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The May Event Guide to What’s on in Brisbane Today, Tomorrow & Beyond

The Sitchu scoop on the best events in May is here! Find out what’s on in Brisbane by scrolling through our jam-packed events guide.

Clicquot Chalet (Image credit: Markus Ravik)

Winter is coming, so make the most of the perfect Autumn weather with these amazing events in Brisbane! When you're not making reservations at the best new bars and restaurants in Brisbane, these activities will keep your calendar full of adventure.

We’ve found street festivals, major women’s sports events and an enormous cheese festival,  all coming your way this month in Brisbane.

Just keep scrolling to discover what’s on in Brisbane this month.

What's on in Brisbane This Month - Eat & Drink

Bridgerton Tea Cake

Bridgerton Tea Party Treats at Emporium Hotel

Take your afternoon tea in the ton this month at Belle Époque! After binge-watching the new season of Bridgerton, book in for a tea party this month at The Emporium Hotel’s chic French patisserie.

The team have crafted the Bridgerton-inspired tea cake of your dreams: a fluffy Victoria sponge cake topped with a royal crown biscuit and 24-karat gold leaf. Enjoy one in the cafe with a delicious pot of tea, or order some to take home for your watch party!

Wednesday 15th to Wednesday 29th May

Belle Epoque, Emporium Hotel South Bank, 267 Grey Street, South Brisbane

Festa Italiana

Festa Italiana 

The Italian foodie event not to be missed returns in May 2024! Renowned Chef Orazio will once again collaborate with Howard Smith Wharves, to satisfy your comfort food cravings as the weather starts cooling down. Festa Italiana runs over two consecutive weekends, so you have plenty of time to devour the delicious fresh pasta, bruschetta and sparkling spritzes on offer.

Spread out on a picnic rug as you savour your fresh pasta, pizza and bread and wash it all down with a classic aperitivo; the iconic Aperol Spritz. 

Thursday 23rd May to Sunday 26th May 

Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd June

Free entry

Howard Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane

Living Room Bar

Pretty In Pink High Tea at Living Room Bar

The high tea experts at The Living Room Bar have done it again! Book in for a Pretty in Pink High Tea experience during May, and taste a variety of sweet and savoury morsels expertly crafted in-house. Pair your treats with bottomless tea and coffee, or opt to upgrade with a Pretty in Pink cocktail or glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival.

From $79 per person

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 1st May to 23rd June, 11:00am to 3:00pm

Level 1, 81 North Quay, Brisbane

Clicquot Chalet (Image credit: Markus Ravik)

Clicquot Chalet Dining in the Domes

Elevate your Chalet Bar experience and dine in the Domes this month at Customs House! This iconic riverfront experience has been upgraded so that you can delight in a shared-style dinner menu. The three-course menu features handmade Vanella burrata, Abrolhos Island scallops with creamed leek and bottarga, Wagyu rib fillet and hand-rolled gnocchi. 

$150 per person, for parties of two to six people

From May 14th 
Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane City

Chalet Bar (Image credit: Markus Ravik)

The Chalet Bar 

If you won’t find yourself in Aspen this winter, the Clicquot Chalet Bar is the next best thing. Snuggle up under a faux fur blanket as you sip on Veuve Clicquot by the glass (or by the bottle). The famous Customs House classic returns to the menu, so be sure to order the popular Moreton Bay bug croissant with lime and dill mayo. You’ll also discover winter-worthy cocktails like the Berries & Bubbles, made with fresh raspberry, lemon juice, Belvedere Pure and Veuve Clicquot.

From May 14th
Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane City

Chalet High Tea (Image credit: Markus Ravik)

Clicquot Chalet Winter High Tea 

Experience a slope-style high tea this month at the Clicquot Chalet, where the Customs House team have prepared an enchanting high tea selection of savoury and sweet bites. Sip on Veuve Clicquot or a steaming hot cup of French tea whilst nibbling on freshly baked scones and petit fours, all while drinking in the gorgeous Brisbane river views. 

