Brisbane’s multicultural events calendar
9 August 2017
Brisbane is a multicultural melting pot with students, residents and visitors from all over the world travelling to the city and bringing their cultures and stories with them.
Our city’s inclusive and unified community is reflected in the rich diversity of cultural events and festivals held throughout the year.
Take yourself on a cultural safari through Brisbane and experience international music, vibrant artwork, flavours from every corner of the world and gripping indigenous dance performances as we celebrate the diversity of a new world city.
Date: January / February each year
Location: Throughout the city
BrisAsia is a sensory delight with live music, dumpling demonstrations, kite-making workshops, self-defence lessons, bird-watching and contemporary dance performances. Illuminate the Brisbane City night sky with your own hand-made traditional Japanese bamboo lantern.
Date: 28-30 April
Location: South Bank
Buddha Birth Day is a free festival for everyone – regardless of age, religious or cultural background – that’s held over a weekend. It’s one of Queensland’s biggest cultural events with activities, performances, ceremonies and workshops celebrating Buddhist culture. Check out the welcoming ceremony or join in the light offering.
Cinco De Mayo
Location: Kangaroo Point
Hola Fiesteros! We HAVE to taco 'bout Cinco De Mayo! It's a celebration of Mexican culture, cuisine, cocktails and music traditionally celebrated on May 5. In Brisbane you can join the festivities at the Riverlife Cinco de Mayo Festival where you’ll find a roving Mariachi band, Mexican dancing and all of the food.
Date: 20-21 May
Location: Musgrave Park, West End
Paniyiri is Australia’s longest-running Greek Festival. The annual celebration combines the best of Greek food (haloumi and honey puffs) and drink (beers) with dance, music and a carnival.
Date: 26 May-2 June
Location: New Farm Park
Brisbane’s Italian Week showcases the best of Italy with opera performances, art, music, wine and food. The Italian Food and Wine Festival is a street market buzzing with lively Sicilian flavours, truffles from central Italy and creamy, rich fare from the Northern provinces. Celebrate with a plate of gnocchi, a scoop of gelato and taste-test the different vinos from across the country.
Location: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank
Bonjour Brisbane and bienvenue to Le Festival – Brisbane’s annual French Festival. Anything with a wine and cheese pavilion gets our attention, and at Le Festival you’ll find that plus market stalls, free live entertainment and a French fashion show.
Date: July, August and September
Location: Brisbane, Redlands and Moreton Bay
Hear traditional dreamtime stories and discover local Aboriginal culture during the annual Quandamooka Festival. This huge celebration involves cultural tours, traditional song and dance performances, art exhibitions, workshops, film nights, markets, whale-watching tours, storytelling, weaving, sand art and more. The festival is spread over three months during Queensland’s winter with up to 55 events and activities to choose from.
Location: Various locations across Brisbane
Queensland Multicultural Month is the state’s largest multicultural celebration. People from across the state join together to perform, share, taste, listen, learn and celebrate our different cultures.
The month is broken down into weekly themes such as sports, recreation and the arts, digital diversity, success through diversity and multicultural education.
Date: August 18 and 19
Location: King George Square, Brisbane City
IndOz Festival is the biggest Indonesian cultural event in Queensland. There is so much to celebrate about Indonesian culture that the festival stretches over two days. Markets, live music, food and Kecak dance performances run until 9pm on Friday and Saturday brings a whole day of traditional dance and martial arts performances, music, food markets and door prizes.
Date: August 19, 10.30am-9pm
Location: The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland
Marking India's 70th Independence Day, India Day Fair in Roma Street Parkland is a colourful celebration. Feast on spiced Indian far, explore market stalls, experience Bollywood music and dance and watch the vivid parades and fireworks display.
Date: September 30, 10am-4pm
Location: King George Square, Brisbane City
Every country has a story to tell and the Citra Malaysia Cultural Festival is coming to Brisbane City to share theirs. The one-day multicultural event, hosted by the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia (MASCA) Queensland Chapter, brings Malaysian food stalls, hands-on cultural and arts activities and exhibitions to the heart of Brisbane City. You can even experience a traditional Malaysian wedding ceremony!
Date: 7-9, 14-16 October
Location: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
Brisbane’s Oktoberfest is in the top-10 in the world outside of Germany. Experience the annual festival with keg rolling, German food (pork knuckle and black forest cake!), beard competitions, yodelling, dancing and of course – beer.
Date: 30 November - 3 December
Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Celebrate Latin dance and culture with food, music and dance across four days and multiple venues. Take workshops with international instructors and lose yourself to the rhythm.