Things to Do in Brisbane: Your Guide to What's On in September
Looking for Brisbane’s best events? We’ve curated a list of the coolest food, culture and dog-friendly events happening in Brisbane this September.
A new season and extra sunshine hours mean that we want to make the absolute most of our days this month... so why not explore what Brisbane has to offer this month? We’ve scouted around town and discovered some old and new activities, as well as a brand new venue for you to explore this September.
Be sure to contact any event hosts/venues before your visit to confirm changes or COVID-19 safety protocols where necessary.
Ready to try someplace new for your next night out? You’re in luck. Hey Chica! Is the closest you can get to Cuba without a passport, and opens its doors in Fortitude Valley on the 17th September. This new social club boasts a glamorous cocktail menu, live entertainment and a delicious street-food style tapas to indulge in. Be one of the first to experience this colourful new Havana bar this September!
Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
The Brisbane Festival returns for another year of performances, installations and exhibitions across the city to celebrate all that makes our home unique. With a focus on accessible street events and a variety of experiences for all ages, check out our guide to making the most of this year’s Festival here.
If you’re keen to get on the town and celebrate your city, head to Saké for a Kuikkubaito – aka. a quick bite – at Eagle Street Pier’s premier dining spot. Saké's chefs have designed a delightful five-dish menu which you can pick up for $69 per person – including a drink (and I think we all deserve a drink!). Think sashimi, braised lamp and popcorn shrimp!
There are two seating’s available each night between Wednesday and Saturday. The Kuikkubaito menu is available until the end of the festival and the spectacular Riverfire firework show on Saturday 25 September which, coincidentally, you will have a superb view of from Saké! Head here to book!
Pier, Level 1/45 Eagle Street, Brisbane City
Wednesday – Saturday, until Saturday 25 September
Fancy a day away from the big smoke? The annual Carnival Of Flowers returns to Toowoomba and is the perfect opportunity to explore the gorgeous gardens this town takes so much pride in. The longest-running flora event in Australia sees keen gardeners sprucing up their flowerbeds and public spaces as events run throughout the month. Don’t miss the Grand Parade, garden tours or the Festival Of Food!
If you time your picnic right, you might find yourself soaking up some open-air tunes at Roma Street Parklands this September. As part of their 20-year celebration, you can enjoy local musicians performing on the Celebration Lawn, on the 11th & 12th of September. If you forget to pack your picnic - no dramas! There will be local food trucks at the ready to satiate any craving.
Explore all the flavours and experiences that the Moreton Bay region has to offer with the six-week Tastes Of Moreton Bay event! Spanning high teas, seafood extravaganzas, homemade pasta classes and countless tasting events, there’s so much variety to choose from. Queensland is home to so many makers, farmers and creators, and now is the time to celebrate them.
1st August - 19th September
Plan A Picnic In Roma Street Parklands
Spring has officially spring, and there’s no better time to visit the Roma Street Parklands! Celebrating 20 years, the Spectacle Garden has been transformed into an explosion of bright, floral colours in the shape of a giant birthday cake. Take a stroll around the Parklands and soak up the fresh air, beautiful views and a little moment of peace, right in the heart of our busy city.
We are beyond obsessed with these dreamy candles from Brisbane-based business, Blom. Leaning into the slow-made trend, these hand-poured candles are beyond beautiful! With twisting tapers, to chunky flowers and fun prints, these micro-batched homewares are truly something special!
Check out their online store.
If you’re just excited to be out of the house (trust us, we feel the same way!), why not make the most of this blissful weather by visiting one of Brisbane’s amazing rooftop bars? Whether you visit the iconic Terrace Bar in Southbank, or the brand new (and ultra luxe) Iris, Spring is the perfect time to plan a delightful day drink with your nearest and dearest.
Check out our guide to Brisbane’s best rooftop bars here.
Springtime means that flora and fauna are feeling a little more sociable, so what better time to visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and get up close and personal with lorikeets, raptors, dingoes… and of course the cuddly koalas. Lone Pine is the world’s largest koala sanctuary and supports the protection and conservation of our native wildlife.
Are you ready to drag and dine? Back by popular demand, your Hey Felicia ticket scores you entry to the Hey Felicia show, featuring five of Brisbane’s most iconic drag queens, an alternate drop main meal as well as a two-hour drinks package! Enjoy broadway inspired routines, spectacular costumes and an all-around amazing time at the beautiful Cloudland venue.
Until 15th October
Cloudland & The Warehouse
The long awaited curation of sixty-five European masterpieces has finally arrived at GOMA this July. Spanning 500 years, from the 1420s to emerging Renaissance artworks, this exhibition has been split into three chapters so you can work your way through the eras. Loaned from the inimitable Met gallery collection, Brisbane residents will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Turner, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Monet in our hometown.
Until 17th October
Stanley Place, South Brisbane
As you can see, there are so many great things to do this month in Brisbane! If this month is extra special for you cause it's your birthday month (hooray) then you might want to check out the best party venues in Brisbane or the best bakeries in Brisbane for some delicious, delicious birthday cake!
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