• Education Fair 2024
  • Sunshine Coast Libraries banner ad - Kids on the Coast Magazine

School holiday fun at Brisbane Festival

Arts & Entertainment, Brisbane, Living

One thing is for sure, there’s heaps of school holiday fun at Brisbane Festival this year.

Brisbane’s most anticipated festival of the year is here, bringing with it plenty of school holiday activities and events for families this September.

Discount Codes

BOQ Festival Garden

When: Until Saturday 25 September

Where: South Bank Parklands

Tickets: Free

With roaming performers, live entertainment, pop-up bars and dining and family activities, the BOQ Festival Garden is an entertainment hub to connect, play, and explore. Some activities include:

  • I Believe: Part art display, part playset, the I Believe swings are more than just a set of swings. Take a seat, lift your legs, and open your mind to a higher purpose as you rock back and forth.
  • Light Seesaw: This interactive light installation will reignite your fascination with the humble and classic piece of playground equipment.
  • IMB Institute of Light: A mysterious game of secrets and spectacle awaits you. Unlock secrets of the natural world from the ground beneath our feet in a beguiling display of light.

Brisfest Airship Orchestra


Street Serenades

When: Until Saturday 25 September

Where: Suburbs all across Brisbane

Tickets: Free

We’re on the road again to serenade all 190 suburbs of Brisbane with pop-up concerts delivered direct to your neighbourhood. Use the schedule to create your own entertainment itinerary for the day. Pack a picnic and enjoy a self-drive discovery tour of your neighbourhood and beyond! More information and schedule here.


Crayola free preschool activities

Bright Times at Northshore

When: Wednesdays 8, 15, 22 and Tuesday 21 September

Where: Brisbane Festival’s pop-up precinct at Northshore, Brisbane

Tickets: Free

Skycastle at Brisbane Festival 2021

Come to Northshore from 4 – 8pm and explore Brisbane’s Art Boat while it’s moored, wander through the magical and otherworldly installations and enjoy live performances. More information here.



When: Until Saturday 25 September

Where: Adjacent to Queensland Maritime Museum, South Brisbane

Tickets: $23.95 + booking fee

IMAGINARIA is a fun, immersive experience designed for all ages where imagination and technology collide to create a stunning audio-visual play experience from the future. Immerse yourself in shimmering light sculptures, the interactive cave, the multi-dimensional light maze or step inside a giant infinity bubble.  More information and tickets here.


Auntie’s Fiafia Night

When: Until Saturday 11 September

Where: South Bank Piazza

Tickets: Single admission $35. Groups of four $25 each

A celebratory night of circus fun, Pacific song and dance featuring gravity-defying acrobatic feats by world-renowned Casus Circus, traditional slap and fire dances, chants and ancient urban legend stories for the ultimate evening with Auntie. More information and tickets here.


When: Friday 17 – Thursday 23 September

Where: The Warehouse, Northshore Hamilton)

Tickets: Single admission $30. Groups of four or more $25 each

Collision at Brisbane Festival

Contemporary circus meets street dance as two Brisbane dynamos, Casus Circus and Mad Dance House, team together to bring a ground-breaking performance. More information and tickets here.


Summer Play Factor (SPF)

When: Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 September

Where: South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden

Tickets: $15

Combining amazing circus skills from Brisbane’s Flipside Circus and a live DJ, this playful party is a sweet treat for all ages. Expect surfboard acrobatics, infectious choreography, ice-cream juggling and beach cricket in this tasty summer delight.
More information and tickets here.


Babushka: Right to Party

When: Wednesday 22 September

Where: Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane City

Tickets: Free, bookings essential

Babushka at Brisbane Festival 2021

Award-winning group Babushka has cooked up its first ever show dedicated to kids aged five and over. This feisty trio wants to break rules, sing killer tunes and show the next generation how to be rascals, radicals and ratbags. Beasties young and old are invite to this punk-rocking celebration of musical ground breakers and game changes over the past 50 years, from The Ramones and Queen to Lizzo and P!nk.
More information and tickets here.


Wilbur the Optical Whale

When: Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 September

Where: Metro Arts, West Village

Tickets: $25 + Booking fee

This production about friendship and celebrating differences uses alternative storytelling methods (including interactive media with integrated Auslan), circus, music, movement and spoken word, to deliver a strong anti-bullying message and promote acceptance.
More information and tickets here.



When: Until Saturday 25 September

Where: Metro Arts, West Village

Tickets: Free

An enchanting wonderland of extinct and endangered floral illuminations has taken over the garden at West Village. Created by Australian artist Amanda Parer, these large botanicals are a celebration of nature in its most beautiful forms, seemingly grown in place.
More information here.


Common People Dance Eisteddfod

When: Sunday 19 September

Where: South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden

Tickets: Single admission $35. Groups of four $25 each

Brisbane serves as the battleground for a dance off between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. Against a soundtrack of eighties and nineties hits, armoured with sequins and tights, these duellers will dance to win. Which team will you cheer for?
More information and tickets here.


The Mechanics of Adaptation

When: Until Saturday 25 September

Where: Metro Arts, West Village

Tickets: Free

In a fascinating new Metro Arts commission, retired CityCycles are reimagined by artists Ross Manning, Kinly Grey, Susan Hawkins, Aishla Manning and Sarah Poulgrain, in collaboration with young people through Traction, to reflect both art history and the urgent need for environmental awareness and sustainability.
More information here.

Sunsuper Riverfire

When: Saturday 25 September

Where: Brisbane River and surrounds

Tickets: Free


All eyes are on the skies as Sunsuper Riverfire returns to ignite the Brisbane skyline and wrap up three incredible weeks of Brisbane Festival for yet another year. More information here.

Brisbane Festival 2021 runs until 25 September 2021.
For tickets and more information, visit www.brisbanefestival.com.au.


Who’s in for some school holiday fun at Brisbane Festival?

KITC Autumn issue out now 2024

Search tags: Brisbane
By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

You might also like…