Yiruma Live in Australia 2019 | May 12

With strong love and passion, Yiruma is bringing the breathtaking performance full of spirits of sharing and bliss back to Australia. Ever since the first album and famous pieces such "Kiss the Rain" and "River Flows in You", Yiruma's warm and beautiful classical melody resonates music lovers all around the world.

Silent Disco Yoga | May 15

Deepen your downward dog and join us for an immersive 90-minute vinyasa yoga practice led by Australian fitness disruptor and founder of Flow Athletic, Kate Kendall. Experience yoga on a whole new level as our Great Room becomes even greater with pulsating beats by Sydney DJ James Mack, pre and post event activations, healthy bites and drinks plus a swag of curated treats to take home.

Brisbane Truck Show | May 16 - May 19

The biennial Brisbane Truck Show is an unparalleled display of the very best the heavy vehicle industry has to offer with over 300 huge exhibits filling all halls and all three floors of the venue. All the big brands are on display showcasing the latest gear and innovation from limited-edition models to highly-anticipated unveilings and from showpieces of futuristic technology to iconic classic vehicles.

COLLAB Guest Chef Series at Little Valley | May 16

COLLAB is Little Valley's new guest chef series launching Thursday, May 16. Each event will feature a different culinary talent working in collaboration with Little Valley's Head Chef, Jake Pregnell. James Brady will bring a taste of Rick Shores to Little Valley for the very first edition of this exciting new ‘One Night Only’ Chef Series. Diners will be treated to a unique set menu spread across multiple courses, with optional paired wines by LATTA Vino.

Lee Kernaghan | May 16

Australia’s most loved country music identity and outback icon will perform at 12:30pm at Queen Street Mall stage and sign his new CD. Stop by and check him out!

Orava Quartet | May 17

From classic Haydn to heart-wrenching Mendelssohn, Czech dances to Polish folk tunes, feed your soul on the joys, sorrows and exuberance of this music, brought to you with the trademark intensity of Brisbane’s Orava Quartet.

The Proclaimers | May 17

A highly-individual blend of punk, folk, pop, poetry, country, soul, and new wave, The Proclaimers walk precisely the right line between romance and bitter reality. Their songs are timeless; with their catchy tunes and stirring harmonies they capture the full gamut of human emotions.

The Masters Series | May 17 - May 25

The Masters Series

A breathtaking triple bill featuring masterpieces from ballet’s best. Legendary choreographer George Balanchine’s iconic Serenade is a jewel of ballet repertoire. Jiří Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass explores the horrors of war through the eyes of young soldiers. Acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre investigates the depths of human nature and the qualities that bridge the gaps between us in a world premiere work.

International Cake Show Australia | May 17

International Cake Show Australia is Australia's largest cake, sweet and chocolate festival. It’s a fun filled, three-day family friendly event where you can learn, taste, buy and celebrate. There’s something that will captivate everyone regardless of whether you're a sweet loving foodie or professional cake artist of pastry chef.

The Straddie Salute Triathlon Festival | May 18

The Straddie Salute features a range of events suited to all abilities including a road triathlon, off-road triathlon, beginners triathlon, kids duathlon and a fun run. Book your event online, invite your friends and family and join the fun at the 2019 Straddie Salute!

Paniyiri Greek Festival 2019 | May 18 - May 19

More than 30 authentic Greek food stalls and traditional flavour makers will showcase the sights, smells and tastes from all regions of Greece, famous Greek will be performed to traditional and modern music played on traditional Greek instruments and all of Musgrave Park and the Greek Club will celebrate authentic Greek culture!

Great Brisbane Bike Ride | May 19

One ride, one goal, one challenge. Choose your category, register your crew, and join them for Brisbane’s ride of the year! 

Million Paws Walk | May 19

On Sunday 19 May, thousands of people and their pooches will walk together to show their support for the animals of Australia. Million Paws Walk is a fun day out where we celebrate our furry friends and come together to raise much-needed funds to help care for the 250,000 animals who come through our doors each year. Get barking up the right tree and buy tickets today.

Pint of Science | May 20 - May 22

Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia (and the world!). It aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! Please visit the Pint of Science Australia website (link above) for all updates regarding venues.

The Humours of Bandon | May 23 - May 25

The Humours of Bandon is a coming of age story, full of heart, humour and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life.

Romiosini and Beyond | May 22

Romiosini, composed in 1966, is a cycle of nine well-loved songs for orchestra and voice based on the poetry of Lenin Peace Prize Winner Yiannis Ritsos; music of power and supplication and a moving tribute to Greece. Bringing Theodorakis’ music to life in the grandeur of QPAC’s Concert Hall will be international vocal soloist Dimitris Basis, Sydney Concertmaster Dimitris Calligeros, and internationally acclaimed orchestra conductor, composer and arranger (Musical Director and Conductor for the Athens Olympics) George Ellis.

