What's On in Brisbane

There is always something going on in Brisbane, and the city plays host to a number of exciting annual events. Every year, locals and tourists alike come together to enjoy the festivals and celebrations that put Brisbane on the map. 

Here are some of the city's top yearly events.

Australia Day (January)

Australia Day on 26 January is the country's national day, where Australians come together to celebrate everything about Australia and being Australian. There are lots of ways to get involved in Australia Day in Brisbane, from formal events to relaxed picnics in the parks and on the foreshore.

Brisbane Queer Film Festival (March)

The annual Brisbane Queer Film Festival is the third largest queer film festival in the country and the largest in the region. The festival showcases shorts, documentaries and feature-length pieces from around the world, by and for the gay community.

Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival (May)

What started as a modest street festival has ballooned into one of the most popular festivals on the Australian social calendar. Every year, more than 15,000 festival goers make their way to Brisbane for the succulent seafood, elegant wines and live performances by the country’s hottest musicians.

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival (May)

Pulpy entertainment and good ol’ fashioned tomfoolery come together at the annual Goomeri Pumpkin Festival. Hundreds of market stalls line the streets selling pumpkin-themed products like pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie and even pumpkin fudge. There are also competitions to take part in and live music to enjoy.

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival (May/June)

Each year the Brisbane Racing Club holds its Winter Racing Carnival. Here one can watch exciting horse races at Eagle Farm and Doomben Racecourses. The prestigious event attracts locals and tourists alike to strut the latest designer fashions, enjoy some incredible weather and watch the races.

Brisbane Marathon (June)

This is a huge event for the city's running community and has been growing in popularity for many years now. Professionals and amateurs come out in force to run varying distances including the full marathon and half marathon as well as shorter distances which can be walked or run.

Valley Fiesta (September/October)

The Valley Fiesta is a massive three-day street festival that centres around Ann Street in Fortitude Valley. It's a bright, vibrant day out filled with great food, shopping opportunities and a brilliant party atmosphere.