Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means? It's time to shed the winter blues and hype yourself up for a springtime extravaganza in beautiful Brisbane! At Rambla @ Perry House, we're more than just a place to crash – we're your go-to guide for all things happening in this buzzing city.
Let's kick things off with the crème de la crème of Brisbane events happening during the spring season. We've scoured the city to bring you the most exciting, jaw-dropping, and downright epic events. Whether you're into arts and culture, music festivals, or dazzling displays, there’s a taste of something for everyone this spring. Get your diaries out – you’re going to want to mark some dates.
Dates: September 1st - September 23rd, 2023
Venue: Various locations across Brisbane
The bees knees of festivals in Brisbane, Brisbane Festival is just around the corner – and as usual, it’s jam-packed with a truly astounding lineup of artists, events, displays, and everything in between.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene of Brisbane with live performances, this festival showcases the best local talent and international artists. Don't miss the stunning light installations at South Bank and the awe-inspiring street art in Fortitude Valley.
If you’re a theatre-lover, you’ll be head-over-heels with a sparkling program of showstopping live performances like The Making of Pinocchio at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Salamander at North Shore’s L Shed, and BANANALAND at QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre.
Got some little ones in tow? Light up their faces with the best family fun adventures on offer at Bris Fest. Marvel at Cirque Bon Bon at the South Bank Piazza, get rambunctious at the quirky (and free) 10,000 Kazoos event in Victoria Park, or take an epic simulated shark dive with Erth’s Shark Dive.
For all our music fans, you’ll be in heaven with this year’s musical events lineup. Catch music legend Paul Kelly, iconic band Sweet Relief!, the Brisbane Serenades, AVÉ, and so many more throughout this most epic of Brisbane events.
Check out the full program for yourself and grab tickets while they’re hot.
Springtime Music Festival
Dates: September 1st - September 3rd, 2023
Venue: Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast
Did someone say FREE musical festival? For ALL AGES? Okay, we’re hooked. Get your spring Brisbane vibes ready and prepare to dance your heart out at Springtime, one of the best musical festivals to hit the sunny Gold Coast.
Just an hour’s drive outside of Brisbane, Springtime 2023 boasts some of the hottest local and international acts across a bunch of genres. Catch Bag Raiders with an epic DJ set on Friday, pop sensation BENEE on Saturday, and the insurmountable talent of Matt Corby on Sunday.
Some other must-see acts to catch include:
- Boo Seeka
- Big Fuzz
- The Vultures
- Dizzy Days
- Pure Milk
- Jason Van MiertSabio
- …we could go on.
Get ready for an epic weekend of showstopping music and all the best vibes. Spring in Brisbane just got that much better.
The Good Food & Wine Show
Dates: October 27th - October 29th, 2023
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane
Searching for foodie-based Brisbane events? Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure at the Good Food & Wine Show. Indulge in mouthwatering dishes from some of Brisbane's best restaurants, food stalls, and food trucks. Seriously, we can’t imagine a better day (or three days) than wandering through the hundreds of stalls and sampling every flavour under the sun while imbibing in the best vinos around.
Sip on the finest wines from all around Australia, sample delectable desserts, and discover a world of intoxicating flavours. With live music, cooking demonstrations, and foodie workshops, this festival will satisfy your cravings for great food and good times.
Discover all the finer details and snag your tickets to this food lover’s paradise.
Lightscape at the City Botanic Gardens
Dates: August 31st – October 8th, 2023
Venue: City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane
Indulge in a specially crafted experience that will transport your senses through a captivating blend of light, colour, and sound at the City Botanic Gardens. Lightscape is back, and it’s set to be more dazzling than ever!
Spring in Brisbane is perfectly articulated through the wonders of Lightscape. Explore this enchanting space like never before, where luminous tree canopies dance with vibrant hues, and oversized flowers and neon roots burst from the foliage. Wander through shimmering light tunnels and marvel at towering poppies suspended gracefully overhead. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking light displays, masterfully crafted by a selection of top local and global artists.
This after-dark sanctuary promises an oasis of botanical brilliance that will leave you awe-inspired. Illuminate yourself and grab tickets here.