Black Ox Dining - Chef's Table | May 22

Black Ox Dining will be hosting they're second Chefs Table pop up dinner in a secret location in Paddington. The night will have guests spend the evening in the secret location indulging on an eleven course menu and talking all things food and wine with their passionate team. The exact location of the dinner will be revealed 48 hours before the event to guests who have purchased tickets.

Conrad Sewell | May 22

ARIA Award-winning, platinum-selling singer and songwriter Conrad Sewell will perform at Queen Street Mall stage at 4:30pm on May 22 and sign his CDs. Stop by and check him out!

Sun Kil Moon at Old Museum | May 23

San Francisco based singer-songwriter Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek) returns to Australia in May for a very special east-coast tour. Take a seat and strap in for over two hours of Sun Kil Moon who is set to deliver an unparalleled, unforgettable live music experience.

Vince Jones: A Personal Selection | May 24

A contemporary jazz tour de force, with a revered 20 album international career, Jones returns to Brisbane Powerhouse to share a lifetime of audience favourites plus brand new works. 

Gigs and Picnics in City Botanic Gardens | May 25

Grab a blanket, picnic basket and bring a group to enjoy an afternoon of Gigs and Picnics in the City. You’ll find food trucks and live music at the free monthly event in City Botanic Gardens. If food trucks aren't your thing, pre-order a picnic basket from The Gardens Club. Think mellow jazz sounds, modern reggae and dub vibes, gypsy swing and more, against the beautiful backdrop of the City Botanic Gardens.

Gold Coast SUNS versus Geelong Cats | May 25

See Your SUNS take on the Cats at Metricon Stadium for Round 10 of the 2019 season. Consider your Saturday night plans sorted with plenty of pre-game activities, including a kids zone with inflatables and lots more!

Up, Up and Away! | May 28

Travel with Up, Up and Away! in this riotous dance cabaret on a once-in-a-lifetime journey around the world. The sassy stewardesses are your live In-Flight Entertainment System which features more than enough razzle-dazzle from the swing and retro eras to keep you occupied during your fabulous journey.

Darkness To Daylight Challenge | May 29 - May 30

Darkness to Daylight is a 110 kilometre night run with each kilometre symbolising a life lost to DFV every year. Participants can run the full 110 kilometres individually or take on the challenge as a team. Alternatively, there is a 10 kilometre and 3 kilometre run in the morning, giving everyone an opportunity to take part.

Jack River | May 31

Jack River had an enormous 2018 with the release of her debut album Sugar Mountain to widespread critical acclaim, countless sold out shows and three ARIA nominations.

Recurring events and exhibitions

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

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!

9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art | Until 28 April

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. 

Birdcage of the Bay exhibition | Until 6 September 2019

Birdcage of the Bay is a recreation of the St Helena prison stockade, using plans from the collection of the Queensland State Archives and other historical sources to show the extent of the prison establishment and its myriad of prisoner stories.

Plantation Voices | Until September 9

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.

NRL: Telstra Premiership NRMA Insurance Brisbane Broncos Season | Until September 2019

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.

AFL: Brisbane Lions 2019 Toyota AFL Premiership Season | Until August 2019

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!

Rugby Union: St. George Queensland Reds Super Rugby Season| Until July 2019

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.

NASA – A Human Adventure | Until October 9

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.

Medibank Feel Good Program - South Bank | Until 30 November 

The Medibank Feel Good Program is a series of free fitness classes held at South Bank Parklands. Bookings are not required, and there’s a range of classes to suit all fitness levels. All classes are held on the Little Stanley Street Lawns, except for Mums and Bubs Pilates which is held at South Bank Piazza and Aqua which is in the Boat Pool.

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.

Sunday Brunches at Custom House | Every Sunday

Chandon S

The S is for Sunday bottomless Chandon brunches is turning Customs House’s signature restaurant Patina into a sophisticated brunch destination! For $50, you can get a four course menu and seasonal delights like a spanner crab omelette, pumpkin waffle with Korean fried chicken and kimchi, and buttermilk pancakes with brûléed banana!

Parmy and Paddle Degustation | Every Sunday 

Little Big House’s iconic Queenslander is welcoming you in with open arms to kick back and relax on a Sunday in the most delicious way possible. In collaboration with 4 Pines Beers, there will be four different parmy dishes on offer, expertly matched with four of 4 Pine’s tastiest beers. 

City Sounds | Various gigs weekly

City Sounds is Australia's largest free live music program, presenting local and touring bands and artists throughout Brisbane.

Discover what's on this May in Brisbane