What's on in Brisbane?

When it comes to what's on in Brisbane, you can be certain it’s taking place just moments from the Mercure Brisbane Hotel. Check into our centrally located CBD hotel any time of year and you’ll be just moments away from the capital city’s most popular events.

From sporting events to holidays, food and wine festivals, concerts and cultural functions, the Mercure Brisbane is the perfect choice for soaking up the exciting spirit of Brisbane.

    • Boundary
    5th July - 31st July 2018

    Robert Henderson Art Exhibition

    • Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection. On now at QAGOMA
    Until 5 August

    Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection

    • Inner coffin of Nestawedjat, Thebes, Upper Egypt, 700BC–680BC, 25th Dynasty. © Trustees of the British Museum
    Until 26 August

    Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

    • Brisbane Night Noodle Markets
    July 25 - August 5

    Brisbane Night Noodle Markets

    • Celine Dion Live
    30-31 July

    Celine Dion Concert

    • Musical
    From 13th July 2018 - 30th August 2018

    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

    • Katy Perry: WITNESS the Tour
    8 & 10 August

    Katy Perry: WITNESS The Tour

    • Brisbane Marathon Festival
    5 August

    Brisbane Marathon Festival

    • Sideshow Alley - Royal Queensland Show
    10 to 19 Aug 2018

    Royal Queensland Show | Ekka

    • Bridge to Brisbane 2018
    Sunday August 26

    Bridge to Brisbane 2018

    • P!nk Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018
    14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 & 23 August

    P!NK Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018

    • Expo Liaison
    Sunday 26 August

    Expo Liaison

    • BIGSOUND 2018
    4-7 September

    BIGSOUND Festival and Conference

    • Brisbane Writers Festival 2018
    6-9 September

    Brisbane Writers Festival

    • Cinderella - Queensland Ballet
    7-15 September

    Cinderella - Queensland Ballet

    • QANTAS Wallabies vs South African Springboks
    8 September

    Qantas Wallabies v South Africa

    • Life The Show - Brisbane Festival 2018
    8 - 29 September

    Brisbane Festival 2018

    • Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical
    26 September - 21 October

    Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical

    • Oz Comic-Con Brisbane
    22-23 September

    Oz Comic-Con

    • Riverfire - Brisbane Festival 2018
    Saturday 29 September

    Riverfire

    • Jan Powers Farmers Markets
    Wednesdays

    Jan Powers Farmers Markets Brisbane City

Robert Henderson Art Exhibition

5th July - 31st July 2018

Experience history with Robert Henderson's art exhibition displaying at Mercure Brisbane. 10 stunning pieces that shares a very powerful story from all states of Australia. In celebration of NAIDOC, Robert's exhibition will be displayed until the 31st July 2018. For more information on his artwork please visit his website: http://roberthenderson.com.au/

Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection

Until 5 August

Globally renowned for her adventurous use of sculpture, installation, video and sound to create imaginative hybrid creatures, Patricia Piccinini is bringing her recognisable collection from the last ten years and showing it exclusively at GOMA. 

For more information on Curious Affection >CLICK HERE<

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

Until 26 August

Meet six mummies and unlock the secrets behind their wrappings using the latest CT scanning technology in Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives from 16 March.

Featuring more than 200 artefacts from the world famous Egyptian collections of the British Museum, gain insight into the life and death of those six individuals who lived in Egypt between 3000 and 1800 years ago.

Discover how they were embalmed and what life along the Nile valley was like. Explore visualisations based on the CT scans of the mummies, as well as ancient texts, coffins, masks and funerary objects to unravel their mysteries.

For more information about the exhibition >CLICK HERE<

Brisbane Night Noodle Markets

July 25 - August 5

The ever-anticipated Night Noodle Markets returns to South Bank this July, setting Brisbane alight with the smells, sights and sounds of over twenty sizzling Asian food stalls. This is one of Brisbane's annual foodie events that are not to be missed!

WHEN: Open from 5pm weeknights and 4pm on the weekends
WHERE: Cultural Forecourt - South Bank
COST: Free entry. This is a cash free event and all major cards are accepted at the food stalls

Celine Dion Concert

30-31 July

Don't Think Twice and catch Celine Dion LIVE at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. The Incredible singer has two shows in Brisbane on 30 & 31 July. If you haven't already BOOK NOW or you might be All By Yourself and sadly your Heart Won't Go on.


For tickets and more information >CLICK HERE<

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

From 13th July 2018 - 30th August 2018

Beautiful tells the inspirational true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to global superstar. She fought her way into the record business as a schoolgirl but it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice and went on to become one of the most successful solo artists in pop music history.

Katy Perry: WITNESS The Tour

8 & 10 August

Global pop superstar Katy Perry is bringing her Witness tour down under, playing two shows at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre with very special guests Starley and Zedd.

This critically acclaimed tour, which has been travelling the world since September 2017, is a dazzling spectacular rivalling Katy’s 2014/2015 Prismatic Tour, which was a global phenomenon!

For more information or to buy tickets >CLICK HERE<

Brisbane Marathon Festival

5 August

Choose your course and sign up for the Brisbane Marathon. There are events for all types of runners and walkers so every member of the community can be involved and experience that unbeatable feeling of elation as they cross the finish line. 

Marathon - 42km

Half Marathon - 21km

10km Run / Walk

5km Run / Walk

2km Mini Marathon

Royal Queensland Show | Ekka

10 to 19 Aug 2018

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) is Queensland's largest annual event. Held over ten full days, Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State and is where the city meets the country.

