Paniyiri- Annual Brisbane Greek Festival | May 2019

paniyiri greek festival dancers, traditional greek costume

The popular Paniyiri is returning to Musgrave Park again in May 2019.

Paniyiri Greek Festival 2019

Queensland’s largest cultural festival, Paniyiri, is gearing up for a big celebration in 2019! Paniyiri, which honours all things Greek, is the longest running Australian Greek festival culminates in a massive weekend of events on the 19th and 20th May.

Celebrating its 43rd year in 2019, the Paniyiri Festival will take place at the Greek Club, as well as in Musgrave Park in West End. Event attendees can expect to see Zorba dancing, plate smashing, honey puff eating competitions, cooking demonstrations, and lots and lots of delicious Greek delicacies.

Honey Puffs at the Greek Festival Brisbane

What is Paniyiri?

Paniyiri began in 1976, with a group of Greek Australians dream of bringing the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and atmosphere of Greece to the streets of Brisbane. Brisbane’s Greek Festival is a community initiative, the proceeds of which are put back into the South-East Queensland Greek community through the Greek Orthodox Community of St George. Established in the 1920’s, this is Brisbane’s oldest Greek community. In 2015, the legendary Paniyiri Greek Festival in Brisbane continues to remain true to the original plan, attracting over 60, 000 visitors to the event each year.

Paniyiri Greek Festival in Musgrave Park, West End

Taking place on the last weekend of the Greek Festival, the amazing food of Greece is showcased at more than 30 food stalls in Musgrave Park at West End every year to commemorate Paniyiri. Visitors can also enjoy entertainment on the main stage, including the famous Zorba, Kalamatiano, Sirto and Sousta dances performed to live traditional Greek music.

Paniyiri in Brisbane is famous for its own version of the popular TV show with Greek Dancing with the Stars, which was a highlight in 2015 with stars from Channel 7. Couple this with some awesome cooking classes, comedic performances, olive, honey puff eating and grape stomping competitions as well as rides and a sideshow alley and Paniyiri is guaranteed to excite and entertain families all over Brisbane and South-East Queensland.

Greek Festival Brisbane, Greek Performances with kids

Paniyiri Time and Dates 2019

Paniyiri will be held in Musgrave Park and the Greek Club in Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane.

  • Saturday 18th May, 12pm – 10pm
  • Sunday 19th May, 10am – 7pm

Paniyiri Ticket Prices

Tickets are available for purchase online and at the gate on the day. Prices and tickets will be released soon.

To purchase tickets click here

For more information about Paniyiri including full program details click here 

Before you go

  • Consider safety measures for your kids. Read our article about how to keep kids safe in a crowd.
  • Take water with you, it gets really hot
  • Try and get there as it opens so you can grab a central spot near the stage. There are a limited number of chairs for the public too which are always a win if you plan to be there for the day.
  • Don’t eat for a couple of days before you go because did someone say Greek food!!!

Paniyiri Greek Festival Brisbane, Dancing, Greek Dancing

To find out more about Brisbane’s wonderful array of regular cultural festivals, take a look at the upcoming Brisbane Festivals.

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