Brisbane Festivals

Brisbane music festivals happen almost every month of the year. But don't worry on the months when there aren't any music festivals in Brisbane then there's still loads of things to do including some other festivals like the incredibly popular Brisbane Festival which incorporates the Sunsuper Riverfire fireworks display. Hopefully we've included all the Brisbane music festivals, comedy festivals and more that happen every year. If we've missed one out let us know!

Brisbane Festivals

All the dates below refer to 2018. The dates for 2019 can be found by clicking through to the festivals official websites - all links below.



Woodford Folk Festival - 27th December to 1st January. 6 days and nights leading up to a New Years Eve and New Years Day celebration. As well as folk music there's street theatre, comedy shows, craft workshops, circus performers, late night acts, a 'fire event' and so much more.

FOMO Festival - 6th January. FOMO is a one day, one stage festival, meaning that you won't miss anything that's going on. Features both local and international acts.


Music By The Sea Festival - 3rd February. Music By The Sea concerts actually happen every first Saturday of the month at The Sandgate Town Hall. Since 2002 they have also hosted the annual festival. If you like classical music, jazz, folk or world music you'll enjoy their monthly concerts or annual festival.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival - 10th February. A festival which began in the laneways of Melbourne and has spread to cities across Australia (and Auckland, NZ). Held at Brisbane Showgrounds.

Earth Frequency Festival - 16th February to 19th February. A four day festival which, as the name suggests, is for the more peaceful, hippy types. Electronic music, healing workshops, massages, inspirational speakers and daily yoga.

Brisbane Comedy festival - 23rd February to 25th March. A month of comedy shows featuring local and international comedians at Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC.



Hot Dub Wine Machine - 3rd March. Drink wine in a beautiful vineyard whilst listening to Hot Dub Time Machine and other Aussie bands.

CMC Rocks - 15th March to 18th March. The Southern Hemisphere's biggest country and roots festival. See local and international country stars.


Paniyiri Greek Festival - 19th May to 20th May. A celebration of all things Greek at Musgrave Park and The Greek Club (Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane). There'll be Greek dancing, music and food and even a Greek Village!

Brisbane International Jazz Festival - 31st May to 5th June. The best International and Australian jazz artists and composers performing old school styles to new.



Brisbane Food & Wine Expo - 20th July to 22nd July. Okay, so maybe not a festival as such but this is the closest you'll get to a food and wine festival in Brisbane. Held at Brisbane Showgrounds, enjoy 3 days of good food and wine. A day pass ticket gives you access to the showgrounds where you can see celebrity chef demonstrations, have free tastings and see the gourmet food and wine exhibitions.

Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival - 27th July to 29th July. 6 concerts held at locations on North Stradbroke Island. If you like Debussy, Barber and Mozart these are the concerts for you.


Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) - late August. We're hoping the BIFF will be back in 2018. It returned last year after a 3 year break so fingers crossed it's on again this year. Last year there were 60 international and Australian films being screened over 3 weekends.



BIGSOUND Festival - 4th September to 7th September. One of the cheapest multi-day festivals you can go to because you won't see any big names here. This is your chance to see new talent before they make it big. More than 160 new music acts from around Australia will entertain you.

Brisbane Festival - 9th September to 29th September. Comedy, cabaret, theatre, music and visual arts, Brisbane Festival celebrates art and culture across 3 weeks in September. The South Bank is the place to be on the 9th when it all kicks off. 

Sunsuper Riverfire - 29th September. This is actually part of Brisbane Festival but is such a massive event it's worthy of it's own listing. Riverfire is a huge and impressive fireworks display with fireworks being fired into the sky from buildings, bridges and barges on the river. You'll also see the Australian Defence Force doing some aerobatic displays. The best place to watch the spectacle is from South Bank.


Island Vibe festival - 25th October to 28th October. Spend 3 days on North Stradbroke Island listening to reggae, island soul, roots music.

Valley Fiesta - late October. No specific dates as yet but as this annual FREE Brisbane music festival celebrated it's 21st anniversary last year then we're pretty sure it'll be back in 2018. Brisbane City Council puts on this 2 day festival featuring local and international acts in Fortitude Valley.

Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival - late October. BYO to this festival held by Yabba Creek. An eclectic mix of music from punk, gypsy and psychadelic to rock, soul, jazz, disco and more.

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