Festivals and Fairs

Festivals and Fairs in Brisbane happen often because of the awesome weather we seem to experience all year round. Brisbane Kids offers free calendar event advertising for all community fairs and school fetes without exception ensuring all schools and community groups have a chance to get their event out to a wide range of people.

Listing your fete or fair early on our calendar will give it the opportunity to be listed in our Brisbane Kids Magazine and also to be picked up by other publications that use our calendar to fill their own events listings.

Attending a festival with your child

Before you head to a fete, fair or festival with your Brisbane Kid make sure you consider a safety plan. Some tips include.

  • Dressing your child in brightly coloured clothing.
  • Establishing a safe zone when you arrive so everyone knows where to go if they get lost.
  • For bigger events like the Queensland Exhibition, go to the police stand on arrival and get your child a security band before you head off to have fun.
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Brisbane is the city of Festivals – with our weather, our big green open spaces and our love for fireworks and fairy floss, why wouldn't we be the festival capital of Australia (I made that up, I'm pretty sure Adelaide... Read More


Keeping Kids Safe in a Crowd

Attending events such as the Out of the Box Festival, the iconic Ekka or the awe-inspiring Christmas parades in the Queen Street Mall each year are a rite of passage that Brisbane Kids should experience at least once. But, unfortunately, with the excitement comes HUGE crowds and safety concerns for parents, especially those attending with …

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Abbey Medieval Festival | June / July 2017

You will be forgiven for thinking you have stepped back in time to the Middle Ages as lords and ladies, knights and bishops, merchants and minstrels ascend at the Castle Arena once again this year for the Abbey Medieval Festival. This truly unique experience is suitable for the entire family and now in it’s 28th …

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Mary Poppins Festival | June 2017

Did you know that the author P.L. Travers, who inspired the Disney movie Mary Poppins was actually a Queenslander? She was born in Maryborough and her birth town believe this is something worth celebrating. Whilst they have a Mary Poppins statue in Cherry Tree Lane (aka Richmond St) in the town and a few other …

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Redcliffe Show | June 2017

One of the most anticipated annual events on the Redcliffe calendar, the Redcliffe Show is  going to be bigger and better this year with some amazing headlining acts in the 2017 program. This show is full of family fun and entertainment and will run over 3 days starting on Friday 30th June and concluding on …

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Snow4Kids | Brisbane June/July 2017

 Brisbane’s number one snow attraction, Snow4Kids, is back for its 5th year! Snow4Kids is guaranteed to be hugely popular Winter School holiday activity this year, so please read on for all of the details to plan your visit. The Snow4Kids Festival will run from 24th June until 9th July 2017 at The Courier-Mail Piazza in …

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Skating At Festival | Brisbane June/July 2017

As the weather cools down and the school holidays approach, King George Square will be turned into an enchanting winter wonderland as the one and only Skating At Festival hits Brisbane. For 3 magical weeks from the 16th June to the 9th July, you’d be forgive for thinking you were in the Austrian Alps instead …

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Snowflakes in Stanthorpe | July 2017

Over 3 chilly days from the 30th June – 2nd July, Stanthorpe will be the place to be as the Granite Belt region’s premier winter celebration , Snowflakes in Stanthorpe, presents a magical program of awesome family friendly entertainment. The winter festival has everything from amazing fireworks displays to bonfires, ice skating, snowman building competitions, …

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The Pine Rivers Show | August 2017

The largest exhibition event in the Moreton Bay area, the Pine Rivers Show, is ready for  its biggest year ever in 2017. This show with a proud tradition in farming, good value family entertainment and  bringing people together will run over 3 days starting on Friday 4th August and concluding on Sunday the 6th August. …

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EKKA – Royal Queensland Show | August 2017

The biggest annual event on the Brisbane calendar, the Ekka is ready for a massive event in 2017. This show, with a proud tradition in farming and bringing people together, will run over 10 days from Friday 11th August – Sunday 20th August, and includes People’s Day on Wednesday 16th August, which is the the …

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Parks Alive @ Various Brisbane Parks | August 2016

PLEASE NOTE: PARKS ALIVE HAS NOW FINISHED FOR 2016 STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION ON PARKS ALIVE 2017!  We are so lucky in Brisbane to have amazing weather and outdoor spaces and even luckier to have an annual event to showcase Brisbane’s premier parklands and gardens.  Parks Alive is a family-friendly event that provides free activities …

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Redcliffe KiteFest | August 2017

The colour, fun and excitement of KiteFest is returning again this year with more entertainment and kites of all shapes and sizes to fill the sky on the weekend of  27th and 28th of August 2016. Redcliffe KiteFest 2017 The Redcliffe KiteFest features a program bursting with fun activities, roving performers, water shows and live …

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Redcliffe Festival | August/September 2017

