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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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
24 November 2018 – 28 April 2019
The hugely ambitious APT series returns to QAGOMA this summer, bringing significant art from across the Asia Pacific to Brisbane. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight.

World Science Festival Brisbane 2019

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
1 – 31 March 2019
In March 2019, the World Science Festival Brisbane will once again bring together the world’s best thought leaders to produce a stunning program of live and digital content that connects Asia-Pacific audiences of all ages with the concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping the world.

Curiocity Brisbane

Brisbane, Brisbane Area
15 March – 3 April 2019
Things are about to get seriously curious in Brisbane! For 20 brilliant days in March - Brisbane will come to life with a myriad of curious encounters with Science, Technology and the Arts. From the South Bank Cultural Precinct to the creative Hub centred around the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm –the city will be transformed.

CMC Rocks Queensland

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
From AU$79 - 670
15 – 17 March 2019
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, Willowbank, Ipswich.

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 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
23 – 26 May 2019
The 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is set to lay anchor on the Gold Coast. Bringing together all walks of life in one spectacular waterfront location, more than 300 exhibitors will showcase hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products across four incredible days.

Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
18 – 28 July 2019
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.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

South Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$25 - 250
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.

Groundwater Country Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
26 July 2019
Groundwater Country Music Festival is a free to attend festival hosted in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast on July 26 to 28, 2019 with international and Australian artists headlining. The event is set on stages in the streets and parks of Broadbeach next to the beach.

The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$40 - 600
9 – 11 August 2019
Join them for their 60th year, as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations in 2019 from August 9 to 11. 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.
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