Top shows to see in Brisbane in 2023

From live music to theatre, comedy acts, exhibitions and festivals, Brisbane is putting on an exciting show in 2023. We've put together a list of some of the events you absolutely don't want to miss!

Urzila Carson It’s Personal – Encore, Brisbane Powerhouse – 26-28 October

As one of the biggest names in comedy in Australia and New Zealand, Urzila’s It’s Personal show is about keeping your cards close to your chest but walking around naked. You can’t miss the powerhouse that is Urzila Carlson! Find out more.

Summerfest, SunPac – 4 November

Summerfest is SunPac’s favourite family event of the year that celebrates community culture and creativity. Throughout the day enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor entertainment the whole family will enjoy. While you’re there grab a bite to eat from visiting food trucks. 

Ocean Alley, Riverstage – 9-10 November

Australia’s beloved indie rock band Ocean Alley have captivated audiences around the world and will finish their world tour at home. Highlighting the success of their 2022 album Low Altitude Living, this tour is an unmissable experience to enjoy with friends at Brisbane’s Riverstage.

MELT Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse – 11 November

MELT Festival is Brisbane’s annual celebration of queer art, artists, allies and ideas is back with a vibrant and electric program. Explore local and internationally acclaimed artists through concerts, theatre performances and visual installations.

The Weeknd, Suncorp Stadium – 20-21 November

Award-winning artist The Weeknd is bringing his electrifying After Hours Til Dawn Tour to Brisbane. Joined by special guests Mike Dean and Chxrry22, at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium this show will be an unforgettable experience.

Fairy Tales, GOMA – 2 December

Explore how classical fairy tales have held our fascination for centuries though art and culture. GOMA is bringing together diverse artists through a range of visual and digital art forms to showcase the typical fairy tales figures we know so well – wicked witches, princes, princesses, and magical animals. Launching in December, this exhibition is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Find out more.

A Christmas Carol, Queensland Performing Arts Centre – 8 December

This festive season, the award-winning stage performance, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is taking over QPAC’s Concert Hall. The classic Christmas tale recounts the story of an elderly man that despises Christmas who is visited by four ghost that take him on a journey through Christmases past, present and future. Don’t miss one of the most uplifting theatrical experiences this December.

More to come in 2024

From Broadway to Brisbane, Chicago and RENT will arriving at QPAC in January. Additionally, Pink, the Jonas Brothers and Niall Horan are just some of the big-name artists heading our way next year. But that’s not all if you love a good laugh don’t miss the annual Brisbane Comedy Festival by Brisbane Powerhouse.  

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