Festivals Brisbane | Find the BEST Kid-Friendly Festivals Near You!
There are so many festivals Brisbane has to offer right through the calendar year! If you’re looking for something fun that the whole crew can enjoy, then we might have just the activity you’ve been looking for (and some of them are cost-free, woohoo!)
Festivals Brisbane? We know where to go (because we go, too!)
Festivals in Brisbane are a great opportunity to really take part in what our beautiful city has to offer. From riverside delights to cultural celebrations to everything food – there truly is something for everyone.
Here are a few tips on making the most of Brisbane’s festivals. Make sure you also keep a close eye on our constantly updated festivals page so you don’t miss a minute of the fun!
The best family festivals Brisbane in January
- January 26 annually – various venues
Australia Day is celebrated at various venues and in many ways across Australia. Most council regions will host their own events, usually including citizenship ceremonies and fireworks. Here are some ideas of things to do on Australia Day with kids.
Got any great family festivals in January? We’d love to hear about them! We’ll continue to hunt for them and update this section when we find ’em.
The best family festivals Brisbane in February
Lunar New Year Festival | Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley
- Saturday 13 February 2021
Experience Lunar New Year in the heart of Fortitude Valley and enjoy the unique flavours and vibrant culture that Chinatown has to offer. Book a table at your favourite venue and enjoy the roving entertainment, including lion dances and Japanese drumming.
BrisAsia Festival | Across Brisbane
- 1 – 28 February 2021
Are you ready to try something new at BrisAsia Festival 2021? From the city to the suburbs, see an array of diverse live entertainment, outdoor activity as well as healthy and active events. There is something for everyone to enjoy with a range of events across Brisbane that celebrate the diversity of food, music, dance and art within Asian culture. From dumpling making to lion dancers, a rooftop dance party and weekend food festival, Brisbane city and the suburbs will come alive and ring in the Chinese New Year in style. Find out more here.
Brisbane Holi – Festival of Colours | Rocks Riverside Park
- 27 February 2021
Brisbane Holi – Festival of Colours welcomes its fifth year of celebrating Brisbane’s vibrant multicultural communities. Organisers are promising that this year the colors will be extra vibrant and the atmosphere extra joyful! Originating in India many centuries ago, Holi is a widely anticipated annual event across the globe, with many forms of celebrations taking place to share in the joy and happiness of colour, dance and music. Find out more here.
The best family festivals Brisbane in March
Curiocity | Various Locations
- 12 to 28 March 2021
Let your imagination roam free! Curiocity Brisbane is a 17-day celebration of science, art and tech, where new possibilities play and big ideas collide. Explore a packed program of interactive installations and events including World Science Festival Brisbane. Watch as the city around you is transformed into a world of discovery. Curious visitors of all ages can explore, create and play with the physical and digital Curiocities, including 28 never-before-seen installations created by artists and makers from across the state and around the globe.
World Science Festival | South Brisbane
- 24 – 28 March 2021
Brisbane Cycling Festival | Various Locations
- 24 March – 12 April 2021
The Brisbane Cycling Festival will return in 2021 (24 March – 12 April), with an expanded festival program making it Australia’s biggest cycling event. The Brisbane Showgrounds will host an all-new Festival Village showcasing an exciting array of multi-discipline cycling events, an active lifestyle expo, and entertainment for all ages.
Mould – A Cheese Festival | Bowen Hills
- 26 March 2021
Australia’s favourite cheese festival, MOULD, is coming back to Brisbane for an even bigger mozzare-hella good time! MOULD will bring together the best artisan cheese producers from across the country for a day of cheese, wine, masterclasses and more. To make sure cheese-crazed fans can access as many dairy delights as possible this year they’ve added even more session times for you. See more here.
The best family festivals in April
Redcliffe Festival of Sails | Redcliffe
- 2 April 2021 – Good Friday 2021 (free)
This Good Friday, point the steering wheel towards Redcliffe and spend the day by the seaside at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails! Packed with fun the whole family will love this Easter and the best vantage point to catch the historic Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, there’s no better place to kick off the long-weekend. It wouldn’t be Good Friday or Festival of Sails without the Easter Bunny, making the infamous festival appearance via water this year. Redcliffe Festival of Sails is bursting at the seams with fun for the kids including the Kids Zone jam-packed with children’s entertainment, stalls and activities.
