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An abundance of experiences awaits you in Brisbane this spring from cultural and sporting events to a vibrant restaurant and bar scene and all of the natural local attractions. We have curated a list of the top activities and events to attend in Brisbane this October that covers sport, art, entertainment and cuisine.


As the ambassador of French elegance, Sofitel links its collection of addresses with gastronomy, and collaborates with renowned wineries. As such, we have the privilege not only to showcase Art and Culture in each of our unique hotels, but also glimpsing into the culture of wines & New French Art de Vivre all around the world. Embrace Sofitel's trademark elegance and enjoy the authentic partnership between gastronomy and French wine with a range of handcrafted experiences.

This year the event will run September 21 – October 31 with a range of events being held in the hotel.

Sofitel Brisbane Central offers guests a unique glimpse into regional and international wines throughout the lavish 6-week festivities, including a limited edition wine list in Cuvee Lounge, exclusive events and divine culinary offerings. A range of wine partners will be showcased throughout the celebrations including; Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV , Mumm & Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial, Emeri Pink Moscato, Roccoco Premium Rosé & Aperol Spritz, La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rosé, Aix Rosé Wines and De Bortoli Wines.

Information about the events Sofitel Brisbane Cenral is holding can be found at

To compliment some of the De Bortolio wines, Chef Adam Head has prepared some recipes including Duck Ragu with Fettuccine, Korean BBQ Quail, BBQ Prawns and Steam Mussels with Crusty Bread to be paired with La Bohème Act Two Dry Pinot Noir Rosé.  Smoked Trout Salad with Baked Ricotta and Grilled Zucchini is to be paired with De Bortolio Bella Riva Sangiovese Rosé. Be sure to share with us on Instagram if you try any of these recipes!  More information on the recipes can be found at


Valley Fiesta returns to Brisbane for its 21st birthday this October 27 - 28. Presented by Brisbane City Council this is Brisbane’s biggest FREE music festival so make sure to check it out!

This 18+ event is located throughout venues in Fortitude Valley and there is an amazing artist line-up including The Jungle Giants, Fatman Scoop, The Creases, Port Royal, The Jensens and many, many more.

Fortitude Valley has something to suit everyone’s tastes, from American-style burgers to Thai or Mexican cuisine, venues will satisfy any food craving. There is a multi-cultural showcase in Chinatown mall from Friday and Saturday nights with a range of acts, battles and workshops. Finally, on Saturday afternoon Valley Fiesta will host the Queensland Music Awards, recognizing the depth and diversity of Queensland Songwriters across all musical genres.

Visit the Valley Fiesta website for full information and ticketing.


Since its inception in 1931, the rivalry between Australia and New Zealand for the Bledisloe Cup has been one of the greatest in sporting history. The passion and intensity on the field is matched only by the fans who attend the game - hoping to witness their team prevail with the Cup and mark their place in Rugby history.

The All Blacks have won the first two Tests and thus won the Bledisloe Cup for the fifteenth consecutive year.  This year final game of the three-game season is held in Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium in Milton on October 21st and tickets are limited within the sections, so be sure to book fast to get down and support the boys in the final game.


American Express Openair Cinemas is bringing more than movies to Brisbane and the Gold Coast this Spring, as an exciting festival program of food, fun and flicks is revealed, with American Express cardholders receiving a range of exclusive benefits. This event is being held at South Bank Parklands October 6 – November 19.

American Express cardholders are invited to relax and enjoy the full VIP cinema experience by purchasing a ticket for the American Express Invites Lounge. Card members will get their own lounger and get comfortable with a cushion and blanket as well as some tasty treats whilst enjoying 15% off selected tickets when purchasing with their cards as well as complimentary blanket hire.

Non AMEX card members can chillax to the max with the variety of seating options available and add a touch of comfort to a night under the stars with a blanket and lounger which can be hired as part of any ticket package.  Premium tickets to the Star Lounge include reserved seating on a comfy lounger, service straight to your seat and a glass of wine.


Purveyors of fine food and authentic Italian cuisine, Salt Meats Cheese will be transporting diners to the streets of Rome as they host a series of alfresco long table dinners.  A delicious three-course meal paired with wine will be served at three pop-up events at each location. There is also a signature Truffle Pecorino Pasta; cheesy truffle pasta tossed through a wheel of truffle pecorino, finished with a grating of extra truffle pecorino, along with their arancini antipasti and wood-fired pizzas. The drinks are taken care of too with a dedicated cocktail bar serving a refreshing twist on summer classics, 4Pines craft beer and Giesen Wine.


The festival vibes will be in full swing each night with an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Over at ‘Crafty Corner’ guests will have the chance to ‘Pimp a Pineapple’ or enjoy masterclasses in knitting, macrame and more. Plus, learn how to style it like a pro, with hands-on hair braiding tutorials.  If you’re short of company, ‘Doggy Dates’ will give visitors the chance to pat a pooch during the movie, with all proceeds going to support the RSPCA.   


This year’s program is an exciting mix of box office hits, highly anticipated new releases and cult classics including:

  • Logan Lucky - Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig plan the heist of the century.
  • The Big Sick - the dramatic and hilarious true story of Kumail Nanjiani's love story with his wife Emily V.Gordon.
  • Battle of the Sexes - Emma Stone & Steve Carell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in the historical tennis match of 1973.
  • It (Halloween screening) - the adaptation of Stephen King's terrifying novel.
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle - the British secret service is back and they've got US backups.
  • Blade Runner 2049 - Ryan Gosling & Harrison Ford star in the sequel to the 80s classic.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show - it's time to do the timewarp again!                                           

Tickets start at $12.50 and are on-sale now via:


Brisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s home for contemporary culture, a magnificent power station of the 1920s reborn as an arts center on the Brisbane River. With over 1,250 performances and events each year, Brisbane Powerhouse are one of the busiest arts venues in the Asia-Pacific region offering a year-round program featuring music, comedy, Writers + Ideas, dance, film, visual arts, cabaret, circus, and theatre.

Some October event highlights includes ‘Smashing’ presented by the comedian Kitty Flanagan October 5 to 15. Love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics – everything is getting “smashed”. Another event is the Jan Powers Farmers Markets which are on every Saturday 6am-12pm. Featuring over 120 stalls, the markets are bustling with fresh farm produce, flowers, artisan products, breads, pastries, meat, fish, poultry and plants.

Our final event pick is ‘The Last Five Years’, a musical theatre production presented by Wax Lyrical Production from October 7 – 14.  It’s easy to fall in love with Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing) and Lizzie Moore (Kiss Me Kate) in this heart-breaking musical two-hander, as they re-trace their relationship from opposite ends. These are just some of the huge range of shows and events on offer each month, so be sure to visit their website for more information


Queensland Ballet is a vibrant, creative company which connects people and dance across Queensland. They offer a program of world-class productions of the best classical ballets and inspired contemporary dance works. The Company engages renowned choreographers and designers from around the world and nurtures emerging local talent by presenting exciting new works in an intimate studio series. With a culture of creativity and collaboration, complemented by an active program of engagement with our communities, Queensland Ballet has become the central hub for dance in the State.

This October 24 – November 4, join Peter Pan, Wendy and her brothers on a journey to Neverland for the adventure of a lifetime in a fantastical world of fairies, mermaids, pirates and the infamous crocodiles at QPAC’s Playhouse theatre. With swashbuckling swordfights, over-sized puppets and breathtaking flying sequences, Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan uses a brilliant mix of dance and theatre to tell the tale of the boy who never grew up. Told from a child’s perspective, this imaginative ballet re-interprets J M Barrie’s famous story with wit, verve and a distinctly modern spirit.

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