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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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 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.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

Beaudesert, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$10 - 300
30 June – 8 July 2018
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is your backstage pass your backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of the Scenic Rim. Eat your way around the region through a program of festivals, farm-gate events and culinary experiences to suit foodies of all ages.

Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival

Aratula, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$10 - 10
7 July 2018
The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch the cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
13 July 2018
From where ever you are, come and join Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own. The CIAF 2017 cultural festivities welcomed more visitors than ever before, 50,000 people attended across all venues enjoying the diversity of Far North Queensland Indigenous culture and taking the chance to attend and buy the latest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art from across Queensland, at the CIAF Art Market and Art Fair.

Queensland Garden Expo

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$7 - 40
13 – 14 July 2018
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.

Rockhampton River Festival

Rockhampton City, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
13 – 15 July 2018
Rockhampton River Festival is a massive three day celebration which is Regional Queensland's premier winter festival. Offering a suite of programs from music, performers, art installations, food and market stalls, a signature show and those smaller quirky things that you make go ‘ahhhhh’, this free* (some ticketed events within) festival is the must-do event on the Rockhampton calendar.
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