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Brisbane Running Festival

With a choice of distances to run or walk, the main Mizuno Brisbane marathon is a 42km (26 miles) course that extends mostly along the river's edge in Brisbane, starting in Alice Street. If that sounds a bit too tiring, a half marathon or 10km (6 miles) or 5km (3 miles) run on the day will also afford some great views of the city.

Date: 06 August 2017 - 06 August 2017
Website: http://www.brisbanemarathon.com
Cost:

Early bird special $120, Standard $130, Late Entry $150


Brisbane Festival

Brisbane will be in full swing as acclaimed international and Australian artists and productions, free outdoor events, home-grown productions and the cutting edge and offbeat burst across theatres, galleries, parks and public spaces. The festival promises to intrigue, delight and inspire with its programme of dance, theatre, opera, classical music, visual arts, circus, sideshow and contemporary music.  The Sunsuper Riverfire event is a highlight, featuring a live fireworks show and performances by the Australian Defence Force, RAAF Super Hornet and Army helicopter displays.

Date: 09 September 2017 - 30 September 2017
Venue: Various venues across Brisbane.
Website: http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au
Cost:

Varied.


Brisbane Zombie Walk

Release your inner freak and raise money for charity at the same time by taking part in the Brisbane Zombie Walk. This annual event, which takes place in October, was established in 2006 and attracts more than 10,000 people/zombies each year. Everyone who takes part in the walk is encouraged to dress like a zombie, with sponsorship funds raised going towards the Brain Foundation of Australia.

Date: 01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017
Venue: Roma Street Parkland
Website: http://www.brisbanezombiewalk.com
Cost:

Optional


Chinese New Year

The biggest celebration of the year in the Chinese calendar, Chinese New Year is a huge party and a great time to visit Brisbane's Chinatown. The streets burst with life and colour as the lively celebrations get underway with cultural displays, traditional lion and dragon dances, Chinese dance and opera, live music and, of course, a loud and extravagant fireworks and firecracker display. Food and drink also play a big part of the celebrations and Chinatown's restaurants are full to the brim with many street stalls offering tasty snacks outside. This is a great time to be in the city and offers visitors with a fascinating insight into Asian-Pacific identities.

Date: 16 February 2018 - 16 February 2018
Venue: Chinatown
Website: http://www.chinesenewyear.com.au/valley_home.html
Cost:

Free.


Buddha's birthday

Growing from a small half day event in the 1990s to a huge three day Buddha Birthday celebration, attracting 1.5 million to the Parklands each May, this is one of Queensland’s largest multicultural festivals. There are usually around 150 individual birthday events to choose from, including a vegetarian food and fun fair and a Buddhist talk and meditation. Birthday celebrations are staged throughout the South Bank precinct, including Suncorp Piazza, the Cultural Forecourt, the Arbour, Queensland Conservatorium and the Brisbane River.

Date: 27 April 2018 - 29 April 2018
Venue: The South Bank Parklands
Website: http://www.buddhabirthdayfestival.com.au
Cost:

Free


Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival

A mammoth street party equipped with 20 food outlets serving the finest marine cuisine and a range of bands and DJs to conduct the party vibe, this festival showcases the best in regional produce with a fantastic community vibe as the city heads into late autumn.

Date: 01 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
Venue: Caxton Street.
Website: http://www.caxtonstreetfestival.com.au

Royal Queensland Show (Ekka)

The Royal Queensland Show (or 'Ekka') is the largest annual event in Queensland, and attracts over than 600,000 visitors each year. Ekka is where the city meets the country in a 10-day celebration showcasing the state's primary industries, export markets, new developments, arts, fashion, cuisine, youth culture and entertainment. The exhibition grew from the formation of the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland in 1875.

Date: 10 August 2018 - 19 August 2018
Venue: RNA Showgrounds.
Website: http://www.ekka.com.au
Cost:

Yes


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