Brisbane is, without a doubt, one of the best cities to hold a large range of events and festivals. With our warm climate and moderate winters, most days are sun-filled and perfect for getting out and about. If you’re currently trying to think of some Brisbane events to attend over the next few months (besides Brisbane Festival, of course), we’ve got you covered. From celebrating Colombian independence to the ever-recurring Eat Street Markets, here are six Brisbane events you should definitely check out.
1. Colombian Street Festival
On Saturday, 18 July, Fortitude Valley will be transforming into a hotspot of Colombian food, music and culture. To celebrate Colombian Independence Day, GPO Hotel (the main site of the festival) and Smirnoff have teamed up to offer attendees with authentic Colombian cuisine (courtesy of a number of Colombian eateries) and entertainment. While Smirnoff may be a key sponsor, don’t let it deter you from bringing the whole family – this is very much an all ages event. General admission is $20, but for kids 12 years and under it’s free. The festival will run from 11am to 10pm. You can find out more here.
2. A Craft Beer & Food Journey
Do you like food? Do you like craft beer? Do you have plans for the night before the Ekka public holiday? If you answered yes to the first two questions and no to third, then the Newstead Brewing Co’s Craft Beer & Food Journey may be right up your alley. Unsurprisingly, this event is for any 18 years and over, and tickets cost $95 each. But considering you’ll get to sample a range of delicious craft beers matched with the perfect accompanying meals, it’s likely well worth the money. Oh, and did we mention that money raised from the event will help in providing vital services for people with cystic fibrosis? If you’d like to attend, it will be happening on Tuesday, 11 August. You can find out more – and secure tickets – on the Eventbrite page.
3. Bridge to Brisbane
On Sunday, 30 August, Brisbane’s iconic fun run will return for another year. All ages are welcome, and you can opt for a 5km or 10km run for $35 or $45, respectively. Regardless of which distance you opt for, you can use the Bridge to Brisbane to raise funds for your favourite charity, and the more money you raise, the more time that will be deducted off a specialise ‘hero time’ for your race. Once the race is over, you can unwind and enjoy some of the post-race festivities and food. Not a bad deal at all. To find out more, check out the official Bridge to Brisbane website.
If you’re a music lover and like the idea of a multi-day music festival that takes place across multiple venues in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, then BIGSOUND may just be the perfect fit for you. There are several ticket options to choose from, so it’s best to visit the QMusic website for more comprehensive information. The event will take place across three days, from Wednesday, 9 September, to Friday, 11 September.
5. Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup has always been one of those events where the location of the event has never truly mattered – after all, it’s the race that stops a nation. There’s no real definitive way of how you should or shouldn’t celebrate Melbourne Cup, but if you can afford to have time off work (or whatever usual preoccupations you deal with), the gathering at a place for some food and drinks and a little bit of punting is always a good time. This year’s Melbourne Cup is taking place on Tuesday (of course), 3 November.
6. Eat Street Markets
While all of the above are events set to happen in the near future for a limited period of time, Eat Street Markets is an ongoing Brisbane-based event that occurs every weekend. While the usual times are Friday and Saturday nights, winter has seen the organisers of Eat Street also include a Sunday daytime session. What’s undeniably great about Eat Street Markets (outside of the expansive food options) is the fact that you’re never at risk of missing out. If you miss it this weekend, you’re not going to have wait another year – just wait until next Friday night. Eat Street takes place at Hamilton Wharf every weekend, designed to recreate the feeling of walking through populated Asian food markets, and you can find out everything you need to via the official website.