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Published January 12th 2019
The best things in life are festive
Join festive festivalgoers (by St Jerome's Laneway Festival)
Brisbane, one of the world's most beautiful cities, has the best weather for outdoor parties. Our bright summer sunshine and mild, cool winters bring festivals to Queensland throughout the year.
In 2019, Brisbane is bursting with festivals, celebrating music, dance, visual arts, theatre, film, food and wine.
Fill your year with fun – book these festivals in your 2019 diary, listed in order.
St Jerome's Laneway Festival – 2 February 2019 – free and ticketed events
Beginning in an intimate laneway bar in 2004, St Jerome's Laneway Festival is now an annual musical celebration spanning 7 cities in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Red Hot Summer – 10 February 2019 – ticketed event
One of the hottest places in summer, Brisbane is the best place for red hot rock and roll.
The Red Hot Summer festival brings our biggest local musicians across Australia on a grand tour. Hear Aussie rock legends, Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton & Chocolate Starfish perform all our rock and roll favourites.
Ocean Film Festival – 28 to 30 March 2019 – ticketed event
Along Queensland's coastline, we're blessed with a spectacular array of natural and man-made wonders, from schools of tropical fish to vast coral reefs, playful dolphins, giant whales, and rusting shipwrecks.
You'll enter the ocean without getting wet as you're submerged in this series of films capturing the ocean in all its sublime beauty.
Be mesmerised by over 2 hours of sublime short films charting the ocean's pioneers, explorers and divers as they dive beneath the surface.
Banff Mountain Film Festival – 1 to 6 May 2019 – ticketed events
Conquer your fear of heights from the safety of a cinema seat as the best short films of mountain culture are broadcast onto giant theatre screens.
Experience the magic of the world's mountains. The Banff Mountain Film Festival captures awe-inspiring beauty on camera while exploring the cultural issues resulting from and solved by our exploration and habitation of these spiritual spaces.
At the Powerhouse Theatre, the award-winning films and audience favourites from the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada will also feature over 2 hours of Australian content.
The Ekka - Royal Queensland Show – 9 to 18 August 2019 – ticketed event
Since 1876, the Ekka has showcased the best of Queensland's rural towns, farms and outback communities.
In 2019, the Ekka will bring the best of bush to Brisbane, with fresh produce, fashion, music concerts, whip-cracking, cooking demonstrations, country dancing, cuddly animals, homewares and outback art.
Children of all ages will enjoy the attractions, games, carnival food and sporting, media, chocolate and superhero showbags.
Each night ends with EkkaNITES. It's a colourful fireworks and stunt show, starring stunt motorbike and horse riders racing beneath overhead light show.
In the Brisbane Showgrounds, women can dress up in a dirndl, the traditional alpine dress, while men button up their lederhosen, knee-length leather breeches. In your stylish outfit attire, join Australia's largest celebration of German culture.
During Oktober, a Brisbane-based Bavaria will host boisterous singing and thigh-slapping dancing, yodelling, beard competitions, feats of strength and giant mugs of beer.
The 4MBS Festival of Classics is Australia's biggest classical music festival - the 2019 Festival has 32 concerts in 15 venues in Brisbane and SE Qld over 6 weeks with over 700 classical musicians. 2019 is the 26th year of the Festival. All the musicians are Queenslanders.