It seems like everyday there is an announcement of a new festival coming to town or a slick event that you gotta check out. Unfortunately, a couple of days post-announcement we usually forget about all the events we had been so excited to see. You can’t blame us, we’re only human. To make things easier (and to ensure you don’t get struck with some serious FOMO), we’ve round up the key festivals that you absolutely must check out this month. Buckle in, this is going to be a big one!

BIGSOUND | SEP 5-8

Part music festival, part industry conference, this mammoth event includes 130+ artists and 15+ events over four days and nights. Huge, right? In its sixteenth year, BIGSOUND is a stellar gathering of musicians, bands, media and music lovers that celebrates the best of the industry and discovers new talent. Get ready to party (and learn) about the best of local and international music. This event is exclusive to Brisbane and is one of the biggest events on the music calendar, so make sure you get online ASAP for tickets. If you’re not sure who to see, our friendly guide here will get you started. This writer is particularly keen to see Triple J Unearthed lad Baker Boy, heartfelt groovers Cub Sport, and Norwegian cool-kids Sløtface.

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BRISBANE FESTIVAL | SEP 9-30

A key event on the cultural calendar, Brisbane Festival celebrates everything that’s wonderful and exciting about our city. Home-grown acts such as The Preatures and Angus and Julia Stone and international names like London Grammar will perform. Celebrating Australian arts and culture is no small feat, which is why this festival takes place over three weeks. If you’re not sure who to check out, you can review the full line up on their website for easy-peasy planning. Our top tips for the festival are the exhilarating and show-stopping ‘Fun House’ musical incredible and, of course, the grand finale, Riverfire!

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TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS | SEP 15-24

More than just a celebration of incredible flora, this carnival brings together the best food, wine, and music acts of south-east Queensland and beyond for nine days of fun. Discover local pours at the Wine Bar, sway to the tunes of The Temper Trap, and work up a sweat as you indulge in four courses during a progressive dinner. Even if you’re not into flowers, there’s a lot to do throughout the carnival that makes the pleasant drive more than worth it. Whatever you do, make sure you take the time to stop and smell the roses!

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BEER INCIDER | SEP 22-23

Got beer? Lager, ale, or stout, we love them all! Returning to Brisbane this September, Beer InCider is the ultimate festival for anyone who loves brews, chews and tunes. With over 300 brews from 53 independently-owned breweries, cideries, and wineries, these three beers should be at the top of your beer bucket list. We are frothing over Balter Brewing Co., who, on the scene for little over a year, has grown to be one of Australia’s favourite craft beers. Their multi-award winning XPA is a pale ale that’s punchy and rich. Tropical and floral aromatics indicative of our beloved Gold Coast and barely-there bitterness make this brew a smooth, refreshing drink that is best enjoyed with mates. Another local fave, Newstead Brewing Co. will showcase their newly branded bevs at the festival, making the bold move from bottles to cans. Test ride their new look by visiting them during the festival and checking out their brand new tinnies!

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CITY BUSH DOOF | OCT 22

The City Bush Doof evolved as an idea that began as a lunch in the park and quickly turned into an all out party after receiving huge support on Facebook . Since it’s offical release on the 30th of September, first round tickets have already sold out! With over five thousand people interested in attending the event before the announcement of a lineup or venue, it’s no surprise that the City Bush Doof promises to be a defining event of 2017.  If you’re into dance music and good vibes, this is one Sunday sesh you won’t want to miss!

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