Brisbane Festivals – 28 Fun Filled Festivals for Brisbane Kids

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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 tried to claim that one). Whatever, we do festivals well, so why not pack up you Brisbane Kids and have a big day out this weekend!

You will find all these festivals on the Brisbane Kids Calendar so simply head to our Whats on Brisbane guide and search for the title of the event.

BrisAsia Festival

The colourful BrisAsia Festival, held in February each year, boasts more than 80 artistic and cultural events held in various locations across Brisbane where Brisbane families can celebrate the best of Asian arts and culture including theatre, dance, food, music, film, talks and visual arts. Expect everything from traditional dragon dancing to cooking workshops, Bollywood dancing, movies and fireworks!

Bluewater Festival

Moora Park at Shorncliffe comes alive to celebrate the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race each March with rides, markets, entertainment and fireworks. Fun for Brisbane Kids of any age.

 World Science Festival Brisbane 

robot greeting kids at science festival south bank

Held in March each year, With so many event at some amazing venues over 5 days there is sure to be something for every budding scientist. The World Science Festival Brisbane is a world class event no different to those previously held in New York as proven in Brisbane in 2016 with big name scientists, speakers and performers from Brisbane and the Asia Pacific Region lined up to wow Brisbane and make science  accessible to everyone. The World Science Festival Brisbane will inform the public about the wonder of science across a range of topics and include events such as live turtle hatchings , star gazing, workshops, a Street Science Weekend just for kids and guest speakers.

Buddha Birth Day Festival

Since 1997 the Buddha Birth Day Festival has grown into one of Queensland’s most prestigious cultural events attracting in excess of 200,000 visitors and is now recognized as the largest annual Buddhist Birth Day Festival in the world. The whole family can join in the 3 day celebration at South Bank with over 50 free events including Thai Chi, meditation, lion dancing, dragon boat racing, amazing food, lanterns fireworks and much more. This event is Held during April/May each year.

Ipswich Festival

giant lanterns, parade, lights

Prepare yourself for 11 days of fabulous entertainment in April which includes fireworks, live entertainment, street parties, workshops, art exhibitions and a day just for kids! Every year the not to be missed event is that Parade of Light which features larger than life lanterns , street performers, marching bands, roving entertainers and more.

Paniyiri Festival

Queensland’s largest cultural festival, Paniyiri, is a massive celebration each year in May which honours all things Greek. This is the longest running Australian Greek Festival culminates in a massive weekend of events including Zorba dancing, plate smashing, honey puff eating competitions, cooking demonstrations, and lots and lots of delicious Greek delicacies.

The Brookfield Show

Held annually in May, 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 crafts and even a rodeo, it is a great opportunity for kids and grown-ups alike to experience the fun and adventure of a show without the expense and crowds of the Brisbane Ekka.

Snowflakes in Stanthorpe

snow flake, snow

Over 3 chilly days in winter, Stanthorpe is 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, an industrial snow machine, human snowglobe, pantomimes, live entertainment, kids activities and snowmen held in multiple sites across the town know best for being the coldest place in Queensland. This Festival is a biennial event.

The Green Heart Fair

The Green Heart Fair is Brisbane’s biggest FREE bi-annual community and sustainability event. 7th Brigade Park at Chermside goes ‘green’ in June, whilst Carindale Recreation Reserve hosts this full day out of fun and learning in October each year. Cooking and gardening displays, plant sales, food, entertainment, and special guest appearances to surprise and delight Brisbane Kids of all ages are at each event plus the Carindale Green Heart Fair features a Billycart Derby each year which everyone can compete in. Past year’s have seen DirtGirl, The Octonauts, Dora and Peppa pig entertain the masses as well as a range of celebrity sport and TV stars.

The Abbey Medieval Festival

One of the biggest festivals on the Queensland Calendar, attracting people from all across the country is the Abbey Medieval Festival. Held across two weeks, there are banquets, jousting, a Tournament weekend and a Medieval fun week just for kids, all of which will  transports the whole family through time to experience a little bit of medieval history. The highlight of the Festival is the two days in July when the Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend takes place and families can expect to be entertained by historical reenactments such as jousting, traditional puppet shows, jugglers, parades and food from yesteryear.

Out Of The Box Festival

The Queensland Performing Arts Complex becomes a hub of performances, workshops and creative activities every second June. Fabulous fun for Brisbane kids aged 2-8.

Mary Poppins Festival 

The Mary Poppins Festival is held during the winter school holidays each year in Maryborough so that everyone can make the most of what is on offer. The ‘Art of Storytelling’ program includes film, art, music, performance and literature during the 10-day event. Events are held in various locations in the CBD as well as heritage-listed Queens Park, and the Wharf Precinct. The line up of Mary Poppins themed events will not disappoint and the highlight is the Day in the Park where you would be forgiven for thinking that you had just stepped into the page of a storybook and entered the magical world of Mary Poppins with nanny races, a chimney sweep challenges, umbrella painting, kite making, chalk drawings and more.

NAIDOC Festival

Musgrave Park becomes a family day out in July to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders culture with lots of free activities including rides, show bags, face painting and giveaways. Suitable for all Brisbane Kids.

