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Riverfire is BACK in 2021 with a Bigger Better Show!

SunSuper Night Sky 2020
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Want to know what is happening with Riverfire in Brisbane in 2021? Stay tuned! 

Introducing Sunsuper Night Sky….The light at the end of the tunnel

Sunsuper Night Sky is a new large-scale laser, light, and sound installation from internationally-acclaimed audio-visual artist Robin Fox, beaming from more than a dozen rooftops across Brisbane every Friday and Saturday night from 4 – 26 September.

Buildings across Brisbane’s skyline will play host to an interconnecting and pulsing laser beam experience from 7pm to 9pm, set to an ethereal soundtrack composed by Mr Fox.

The spectacle will be visible from hundreds of vantage points across the city and self-guided viewing trails will encourage everyone to rediscover their city on an evening walk, cycle or even CityCat ride.

On the final evening of Sunsuper Night Sky (Saturday 26th September), residents are invited to tune in to radio station Triple M at 7pm for an amped-up laser light experience set against an all-female soundtrack featuring some of the biggest names in pop and rock.

Here are some ideas on parking for SunSuper Night Sky.

When can I see Sunsuper Night Sky?

  • Friday 4th & Saturday 5th September | 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday 11th & Saturday 12th September | 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday 18th & Saturday 19th September | 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday 25th & Saturday 26th September | 7 pm – 9 pm

What are the best spots to watch Sunsuper NightSky?

Just like Riverfire, anywhere along the river between Kangaroo Point and Toowong will be perfect.  Here is the map of official event walking circuits provided by Sunsuper Night Sky organisers. 

Light blue – The Climb
Start at Kangaroo Point, take the stairs to the bottom of the cliffs, walk to South Bank and return.

Orange – City Loop
Start at Kurilpa Bridge, stroll through South Bank, and return via Goodwill Bridge.

Yellow – Riverside Stroll
Start at Botanic Gardens and walk the river to Howard Smith Wharves.

To download the map click here.



Look up and listen. Hear Robin Fox’s composition in synchronisation with the display.

Listen online here

Listen on the web player here on the Brisbane Festival website between 7pm and 9pm on Friday and Saturday.

95.3 MHz FM

Bring your radio and tune in to 95.3 MHz FM between 7pm and 9pm on Friday and Saturday.

On 26 September Triple M 104.5FM will make a special live broadcast at 7pm.

For more information on Sunsuper Night Sky.

Details on the now CANCELLED Sunsuper Riverfire event | 2020

If you’re new to Brisbane, Sunsuper Riverfire is historically the stunning finale of Brisbane Festival. An annual event since 2009, Riverfire fireworks in 2020 were set to get bigger, better and more amazing again this year. However, due to COVID-19 the fireworks have been cancelled and SunSuper Riverfire will instead be SunSuper Night Sky, a vibrant new large-scale laser, light, and sound installation.

If you love fireworks, make plans to get to Riverfire in 2020. It is part of the larger Brisbane Festival that runs from 4-26 September 2020. Located all over the city, it is one of our favourite things to do each year – we normally see Riverfire at South Bank, but keep reading… there are lots of places to see the Brisbane Festival fireworks!

When is Brisbane Riverfire 2021?

If you are looking for when is Riverfire 2021? It is…. drumroll please… the date for Sunsuper Riverfire 2020 will be Saturday 25th September 2021. 

Sunsuper Riverfire 2021 schedule 

The Brisbane river fireworks 2020 will be 20 minutes of fireworks and will be lighting up the Brisbane skyline from multiple city rooftops, barges and bridges. There will also be aerobatics displays from the Australian Defence Force, including super hornets and helicopters.  The best thing about Brisbane Riverfire is that it’s absolutely free!

The Brisbane river fireworks have a strict timetable, so make sure you are in position early! Riverfire fireworks 2020 Brisbane style will look like this:

  • Entertainment will begin at 4pm.
  • Triple M and Channel 9 will both broadcast live from 6.30pm.
  • Fireworks are due to begin at 7pm.

Best places to watch Riverfire Fireworks 2021 in Brisbane

The best places to watch the fireworks for free at River fire Brisbane are:

  • Victoria Bridge
  • South Bank
  • Kangaroo Point cliffs
  • Captain Burke Park
  • Wilson’s Lookout
  • City Riverwalk including the Eagle St Pier and Riverside Centre

Read our detailed article – Best places to see Brisbane Festival fireworks 2020 – see our detailed list of vantage points to see River Fireworks Brisbane here.

