What's on in Brisbane
Brisbane's calendar is gearing up with activities, music, eating, theatre and sports galore. To help you stay in the know, we’ll keep you updated on what’s on around Brisbane and what local businesses are good to go.
EAT STREET IS BACK! | Every Fri & Sat 4pm to 10pm, Sunday 4pm to 9pm
Food lovers rejoice! The ultimate foodie haven is reopening it’s fairy-lit gates so we can all get our food-coma’s back on. Head back to Eat Street Northshore for all the food truck goodness. Reopening for weekends from Friday December 4th.
GIGS & PICNICS| MARCH 27 - Last Saturday of every month
Gigs & Picnics is returning to The City on March 27! Held on the last Saturday of every month in Brisbane City's beautiful Botanic Gardens, get together with friends and family to enjoy this free event with food trucks and live music.
For the first time ever, The Winter Village is coming to Brisbane this June. The alpine-inspired winter wonderland will be open daily and will run for three months, from 3rd June – 29th August.
The Winter Village will transform the Northshore Riverfront Event Site into a 3900m2 winter wonderland, complete with an ice skating rink, an igloo village, daily snow showers and food & drink pop ups serving the ultimate cosy comfort food.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience works by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Turner, Fra Angelico and Titian, direct from The Met’s collection – one of the finest collections of
European paintings in the world, the majority of which rarely leave the permanent display in New York.
Spanning 500 years of masterpieces, it’s a breathtaking journey from the 1420s and the emerging Renaissance to the height of early 20th century post-impressionism, including portraiture, still-life, landscape and figure studies.
This Australian-exclusive exhibition – a must-see for art lovers and anyone with any interest in history, society, beauty, religious iconography, mythology and symbolism – will be held at GOMA from 12 June to 17 October.
And now for something completely different. Brisbane Comedy Festival returns in 2021 with a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country, bursting at the seams with comic musings, side-splitting stories and tear-inducing tales.
Held across Brisbane Powerhouse, The Tivoli and The Fortitude Music Hall, this multi-venue laughter extravaganza will feature everything from stand-up to improv and sketch comedy with the most hilarious national and local comedians from 16 July to 8 August.
Experience the perfect blend of coffee and lols with this year’s Coffee and Comedy, as part of Brisbane Comedy Festival. Comedians from across Australia will make appearances and perform free stand-up acts at eight cafés across Brisbane City for the ultimate happy hour. Did we mention the the first 100 coffees at every gig are completely FREE*! Occurring at two daily sessions, 10am and 1pm, find out the crema de la crème of comedy coming to a café near you.
Wednesday, July 21 could be one of the most significant days in Brisbane’s history as the eyes of the world wait to see whether Brisbane will be named host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To ensure the day starts off right, Brisbane residents are invited to a FREE Breakfast of Champions in King George Square with Olympians, Paralympians and professional athletes. Kicking off at 7am, there will be free bacon and egg rolls, green and gold donuts, prize giveaways and the opportunity to play ball with the Brisbane Bullets. Come down and celebrate Brisbane!
Good Food Month is here and making its mouth-watering return to Brisbane with a Night Noodle Market. For twelve nights, the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens will transform into a bustling Asian street food festival with stalls from your favourite Asian restaurants. Register online for your free ticket as this event is subject to site capacity. Keep an eye on the website for updated event dates.
Prepare to eat, drink and have a blast at the Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival, held at Woody Point from 30 July - 1 August. With its stunning Moreton Bay backdrop, this festival winds its way along the waterfront where you’ll be greeted by top-notch bites and stellar sips alongside a full program of entertainment.
Seasoned Supper Club is a must this winter - picture an immersive art and culinary experience at the iconic Tivoli. Tickets include a dining experience from City Winery and premium seats to an intimate live performance by Ryan Downey. Or, go for an overhead mezzanine experience of the show and be welcomed with wine on arrival.
