7 Things To Do In Brisbane In October

Italian, Chinese, Greek, and British Film festivals: throughout October at Palace Cinemas
It seems like there’s a film festival of some kind held every month in Brisbane and October is host to several of them. First off the ranks is the Italian Film Festival followed by the China Australia Film Festival, Greek Film Festival, and British Film Festival. Stock up on round-the-world tickets of a different variety.
Openair Cinemas: 2 October – 15 November at the Rainforest Green, Southbank
Summer is in the air and that means it’s the perfect time for outdoor cinema. First up this season is Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas at Southbank. The films on offer include a mix of blockbusters like Everest, The Martian, and Pan, and classics like Thelma & Louise, Grease, and Dirty Dancing.
Oktoberfest Brisbane: 9 – 11 and 16 – 18 October at the Brisbane Showgrounds
Held over two weekends in October, this is the largest Oktoberfest in Australia. Nobody seems to mind it being held a few weekends after the actual Oktoberfest in Germany, as long as the beer is flowing and the good times are there to be had. I’ve gone a few times over the past couple of years and while I am fond of beer and pretzels, I’ve found the entry prices a bit steep and you’re usually hard-pressed to find a table during peak times.
RESORT James St: 15 – 17 October at in James St.
RESORT James St. is back again this year and the shopping precinct is ready to party. Get an insight into the minds of some of fashion’s best and brightest and grab a ticket to the RESORT Trailblazers talks with blogger extraordinaire Margaret Zhang, jewellery designer Holly Ryan, and Lisa Gorman of Gorman. Or you could squeeze in a bit of late night shopping with the RESORT After Dark event presented by Elle Australia.
Valley Fiesta: 23 – 25 October in Fortitude Valley
The Valley Fiesta is without a doubt Brisbane’s most iconic street festival. Every year we’re treated to a jam packed program of free live music, markets, and food-related events. Musical acts this year include Alpine, Last Dinosaurs, Art Vs. Science, Asta, and The Cairos. 
Garage Sale Trail: 24 October at various venues Australia-wide
The Garage Sale Trail is the biggest community and sustainability event held in Australia. A whole day dedicated to garage sales (or treasure hunting, as I would prefer to call it)? Count me in. You can register your own garage sale or use the website to locate sales in your area and create your own garage sale trail for the day.
Chet Faker: 31 October at the Riverstage
Finish off the month by treating yourself to the sweet sweet sounds of Chet Faker. Playing his biggest venues to date, audiences will be treated to songs from his debut album Built on Glass as well as never-before-performed-live material. It’s an all ages gig (although there is a licensed area but that’s a bit further back from the stage from previous experience) and tickets are around $80.


  1. Matthew Pike October 3, 2015

    Find find some pumpkin beer at Oktoberfest.

    Buckets & Spades


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