October feels like the beginning of the end of the year, so it’s only fitting that the month kicks off with a long weekend. From chocolate drawing classes to the music of Harry Potter and Italian festivities, here is what’s on in Brisbane this October.
Medibank Feel Good Program
Harness the energy of spring at this series of free outdoor fitness classes. In the picturesque surrounds of South Bank’s Parklands, the Medibank Feel Good Program offers up a variety of classes including yoga, dance and bootcamp.
2 October to 2 December at South Bank Parklands
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
For the second time this year, Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents an immersive film experience that heightens the drama and magic of the second film in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will see the orchestra perform John Williams’ Grammy-nominated score while the film plays in high-definition.
7 October at Brisbane Convention Centre
Monster trucks will create a night of big thrills when Monster Jam returns to Brisbane. The show will feature supercharged Monster Jam driver competitions including Monster Jam Racing and the popular Freestyle competitions, which will see star drivers go head to head in a thrilling display of action.
7 October at QSAC
The spirit of Italy will be unleashed for this vibrant one-day festival. More than 30 pop-up food stalls will take centre stage at Festitalia, serving a veritable assortment fare that includes cannoli, gnocchi and pizza. Throughout the day, a packed entertainment program will feature a gelato eating competition, swordsmen Prima Spada and the famed pizza acrobat Youssef Ben-Touati.
8 October at Spencer Park
Brisbane Open House
Brisbane’s architectural gems are throwing open their doors for a weekend of design and ideas. Brisbane Open House takes you into buildings ranging from City Hall to the new 480 Queen Street, Roma Street Fire Station and a number of architecture studios. There are also a number of design talks happening and a Made in Brisbane series that celebrates local makers and manufacturers.
7–8 October across Brisbane
One The Bear
La Boite’s final show for the year is One the Bear – a dystopian tale set in a rubbish tip, where two best-bear friends are raising a ruckus. The performance, which is written entirely in rhyme, presents a fusion of feminist hip-hop, afropunk and global music. As one of the friends is offered a shot at fame, the show explores themes of identity, friendship, exploitation, celebrity and appropriation.
10–21 October at La Boite
Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories
This enchanting production is based on Reinhardt Jung’s beloved children’s book. Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories uses puppetry and an elaborate set to tell the story of Bambert – a small man who leads a reclusive existence writing stories until the day he tries to connect with the world by tying his stories to balloons and setting them free.
11–15 October at QPAC
MS Moonlight Walk
Raising vital funds for Queensland MS patients, the MS Moonlight Walk gives you the option to partake in a 5km or 10km evening walk along the banks of the Brisbane River. Walkers will illuminate the city with lanterns before wrapping up with food and drinks at South Bank.
20 October at South Bank
Music by Cyndi Lauper is one of the big drawcards for this musical, but there’s far more to Kinky Boots. This musical – which is based on the movie – is sure to warm your heart while sending you into hysterics. The extended Brisbane season continues after the musical won the Helpmann Awards for Best Male Actor in a Musical and Best Choreography in a Musical.
Until 22 October at QPAC
What Rhymes With Cars and Girls
Playwright Aidan Fennessy has transformed Tim Rogers’ first solo album into a piece of musical theatre. Inspired by the narrative woven throughout the album, he has conjured a story of two young lovers that transcends the class divide. Distinctly Australian and featuring live music performed by Rogers, What Rhymes With Cars and Girls is a feel-good musical love story.
25 October to 4 November at Brisbane Powerhouse
Read our interview with Tim Rogers
All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust in Queensland Ballet’s second-last production of the year. It has been two years since the company performed Peter Pan and in this performance choreographed by Trey McIntyre, dance and theatre combine for a sophisticated retelling of the whimsical tale.
25 October to 4 November at QPAC
Noosa International Film Festival
If you needed any extra excuses to make your way to Noosa this month, this is it. The second Noosa International Film Festival celebrates feature-length world cinema as well as short films. There’s also a coastal flavour to the program with screenings including surf documentary Men of Wood & Foam, which will feature a performance by local outfit Band of Frequencies.
26–29 October at Noosa
James Street RESORT
This year James Street’s spring fashion event is taking cues from the Ancient Greeks and their thirst for knowledge. Over three days, RESORT will offer up a symposium of intelligent fashion, design, culture and food. The program will is broken into RESORT Friday, Saturday Social Club and Sunday Symposium.
27–29 October at James Street
Botanical Still Life: Drawing with Chocolate
Go one better than nibbling on the end of your pen – at this workshop (pictured), you can snack on your drawing medium. As part of the Tastes Like Sunshine exhibition, Museum of Brisbane is hosting a still life drawing workshop with local artist Elizabeth Willing, who will teach you how to make art from chocolate.
28 October at Museum of Brisbane
Want more? Read the October What’s On Guide online now.
Tim Rogers on songwriting, his new book and heading to the theatre