Discover what's on this March 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 summer below.

The Australian Ballet presents Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | 25 February - 2 March

Experience the colour, fun and fantasy of Lewis Carroll's famous story brought to life through dance. Witness extravangant sets, magnificent costumes and extraordinary music.

Red Hot Chili Peppers | 25 February

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are back for their first headline tour in 12 years! The band will bring their unique, funk rock signature sound and high-energy performances to Australia.

BrisAsia Sound at Green Jam | March 1

BrisAsia Sound returns to QPAC’s Green Jam this year with an eclectic line-up of Asian-Australian performers! As headliners of the evening, dynamic duo KiKi-Tsugaru from Japan will bring their Shamisen prowess to Brisbane. Come and immerse yourself in the diverse notes of this free event!

Brisbane Holi - Festival of Colours | March 2

Dress in white and be prepared to get dirty when the colour throwing begins! Bring your bike along to Brisbane Holi - Festival of Colours, and join the celebrations. A mechanic will be there offering free bike safety checks, and you might even score some free colours to brighten your ride.

The Sound Society at South Bank | March 2

The Sound Society South Bank Parklands

Head along for free live music performances from local artists, plus a licensed onsite food vendor, local stalwart The Plough Inn, touting grab-n-go morsels and your favourite wind-down beverages.

Arctic Monkeys | March 3

British rock royalty Arctic Monkeys is landing in Brisbane with their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. This is an event that’s not to be missed! 

RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run | March 3

Join more than 13000 women and men as South Bank transforms into a sea of pink! Together, you can raise AUD800000 for cancer research! Run or walk the scenic five kilometre or 10 kilometre inner city river loop.

Cup of Nations | March 3

The inaugural Cup of Nations sees four leading football nations including Australia's very own Westfield Matildas, Argentina, Korea Republic and New Zealand compete in double-header matches at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, 3 March.

Queensland Triathlon Series - R7 Raby Bay | March 3

Did you know that the Queensland Triathlon Series is Queensland’s largest triathlon series? Athletes of all ages and abilities are invited to compete in a fun, friendly environment in Raby Bay.

Bryan Ferry | March 3

British musical icon Bryan Ferry returns to Australia in March, as part of his 2019 World Tour.

Ralph McTell | March 3

Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant.

Jan Powers Farmers Markets @ Mitchelton | March 3

Jan Powers Farmers Markets in Blackwood Street, Mitchelton is on the first Sunday of every month from 6am to 12 noon.

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis | March 4 – 6

Led by nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis, this superlative big band is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers in jazz music today.

Rita Ora - Australian Tour | March 6

Following the announcement of her upcoming sophomore record ‘Phoenix’, UK pop sensation Rita Ora starts her first ever national Australian tour in 2019.

City Welcome Festival/International Student Friendship Ceremony | March 6

Calling all international students in Brisbane to this afternoon of live music, student exhibitions, cultural activities and the Lord Mayor's International Student Friendship Ceremony – a ceremony where students can meet the Lord Mayor of Brisbane and receive their very own signed friendship certificate!

Queensland Women's Week: Mums and Tots Family Tour and Tea | March 6

Bring along your little one, have a spot of tea and hear about how Historical Boggo Road Gaol was once a cornucopia of Women – some less, some more deserving of their punishments.

Silkroad Ensemble | March 7

Silkroad Ensemble photo credit Liz Linder

The virtuoso collective Silkroad Ensemble, founded by superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma^, is inspired by the colours of the world and the rich musical language borne from our cultural differences. A privilege to see and even more beautiful to hear, their maiden Queensland performance in QPAC will be a night to remember!

Slayer @ Riverstage | March 7

Come along for Slayer’s final world tour at Riverstage! The thrash icon will be bringing Anthrax and Behemoth with them as support acts.

The Internet @ The Tivoli | March 7

Grammy-nominated R&B collective The Internet return to Australia in 2019, to play their first ever Brisbane headline show.

Jesus and Mary Chain | March 8

Shoegaze icon the Jesus and Mary Chain is bringing their trademark searing, feedback drenched rock and roll back down under in March!

