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

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Upcoming art and culture events

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Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
18 – 20 May 2018
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, May 17 to 20, 2018. 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
6 – 10 June 2018
Cooly Rocks On™ is an annual celebration of everything 50s and 60s, 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.

Mary Poppins Festival

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
29 June 2018
This year’s Festival presents a two week program of storytelling for all ages through all art forms. From music concerts backstage and onstage at the Brolga to pop up performances in the Bond Store Basement.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$50 - 80
27 July – 4 August 2018
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative nine day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland.

The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$40 - 500.00
9 August 2018
Join them for their sixtieth Rodeo , the Diamond Jubilee in 2018 from August 9 to 12. The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast.

Gympie Music Muster

Amamoor, Gympie Area
23 – 26 August 2018
The Gympie Music Muster is Australia's favourite outdoor country music and camping festival. Held in the beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, this iconic Aussie music festival brings music and mateship together under one big open roof, offering an experience like no other.

The Planting

Woodford,
From AU$91 - 91
4 – 6 May 2018
The Planting is a cultural, environmental and culinary festival held over three days and nights at Woodfordia, Queensland. With a diverse and interactive program involving workshops, masterclasses, talks and presentations and a full program of musical performances, ceremony and visual arts, The Planting focuses on sharing skills and knowledge.

Captain Cook 1770 Festival

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
From AU$0 - 11.00
25 – 27 May 2018
In 2018, the 26th annual Captain Cook 1770 Festival will commemorate the landing of Lieutenant James Cook on 24 May, 1770 at Bustard Bay. The award winning festival includes a foreshore re-enactment event at dusk on Friday 25 May 2018, followed by two full days of entertainment at the SES Grounds on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018.

Relish Fraser Coast

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$10 - 15
2 June 2018
Maryborough's heritage streetscapes and riverside parks are the setting for the Relish Food and Wine Festival - a delicious feast of culture and cuisine serving up celebrity chefs, gourmet tastings, cooking workshops, live music and art.

The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$15 - 15
29 June – 7 July 2018
The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, Winton, Queensland. 9 days / 30 films / A zillion stars Winton's Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is a film festival like no other. It celebrates Australian film and culture under the stars of Winton in Outback Queensland.
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