Regional Flavours Festival

The best of the country comes to the city. Southbank hosts this flavoursome festival each July with the freshest and tastiest treats to sample and buy. Brisbane Kids of all ages will find something yummy to enjoy and fun workshops where they can get creative.

Teneriffe Festival

Vernon Terrace in Teneriffe hosts this annual festival in July with a rich programme of concerts, historical displays and street markets. All Brisbane Kids welcome.

Nundah Village Festival

Each September the community of Nundah host this annual event, featuring stage and street performances, market stalls and displays from local schools. Brisbane Kids of all ages welcome.

Redcliffe Kite Festival

girls with rainbow kite, festival grounds

Redcliffe Kite Festival happens every August and is all about rides, food, fun, entertainment, markets and of course, kites, down on the Clontarf waterfront. It’s perfect for Brisbane kids aged 0-15 years and offers  a program bursting with fun activities, roving performers, water shows and live entertainment for both young and old making it the perfect day out for any family. Just for Brisbane Kids, each year KiteFest features KiteFest Kidz, an area featuring free and low cost activities for kids under 10 years.

Parks Alive

Parks Alive is a family-friendly event that provides free activities including everything from DirtGirl shows to guest speakers, craft activities, live entertainment, guided walks, workshops and so much more over a weekend in August at Roma Street Parkland. The Festival aims to highlight the amazing weather and outdoor spaces we are so lucky to have in Brisbane in an annual event at Brisbane’s premier parkland.

Strawberry Festival 

ginat strawberryes on jetty, sandstone point,

There are not a lot of events around Brisbane that are much sweeter than the annual Strawberry Festival. The Festival, dedicated to the delicious strawberry, is a great day out for the whole family and held in August every year- when the strawberry is ripe for picking and at it’s best!  Brisbane Kids love this fun day out, making the most of the awesome range of activities on the day including rides, live entertainment (including a stage just for kids), fireworks and eating lots of strawberries!

Brisbane Festival

September sees Brisbane explode with a program  jam-packed with lots of exciting and engaging shows and events for Brisbane Kids and their family. The Festival provides a mix of free and ticketed events across 16 of Brisbane’s premier entertainment venues including the famous Riverfire.

Word Play – Brisbane Writers Festival For Kids

The State Library Of Queensland hosts this festival in September each year to help develop the next generation of writers and illustrators. Brisbane Kids in grades 4 – 10 can select from 6 different segments each day in a program that encourages students and teachers to explore an amazing literary wonderland.

ImagiNation Children’s Festival 

A 16 day action packed program brings together a monster-sized range of free and low cost activities ranging from mud baths to movies, swimming to story time and pirate talk to nature trails. Held in Logan during the September/October school holiday period, the ImagiNation Children’s Festival offers an action-packed calendar of events aimed at children aged 0-12 years.

Oktoberfest Brisbane

October is the 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 and offers the whole family the culturally-rich atmosphere of the spectacular {spektakuläre} Oktoberfest celebration in München to Brisbane. The showgrounds will be transformed into a mini Bavaria, with the Oktoberfest Tent, Munich Biergarten, the Kinderzone, a range of traditional stalls showcasing delicious food, world-famous beverages, and an exciting festival program featuring a line-up of traditional entertainment.

Einbunpin Festival

Sandgate’s Einbunpin lagoon comes alive each October for a community festival of food, market stalls, all day entertainment, craft activities and workshops. Something for every Brisbane Kid can be found at this festival.

Moreton Kids Festival

kids with transformer at the entry to moreton kids festival

The Moreton Bay Kids Festival is unique in that it offers 6 worlds for kids to explore, all full of fun, excitement and adventure which include Fun Kids, Green Kids, Tech Kids, Creative Kids, Curious Kids and Active Kids. This event, held in October each year, celebrates the wide-eyed wonderment and enthusiasm of youth with a program full of family-friendly entertainment. Whatever your child’s passion, the Moreton Kids Festival guarantees to have something that everyone will love!

Diwali Festival Of Lights

King George Square in Brisbane City lights up with lanterns and lights each November to celebrate this traditional Indian festival. Cultural stalls, Indian cuisine, and performances make this a magical night of colour and light. Suitable for all Brisbane Kids.

Sherwood Community Festival

Sherwood Road turns into one massive street party in November for this event. Market stalls, rides, show bags, baby animal farm, and 4 stages with entertainment will keep all Brisbane Kids amused for the night, plus Santa is also known to make one of his first festive appearances in Brisbane at this event.

Christmas in the City

santa and sleigh, City Hall, King George Square, Christmas, reindeer

The Oh What Fun It Is To Celebrate Christmas in Brisbane, a 4 week spectacular, features everything from concerts, parades and fireworks, to markets, movies, carols, enchanted gardens and a light show that has to be seen to be believed! The best bit is that all these amazing Christmas events are FREE and accessible to all Brisbane families, as they take place in the city, Roma Street Parkland or across the river in South Bank. The event starts in November with the lighting of the Christmas Tree at King George Square.

No matter what your Brisbane kid is into, there’s a festival to celebrate it. And there are even more than this when you include council events and shows! Every kid loves a festival, so get out and about at some of Brisbane’s best, this weekend!

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