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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!)

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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 2022

Roman Family Fun | Abbey Museum 

  • 10 January – 14 January

Kids Dig It! is back these school holidays with Roman family fun. Join us at the Abbey Museum for a week of hands-on, educational fun for the whole family. Kids can live out a Roman life including many family-friendly activities. 

Tickets are available now. Each child ticket includes admission for one adult. 

Australia Day | Various Venues

  • January 26 annually 

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 2022

Lunar New Year Festival |  Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley

Chinese Lunar New Year | Fortitude Valley

  • 5 February 2022

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 – 20 February 2022

Are you ready to try something new at BrisAsia Festival? 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

Brisbane Holi - Festival of Colours

  • 19 February 2022

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 2022

World Science Festival | South Brisbane

World Science Festival Brisbane

  • 9 to 13 March 2022
This is one of our favourites. The World Science Festival showcases a huge variety of all things science. From engaging and enthralling conversations with leading scientists and experts to a collision of science and art over 5 days. There is something for all ages at World Science Festival Brisbane. The festival will once again hit the road! World Science Festival Queensland is returning to Regional Queensland throughout the year to Townsville, Chinchilla, Gladstone, Toowoomba, and Ipswich. Definitely NOT one to be missed!

Brisbane Ice Cream Festival | West End 

  • 18 March to 3 April 2022

Prepare to melt, Brisbane! The hottest AND coolest festival is returning to the home of ice cream for its fifth installment – and it’s less than one month away. Brisbane Ice Cream Festival is back in 2022 with a brand new format of ice cream inspired events to topple sweet-tooths of all ages! Building on previous years’ sell-out events, Brisbane families will be able to celebrate all things creamy and coned over not one, not two, but three weekends to make sure everyone can get a scoop of the action!

Brisbane Cycling Festival | Various Locations

  • 24 March to 14 April 2022

The Brisbane Cycling Festival will return in 2022, with a jampacked line-up of rides, races, events, expos and entertainment to light up Brisbane. Brisbane will play host to the first combined Oceania Cycling Championships from March 27 – April 11 at multiple venues across Brisbane, in what is a major coup for the cycling-mad Sunshine State.

The best family festivals Brisbane in April 2022

The Festival of Tibet | Brisbane

  • 1 April – 8 April  2022 – (some parts are free and some require tickets) 
The Festival of Tibet celebrates the dynamic and unique culture of the people of Tibet. This year,  the 14th Festival of Tibet brings you a combined program of in-person and virtual experiences, as we find equanimity in the obscure times in which we currently live. Brisbane Powerhouse will hold two special concerts KINSHIP: Colours of Compassion with Matt Hsuâ’s Obscure Orchestra and MYSTICAL TIBET: Songs from the album Yeshi Dolma with Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.The Powerhouse concert series will be followed by a ten-day online virtual program of events including stories, panel discussions, music, poetry and films, highlighting the ongoing plight of Tibet.

Redcliffe Festival of Sails | Redcliffe 

Redcliffe Festival of Sails

  • 15 April 2022 – Good Friday 2022 (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

  • 15 April 2022 – Good Friday 2022 (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.

The best family festivals Brisbane in May 2022

Anywhere Theatre Festival | Multiple Locations

  • 5 May – 5 June 2022 – (some events free, some ticketed)
Anywhere Festival is days of performances anywhere but a theatre in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and from anywhere online 5 May – 5 June 2022. You can expect theatre in car parks, comedy in laneways, opera in reservoirs, dance in stairwells and quirky workshops exploring arts and craft. The full program revealed soon!

Regional Flavours | South Bank

  • 13 – 15 May 2022 (free)

Foodies rejoice! Regional Flavours at South Bank is packed with delicious Australian food and drinks. Join celebrity chefs alongside local chefs as they share their expertise in free cooking demonstrations across the weekend. Enjoy over 50 stallholders, two live music stages and a range of fun, free kids’ activities. The programme kicks off on Friday night and runs all weekend. 

Moreton Bay Running Festival | Clontarf

  • 14 May 2022

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 2022 – (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

  • 13 – 15 May 2022 – (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.

