What’s on in Brisbane in April, 2024 – 40 Great Ideas!

Welcome to what’s on in Brisbane in April! We’ve got lots of cool things on in the city this month. For starters, there are plenty of free events, such as cinema sessions throughout the city, fitness programs, family bike rides, and the monthly free music day in Roma Street Parklands. There’s also the International Cake Show in town, the Brisbane Comedy Festival, and a sunflower festival, amongst loads of other things.

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Let’s get amongst it!

Events Running More Than One Week in April 2024 – What’s on in Brisbane in April

The Sunset Cinema

  • What – an outdoor experience with a headphone sound option and a licensed snack bar. You can bring your own food but not alcohol, which must be purchased at the bar.
  • Where – MacArthur Avenue, Hamilton.
  • When – All April.

The Gathering

  • What – a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural events. Check out the Brisbane City Council website to find out more.
  • Where – Queen Street Mall
  • When – most Wednesdays in April, from 12pm – 1pm.
Queen Street Mall

Mudunama Kundana Wandaraba Jarribirri Judy Watson

  • What – artist Judy Watson showcases 130 pieces of her art which include print, sculpture and video, ‘channeling the stories of her family’s Waanyi Country in north-west Queensland’.
  • Where – Queensland Art Gallery.
  • When – all of April.

Felons Cinema Sessions

  • What – free, family-friendly movies on at Felons! Snacks and beer can be delivered directly to your seat.
  • Where – Felons Brewing Co., Brisbane City.
  • When – Tuesday nights, at 7pm, throughout April.
Felons Brewing Co.

Rail Through Time – A Kids’ Adventure

  • What – school holiday fun at the Queensland Rail Workshops on ‘transport, communication, jobs and fashion’, which is tailored to the under 13 crowd.
  • Where – Queensland Museum Rail Workshops, Ipswich.
  • When – April 1 – April 14.

Feel Good Program

  • What – a range of free fitness classes in South Bank. Check out the programs here for more info.
  • Where – Southbank Parklands.
  • When – All of April.

Top Stroke, Easter Mini Golf.

  • What – Easter-themed mini golf featuring a jumping castle and special easter bunny guest appearance.
  • Where – Oxley Golf Club.
  • When – April 1 – April 15.

The Dark Side of the Moon Planetarium Experience

  • What – a celebration of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album, which turned 50 this March. The event includes the album’s music accompanied by jaw-dropping planetary visuals and virtual technology.
  • Where – Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.
  • When – all of April.
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Hologram Zoo

  • What – a family-friendly zoo featuring animals made out of holographic projections from laser light. Here animals tower alongside you and ‘fly off the wall and all around you’!
  • Where – Cannon Hill, Shop 4, 1177 Wynnum Road.
  • When – All of April.

Beauty and the Beast: The Musical Pre-Theatre Dining at Bacchus

  • What – Beauty and the Beast pre-show-themed dinner menu, featuring three courses and a dessert sculpted into a rose which looks like the real deal. $89 per person.
  • Where – 9 Glenelg St, Southbank, Bacchus.
  • When – April 1 – April 20.

Brisbane Cycling Festival

  • What – a free pop-up festival at the Brisbane Showgrounds for bicycle riders/lovers of all ages.
  • Where – Brisbane Showgrounds.
  • When – April 1 – April 14.
Brisbane Showgrounds during the EKKA

Indigo Isuta Soirée: A High Tea Affair

  • What – here ‘Easter gets a spin’ off Japan, with this Japanese high-tea menu that includes delights such as yuzu custard bunny teacups, matcha macarons, green tea yuzu tiramisu and a chili chocolate-infused umeshu cocktail.
  • Where – Bar 1603, 27 Turbot Street, Brisbane.
  • When – April 1 – April 14.

April 1 – 8, 2024 – What’s on in Brisbane in April

Park Play

  • What – a free kids program in Victoria Park featuring ‘workshops and curated activities’ in the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  
  • Where – Victoria Park.
  • When – April 1st, 9am – 1pm.

The Smile Station

  • What – an interactive place where people of all ages can connect while practicing mindfulness.
  • Where – Westfield, Chermside.
  • When – April 2 – April 7.

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

  • What – a live, theatrical performance of Roald Dahl’s famous book.
  • Where – Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
  • When – April 1 – April 7.

Ever After High Tea: Easter Edition

  • What – high tea that takes its inspiration from fairy tales – featuring a fairy tale cookie cake book that you can paint before you devour it, and Easter-themed cocktails.
  • Where – 81 North Key, Brisbane City.
  • When – April 1 – April 7.

Imagination Children’s Festival

  • What – a family-friendly festival fostering ‘vibrancy, imagination and adventure’. The event is pet and alcohol-free.
  • Where – Kingston Factory Butter Precinct, Kingston.
  • When – April 6, 9am – 3pm.

Pups and Pints

  • What – Yeerongpilly’ Slipstream Brewing Company has joined forces with Haven Animal Rescue Inc. for a dog-friendly event, of course, and true to its name, it features pints of beer, along with charcuterie boards.
  • Where – Slipstream Brewing Yeerongpilly.
  • When – April 6.

