Brisbane Festival is the most anticipated festival of the Brisbane calendar.
It is a three week celebration of all that Brisbane has to offer.
The celebrations start on the first night with Riverfire, which is a fantastic display of fireworks over the river.
Each year, crowds of over 500,000 gather to watch the fireworks.
People gather both in the city center, and at various locations and throughout the city, as the display is visible from many parts of the city. There are public BBQs throughout South Bank although if you are keen to get in the local spirit then you can always bring your own.
The Riverfire entertainment starts at noon, with activities all around South Bank to keep you occupied until the main event. If you want a good viewing area you will need to show up before noon and bring supplies for the day.
If you don’t fancy spending your day defending your territory in South Bank there are other viewing points along the river.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Riverwalk, and Captain Burke Park are all alternatives to South Bank
Most of them will fill up by early afternoon as well.
Of course the best way to enjoy Riverfire without having to get up early and claim your spot is to rent a city hotel room that overlooks the river. Or even better, make friends with someone who owns an apartment that does.
The rest of the 3 week program includes hundreds of musical and
theatrical performances throughout the city. Recent events have included
a city of lights light show, an Argentine Music concert, dance and
similar movement performances from La Soiree and the music of Lanie
One of the most popular events of the festival is the Courier-Mail Spiegeltent, which provides an intimate venue for music and comedy. It also has a bar, the garden bar, selling drinks and food as well as showcasing Australian musical talent.
The festival is held each year in early September, just after the end of the Ekka. For other attractions, check out these links to our page on the Brisbane Attractions or this one to learn more about South Bank Parklands.