Bluewater Festival | Shorncliffe
- 2 April 2021 – Good Friday 2021 (free)
Organised by the Sandgate Bayside Chamber of Commerce, the famous Bluewater Festival held at Shorncliffe Pier is an event not to be missed. Held on the scenic foreshore at Shorncliffe in conjunction with the annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race it’s the perfect vantage point to watch the start of this iconic race. Head to Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe for FREE entry to the food festival, markets, entertainment throughout the day including live bands, kids’ activities, rides, and fireworks in the evening.
Festival of Tibet | Newfarm
- 24 April – 4 May 2021 – (some parts are free and some require tickets)
The best family festivals Brisbane in May
Anywhere Theatre Festival | Multiple Locations
- 6 – 23 May 2021 – (some events free, some ticketed)
Moreton Bay Running Festival | Clontarf
- 8 May 2021
Bring your whole crew along to the inaugural Moreton Bay Running Festival to enjoy the perfect running conditions and cooler evening temperatures on the gorgeous Moreton Bay foreshore. Distances are available to suit all running (and walking) abilities. For the super fit, why not make a weekend of it and take on one of the Moreton Bay Triathlon events the morning after your run. With distances from kids and beginners right through to elite athletes, there’s certainly something for everyone. Registrations required.
Buddha Birth Day Festival | Priestdale
- 14 May – 16 May 2021– (free, family friendly event)
The Buddha Birth Day Festival celebrates Australia’s harmony and diversity, and this year the festival will be held at Chung Tian Buddhist Temple. The festival includes unique experiences such as traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, multicultural performances, meditation, vegetarian food stalls, Buddhist talks, Baby Blessing ceremony and much more! Entrance to the Buddha Birth Day Festival is FREE and open to the whole family. Bookings Required. Chung Tian Buddhist Temple.
The Brookfield Show | Brookfield
- 14 – 16 May 2021 – (tickets)
The Brookfield Show will be held at the Brookfield Showground, 550 Brookfield Road, Brookfield. (Just in case you were wondering how many times we could say the word ‘Brookfield’ in one sentence!) Show activities begin on Thursday before the show when the art, photography, needlework and woodwork competitions reveal their winners . Show Friday is known as District Day because the horse events are limited to local riders, horses and owners. The action winds up in Sideshow Alley after school Friday afternoon with a rodeo and live music in the Happy Hour Bar.
Show Saturday and Sunday see a full program of ring events, sideshow entertainment, with all pavilions open to visitors and judging of various competitions including horticulture, poultry,waterfowl and guinea pigs. The program includes fireworks Saturday evening and live music Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Find out more here.
Paniyiri Greek Festival | South Brisbane
- 22 – 23 May 2021 – (tickets)
One of Australia’s longest running festival, Paniyiri celebrates all things Greek, including food, dance, grape stomping, plate smashing, cooking and cultural activities. Located in Musgrave Park in South Brisbane and also in the Greek Club across the road. There’s always plenty happening on the entertainment stages and don’t forget the legendary honey puff eating competition.
Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) | Meadowbrook
- Sun 23 May 2021- (free)
Madman Anime Festival | South Brisbane
- Not going ahead in Brisbane in 2021. Anime Festival will return to Brisbane (May 21-22, 2022)!
The ULTIMATE anime event is at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre! You can definitely expect a huge range of awesome fan and community events, and they’re keen to get everyone involved with making Anime Festival Brisbane truly one of a kind!
Dayboro Day Festival | Dayboro
- Not going ahead in 2021.
The Dayboro Day Festival is held in conjunction with the Dayboro Antique & Collectables Fair in the township’s main street. The Festival and Fair is an opportune time for locals and tourists to explore the gorgeous Dayboro Valley area, uncover its hidden gems and experience all that this quaint rural township has to offer.
