Special Events in Brisbane

Interested in staying up-to-date on the latest events and activities near Novotel Brisbane? Visit this page often as we update it on a regular basis with what's on in the area.

Keep up-to-date on latest events and activities when you stay at the Novotel Brisbane and don't miss out on some of the top events in the area. There are numerous family-friendly events and a variety of festivals to choose from. Our guests always have a long list of fun activities to choose from when they book a stay with us at the Novotel Brisbane.

Take a look at these popular annual events that will keep you entertained when you stay with us.

  • Brisbane Global Rugby Tens

    Don't miss the fast-paced action of the Rugby 10's in Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium!

    Join the excitement of the swift ten minute half format as 12 world class teams battle it out in a knockout tournament.

    • 300 Players
    • 12 World Class Teams
    • 28 Games
    • 2 Days

    Get your tickets here

  • Buddha Birth day Festival

    Brisbane is welcoming the largest Buddha Birth Day Festival in May 2018.

    This event is one of Queensland's most prestigeous cultural celebrations with a variety of  displays, activities and performances.

    It is a Festival for everyone, regardless of ages, religious or cultural backgrounds.

    A FREE event for all ages at the South Bank Parklands from Friday May 4th to Sunday May 6th, 9am till 9pm.

    To find out more information, click here.  

  • Chinese New Year 2018

    Chinese New Year will be celebrated in Brisbane on the 17th of February 2018 at 4pm at the Chinatown Mall, Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley.  

    The celebration will include traditional performances and Folk Music, Chinese Lion Dancers, firecrackers, martial arts and much more.

    Come down and celebrate this exciting traditional event! 

  • Anywhere Theatre Festival 2018

    Brisbane will explode with Theatre performances over the city in random areas where you would least expect it.

    Around 500 performances will take place from the 10th till 27th May 2018. 

    Acts ranging from comedy and drama to theatre and dance.

    Anywhere Theatre Festival Limited is a Brisbane based not-for-profit company whom have a vision to drive a world wide trend for exciting and passionate performances regardless of access to traditional theatre infastructure. 

    To find out more click here


  • World Science Festival

    Brisbane has hosted The World Science Festival in 2016 and 2017 with amazing results, allowing Brisbane to continue hosting the event once again in 2018.  

    The World Science Festival explores and celebrates the entanglement of science and art through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical and cinematic experiences, interactive workshops and engaging demonstrations.

    This event is suitable for all ages and focuses on a variety of programs. These can be viewed here.

    To secure your tickets, click here.


  • Commonwealth Games 2018

    The Commonwealth Games is coming to the Gold Coast in 2018!

    The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be the largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade. The games comprise of 18 sports and seven para-sports events. 

    Beach Volleyball, Para Triathlon and Women’s Rugby Sevens will make their Commonwealth Games debuts and for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, an equal number of men’s and women’s medal events will be contested.

    Over 6,600 athletes and teal officials from 70 nations and territories will come together on 4th of April 2018 for an 11 day sporting and cultural event.

    The Sporting events include:

    1. Athletics
    2. Badminton
    3. Basketball
    4. Beach Volleyball
    5. Boxing
    6. Clycling - Mountain Bike
    7. Cycling - Road
    8. Clycling - Track
    9. Diving
    10. Gymnastics - Artistic
    11. Gymnsatics - Rhythmic
    12. Hockey
    13. Lawn Bowls
    14. Netball
    15. Parra Powerlifting
    16. Rugby Sevens
    17. Shooting
    18. Squash
    19. Swimming
    20. Table Tennis
    21. Triathlon
    22. Weightlifting
    23. Wrestling

    Click here to grab your tickets today! 

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  • State of Origin

    The Holden State of Origin Series, returns in 2018 with pride on the line for both teams. The series will be played in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this year. Witness first-hand the passion on display between these famous rivals in the event that captivates millions of fans around the globe and forces everyone to ask - are you blue or are you maroon?

    Game 1 | 06.06.18 | MCG Melbourne

    Game 2 | 24.06.18 | ANZ Stadium Sydney

    Game 3 | 11.07.18 | Suncorp Stadium Brisbane

    Get your tickets here

    Stay with us and make the most  it. Click here to book your accommodation.

  • GOMA : Yayoi Kusama

    Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama + Gallery of Modern Art

    Explore Kusama's vast body of work from over 60 years. 'Life is the Heart of a Rainbow'  illustrates her concept of space with early experiments and large-scale installations. Spend the afternoon viewing Kusama's work in the Gallery or immerse yourself in the interactive 'obliteration room' in the Children's Art Centre.


    View the website

  • Jan Powers Farmers Markets

    Jan Power's Farmers Markets are in two convenient locations near the Novotel Brisbane. Brisbane City markets are located on the George Street end of Queen Street Mall in front of the Treasury Casino every Wednesday from 8am-6pm. New Farm Powerhouse markets on Lamington Street are held each Saturday from 6am-12pm. New Farm park is also a great place for children with a large playground and picnic area. Conveniently located near a City Cat stop on the Brisbane River.  

  • Royal Queensland Exhibition Show (EKKA)

    Also called EKKA, the Royal Queensland Exhibition is an annual August event that brings everyone together for 10 days of fun, festivities, competitions and excitement. Attendees can visit with all their favourite animals, snack on tasty carnival treats, listen to live music and experience thrills with adrenaline-pumping carnival rides. Located at the RNA Showgrounds in Bowen Hills, EKKA is the place to visit in August.

    Enjoy cultural traditions and a variety of competitions with international judges from as far as Europe, South Africa and the United States. Competition categories include quilts, woodchop, agriculture, animals, gardeining and more! 

    Keep everyone happy with show stopping entertainment all through the day including EKKAnites fireworks, live music, fashion shows, sideshow alley rides, cooking shows and exhibitions.

    Make memories with friends and family that will last forever when you attend this all-day fun event in Brisbane.

    For more information click here.

    Stay with us and make the most  it. Click here to book your accommodation.

  • Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

    The Gladiators exhibition features over 110 original artefacts including pieces of the Colosseum, authentic elaborately decorated bronze gladiator helmets and original arms and armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii.

    Take the journey back in time and go behind the scenes to learn about the people of ancient Rome.

    Purchase you tickets here.