Major events and festivals in and around Brisbane
Brisbane Irish Festival - St Patrick's Day Parade
11 March 2017
Alice Street, Brisbane City QLD 4000
This 28-year-old festival celebrates all things Irish and includes a street parade through the inner city of Brisbane. More than 80 floats and displays representing Ireland add to this fun and colourful event.
17 - 19 March 2017
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101
The MindBodySpirit Festival is the largest of its kind in Australia and is free to attend. Watch the stage performances, book a massage or join a free mediation session.
World Science Festival Brisbane
22 - 26 March 2017
Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, Grey St & Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
The World Science Festival produces a program of live and digital content that connects all ages with concepts and discoveries that shape the world.
The Gold Coast welcomes 70 Nations and Territories from around the world to compete for 2 weeks in April 2018.
Bluewater Festival 2017
14 April 2017
65 Park Parade, Shorncliffe, Queensland 4017
Every year thousands of Brisbanites flock to the Shorncliffe Pier and Moora Park for waterfront views of Australia’s second largest Yacht Race, The Brisbane to Gladstone. The event features live performances, fireworks, market stalls and food trucks.
Laidley Heritage Weekend
22 April 2017
Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area, Queensland 4341
Experience Queensland’s pioneering past in historic Laidley with activities, displays and entertainment featuring farm machinery, historic buildings and artefacts.
Buddha Birth Day Festival
28 - 30 April 2017
South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane QLD 4101
This annual event celebrates the birthday of Gautama Buddha and is spread over three days with cultural displays, live performances, and vegetarian market stalls. A fireworks display on the Brisbane River is also a highlight on the 30th of April.
2017 Anywhere Theatre Festival
4 - 21 May 2017
70 different locations throughout Brisbane
Experience theatre in places you would least expect such as car parks, comedy in laneways, opera in reservoirs, dance in stairwells and quirky workshops exploring arts and craft from cooking to jewellery making. Qantas Travel Insider's "One of the Top Ten International Festivals You Must See!" (2012)
Paniyiri Greek Festival
20 – 21 May
Musgrave Park and The Greek Club, Edmondstone St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Australia’s biggest Greek Festival has been a cultural must see in Brisbane for over 40 years. Performances of traditional Hellenic dancers along with a vast array of food and wine such as honey puffs, souvlaki haloumi as well as calamari and dolmades are enjoyed in Musgrave Park with the party extending into the night.
West End Film Festival (WEFF)
27 - 28 May 2017
Boundary Street Markets, 56 Russell St, West End QLD 4101
This short film festival showcases films, music videos and animations under 15 minutes from throughout Australia in Brisbane’s vibrant West End community.
Yoga Day Festival
18 June 2017
Royal International Conference Centre Brisbane Show Grounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Queensland 4006
Whether you are a seasoned yogi or a newcomer to yoga this festival has something for everyone. Fun flowing asana classes, relaxation, breathing and live music celebrate the joy of yoga.
Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival
1 July 2017
Aratula, QLD 4309
Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival is a great day for food lovers in the Scenic Rim and only one hour’s drive from Brisbane. Tasting plates, wine and fresh produce will be on sale. Don’t forget to catch the Tractor Pulling Competition which matches teams against a 12-tonne tractor.
Bribie Paniyiri 2017 Greek Festival
2 July 2017
Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre, 2-12 Third Ave, Woorim QLD 4507
Enjoy a day trip to beautiful Bribie Island and experience a little taste of Greek culture. Food, dance, music, informative displays, tutorials and children's entertainment make for a great day out.
Le Festival - Brisbane French Festival
7 - 9 July 2017
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands, South Bank, QLD 4101
Celebrate Bastille Day on the Brisbane River. Taste authentic French cuisine such as cheese from local producers, champagne, or explore the wine pavilion. Eager cooks can also take part in the masterclasses or just sit back and enjoy some live music.
Noosa Long Weekend Festival
21 - 30 July 2017
Noosa Heads, QLD 4567
A 13 day festival of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and forums – all at breathtaking Noosa Heads, Queensland.
Royal Queensland Show (Ekka)
11 - 20 August 2017
Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills QLD 4006
Ekka is when the country comes to the city. Experience over 10 full days of 21,000 competition entries, 10,000 animals, carnival rides, parades, fireworks, live music, fresh produce or purchase one of the 362 showbags. Don’t forget to taste the iconic strawberry sundae which is only available during Ekka. Ekka began in 1876 and is now one of Queensland's most celebrated events with an average attendance of 400,000 visitors annually.
9 September - 1 October 2017
South Brisbane, Qld 4101
Brisbane Festival is an international arts festival that dominates the city of Brisbane for three weeks in September. Its program features classical and contemporary music, theatre, dance, and photography, street art, comedy, opera, circus and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire attracts an audience of around one million people every year.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
Friday 15 - Sunday 24 September 2017
Toowoomba, Qld 4350
This small Queensland city, just 90 minutes’ drive from Brisbane, comes alive every September with 124,000 flowers for the Carnival of Flowers. Take an adventure to Toowoomba and experience over 50 unique events including international musical acts, award-winning parks, and some of the best food and wine to be found in Southern Queensland.
6 - 15 October 2017
Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills QLD 4006
Grab your lederhosen and put on your dancing shoes for the Oomph band as Oktoberfest comes to Brisbane. Every year a mini Bavaria is created at the Brisbane Showgrounds under a massive Oktoberfest tent where visitors can enjoy traditional cuisine such as bratwurst and pork knuckles while drinking world-class beers all the way from Germany.
Woodford Folk Festival
27 December 2017 - 2 January 2018
Woodfordia, 87 Woodrow Rd, Woodford QLD 4514
Six days and nights, with over 450 acts and more than 2000 performers and 438 events. Woodford features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, a film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, an environmental programme, art and craft workshops, circus performances, late night cabarets, parades and special events including a spectacular fire event.