What’s On in Brisbane for Families

Families Magazine shares what’s on for families with kids of all ages across Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba. In our ‘What’s On’ in Brisbane this weekend for families calendar you will find our team’s suggestions for weekday, weekend, night-time and school holiday events and activities. All our suggestions suit families and are kid friendly.

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Big City Lights* Festival | Gold Coast

21 June @ 8:00 am - 7 July @ 5:00 pm

Big City Lights Festival Gold Coast

This year’s BIG CITY LIGHTS* program features more than 39 works across more than 40 locations, including Nerang Street, Scarborough Street, Regent Lane, Davenport Street and Davidson Lane in Southport.

The festival is family-friendly and free.

It will be presented over three weekends from 21 June – 7 July 2024, Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights, 5.30pm till 10pm.

The self-guided festival features immersive audio-visual experiences, large-scale digital works, 3D-mapping and installations that transform Southport’s laneways and buildings into an outdoor gallery – literally using the building façades as a blank canvas.

BIG CITY LIGHTS* will also feature live music and performances in venues and at outdoor sites across the Gold Coast CBD, adding to the appeal of the free, family-friendly and accessible festival to a wide demographic of locals and drive-market visitors.

The festival features leading local and national artists including Joan Ross, Justene Williams, Judy Watson, Vernon Ah Kee, Erik Griswold, Yuriyal Bridgeman, Lawrence English and Julian Day.

Find out more.


21 June @ 8:00 am
7 July @ 5:00 pm
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