History of Brisbane Festival and Riverfire
Riverfire marks the end of the Brisbane Festival with a banging fireworks display. It is the end to a three-week long celebration of culture, art, science, and community. The Brisbane Festival has only been annual since 2009, but over the years it has brought crowds from all over and helped bolster the local economy. The festival has made a name for itself around the world and is Brisbane’s biggest cultural event.
Prior to 2009, in the late 1990’s, the Brisbane Festival was a biennial arts festival that was established to “foster the arts”. Around the same time another festival was emerging, RiverFestival. RiverFestival was a “river-based celebration combined with community engagement”. The message of the festival was sustainability, but also had a broad focus on culture, environmental science, and sport. These two festivals were combined to create the current Brisbane Festival.
Throughout the three weeks of the Brisbane Festival, you can enjoy everything from cabarets to film to magic. The celebrations then end on 29th September with Riverfire.
Brisbane Riverfire Events
The day of Riverfire is packed with theater, music, closing Brisbane Festival parties, and fireworks. There are a number of venues hosting Riverfire events- Riverlife, Sunsuper, Micat, and many more. But if you’re looking to escape the crowds during Riverfire and just enjoy the celebrations, then Riverfire at Riverlife is the event to attend.
Spend the early part of the day exploring the CBD and taking in the last bits of the Brisbane Festival. Then make your way down the riverfront path to the Naval Stores along Kangaroo Point Cliffs. The riverfront marquees let you relax along the Brisbane River and take in the setting sun. Entry to Riverfire at Riverlife gives you a meal, dessert, drink tokens, and live entertainment. You’ll also have great seats to the Riverfire military display. And when the fireworks start, you’ll have one of the best vantage points in Brisbane for Riverfire’s full display.