What's Happening in Brisbane
Brisbane Racing Carnival
11 May - 8 June 2013
A highlight on both the racing and social calendars, the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival returns to the track bringing with it some of the biggest names in Australasian racing. Attracting the nation's top horses, hottest entertainers and VIP guests to enjoy superior raceday hospitality, don't miss your chance to enjoy Queensland's best racing events. With a variety of ticket choices to enjoy each Group One raceday, from admission to great value marquee packages, 2013 is your opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of the Carnival.
Doomben Cup Day
18 May 2013
With the sport of racing spanning generations, the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival's Doomben Cup Family Day is the perfect option for the quintessential racing experience. Offering FREE admission for the kids, Doomben Cup Family Day is tailored for families with free carnival rides and a family-fun atmosphere.
18 - 19 May 2013
The sky will come alive with colour and kites in various shapes and sizes at this year's KiteFest - it will be sure to leave visitors spellbound. Not only will this be a festival for kites, but there will also be specialty arts & craft markets, live entertainment, aerobatic displays, kite-making workshops and amusement rides.
24 May - 16 June 2013
Direct from its world premiere hit season on Broadway, Empire is the most jaw-dropping show ever seen on the intimate spiegeltent stage. Headlined by the most beautiful, daring and incredibly talented artists brough together from all over the globe, Empire Spiegelworld is a love letter from New York. Incorporating comedy, circus, variety and burlesque, Empire adds up to the best night out you will have this winter - step inside and get ready to be shocked and awed!
Treasury Casino Ladies' Oaks Day
1 June 2013
Ladies' Oaks Day held at the beautiful old Eagle Farm Racecourse, is a vibrant celebration of all that is fashion and glamour. Whether it's having a flutter on the Group 1 Queensland Oaks or enjoying the off field entertainment including Fashion on the Field, this race day is always a glamorous affair.
British & Irish Lions Australian Tour
8 - 22 June 2013
Australian Rugby Union have now confirmed the nine-match schedule - including three Tests against the Qantas Wallabies - for the long-awaited return to Australia of the British and Irish Lions in 2013. The Lions - selected from the best players in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales - visit Australian only once every 12 years, and will reignite a rivalry that exploded in 2001 when the Wallabies won a thrilling and sold-out series by two Tests to one.
16 June 2013
Brisbane Times City2South presented by Westpac - sister event to Sydney’s iconic City2Surf and Melbourne’s City2Sea - will take place for the very first time. The spectacular 14km course will cross the Brisbane River 3 times - featuring Victoria, Go Between and Eleanor Schonell Bridges. Starting at Parliament House in the CBD, heading up George Street, through South Bank, along Coronation Drive, up to the University of Queensland, and over Highgate “Heartbreak” Hill, finishing in South Brisbane. Elite runners, joggers, pram-pushers and walkers from around Australia will be joined by many dressed in novelty themed costumes with live music along the route. Brisbane Times City2South will raise much needed funds for over 372 charities.
MS Brissie to the Bay Bike Ride
23 June 2013
The MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride has been part of the Brisbane cycling scene for over two decades and is loved for its fun and friendly atmosphere. But, the ride is more than just a fun day out on the bike; our amazing riders raise money to help change the lives of the thousands of Australians living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Ride one of our four exciting distances and join in on the challenge.
6 - 21 July 2013
Coming to Brisbane is the National Theatre of Great Britain's smash hit production War Horse which tells the story of Joey, the beloved horse of a boy called Albert, who is sold to the cavalry at the outbreak of World War I and shipped to France. Fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey as Albert, never forgetting Joey, embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on the stage.
Queensland Music Festival
12 July - 28 July 2013
The Queensland Music Festival (QMF) is a biennial state-wide celebration of music, a major cultural and artistic success story with a national and international reputation, and an unparalleled geographic reach. The best of local, national and international talent perform every conceivable style of music in Brisbane and regional and remote centres from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast. Majority of the events are free, and many feature large-scale collaborations with communities. The festival ignites artistic potential and inspires participation in music-making and performances that reflect local culture and tell local stories.
8 - 17 August 2013
The Ekka has returned with more fairy floss, heart-stopping rides, showbags and cultural attractions than you can imagine. The Ekka continues to be Queensland's biggest and most anticipated yearly event and still achieves its aim of connecting Queenslanders of all ages, from the country to the city and from all walks of life. Head to the RNA Showgrounds to experience the magic of Ekka.
Bridge to Brisbane
1 September 2013
With sporting fever strong, Queensland it's time to get your trainers ready! The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane is here again in 2013! The fun run caters for those of all ages and fitness levels offering a 10km course for serious competitors and a 5 km course for those up for a Sunday stroll. Following the fun run, the Race Village will come alive with live entertainment, food and expo stalls for participants and spectators until midday at the RNA Showgrounds.
7 - 28 September 2013
Brisbane will be in full festive swing in September as acclaimed international and Australian artists and productions, free outdoor events, home grown productions and the cutting edge and offbeat burst across theatres and public spaces! The Brisbane Festival will intrigue, delight and inspire with a programme embracing dance, theatre, opera, classical music, circus, sideshow and contemporary music. Brisbane's city centre will be bursting with noise and colour!
11 - 13 September 2013
Held annually in Brisbane, BIGSOUND is recognised as Australia's leading international music industry gathering. Over three days each September, BIGSOUND draws a growing contingent of musicians, managers, industry experts and music lovers to meet, learn and discover new music in Brisbane's renowned entertainment precinct, Fortitude Valley.
28 September 2013
Stake out your spot, get ready to be amazed and look to the sky for the Festival’s closing night extravaganza, Sunsuper Riverfire. In 2013 the iconic show full of colour and noise will return, so get ready for a gripping fireworks display, set to explode in front of hundreds of thousands of people and draw the attention of the entire city.