Every September, Brisbane really turns up the heat (and not just weather-wise!) as it brings you one of the largest, grandest, and most-awaited festivals in Australia every year. More than just a firework show, the Brisbane Festival will once again be blasting with entertainment, music, and loads of fun for all ages!

The festival is a month-long, world-class celebration of Brisbane’s vibrant culture and features a roster of activities that is sure to entertain, surprise and thrill spectators.  The city explodes with art exhibitions, theatre shows, music, arcade, dance, opera and circus performances that always wow.

With over 80 happenings scheduled here, there and everywhere, it might be difficult to choose which ones to catch. So, gather your friends and families and listen up, because we’ve done the hard work and collated a list of the Brisbane Festival’s must-see events!

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For the kids … and kids-at-heart ❤

Brat Kids Carnival

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A super-fun, high-energy variety show for all ages!

Trash Test Dummies

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This award-winning slapstick comedy comes to town with a hilarious circus routine.

A Not So Traditional Story

A puppet theatre play about an epic quest of bravery and friendship. Photography Peter Mathew.

Dan Sultan’s Nali and Friends

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Sing, dance and laugh with Dan and his friends!


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Coming live to Bris Fest is Nine’s new children’s sports show!


For the grown-ups 😉

You & I

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Award-winning Casus Circus are back with a daring and intimate performance.


City and Colour

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Wrapping up Riverstage’s 30th birthday celebration is none other than Canadian star City and Colour!


Evening Lights by Elisa Jane Carmichael

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Watch the pavement along King Street light up with the incredible artwork of Ngugi woman Elisa Jane Carmichael, inspired by the poetry of Aboriginal writer Oodgeroo Noonuccal.


Blanc de Blanc Encore

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Prepare to party in this burlesque extravaganza, featuring the finest cabaret and acrobatic talents in town!


SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill

SS Mendi Dancing the Death Drill
The story of ‘The Black Titanic’, as told by an amazing South African music theatre ensembles.
©The Other Richard


Jazz on Sundays

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Bask in relaxing jazz sessions every Sunday with Brisbane’s finest jazz musicians.


Fan Girls

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A hilarious coming-of-age musical about first love, fan girl problems and teenage life.


Made for … everyone! 😁

Theatre Republic

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Open Tuesday-Saturday from 6pm, bringing you 17 adventurous theatre shows.


House of Mirrors

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A slightly surreal walk-through mirror maze.


Treasury Brisbane Arcadia

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Treat yourself to magic mirrors, music programs and family events!


Fire Gardens

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Be mesmerised with huge spheres of dancing, leaping flames that will spark your imagination.


River of Light

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Bring your friends and family to watch this spectacular light-and-laser water fountain show.


Sunsuper Riverfire

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Queensland’s largest arts and culture event is crowned by this extravagant pyrotechnic display.


Stay and Play!

Revel in the excitement of Brisbane Festival and make a night of it! Enjoy the festival in style with TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel Brisbane. Located in the heart of the Fortitude Valley, TRYP Fortitude Valley Brisbane is sure to make your Brisbane Festival experience a memorable one.

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Kendryll Lictao works as a Content Marketing Specialist for Wyndham Destinations. She is passionate about photography, film and writing. Her ultimate dream is to be a filmmaker and to get to travel to a lot of places around the world. She wants to meet people, immerse in a place’s culture and create stories that could inspire others through photos, film and/or writing.

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