It’s our last public holiday until August! We’ve found the hottest Brisbane events to help you say bye-bye to boredom and make the most of this long weekend.
SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL | THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – SUNDAY, MAY 14
The Spanish Film Festival kicks off at the Palace Barracks cinemas this Thursday. With comedies, drama and documentaries, there’s something for everyone, so you can brush up on your Spanish while indulging in some tapas.
EATS AND BEATS BERRINBA | FRIDAY, APRIL 28
Solve all your Friday-night dinner dramas by heading to the Eats and Beats food festival at Berrinba Wetlands. There will be food trucks galore and live entertainment from 5pm-9pm.
SURFERS PARADISE LIVE | FRIDAY, APRIL 28-SUNDAY, APRIL 30
Surfers Paradise Live, one of the biggest free music festivals in Australia, features some of the biggest Australian acts on the music scene. Groove to The Veronicas, Eskimo Joe, Mental As Anything and Pseudo Echo, plus many more. With multiple stages and genres, this line-up is music to our ears.
BUDDHA BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL | FRIDAY, APRIL 28-SUNDAY, APRIL 30
With everything from blessing ceremonies to dragon boat races and a fashion parade, you can keep the whole family entertained at the 20th anniversary Buddha Birthday Festival. Open to all, the event at South Bank Parklands is now the largest of its kind in the world. Fireworks close out the festival, so make sure you head down early to secure the best spot.
THE ISLAND OF SIN BOAT FESTIVAL | SATURDAY, APRIL 29
Eight boats are ready to whisk you away to Sin Island, where three stages and more than 20 national and international DJs will entertain you for hours. There’s also the beach, bars and plenty of food to keep you dancing all day and into the night.
LIFESTYLE ON THE WATER FESTIVAL | SATURDAY, APRIL 29-SUNDAY, APRIL 30
Head to Pelican Park, Clontarf for the Lifestyle on the Water Festival. Featuring pop-up restaurants, jet-ski racing, a marine and boat expo, live cooking demonstrations from MKR contestants, and live entertainment including a performance from Guy Sebastian, it’s a great way to soak up some sunshine and indulge in some seafood.
BAMBINO LUXE PREGNANCY, BABY AND CHILDREN’S FAIR | SUNDAY, APRIL 30
The Bambino Luxe Pregnancy, Baby and Children’s Fair has everything you could possibly think of for mums, dads and bubs. From cute clothing and toys to homewares, it’s your one-stop shop.
CINCO DE MAYO MEXICAN CELEBRATION | SUNDAY, APRIL 30
Celebrate the best of Mexican culture at the Cinco de Mayo festival. Mexican dance lessons, delectable dishes, plenty of live entertainment, and sangria and margaritas await! Get those salsa shoes on and get ready to party, Mexican-style.
STONES CORNER FESTIVAL | SUNDAY, APRIL 30
Now in its fourth year, the Stones Corner Festival is proving to be one of the best street parties in town. With live entertainment headlined by local legends Regurgitator, and plenty of food and drink stalls, markets and activities for the whole family, you have no excuse not to rock up for this Sunday session.
LABOUR DAY SAIL AT BYBLOS BAR | SUNDAY, APRIL 30
Byblos Bar at Portside is celebrating the long weekend in style with a super-chilled Sunday session. With live entertainment, Mediterranean eats, drink specials and an Aperol Spritz pop-up bar, you can kick back with a cocktail in hand.