David Walliams’ RATBURGER

  • What – a play based on the novel by David Walliams aimed at children. Approximate run time is 60 minutes.
  • Where – QUT Gardens Theatre.
  • When – April 6, 10am – 11pm.
The QUT Campus near Gardens Theatre

Hopelessly Devoted: A Celebration of Olivia Newton-John

  • What – hosted by ‘internationally acclaimed drag star, Courtney Act, the event is a tribute to Oliva Newton-John featuring the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and guests such as David Campbell, Jess Hitchcock, Georgina Hopson and Christie Whelan Browne, who will perform alongside the orchestra.
  • Where – QPAC.
  • When – April 6. 1:30 & 7:30pm.

Rueben Tsang in Concert

  • What – Internationally renowned pianist Rueben Tsang performs works by Scarlatti, Fauré, Brahms and Mozart.
  • Where – QSO Studio, South Brisbane.
  • When – April 7, 3pm.

Marvel Universe LIVE!

  • What – a live arena show featuring 20 heroes and villains. Find out more here.
  • Where – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall.
  • When – April 4 – April 7.

The Sound Society at Roma Street Parklands.

  • What – free live sounds and food trucks at Roma Street Parklands.  
  • Where – Roma Street Parklands.
  • When – April 7.
Roma Street Parklands

April 8 – 15, 2024 – What’s on in Brisbane in April

C’est Bon and Beyond: A French Affair

  • What – attendees, get set to experience four snacks and four courses created by renowned chef Scott Pickett and Group Executive Chef Stu McVeigh. The night ‘draws inspiration from the rich history of French gastronomy’, while incorporating classic French techniques ‘innovative twists and locally sourced ingredients’.
  • Where – C‘est Bon, Woolloongabba.
  • When – April 10.

Dinosaur Time Machine

  • What – a live kid’s show involving ‘science, circus, puppetry and plenty of imagination’.
  • Where – Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • When – April 9 – April 13.

Lord Mayor Children’s Program – Curbside Carnies

  • What – brought to you by the Brisbane City Council, Curbside Carnies is a free family-friendly featuring a world of music, circus and fun.
  • Where – Brisbane City Hall.
  • When – April 11, 2:30 – 3:30pm.

International Cake Show, Australia

  • What – ‘Australia’s largest cake, cookie and sugar art show’.
  • Where – Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.
  • When – April 12 – April 14

Portside Wharf Love Me Again Markets

  • What – on the second Saturday of every month, Hamilton is showcasing 20 vintage clothing stores at its Portside Wharf Markets for keen shoppers.
  • Where – Portside Wharf Hamilton.
  • When – April 13.

Big Family Ride

  • What – a Sunday ride through Brisbane City that’s friendly for young and new riders. It’s a 10km ride that’ raising funds for The Common Good.
  • Where – Gregory Terrace, Brisbane Showgrounds.
  • When – April 14.

Ocean Film Festival World Tour

  • What – for four nights this April, the silver screen in Brisbane Powerhouse will feature ‘a cinematic feast of water-focused wonders’.
  • Where – Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • When – April 10 – April 13.

April 15 – 22, 2024 – What’s on in Brisbane in April

Airwaves: 100 Years of Radio

  • What – a celebration of the history of radio over the last 100 years, in an event that is ‘part opera, part documentary and part entertainment’.
  • Where – The Princess Theatre.
  • When – April 17.
The Princes Theatre

Colossus by Stephanie Lake Co.

  • What – internationally renowned Australian choreographer Stephanie Lake returns to Brisbane to showcase her newest work, Colossus. The event features 50 dancers and music performed by legendary composer, Robin Fox.
  • Where – Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • When – April 17 – April 20.

The Underdogs Show Unmuzzled

  • What – a live comedy musical featuring ‘music, laughter, and tail-wagging fun!’
  • Where – Cremorne Theatre.
  • When – April 17 – April 20.

Run Army

  • What – a 10 & 5 km fun run and walk that ‘promotes resilience, health and wellbeing’. The event supports the Australian Army and Queensland Police, Fire and Ambulance services.
  • Where – South Bank, Brisbane.
  • When – April 21.

Broadway Bingo

  • What – An entertainment event featuring a combination of a Broadway show and bingo.
  • Where – Brisbane Powerhouse – Underground Theatre.
  • When – April, 19, 20, 21.

Experiences – Kalbar Sunflowers

  • What – the Kalbar Sunflower Festival is on, featuring fine food and 1 million sunflowers!
  • Where – 56 Warumkarie Road, Kalbar.
  • When – April 19 – April 21.

April 22 – 30, 2024 – What’s on in Brisbane in April

Brisbane Bel Canto – Opera Queensland

  • What – a festival running over one week that incorporates Italian Opera and a celebration of song.
  • Where – QPAC.
  • When – April 20 – April 27.

Rosie Batty in Conversation

  • What – Australian domestic violence campaigner and 2015 Australian of the year Rosie Batty is in conversation with Sue Smethhurst.
  • Where – Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • When – April 23.
Brisbane Powerhouse

The Brisbane Comedy Festival

  • What – over 100 comedy artists are performing across the Brisbane Powerhouse, The Tivoli, The Princess Theatre and the Fortitude Music Hall over the last four days of the month. Find out more about the lineup here.
  • Where – various venues.
  • When – April 26 – April 30.

Pandemonium Rocks

  • What – a new music festival is coming to Bribie Island at the end of this month, featuring Deep Purple, Blonde, Alice Cooper, and Placebo amongst many others.
  • Where – Sandstone Point Hotel.
  • When – April 28.

That’s a wrap for what’s on in Brisbane in April 2024. If there’s anything you think I’ve missed that you’d like me to add, get in touch via my contact page, in the comments section, or social media.

Have a rad April!

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