Discover what's on this July 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.
At its heart, cabaret is a form storytelling – from delicately beautiful to thrilling and hilarious, catch it all on stage at the Queensland Cabaret Festival. Here an ever-changing narrative of ideas and performance, with music, song, dance, comedy and movement means there’s never a dull moment.
Widely considered as the premier ballet company in the world, the Bolshoi Ballet is truly one of the great names in performing arts and returns to Brisbane for the first time since its sell-out season in 2013. From 26 June 2019 and only in Queensland, Australian audiences will enjoy the company’s roster of stars perform the grandiose epic Spartacus and the sumptuously beautiful Jewels.
From 21 June to 14 July King George Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Expect an ice skating rink (including Kanga skating aids), rides, markets and music.
Gather your friends or partner and hit the ice for 40 minutes of frozen fun at Ice Skating King George Square. Then enter the oasis of Goldfinch (on the corner of Ann and Roma Streets) and take in the greenery as you warm up with tantalizing Mediterranean inspired dishes. While you’re there, why not try the winter hot chocolate specials or the signature Jaffa espresso martini.
Head up to Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar to warm up by the heaters and soak in the city views this winter. The rooftop bar is bringing together the best of fire and ice with themed bites and bevs perfect for a cosy date night, unique evening with friends, or memorable corporate experience when combined with the pop-up Skating at Brisbane ice-rink downstairs in King George Square.
Laugh, cry, gasp and play, MELT is Brisbane’s chance to embrace the last of the heat and celebrate Brisbane’s vibrant LGBTQI+ community.
This Brisbane-based event will be hosted by Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassador and celebrated Chef Josue Lopez at his Brisbane restaurant The Wolfe. The five-course dining adventure features local produce and takes inspiration from Witches Falls wines.
Forging relationships with local communities, and encouraging collaborations among artists, the festival highlights the importance of creativity and connection. WEFF has grown to be one of Brisbane's most eclectic, enlightening, and empowering film festivals, celebrating the community, culture, and diversity that is uniquely West End.
Synergy | 28 June – 8 July
Synergy showcases the future of our Company, bringing together the rising stars of Queensland Ballet and our Academy for a season of contemporary and neo-classical works.
Yank! | 4-14 July
Based on the true, hidden history of gay soldiers during World War II, and billed as the musical Rodgers and Hammerstein never wrote, this Australian premiere love story, explores what it means to fall in love and struggle to survive, in a time and place where the odds are stacked against you.
This running festival will challenge you like no other can. Run through sub-tropical Brisbane and the lush D’Aguilar National Park for a trail that will test your limits.
Led by Queensland baritone, Musical Director, arranger, compère and teacher extraordinaire Jason Barry-Smith, this fun evening of informal music-making will have everyone joining in a hearty rendition of familiar tunes.
Don’t miss one of Australia’s biggest French events of the year right here in Brisbane! Take a stroll through the famous French market and peruse genuine goods straight from the “Héxagon” before whiling the night away with hours of premier acts and French melodies.
Let Love Rule is a celebration of one of Australia’s musical treasures: the inimitable Archie Roach. Accompanied by the lush strings of the Tinalley String Quartet, Let Love Rule breathes new life into Archie Roach’s iconic songs, showcasing the poignancy and soulful lyricism of his work.
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.
A kaleidoscope of diversity, celebrated every July in the form of the Teneriffe Festival that has grown in the past 10 years into the incredible event that it is. Everything historical to contemporary; from folk music through to punk rock, piglet races through to face painting; health and fitness through to cheese, champagne and oysters - it has something for everyone.
The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch the cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce.
Come and enjoy the intoxicating beats of the drums and experience the vibrancy of Brazilian Carnival parade right here in Brisbane. The event aims to replicate (albeit on a smaller scale) the music, alas (sections), vibrant costumes, and incredible samba dance as components of a traditional Brazilian carnival parade.
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.
Following a state-wide search, six aspiring singer-songwriters aged 12 to 18 will take to the much-loved Green Jam stage at QPAC to perform their original songs. These selected musicians will also participate in a one-on-one mentorship with award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Jack Carty, to develop their skills as songwriters and performers.
The event will feature the most talented local and international tattoo artists will join forces to showcase their work. Visitors will have the chance to meet their next (or first!) artist, watch them in action, research the latest trends, or even treat themselves to a tattoo on the spot!
Hear ye, hear ye. The 30th Abbey Medieval Festival enables visitors to co-create their own unique medieval experience by participating in highly engaging activities and programs. Hark! Get booted and ready for feasting, stallholders and more.
The Fitness Show Brisbane returns for its seventh year, bringing together some of the biggest fitness, health and wellness celebrities and brands in Australia, to promote the latest in fitness education, technology, health foods, sports nutrition, group fitness and fitness apparel.
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!
With over 100 vendors from the greater Brisbane and Queensland region, full of colour, inspiration, fun and great live entertainment—the Brisbane Annual Wedding Expo is an event not to be missed.
The reputation of Brisbane’s dining scene only continues to grow, and nothing exemplifies this quite like Regional Flavours. South Bank will become Brisbane’s food hub during the festival with some of the region’s best on offer at the marketplace, with a host of celebrity chefs taking to the stages.
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.
Night Noodle Markets | 24 July - 4 August
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.
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.
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.