4 things to do in Brisbane this winter

Winter in Brisbane isn’t necessarily the coldest affair, but rather things get a little milder (though truly cold days aren’t unheard of).

While we may not get the full sense of seasonal changes here, we do benefit from still having perfect conditions in which to get out and about. In this blog, we’ve listed some of our favourite festivals and events that will be occurring this winter, when they’re happening, and what you can expect to experience from each of them.


Caxton Street Festival – 7 June, 2015

What better way to spend the first Sunday of winter than at one of Brisbane’s most iconic street parties, the Caxton Street Festival? Like any good festival, it’s full of music, food (seafood, in particular) and drinks for all ages. The relaxed-yet-energetic atmosphere and still-warm days make it a great way to spend a few hours of your time. Better yet, as it falls on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, you don’t have to worry if you decide to stay out into the night.


Story Bridge 75 – 5 July, 2015

If you weren’t aware, Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge is turning 75 this year. To celebrate, the Brisbane City Council will be shutting the Story Bridge down to traffic and opening it, instead, to foot traffic. This invitation to thousands upon thousands of people to stroll across the entirety of the Story Bridge throughout the day is being complemented by a host of food stalls, food trucks, live music and more. The food will come courtesy of the Eat Street Markets, which is relocating to the Story Bridge for the day, with a total of 80 food vendors and 20 food trucks. The bridge will be closed to vehicles from 7am to 7pm, with event itself running from 11am to 4pm. Keep in mind, however, that demand to attend the event is large, and you can only attend if you register.


Ekka – 7 to 16 August, 2015

Every year, the country meets the city in Brisbane. The Ekka itself is an institution, with the first show starting in 1921. And when you consider Brisbane’s oft-hot and humid climate, hosting the Ekka in the last month of winter certainly makes sense. But whether you go to the Ekka for the animals, the shows, the woodchopping, Sideshow Alley, the showbag pavilion or any of the other numerous attractions, it’s undeniable that the Ekka has a lot to offer – especially on a sunny winter’s day.


The Winter Festival – TBC

While no official word on a date has come through just yet, there are signs that Brisbane’s Winter Festival will return this year. We certainly don’t want to guarantee anything without concrete proof, however, so it’s best to be cautiously optimistic. Previous Winter Festivals have typically taken place in King George Square in Brisbane’s CBD and included things such as a large ice skating rink, food stalls and live entertainment. We’re certainly hoping that this one makes its return, especially considering it creates a sense of magic for kids and the young at heart.


Entrance to Ekka” by GruyereOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.