Art and Cultural Events

From theatre to fashion to art exhibitions, Queensland has some serious showstoppers. 

We celebrate art in all forms: on stage, in galleries – even sculpture on the beach. You can also catch world-class touring exhibitions and shows at our performing arts centres, museums local theatres and other venues.  

Check out the following events for your arts and culture fix. 

Cultural Heart of Brisbane

South Bank is Brisbane’s cultural beating heart, 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

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 

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Upcoming art and culture events

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Woodford Folk Festival

From AU$10 - 720
27 December 2020 – 1 January 2021
Australia's largest gathering of performers, the Woodford Folk Festival is held every year between 27 December and 1 January at a dedicated 500-acre site known as Woodfordia, one hour's drive north of Brisbane.

CMC Rocks QLD 2021

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
1 – 31 March 2021
CMC Rocks Queensland is the biggest international country and roots festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Delivering an explosive array of international and national country music superstars, over three massive days and nights at Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich.

Jungle Love Festival

Imbil, Gympie Area
7 – 9 May 2021
Jungle Love Festival is a boutique music festival that celebrates up and coming local musicians, artists and art workers and draws a like-minded community from South East Queensland and beyond. They follow a different model to most other festivals whereby they closely curate the entire program and add in different acts that they know most people are unaware of but will thoroughly enjoy, creating an element of surprise.

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
20 – 23 May 2021
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 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.

1770 Festival

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
21 – 23 May 2021
On the weekend closest to 23rd and 24th May every year is the 1770 Festival. Why? Well, this is when the 'HMB Endeavour' anchored in Bustard Bay, Queensland, at what is now the Town of 1770. There will be Cook's landing re-enactment on the 1770 Foreshore;

Taste Bundaberg Festival

Bundaberg East, Bundaberg Area
11 – 20 June 2021
Held across 10 tasty days in June each year, Taste Bundaberg Festival is an invitation to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty, pile plates high and leave glasses empty. Come, take a seat at The Great Bundaberg Feast.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
25 June – 3 July 2021
Winton is fast becoming known as the “Hollywood in the Outback” thanks to the events of Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and having several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s "Mystery Road" and "Goldstone" being filmed there.

Birdsville Big Red Bash

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$617 - 617
6 – 8 July 2021
Have the experience of a lifetime at the world’s most remote music festival, the Birdsville Big Red Bash in the heart of Australia’s outback! The three-day festival returns at the Big Red desert dune near Birdsville, Queensland.

Queensland Garden Expo

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$8 - 45
9 – 11 July 2021
Queensland Garden Expo is a three day celebration of gardening. The event attracts over 40,000 green thumbs and novice gardeners from across Queensland and interstate. Held at Nambour on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, it is ideally situated to showcase all the best of subtropical gardening.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

South Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$25 - 250
23 July – 1 August 2021
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.
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