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What's on in Brisbane

Whether you’re fixed on a foodie event, sporting showdown, exclusive art exhibition or live performance, Brisbane is buzzing with events this winter. From heart-stopping to heart-warming, in-stadium to on-stage, mark your calendar with Brisbane’s epic line up of major events.

Arts & culture:

CINDERELLA | 5 – 28 AUG 

Be transported to a new world through Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC. A surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale, the thriving production features incredible orchestrations, incredible transformations and all the classic moments from the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – including some surprising twists! 

WEST END TO BROADWAY IN THE RESERVOIR - TIMELESS | 12 – 21 AUG

Featuring some of the country’s finest musical theatre performers, The Underground Opera Company presents West End to Broadway in the Reservoir Concert that will dazzle guests with show-stopping performances bridging generations for a timeless performance.

BRISBANE FASHION FESTIVAL | 22 – 26 AUG 

Brisbane Fashion Festival showcases the arrival of the latest season spring and summer from Queensland’s immense fashion talent. Hosted at King George Square, Brisbane City Hall, the very best of local, national and emerging fashion designers present a program of runway shows and exciting events to fashion lovers, media and industry insiders.  

KALEIDOSCOPE BY KEITH COURTNEY | 12 AUG – 3 OCT

Venture to Brisbane Powerhouse to see a mesmerising symphony of light and sound in a breathtaking mirrored maze, Kaleidoscope by Keith Courtney. Experience this all-age event where glass, steel, mirrors and moving parts are showcased in this immersive artwork where colour, light and sound are a constantly shifting illusion.

BALLET INTERNATIONAL GALA II BRISBANE | 26 – 27 AUG 

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Don't miss the incredible opportunity to see Ballet International Gala’s return to Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. A powerful and beautiful performance, Ballet International Gala showcases iconic Principal Ballet Dancers from Staatsballett Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet and Astana Opera. 

QUANDAMOOKA FESTIVAL | 26 – 28 AUG 

Celebrating and sharing Culture on Country, Quandamooka Festival returns in 2022. Gain a deeper understanding of First Nations culture, traditional custodians celebrations and share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the world's oldest living culture.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: ANITA HOLTSCLAW | NOW – 23 OCT 

Taking over the Adelaide Street Pavilion gallery, Anita Holtsclaw’s exhibition, Estuary, explores her unique interpretations of the Brisbane River. Sheer, flowing and luminous ethereal embroidered artworks utilise delicate materials and intricate techniques present the ebb and flow of water reminiscent in our lives and bodies. 

THE SOUL TREMBLES - CHIHARU SHIOTA | NOW - 3 OCT

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The Soul Trembles by internationally renowned artist, Chiharu Shiota, this beautiful and disquieting series explores the intangible: memories, dreams, anxiety, and silence.  

EMBODIED KNOWLEDGE: QUEENSLAND CONTEMPORARY ART | NOW – 23 JAN 2023 

Highlighting the voices of women, people of colour and LGBTIQA+ artists, Embodied Knowledge displays a body of new work by Queensland artists on display at QAGOMA. Vast installations, new paintings and textural tributes, the collection of artworks reveal the dynamic state of creativity and connection, where artists respond to diverse personal, political and social experiences in current time. 

MUSEUM OF BRISBANE - WORLD OF WONDER: MARGOT MCKINNEY | NOW – 6 NOV 

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Come along to the Museum of Brisbane to witness the extraordinary pieces of jewellery created by luxury jewellery designer, Margot McKinney. Drawing inspiration from Australia's stunning coral reef to the Tanzania safari, we guarantee you will find a piece that will tickle your fancy. Guarantee your spot here

Music events & festivals:

BIGSOUND COUNTRY | 6 – 9 SEPT

The biggest names in country are coming to Brisbane this September in a celebration of new music and discovery. Join fan-favourite Adam Brand, songbird Amy Sheppard and alt-rocker Shane Nicholson, all backed by the BIGSOUND Country house band. Full sensational line-up will be announced soon.

BIGSOUND | 6 – 9 SEPT

Industry leading players will gather at the BIGSOUND Conference for a celebration of new music discovery and to develop a roadmap for a strong future for the music industry. Over 150 artists will showcase new music, talent and connection across three fun-filled days in venues across the Fortitude Valley live music precinct.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | 27 OCT – 6 NOV

Brisbane’s own International Film Festival, BIFF, is back for its 28th year of showcasing and celebrating the best of international and Australian contemporary cinema. The line-up includes new-release features, documentaries, short films and curated strands, with a focus this year on new voices, different perspectives and memorable experiences.

VALLEY FIESTA | 28 – 30 OCT

The ultimate street festival is returning! Head to Fortitude Valley 28 – 30 October to watch over 150 artists performing in 21 of Brisbane’s most beloved music venues.

Foodie festivals:

MORETON BAY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL | 19 – 21 AUG

The Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival is back and bigger than ever. Foodies will love sampling some of the region's best local produce from Moreton Bay and surrounding farms. Soak up the sunshine across this two-day event as the festival precinct winds its way along the waterfront of Woody Point and is packed with cooking demos, pop-up bars and live music.

PASTA PALOOZA | 19 AUG – 21 AUG

Dishing up a weekend of extravagant seafood, One Fish Two Fish is serving up a feast of fresh local seafood and four courses of pasta for the ultimate carb-party with Pasta Palooza. Available for lunch and dinner, bookings essential.

