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Brisbane and Surrounds National Events

Annual events are a great way to get involved in the local community, meet new people, and experience the unique traditions and culture of a region. In Brisbane and Surrounds, there are a variety of nationally or globally recognised events that take place throughout the year. Here are some of the most popular events to keep on your calendar:

1. Brisbane Festival

The Brisbane Festival is an annual celebration of art, music, theatre, and culture that takes place throughout the city in September. The festival features a diverse lineup of local and international performers, artists, and musicians. Highlights include the Riverfire fireworks show, which closes out the festival with a bang.

2. Ekka Royal Queensland Show

The Ekka Royal Queensland Show is an annual agricultural show that takes place in August at the Brisbane Showgrounds. The event features a variety of livestock competitions, attractions, and exhibitions that celebrate the agricultural and rural lifestyle of Queensland.

3. Brisbane Pride Festival

The Brisbane Pride Festival is an annual celebration of the city's LGBTQIA+ community that takes place in September. The festival features a parade, live music, and a variety of cultural and educational events that promote inclusion and diversity.

4. Christmas in Brisbane

Brisbane really shines during the festive season, with a variety of Christmas events and activities taking place throughout the city. From festive markets and carol singing to sparkling light displays, there's something for everyone to enjoy during the holiday season.

5. Australia Day Celebrations

Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th of January each year, and Brisbane puts on a variety of celebrations to mark the occasion. The day kicks off with a citizenship ceremony, followed by a parade, live music, and fireworks in the evening.

6. Riverfire Festival

Riverfire is an annual fireworks festival held in Brisbane in late September. The event takes place along the Brisbane River, with fireworks launched from pontoons and barges in the water. The festival also features live music, food stalls, and other attractions.

7. Byron Bay Bluesfest

While technically not in Brisbane, Byron Bay Bluesfest is an annual music festival held in nearby New South Wales over the Easter long weekend. The festival features a lineup of local and international blues, roots, and rock performers, as well as food stalls, markets, and camping.

8. Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Another regional music festival worth checking out is the Airlie Beach Festival of Music. Held in November each year, the festival features a mix of local and international performers across multiple stages. The festival is located in the Whitsunday Islands, just a short flight or drive from Brisbane.

9. Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

In 2018, the Gold Coast hosted the Commonwealth Games, an international multi-sport event held every four years. The event drew athletes from around the world to compete in a variety of sports, from swimming and track and field to weightlifting and cycling.

10. Woodford Folk Festival

The Woodford Folk Festival is an annual celebration of music, art, and culture that takes place in the town of Woodford, just a short drive from Brisbane. The festival runs for six days and features over 2000 performers across 23 venues. The festival also features a range of workshops, talks, and other cultural events.

No matter what time of year you visit Brisbane and Surrounds, there's a good chance there will be an exciting annual event to check out. These events offer a unique window into the region's culture and traditions, and are definitely worth adding to your calendar.

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