Whether a person's trip to Brisbane involves business, recreation or both, the city offers numerous events and festivals to keep them entertained during their downtime. Brisbane events happen year-round, so visitors can plan a trip to a desired event or see what's on the calendar during their trip. Two of the city's biggest events, Australia Day and the Riverfestival, take place at the South Banks Parkland. The Riverfestival draws huge crowds with its fireworks display event Riverfire.
Festivals in Brisbane provide unique venues for people who enjoy the arts, culture and live music performances. Many of the events are free. The city also schedules events for all ages; it's completely possible to entertain the kids during the day and find a grown-up option for the evening. The Paniyiri Greek Festival invites people of all ages to celebrate Greek culture with food, music and dance. During the Caxton Seafood and Wine Festival, Australians celebrate their music, food and history in the Caxton entertainment district of Brisbane; the event includes an annual band competition.
Brisbane music festivals draw crowds of people every year. The festivals cover a variety of genres, rock, pop, orchestral music and more. One of these festivals, the Big Sound Music Festival showcases new music and artists; it is quickly gaining notoriety as the main music event of the Southern Hemisphere.