Brisbane entertainment

Performing Arts in South Bank

Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Brisbane’s main performing arts centre comprises four venues and a small exhibition space focused on aspects of the performing arts. The centre's busy calendar includes ballet, concerts, theatre and comedy, from bot…
Performing Arts in Fortitude Valley

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

Home to both a medium-sized and intimate performance space, this free-thinking arts incubator hosts an eclectic array of cultural treats, including contemporary dance, circus and visual arts. It's also the hub for t…
Live Music in Fortitude Valley


Going strong since 1992, the Zoo remains a grungy spot for indie rock, folk, acoustic, hip-hop, reggae and electronic acts, with no shortage of raw talent. Recent names to have hit the stage include Californian rock…
Performing Arts in New Farm

Brisbane Powerhouse

What was a 1920s power station is now a buzzing hub of nationally and internationally acclaimed theatre, music, comedy, dance and more. Also hosts a number of special series, festivals and exhibitions through the ye…
Opera in Central Brisbane

Underground Opera

A professional, Brisbane-based performing-arts company running annual seasons of opera and Broadway musical recitals in the subterranean Spring Hill Reservoir, built between 1871 and 1882. See the website for season…
Jazz in Kangaroo Point & Woolloongabba

Brisbane Jazz Club

Straight out of the bayou, this tiny riverside jazz shack has been Brisbane’s jazz beacon since 1972. Anyone who’s anyone in the scene plays here when they’re in town.
Cinema in South Bank

American Express Openair Cinemas

From early October to mid-November, watch recent-release films and retro favourites at the Rainforest Green at South Bank Parklands. You can hire loungers ($9) and blankets ($5), or upgrade to the Star Lounge ($40),…
Stadium in Kangaroo Point & Woolloongabba


You can cheer both AFL football and interstate and international cricket at the Gabba in Woolloongabba, south of Kangaroo Point. If you’re new to cricket, try to get along to a Twenty20 match, which sees the game in…
Arts Centre in Central Brisbane

Metro Arts Centre

This downtown venue hosts community theatre, local dramatic pieces, dance and art shows. It’s an effervescent spot for a taste of Brisbane’s creative talent, be it offbeat, quirky, fringe, progressive or just downri…
Live Music in Fortitude Valley


The foundation stone of this 1906 church says 'To the glory of God'. But it's the god of live alternative rock the faithful are here to worship these days: heavy, impassioned, unhinged and unfailingly loud. Acts usu…