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

Featured events

Upcoming art and culture events

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Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford,
From AU$10 - 720
27 December 2018 – 1 January 2019
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 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.

Bleach* Festival

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 0
17 – 28 April 2019
Bleach* Festival is the Gold Coast Festival, taking place annually across the City in April. The program is one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts programs. Quintessentially Gold Coast, Bleach* 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.

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 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
5 – 9 June 2019
Cooly Rocks On™ is an annual celebration of everything 50s, 60s and 70s 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
28 June – 7 July 2019
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$20 - 230
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.

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.

Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale 2019

Bundall, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
9 – 13 January 2019
Join them in January for a uniquely Gold Coast experience - at no other time or place can you work and holiday so effortlessly. Within minutes of their sales complex are endless beaches, hinterland adventures, golf courses, amusement parks and world-class dining and entertainment options.

Noosa Summer Swim Festival

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$19.50 - 59.50
2 – 3 February 2019
The Noosa Summer Swim is a bucket list event for any keen ocean swimmer. In 2019, the festival offers a range of distances for every ability, from junior events to a five kilometre marathon distance where seasoned swimmers can push their limits.
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