Bringing 'Boggo' to Life Morning Tea | March 8

Immerse yourself in a full, authentic prison experience with their prison play re-enactments!

Hanson - String Theory Tour | March 9

Following a sold out 25th Anniversary World Tour and Greatest Hits release, Grammy nominated multi-platinum pop-rock trio HANSON is beginning the next 25 years with a musical project unmatched in their history!

Queensland Theatre: Hydra | March 9 - April 6

Writers, dreamers and free spirits – in the 1950s, Australian authors Charmian Clift and George Johnston fled to the idyllic Greek island of Hydra. Award-winning Sue Smith weaves the original writings of two of Australia’s literary icons into a moving relationship drama.

Belinda Carlisle | March 9

Belinda Carlisle returns to Australia with a special concert series celebrating 30 years of her iconic album “Runaway Horses”.

Beer InCider Experience | March 9

Beer InCider brings together beer, cider, music, food, art and most importantly, fun. The beer and cider are made by independently owned breweries and cideries, the musicians are among Australian's favourite acts, the performance and street artists are selected on how much they will surprise and delight and the food is top notch nosh!

Third annual Lockyer Valley Cooking School | March 10

Roadside stall in the Lockyer Valley

Delivered by Lockyer Valley Regional Council, passionate foodies from across South East Queensland will have the chance to try their hand at delivering sweet and savoury recipes designed by chefs from The Star Entertainment Group using a selection of some of Australia’s freshest produce. Limited tickets are on sale now – call Council’s Regional Development team on (07) 5466 3505 for tickets.

O'Reilly's Autumn Bird Week 2019 | March 10 – March 15

A precursor to the larger internationally renowned O’Reilly’s Bird Week held each November, Autumn Bird Week is a relaxed experience ideal for beginner bird watchers hoping to see the unique birds of Lamington National Park in a small group.

Cycle of Giving 2019 | March 10

Your involvement will save lives, with 100 per cent of all funds raised during the Cycle of Giving going straight towards supporting the vital work of organ transplant medical researchers!

Brisbane's Annual Wedding Expo 2019 | March 10

Full of colour, inspiration, fun and great live entertainment – the Brisbane Annual Wedding Expo is an event not to be missed!

Liz Phair | March 12 

Australian fans will finally hear Liz Phair play from her vast catalogue – including the seminal Exile In Guyville, which was remastered and reissued for its 25th Anniversary earlier this year, on her 2019 East Coast tour.

Alice in Chains | March 13

Having just released their first new song in five years off a forthcoming new album, Alice in Chains is landing in Brisbane as a part of their Australia tour!

World's Greatest Shave 2019 | March 13 – March 17

Assemble your superheroes and sign up today to the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave and join thousands of Australians shaving their hair and raising money for a great cause. You’ll be taking a brave step to help the 60000 Australians living with a blood cancer.

Eagles Australia Tour | March 14

Don't miss the opportunity to witness Eagles' unmistakable West Coast harmonies and unparalleled song writing talent come alive as they return to Australia!

Brewsvegas 2019 | March 14 - 24

Your bars, your beer. Brewsvegas is a grassroots, community minded celebration that has grown to be Brisbane's biggest craft beer festival. 

CMC Rocks Queensland | March 15 – March 17

CMC Rocks Queensland is the biggest international country and roots festival in the Southern Hemisphere, delivering an explosive array of international and national country music superstars over three massive days and nights!

Curiocity | March 15 - April 3

Things are about to get seriously curious in Brisbane! For 20 brilliant days in March, from the South Bank Cultural Precinct to the creative hub centred around the
Powerhouse in New Farm - connected by our river - Brisbane will come to life with a myriad of curious encounters with science, the arts and technology. The city will be transformed. Day and night. Inside and out. A fully-immersive, sensory experience for everyone’s inquisitive nature. Touch, see, hear, taste, learn, play and wonder. 

The Book of Mormon | From March 16

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Broadway musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez is heading to QPAC this March.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade | March 16

Clear your calendar and get ready to paint the town green in March! There will be picnics, live music and food stalls in the Botanical Gardens after the parade so make sure you stick around!