Best places to see Riverfire for people with limited mobility

Best access points for Riverfire if you or a family member have limited mobility are South Bank, Eagle Street Pier, Riverside centre and Captain Burke park.

Food and drink at Brisbane River Festival 2021

All of the above sites have food and drink for sale otherwise pack your own picnic to save on money. Don’t bring any glass bottles, cans or plastic only. South Bank is alcohol free.

Riverfire road closures during the event

The following roads will be closed or blocked to either pedestrians and/or traffic for various times during Riverfire 2020 are to be confirmed. In 2018 the following road closures

  • Victoria Bridge
  • Goodwill Bridge
  • Brisbane Riverwalk, New Farm
  • Story Bridge

Click here for other City and  Fortitude Valley road closures.

Riverfire times – Riverfire Brisbane 2021

Please note – these details will be updated closer to the event

  • Entertainment will begin at 3.30pm with a ‘tug boat ballet’ synchronised display
  • There will be a C 17A Globemaster flypast at 4:20pm
  • There will be a FA-18 Super Hornet display at 5:30pm
  • Triple M and Channel 9 will both broadcast live from 6.30pm.
  • CityCat services cease at 6.45pm.
  • Brisbane Riverfire Fireworks are due to start at 7pm.

ADF Display confirmed for 2021

The Australian Defence Force aircraft display will include a C 17A Globemaster flypast at 4:20pm and a FA-18 Super Hornet display at 5:30pm, subject to operational requirements and weather conditions. 

Svitzer Tug Boats ballet

At 3.30pm, see a popular highlight from Sydney’s New Year’s celebrations. Two tug boats from Svitzer will perform their romantic ‘tug boat ballet’ synchronised display on the river, which is best viewed from South Bank locations.

Riverfire timetable

There will be activities during the day at South Bank for kids prior to the aerial display.

Australian Defence Force activities on the night will be subject to availability. These times are listed just prior to the event itself as they are subject to change at the last minute.

Best parking for Riverfire

Families Magazine has teamed up with Secure Parking and we have all the best places to park with discount codes – click here.

Will Sunsuper Riverfire still be on if it rains?

Yes, Sunsuper Riverfire 2020 will go ahead as planned as the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has no current weather warnings which pose an immediate threat.

Can I take my dog to South Bank?

No. Dogs will not be permitted in the parklands for Sunsuper Riverfire. See the pet section below for recommendations on keeping your pets safe at home during the fireworks display.

Tips for first timers

Like New Years Eve, get there early if you want to secure the best spots to catch the Sunsuper Riverfire extravaganza. South Bank is fenced off for the event and access will be closed once it’s full.

Plan your evening around public transport as limited parking and road closures will make taking your car difficult. Most carparks in the city predict that they’ll be full from 11am on the day. There’ll be plenty of extra trains and buses running on the night.

South Bank is an alcohol-free event for Sunsuper Riverfire. Please do not bring pets, bikes and scooters, drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink), glass or alcohol to South Bank. These items will be confiscated by South Bank security staff.

Sunsuper Riverfire is fun for the whole family

Sunsuper Riverfire 2020 will be one of the biggest fireworks displays that Brisbane has seen and is sure to be an amazing night for the whole family. For more information on Riverfire Brisbane, visit www.brisbanefestival.com.au. Remember to bookmark our page for all the updated Riverfire 2020 date and times!

Did you know?

Riverfire is sometimes called the Brisbane Fire Festival 2021?

In 2021 the Riverfire Festival will have been running for 23 years.

2021 Riverfire has, in recent years, come under scrutiny to be cancelled due to the fire ban and drought conditions.

68 responses to “Riverfire is BACK in 2021 with a Bigger Better Show!”

  1. Andrew Sterling says:

    How do I reserve a boat position/mooring for Riverfire?

  2. Greg says:

    2020 dates ASAP once confirmed please! 🙂 what a great event every year!!

  3. Debra L says:

    Is there fireworks on the Storey Bridge for Riverfire 2019? Does anyone know? or they just shooting off on barges instead? I don’t want to do to Southbank. Can anyone confirm?

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