There is always something going on in Brisbane, and the city plays host to a number of exciting annual events. Every year, locals and tourists alike come together to enjoy the festivals and celebrations that put Brisbane on the map. Below are some of our favourites.
Annual events in Brisbane
Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival (May)
What started as a modest street festival has ballooned into one of the most popular festivals on the Australian social calendar. Every year, more than 15,000 festival goers make their way to Brisbane to indulge in succulent seafood and sample elegant wines, while enjoying exciting live performances by the country’s hottest musicians.
Goomeri Pumpkin Festival (May)
Pulpy entertainment and good old-fashioned tomfoolery come together at the annual Goomeri Pumpkin Festival. Hundreds of market stalls line the streets selling pumpkin-themed eats such as pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie and even pumpkin fudge. There are also competitions to take part in and live music to enjoy.
Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival (May/June)
Each year the Brisbane Racing Club holds its Winter Racing Carnival. Here one can watch exciting horse races at Eagle Farm and Doomben Racecourses. The prestigious event attracts locals and tourists alike who dress to the nines, bask in the city's incredible weather and have a flutter on the races.
Brisbane Marathon (June)
This is a huge event for the city's running community and has been growing in popularity for many years now. Professionals and amateurs come out in force to run varying distances, including the full marathon and half marathon as well as shorter distances that can be walked or run.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (September)
To kick off spring in style, be sure to pay a visit to this spectacular carnival held in a small city about an hour outside of Brisbane. During this event, more than 170,000 blooms can be viewed across Toowoomba, with celebrations centred in several of the city's parks. From twilight tours and carnival rides to festival food and live music, the Carnival of Flowers is a fantastic way to spend a day out.
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