October is a beautiful month to get out and about in Brisbane. With maximum spring-like weather and about nine sunlight hours, it's the perfect time to find things to see and do in Queensland's capital. The Queen's Birthday public holiday falls on Monday 7 October, maximising your opportunities to explore our River City.
Here's some of our top suggestions for things to do this month.
Brisbane German Week and Oktoberfest
It wouldn't be October, if we didn't mention Oktoberfest! Brisbane German Week runs from Tuesday 1 October to Friday 11 October 2019 and is filled with events, networking opportunities, hands-on cultural activities, competitions and fun. This festival is proudly sponsored by Brisbane City Council.
Friday 11 October marks the beginning of Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019 and 'Anzapferi' (meaning tapping into the first keg of this iconic celebration). Get along to the opening of this two-weekend celebration. #EmbraceYourInnerGerman
Diwali is an annual Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sihks and some Buddhists around the world. Enjoy this colourful event in King George Square, Brisbane City on Friday 25 October and Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley on Saturday 26 October. Join in the cultural festivities and wonder of this ancient celebration with traditional music, dance and performing artists. Great for the whole family!
Free live music is back in the Valley Malls with Valley Fiesta Fridays. Celebrate the end of the working week, by relaxing to the soulful sounds of local musicians in Brunswick Street and Chinatown malls from 2-4pm every Friday. The stellar line-up includes guitarists and vocalists, and music genres covering jazz, Latin, pop-rock, hip hop and more.
You can also enjoy local bands on stage in Brunswick Street Mall from 1-7pm on the first Saturday of the month until February 2020 with the Valley Fiesta Spring Summer Program.
Valley Fiesta is just one of the thousands of markets, festivals and events that Council helps deliver each year.
Head to a market
Brisbane's market scene is bustling big time. From farmers markets to artisan-style markets, we've got it all!
Check out the Brisbane City Markets on Wednesdays in Reddacliff Place (top of the Queen Street Mall) and on Thursdays in Cathedral Square, Brisbane City. For weekend markets, try The Collective Markets in South Bank Parklands and the Jan Powers Farmers Markets in Manly and at Brisbane Powerhouse.
On 26 October enjoy over 100 market stalls at the Manly Harbour Village Halloween Street Party. If you love music and food and plant stalls, get along to Steamed Up (part of the Bands in Parks program) at McPherson Park, Bracken Ridge on Sunday 27 October.
Enjoy our city parklands
Been a while since you checked out our beautiful city parklands?
The iconic South Bank Parklands cover 17 hectares with river frontage and include free swimming facilities, walking tracks, licensed picnic areas and a bunch of eateries, cafes, restaurants and bars. The Medibank Feel Good Program is back this spring and summer with free fitness classes including aqua, barre, dance, tai chi, pilates, yoga and more. If you're visiting the park during the school holidays, the Xpress Fun Train (trackless train) is winding its way from one end of the park to other other.
Across the river at Roma Street Parkland, get along to The Sound Society on Sunday 6 October, MOSAIC Festival on Sunday 13 October and the annual 4MBS Shakespeare Festival with Strings in the Park on Saturday 26 October. Take the time to wander the gorgeous Spectacle Garden in full bloom while you are there.
Brisbane is an ideal city to explore by bike and CityCycle provides a quick, easy and affordable way to get around and a fun alternative to short trips by car, public transport or walking.
We've got 2000 bikes and 150 CityCycle stations between the University of Queensland, St Lucia and Newstead. Grab a CityCycle and get rolling!
Want to avoid usage fees? Sign up to CityCycle and enjoy a free ride if your journey is under 30 minutes.
Want even more to see and do? Check out these links:
- Book the kids in for a composting and worm farming workshop at Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre on Sunday 6 October. Explore the forest park and discovery centre while you are there!
- Find out more about cycling and our beautiful bikeways on our Cycling Brisbane website
- Lord Mayor's Seniors Cabaret Gala, Brisbane City Hall, Sunday 6 October (booked out)
- Gigs and Picnics, City Botanic Gardens, Saturday 26 October
- Things to see and do in Brisbane
This blog was updated on 30 September to note that the Lord Mayor's Seniors Cabaret Gala at Brisbane City Hall on Sunday 6 October is now fully booked.