Brisbane experiences

Brisbane events

Below we list some of the main Brisbane events and where there is a link read more about the event.

Brisbane events

Australia Day Celebrations (January)
Events to celebrate Australia day are held all over the city.

Bridge to Brisbane (August)
The biggest Brisbane running event.

Brisbane Comedy Festival (March)
Local and international comedy acts over four weeks.

Brisbane Festival (September)
Brisbane Festival is a major international arts festival that runs for three weeks.

Brisbane International Film Festival (November)
Cinema from around the world with a diverse range of films documentaries, animation, a short film competition and more over a twenty four day period. During the rest of the year are a number of other national film festivals starting with French cinema in March.
The Brisbane Queer Film Festival in April starts with an Opening Night Gala and runs over six days and held at the Brisbane Powerhouse. In April is the German Film Festival, in May the Spanish Film Festival, in October the Lavazza Italian Film Festival, followed by the
Greek Film Festival. Many of the films are shown at the Palace cinemas on James Street or at Petrie Terrace.

Brisbane Jazz Festival (October)
Live Jazz with local and international stars.

Buddha Birth Day Festival (May)
The three-day Buddha Birth Day Festival is held at South Bank Parklands with performers, a children’s amusement area, vegetarian food stalls, Bathing Buddha Ceremony, lion dances with riverfront fireworks each evening.

Brisbane Writers Festival (September)
Listen to your favourite authors, participate in discussions of literary topics, browse the tempting book stalls and attend poetry readings and other evening events. The Brisbane Writers Festival is centred at the State Library of Queensland but with other events at GoMA, QPAC, Brisbane Powerhouse and some bookshops.

Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival (May)
Caxton Street closes off to traffic for a day and entertainers come out and stalls and restaurants sell the full range of seafood.

Chinese New Year (February)
Chinatown comes alive with lots of colour, noise and fun.

EKKA (August)
Major agricultural show but with attractions for all the family.

Fieritalia (October)

A day in Italy with plenty of Italian food and culture at New Farm Park.

Italian Week (May)
The Italians have their turn in May and celebrates Italian culture and food and held across Brisbane.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival (August)
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival takes place over six days and features top international, national and local designers, lavish events and parades and is a major fashion event.

Pride Festival (June)
Gay and lesbian celebration.

Oktoberfest (October)
A very large beer festival

Paniyiri Greek Festival (May)
Greek food, dance and culture.

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Queensland Music Festival (July)
The Queensland Music Festival (QMF) is Australia’s largest biennial music festival. From classic to contemporary, from new forms to old styles, from the sublime to the outrageous.

St Patrick's Parade (March)
The Irish community go all out on the Saturday prior to the 17tgh March with a fun march through Brisbane.

Teneriffe Festival (August)
Held on Vernon Terrace and includes the running of the rams, music and food stalls.

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Tropfest (February)
The biggest short film festival in the world with many free short films and held at the Suncorp Piazza, South Bank

Valley Fiesta (September)
Brisbane’s biggest street party across multiple outdoor stages in the Valley precinct. A celebration of food, fashion, dance, theatre, art and music.

Other festivals in Brisbane
They may not be food-focused, but there's a wealth of fun and excitement to be had at other Brisbane festivals. From family-friendly celebrations like Buddha Birth Day Festival, Chinese and Thai New Year, and all-encompassing events like the biennial Brisbane Festival, there’s something for everyone in our guide to South East Queensland’s biggest and best festivals.

The entertainment doesn't stop there - Brisbane’s cultural calendar is studded with film festivals that present the best local and foreign cinematic offerings, from award-winning feature films and inspiring documentaries to an eclectic mix of short films and animation. Check out what’s happening in our month-by-month guide to Brisbane’s film festivals.

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