Sports in Brisbane

Australia Day Cockroach Races

An Australia Day (January 26) tradition at the Story Bridge Hotel in Kangaroo Point. BYO roach, or you can choose from the house stable. Proceeds go to charity.
Film in Brisbane


Nationwide short-film festival telecast live at South Bank in mid-February.
LGBT in Brisbane

Brisbane Pride Festival

Brisbane’s annual gay and lesbian celebration is held over four weeks in September (some events in June, including the fab Queen’s Ball).
Art in Brisbane

Out of the Box

Six-day biennial festival of performing and visual arts for kids, with lots of interactive and free events. Held in June in even-numbered years at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Film in Brisbane

Brisbane International Film Festival

Twelve days of quality films flicker across Brisbane screens in November.
Music in Brisbane

Queensland Music Festival

Statewide festival with styles ranging from classical to contemporary, held over two weeks in July in odd-numbered years. Most events are free.
Cultural in Brisbane

'Ekka' Royal Queensland Show

Country and city collide in August for Queensland’s largest annual event, the Ekka (formerly the Brisbane Exhibition, which was shortened to ‘Ekka’). Baby animals, showbags, spooky carnies, shearing demonstrations, …
Literature in Brisbane

Brisbane Writers Festival

Queensland’s premier literary event has been running for 50 years: words, books, and people who put words in books. Held in September.
Music in Brisbane

Valley Fiesta

Rock bands and DJs take over Fortitude Valley’s Brunswick St and Chinatown malls for three days in October: Brisbane’s biggest free music fest.
Cultural in Brisbane

Chinese New Year

Held in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall (Duncan St) in January/February. Firecrackers, whirling dragons and fantastic food.