Art and Cultural Events

In Queensland we celebrate all art forms, from theatrical to sculptural and fashion. We also see world-class touring exhibitions and shows at our museums, performing arts centres, local theatres and other venues. Check out the following events for your arts and culture fix.

Cultural Heart of Brisbane

South Bank in Brisbane has grown into the cultural heart of Queensland with the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre all within metres of each other. The precinct also includes the renowned Streets Beach, cafes, restaurants and weekend markets.

Queensland Art Galleries and Museums

From fashion exhibitions to interactive displays and historical artefacts, you’ll find art, history and culture in galleries and museums across the state. Be sure to visit these places for upcoming exhibitions and shows:

  • The South Bank Cultural Precinct (Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Museum)
  • The Arts Centre Gold Coast
  • The Janbal Gallery in Mossman showcasing Indigenous artwork
  • Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Musicals and Theatre

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane is the primary venue for touring musical and theatrical productions. With four stages; Lyric Theatre, Playhouse, Cremorne Theatre and Concert Hall, QPAC regularly hosts plays, the ballet, opera and broadway shows all year round. Other performing arts centres include:

  • The Powerhouse in Brisbane
  • The Arts Centre Gold Coast
  • The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley

Featured events

Upcoming art and culture events

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Bleach* Festival

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 0
17 – 28 April 2019
Bleach* Festival is the Gold Coast Festival, taking place annually across the City in April. The program is one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts programs. Quintessentially Gold Coast, Bleach* Festival celebrates the city’s most dynamic and adventurous artists, welcomes renowned Australian and international collaborators and engages a broad audience through a range of events.

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
16 – 19 May 2019
The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival hosts free international and Australian talent annually across 20 outdoor stages and venues throughout Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. The free event, staged in the streets, parks and venues of Broadbeach over four huge days, throughout the popular Gold Coast hub will also feature plenty of talent from all genres of Blues music and is unique in its location with access to plenty of accommodation, dining, retail options.

Cooly Rocks On™ Festival

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
5 – 9 June 2019
Cooly Rocks On™ is an annual celebration of everything 50s, 60s and 70s bringing the colourful and vibrant beachside towns of Coolangatta and Tweed together for the ultimate party. Music, dancing, cars, nostalgia and good old-fashioned family fun are all on the program, right here in one of the best destinations in the world.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$20 - 230
26 July – 4 August 2019
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative ten day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland.

SWELL Sculpture Festival

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
14 – 23 September 2018
Experience monumental and memorable sculpture at the 16th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival. Set amongst the iconic landscape at Currumbin Beach, explore over 50 large built by distinguished local, national and international artists.

Caloundra Music Festival

Kings Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$17 - 415
28 September – 1 October 2018
Birds of Tokyo, John Butler Trio, The Living End, The Waifs and The Temper Trap head up an explosive list of first round artists locked in to perform at the 2018 Caloundra Music Festival. Enjoy four days of Sun, Surf and Soul at beautiful Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast, during the12th annual Caloundra Music Festival, 28 September to 1 October 2018.

Crush Festival Bundaberg

Bundaberg North, Bundaberg Area
From AU$0 - 120
5 – 14 October 2018
Crush Festival's 10-day program telling the stories of the Bundaberg Region through the arts. Crush offers new and innovative arts projects and performances. Indulge in literary learning, contemporary circus, outdoor music, children's activities, exhibitions, film festival, opera and cabaret all whilst experiencing the culinary delights and character of the Bundaberg region.

Cairns Tropical Pride

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$50 - 50
12 – 14 October 2018
Cairns Tropical Pride is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus (LGBT+) festival to celebrate the diverse and beautiful people and places of the Cairns region. Once a year, Cairns Tropical Pride invites visitors from Australia and the world to join them for a week of play in the gorgeous environment that is Tropical North Queensland.

Spirit of Bundaberg Festival

Bundaberg East, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
13 October 2018
Serving up rum-inspired food, rum cocktails, the best in local music and the latest Bundaberg Rum Distillery releases – the festival is a celebration of all that Bundaberg has to offer, bringing together locals, travellers, and food and drink lovers alike.

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$15 - 40
26 October 2018
The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic promises three days of non-stop action! Staged at picturesque Lake Moondarra, 15 kilometres north of Mount Isa the annual Moondarra Classic offers a program jam packed with fishing, fun and excitement.
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