Since 1991, this festival has grown to attract over 20,000 visitors to our beautiful country town. Dayboro is located at the foot of the D’Aguilar Ranges, 21 km’s N/W of Petrie. Go and experience a touch of rural hospitality from our historical town.
Green Heart Fair | Chermside
- 30 May 2021
Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Fair is back and will be better than ever! The fair will feature over 120 of Brisbane’s leading sustainability experts ready to share practical tips and tricks to live a more eco-friendly life. You’ll be treated to sustainability displays, expert talks, eco-friendly exhibitors, artisan markets, food trucks and so much more! 7th Brigade Park.
The best family festivals Brisbane in June
The Winter Village | Hamilton
- June 3 – August 29
Discover The Winter Village, an outdoor pop-up event running from June 3 – August 29. This magical winter wonderland is a must-visit destination perfect for the whole family. Perched by the Brisbane river, enjoy ice-skating, snow showers, food trucks & pop-up bars and of course, the magical igloo village. With a full season of events and activities to explore, The Winter Village is open 7 days a week. Bookings required. Northshore Hamilton.
Luminous Lantern Parade | South Bank Parklands
- 4 June 2021
Now in its 14th year, the annual Luminous Lantern Parade celebrates Queensland’s culture, heritage, people, places and industry. Hosted by Multicultural Australia, the Luminous program includes events in Toowoomba, Rockhampton, local neighbourhoods across Brisbane and South Bank Parklands. You can also get involved in lantern making workshops throughout June. RSVP required for this FREE event. South Bank.
Brisbane Marathon Festival | Brisbane CBD
- 5-6 June 2021
Celebrating its 29th year in 2021, the Brisbane Marathon Festival is one of the oldest and most friendly events on the Australian running calendar attracting thousands of participants each year. Choose from the full 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km, 5km or 2km. The course gives you the incredible opportunity to run over the main deck of the iconic Story Bridge, before enjoying a rock star finish at the Riverstage. Bookings required.
Cooly Rocks On 2021 | Coolangatta
- 9-13 June 2021
Celebrate the music, memories and moments of the 50s, 60s and 70s at Cooly Rocks On. With multiple stages throughout the Coolangatta precinct you’ll be able to enjoy the very best in rock ‘n’ roll, swing and rockabilly music on the Gold Coast. In 2021, Cooly Rocks On will add even more action to the program by welcoming the spirit of VIVA Surfers Paradise, with five days of Elvis activity to be added into an already bursting program. The Strand Coolangatta.
Grazed & Grown by Regional Flavours | South Bank
- 18-20 June 2021
Hosted by Alastair McLeod and Matt Kirkegaard, Grazed & Grown will be sure to dish up a buffet of skillful cooking demonstrations featuring seasonal produce, food philosophy and sustainability. Taste test the very best produce and innovative ingredients in The Marketplace, filled with producers and artisans from within 250km of Brisbane City. Unwind to live music while soaking up the winter rays with a cool craft beer from a home-grown brewer or a signature cocktail from The Country Club bar. Kids under 12 enter FREE. Bookings required.
Snow4Kids | Ipswich
- June 19 to July 11
Snow4Kids has returned to Brisbane for its 9th year with a new location! In 2021, Snow4Kids will be moving from South Bank Parklands to Orion Central Springfield creating a glistening, snow-filled winter wonderland for local families. Get your family ready for some fun snowman making and snowball throwing amongst your own group in the Ipswich region!
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week | Multiple Locations
- 26 June – 4 July 2021
Starring more than 125 events from Canungra to The Lost World, Beaudesert to Boonah and Tamborine Mountain to Kalbar, Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is the ultimate backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of the region. The Scenic Rim produces a vast bounty of fruit and vegetables, wines, craft beer, milk, meat and gourmet products, including olives, cheeses, nuts, jams and relishes. Eat Local Week has something for foodies of all ages featuring free and low- cost activities for children and families, farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners and opportunities to meet the farmers and taste their wares. Scenic Rim.
