Brisbane is a thriving melting-pot region with a diverse population and inclusive culture. It is among the top cities to live and travel in Australia. Over the years, the city has emerged as place for entertainment, music, events, freedom of expression and more. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that some of the best festivals in Queensland happen in Brisbane. Therefore, here are Brisbane’s top festivals you shouldn’t miss if you are in the city or plan to visit it soon.
1. The Brisbane Festival
The most popular event held in honour of the city is the Brisbane Festival. It has multiple artistic performances and beneficial events. It was earlier known as Warana Festival and has been happening since 1961. The events during the festival duration give artists, residents, tourists, organisers, and everyone else involved the opportunity to be a part of a community phenomenon. Since the festival goes on for 3 weeks in September every year, you have plenty of time and opportunity to attend it.
2. Brisbane Comedy Festival
Want to tickle your funny bone? Then there is no better event to attend than the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Witness performances by major Australian and International comedian. Performances happen from February end and go on for almost a month well into March. All the performances are conducted at the same venue each year – Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm. Some artists who have appeared for the Brisbane Comedy Festival include Tripod, Tom Gleeson, Wil Anderson, Stephen K. Amos etc.
3. The Ekka
Ekka is a short word for exhibition and it is one of Queensland’s most popular agricultural events help in Brisbane. Formally, it is known as the Royal Queensland Show, and has over 40 thousand visitors every year. During the festival, farmers, producers and educators. They showcase agricultural produce, resources, initiatives and much more for 10 days every August. If you want to attend the festival, it is hosted on the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills. The cost for adults is $35 and children is $20.
4. Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival
This festival is the bets opportunity for food lovers to get acquainted with Brisbane food and taste some of the best wines from local producers in Queensland. It is an annual festival with street party for food & drinks from local restaurants, live music, art exhibitions and much more. If you are a seafood lover, then this festival is a must for you to attend. It will transform the way you consume seafood and also increase your knowledge about it. The location of the festival is in the name -Caxton Street. Already 10,000 people attend it every year and this year, you can be one of them too.
5. Brisbane International Boat Show
As the name suggests, every year Brisbane hosts an international boat show which is a flagship event for Marine Queensland. The first show of this event was held in 1961 and since, Brisbanites have continued the tradition. If you love fishing, boats, and water sports then there is no excuse for not attending this event if it happening when you are in Brisbane. By being a part of the event, you can get fishing master class, get expert advice and learn a lot of important information regarding boating.
6. Brisbane Pride Festival
Want to show your support for the LGBTIQ community? Then you must attend the Brisbane Pride Festival and contribute to Brisbane’s queer culture. The festival was first held in 1990 and since it has expanded and gained recognition for public events and activities that raise awareness and pride about the queer community. Therefore, every year thousands of people belonging to the queer community and its supports gather together to increase acceptance of homosexuals and transgenders.
Brisbane is one of the best cities in the world to live and be in as a tourist because it has something to offer to everyone. If you are visiting the city or a resident, then make sure you attend at least one of the festivals listed above. It will be a life changing occasion and even make you commit to come back again and again each year.
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