DogFest | North MacLean 

  • 27 May 2022

DogFest 2022 returns bigger and better than ever with a new Logan location. This FREE event includes a paw-some line-up of dog-friendly stallholders, human-friendly food trucks, live entertainment, activities and competitions for everyone to enjoy! DogFest is an innovative and informative doggy event not to be missed by paw-rents.

Green Heart Fair | Herston

  • 29 May 2022

Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Fair is back and will be better than ever! The fair will feature 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, pre-loved clothing, flood resilience tips and so much more! Held at Victoria Park / Barrambin.

Teneriffe Festival | Teneriffe

  • 28 May 2022

Brisbane’s biggest street party, the Teneriffe Festival celebrates the rich heritage and kaleidoscopically diverse community that is Teneriffe, by erupting in a fabulous fiesta of the best eats, beats, art and drinks the area has to offer. This year, festival-goers can celebrate the best foodie destinations with the Taste of Teneriffe. With a range of kids activities, including Bluey and Bingo performing and a meet and greet photo opportunity, there is fun for all the family! 

The best family festivals Brisbane in June 2022

Caboolture Festival | Caboolture

  • 1 – 30 June 2021

Caboolture and surrounds will be a hive of activity for the entire month of June 2022, with a jam-packed program set to bring live music, entertainment and family friendly events to the area!

The festival will have an event for everyone featuring art exhibitions, family-friendly activities, an extravagant high tea, a Country rodeo and many more!

The signature event will be the Open Air Comedy Night on Saturday 25th June featuring some of Australia’s most well-known comedians, hosted in Caboolture Town Square. Find out more here.

Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) | Meadowbrook

  • Sunday 5 June 2022- (free)
It’s time to celebrate making small changes everyday to help our planet. Head to Logan Eco Action Festival aka LEAF and join in learning big and small tips to live a more sustainable lifestyle!
There’s interactive presentations and workshops from some of our country’s leaders in sustainability, gardening and waste reduction! Plus eco stall holders, sustainable cooking demos, hands-on craft making, eco-markets, plant sale, an array of food trucks, live music and fun kids’ activities. Find out more here.

Cooly Rocks On | Coolangatta

  • 8 – 12 June 2022

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. The beachside festival will see thousands of visitors flock to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast across five action-packed days. Some of the festival’s highlights include the Show ‘N’ Shine, Live Music, Elvis Precinct, Markets, Pin-up Pageant and more. The Strand Coolangatta.

Luminous Lantern Parade | South Bank Parklands

LUMINOUS Lantern Parade Brisbane Festival

  • 10 June 2022

Now in its 15th 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. Register in advance for this FREE event. 

Winter Solstice Festival | Windsor

  • 18 June 2022

Northey Street City Farm have been celebrating the Winter Solstice for over 25 years with an annual festival of live music, dancing, talks and workshops for all ages, incredible food, a lantern parade and of course their beautiful bonfire. The Solstice Ceremony, Lantern Parade and Bonfire will kick off after sunset, so the kids can join in the fun. Afterwards you can enjoy a tea ceremony. Find out more here.

RACQ MotorFest 2022 | Brisbane Showgrounds

  • 19 June 2022
The fun, atmosphere and excitement of RACQ MotorFest returns on Sunday, 19 June 2022 at the iconic Brisbane Showgrounds.
 
A unique celebration of all things motoring, this annual event is a showcase of past, present, and future and offers something for everyone including free kids’ rides and family entertainment, a variety of food stalls, an array of unique, prestige and collector vehicles, as well as a dedicated zone featuring future vehicle technology and sustainable living solutions. Find out more here.

Redcliffe Show | Redcliffe

  • 24 – 26 June 2022

Enjoy three days of fun for the whole family at Redcliffe Show. With rides, shows, animals, entertainment and games, there is a packed programme of activities to keep you entertained. The event includes a firework display at 8.30pm on the Friday and Saturday nights. 

Curiocity | Various Locations  

  • 24 June to 10 July 2022

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. 

Mudgeeraba Show | Worongary

  • 25 – 26 June 2022

Brisbane families might like to take a day trip to the Gold Coast’s Mudgeeraba Show for a fabulous day out experiencing a wide variety of tastes, sights, sounds and delights.  With live music, entertainment, displays, competitions and animal attractions plus plenty of food and drink, there is fun for all the family.   