Winterfest at Dreamworld | Coomera
- 26 June – 11 July 2021
Shake up your winter at Dreamworld as it turns into a winter wonderland and a foodie’s haven during Winterfest, back and cooler than ever this June! From the illusion of snow throughout the park, to tobogganing, ice skating and themed entertainment, Dreamworld will become the home of winter on the Gold Coast for two weeks during the school holidays. The park will also be holding two ticketed Park After Dark Winterfest events on 26 June and 3 July, where you can enjoy an action-packed Winter-themed event and ride your favourite rides at night.
Out of the Box Festival | South Brisbane
- Dates and times to be confirmed for 2022. This is a biennial festival.
This festival is carefully curated to offer connected arts and educational experiences for children aged eight years and under. In 2022 QPAC’s Out of the Box will have a different format. A number of Out of the Box productions will be presented throughout the year and will complement QPAC’s year-round program for children and young people.
The best family festivals Brisbane in July
Abbey Medieval Festival | Caboolture
- 2- 4 July 2021
This is the Abbey Museum’s BIGGEST event and is a drawcard every year for lovers of both history and fantasy. There are re-enactments, sizzling meats (oh, the meats) and tasty mead with which to quench your mighty thirst and an all-round COOL historical experience. There are plenty of things for kids to do (and big kids as well). Read our review here.
NAIDOC Festival | Multiple Locations
- 4-11 July 2021
There will be many activities and festivals around Brisbane (including Musgrave Park) to share in the very important messages of hope that NAIDOC brings to us. Let’s work together for a brighter tomorrow.
Spark Ipswich – Previously Ipswich Festival | Ipswich
- 8 -18 July 2021
SPARK Ipswich, The`reimagined’ Ipswich Festival is an 11-day city-wide event celebrating the people, places, arts and culture of Ipswich. The 2021 program will deliver up fresh new festival content. Music, comedy, arts, exhibitions, circus, projection, culture, cabaret, technology, collaboration and discussion will take over the City.
Mind, Body & Spirit Festival | South Brisbane
- 9-11 July 2021
Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event, Mind, Body & Spirit Festival is coming back to Brisbane. Learn from over 200 exhibitors, attend inspirational seminars, try some body pampering, watch stage performances, join a meditation session and taste delicious health foods! It’s free to attend however you will need to claim your free ticket via the website.
Brisbane Comedy Festival | Newfarm
- 16 July – 8 Aug
Comic musings, side-splitting stories and tear-inducing tales…Brisbane Comedy Festival returns in 2021, bursting at the seams to host a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country. Get skit-faced with 50+ of your favourite rib-tickling rascals from across Australia. From stand-up to improv and sketch comedy, they’ve got your tastes covered, plus they’ll shine a light on the best new talent, here and now! Bookings required. Brisbane Powerhouse, The Tivoli and The Fortitude Music Hall.
Einbunpin Festival | Sangate
- 25 July 2021
This incredible festival, running since 1992, is a celebration of all things Sandgate. It’s the village atmosphere, that gorgeous environment and the quirky and talented characters who make the area so special. Stalls, performances, games and activities make this a great day out for the whole family.
Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival | Woody point
- 30 July – 1 August 2021
Get your taste buds ready! Moreton Bay’s most delectable festival is back in 2021, tastier than ever before. The 2021 Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival will be held at Apex Park, on the waterfront, at Woody Point. The new location enables the festival to be delivered under a COVID-Safe event format while giving foodies from all over SEQ the chance to catch Woody Point’s famous sunset. Apex Park.
GreazeFest | Redlands
- 30 July – 1 August 2021
Held every year in the Redlands, just outside of Brisbane, GreazeFest brings you a crankin’ weekend of cool cars, rockabilly music, fashion parades, pinups, vintage bikes, lowrider cycles, low brow art, pinstripers, tattoos, markets and heaps more. Tickets on sale now. Redlands Showgrounds.
Le French Festival | South Bank
Le Festival will be back in its usual format in 2022. Meanwhile, immerse yourself in the French experience and ‘joie de vivre’ at Le Festival’s 2021 smaller celebrations. Find out more here.
The best family festivals Brisbane in August
Storyarts Festival | Ipswich
- 1-8 August 2021
Ipswich’s biennial StoryArts Festival returns in August! Presented by the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network, the festival brings you award winning authors, illustrators, storytellers and performers from all over Australia to deliver an exciting program of literary experiences through an eight-day schools, family and adult program.
