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.

  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Returns

    It is delighted to see that the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival returns back to QUT Gardens Point and the magnificent Old Government House as their main venue for the runway shows together with the special off-site show at St John’s Cathedral. It is Queensland’s premier annual fashion event, coinciding with the arrival of new-season Spring/Summer collections in stores. 

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  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

    Don’t miss the chance to witness the winner of five Helpmann awards® including best musical. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspirational true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to global superstar.

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  • Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

    Queensland Museum will host the international touring exhibition Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives from 16 March – 26 August 2018. For centuries, mummies have fascinated people as the focus of morbid curiosity and scientific enquiry. Despite being separated from us by thousands of years, there is something still very recognisable and human about them. From around 3500 BC to about AD 400, mummification was an essential part of Egyptian funerary practice for people of high status. By stopping decomposition and rebuilding the body to look as lifelike as possible, the deceased’s ba (a spirit entity) could recognise and reinhabit the body after death and be reborn like the god Osiris. Those who could afford it had tombs and coffins built for them, equipped with magical scenes and inscriptions, food offerings and grave goods to protect and sustain the ka (another non-physical entity) for eternity.

    Historically, to study mummies researchers often had to unwrap and later X-ray them. However, in recent years, advances in sophisticated imaging techniques — such as CT scanning — allow mummies to be studied without disturbing their coverings, revealing more about who the ancient Egyptians were in their historical, geographical and social settings. The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between The British Museum and the Queensland Museum.

    The British Museum uses the latest non-invasive scientific methods to study the Egyptian mummies in its collection and gain insights into life in an ancient land defined by the river Nile. In Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, you will meet six individuals who lived and died in ancient Egypt between 3000 and 1800 years ago. Technology has enabled the British Museum to create a personal profile of each individual, painting a picture of who they were — their age, beliefs and their health — all without disturbing their wrappings. Each mummy has a story to tell.

    For more information or to buy tickets click here.

  • 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. 

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  • Brisbane Festival 2018

    Brisbane Festival is one of Australia’s leading international arts festivals and Queensland’s largest cultural event, attracting an audience of more than one million people every year. Running 8 - 29 September 2018, Brisbane Festival delivers more than 500 performances per year, bringing together pioneering work from the world’s stages, Australia’s brightest artistic talent, and new commissions exclusive to the Festival. The three-week cultural celebration culminates in Australia’s longest fireworks display, Sunsuper Riverfire.

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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.

  • 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.

    The EKKA will run from Friday 10th August until Sunday 19th August 2018. 

    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.