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.

Birdsville Big Red Bash

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$584 - 584
7 – 9 July 2020
Have the experience of a lifetime at the world’s most remote music festival, the Birdsville Big Red Bash in the heart of Australia’s outback! The three-day festival returns at the Big Red desert dune near Birdsville, Queensland.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
10 – 11 July 2020
CIAF showcases the diverse cultures and artistic wealth of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples through an impressive program of art, dance, music, fashion, talks and workshops. CIAF has gone from strength to strength since the inaugural fair in 2009, attracting significant attention from both international and national collectors, curators, media and the general public.

Great Barrier Reef Festival

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
30 July – 2 August 2020
The Great Barrier Reef Festival, proudly supported by Cruise Whitsundays, celebrates what it means to live in the Whitsunday region at the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The region's favourite festival will celebrate 20 years in 2020 and will take over the vibrant tourist hub of Airlie Beach from July 30 - August 2.

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.

Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 0
12 – 23 August 2020
Bleach* Festival is the Gold Coast Festival, taking place annually across the City in August. 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.

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 – 4 September 2020
Bigsound, the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest new live music festival and music conference is returning to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct from Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 September 2020. In 2020, the Bigsound Indigenous program led by their First Nations Producer Alethea Beetson will commence a little earlier on Sunday 30 August 2020.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
18 – 26 September 2020
Winton is fast becoming known as the “Hollywood in the Outback” thanks to the events of Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and having several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s "Mystery Road" and "Goldstone" being filmed there.

Queensland Garden Expo

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$8 - 45
19 – 20 September 2020
Queensland Garden Expo is a three day celebration of gardening. The event attracts over 40,000 green thumbs and novice gardeners from across Queensland and interstate. Held at Nambour on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, it is ideally situated to showcase all the best of subtropical gardening.
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