STRAWBERRY AND DESSERT FESTIVAL | 10 SEPT

You’re in for a tasty treat at the Sandstone Point Hotel’s annual Strawberry & Dessert Festival. The menu includes the berry best local farm fresh strawberries, strawberry milkshakes, scones with strawberry jam and cream, strawberry sundaes, plus a selection of strawberry flavoured cocktails and so much more. The line-up includes cooking demonstrations, strawberry eating competitions, cocktail making demos as well as live tunes and fireworks, all while supporting local strawberry growers.

OYSTER & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL | 15 OCT

Enjoy an ocean of things to see and do at The Oyster & Seafood Festival! The waterfront at Sandstone Point Hotel will come alive with a fresh seafood market, celebrity chef demos and live entertainment.

Family fun: 

DISNEY: THE MAGIC OF ANIMATION | 24 JUN – 22 JAN 2023 

Discover the magic at the Queensland Museum’s Disney: The Magic of Animation to celebrate almost 100 years of the Walt Disney Animation Studios. This exciting exhibition showcases hundreds of sketches and artworks from beloved Disney animated classics and goes behind the scenes to explore the creativity and innovation, and how the magic of animation is brought to life. 

BRISBANE FESTIVAL | 2 – 24 SEPT

Be part of the action as Brisbane Festival comes alive throughout the entire month of September. Taking over iconic Brisbane landmarks, from the riverfront to rooftops, theatres to parks, Brisbane Festival lights up in blaze of colour, energy and excitement. Serving up quite the entertainer’s menu; from world-class contemporary music, extraordinary art installations, epic theatrical performances and cultural events, discover the Brisbane Festival line-up you won’t want to miss. 

REDCLIFFE KITEFEST | 17 – 18 SEPT

Get swept away in the fun and excitement of the annual Redcliffe KiteFest. Families can join in on the action as kites of all shapes and sizes are launched to the sky. Don’t miss Bluey and Bingo featuring on stage as well as PAW Patrol and the Hot Wheels Stunt team.

Sporting events:

MATILDAS VS CANADA | 3 SEPT

Don’t miss the CommBank Matildas at Suncorp Stadium as they take on the reigning Olympic Gold Medallists and world number six, Canada, in this nothing short of epic match.

SOCCEROOS VS NEW ZEALAND | 22 SEPT

Join the Socceroos as they take on New Zealand in their farewell match at Suncorp Stadium, before jetting off to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. 

NITRO WORLD GAMES BRISBANE | 22 – 23 OCT

Experience the action of Nitro World Games as elite athletes in FMX, BMX, skateboarding and scootering display their skills at Suncorp Stadium. Breaking the limits of record-breaking attempts, the best will go head-to-head to battle it out for championship honours.

There's always something to see and do: 

SOUL NOOK COLLECTIVE | WED – SAT

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The Soul Nook Collective is a little hub of happenings. Located in The Old Church in Marburg, they create stunning bespoke Picnic and Events. Choose from the luxury bell tents, pop-up activations or pod picnics - there is something for every type of gathering. They also host weekly artisan workshops.

SEASONAL HIGH TEA AT BELLE EPOQUE | DAILY

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Sweet, savoury and absolutely sublime, there’s simply no better way to indulge in Belle Époque’s delicacies than at the Emporium signature High Tea.

HIGH TEA AT THE INCHCOLM | EVERY SUNDAY

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Feeling fancy? The Inchcolm Bar recently launched High Tea Sundays! Indulge in a decedent menu of savoury delicacies, traditional tea sandwiches and freshly baked sweet treats. Elevate your experience by upgrading to the bottomless Champaign package - yum. 

GIGS & PICNICS | 3rd SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH

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The City’s much-loved free event, is returning to the City Botanic Gardens on the third Saturday of every month. Gather your friends and family for an afternoon of delicious food trucks and free live music, kicking off at 12pm and running until 4pm.

WINE & FOOD PAIRING EXPERIENCE | NOW

Learn about how to pair food and wine like a guru! Hosted by a City Winery team member, attendees will enjoy a four-course shared menu paired with matched wine. At each course, an experienced team will discuss the complimenting food and wine combination.

BIG HEAD TRIVIA | EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT

The Sound Garden in Fortitude Valley has teamed up with Young Henry and The Big Head Trivia guys to host Thursday Night Trivia! Book your table and access exclusive deals and fun themed nights, including Game of Thrones Trivia.

SOUND SOCIETY | FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

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.

BRISBANE CITY MARKETS | WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

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.

BRISBANE TWILIGHT CRUISE | THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

Enjoy this fabulous sunset cruise on the Brisbane River with Mirimar Cruises. Receive a complimentary cocktail on boarding and take a leisurely cruise to the Brisbane Powerhouse where a welcome drink, appetizer and backstage tour await before a return cruise amid the dazzling city lights.

URBAN PRODUCE MARKET |SATURDAYS 

A new produce market featuring the region's small growers and producers who supply Brisbane's top restaurants will pop up at Wandering Cooks in South Brisbane each Saturday. Thai Hoa Grocer, Oxley's Neighbourhood Farm, The Falls Farm, West End neighbour Little Acre Mushrooms and Spring Lakes Farm are just a few of the producers serving up their wares.

JAN POWERS FARMERS MARKETS | SATURDAYS

Make tracks for the Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday mornings where you'll find fresh produce, handmade products, artisan wares and delicious food.

BRUNCH WITH BITE | SUNDAYS

You'll be on Cloud Nine with Cloudland's Brunch with Bite, a decadent brunch hosted by spicy drag performers.

 

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