Brisbane Bucket List Events

Brisbane Bucket List Events

Choosing your Brisbane bucket list events is no easy task. Brisbane is a top destination for travellers from around the world seeking the arts, sports, music, food, drink – the list goes on! There’s always something new and exciting happening in one of the world class venues around the city.

Here are some of our top picks to add to your Brisbane bucket list, and where to go to discover even more exciting events.

Riverfire | 3rd Sep

It’s an absolutely iconic Brisbane night, and definitely a bucket list event. Riverfire finds its way onto the calendars of all discerning Brisbane locals and visitors. The celebration is designed to kick off the start of the Brisbane Festival, and it does so with a bang – quite literally! There will be ADF displays from 5pm, and the fireworks start from 7pm.

Brisbane Festival | Aug- Sep 2022

Celebrate all things art in Brisbane with the ultimate in creative entertainment. Brisbane Festival is a chance to enjoy the achievements and talents that make Brisbane great. There are both paid and free exhibitions and shows, at a wide range of venues around the city. Check out what’s on and make your own individualised itinerary so you don’t miss one of the best celebrations of art around.

BIGSOUND Festival |  6-9 September

This September, get together for a uniquely Brisbane bucket list event. It’s all about everything music, from the striking sounds to behind the scenes. Soak up the sounds from a range of artists at venues across Brisbane. You’ll find everything you need to know right here.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup | 16 Oct

The T20 Men’s World Cup is happening in Australia! It’s just a few weeks away, and Brisbane will be hosting some mega matches. It’s fast-paced cricket with all the big hits that you love to see. The World Cup only comes around every few years, and now it’s coming to Australia you had better update that Brisbane Bucket List! Check out the line-up and get along to the ‘Gabba!

Nitro World Games | 22-23 Oct

The Nitro World Games is coming to Brisbane, bringing the ultimate in adrenaline based sport to the Suncorp Stadium. Watch BMX, FMX, Skate, and Scooter champs bust their best moves, live and breath-taking. Go Saturday, Sunday, or both to catch international athletes push the limits on human achievement. Tickets and information can be found on their website.

Brisbane International Film Festival | 27 Oct – 6 Nov

For the last 30 years, Brisbane’s annual Film Festival brings cinematic masterpieces together from around the world. You’ll see movie screenings, panel discussions, documentaries and more, at a range of venues in Brisbane. Keep your finger on the pulse of truly incredible film, both local and international. Check out the line up here to choose your film.

Virtus Oceania Asia Games 2022 | 5-11 November 2022

This November, Brisbane will host some of the world’s most elite athletes with an intellectual impairment at the Virtus Oceania Asia Games 2022. Around 1000 incredible sportspeople and officials from Asia, the Pacific and New Zealand will compete in the following sports: athletics, badminton, basketball, cycling, judo, rowing, sailing, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis & triathlon. Some of these athletes will continue on to represent their country in the Paralympic games.


Some of the biggest names from around the world will visit Brisbane and make it an unbeatable bucket list stop. This year alone will see Guns ‘N Roses, Justin Bieber, Slash, and Kiss among the incredible performers who will be gracing the stage in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. If you’d like something a bit more low-key, Brisbane has a whole range of venues that offer live music in a fantastic setting. Check out what’s on and plan your music adventure.


Brisbane is known for its strong sporting culture, and there are a whole host of teams from different codes that call the incredible stadiums home. This year, the Socceroos and the Matildas will be playing major international clashes against some top teams. The AFL is winding down with the deciding finals, and the AFLW is in full swing. Check out the rugby union, rugby league, cricket, and more – there are so many events to join in on. The major sporting stadiums of Brisbane are the Suncorp Stadium and the ‘Gabba, with the CBUS Stadium and the Metricon just a short journey away in the Gold Coast. Check out the stadium events pages to see what music, sport, and events are coming up.

Art and Culture

The South Bank Cultural Precinct is the place to be for the main bucket list artistic events. Check out GOMA and the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art, and stroll through the Queensland Museum and visit some of the world-class travelling exhibitions that stop off in Brisbane. You can head on over to QPAC as well, for some performing arts that will create life-long memories. It’s all there in the heart of Brisbane, but there are other venues around that are well worth the visit – for example, check out the Powerhouse for an iconic Brisbane experience.

Getting Around

With Airtrain, you will arrive quickly and comfortably from the airport to Brisbane City in 20 minutes. You can disembark at your chosen city station – Airtrain runs express from the airport, but stops at Fortitude Valley, Central, Roma Street, and South Brisbane stations. Just check out TransLink’s Journey Planner to work out the best way to arrive by public transport, or you can always Uber to where you need to go. 

While you’re in Brisbane, short term visitors  should check out the go seeQ card, which allows you unlimited travel for three or five consecutive days on buses, trains, ferries, and trams. It also includes two Airtrain journeys to/from the Brisbane Airport. 

For longer stays, travel like the locals with a go card – just touch on at your station of departure and touch off when you arrive at your destination.

Brisbane Bucket List Events

You can’t go past these incredible Brisbane bucket list events to give you plenty to look forward to. Whether you like art, culture, sports, or just creating memories – Brisbane is the place to be.

At Airtrain, we’re here to help you have the best travel experience possible as you go on your way to ticking off those all important Brisbane bucket list events. As you head off on your Brisbane adventures, start your journey well – travel with Airtrain.