Tastes of the bay is making an exclusive appearance at Suttons Beach Pavilion in Redcliffe for a 4-course dining experience. This is event is complete with sweeping waterfront views and gourmet meals paired with finely crafted wines from Witches Falls Winery in Brisbane.
Will you be able to handle the heat at this year’s Meat Up BBQ Festival? Doors at Eaton’s Hill Hotel open at 12pm and stay open until 9 pm with non-stop BBQing, drinks and live entertainment. Things on the day are going to get spicy with a hot wing eating competition plus many more activities on the day. Grab yourself a drool-worthy meal while you cosy up next to the big outdoor bonfire and cheer on outstanding live performances. This event is 18+ only.
Travel back in time with a film from the National Film and Sound archive from 1954 called 'Brisbane - City in the Sun', marvel at Sunshine Psychology, a large-scale light and text work by leading Brisbane artist Sebastian Moody, plus for a real City in the Sun experience, join family and friends in our backyard complete with an immersive installation by Rachel Burke with flower beds, a tinsel sky and cubby house all adorned in her signature sparkled, hyper colourful style.
Free live music by local performers in The City? Sounds like City Sounds. Check out the gig guide here.
Street art is popping up around Brisbane and Ipswich. Six walls around Ipswich have been transformed as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival, with a seventh currently being worked on by local Indigenous artist Rachael Sarra.
Be spellbound by ‘Ai Weiwei’s Boomerang 2006’, an immense object made of 270 000 crystal pieces that fill the soaring space of the QAG’s Watermall.
See the smash hit production of iconic dance musical - West Side Story at QPAC with dazzling original choreography. Tickets on sale on the QPAC website.
LEGO® Certified Professional and LEGO Masters Australia judge, Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught brings history’s greatest masterpieces to life including the Great Wall of China, Empire State Building, Taj Mahal and more! Purchase tickets to the exhibition on Queensland Museum's website.
Our teller of Brisbane’s stories, the Museum of Brisbane, has reopened with the launch of The Storytellers free exhibition, which uncovers Brisbane’s histories, myths and tales through fact, fiction, interpretation and creative narrative as told by nine of the city’s top wordsmiths. It features stories by Victoria Carless, Simon Cleary, Matthew Condon, Trent Dalton, Nick Earls, Benjamin Law, Hugh Lunn, Kate Morton and Ellen van Neerven.
Explorers can also rejoice - the Clock Tower Tours and Brisbane City Hall Tours have recommenced, as have new walking tours of the city.
Veuve Clicquot In The Snow is returning to Customs House for the chilly season! Sip champagne and enjoy an enticing menu in your cosy igloo overlooking the Brisbane River. Get your bookings in here!
Available Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00–9:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00–9:00 pm
Sit back and relax while tuning into the smooth vocals and unique sounds of Brisbane’s celebrated up and coming artists, surrounded by panoramic parkland views. Pack your own spread or purchase a takeaway bite from the surrounding precinct eateries. And if you’re attending a Sound Society at River Quay, a sundowner is your perfect sunset accessory with the venue licensed from 10am - 8pm daily.
Our two favourite things are together at last. Join Beer Yoga is on the Felons Brewing Co lawn at Howard Smith Wharves each Wednesday from 5.30pm-6.15pm. BYO mat.
Parents can rejoice with the news that free Kids Collective activities, designed to educate, entertain and develop children through music, games, craft, storytelling and more, have returned to Thursdays at South Bank.
Chose from a premium selection of farm fresh produce, premium local meats, artisan goods, trawler direct seafood, authentic baked goods and more right in the heart of Brisbane City - Wednesdays at Reddacliff Place, Thursdays at Cathedral Square.
Jan Power Farmers' Markets at The Brisbane Powerhouse
Make tracks for the Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday mornings where you'll find fresh produce, handmade products, artisan wares and delicious food.
If you've got the mobile munchies, head to the Brisbane Powerhouse on Sunday afternoons to seek out sought-after food trucks and music by the Jazz Music Institute.
You'll be on Cloud Nine with Cloudland's Brunch with Bite, a decadent brunch hosted by spicy drag performers.
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