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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.

QLD REDS VS. BRUMBIES | 10 APR

Get out and see the undefeated Queensland Reds play the Brumbies in Round 8 of Super Rugby AU at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 10th April 2021. Gates open at 6:45pm and you can grab your tickets here.

If you're keen to extend the fun, here are some great options for pre-game bites or post game beers at Caxton Street, nearby Paddington and Milton.

SEA MONSTERS: PREHISTORIC OCEAN PREDATORS | 20 NOV - 3 MAY

Move over jaws, this summer there are new ocean predators in town and they are taking up residence at Queensland Museum as part of Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators exhibition. Explore underwater life and come face to face with prehistoric sea monsters featured in more than 70 exhibits. 

THE MOTORCYCLE: DESIGN, ART, DESIRE | NOV 28 – APRIL 26 2021

A highlight of the summer season at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is The Motorcycle, a world-exclusive exhibition celebrating the art, design and history of motorcycling. With more than 100 motorcycles from the 1860s to today, the exhibition kicks off November 28 and will run through until April 26, 2021.

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. 

COME FROM AWAY - QPAC| 26 MARCH – 18 APRIL 

Don’t miss this award-winning musical! Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them all. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

BRISBANE RACING CLUB - STRADBROKE SEASON | 1 MAY - 12 JUNE

Brisbane Racing Club

Presented by TAB, enjoy a grand show of the best of Australasia’s thoroughbred horse racing, accompanied by culinary delights, elegant fashion and sensational entertainment from 1 May to 12 June 2021.

BRISBANE TRUCK SHOW | 10 - 16 MAY

This is the ultimate truck stop. Australasia’s premier transport event returns in 2021 with the most comprehensive display of trucks, trailers, equipment and accessories that any truckie could hope for.

The world-class show will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13-16 May, with approximately 300 exhibitors filling all three levels of the venue. Staged by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), the show is part of Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week, which will encompass a range of events around Brisbane to celebrate and showcase the industry’s design, engineering, manufacturing and technological innovation from 10-16 May.

NRL MAGIC ROUND BRISBANE | 14 - 16 MAY

NRL Magic Round

Talk about a magic moment. The NRL’s marquee round attracted almost 135,000 fans in 2019, and after being taken off last year’s calendar due to the coronavirus, it’s back in a big way in 2021.

Don’t miss your chance to watch your favourite NRL team – and every NRL team – take the field at Suncorp Stadium across one weekend from May 14 to 16.

TORIAN PRO | 28 – 30 MAY 

Secure your tickets to Brisbane’s own CrossFit Games Oceania semi-final from 28 - 30 May and watch the top athletes from Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific battle it out for their place in the CrossFit Games Final!

MELT | 19 - 30 MAY

Brisbane is set to sizzle. Now in its sixth year, MELT – the Festival of Queer Arts and Culture – will bring both sparkle and substance to Brisbane Powerhouse, with a mix of theatre, cabaret, music, visual arts, storytelling, forums, panels and conversations.

Designed to celebrate LGBTIQ+ arts and culture and promote visibility and inclusivity among the queer community, MELT will rase the curtain on another program full of spectacular events, dazzling performances and provocative discussions from 19-30 May.

BRISBANE MARATHON FESTIVAL | 5 - 6 JUNE

Brisbane Marathon

Brisbane’s epic events calendar isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon – sometimes literally. Ever since the legendary Robert de Castella blazed across the line to win Gold at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the marathon has held a special place in Brisbane’s heart, and the Brisbane Marathon Festival is the City’s ultimate celebration of fun, fitness and human endurance.

A world-class event attracting elite athletes as well as recreational runners who just want to get out and get active while enjoying Brisbane City, the Brisbane Marathon Festival will feature races for competitors of all ages and abilities from 5-6 June.

EUROPEAN MASTERPIECES FROM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK | 12 JUNE - 17 OCTOBER

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. 

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL | 16 JULY - 8 AUGUST

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.

BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL | ONGOING

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.

MUSEUM OF BRISBANE BAUHAUS NOW EXHIBITION | NOW - APRIL 18

Bauhaus Now brings to life the story of how revolutions ideas of the Wiemar Republic in Germany influenced modernist art, design, architecture right here in Brisbane.

CITY SOUNDS | NOW

Free live music by local performers in The City? Sounds like City Sounds. Check out the gig guide here.

AL WEIWEI, BOOMERANG 2006 | QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY | NOW

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.

MUSEUM OF BRISBANE | NOW

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 CHALET | NOW

Customs House's winter pop-up has arrived - a French Alp-style winter paradise complete with individual pop-up Igloo chalets, Veuve Clicquot by the glass or bottle, cocktails and a mild-winter menu which is partly inspired by local seafood.

SOUND SOCIETY | FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

River Quay

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.

BEER YOGA | WEDNESDAYS

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.

KIDS COLLECTIVE | THURSDAYS

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.

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.

JAN POWERS FARMERS MARKETS | SATURDAYS

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.

SUNDAYS ON THE LAWN | SUNDAYS

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.

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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