Dates: September 2nd, 2023
Venue: The Brisbane River and surrounds
It's time to light up the night sky! Riverfire is back for 2023, and as one of the most iconic Brisbane events, this one can't be missed during your visit.
Revel in the most spectacular fireworks extravaganza that marks the end of the spring Brisbane Festival with this astonishing display. Head to the South Bank Parklands for prime viewing spots and witness the sky ablaze with breathtaking fireworks.
Enjoy entertainment from 4pm and then settle in to watch the pyrotechnics at 7pm. Grab a blanket, gather your friends, get there early to secure a good spot, and enjoy a magical evening on the Brisbane River.
Riverfire is totally free, so as long as you know the way and you’ve got all the essentials packed, you’re good to go.
Dates: October 8th, 2023
Venue: Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton
Good wine, delicious food, great music, and stunning scenery. Yep, we’re talking about Grapevine Gathering. If you’re a wine and music lover, this fan-favourite festival is right up your alley.
Located in the beautiful Sirromet Wines just outside of Brisbane, Grapevine has got a stellar lineup of acts this year, including:
- Spacey Jane
- The Wombats
- Hayden James
- King Stingray
- Vanessa Amorosi
- …and so many more!
If you’re in Brisbane at the start of October, reserve your itinerary on Sunday the 8th to attend this dazzling day set to be full of good vibes.
Brisbane International Film Festival
Dates: October 26th – November 5th, 2023
Venue: Cinemas across Brisbane
Lights, camera, action! The Brisbane International Film Festival is back to celebrate the silver screen, showcasing the best in local and international cinema.
This year’s program has over 150 incredible films, panels, and events throughout Brisbane that combine award-winning international artists with the homegrown classics of Aussie cinema. We’re particularly looking forward to the BIFF Picks’ First Nations Filmmakers program, which includes a handful of extraordinary cinematic masterpieces by First Nations artists.
So grab some popcorn, sit back, and let the magic of the movies transport you for this 11-day movie extravaganza. Check the BIFF website for upcoming ticket and event details.
Planning Your Spring Itinerary: Not-to-Miss Brisbane Events
Now that you're armed with the knowledge of Brisbane's top spring events, it's time to plan your ultimate spring Brisbane itinerary. Here are some insider tips and recommendations to make the most of your time in this vibrant city.
Getting around Brisbane is a breeze. Take advantage of the city's efficient public transportation system, hop on a CityCat ferry for a scenic ride along the river, or rent a bike or scooter to explore the city on two wheels.
Prepare yourself early and pick up your GoCard to catch the next Brissy bus, train or ferry.
While you're in town for the Brisbane events, why not explore some of the city’s other attractions? There’s no better way to live the local life than to step out, roam a little further, and taste the flavours of the city.
- James Street in Fortitude Valley is a vibrant hotpot of fashion, dining, and entertainment must-visits.
- The South Bank Parklands are worth a visit any day of the week, but they’re particularly vibrant in the warm springtime weather.
- Take a tour of the unmissable Story Bridge with an epic Story Bridge Adventure Climb, one of Brisbane’s most incredible scenic attractions.
- Get into the cultural groove and immerse yourself in GOMA, the city’s premier art gallery nestled in the buzzing heart of South Bank.
The Dining Scene
Brisbane is a food lover's paradise. From trendy cafes to gourmet restaurants and bustling food markets, you'll find a plethora of dining options to satisfy your cravings. Don't forget to try the iconic Queensland classics like seafood platters and mouth watering steaks.
The Best Brisbane Accommodation in Spring
For the perfect home away from home this spring, look no further than Rambla @ Perry House. Our serviced apartments are not just a place to stay but a community where you can connect with fellow travellers and experience Brisbane events like a true local.
Whether you’re visiting specifically for a spring event or you just happen to be staying in Brisbane towards the end of the year, we’ve got you covered for a cosy home base with easy access to all of these fabulous festivals.
Plus, if you book direct with us, you’ll secure 5-10% off your stay plus free parking! All the more moolah to spend on exciting festival tickets and delicious food.