The Ekka showcases the best of Queensland with animal competitions, award-winning food and wine, live entertainment, carnival fun, educational activities, show bags, and much more.

This iconic show is full of traditions, a unique atmosphere and childhood memories which have been passed down through generations of families. It's a true Queensland experience and one not to be missed.

For more information on the Ekka click here.

Bridge to Brisbane 2018

Sunday August 26

What started out as a local community event has grown to be Queensland’s largest fun run! Today, tens of thousands of people take to the streets of Brisbane to celebrate being healthy and active, and enjoy all that is great about our river city. For many people, it’s also an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for a charity of their choice.

Brisbane's most loved annual running event takes you across 3 iconic bridges in the 10km event and the 5km event will have you running over the Story Bridge on your way to glory! 

Run for yourself, organise a group event, bring the family! No matter how you decide to do the Bridge to Brisbane there's fun for everyone. For more information or to enter for this year's event >CLICK HERE<.

P!NK Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018

14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 & 23 August

Australia’s favourite international pop icon, P!NK, is coming to Brisbane for a series of shows as part of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour and will be performing at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Loved for her spectacular live performances as much as her unique and powerful vocal stylings, the show is the perfect mix of choreography, visuals, aerial acrobatics, pyrotechnics, novelty, and sass.

For more information or to buy tickets >CLICK HERE<

Expo Liaison

Sunday 26 August

Presented by Triple J, Expo Liaison, a newly launched excess extravaganza will feature over 7 hours of cutting edge, Client Liaison-curated entertainment, with very special guest John Farnham, and performances by:

- Alice Ivy / DJ John Howard (DJ set)
- Ken Davis / KON (USA) / Luke Million feat. KLP
- NO ZU / Rainbow Chan / Total Giovanni

For more information or to buy tickets >CLICK HERE<

BIGSOUND Festival and Conference

4-7 September

Now in its seventeenth year, BIGSOUND Festival is your annual opportunity to discover the future of Australian music. Running over four September days and nights, Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley comes alive with a global gathering of musicians, industry, brands, media and music lovers. 

Showcasing the next big thing to fans, industry, and international tastemakers alike, its massive artist line-up has been instrumental in uncovering names like Flume, Rufus, Courtney Barnett, Megan Washington, The Temper Trap, A.B. Original, Remi, Gang of Youths and more.

Whether you're an industry exec, the next big artist, or a super fan, get yourself along to BIGSOUND - read more

Brisbane Writers Festival

6-9 September

First presented as the Warana Writers Convention in 1962, just six sessions were presented over one day. We now present over 150 events, with more than 20,000 literary lovers descending onto State Library of Queensland and QAGOMA annually in September to hear from their favourite authors.

The 2018 Festival will run from 6 - 9 September at State Library of Queensland, the home of the Brisbane Writers Festival. Tickets are available here.

Cinderella - Queensland Ballet

7-15 September

Charming, humorous and blissfully romantic, Ben Stevenson’s acclaimed production of Cinderella is perfect fairy-tale entertainment for everyone. 

Buy your tickets now and watch this beloved classic fairytale come to life.

Qantas Wallabies v South Africa

8 September

Its Australia v THEM. Its US v Them. Get behind the Qantas Wallabies. Witness the rivalry. Experience the atmosphere and be part of the story at Suncorp Stadium. #GoldBlooded

Get your tickets here

Brisbane Festival 2018

8 - 29 September

Each September, Brisbane Festival explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera, public events, and comes to a magnificent close with the Sunsuper Riverfire. CLICK HERE to view the program of events and plan your festival experience.

Our River View Rooms are the perfect vantage point to catch the fireworks spectacular with views over South Bank. This is one of Brisbane's biggest nights so BOOK NOW to secure your room with a view.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical

26 September - 21 October

The iconic hit musical has more glitter than ever, featuring a dazzling array of more than 500 award-winning costumes, 200 head dresses and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE, FINALLY, and many more.

Based on the Oscar-winning film, PRISCILLA is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

PRISCILLA will be playing at the Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre from September 2018 and is sure to be a sell out. Get in quick for your tickets and book online >HERE< 

Oz Comic-Con

22-23 September

Pop culture enthusiasts unite and don your favourite costumes for Oz Comic-Con at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. With special guests from TV & Film such as Dichen Lachman and comic artists the likes of Wayne Nichols and Queenie Chan, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more passionate, engaged and thoughtful group than the tens of thousands of fans that converge for this event.

MORE INFO

Riverfire

Saturday 29 September

It's Brisbane's favourite fireworks extravaganza! Watch the sky explode with colour to the sounds of Triple M's curated sound track whilst you ooh and ahh with the crowd.

Find your favourite spot around the river to soak up the visual feast, reserve a table at riverside restaurant, or book a River View Room at Mercure Brisbane for a private viewing experience.

Our River View Rooms are the perfect vantage point to catch the fireworks spectacular with views over South Bank. This is one of Brisbane's biggest nights so BOOK NOW to secure your room with a view.

Jan Powers Farmers Markets Brisbane City

Wednesdays

Bringing the farm to the city! Jan Powers Farmers Markets are located at the George Street end of Queen Street Mall at Reddacliff Place every Wednesday from 8am-6pm. Pick up a fresh bunch of flowers, fresh box of warm doughnuts or some local produce. Farm fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, bread, bagels - you name it!

Jan Powers Farmers Markets are the perfect place to pick up some lunch during the work day, local ingredients for dinner or snacks for throughout the day.