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 

Featured events

Upcoming art and culture events

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CMC Rocks QLD 2020

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$85 - 349
22 March 2020 – 20 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.

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
14 – 17 May 2020
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.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast Area
From AU$18 - 25
21 – 24 May 2020
The 32nd edition of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event will be held at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast from May 21-24. Attracting over 45,000 visitors and 300+ exhibitors, the 2020 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) promises to be a thrill-a-minute experience in the spectacular waterfront location.

Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
16 – 26 July 2020
Jumpers and Jazz is an annual festival that occurs in Warwick, on Queensland’s Southern Downs. It is traditionally held over 10 days at the end of July. The festival was born out of a desire to create a positive community response to a major streetscape project in 2004.

Groundwater Country Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
24 – 26 July 2020
Groundwater Country Music Festival is a free to attend festival hosted in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast on July 24-26, 2020 with international and Australian artists headlining. The event is set on stages in the streets and parks of Broadbeach next to the beach.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

South Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$25 - 250
31 July – 9 August 2020
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.

The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$40 - 600
6 – 9 August 2020
The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast. It's non-stop rodeo action - bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope and tie, steer wresting, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping.

Feast of the Senses Festival

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
27 – 29 March 2020
The Feast of the Senses is North Queensland premier tropical food event. Showcasing their amazing variety of exotic tropical fruits, produce, seafoods and meats it is like no other festival in Australia and is truly a feast for all of your senses!

Australian Body Art Festival

Cooroy, Noosa Area
Free Entry
4 – 5 April 2020
Australia's premier body art event, the Australian Body Art Festival is free for spectators and attracts great crowds keen to watch artists at work using human bodies as their canvas. The body art at this event is amazing with brush and sponge, airbrush and special effects full body art as well as some of the most intricate face painting you will ever see.

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
From AU$0 - 200
17 – 19 April 2020
From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “Must go-to” event.
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