Snow4Kids | Ipswich

  • 25 June – 10 July 2022

Snow4Kids has returned to Brisbane for its 10th year! Come along to the Orion Shopping Centre, Springfield Lakes to enjoy 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

  • 25 June – 10 July 2022

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. Find out more about Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.

Kidchella Fun Festival | Stafford

  • 27 June – 9 July 2022
This school holidays, Stafford City Shopping Centre’s FREE children’s fun festival – Kidchella – will feature an awesome dance party and craft line up!
 
Sessions are held every 30 minutes and no bookings are required!

Mondays & Tuesdays = Macrame Making, Wednesdays & Thursdays = Flower & Feather Crowns, Fridays & Saturdays = Tie Dye Workshops PLUS Everyday = Dance Party!  Find all the details here

The best family festivals Brisbane in July 2022

Mould – A Cheese Festival | Bowen Hills

  • 1 – 3 July 2022

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 have over 25 top artisan cheese producers lined up for you. See more here.

The Brisbane Airshow | Cressbrook

  • 2 July 2022

The Brisbane Airshow has one of the worlds most stunning backdrops, the Brisbane Valley, just 60 minutes drive from Brisbane. 

This event held from Sat 2 – Sun 3 July 2022, is dedicated to the men and women who have served in our armed forces.

The show includes Airforce, Warbirds, World War II fighters, jets, helicopters, aerobatics, skydiving, military vehicles, hot rods, classic cars, aviation expo, live music, gourmet food, amusement rides, Pyro Technics, MotoX and lots more. See more here.

NAIDOC Wild Foods and Cultural Festival | Beenleigh

  • 3 July 2022

This free community event on Sunday 3 July at Spirits of the Red Sand in Beenleigh will feature a talented line-up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, amazing Wild Foods menu, live cultural and cooking demonstrations, market stalls, kids’ activities including arts and crafts, games and face and boomerang painting and more. Bookings essential. See more here.

Abbey Medieval Festival | Caboolture

medieval festival caboolture brisbane

  • 9 – 10 July 2022 

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) at the Abbey Medieval Family Fun event from 27 June – 1 July 2022. Read our review here.

Mt Gravatt Show | Mt Gravatt

  • 23 – 24 July 2022

The Mt Gravatt Show is one of the oldest exhibitions on Brisbane’s southside having been held at the iconic Mt Gravatt Showgrounds on Logan Road since 1918. With so much to do and so many exhibitions to look at, it’s sure to be a hit with the whole family. You can find out more here. 

Pine Rivers Show | Lawnton

  • 29 – 31 July 2022

One of the biggest exhibitions on the Northside, the Pine Rivers Show is a grand extravaganza that the whole family can enjoy. The show features a host of activities, carnival rides, displays, concerts and competitions that everyone is sure to love.

Einbunpin Festival | Sandgate

  • 31 July 2022

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. Find out more here. 

The best family festivals Brisbane in August 2022

The EkkaRoyal Queensland Show | Fortitude Valley

Festivals Brisbane Ekka

  • 6 – 14 August 2022
At Families Magazine, we LOVE the Ekka! We believe when it comes to festival, Brisbane’s beloved Ekka is the cream of the crop! It’s been around since 1876 (if you can believe it!) and showcases all the best things about living in Queensland. Rides, showbags, displays, agricultural pursuits, games, media displays and so much more are on offer for families looking to have a brilliant day (or couple of days) off. We’ve even got some advice on how to do the Ekka on a budget. Score! 

Darra Community Festival| Darra

  • 27 August 2022

Head outdoors for a FREE family fun day at Ducie Street Park in Darra on Saturday 27 August 2022. There will be local performers, food trucks and stalls, rides, art and demonstration classes. See more here.

The best family festivals Brisbane in September 2022

SWELL Sculpture Festival| Gold Coast

  • 9 – 18 September 2022

Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture festival SWELL will return to Currumbin Beach from 9-18 September 2022.

Come face to face with over 50 awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists at the 20th SWELL Sculpture Festival. The free exhibition is open all hours with a selection of sculptures revealing a new verve as they are lit up under the southern sky.

Stay a little longer and discover a range of unique experiences; guided twilight walks through the artworks, artist talks next to the sculptures and artist led workshops.

