Around the world with Brisbane's top multicultural events

Not being able to board a plane for international adventures doesn’t mean we have to miss out on multicultural experiences that give us a glimpse into arts and cuisines from around the world.

Forget the jet lag and get ready to celebrate Brisbane’s cultural diversity with this handy calendar of festivals and events that’ll have you finding a new sense of wonder in our own backyard.

2021

October

  • See 'la dolce vita' ('the sweet life') come to life on the big screen at the Italian Film Festival from 20 October to 14 November. A celebration of Italian language and culture, this year's program includes a Roberto Rosellini retrospective, a tribute to Italian goddesses and new Italian cinema highlights.
     
  • The Colombian Independence Day Festival at King George Square, Brisbane City on 23 October promises a remarkable experience of music, traditional food, dancers, and Colombian music. Salsa well into the night, with the festival opening at 11am and closing at 10pm. Viva Colombia! Tickets on sale via Oztix website.

November

  • Say 'hola' to Fiesta Latina at Roma Street Parkland on 6 November. Kicking off at 12 noon and closing at 8pm, this celebration of Latin American culture brings together traditional music and dance from Spain and South America, as well as food stalls and kids' activities. Don't miss the traditional Day of the Dead display and craft.
     
  • Get your beret and Breton stripes ready for the Brisbane French Festival final seasonal event of the year transforming West Village into a French marketplace (20-21 November) perfect for warm summer days. Oui oui!
     
  • Colour your world at Diwali, the Festival of Lights celebrated all over India and the world every November. Embrace Brisbane’s harmony and multiculturalism at this iconic festival on our city’s calendar.

December

  • Chanukah in the City, the Jewish Festival of Lights, will illuminate Reddacliff Place on 5 December. Experience the lighting of the six-metre tall Menorah and enjoy delicious Kosher food, live entertainment and market stalls.

2022

January

  • For an authentic experience, head to the Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebrations at Inala Civic Centre on 28 January. Sample traditional foods, watch live shows and take part in activities for kids.

February

  • BrisAsia brings Brisbane a showcase of contemporary and traditional Asian arts and cultural events, talks and performances. This month-long celebration gives you the opportunity to explore the city through a diverse cultural lens and includes the colourful celebrations of Chinese New Year and Brisbane Holi.
BrisAsia Festival, Valley Malls

March

  • Paint the town green with your Irish mates during the Brisbane Irish Festival with events held across Brisbane all month including the iconic St Patrick’s Day march.

May

  • It might not be a taverna atop the cliffs of Santorini, but the whole family can indulge in a slice of Greece at Australia’s biggest Greek festival, Paniyiri. From the cult-classic honey puffs to grilled halloumi and traditional dance, there’s a reason this festival has clocked up 45 years on the calendar.
     
  • Find calm and peace with the community at the Buddha Birth Day Festival in South Bank Parklands.
     
  • Turn up the volume for a lively and colourful day celebrating Brisbane’s African community at the Africa Day Festival. Tuck into traditional dishes from Sudan and Ethiopia before letting the kids join a workshop or two while you browse the market stalls.

June

  • World Refugee Day will be celebrated on 16 June with an event in Queen Street Mall to commemorate the strength and courage of refugees and to celebrate their contribution to our community.
     
  • For a fun family day out, head to Forest Lake for the Parkinson Multicultural and Dragon Boat Festival on 5 June. Cheer on the dragon boat race while enjoying tasty world food, in between watching traditional performances by local community groups.

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Always check the dates for annual events before pencilling them into your calendar and find more inspiration for your next day out on our Brisbetter Explore page.

While you enjoy Brisbane's events and exhibitions, remember to keep COVID safe - maintain physical distancing and good hygiene.

Editor's note: The featured content in Brisbane Explore is created to inspire residents and visitors to plan a day out exploring Brisbane and to buy local as part of the city's Economic Recovery Plan. Brisbane City Council disclaims any relationship with, or endorsement of, businesses featured in this video.

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**This article was updated in October 2021.**

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