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14 Awesome Events To Put On Your Calendar In September 🔥

By Ranyhyn Laine
3rd Sep 2019

Welcome to spring, Brisbane! Bid farewell to your winter woolies and chunky boots because things are starting to heat up. Thanks to some help from our friends at Nando's, we've rounded up some of the hottest events in Brisbane this month.

With non-stop events outside in the sunshine or inside overlooking a fantastic view with a drink in your hand. All that's left to do is pick your poison (or spice), whether it’s wholesome and mild or spicy and wild.

BIGSOUND 

Fortitude Valley

For one week each September, Brisbane becomes Australia’s live music capital, providing the ultimate pack of Australia’s best and upcoming artists, spanning everything from pop, electronic and hip-hop, to metal, rap and folk. Topping the BIGSOUND festival lineup this year is the likes of Bad//Dreams, Tones & I, SCABZ, Electric Fields and many more. If you’re keen to enjoy the latest and greatest the country’s music scene has to offer, you’ll want to get your tickets here.

When: Tuesday 3—Friday 6 September
Where: Multiple Venues, Fortitude Valley
For more information, click here.

Moreton Bay Festival 

Redcliffe

Get ready to sip, savour, mix and mingle all weekend-long, with something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds at the Moreton Bay Festival. With Moreton Bay as its magnificent backdrop, this free festival winds its way along the Redcliffe Foreshore that will be filled with tasty bites and sips, along with a jam-packed program of unique dining experiences, live music, tastings, and a beach tipi bar. 

When: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, 8am–4pm
Where: Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
For more information, click here.

Jacaranda Gin Festival 

Newstead

That’s right, a huge festival featuring our favourite clear beverage is coming to town and we’re already drunk with excitement! With spring being back in full-bloom this September and jacarandas beginning to line the streets with colour, there couldn’t be a better time to enjoy the beauty of gin while being surrounded by botanicals. For all the fizz fanatics and liquor lovers out there, your time to drink and play in the sun is about to be-gin.

When: Saturday 7 September, 12pm–10pm
Where: Newstead House, Newstead
For more information, click here.

Chinese Moon Festival 

Fortitude Valley

Chinatown is set to come alive with glowing sights and sounds of its annual Chinese Moon Festival in Brisbane. Experience all the sights, sounds and smells of authentic Eastern culture with traditional lion and dragon dances, roving entertainment, traditional music and workshops. You’ll also be in the heart of some of the best Chinese cuisine Brisbane has to offer, so bring your appetite.

When: Saturday 7 September, 4pm–9pm
Where: Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
For more information, click here.

Oktoberfest 

Bowen Hills

Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian are throwing their biggest and best Oktoberfest bash yet, with six weeks of unforgettable parties, traditional feasting and a line-up of fun-for-all activities, kicking off on Saturday, 21 September with a brightly-coloured street party at Munich Brauhaus South Bank. Then, throughout the six weeks of celebrations, diners can try one of four famous Oktoberfest beers, grab an Oktoberfest set lunch or hit one of four themed parties every Saturday night.

When: Saturday 21 September—Sunday 27 October
Where: Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian
For more information, click here.

Cherry Blossom Season 

CBD

Saké Restaurant & Bar is celebrating Cherry Blossom season with a series of magical events and spring-inspired cocktails throughout September. The restaurant will showcase Japan’s regional cuisine at two dinners on Tuesday 3 and 17 that focus on quintessential dishes of East and West Japan, while a weekend picnic event will take over their private dining rooms with a Japanese floral wonderland on 28 and 29 September. Four limited-edition cherry blossom cocktails will also be available for the month of September. 

When: Various dates
Where: Sake Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City
For more information, click here.

Buffalo Wing Festival 

Various Locations

Over four days, a few of our favourite restaurants will be offering up exclusive deals as a part of the Australia Buffalo Wing Festival. With all the crispy, saucy chicken wings you could ever dream of, you won’t have any difficulty choosing where to eat from with spots such as King of the Wings, Shady Palms, Seoul Bistro and Newstead Brewing participating. Just set off on a buffalo-crawl all over Brisbane in search for your new number one spot.

When: Wednesday 4–Saturday 7 September
Where: Various locations
For more information, click here.

Brisbane Festival 

Various Locations

Taking over the entire city once again, Brisbane Festival is bringing a stellar line up of art and culture events to town, including a flaming garden of fire sculptures, a light and laser spectacle on water, and a twisted mind labyrinth installation. With so much on, we can’t possibly tell you about everything, so best just to head for website and check out the full program here.

When: Thursday 5–Saturday 28 September
Where: Various locations
For more information, click here.

Brisbane Writers Festival 

CBD

Good news, book buffs, word nerds and lovers of literature—the Brisbane Writers Festival is back for 2019 with an array of high-profile authors to show us just how powerful words can be. This year’s event line up will feature rising hip-hop and rap star, Baker Boy, slam poetry champion Melanie Munungurr-Williams and comedian Steven Oliver—we can guarantee that these events will be nothing like your average university lit class. 

When: Thursday 5–Sunday 8 September
Where: State Library of Queensland, Brisbane City
For more information, click here.

Regatta BBQ Festival 

Toowong

The laneway behind the Regatta Hotel is set to transform into a weekend-long BBQ showcase, complete with a full line-up of BBQing masterclasses along with plenty of low and slow cooked meats and pop-up drink stations. With free entry and live music all weekend, it’s a smoking hot way to spend the weekend. 

When: Friday 6–Sunday 8 September 
Where: Regatta Hotel, Toowong
For more information, click here

Sweet As Dessert Festival 

West End

Say hello to Brisbane’s very own festival dedicated to all things sugary and sweet. For two glorious days, the Sweet As Dessert Festival will take over Musgrave Park and be jam packed with macarons, brownies, sorbets, meringues, cupcakes and so much more that your dentist would probably faint at the sight of all that sugar hitting your teeth. But hey, we all need to treat ourselves every once in a while. 

When: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September, 10am–5pm
Where: Musgrave Park, West End
For more information, click here.

Comic-Con 

South Bank

Calling all comic book connoisseurs, video game fanatics and lovers of everything pop culture, Oz Comic Con is back and bigger than ever this year. Showcasing all the latest film studio activations, comics, anime, cosplay, video games and industry panels and workshops, Oz Comic-Con is your weekend destination to celebrate and share all things pop culture with thousands of fans just like you.

When: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September, 9am–6pm
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank
For more information, click here.

On Wednesday's We Drink Pink 

Vapiano

What could make handmade pasta and sinfully good pizzas even better? Try $5 cocktails and donating to charity! Vapiano’s Drink Pink Wednesdays is a celebration of carbs and cocktails with a wonderfully charitable goal. When you purchase a pizza, pasta or salad, you can also grab a delicious pink gin spritz for just $5, with proceeds being donated to Share the Dignity in support of Australian women faced with homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.

When: Every Wednesday from 5pm
Where: Brisbane City and Mt Gravatt
For more information, click here.

Is it getting hot in here? The Nando’s story started in Jo’Burg back in 1987, when mates Robbie and Fernando walked into a PERi-PERi chicken restaurant as customers and came out owners. That’s the power of PERi-PERi. Since then they’ve been obsessing over those flavours, so today their famous PERi-PERi marinades, bastings and sauces are made with Nando’s very own African Bird’s Eye Chillies grown in Southern Africa, plus a dash of lemon, garlic, onion and herbs. There’s a flavour for everyone on Nando’s PERi-ometer, ranging from BBQ all the way up to Extra Hot!

For everything else happening around Brisbane, turn the Nando's peri-ometer right up and check out our Things To Do section for a guaranteed good time. 

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