Candy-coated musicals, froth-filled fests and queer flicks – the best events in Brisbane this March

Candy-coated musicals, froth-filled fests and queer flicks – the best events in Brisbane this March

Another month, another bunch of awesome happenings to look forward to! Whether you’re looking to chill out and listen to some live tunes at a backyard barbecue, bask in some toe-tapping theatre or immerse yourself in thought-provoking conversations on science and space, there’s something for every leisure seeker on the calendar this month. We’ve put together a handy list of the coolest events happening in Brisbane this March, from science festivals full of wisdom and wonder to chocolate-covered musicals.

Nine Lives Festival – Sunday March 1 at The Tivoli
To coincide with its landmark ninth Birthday, Brisbane’s favourite record store Jet Black Cat Music is teaming up with Handsome Tours to present the inaugural Nine Lives Festival. A one-day, three-stage event set to take place indoors and outdoors at The Tivoli, Nine Lives promises to be a Brissy block party for lovers of tunes, friends and community. There will be barbecues burning, coffee and beverages brewing, dogs tails waggin’, and a world class line-up of artists including Aldous Harding, Angie McMahon, Julia Jacklin, Allah-Las, Kevin Morby, Kikagaku Moyo, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and many, many more. Don’t miss this purr-fect day in the Brisbane sunshine and grab your tickets here.

Brisbane Queer Film Festival – Thursday March 5 to Sunday March 15 at New Farm Cinemas
A highlight of the Brisbane queer community calendar, the Brisbane Queer Film Festival (BQFF) returns to New Farm Cinema from March 5 to 15. The festival – which has a 19-film strong program – will present, indulge and empower LGBTIQA and gender diverse film and filmmakers. The opening night flick, And Then We Danced, from director Levan Akin, is a passionate film driven by the liberating power of dance. Sparking violent protests from ultra-conservative groups in contemporary Tbilisi, the film stands as a powerful statement of intent for BQFF’s 21st edition. Head over to the Brisbane Queer Film Festival website to explore the full festival program.

Brewsvegas – Thursday March 12 to Sunday March 22 at various locations 
Back for its seventh year, Brewsvegas is a ten-day grass roots celebration of Brisbane’s burgeoning craft beer culture. The 2020 program is happening across some of the city’s most favoured pit-stops to fuel up on frothies, food and fun, including the likes of The Catchment Brewing Co., Fritzenburger, Alfie’s: Craft House, Newstead Brewing Co, Soapbox Beer, Fonzie Abbot, Tippler’s Tap, Sea Legs Brewing Co, Archive Beer Boutique, Netherworld, Mongrel, Brewski Bar, The Foundry and Blute’s Bar, to name just a few. There will be everything from karaoke nights to backyard barbecues, beer trails, pet nat painting parties and 70s-themed shandy soirees. To check out the full program, head to the official website.

World Science Festival – March 25 to 29 at Queensland Museum
From deep oceans to deep space, World Science Festival Brisbane is a supercharged celebration of science set to transform Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct for four days of pure wonder. The 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. The festival kicks off with a bang, uniting comedians, musicians and scientists for the very nerdy variety show, Dr Karl and Night of the Nerds, there will be a display that allows visitors to watch baby loggerhead turtles hatch from eggs, or head outside to enjoy hands-on science demonstrations and augmented reality experiences at the City of Science. Head to the official website to scope the jam-packed program.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – Friday March 20 to Sunday April 12 at QPAC
Get ready to step inside a world of pure imagination – the spectacular new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming to QPAC in March, following a hugely successful season in Sydney and Melbourne. Expect to be treated to songs from the original film including ‘Pure Imagination’, ‘The Candy Man’ and ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket’, alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Sure to give you a sugar hit, tickets to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on sale now – pick up your golden ticket here.

Hungry for more? You can always check out our Events Guide for a killer selection of the best events in Brisbane any time. We also have a handy round-up of all of the best things happening in Brisbane every single weekend.

To find out more about what’s on in Brisbane, head to our Event Guide.


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