What's on in the city

21 JULY 2023

Discover what's happening in the heart of Brisbane this month, from live music at the park to pop-up igloos - there's something for everyone. See our roundup below. 

Exciting events unfold in The City

Bloom | Now - 1 October

Step into spring, step into Queen Street Mall to experience the colourful 3D floral activation, Bloom. To celebrate the new season, the blossoming trees and the warmer Brisbane weather, The City has planted a flower installation for locals and visitors to enjoy, share social snaps and go in the draw to win the ultimate city experience valued at $3k. Be quick, this floral display will only be around until 1 October. Click here for more information.  

Suitcase Rummage | Monthly

Looking to score some hidden gems without the usual market commotion? Look no further than Suitcase Rummage, a delightful community market experience right in your neighbourhood. Simply pack your trusty suitcase with your cherished pre-loved items or handcrafted creations and set up your mini pop-up shop effortlessly. This unique market takes place on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, nestled cosily in Reddacliff Place. 

Brisbane City Markets | Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

If you’re regular in Brisbane City you’re likely familiar with the iconic Brisbane City Markets, held every Wednesday and Thursday at Reddacliff Place and Cathedral Square. But did you know they’ve added a third day? Now you can enjoy markets every Tuesday at St Stephen’s Cathedral. Whether you’re shopping for a special gift, enjoying a local lunch, or picking up your weekly groceries, the markets have something for everyone. For more information, including opening times, click here

Clay at Museum of Brisbane | Now- October

Experience the captivating world of ceramics at the Museum of Brisbane (MoB), where the exhibition "Clay: Collected Ceramics" unveils a mesmerizing collection of contemporary pottery. Delight in the fusion of functionality and artistic brilliance, as this carefully curated display showcases the transformative power of clay in shaping Brisbane's stories. Local talents take centre stage, pushing the boundaries with innovative masterpieces that redefine traditional pottery and its connection with the creators. 

Chocolate Factory High Tea, Stamford Plaza | 16 September – 1 October

Attention to all chocolate lovers: Stamford Plaza has the perfect school holiday activity for you – the Chocolate Factory High Tea! This delectable experience is an ideal treat for all family members. Running for two weeks during the school holidays starting from September 16th, the high tea offers three daily sessions. Secure your spot by booking here.

Massimo Bottomless Lunch | Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Indulge in amore at for Massimo’s September special – a bottomless lunch experience. Enjoy a delicious 9-course Italian feast complete with drinks for $99pp, available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Not only will you savour exquisite cuisine, but you’ll also be treated to breathtaking views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Book your spot here.

Lightscape | Now until 8 October

Witness the transformation of Brisbane City’s original gardens into a mesmerizing 2km light display, on for five weeks. Lightscape, brought to you by Brisbane Festival, is a vibrant experience filled with shimmering lights, sparkling tunnels, neon roots and more. Secure your tickets here

Opa Greek Night | 26 October

Celebrate Oxi Day, one of the Greece’s biggest celebrations, at Opa Bar + Mezze starting at 6.30pm 26 October. Prepare to indulge because this event includes an 11-course Greek feast, all included in the ticket cost. Purchase your tickets here for a night of traditional Greek celebrations.

Hiromi Hotel at Brisbane Quarter | 1-30 September

Spring in Brisbane wouldn't be complete without vibrant florals. Brisbane Quarter presents "Hiromi Hotel: YU KA 夢花 (Dream Flower)" by internationally renowned artist, Hiromi Tango. Wander down to Brisbane Quarter to admire the mesmerizing, oversized peony flowers on display throughout September. This installation, inspired by an ancient Chinese philosopher, beautifully symbolizes the journey of the peony flower.

City Sounds | Weekly

Turn up and tune in to The City’s longest-running free live music program, City Sounds. Every week, at various locations, you can enjoy live music from both local and touring artists, covering a range of genres from jazz to indie folk. To see the upcoming lineup, click here.

Sunday Sessions in the Laneway | Every Sunday

There's no party like a laneway party, and Corbett & Claude are hosting a weekly Sunday session in their Elizabeth Street laneway, serving up delicious Italian food and a variety of drinks from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm. For only $69 per person, you can enjoy your favourite pizza and pastas, live entertainment, drinks, and even snag some Corbett & Claude merchandise. Click here to book your Sunday session.