$150 per person, for parties of two to six people

From May 14th
Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane City

Allonda

Wine & Jazz Evening at Allonda

Craving a bit of culture? Head down to Allonda for an evening of wine and jazz! Kicking off at 6:30pm with a performance by The Sundowners, enjoy dishes off the a la carte menu and a glass of wine on arrival. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day in the office, with a wine in hand.

From $39 per person

Thursday 2nd May, 6:30pm

17-21 Longland Street, Newstead

Mary Mae's

Cherry Blossom Season at Mary Mae’s

If your Instagram feed is full of your friends having the time of their life in Japan (there’s been a little bit of that going around in the Sitchu office…), we have something to soothe the pain. Trot down to Sip & Sakura at Mary Mae’s at the Powerhouse, and enjoy some waterfront views whilst sipping on their special sakura season cocktails. Try a variety of botanical Roku gin cocktails or the mouthwatering matcha yuzu delight dessert on the menu whilst you enjoy the last of the summery sunshine as it fades into autumn.

Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm 

City Winery

GRAZE by City Winery

City Winery have launched an exquisite new six-course dinner, designed to showcase beautiful food at affordable prices. The GRAZE dining event this May will see head chef Kyran Henry plating up seasonal produce with a Japanese-inspired menu. Dine degustation-style at a long, communal table and opt for a two-hour drinks package if you’re feeling thirsty.

From $80 per person

Friday 17th May, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

City Winery Brisbane, 11 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley

What's on in Brisbane This Month - Fun & Festivals

Paniyiri

Paniyiri

Brisbane’s favourite food fiesta returns this month in Brisbane!

Paniyiri is Australia’s longest-running Greek festival, and this year marks its 47th event. Spanning two days of spectacular food, dance, music and art, it’s a delicious and delightful way to spend a day soaking up the energy of Greek culture and heritage.

Watch cooking demonstrations, dance performances, competitions and so much more this year at Paniyiri.

From $15 per person

Saturday 18th May to Sunday 19th May

Musgrave Park and The Greek Club, Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane

Big Gay Day

Big Gay Day 2024

Click your heels together Brisbane, because Big Gay Day is back and ready to take you over the rainbow. This year, the festival is headlined by the iconic Mel C and the Sneaky Sound System, supported by acts like Briefs Factory, Mega Drag, Tall Paul and so many more. As always, proceeds from the festival will be donated to charity, to support organisations that service the LGBTIQA+ communities. Start planning your costume and book your tickets here!

Sunday 5th May
Tickets from $121 per person


The Wickham, 308 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley

Stones Corner Festival

Stones Corner Festival

The Stones Corner Festival returns to the streets in 2024, bigger and better than ever! There’s a stacked lineup of live music, mouth-watering morsels from food trucks and plenty of refreshing drinks to wet your whistle as you wander around and enjoy the festivities. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at this friendly suburban festival, from market stalls selling crafty and eco-friendly wares, to craft beer brews, and energetic live performances to get you moving.

Free admission

Sunday 5th May

Stones Corner Hotel, 346 Logan Road, Greenslopes

Mould

Mould

Cheese lovers to the front, please. Mould Festival is coming to Brisbane this May! Cheese enthusiasts from all over the Sunshine State will flock to Bowen Hills to delight in the brie-llient flavours on offer. With over 100 types of cheese on offer, Mould means serious business. Last year, attendees enjoyed one million samples across three cities and took home over 8.5 tonnes of quality Australian cheese. Now that’s what we’re talking about!

Entry from $49 per person

Friday 24th May to Sunday 26th May

John Reid Pavillion, Bowen Hills, Brisbane

Pick Up A New Bag at July’s Flagship Brisbane Store

In the market for a new set of wheels? Not that kind. We're talking about Australia's favourite luggage brand, July. They've just opened their chic new flagship store in the gorgeous Calile Hotel on James Street. So if you’re planning your Euro-summer and just need the perfect carry-on for your ‘kinis, head in-store to discover why July is setting the standard for comfortable and convenient travel. 

