Your guide to Brisbane Festival 2020

Sunsuper Night Sky by Robin Fox

If you’ve been waiting for the return of live music and arts, craving a street party or wanting to celebrate with your neighbours, it's time to get excited – Brisbane Festival is back!

Brisbane Festival 2020 lands in your ‘hood from 4-26 September, bringing more than 90 events, homegrown talent in the hundreds, and a grassroots celebration of being ‘Boldly Brisbane’.  Intrigued? You should be!

The beloved annual festival is going super-local this year, featuring 700 local artists in 490 performances, and it’s mostly free! Here are our top picks for Brisbane Festival fun close to home.

Street Serenades

Get ready for the biggest music concert in Brisbane’s history! The Street Serenades rolling festival stages will deliver live music and acts in suburbs right across the city, with pop-up performances including concerts in cul-de-sacs, symphonies for your suburb and shows in your favourite parks.

This epic music program will visit suburbs from Thursday to Sunday each week with concerts ranging from 20 to 45 minutes. Grab your family, join your neighbours, and (socially distance) dance to some of Brisbane’s best contemporary musicians, DJs, cabaret shows, and enjoy the soothing sounds of classical, folk, and jazz music.

Where: Brisbane's 190 suburbs
Who: Busby Marou, Tom Thum, Hope D, The Australian Voices, Laik, The Mama's Boys Collective, Sahara Beck, Karl S. Williams and many more
When: Thursdays to Sundays during the festival

Street Serenades

Jumoo (Smoking)

Have you ever experienced an Indigenous smoking ceremony? To open this year’s Festival, you are invited to be part of a special city-wide smoking ceremony that will honour and pay respect to the First People of Brisbane. These ceremonies will cleanse the city in a mass celebration and connection to community, leading us all peacefully and respectfully into September.

Experience and learn more about our city’s heritage and culture with these amazing events.

Where: Culturally significant locations in the city
Who: Under the creative direction of Yuggera and Turrbal man, Shannon Ruska
When: Friday 4 September


Sunsuper Night Sky by Robin Fox

It’s time to look to the sky. Watch the stars and be mesmerised by Sunsuper Night Sky, an incredible city-wide laser, light and sound installation by acclaimed artist Robin Fox. Lights will beam from the rooftops of Brisbane buildings that play host to high-powered laser beams across the river and connecting our suburbs. The evolving constellation will be seen from across the city, with beams that merge, intersect, pulse and disappear to a soothing soundtrack. View Sunsuper Night Sky from the street, on your evening walk or even by CityCat.

Where: Brisbane skyline
Who: Internationally acclaimed Melbourne audio-visual artist Robin Fox
When: Friday and Saturday nights of the festival

All You Need is Love

Brisbane will come alive, flash-mob style with the sound of music when artists and farmers markets share declarations of love to kick-off Brisbane Festival! Be prepared for a city-wide celebration with brass bands and bold performances, as the festival takes to the streets with a playlist themed ‘All You Need is Love’.

Where: South Bank, Brisbane Central Business District and farmers markets across the city
Who: Featuring Brisbane Excelsior Band, with Fez Faanana from the hilarious boylesque drag crew, Briefs Factory leading the band
When: Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September

All You Need is Love

Exercise surprises

If you like surprises, you’ll love this program. Brisbane families out walking, cycling, or enjoying the outdoors may be greeted by stiltwalkers, acrobats, people in costumes, puppets, unicyclists, or flash-mobs with dancing cheerleaders.

Where: Exercise trails in Brisbane, in surprise locations and South Bank during the school holidays
Who: Includes Dead Puppet Society, Elements Collective, debase productions, MANOEUVRE, The Mask Family and Flipside Circus
When: Happening when you least expect it

More Brisbane Festival fun

If you’re down to dance through the laneways of Brisbane or groove to music in your street, see what’s happening in this year’s Brisbane Festival line up by checking the full program. Remember to check the Brisbane Festival website and Queensland Health guidelines to stay safe during events.

Council proudly supports Brisbane Festival, along with thousands of markets, festivals and events each year, so you have more to see and do close to home.

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Last updated:31 July 2020
Topics: things to do