As the 3rd most popular capital city in Australia, Brisbane offers a range of exciting activities and opportunities. Fast becoming home to some of the country’s greatest dining establishments, the city offers gourmet and relaxed eating, shopping, parks, a casino, galleries, and even a free music program. There’s a reason the locals affectionately call it ‘Brisvegas’ – there is always something fun and exciting to do.
Here’s a look at some of the best events to check out this October:
The largest ever expo held by BrisBricks, the LEGO Fan Expo promises to hundreds of displays both kids and adults will love, from Star Wars themed creations to cities, trains, movie sets, and giant models. An interactive event, kids are invited to get involved and try their hand at racing or building their own masterpiece. A special session for Autistic children and their families will be held on the Sunday, which will feature fewer sounds, less visitors, and dimmer lights.
When: 4th – 6th October
Where: ‘The Arena’ Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler
Over two weekends, the heart of the city will be transformed into an authentic German town festival, starting in true Munich style with the Lord Mayor’s tapping of the first keg. From that moment you can expect lots of noise, laughter and dancing, as locals and visitors get stuck into some traditional German fare while listening to ceremonial German music. Join arms, swig a stein, and laugh at the Punch-and-Judy style antics of the puppet show.
When: 10th – 12th October and 17th – 19th October
Where: Brisbane CBD
The Queensland Pops Orchestra is this year celebrating 30 years of entertaining audiences, and to celebrate they are hosting a Best of British Concert. Held at the
iconic QPAC, this eagerly awaited event pays tribute to the best of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh music.
When: 11th October
Where: QPAC Concert Hall
If fun for all the family is what you’re after, you can’t go past this action-packed family event to be held in beautiful Robelle Domain Park. Featuring free face painting, water park and train rides, kids can also enjoy a range of other exciting rides, a giant slide, a King Kong adventure, an obstacle course challenge, pony rides, a magic show, and more. For parents, you can delve into the gourmet food stalls or simply sit back and enjoy the fireworks.
When: 11th October
Where: Robelle Domain Park
If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with your favourite chefs or learn more about your favourite tipple, the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show is the perfect opportunity. Rub shoulders with famed sommeliers, take part in a masterclass, and enjoy an endless supply of food and wine samples.
When: 17 – 19 October
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Back once again, the Moreton Bay Shire Council’s Decades Festival is one music lovers must not miss. Paying tribute to the very best of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, the lineup of artists is more than impressive. Join John Farnham, The Seekers, Tim Campbell, Pat Capocci, the Hi-Boys and more, as they take you back to a time when life was simple, hair was big, and classic cars were the norm.
When: 18th October
Where: Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine
Following a 30 year absence from the fame-scene, American folk musician Sixto Rodriguez is back and better than ever. His new tour features songs from his earlier albums, including Sugar Man, Hate Street Dialogue and Can’t Get Away, as well as new material.
When: 19th October
Where: Brisbane Convention Centre
A charity auction designed to raise funds for victims of domestic violence and the support of education programs on domestic violence, the More Than Just a Handbag event is an initiative of Deborah Wilson and Australia’s CEO Challenge.
A number of sponsors have donated a huge range of exquisite handbags to be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to Australia’s CEO Challenge. On top of the handbags, you’ll also find gift vouchers, wine packages, paintings, sports memorabilia and more.
When: 22nd October
Where: The Brisbane Club
The G20 Leaders’ Summit 2014 will see Brisbane host the largest gathering of world leaders Australia has ever seen. More than just a party for politicians, the G20 Leaders’ Summit invites the general public to celebrate the event through parades, city-wide lighting displays, music programs, art exhibitions, activities for kids, dance workshops, and more. This is Brisbane’s chance to shine to the world, so they are pulling out all the stops to make this a diverse and exhilarating event.
When: 24th October – 16th November
Where: Across Brisbane
Brisbane is home to some very talented people, and this picturesque event allows artisans and craft-lovers to showcase their works in the heart of King George Square. The fairy-lit market features over 80 stall holders, who sell everything from babywares and jewellery to homewares and wall hangings.
When: 24th October
Where: King George Square
Each day, 55 Queenslanders are diagnosed with cancer. To help the fight against this disease, the Cancer Council is once again hosting Relay For Life. This year’s event is to be held at the Brisbane Showgrounds, and is a perfect opportunity to come together with friends to support an important cause. Beautifully finished with a candle ceremony at night, this event highlights the wide support available to those suffering the disease, and gives the opportunity to remember loved ones now lost.
When: 25th – 26th October
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds