What’s on in Brisbane in July, 2023 – 44 Great Ideas!

Welcome once again to Brissie Life’s monthly roundup. If you’re wondering what’s on in Brisbane in July, read on, as there’s absolutely loads to do! Getting into full swing in winter, there are plenty of seasonal activities such as winter and wine festivals, and cockle-warming food festivals. There are also premiere and world-class exhibitions on this month too. Without further ado:  

Events Running All of July, 2023 – What’s on in Brisbane in July

Brisbane Sculpture Festival – Outdoor Exhibition

Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens

Reflections: A Reflection of Brisbane’s Waterways

  • What – an outdoor gallery of indigenous art that highlights the beauty of the Brisbane River. All art is by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who call Brisbane home.
  • Wherevarious locations around Brisbane city.
  • When – all of July.

Dinosaurs of Patagonia

  • What – exhibition displaying dinosaurs that roamed the stunning, cold landscape of Patagonia.
  • WhereQueensland Museum. Check out the website for ticket prices and more information.
  • When – all of July.
Queensland Museum – not from the Dinosaurs of Patagonia exhibition though!

Glow in the Dark Mini Golf

  • What – Glow in the dark mini golf of course! The course includes incandescent displays. You can also combine it with dinner and drinks at Hundred Acre restaurant for a family night out.
  • Where Hundred Acre, Carawa Street, St Lucia.
  • When – all of July.

King Street Apres Ski

  • What – all of King Street in Bowen Hills is putting on winter-warming food experiences inspired by the French Alps.
  • Where – various locations throughout King Street, Bowen Hills. Find out more here.
  • When – all of July.

Monet in Paris

  • What a grand exhibition paying homage to Claude Monet and other famous impressionist artists from the mid-19th through to the early 20th century.
  • Where – 97 MacArthur Avenue, Hamilton.
  • When – all of July.

Picnic on Lavender Hill

  • What – Reserve your spot in Sirromet Wines’ lavender field, where you’ll enjoy a delicious hamper of various culinary delights and Sirromet Wine. Visit their website for ticket information.
  • Where – 850 – 938 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton.
  • When – all of July, Thursdays to Sundays.

The Art of Banksy – Without Limits Exhibition

  • What – an exhibition of the works of mysterious graffiti artist Banksy – featuring over 150 works including original prints, photos, sculptures and more.
  • Where Queen Plaza Mall.
  • When – all of July.

Working Country

  • What – The State Library of Queensland showcases its collection of Aboriginal stockmen and stockwomen. The collection includes Aboriginal trade routes in the pastoral industry, cattle station experience, rodeos, and the fight for equal pay and rights.
  • Where The State Library of Queensland.
  • When – all of July.
What's on in Brisbane in July
The State Library of Queensland

July 1 – 8, 2023 – What’s on in Brisbane in July

Reserve Wine Expo

  • What – an initiative of Emporium Hotels, this is a tasting extravaganza that showcases 25 of the world’s finest wineries from countries such as New Zealand, the US, Italy and France. Tickets are $99 and the price includes canapes, oysters, cheese and charcuterie, live entertainment, door prizes and of course loads of wine tasting.
  • Where – Frangipani BallroomEmporium Hotel, Southbank.
  • When – July 1 – July 2.

Wizard of OZ in Concert

  • What – a live musical score that features some of Australia’s biggest musical stars.
  • Where Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
  • When – July 1 – July 2.

Westfield Chermside

  • What – the shopping centre is hosting events this school holidays, such as make your own pizza day, movies, bowling, golf and outdoor & indoor world.
  • Where – Westfield Shopping Centre, Chermside.
  • When – July 1 – July 10. Check out their website for various event times.

Venetian Wine Night

  • What – four-course meal and wine pairing that pays homage to Venice’s rich cultural heritage. Crafted by esteemed Italian chefs.
  • WhereLave Ristorante, Teneriffe.
  • When – July 2nd, 5:30 – 9:30.

Kid’s Collective

  • What – various events in Victoria Park for kids, from 9am to 1pm each day. This Monday’s events include kids’ yoga and soccer fun. Check out their website to find out exactly what’s on for which day.
  • When – July 2 – July 5.
  • Where – Victoria Park.
Victoria Park kids’ activities

Lucky and the Flight of the Sky Puppies

  • What – a live story using puppets, animation, songs and actors. The story is about a sky puppy that fell from a tree and is lost outside Cairns Library. The speckled flying fox is given the name Lucky before a grand adventure begins.
  • Where Brisbane Powerhouse Museum.
  • When – July 4 & July 6.

Dark Side of the Moon

  • What – the Australian Rock Collective (ARC) – which features, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Mark Wilson (Jet), Davey Lane (You Am I) and Kram (Spiderbait) – will perform Pink Floyd’s world-famous album, The Dark Side of the Moon, from beginning to end. They will then return to the stage and perform a selection of Pink Floyd classics in honour of the 50th anniversary of this iconic album.
  • WhereQueensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Concert Hall.
  • When – July 5th.

Duck Pond

  • What – this world premiere event is a humorous take on the famous play Swan Lake. The event is depicted as an ‘acrobat spectacular’ and combines Swan Lake with the Ugly Duckling in a fairy tale, circus extravaganza.
  • WhereQueensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
  • When – July 5 – July 8.

Spark Ipswich

  • What – Ipswich’s arts and cultural festival which celebrates the people, place, art and culture of Ipswich. The 10-day line-up includes comedy, music, exhibitions, arts, circus, technology and projection in an extravaganza that takes over the city.
  • Where – various locations in Ipswich.
  • When – July 6 – July 16.

Illegally Blonde Drag Show

  • What a spectacular stage production, described as “an explosion of pink, laughter and fabulousness that will have you up dancing in your seat”.
  • Where – Hungry Hose Mexican, 1/47 Castlemaine Street, Milton.
  • When – July 7th, 7:15pm.

Savour: Baby it’s Cold Outside

  • What – a winter cocktail wonderland with cocktails that well and truly warm your cockles. Sit down and the service will come to you. Tickets are $20 and include a 50ml sample as well as a cocktail.
  • WhereCloudland.
  • When – July 7.

Brisbane Trail Ultra

  • What – Brisbane’s biggest trail running event that connects the Brisbane River with rainforests. There are three ultra-marathon events and prizes include $15000 cash, as well as a further $35,000 in prizes.
  • Where – starts in Cora-Mulling Park and finishes at Joey’s Café in Kangaroo Point.
  • When – July 7 – July 9.
Kangaroo Point, heading to Joey’s Cafe

Providore Park

  • Whata winter family event that’s all about good times and great eats. Featuring stall holders with artisan food and drinks, a celebration lawn and a Stone and Wood DJ lounge. Entry is free and exclusive ticketed experiences available at the event.
  • Where – Roma Street Parklands.
  • When – July 8 – July 9.

July 8 – July 15, 2023 – What’s on in Brisbane in July

Abbey Medieval Festival

  • What – a massive Medieval festival – one of Australia’s premier events –  featuring ‘re-enactors, jousters, performers, food vendors and merchants’.
  • Where – 1/63, The Abbey Pl, Moodlu.
  • When – July 8 – July 9.

Chopin’s Piano

  • What – pianist Aura Go and actor Jennifer Vuletic tell a story of a piano on which Chopin completes his Preludes. The story includes the work created on this particular piano, the artist who created them and how things change over time.
  • Where – Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
  • When – July 13.

Bon But Not Forgotten

  • What Bon Scott tribute night. Celebrating Bon Scott’s 77th birthday, where some of the world’s best rockers – featuring members from The Poor, The Angles and The Baby Animals – ‘rip through a set of AC/DC classics’.
  • Where – Koala Tavern, Capalaba.
  • When – July 14.

Christmas in July

  • What – Christmas in July in Parliament House, featuring a lavish three-course dinner in Strangers’ Restaurant. You can also add a wine package as part of your experience. Check out ticket prices and more info here.
  • Where – Queensland Parliament House.
  • When – July 14th.

Vintopia – Bastille Day

  • What celebrate the French Bastille Day with wine tasting. Tickets, which are $30, include tasting nine wines plus a full glass of your favourite. You can also purchase Vintopia cheese and Italian meat boards on the night.
  • Where – Cloudland.
  • When – July 14.

July 15 – July 22, 2023 – What’s on in Brisbane in July

Brisbane Open House

  • What – various iconic landmarks around Brisbane are open to visitors during this exclusive time of year.
  • Where – various locations which you can find out about here.
  • When – July 15 – July 16.
The Old Windmill – one of Brisbane’s iconic landmarks in Spring Hill

Covella Fun Fair

  • What – community fair celebrating the opening of new parklands in the Greenbank/Logan area. The fair includes free coffee, ice cream, face painting, a comedic band, an aerial performer, farm animals and much more. Check out this website for more info.
  • Where – Heartland Central Park – off Juniper Drive, Greenbank.
  • When – July 15.

