Brisbane’s multicultural events calendar

City Welcome Festival

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 diverse and inclusive community is reflected in the calendar of 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.

BrisAsia Festival

BrisAsia festival, Brisbane events calendar

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.

Buddha Birth Day Festival

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

Date: May

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.

Paniyiri

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. 

Italian Week and Italian Food and Wine Festival

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. 

LUMINOUS Lantern Parade 

Luminous Lantern Festival in Brisbane

Date: June

Location: Southbank Parklands

The spectacular LUMINOUS Lantern Parade lights up South Bank annually with a dazzling array of more than 400 lanterns, many of which are made by community groups and schools across Brisbane. Winding its way through South Bank for the past 10 years, LUMINOUS is well-established on the annual calendar as a show of welcome for new Queenslanders, including international students and migrants.

Hosted by Multicultural Development Australia (MDA), this free event unites government, community leaders, multicultural communities and everyday Queenslanders. The event concludes with a vibrant world music concert.

Le Festival

Brisbane French Festival

Date: July

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.

Quandamooka Festival

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.

Queensland Multicultural Month

Date: August

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.

IndOz Festival

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.

India Day Fair

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.

Citra Malaysia

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!

Oktoberfest

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.

MOSAIC Festival 

Mosaic festival in Brisbane

Date: 8 October, 10am - 6pm

Location: Roma Street Parkland

Multicultural Development Australia proudly presents Mosaic, a world music, dance and cultural spectacular that celebrates the creative and rich talents of our diverse communities including migrants, refugees and international students. Experience world culture through international cuisine, music and dance performances across three stages with youth and kid friendly activities.

Brisbane Latin Dance Festival

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.

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