Museum of Brisbane's 20th Anniversary Celebration | 16 October

On 16 October, Brisbane's cherished institution, Museum of Brisbane, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a day dedicated to the Brisbane community. The festivities will include guided tours, engaging talks, and a variety of special events. More information will be announced soon.

Moet & Chandon Rose Garden | from September 21st

Prepare to indulge in the picturesque riverside setting as Customs House's annual Moet & Chandon Rose Garden returns this spring. Running from Thursdays through Sundays, visitors can relish exquisite river views while enjoying delicious drinks and bites. Click here for more information.

Madame Wu Champagne Lunch | 13 October

Raise your glass riverside at Madame Wu’s Champagne Lunch on 13 October. Guests will indulge in an unforgettable experience, savouring an exclusive banquet featuring exquisite bubbles from renowned French champagne houses, including Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon. You won't want to miss this special lunch. Secure your spot here.

RiverGarden | October 1st

Launching on the 1st of October, Riverbar & Kitchen presents "RiverGarden," a springtime activation sponsored by Chandon Garden Spritz that spotlights sunset sipping sessions by the river. Stay tuned, more information coming soon.

Donna Chang Yum Cha Banquet | Every Sunday

Join Donna Chang every Sunday from 10:30am to 12:00pm for an exclusive Yum Cha banquet experience. Indulge in a selection of Sichuan-inspired dishes and fragrant teas while soaking up the luxurious atmosphere of The City’s finest modern Chinese eatery. Book your Yum Cha experience here.

Boom Boom Room Whisky Dinner | 11 October

Explore Japan's finest malts and exclusive whiskies from Nikka Whisky in an immersive 6-course dining experience beneath Brisbane's streets. Delight in the fusion of traditional and modern Japanese cuisine by Head Chef Lyndon Tyers while each whisky complements every course. Upgrade to take home a bottle of Nikka Taketsuru for $100pp. Book your spot here.

Progressive Dinner at Brisbane Quarter | October 20

Embark on a gastronomic adventure at Brisbane Quarter's Progressive Dinner event with foodie expert Karen Inglis from Brisbane Food & Wine Tours. Explore an array of exquisite dishes and beverages from Brisbane Quarter's line-up of restaurants. Secure your spot now.

Stamford Plaza Brisbane’s Wedding Open Night | 6 October

Are you planning your upcoming nuptials? If so, say ‘I do’ to Stamford Plaza’s free Wedding Open Night, one of The City’s leading venues for creating memorable wedding experiences. Join us on 6 October to experience a Stamford wedding with all the exquisite details. Click here to register.

New venues in The City

The Wolf 260 Queen

Experience a taste of Europe at The Wolf 260 Queen, where French, Italian, and Spanish flavours blend harmoniously. This dining restaurant and bar, along with its deli and wine store, celebrates quality ingredients from local growers.

Georgios Coffee

Georgio's Coffee, situated at the Brisbane Quarter precinct, offers a refined experience with Bear Bones coffee and a nourishing deli-style menu for breakfast and lunch. Embrace elegance at its finest.


Experience Roman-style pizza at Scugnizzi, where the display cabinet brims with tempting slices. Simply point at your favourite, and it's swiftly reheated before serving. This Italian bakery, located on Adelaide Street next to Noosa Chocolate Factory, brings the flavours of Italy to your plate in a delightful and convenient way.

The Lex, W Brisbane

Located in a W Brisbane, The Lex brings the classy essence of New York to your dining experience. Delight in the flavours and charm reminiscent of iconic New York grill restaurants.

Antico Bar

Burnett Lane is now home to a new European style drinking spot called Antico Bar. Situated along the iconic laneway next to Felix for Goodness, locals can anticipate savouring classic tipples, bespoke gins, an elegant bar setting, and a selection of delectable small bites.


You may have heard of a popular new eatery that has recently popped up in Brisbane called Fishbowl. In exciting news, Fishbowl has announced a new location right here in The City. Opening on Monday, September 18th, on Adelaide St, Fishbowl will be available for city locals to enjoy a salad bowl for lunch or dinner, with hours of operation from 11 am to 9 pm.

Friends walking through Queen St Mall, outside Hungry Jacks