Stadium Stomp

  • What – The Ultimate Stair Challenge – a 5000 stair climb that includes rest stops, drink stations and music to get you psyched! There are various ticket prices, which include a medal and fruit at the finish. Check out this website for more info.
  • Where – The Gabba.
  • When – July 16.

Jetty to Jetty Fun Run

  • What fun runs for charity include a half marathon, 10km wheelchair event and 10, 5 and 3km runs. This year’s charity is A Brave Life, which supplies newborn baby items to support agencies and hospitals while mentoring young mothers.
  • Where – Pelican Park, Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf.
  • When – July 16.

Scenic Rim Wedding Expo

  • What a free expo that showcases the region’s wedding industry, featuring locations, suppliers and everything that could get you ready for your big day in uber-style. Includes over 55 suppliers, food trucks and live music.
  • Where – Vonda Youngman Community Centre – 2-4 Knoll Road Tamborine Mountain.
  • When – July 16, 10am – 3pm.
Curtis Falls, Mount Tamborine

July 22 – July 31, 2023 – What’s on in Brisbane in July

Botanical High Tea

  • What a decadent high tea experience where you’re surrounded by lush foliage. Includes complimentary wine, pot of tea, sweets, scones with jam and cream, sandwiches, and juice or milkshakes for kids.
  • Where – 1666 Old Cleveland Road, The Nurso, Chandler.
  • When – every Sunday, all year, although on July 22nd they have a special Christmas in July high tea.

Jumpers and Jazz in July

  • What this is a festival that knows how to celebrate. QLD’S quirkiest festival features yarn bombing, car displays, bomb fires, a rummage market, artisan food and food markets, jazz music, and much more!
  • Where – Warrick.
  • When – July 20 – July 30.

The Barber of Seville

  • What – described as ‘Rossini’s most famous opera buffa’, this opera stage event is ‘a must see if you love Downtown Abbey, Sliding Doors, clever disguises gone wrong and a case of mistaken identities’.
  • Where Redland Performing Arts Centre.
  • When – July 22.

VEND Christmas in July

  • What – pop-up stalls, Christmas dinner, mulled wine, live music, face painting and a jumping castle.
  • Where – 1768 Sandgate Road, Virginia.
  • When – July 22, 4pm – 9pm.

FIFA Women’s World Cup

  • What women’s World Cup soccer matches featuring various teams.
  • Where – Brisbane Stadium.
  • When – July 22, 27, 29, 31. Australia vs Nigeria is on the 27th!

Capricorn

  • What a show that “explores culture, sexuality, personal growth and grief as well as environmental issues” through the eyes of an ill-fated couple.
  • Where – La Boite Theatre, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.
  • When – July 24 – Aug 12.

Tamborine Mountain Country Markets

  • What markets offering handmade artisan crafts and locally-grown food.
  • Where – Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds.
  • When – July 23.

Tango Bardo Concert

  • What Enjoy music by world-renowned Tango Bardo, dance performances by world champions from Buenos Aires and a music workshop by the musicians of Tango Bardo.
  • Where – Queensland University, St. Lucia.
  • When – July 23.

Ottoman Baroque

  • What – The Whirling Dervishes of the Sufi Mevlevi Order from Konya, Turkey will perform for the very first time in Brisbane on stage, with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
  • Where Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Concert Hall.
  • When – July 24.

Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

  • What a worldwide event that’s also happening in Brisbane, thank goodness. Don’t forget us! Here people dress up in red to re-enact the iconic film clip of Wuthering Heights. I don’t know why, but it sounds like fun! The afternoon includes an introduction and instruction on the dance moves.
  • Where – Frew Park, Milton.
  • When – July 28.

Tawny Trails

Moreton Bay Hinterland – Cedar Creek Swimming Holes

World Embroidery Day

  • What embroidery on display from around the world. The day includes demonstrations and free packs, merchandise and a raffle.
  • Where – 149 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley.
  • When – July 30th.

That’s a wrap on what’s on in Brisbane in July. If you have anything to add, or if there’s something I’ve missed, email me or let me know in the comments below.

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