The Ekka – Royal Queensland Show | Fortitude Valley
- 7-15 August 2021
The best family festivals Brisbane in September
Brisbane Festival | Multiple Locations
- 3-25 September 2021
RedFest Festival | Redlands
- 3-5 September 2021
- Norm Price Park, Redlands Showgrounds
Join in the celebrations with singers, dancers and artists from around. Families can enjoy over 50 carnival rides, reptile show, circus workshops, lantern decorating and parade, various craft activities and fireworks displays. Select from a range of food trucks and consider entering the annual Strawberry Eating Competition. RedFest has something for everyone.
Redcliffe KiteFest | Clontarf
- 11 & 12 September 2021
Nundah Village Street Festival | Nundah
- Sunday 12 September 2021
- Sandgate Road, Nundah
Join Nundah for the communities annual festival, celebrating food, stalls, bands, local schools and entertainment.
Strawberry & Dessert Festival | Sandstone Point
- 18 September 2021
The Sandstone Point Hotel is home to the Strawberry & Dessert Festival! Fresh strawberry stalls, strawberry milkshakes, chocolate coated strawberries (OMG) and a ‘Strawberry Patch Bar’ that specialises in… you guessed it, strawberry drinks. There will be children’s entertainment and rides, live music, strawberry eating competition and FIREWORKS!
- 17-19 September 2021
The Mudgeeraba Show provides a festival of fun for families and will be held at the beautiful Mudgeeraba Showgrounds. Families will have a fabulous day out experiencing a wide variety of tastes, sights, sounds and delights!
Laidley Spring Festival | Laidley
- Planned for September 2021 – Dates TBC
The Lockyer Valley welcomes families from across South East Queensland to attend this three-day festival. Enjoy community exhibitions and demonstrations, markets, an array of food options and live entertainment. Of particular interest is the free Family Fun Day *12 September* featuring the annual street parade, activities, face painting, roving entertainment and wildlife presentations. Find out more on their website.
Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival | Tamborine
- 2021 dates TBC
The Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival is an annual event to celebrate the great lifestyle enjoyed on the Mountain. It is essentially a huge Sculpture Show with the subjects being Scarecrow-related!
The Scarecrows on the Discovery Trail can compete in several categories, for great prize money and local fame. Young, old, clever, and artistically-challenged all participate, and the result is hundreds of scarecrows that have to be seen to be believed. Families can enjoy market stalls, rides, games, street performers, pig racing and food trucks. Gold coin entry fee.
The best family festivals Brisbane in October
MOSAIC Multicultural Festival | Roma Street Parklands
- 2021 dates TBC
- Roma Street Parklands
MOSAIC can be reached via Roma Street Station and is an accessible festival held at Roma Street Parkland for the whole family. Its intention is to showcase the rich cultural benefits that our broader community experiences thanks to the incredibly diverse population of Queensland!
Oktoberfest | Brisbane
- Over two weekends on 8-10 and 15-17 October 2021.
The Oyster Festival | Sandstone Point
- Saturday 16 October 2021
The Sandstone Point Hotel is home to a GREAT family day out. Seafood stalls, wine, celebrity chefs, live music, rides, entertainment, and the famous Australian Oyster Opening Competition. You may even see a visit from *gasp* Spongebob Squarepants!
The best family festivals Brisbane in November
Supanova! | South Brisbane
- 6-7 November 2021 dates
This is for lovers of all things pop culture! Supanova is a celebration of the small and big screens. It’s held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in South Bank – expect to see some Cos Play! (People dressed in costume as their favourite characters)
The best family festivals Brisbane in December
Woodford Folk Festival | Woodford
- 2021/2022 dates TBC
Christmas in Brisbane!
Christmas is the BEST time of year in Brisbane and we couldn’t close this article without mentioning it. While it’s not *technically* a festival, there’s SO MUCH to see and do in the city at this time of year! Check out our wrap up here!
Festivals Brisbane – did we miss your fave?
Let us know what your favourite festival in Brisbane is in the comments!