Best Brisbane events to help you feel young and fun

With so much to see and do in Brisbane, you'll be giving your Netflix account the flick as your calendar fills up with fun, quirky and cool events this autumn.

Brisbane's a great place to live and play with live music, comedy, world-class and thought-provoking exhibitions and plenty of great workshops to keep you on your toes in 2020.

The personal safety of Brisbane residents and visitors is our top priority. Due to coronavirus, some of our events, facilities, services and venues have been impacted. 

Check our Coronavirus: Council updates and impacts page for latest updates, cancelled events and venue closures. Protect yourself and others by practising social distancing in our parks.

Laugh out loud with Brisbane Comedy Festival

Laughter is the best medicine! Head out to this year's Brisbane Comedy Festival until 22 March for side-splitting laughs with world-class Australian and international comedians.

If you're 14-18 years old, with an original 3-5 minute stand-up, sketch, physical or musical comedy act, register for Class Clowns. Registration is free. You’ll get to take part in a workshop with a professional comedian before performing your act in front of a live audience. If you progress through the heats, you'll get to perform at the state finals (a ticketed event) on Sunday 15 March.

The wonderful world of science

Satisfy your inner mad scientist when the World Science Festival returns from 25-29 March with over 95 events in science and art. From Dr Karl and Night of the Nerds to finding out what spooked Einstein, this year's festival program will help you discover your 'why' with engaging shows, conversations, talks, performances and more. Book now for ticketed events - get in quickly as they're selling fast! There are also heaps of free, family-friendly, non-ticketed options including the City of Science, Ockham's Razor, and lots of fantastic workshops.

Be challenged and inspired

Grow your curiosity, nurture your nerdy side and celebrate fabulous women this March and April with the return of this trilogy of events - Curiocity (20 March - 5 April), QODE Brisbane (23-25 March) and WOW - Women of the World (2-5 April). These festivals are back to challenge and inspire all ages to think differently about science, technology and art, and enjoy the collision of imagination, investion and innovation.

Celebrate Brisbane Youth Week

From 1 April, Brisbane will launch into the week-long Brisbane Youth Week festivities. Events including Queeriosity, Clarence Street Youth music event and Youth Got Talent Expo will lead an all-star program that encourages conversation and sharing of ideas, showcases talent and celebrates the contribution of young people to our local community. Youth Week is a chance to see our brightest and creative young minds in action.

Groove with The QUBE Effect

Earn bragging rights to say, "I saw them before they were big", when this year's 24 The QUBE Effect finalists take to the stage on Friday 3 April from 4-9pm at the Brisbane Youth Week launch. They'll be rocking it out across three venues - Valley Malls, Bakery Lane and the QMusic stage in California Lane. Grab a bite to eat, enjoy the show and then jump online to vote for your favourite performance.

2020 - the year to dabble more

Need to find some more 'you' time in 2020? We've got hundreds of free and low-cost workshops to teach you something new, ignite your imagination and inspire your creative heart. From learning to make kokedama (Japanese moss balls), to joining a mindful colouring group to de-stress, to heading to a pop culture meet-up, or a Bollywood dancing class, there's something for every body and every interest.

See contemporary art outdoors

For 10 nights in May, Botanica will transform the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City into an outdoor gallery, as some of Australia's leading contemporary artists and designers come together to create a free, open-air exhibition. Get excited about after-dark projections, sunsets over the iconic Brisbane skyline and evening walks under bud-lit branches. Take the long route to Botanica, by walking a public art trail beforehand or wandering the Outdoor Gallery. For something different, catch a CityCat from up or downstream to QUT Gardens Point ferry terminal. Look out for the full Botanica program (installations, tours, talks and workshops) to be released in mid-April.

If you enjoy street art, the citywide, outdoor Brisbane Street Art Festival is for you from 2-17 May with live murals, exhibitions, workshops, performances and more.

Visible Ink

Visible Ink Youth Hub in Fortitude Valley is a place for young people aged 12-25 to explore new ideas, access resources and connect with community partners. Make the most of free spaces to rehearse, hold meetings, plan and deliver projects, use resources, attend events and workshops and hot desk in a collaborative coworking space. From writers to visual artists and filmmakers, the halls of VisInk have helped some of Brisbane's brightest talents grow their creative identities.

More to see and do

Want even more to see and do? Check out our What's On calendar for more inspiration. 

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This blog was originally posted in February 2020 and was updated in March 2020.

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Last updated:30 April 2020
Topics: things to do