Where is it: RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
What's it all about: Oktoberfest was originally a couple of week's celebration held in Munich for a royal wedding and a similar celebration is held annually to commemorate the original. Lots of cities around the world now do the same, often rolling the party up into a celebration of things German!
How can I join in: Oktoberfest Brisbane runs for 6 days over two weekends - this year (2022) it's on 7 - 9 & 14 - 16 October. Buy your tickets online or at the gate!
Tell me more: Wunderbar! The only Oktoberfest Brisbane is back for 2022, reuniting lovers of German culture at Australia’s biggest and most authentic annual celebration.
With six HUGE Festival days across two weekends, the bold tastes, sounds and spirit of one of the world’s most iconic festivals will transform the Brisbane Showgrounds, bringing together stein-raisers from across the country.
Accept no imitations! Oktoberfest Brisbane is the only authentic German Oktoberfest celebration in Australia (named one of the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations outside Germany by National Geographic!).
So, dust off your dirndl, strap into your lederhosen, gather your Freunde und Familie and join us on 7 - 9 & 14 - 16 Oktober 2022!
One of Brisbane's biggest festivals and running over two weekends, there's something for everyone at Oktoberfest Brisbane! At the main event, a massive beer hall that seats thousands is set up specially for Oktoberfest and is filled over the weekend with German music, dancing and singing.
But it's so much more than the beer hall - there are heaps of food options and all so yummy! Stages outside the hall show off traditional German culture, there's a big selection of amusement rides and our kids' favourite spot, the 'Kinder-zone' - a dedicated area just for the little kids! Our little guys had lots of fun here, playing games with the amazing guys from Youngcare, learning Circus skills, checking out real live ocean life (who would have thought that you could see a little shark at Oktoberfest?) and snakes. On the stage at Kinder-zone we got to see traditional music and dance, we learned some German words and enjoyed a really fun puppet show. So much to do here - we had so much fun! Previously we even got to experience the raising of the Oktoberpole in the city, which also comes with yummy German food and drink and music.
Oktoberfest Media Launch 2017
Where is it: 75 Longland Street, Newstead
What’s it all about: An immersive adaption of the fantastic story by F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby!
Tell me more: This special event is an amazing experience and an absolutely wonderful example of immersive theatre. The Great Gatsby: An Immersive Theatrical Production features flawless performances from an amazing cast (which could include yourself!) and an amazing set design. Kick off your night with a relaxing drink in the jazz-bar lobby before being thoroughly entertained as you work your way through a multi-room set, mingling amongst the performers. Book now - it's on until 18 December.
Where is it: At one of Brisbane’s awesome entertainment precincts, Twilight Electric at Hamilton. On as part of the Brisbane Festival from 27 July through to 18 Sept 2022.
What's it all about: A temporary Japanese-themed, interactive bar featuring amazing close-up magic!
Tell me more: Everyone loves magic, and it’s even better when it’s performed close up before your own eyes and sometimes even in your own hands. Maho Magic Bar is an fantastic experience, they have the most awesome cocktails, the atmosphere is wonderful and the world-class magicians (all from Japan) are simply amazing! The perform all of their magic tricks are performed within arms-reach, so there’s no hiding, and still all of the performances are flawless! It’s a wonderful night out and one not to be missed.
Where is it: Gasworks Plaza, Shop 5/70 Longland St, Newstead QLD 4006
What’s it all about: Fantastic Middle Eastern cuisine in a tasteful and classy setting!
Tell me more: The wonderful and rich flavours of the Middle East and the Mediterranean are on impressive display here in one of Brisbane's popular precincts! Mecca Bah has a wonderful reputation and it's easy to see why - they combine mouth-watering flavours, impeccable service and a relaxed but classy setting. The dishes themselves are of hearty size and there's something for all tastes. And as good as the meals are, we think that they are perhaps overshadowed by the absolutely amazing cocktails! Mecca Bah is wonderful restaurant and well worth a visit, particularly lovers of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods!
Where is it: South Bank, Brisbane
What’s it all about: Celebrate Christmas in July at Tinletown Bar!
Tell me more: The creators of The Alice Cocktail Experience, The Wizard's Den and Karen's Diner are bringing ‘Tinseltown: Christmas In July’ to Brisbane this winter! From 6th July, you can get into the Christmas spirit at this amazing festive-themed pop-up bar complete with cosy festive vibes, bar elves, your favourite Christmas anthems and more. Tickets include entry and a Christmas tipple on arrival, and their Christmas-themed cocktails are wonderful! Not just for the adults, the kids are more than welcome to come along too!
Where is it: 293 N Quay, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Why we love it: Perfectly located with easy access to some of the key precincts in Brisbane!
Tell me more: If you're looking for a fantastic base to explore Brisbane, Park Regis North Quay might be just what you are looking for! Perfectly between the CBD, Roma St Parklands, South Bank and Caxton St precincts (including Suncorp Stadium!), it's ideal for getting to some of the best places Brisbane has to offer.
But if you're not in the mood for exploring, Park Regis North Quay is just as perfect as a place to wind down and relax. With it's spacious rooms and quality fixtures and decor, it's easy to make yourself at home here. There's also unlimited wi-fi which is great for business trips or family stays. Parking is available on site (at a cost) and while there's no on-site restaurant, there are plenty of world-class dining options nearby. Our 2 bedroom apartment also included kitchen facilities and full sized fridge.
So whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, or just a bit of relaxation, Park Regis North Quay is a wonderful choice for your stay in the heart of Brisbane!
Where is it: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondal
What's it all about: Disney's amazing animated films come to life on ice in this must-see performance!
How can I join in: Get in quick to secure your tickets from the website (or through Ticketek)!
Tell me more: Disney On Ice returns to Australia with their ‘Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic’ shows in Brisbane and all across the country! Celebrate the legacy of Disney in this ice skating spectacular as the Disney characters put on a magic show of singing and dancing – all on ice! You will hear all of your favourite Disney songs from a performance that will leave the whole family cheering for more!
We were lucky enough to attend the Brisbane promotional Morning tea and Skate Session with Disney On Ice’s ambassador, Shelly Craft as well as some of the performers and if this preview event is anything to go by, the main show will be spectacular!
In 2017 we attended a Disney On Ice ‘Frozen’ Morning Tea at Iceworld, Acacia Ridge. It was a really fun event! We got to have lessons from some of the performers, listen to the soundtrack to Frozen all morning, eat Frozen cup cakes and heaps more Frozen themed activities!
And as much fun as the promotional events were, the real event is absolutely amazing, and definitely lives up the expectations of the Disney name. The costumes, skating, choreography and stories gel together perfectly and the skaters are so talented. It’s a must see for anyone who loves Disney or a big performance!
Disney on Ice, Into the Magic 2022
Disney on Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends May 2019
Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic Morning Tea 2018
Disney on Ice Frozen Morning Tea 2017
Where is it: Cnr of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane
What's it all about: An excellent and very comprehensive museum which hosts fantastic touring exhibitions! It’s one of Brisbane’s favourite places!
Tell me more: The Queensland Museum one of Brisbane’s (and Queensland’s) most loved destinations! It showcases a wide range of exhibits and millions of specimens and artefacts of natural history, cultural heritage and human achievement to give visitor’s a glimpse of the history of Queensland – everything from dinosaurs through to contemporary events. It’s part of the South Bank precinct and it’s a ‘must-see’ for both those visiting Brisbane as well as the locals. General admission to the museum is free as well so it’s a fantastic way to have a look at and learn about the history of Brisbane! For a fee you can also have a look at the Sciencentre which is housed within the museum and is heaps of fun for the kids as they can get hands-on while they learn about the science that impacts them daily – it’s always a fun visit.
Queensland Museum also plays host to amazing, world class temporary exhibitions as well. One of our favourites is the ‘Prehistoric Monsters exhibit which displays amazing fossilised creatures from the past that called our oceans home. The fossil displays were amazing, with really great information provided as well as a few interactive exhibits as well. Another wonderful exhibit that we saw showcased the amazing world of Disney animations - "Disney - The Maic of Animation" had original artwork and stories of how our favourite movies go from ideas and sketches to big screen blockbusters.
A previous exhibit that we visited was ‘Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives’ (a collaboration between the British Museum and the Queensland Museum) features more than 200 amazing artefacts (some over 4000 years old!) from ancient Egypt – telling the stories of those living in Egypt many years ago and of course as with anything featuring the word ‘mummies’, it was super popular with the kids!
The museum caters for the younger visitors by having specific programs on and activities to make it more engaging for the little visitors – our little guys always love a visit to the museum! Check out their website to see a full program of their current activities.
Amenities: This is a fantastic facility and the amenities are great – as expected! There is a café and gift shop here as well!
Parking: Paid parking is available which is relatively good value compared to other city parking options!
Access: Good access throughout and lifts from carpark to museum levels!
Best for: There truly is something for everyone here!
Summary: We spend a lot of time here at the Queensland Museum – it’s one of our favourite places here in Brissy and it is definitely a great option for an easy family day out!
Disney - The Magic of Animation, June 2022
Sea Monsters (Nov-May 2021)
Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
Where is it: Various locations, winter 2022 is at Northshore Hamilton
Why we love it: Putt putt with a Pixar theme – what more needs to be said?!
Tell me more: Mini golf has been a family favourite since, well, forever! So add in the theme of one of the most popular family animated franchises of the last 25 years (yes, Pixar movies have been around that long!) you know that it’s going to be a fun event. Work your way through 9 or 18 holes of fantastically modelled scenarios, all based on Pixar movies – The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Up, Monsters, Inside out, Cars, Wall-E, Bugs Life, Ratatouille, Coco, Soul, Onward and new films Turning Red and Lightyear are all covered, and Toy Story is represented as well. We had so much fun playing with the kids, the holes have some wonderful challenging elements which the little guys loved, and it’s just as much fun for the grown-ups as well. So much so that there are special sessions on the weekends where Pixar Putt is reserved for the over 18s only. This one is definitely one to check out, but hurry – it’s only here for a limited time, this season here in Brisbane is finishing up on 24 July 2022!
Northshore Hamilton, June 2022
Little Stanley Street, Jan 2021
King George Square, June 2019
Where is it: Westfield Chermside in Brisbane and other locations around Australia and UK
What’s it all about: An awesome burger restaurant with not-so-awesome service!
Tell me more: Get ready for laughs with this awesome, interactive, diner-style burger restaurant where you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. But it's not just a fun experience, the food here is amazing with hand-crafted burgers of all types, perfectly spicy wings, and fantastic cocktails! This is one dining experience that you just have to try out, just be ready for 100% rude service and have some fun!
Brisbane Family Explorers