Brisbane Festival 2021 | The BEST BrisFest events for Families

Brisbane Festival
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Brisbane Festival 2021 unites the city from Friday 3 – Saturday 25 September 2021 in a celebratory fusion of culture. Experience the wonderful, the wistful and the downright whimsical when Brisbane Festival’s program of family-friendly events surprise and delight audiences.

A spectrum of city-wide encounters and productions tap into both a rich seam of nostalgia and the promise of a hopeful future; use vintage technology and the latest digital platforms; and bring entertainment to the people while also enticing them to explore their own backyards.

Here are the family friendly shows and events you can look forward to at the Brisbane Festival, 2021.

Sky Castle at Brisbane Festival 2021

Brisbane Festival Sky Castle

3- 25 September – ALL AGES

This interactive installation is making its home at Northshore, Hamilton before floating down the river on Brisbane’s Art Boat from 15-25 September 2021.

This incredible work changes colour as you move through its luminous arches. Light and music have been specially orchestrated to inspire joy and hope as you flow in and out.

Like a rainbow after a storm, Sky Castle is a beautiful apparition that is here with us for a short time, not a long time. Catch it before it passes.

Airship Orchestra

Brisbane Festival Airship Orchestra

3- 25 September – ALL AGES

  • Brisbane’s Art Boat from 3-12 September before grounding at Northshore, Hamilton for the remainder.

Made from mesmerising inflatables, some as high as six metres, these mystical shapes light up as they perform to a choir score that will transport you to another world. If you find eyes following your every move, never fear – they mean no harm. You can book passage on the Brisbane Art Boat to see Airship Orchestra at the start of the Brisbane Festival or wait till it makes land at Northshore Hamilton for the remainder of the Brisbane Festival.

Silver City at Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival Silver City

3- 25 September, Rainforest Green, BOQ Festival Garden, South Brisbane. Suitable for people 10+ years.

  • Tues – Thurs 6:15pm, 8pm | Fri 7:15pm, 9pm | Sat – Sun 12pm, 1:45pm, 5:15pm, 7pm – 1 hour sessions.
  • Single admission $40. Groups of four $35 each. Bookings recommended.

Silver City is an immersive new experience by world-renowned circus company, Circa, together with UK architects, AL_A. Inside a structure of chrome bubbles awaits a unique performance where acrobats tumble and leap as the show unfolds. Extreme skill meets bold design in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Children under 12 years of age must be supervised by a responsible adult.  

Messengers of Brisbane (FREE)

Brisbane Festival

3- 25 September, various locations across Brisbane – ALL AGES

Six giant Gouldian Finches will fly into Brisbane to spread messages of hope this September.

Created by internationally renowned artist Florentijn Hofman and brought to life by Brisbane’s Urban Art Projects, these spectacularly coloured birds invite us to look up and smile.

Perched atop iconic Brisbane locations in the inner-city river area, Messengers of Brisbane can be viewed on a leisurely stroll, bike ride, or even from a CityCat. You can even join in some Finchy Fun workshops!

Peter and the Wolf

Brisbane Festival Peter & The Wolf

16 – 25 September, Judith Wright Arts Centre – ALL AGES

  • Single admission $30, packages of four $110 each. 50 minute performance. Bookings required.

Performed on stage by Queensland Ballet’s talented Jette Parker Young Artists and choreographed by Greg Horsman, Peter and the Wolf at Brisbane Festival beautifully retells the classic symphonic fairy tale with a contemporary twist.

Danced to an extended version of the original score by Sergei Prokofiev, this is a wonderful introduction to the orchestra that will inspire the littlest of ballet lovers and their families. there will be a relaxed performance on Saturday 25 September at 11am for families with sensory needs.

Common People Dance Eisteddfod

Common People Dance Eisteddfod | South Bank

19 September, South Bank Piazza – ALL AGES

  • 6:30pm start. Performance will run for 1.5 hours. 
  • Single admission $35. Groups of four $25 each. Bookings required.

The Common People Dance Project returns bigger than Ben-Hur as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast enter the competition to take on the north, south, east and west of Brisbane.

Common People Dance Project has been working with people of all ages and abilities to shape a series of over-the-top dance routines to the greatest hits of the eighties and nineties.

Wearing sequinned armour, shimmering tights, and wielding hairspray, these suburban gladiators will dance to the death to win. Which team will you barrack for?

Sunsuper Riverfire (FREE)

Riverfire Brisbane

25 September, Brisbane River and surrounds

  • Entertainment from 4pm. Fireworks from 7pm.

Witness one of the most electrifying fireworks displays in Australia, launched from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops, with aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force. Sunsuper Riverfire celebrates the end of three weeks of Brisbane Festival with a pyrotechnic extravaganza set to an almighty soundtrack. Click here for Riverfire parking deals.

Brisbane Festival 2021

The Brisbane Festival runs from Friday 3 – Saturday 25 September 2021 with a huge range of events on offer daily. Check their website for full details for the WHOLE program and keep checking back with us for updates!

Looking for more family fun? Check out list of all the family friendly festivals around Brisbane here.

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