Swell Sculpture Festival inspires and captures the hearts and minds of all who visit. Learn more here.

The best family festivals Brisbane in October 2022

Paniyiri Greek Festival | South Brisbane

    • 15 – 16 October 2022 – (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. It was originally planned for May 2022 but was rescheduled due to weather. 

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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 2022.

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.

The best family festivals Brisbane in June

The Winter Village | Hamilton

The Winter Village Brisbane

  • June 3 – August 29 2021

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.

 

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.

Grazed & Grown by Regional Flavours | South Bank

  • 18-20 June 2021 Not going ahead in 2022

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.

Winterfest at Dreamworld | Coomera

Winterfest at Dreamworld

  • 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

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 – CANCELLED

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 2021

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.

Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival | Woody point

  • 30 July – 1 August 2021 – CANCELLED

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 best family festivals Brisbane in September

Brisbane Festival | Multiple Locations

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  • 3-25 September 2021
Thinking festival? Brisbane Festival is an absolute corker. Across the whole city for three weeks in September you’ll find dance, music, art, drama and displays that aim to excite and delight. There are also plenty of kids shows and events to be found. Most of the action takes place at Southbank and culminates in RIVERFIRE ! Woohoo!

RedFest Festival | Redlands

  • 3-5 September 2021 – CANCELLED
  • 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.

Dayboro Show 

  • Sat 4 – Sun 5 Sep 2021

Enjoy a traditional country fair complete with side show alley, show bags, rides and kids entertainment. Of course, there will be the classic woodchopping, rodeo and dog show displays plus heaps more agricultural family fun. When the sun goes down prepare yourselves for Walter Whip and the Flames show plus an amazing fireworks display in the main arena. Tickets available at the gate. Dayboro Showgrounds. Find out more here.

Green Heart Fair | Carindale

  • Sun 5 September 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 will be treated to sustainability displays, expert talks, eco-friendly exhibitors, artisan markets, food trucks, and more! Carindale Recreation Reserve. Find out more here.

Laidley Spring Festival | Laidley

  • Thurs 9 – Sat 11 September 2021

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.

Redcliffe KiteFest | Clontarf

  • 11 & 12 September 2021
In hopes that September will bring more wind, the family-favourite Redcliffe KiteFest will be moving to September this year. It might have a new weekend, but the annual Redcliffe KiteFest promises to deliver the same fun and colour for one huge weekend, boasting world-class kite displays, live character performances (headline act to be announced in March), workshops, market stalls, amusement rides and aerobatic displays, plus so much more. Can you guess who this year’s headline children’s act will be? Make sure you’ve clicked “Interested” in or “going” to be the first to know!

Nundah Village Street Festival | Nundah

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  • 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!

The best family festivals Brisbane in October

Oktoberfest | Brisbane

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  • Over two weekends on 8-10 and 15-17 October 2021.
Australia’s Largest German Festival is not just for grownups! Just like in a real German Festival there’s lots to keep the kids entertained from the minute you enter. Sundays are the best days for families, as they have a relaxed and chilled out atmosphere. Oktoberfest has plenty of kid-friendly entertainment including singing and dancing plus fabulous yodelling and German dancers, always a favourite – the youngest dancer is only five. Kids can join in the Hat Dance or groove along to the Chicken Dance. Find out more here.

MOSAIC Multicultural Festival | Roma Street Parklands

  • Sun 10 October 2021
  • 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!

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!

Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival | Tamborine

Tamborine Scarecrow Festival

  • October 29-31 2021

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 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 – Cancelled 2021 

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Update: Unfortunately the 2021/2022 Woodford Folk Festival has been cancelled. They look forward to welcoming it back in 2022/2023. However, you can camp at the Woodford Folk Festival parklands this summer for Bushtime at Woodfordia.

As well as the fun stuff for the kids, you’ll find a wide variety of folk music as well as other genre on display for your listening pleasure. There are comedy acts, visual arts, theatre, circus tricks and oh-so-much more. You can camp or caravan onsite too. It’s a peaceful yet exciting way to round out the year.

Christmas in Brisbane!

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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! 

 

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One response to “Festivals Brisbane | Find the BEST Kid-Friendly Festivals Near You!”

  1. Michael Kuilboer says:

    Scandinavian Festival is not listed?

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