The Sapphires | March 19 – March 20

The Sapphires is one of Australia's best-loved stories. This multiple award-winning musical play that inspired the film is coming to QUT Gardens Theatre's stage for the first time.

World Science Festival Brisbane | March 20 - 24

Once again this festival will bring some of the world’s greatest thought leaders to the city, showcase local scientists and performers from around the Asia-Pacific region and host the brightest and best in the field.

Ross Noble: Humournoid | March 21 – March 23

Famed for his fiery and fluid freewheeling style, Noble creates comedy gold from tiny particles of random nonsense.  This is your chance to see one of the world’s most critically acclaimed stand-ups.

Gavin James | March 21

Following sell-out debut shows in 2016, Gavin James is set to return to Australia in March in support of his second studio album 'Only Ticket Home'. The new release takes his music to new heights—a beautifully crafted album that will leave you wanting to listen on repeat.

Brisbane Ice Cream Festival | March 22 - March 24

The iconic Peters Ice Cream Factory site will once again host Brisbane Ice Cream Festival on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March, with 17 ice cream stalls to have your heart melting. Up Late and Chef’s Playground will be the first side events of their kind, with Up Late offering a night of creamy, boozy fun for all big kids, and Chef’s Playground bringing four renowned Brisbane chefs together to create a special feast. Tickets go on sale on March 1!

Long Table Shorncliffe Pier 2019 | March 23

Come for a unique night of dining along the Shorncliffe Pier, under a starry sky and full moon!

John Mayer | March 25

Five-time Grammy winner, guitarist and singer-songwriter John Mayer will land in Brisbane this March, his first headline tour since 2014.

Oceans Film Festival World Tour 2019 | March 28 – March 30

With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

Brisbane Cycling Festival | March 28 – April 14

cycling festival wide

The world’s best track cyclists will descend on Brisbane for the six day international series final from, combining elite track cycling with an energetic party atmosphere!

Cycling Australia National Track Championships | 28 March

Watch Australia’s track stars in the annual battle of the boards at the championships.

HAL Round 23 - Brisbane Roar FC versus Sydney FC | March 29

Be their twelfth-man in Season 2018/19 and join them when they #RoarAsOne.

Gigs and Picnics @ Brisbane City Botanic Gardens | March 30

Grab a blanket, picnic basket and bring a group to enjoy an afternoon of Gigs & Picnics in the City. You’ll find food trucks and live music at this free event in City Botanic Gardens, on the last Saturday of the month.

The Village Markets Stones Corner | March 31

The Village Markets will be lining the leafy street of Logan Road with 80+ boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art and design, as well as pre-loved Rack Sales, street eats, entertainment and live tunes!

Recurring events and exhibitions

Brisbane Comedy Festival | 22 February – 24 March 

In 2019, Brisbane Comedy Festival celebrates 10 hilarious years of laughs with an even bigger and better lineup than ever before. Join them for night after night of side-splitting fun!

30th Alliance Française French Film Festival | 14 March - 14 April

The Alliance Française French Film Festival is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. It is set to be exceptional, with a 54-films line-up, the biggest yet for the Festival. 

Medibank Feel Good Program | Until March 30

Come to South Bank Parklands for the free fitness classes! 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.

Unpacking the Archive: Designer Tours | Until April 4

The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive features 200 garments selected in collaboration with designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson to reveal the artistry, techniques and demi-couture practices that placed the label at the forefront of Australian fashion from 1989 to 2016.

Micro Histories | Until April 28

Artworks and artefacts from the Museum of Brisbane and City of Brisbane Collections are paired with buildings by six of Brisbane’s most exciting architectural firms in Micro Histories, an exhibition exploring the relationship between architecture, art, people and place.

Moonlight Cinema | Until 31 March

Moonlight Cinema is Australia’s favourite and largest outdoor cinema. Watch advance screenings, summer blockbusters and cult classics under the stars in one of Brisbane's most iconic inner-city green spaces, Roma Street Parkland, all summer long.

Easton Pearson Exhibition | Until 21 April

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. 

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. 

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 | March - 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 | March - 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| March - 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 | March 15 – 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.

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!

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 March in Brisbane