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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Horizon Festival

Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Area
28 August – 6 September 2020
Experience the Sunshine Coast's premier multi-arts festival. Horizon Festival connects artists, industries, communities and audiences through an award-winning celebration of arts and culture. They bring local, national and international artists together for 10 arts-fuelled days of visual art, music, performance, words and ideas, film and creative workshops.

Bigsound 2020

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
From AU$45 - 85
1 September – 31 December 2020
Bigsound, the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest new live music festival and music conference is returning to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct. Bigsound is where the world discovers Australian music.

The Ring Cycle

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
From AU$380 - 2200
10 November – 5 December 2020
Opera Australia is bringing a new production of the Ring Cycle to Brisbane in November 2020, exclusive to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Come on an exhilarating adventure with men and maidens, gods and giants, dragons and dwarves.

Bleach* Festival

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 0
12 – 22 November 2020
Bleach * Festival will take place from 12-22 November 2020 The program is one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts programs. Presented by Placemakers* Gold Coast, the 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.

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
UPDATE: unfortunately the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 1770 Festival in 2020. The team have been planning for this historical 250th commemorative event for many years and are saddened that their efforts will not come to fruition this year.

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.
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