What’s On: The Hottest Happenings In Brisbane This May

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By Dinushka Gunasekara | 30th April 2024

The final month of autumn is already upon us but Brisbanites aren’t even close to settling down for hibernation! This May, there’s plenty to get you out and about, making the most of the happenings in town.

From foodie festivals to farmer’s markets, and enough art to fill your cup for months to come, we’ve rounded up all the best things to do in Brisbane this month, including ticket release dates you won’t want to miss.

Portside Wharf Art Month | All May

The creative juices are flowing at Portside Wharf this month, as the precinct transforms into a hub of art and culture. Get your hands dirty in the pop-up splatter room open Fridays to Sundays from 1 May to 31 May, or boogie on over to the street party taking over the precinct with an epic line-up of free entertainment, live music, art activations, and delicious bites on 4 May from 1pm to 6pm. There’ll also be a creative market on 18 May from 3pm to 7pm, so you can browse more than 35 stalls hosted by local creatives and artists on the riverside. Ps. Your furry friends can even channel their inner Picasso with peanut butter lick paintings from Paddington Puppies on the night! For more info, head here.

Le Festival Tickets | Out Now

Your favourite French rendezvous is coming to South Bank Parklands from 5 to 7 July, with a whole lot of Champagne, crepes, and croissants! Perfect to get you in the spirit for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, prepare yourself for the iconic celebration of French culture by securing your tickets here, or find more info here.

Drew Barrymore’s Wanderful Tickets | 2 May

America’s sweetheart is coming to Brisbane for one night only to host an intimate and candid evening filled with joy, laughter, and inspiration. Drew Barrymore will be gracing the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on 3 August, so make sure you’re first in line to get tickets when they come out on 2 May here.

GREASE The Musical Tickets | 3 May

These are the tickets you want! GREASE The Musical is coming to QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from 4 January 2025 with generation-defining songs and all the antics at Rydell High. Tickets are out on 3 May, which you can get lightning fast here.

Billie Eilish Hit Me Hard And Soft Tour Tickets | 3 May

Global sensation Billie Eilish is bringing her Hit Me Hard And Soft Tour to Australia in 2025, and our River City has made the cut! Her world tour will be touching down in Brisbane at the Entertainment Centre from 24 – 28 February, with general tickets out on 3 May. What were you made for? Sign up to be notified when tickets are available here.

Brisbane Street Art Festival | 4 – 19 May

In its ninth year, the Brisbane Street Art Festival is revitalising some of the city’s most recognisable locations with the help of international talents and incredible local artists. Alongside the pop-up murals, you’re invited to a variety of workshops, masterclasses, and more across this two-week art extravaganza. For more info, head here.

German Film Festival | 9 – 29 May

Say ‘guten tag’ to the return of Palace Cinema’s annual HSBC German Film Festival! From world premieres to iconic retrospectives and award-winning German language cinema, it’s a must-do for local film buffs. Book your tickets here.

Paniyiri Greek Festival | 18 – 19 May

Opa! This beloved celebration of all things Greek is back this month at West End’s Musgrave Park with food, dance, and plenty of honey puffs. With a succulent souvlaki in one hand and a sweet baklava in the other, enjoy the rich program of fun and entertainment that’s always a favourite in the Brisbane social calendar. For more info, head here.


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Scenic Rim Markets | 18 May

Get your hands on the best from the countryside without taking a step out of the city with another round of Breakfast Creek Lifestyle Precinct’s fan-favourite Farm Gate to City Door Market. Browse fresh produce, award-winning gourmet treats, and soak in the family-friendly fun from 8am to 12pm on 18 May, with something for everyone on offer. For more info, head here.

Festa Italiana | 23 – 26 May and 30 May – 2 June

Savour the flavour of delicious Italian cuisine at Howard Smith Wharves as Festa Italiana returns for its second year. Classic aperitivos and delicious dishes are set to take over the Main Lawn across two drool-worthy weekends, with a menu curated in collaboration with renowned guest chef Orazio D’Elia. From Orazio’s famous vodka rigatoni to wines poured from Tuscany, this Italian market is a foodie paradise you’ll want to dig your fork into.

Homemaker The Valley Inspo Party | 26 May

Fancy yourself a designer? On May 26, Homemaker The Valley is hosting their Inspo Party, a day where you can unleash your creativity and love of home styling. From 10am – 3pm, enjoy a styling session with Carlene Duffy, a cooking demonstration with Tessa Boersma, workshops, live music, giveaways, kids crafts and exclusive retailer offers – a day for the whole fam to enjoy.

Header: Howard Smith Wharves

By Dinushka Gunasekara A self-proclaimed Spotify connoisseur who plans her weekends on Monday, Dinushka’s least favourite time of the day is in between meals.




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