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.
Nationwide short-film festival telecast live at South Bank in mid-February.
Brisbane’s annual gay and lesbian celebration is held over four weeks in September (some events in June, including the fab Queen’s Ball).
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.
Twelve days of quality films flicker across Brisbane screens in November.
Statewide festival with styles ranging from classical to contemporary, held over two weeks in July in odd-numbered years. Most events are free.
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, …
Queensland’s premier literary event has been running for 50 years: words, books, and people who put words in books. Held in September.
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.
Held in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall (Duncan St) in January/February. Firecrackers, whirling dragons and fantastic food.