Brisbane thinks a festival should be joyous and showcase the distinctiveness of its city. In light of this, the Brisbane Festival, the city’s most awaited event of the year, continues to bring people together for an explosion of artistic performances and experiences.

As they reimagine what an International Arts Festival looks and feels like, Brisbane Festival is unlike anything you can encounter anywhere else. They use the city’s famous monuments and the river as their stage to present a multi-arts presentation that takes the audience somewhere.

Take the chance to learn and experience what the Brisbane Festival is all about. Its 2023 edition will run from September 1 through September 23. The Brisbane Festival offers much for theatre, music enthusiasts, and more. Some of the events you can attend this year are listed below.

There’s Something About Music

September 1 – 10, South Bank Piazza

This seductive ode to romantic comedy soundtracks is the brainchild of local hitmakers The Little Red Company, and it stars a dream cast of Australian theatre sweethearts, including Marcus Corowa, Irena Lysiuk, Luke Kennedy, and Naomi Price.


September 1 – 24, Northshore, Brisbane

Maxine Doyle and Es Devlin, two innovators in the arts, collaborate on a monumental new piece. Salamander is a promenade dance-theatre production in which light, sound, design, and movement completely immerse the audience in a world reminiscent of a climate-fiction dream. 


Available until October 8, Botanic Gardens

Discover a botanical wonderland that shines in the dark with Lightscape. Travel through colourful, illuminating tree canopies. Wander past larger-than-life flowers and neon roots poking out of the underbrush, through glistening light tunnels, or beneath enormous poppies dangling high in the night sky. 

Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust

September 2, Brisbane River and surrounds

Brisbane’s biggest night of the year begins three weeks of holiday fun. The Australian Retirement Trust’s Riverfire returns to celebrate Brisbane Festival’s opening weekend in 2023. 

Sip and Science

September 3 – 17, Australian Retirement Trust Festival Garden

Last year’s popular Sip and Science event returns to the Australian Retirement Trust Festival Garden on South Bank. The Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland hosts panel discussions exploring the interaction of art and science in our environment. Grab a drink at the door and join a guided chat between IMB researchers and Festival performers.


September 16 – October 1, Playhouse, QPAC

The award-winning songwriting team behind Muriel’s Wedding the Musical and other platinum-selling albums, Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, have created a stunning score for  BANANALAND, which is a celebration of the joyful insanity of pursuing an impossibly unattainable ambition.

Erth’s Shark Dive

September 17 – 29, Brisbane Circus Centre

Ever longed to dive with sharks but refrained because of fear? You can come close to the Great White without getting wet at a brand-new shark dive experience made by renowned puppeteers Erth. You are free to choose. You don’t need to have any diving expertise, but keep an eye out and an open mind.

All Together Now

September 23, Victoria Park

Come together for a Festival Finale unlike any other. Join the great gathering in Victoria Park to bid farewell to another spectacular event. The stage is for all to gather for a mass participation event in which we welcome the entire city to sing, dance, and kazoo to their hearts’ content.

Aren’t these events fascinating? There are numerous other events in the Brisbane Festival program. Plan your journey if you want to see everything. Make a reservation for your Brisbane accommodation. 

This festival season, Annexe Apartments Brisbane is delighted to be your home. Our modern and large apartment accommodation is conveniently near the Brisbane Festival sites. You can have fun all day and return home to unwind in our well-designed apartments. Book your Bowen Hills accommodation today!