Over 2 massive weeks from the 26th August to 10th September, Redcliffe will be the place to be as Moreton Bay’s biggest celebration, the Redcliffe Festival,  presents an awesome program of family friendly entertainment. The Festival has everything from amazing fireworks displays to billycart races, spectacular light art, live entertainment, rides and kids activities held …

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Brisbane Festival | September 2016

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW FINISHED. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR UPCOMING DETAILS FOR THE 2017 BRISBANE FESTIVAL.  The program for the 2016 Brisbane Festival has now been released and it’s jam-packed with lots of exciting and engaging shows and events for Brisbane Kids and their family.  This year the Festival features the world …

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The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

It is quite fitting that one of Toowoomba’s earliest historical milestones was a visit by Allan Cunningham, an English explorer and botanist in 1816. He was searching for native trees and plant life that would withstand the Australian climate. Toowoomba took a leaf from its historical pages to open its city doors to budding landscapers …

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Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinemas | Brisbane September-November 2016

Summer is nearly here and that means it is the perfect weather to watch a movie under the stars with an ice-cream in your hand. Thankfully Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is on again this year in Brisbane from Thursday 29th September- Sunday 13th November offering the ultimate summer movie experience. The cinema, located at …

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Oz Comic Con Brisbane | September 2016

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW FINISHED. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR UPCOMING DETAILS FOR THE 2017 OZ COMIC CON BRISBANE EVENT.  Get ready to see superheroes, princesses, Star Wars Toopers, fairies, TV show and movie stars as the ultimate pop culture event, Oz Comic Con, comes to Brisbane in September 2016. This family friendly …

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The Green Heart Fair | Carindale and Chermside

The Green Heart Fair is Brisbane’s biggest FREE bi-annual community and sustainability event.  The family-friendly fair explores everything to do with green living in Brisbane, with sustainability displays and cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, market stalls, live entertainment, native plant giveaways and more! There is something for every member of your family and best of all; …

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Oktoberfest Brisbane | October 2016

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW FINISHED. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR UPCOMING DETAILS FOR THE 2017 OKTOBERFEST EVENT.  It’s time to dig out your Dirndl and Lederhosen and get ready to celebrate Australia’s largest German Festival, Oktoberfest Brisbane! The festival takes place over two weekends: Friday 7th–Sunday 9th & Friday 14th-Sunday 16th October 2016. OKTOBERFEST …

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BrisAsia Festival 2017 – A colourful celebration of Asian culture in Brisbane

The colourful BrisAsia Festival, boasting more than 80 artistic and cultural events held in various locations across Brisbane, is back for another great year. From Friday 27 January to Sunday 19 February 2017, Brisbane families can celebrate the best of Asian arts and culture, including theatre, dance, food, music, film, talks and visual arts. The festival …

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Little Historians Festival | Newstead House May 2017

Calling all little historians, we have a day of fun just for you! Dress up and bring your imagination to Newstead House as you join in the festivities of the Little Historian Festival on Sunday 21st May 2017 from 9am – 1pm. Set in the beautiful grounds of Newstead House the Little Historians Festival will …

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Paniyiri- Annual Brisbane Greek Festival | May 2017

The popular Paniyiri is returning to Musgrave Park again in May 2017. Paniyiri Greek Festival 2017 Queensland’s largest cultural festival, Paniyiri, is gearing up for a big celebration in 2017! Paniyiri,which honours all things Greek, is the longest running Australian Greek festival culminates in a massive weekend of events on the 20th and 21st May. …

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The Hills Carnivale | May 2017

A highlight on The Hills Festival program, the annual Hills Carnivale is an event full of colour, fun and excitement that is sure to entertain the whole family on Sunday 27th May. Brisbane Kids is very excited to be sponsoring this family friendly event in 2017 and hopes to see lots of Brisbane Kids enjoying …

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Calamvale Carnival | July 2015

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED BUT KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR DETAILS OF THE 2017 CALAMVALE CARNIVAL. The Award Winning Calamvale Carnival is returning to Calamvale  Sporting Fields on the 25th July 2015. Calamvale Carnival After winning the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s 2014 Community Event of the Year, Calamvale Carnival  is back, even bigger and better in …

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The Brookfield Show | May 2017

When the weather starts to get cooler the western suburbs of Brisbane, know that the most exciting weekend of the year is about to arrive. The Annual Brookfield Show! The Brookfield Show brings the spirit of a country show to the city. With all the traditional country show treats such as equestrian events, arts and …

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The Ipswich Show | May 2017

One of the biggest annual events on the Ipswich calendar, the Ipswich Show is  ready for a massive event in 2017. This show with a proud tradition in farming and bringing people together will run over 3 days starting with the Ipswich public holiday on Friday the 19th May and concluding on Sunday the 21st …

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