Summer is at its end, but there’s no need to worry – there are still plenty of events happening over the autumn season that will give Brisbane locals and travellers lots to look forward to. Our arts and culture, food and drink, and sporting events are still going strong, and there’s plenty for adults, children, or the whole family to enjoy together.
Check out some of our top picks to enjoy this autumn in Brisbane.
Food and Drink
Brisbane is a dream destination year-round for those seeking great food, drink, and unbeatable atmosphere – check out our blog for places to dine when you’re in town. But for something a little special, why not head to one of these Brisbane autumn events to fill your senses – and your stomach.
Rosé and Champagne Pop-up | 11 Mar, 8 Apr, 6 Jun
Sit back and indulge in a very classy affair. The stunning Cloudlands venue is hosting 3 pop-up events over the coming months. You’ll get four 50ml glasses of their featured wines and rosés, as well as an antipasti platter of your choice.
Brisbane Ice Cream Festival | 18 Mar – 3 Apr
Who doesn’t love ice cream? Billed as both the hottest AND coolest Brisbane autumn event, the Brisbane Ice Cream Festival is back for its 5th year of celebrating everyone’s favourite treat. Held at the Peter’s Ice Cream Factory Precinct at West Village, it’s delicious fun for the whole family.
Neverland Pop-up | 23 Mar – 8 May
If you have ever wanted to visit Neverland, Brisbane offers you the chance to get swept away in the magical land of Peter Pan. Visit the Lost Boys hideout, climb aboard the Jolly Roger, and see if you can spot the ticking crocodile! Two enchanting cocktails are included in the ticket price, with special family-friendly sessions serving magical mock-tails.
Keen for some culture? You’ll find it in Brisbane this autumn. For other cultural events, check out the latest offerings from QPAC, or head to the Brisbane Cultural Centre at Southbank.
On by Circa | April 26-30
A thrilling modern circus event, watch in awe as the theme of acrobatics is explored with 7 talented performers combining dance, drama, and thrilling feats of physical daring.
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival | 16 Mar – 13 Apr
Head to the Palace Cinemas and immerse yourself in the world of French film. Check out one of the standard screenings or treat yourself to a special event – with the beautiful historic cinematic surrounds and fantastic films it’s sure to be a breathtaking outing.
BrisAsia Festival | March, various dates
Mixing food, fun, and offerings from a range of Asian backgrounds, the BrisAsia festival celebrates connection through culture. Originally scheduled for February, the events are now being held throughout March, giving visitors the chance to experience the diversity and magic of Asian cultures.
World Science Festival | 9 – 20 Mar
Science spectacles to amaze the whole family – what’s not to love? Get hands on with the World Science Festival in various locations around Brisbane during the month of March. There are a variety of activities, installations, and events to discover all around the city.
With world-renowned stadiums and a strong sporting culture, watch some of the best and brightest battle it out or get out there and get moving yourself with these Brisbane autumn events.
Brisbane Cycling Festival | 24 Mar – 14 Apr
From elite events to experiences open to participants of all abilities, the Brisbane Cycling Festival celebrates cycling over an exciting 20 day period. Watch the Tour de Brisbane, see the AusCycling Track National Championships, visit Festival Village and the Active Lifestyle Expo, and gear up for the Oceania Championships.
Medibank FeelGood Program | 31 Jan – 2 Apr
If you’re in the mood to move, the Medibank FeelGood Programs at Southbank have something for everyone. Choose from a range of 14 activities held each week, that cover a range of interests and ability levels. While you’re in Southbank, you always have the chance to get active with the walkways and swimming areas.
Batters Cricket Club | Open Now
Cricket and a few drinks with mates – what could be more Aussie than that? Battle your friends with the AI tech that will have you earning those beers. Improve your technique or just come for some laughs.
NRL Magic Round | 13 – 15 May
It’s the event of the year for NRL fans, as all the teams go head to head over the weekend in one location – Brisbane! Come cheer on your team and soak up the atmosphere as you watch the best of Australian rugby league.
Kids of all ages can find plenty to do with the places and events Brisbane has to offer. Autumn is bringing with it some extra fun, so why not take the family and experience something new and exciting.
Outdoor Cinema in the Suburbs | Mar – May
Get outside for some family fun, with multiple locations around Brisbane showcasing some major blockbusters that the whole family can enjoy. There are lots of different films on offer and there’s sure to be a screening near you. Check out the program to see what’s coming up next.
Pregnancy, Babies, and Children Expo | 19 – 20 Mar
Having a baby? Had a baby? Want to see what’s new in the world of raising kids? The expo features food, furniture, and everything in between. Speak to experts and have a look around the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centre.
Erths Prehistoric World | 7 – 10 Apr
The Brisbane Powerhouse goes back in time this autumn to immerse children in a world of prehistoric animals. The theatrical performance features animals from land and sea, educating and inspiring the audience with unforgettable entertainment.
QAGOMA Children’s Art Programs | Mar – Apr
Get your kids started early with the incredible art programs offered by QAGOMA. With dates throughout March and April, children from 4 months to 5 years will be delighted with programs featuring song, dance, and art activities. Bookings are essential.
Getting Around in Brisbane City
Travel with Airtrain from the airport to Brisbane City within only 20 minutes. At the end of your journey you have a number of stops to choose from – Airtrain runs express from the airport, but stops at Fortitude Valley, Central, Roma Street, and South Brisbane stations, and continues on towards the Gold Coast if that’s your destination.
Brisbane is a beautiful city for walking, and many fantastic destinations are within an easy stroll along attractive walkways. To get to your destination faster or to see more of the sights, Brisbane is connected by an extensive bus network and the river is crisscrossed by the CityCat ferries.
All Brisbane public transport uses a smart card for travel, or you can purchase a paper ticket. Short term visitors should check out the go seeQ card, which allows you unlimited travel for 3 or 5 consecutive days on buses, trains, ferries, and trams. It also includes 2 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 Autumn Events
The weather is cooling down, but Brisbane is beautiful at any time of year. With so many things to see and do, make the most of our stunning city and get along to some (or all!) of the special events hosted this season.