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What's On in October 2023

In & around Brisbane

From frightful-themed putt putt courses, Frankenstein, 3-day Antique Fair and spectacular riverside night market to live music, moonlight walks and art trails, some top things to do around Brisbane in October:

Brisbane's original Oktoberfest is back at the Brisbane German Club over four rollicking fun-packed weekends
Catch Client Liaison in a special live performance at Westfield Chermside - and it's free to attend!
This adults-only circus extravaganza is unlike anything you've ever seen before, showing for a limited time at
From a Newcastle garage to worldwide recognition, hear the remarkable story of two teenagers who grew up in one of
Get ready to jingle all the way because Christmas has arrived at TopStroke, with a festive-themed mini golf course
The three-time, Grammy Award-winner brings theatrical flair and reimagined jazz for a new generation to QPAC
A sensory fusion of food and art set outdoors within a pop-up village at the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse
From shake & stir theatre co comes Mary Shelley’s electrifying tale of creation and humanity, retold in a large-scale theatrical event
Discover the wonderful world of handmade glass art at the 2023 Creative Glass Showcase at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Relax to the beats of big bands at Live on the Hill, a new concert series held at The Workshops Rail Museum
Brookhaven’s Fig Tree Park once again transforms into a German Beer Hall for a rollicking family-friendly Oktoberfest
Experience the highly-anticipated return of Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum) when he performs at Brisbane Powerhouse
Albion Antique & Collectables Fair follows up the success of its past fairs with another 3-day extravaganza
Hear Jelena Dokic, tennis commentator & former professional player, in conversation at Brisbane Powerhouse
There are number of ways you can get involved in Queensland Mental Health Week including a riverside walk, art exhibit &
Pearl Jam fans won't want to miss this epic tribute show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's iconic album VS
A spooktacular night out for the whole family as the iconic theme park is transformed through colour, sights & sounds
This extraordinary concert features Ellen Fullman’s long string instrument, unlike any other instrument in the world
Sample sparkling champagnes & blushing rosés with a fine selection of caviar in one of Brisbane's most glamorous
From Sicily to Survivor, ballet dancer to actor & mumma, join Pia Miranda live in-conversation at Brisbane Powerhouse
In a must-see performance, the grandfather of afrobeat brings his energetic jazz and funk-tinged magic to
Enjoy an evening of love, laughter & lavish entertainment at this special Valentine’s Day edition of Big Band Cabaret
Brisbane’s annual lantern-lit moonlight walk to fight MS returns on Saturday, starting at dusk from
Brisbane's longest-running craft beer festival returns to West End with a huge celebration of Aussie brewed craft beer
The critically-acclaimed Spinifex Gum featuring the Marliya choir is coming to QPAC for one-night only in October
Featuring over 18 artist studios, the art trail will include 32+ participating artists including 3 not-for-profit local community art groups
Spooky Putt Putt returns to Victoria Park for another round of frightful fun
One of the world’s favourite orchestras, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, is coming to QPAC
Talk a walk on the dark side with this spine-tingling, after-dark, outdoor immersive theatre experience
Prepare for an unforgettable evening of classic anthems & English standards with the Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band
Fresh from its Off West End debut, don’t miss the Australian premiere of this thought-provoking, primal tale
Discover the charm and character of historic Racecourse Road with a host of exclusive experiences & unique events
Park Vibes returns to Victoria Park on Saturday for another fantastic afternoon of free live music, delicious food, and
They say all is fair in love and war, so whether you like Grigio or Meunier, Pinot Wars is the epic wine tasting battle for you

Take a spin through Aussie holidays of the past with MOTEL, the acclaimed live show from comedian and self proclaimed design nerd Tim Ross

Build it, play it, paint it at GhMX (gamex), the huge gaming, hobby and model expo coming to Brisbane Showgrounds
The Sound Society returns to Roma St Parkland on Sunday, November 5 for a laid-back afternoon of free live music

Take a nostalgic trip back in time to the golden days of Aussie motels with Reception This Way exhibition curator Catriona Donnelley

Bundaberg's annual festival shines a light on its connection to country with Indigenous experiences, foodie events &
Join international bestseller Robyn Davidson in conversation as she delves into her latest memoir
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens are set to be illuminated in spectacular style with a whole new immersive experience
Join Phil Rosenthal of "Somebody Feed Phil" for an evening of infectious humor & gastronomic adventures

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Lifeline’s Brisbane Bookfest returns for 9 huge days!
GOMA's stunning new exhibition showcases Iris van Herpen
A massive inflatable obstacle course is coming to Brisbane
Vote for your fave new Brisbane singer, songwriter, band or video
An incredible and whimsical show for ages 5yrs+
A fabulous 11-day festival celebrating arts and culture
Singer, songwriter and national treasure Ben Lee is back!
Newstead House is reopening to the public for the first time in 3 years
The World Press Photo Exhibition returns to Brisbane
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