Brisbane has the ideal climate to watch movies by moonlight, and this summer there is no shortage of outdoor cinemas; from free movies in the park to moonlit movies offering live music and more. Moonlight Cinema, outdoors at the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm Park, screens new releases, contemporary and classic movies from December to February. Ben & Jerry’s open air cinema operates at Southbank Parklands from late September through to November.
Celebrating all things Greek, Brisbane loves this festival for the opportunity to eat lots of delicious Greek food. Fried haloumi, marinated baby octopus, and those heavenly honey puffs are what Paniyiri is known for. A cultural festival of Greek culture, history and the achievements of the local community, it wouldn’t be Paniyiri without the genuine Greek food, wine, beer and dancing. Yassou! Musgrave Park, South Brisbane Saturday/Sunday 23-24 May 2015.
Caxton Street Seafood Festival
Not being located next to any large bodies of water doesn’t stop Caxton Street in Paddington from throwing one of Brisbane’s biggest seafood festivals. For one enormous day, the street is closed to vehicle traffic and instead becomes a throbbing mass of people imbibing prawns, oysters and, yes, lots of beer to the sounds of live music on two stages. The focus is on having a good time and thousands throw themselves into it. Ticketed entry, with a portion donated to charity. Sunday 7 June 2015.
Brisbane Exhibition – The ‘Ekka’
The Brisbane Ekka runs over ten days with two whole weekends of fun. Kicking off on Friday 7th August and wrapping up on Sunday 16th August, the Ekka provides incredible opportunities for children to explore the world while making friends closer to home. Cuddle a lamb, watch a chicken hatch, feed a calf, or milk a cow – there are lots of ways to get involved. Visit the beef pavilion, spend time watching events in the main ring, try your skill in side-show alley, and don’t go home before you’ve tried a traditional Ekka strawberry ice-cream.
Brisbane will be in full festive swing for three weeks in September as acclaimed international and Australian artists and productions, free outdoor events, home-grown productions and the cutting edge and offbeat burst across theatres, galleries, parks and public spaces. The festival promises to intrigue, delight and inspire with its programme of dance, theatre, opera, classical music, visual arts, circus, sideshow and contemporary music. Various venues, September 2015.
As a fitting finale to the Brisbane Festival, the night sky explodes, a thumping beat sounds and over half a million spectators on Brisbane’s riverbanks, backyards and balconies look up in awe. It could only mean one thing – Brisbane Riverfire! The celebration starts as early as 12noon, when people arrive to stake out their favourite vantage points. The fireworks extravaganza is matched only by the inspiring soundtrack shaped by 104.5 TripleM. Best vantage points are South Bank Parklands, Kangaroo Point cliffs, Victoria Bridge, and the City Riverwalk. Saturday 26 September 2015.
Woodford Folk Festival
Woodford never was a purely music festival, nor a folk festival in the traditional sense. It’s much more than that – a celebration of wider folk culture, in all its facets. Music, dance, street theatre, visual arts, film, indigenous culture, circus, vaudeville, comedy, art and craft workshops, poetry and storytelling and environmental awareness and action are all part of the mix. Woodford is one of the biggest annual cultural events of its type in Australia. Held on a 200 hectare rural property in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the festival takes place over six days and nights each year. The final evening culminates in a spectacular New Year’s Day closing ceremony, the Fire Event. Come for a day or stay for the week, camping is available on-site. Come and join us for the party! 26 December 2015 – 1 January 2016