Brisbane loves hosting major events
There is always a major event on the horizon in Brisbane.
Throughout the year the city is host to major gatherings for people to celebrate their passion - sports, culture, science, design or the arts.
Our love of a major festival was spurred by the transformative World Expo 88. This brought the world to Brisbane with around 100 pavilions, many of which were international, a monorail across the site, bars, restaurants, and a new-found love of outdoor dining.
As well as creating a six-month party atmosphere, World Expo 88 provided the catalyst for redevelopment of the inner riverfront into a leisure and dining precinct – South Bank – now one of Brisbane’s most popular attractions. <link>
The Queensland capital also played a significant role hosting sportspeople and events for the Gold Coast’s 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2000.
In 2014, Brisbane successfully hosted leaders from the world’s most powerful countries at the G20 - including Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Angela Merkel - bringing thousands of delegates to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) and ushering in Australia’s biggest-ever peace-time security operation.
Brisbane also hosts the annual Brisbane Arts Design (BAD) festival, the Brisbane Street Art Festival, the biennial international Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS), outdoor light show Botanica and the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF).
Here are just some of the major events Brisbane loves to host.
NRL Magic Round Brisbane
This blockbuster weekend of rugby league sees all of Australia’s teams compete at one venue, at the home of rugby league, Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
All 16 teams compete over the one weekend in eight matches, allowing fans to see all their favourite players in the one place at the same time.
Multiple high-profile sporting events were held across Brisbane throughout the global pandemic COVID-19 due to the city’s relatively low numbers.
These included the 2020 AFL Grand Final that relocated from its traditional Melbourne base due to the Victorian lockdown, and the 2020 State of Origin, which was billed as the biggest sporting event in the world since the virus outbreak.
World Science Festival Brisbane
This annual event brings tens of thousands of people to the Queensland Museum and other venues to experience the wonder of science.
A live turtle hatchery shows visitors baby loggerhead turtles breaking out of their shells, while simultaneously providing valuable conservation and scientific knowledge.
In 2021, almost 180,000 people attended events in the World Science Festival.
Brisbane International and ATP Cup
The Brisbane International and ATP Cup bring the world’s best tennis players to the city each January, as part of the Australian Summer of Tennis.
Held in advance of the Grand Slam event Australian Open, the Brisbane International attracts champions of the game to compete at the Queensland Tennis Centre.
The Bledisloe Cup is one of the key events on the rugby union calendar. It has pitted rivals Australian Wallabies against the New Zealand All Blacks in a showdown since 1931.
Brisbane is a regular host of the event, alongside other international rugby tests and the Rugby World Cup, games that draw rugby fans in their thousands to the nearby restaurant precincts at Caxton Street and the Paddington Barracks.
Australian PGA Championships
In 2021 Brisbane will host the country’s best golfers at the Australian PGA Championships.
Held at the 101-year-old Royal Queensland Golf Club, the tournament is part of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour and attracts a global audience of spectators.
Brisbane Cycling Festival
This festival of all things cycling features events including road races, BMX, track races, mountain biking, workshops and activities.
It culminates in the Tour de Brisbane, a mass participation, UCI sanctioned competitive ride of Brisbane’s best scenic spots through 110km of closed road.
In 2021 the Australian Elite and U19 Track National Championships were also held at the Anna Meares Velodrome.