Brisbane is a vibrant and friendly city with a wide range of social and cultural activities that attract both locals and visitors. The CBD and surrounds are constantly humming with a full calendar of events and great places to eat and drink. We’ve listed just a few of the highlights below.
Brisbane Powerhouse Museum
The Brisbane Powerhouse Museum is a buzzing cultural and entertainment venue located in New Farm. It hosts big annual events such as the Brisbane Comedy Festival, as well as a wide variety of theatre, music and arts events.
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
If you are interested in art, QAGOMA will become your favourite place to visit. As Queensland’s premier visual arts institution, these galleries display an impressive array of exhibitions throughout the year and are situated in the beautiful South Bank.
Located just an hour and a half drive from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is home to pristine beaches, subtropical forests and laid back coastal towns.
Drive just an hour Southeast of Brisbane and you will arrive at the well-known Gold Coast. The sparkling beaches are a favourite for both tourists and Brisbane locals with plenty to do during the day and night.
Surfers Paradise Festival
The annual Surfers Paradise Festival celebrates the music, art, culture and food of the Gold Coast over four weekends. It’s a great time to explore this vibrant area, meet new people and enjoy the famous Gold Coast sun as well as the exciting night life.
If you love the roar of the crowd and competitive sporting matches, Suncorp Stadium will not disappoint. The impressive event calendar includes A-League soccer, Super Rugby and the State of Origin, as well as big concerts such as Coldplay, Bon Jovi, U2 and Eminem.
Every September Brisbane Festival pulses through Brisbane with laser shows, fireworks, live bands, theatre, comedy, circus, dance and art. After a month of performances the bridges and banks near the city are lined with thousands of people as the city explodes with a massive fireworks show.
The Ekka is one of Queensland’s biggest events, featuring more than 10,000 animals, food and wine competitions, music, fashion runways, showbags, fireworks and family entertainment. This annual agricultural show draws more than 400,000 visitors each year and showcases Queensland culture, talent and produce.
Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF)
BIFF celebrates film by showcasing the best cinema from around the world and embracing the art of filmmaking. This well-renowned Australian festival attracts crowds of keen film-goers each year with an incredible range of genres and cinematic approaches.