The program for the 2019 Brisbane Festival has been released and it is jam-packed with lots of exciting and engaging shows and events for Brisbane Kids and their families. Tetris, Game Show-Off: Family Edition, Crash Test Dummies, 1000 Doors, Brat Kids Carnival, River of Light, and of course, the iconic Sunsuper Riverfire are just a few of the awesome acts that form part of the festival this year.
Brisbane Festival starts on Saturday 5th September and continues into the first week of school holidays until Saturday 28th September, giving Brisbane Kids the opportunity to participate in the festivities. The Festival provides a mix of free and ticketed events across lots of Brisbane’s premier entertainment venues, including South Bank, QPAC, Brisbane City Hall, Old Government House, the Judith Wright Centre and Brisbane Powerhouse.
Check out our list of all the family friendly Brisbane Festival 2019 highlights below, appearing in order of starting date.
River of Light
When: 6 – 28 September, 3 times daily, except Monday, at 6.15pm. 8pm and 9pm
Where: Brisbane Treasury Arcadia, South Bank
After great success at last year’s Brisbane Festival, Arcadia is back with some free family fun entertainment just for Brisbane Kids. Set on the Brisbane River, this art-meets-technology water fountain, light and laser spectacular illuminates the night and can be seen by all from Arcadia.
The free show features dynamic jets and giant spirals of water, full colour lighting and rainbow-coloured lasers, to tell a new local traditional story of a Dreamtime creation of the river, told by Yuggera and Toorbal man Shannon Ruska working with Oracle Liquid.
For more information click here.
Fire Gardens ***CANCELLED DUE TO FIRE BAN****
When: 11 – 14 September
Where: City Botanic Gardens
Cost: from $20 per person
Wander thorough the City Botanic Gardens and experience huge spheres of leaping flames, sculptures that flicker and dance, fiery urns that cause shadows to play, and a soundtrack every bit as brilliant as the garden itself. This wondrous and maze-like garden will inspire and captivate the whole family.
Symphony For Me
When: 21st September, gates 5pm, show 7pm
Cost: free- tickets required. Bookings open 29 August at 12pm
Bring your picnic blankets, leave your chairs at home, and enjoy some great music and stories under the starry sky as members of the public share their favourite orchestral music and take to the stage with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
For more information and to book tickets click here.
When: 26th September, 1pm
Where: Brisbane City Hall
Tickets: free- tickets required. Bookings open 29 August at 12pm
Join the hunt for Australia’s Number 1 Junior All-Rounder as the excitement, energy and crazy challenges of SMASHHDOWN! come live to Brisbane Festival. This is your chance to get active, discover some weird sports facts, and have a laugh in the beautiful Brisbane City Hall, in a free event presented by Brisbane City Council as part of the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts.
For more information click here.
When: Saturday 28th September at 7pm
Where: All areas, South Bank
The iconic Sunsuper Riverfire is a not to be missed fireworks spectacular that will officially close the Brisbane Festival. Families come from all over Queensland to watch this world class display, which features fireworks fired from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops, plus aerobatics from the Super Hornets and helicopters set to an amazing soundtrack (this year inspired by the music from 1989)
For more information and the best vantage points click here.
For more information on all Brisbane Festival events, full program details and ticket sales click here.