Calile Hotel, Tenancy RW10, 46 James Street, Fortitude Valley⁠

Brisbane Writers Festival

Brisbane Writers Festival

If you’re guilty of falling deep into a booktok doomscroll, we’ve got the event to snap you out of it! The Brisbane Writers Festival returns to Brisbane this month, with a stacked program of amazing bookish events. This year’s slogan is “Have we got a story for you”, and is guest-curated by Melanie Saward (Aboriginal First Nations) and Lenora Thaker (Torres Strait Islander First Nations). Promising to deliver events spanning every genre, there’s something for everyone on this year’s lineup!

Various prices

30th May to 2nd June

Multiple locations

Brisbane Comedy Festival

Brisbane Comedy Festival 2024

In need of a laugh? Say no more. Over 350 hilarious acts are taking the stage in May, as part of the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2024! Spread across four of the city’s most iconic venues, local and international acts such as Adrian Bliss, Myf Warhurst, Zan Rowe, Adam Kay, Stephen K. Amos and so many more. 

Friday 26th April to Sunday 26th May

Various locations

What's on in Brisbane This Month - Art & Culture

Women’s State of Origin

Women’s State of Origin

Women’s sport is taking over, and we couldn’t be more stoked about it! This month, the very best female rugby players will take to the field, for game one of the Women’s State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium. The three-game series will play out at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, before the closing game at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.

Rally the gals for a fierce night of energy and ambience this month in Brisbane and cheer on these incredible sportspeople, nothing makes you feel more like a Queenslander.

Knockoff

Knockoff - Free Comedy Fridays

Free comedy Fridays have returned to the Powerhouse this month during the Brisbane Comedy Festival! Head down to this New Farm institution at 6pm each Friday this month, for a line up of local and Festival comedians bringing you a hearty laugh to exercise your stomach muscles and kick your weekend off the right way.

Free admission
All Fridays of May
Brisbane Powerhouse, Yagara Country, 119 Lamington St, New Farm

Affordable Art Fair

Affordable Art Fair

Brisbane has become the 15th international city to host the Affordable Art Fair, an event that welcomes more than 3.1 million art lovers, and has been known to sell up to 568,000 pieces of art! It’s the perfect opportunity to nab a stunning piece to furnish your home, or start your Christmas shopping early by discovering unique presents that spark joy time and time again.

Spanning all styles and genres, more than 40 independent galleries will take part in the inaugural Brisbane Fair, selling pieces from $100 to $10,000.

From $17.21 per person

Thursday 9th May to Sunday 12th May

Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills

DANCE24 Festival

DANCE24 Festival

Is your FYP full of dancing queens? We’ve got something even better. This May, Metro Arts is presenting a two-week celebration of experimental dance, called DANCE24. This immersive festival isn’t limited to the stage, with interactive workshops, engaging discussions and industry networking events all on the calendar. Your time to shine under the spotlight is here, so be sure to check out the program and find your moment.

Free and ticketed events

22nd May to 1st June

97 Boundary Street, West End

Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture Festival

Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture Festival

Escape the city and immerse your senses in the flavours of the Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture this May! The ten-day programme spans produce, wellness and local restaurants along with celebrating the counterculture of the Northern Rivers community. Among the highlights will be opportunities to mingle with chefs like Darren Robertson of Three Blue Ducks, Jason Saxby from Raes on Wategos, Dave Moyle from Salty Mangrove and many more! The festival will conclude with an official closing party at the North Byron Hotel, where snacks will be prepared over an open fire, while live music performances and DJ’s keep the vibes pumping as you dance the night away. It’s the perfect excuse for an autumn getaway.

Friday 17th May to Sunday 26th May

Now that you’ve explored what’s on in Brisbane this month, keep your diary handy. We’ve found the best tiny home stays near Brisbane that are perfect for an autumn getaway.

Looking for somewhere to spend a week away? Why not explore our guide of the best things to do in Port Douglas for some vacay inspiration?

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