Brisbane Festival is back with a bang, with a spectacular line up of events across the city from 6-28 September 2019, including everything from immersive concert experiences to fantastical theatre and side-splitting comedy.
There's truly something for everybody at the city's biggest cultural event. If you can't decide what to check out, read our helpful top picks!
Step into a world of doors
Open the door to a visual art adventure and step across the threshold into 1000 Doors. If the title didn't give it away, this quirky installation is made up of a labyrinth of doors created by installation experts Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney.
Let your imagination run wild as you step inside a world made up of a seemingly endless series of doors that allows you to explore other people's lives, other times, and the inside of someone else's mind. What you find on the other side is up to you.
Don't miss the front door into this house of possibility when 1000 Doors pops up at the Treasury Brisbane Arcadia in South Bank from 6-28 September.
Let your creativity come alive
If you're looking for something the kids will love, look no further than a trip to the circus with a twist! Join the Brat Kids Carnival for an energetic variety show that's sure to be a hit whether you're a youngster or just young at heart.
Watch as circus superstars amaze with tantalising tricks, hula hoops, amazing acrobatics and even a cheeky clown joke or two. You can even get on stage and have a dance!
The circus is loaded with fun and is sure to leave you with a smile, no matter your age. Catch the show that packs a punch at Queensland Performing Arts Centre's Playhouse on 14 and 15 September.
Fire up for a trip to the gardens
Take your regular park experience up a notch (and a few extra degrees) as thousands of fire sculptures light up the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City. Explore the Fire Gardens after dark from 11-14 September to see the alluring illumination created by fire palettes, pots and even fire bulbs hanging from the trees.
Marvel at flames leaping across the sky and sculptures flickering through the gardens, as a moody soundtrack allows you to fully immerse yourself in this awe-inspiring experience. The event is being created by French artists Compagnie Carabosse, who have been shining a new light on landmarks around the world for more than 20 years.
Immerse yourself in cutting edge theatre
If you love theatre, Invisible Cities is a must see. Inspired by the novel of the same name, this spellbinding live performance will be staged in an enormous warehouse in Yeerongpilly during the last week of the festival, from 24-28 September.
Set among a series of fantastical places, Invisible Cities explores the world of the volatile Kulbai Khan and explorer Marco Polo, who is tasked with describing his vast empire.
This show redefines live theatre.
Party like it's 1989
Most Brisbane locals hold fond memories of nights at Riverstage and good times are set to be recreated as we party like it's 1989 in celebration of this iconic venue turning 30!
A smashing line up is planned for the Riverstage Birthday Bash on 7 September, as time travelling DJ Hot Dub Time Machine lights up the area with pumping tunes and electrifying beats from every decade and genre. It will be a night to remember as a special Riverstage Top 30 countdown helps you relive some of your favourite memories set to an incredible soundtrack.
To help make it the best party ever, some of Brisbane's best talent will play including Cub Sport, Confidence Man, Last Dinosaurs, Caskey and Clea.