Looking for some awesome things to do in Brisbane this April? No worries, we’ve got you covered.
1. Sample local gin and watch fireworks on the riverfront at this new autumn festival
Waterfront precinct Rivermakers is throwing a huge festival in April with epic eats, live music, gin and rum tastings, beer masterclasses, as well as fireworks, roving performers, and more.
Makers on the River is coming to the 30-hectare Morningside venue on April 22 from 12 – 8pm.
It’s set to be an epic day out for the whole family, celebrating all things local, whether that be the food, drinks, or entertainment, not to mention the spectacular sunset view.
2. Feed adorable farm animals at this Easter market
Start the month of April with some Easter-themed fun at the Portside Wharf Easter Market. Popping up on the northside for one day only, this family-friendly market will be loaded with things to do for the little ones.
You’ll want to get there early on Sunday, April 2 as the first 50 market attendees can redeem free ice cream from Roll It Ice Cream Co.
Once the sugar high hits, the kids can enjoy even more treats with a free Easter egg hunt, followed by an egg decorating workshop. Not to mention a special appearance by the Easter bunny.
McDonald’s Travelling Pet Farm will also be on-site, so you can meet and feed adorable furry friends.
3. See the world’s best cake sculptures at this three-day show
Calling all sweet tooths, The International Cake Show Australia is returning to Brisbane this April for three massive days of cake displays, masterclasses, live cake making, entertainment, and plenty of opportunities for a sugar rush.
4. Unleash your inner child with wacky challenge rooms at Brisbane’s new ‘Hijinx Hotel’ venue
Hijinx Hotel opened up on the Gold Coast back in December, and come March 31, they’ll be bringing the fun up to Brisbane.
At Hijinx, each of the eccentric and wild escape rooms are designed for a physical or mental challenge, containing a delightful game for you to combat in just four minutes. You’ll find themed rooms like the Titanic Room and one of giant lettered cubes, which promise to be as wacky as they sound.
Opening at Chermside Shopping Centre.
5. Devour bottomless Italian eats and cocktails at Tetto Rooftop Bar
Tuck into two hours of unlimited Italian eats and cocktails at the Amalfi Coast-inspired Tetto Rooftop Bar in Everton Park.
Out of the drinks on the bottomless lunch menu, the Sunset Spritz was our favourite. Bring your appetite as well, because for food, you’ll be served a range of bites such as a cheese and meat board, popcorn gnocchi, chips, halloumi, arancini and more.
Great price for $75 per person, especially if you’re looking to get a bit boozy and eat some delicious food on a Sunday, all the while enjoying fresh beats from a live DJ.
Tetto’s Bottomless Lunch is available every Sunday from 12-2pm 🍹
6. See a drag show at The Wickham (now that it’s been revamped)
Iconic Fortitude Valley pub The Wickham has undergone a massive $3.1 million renovation and is open back up to the public.
Some new additions to check out is the Peacock Room, which will be reserved for intimate comedy and burlesque events, as well as a renovated beer garden, monthly drag brunches, cocktails served in disco balls, and plenty more fabulous quirks.
The Wickham is hosting an official reopening party on Saturday, April 1, with a stack of events to look forward to from then on such as Friday night drag shows and a Mother’s Day bottomless drag brunch.
7. Have a boogie to Art vs. Science at this free shindig
We love a good festival here in Brisbane. And look, it’s even better when it’s free entry. Stones Corner Festival is back and bigger than ever to finish off the month of April, with a stellar line-up of beer brewers and live music to enjoy throughout the day and night, including dance electro-pop legends Art vs. Science spearheading the lineup.
8. Score free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream at Free Cone Day
After a four-year hiatus, Free Cone Day is back at Ben & Jerry’s on Monday, April 3 and the limit to how much free ice cream you can eat does not exist.
9. Catch an outdoor film at Sunset Cinema
This autumn, we’ll be able to catch movies under the stars in yet another beautiful location. The Sunset Cinema is back until the end of April with an excellent line-up of movies from fresh blockbusters to old classics and family favourites. So if you want to get your outdoor film fix now that Moonlight Cinema is done for the season, look no further.
10. Get your long weekend seafood fix at One Fish Two Fish
When it comes to seafood over the Easter long weekend, One Fish Two Fish at Kangaroo Point is where it’s at. Think luxe seafood platters, Easter eggs filled with white chocolate cheesecake, and lobster croissants.
11. Sip cocktails from a chocolate bunny at this Easter high tea
The season for sweets is here, and Brisbane Marriott’s Motion Dining restaurant is treating us to a truly decadent Easter High Tea. Cocktails served inside chocolate bunnies, scones spiked with Bailey’s. This is one boozy high tea experience you’ll want to hop on over to.
12. Nab a Hot Cross Cruffin from Lune
Lune is bringing back their delicious buttery Hot Cross Cruffins for the Easter season. A croissant-muffin hybrid filled with a spiced fruit custard? Yes please.
Available at Lune in both South Brisbane and Burnett Lane from March 20 to Easter Monday (April 10).
13. Walk through an office door to find Woolloongabba’s new secret bar
Brisbane is certainly not a newcomer when it comes to secret bars, where finding the venue is part of the fun. Woolloongabba is where it’s at when it comes to bars hiding in tight corners, behind wardrobes, you name it. The latest on the scene is The Copacabana Club, inspired by the famous New York nightclub where iconic movies such as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Irishman, and One Night in Miami were filmed.
14. Take a romantic gondola ride around Bribie Island
Among plenty of bucket lists is a gondola ride down the tight canals of Venice, Italy. Though, making the moment a reality can seem like a faraway fantasy sometimes. The Bribie Island Gondola is the next best thing, giving you a taste of an Italian getaway without leaving Queensland.
15. Wander through an art exhibition
In April, there’s plenty of art to see around Brisbane. The incredible ‘Air’ exhibition is still on at GOMA until April 23, then we’ve got a charity Heart Exhibition at Toowong Village, as well as E/Scapes at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square.
16. Embark on a hiking trail near Brisbane
Brisbane is home to some of the most breathtaking hikes in the country, there’s no denying it. Just a short drive from the city, you’ll find national parks galore full of trails and walking tracks that you can tackle: a lot of them boasting spectacular views and nature therapy. So what are you waiting for?
Pack the car and get outdoors for leg day on one of these epic hiking spots in and around Brisbane.
17. Putt your way around giant sweets at this Easter-themed mini golf course
Get ready for a sugar rush at Candyland Putt Putt, a sweets-inspired mini golf course that’s popping up at Victoria Park. The course is getting a vibrant makeover, which’ll be decked out with giant candy props such as chocolate eggs, doughnuts, cupcakes, lollypops, gummy bears, and fairy floss.
18. Try the new menu at Brisbane’s best vegetarian restaurant
In 2022, ZA ZA TA was named as Brisbane’s best vegetarian restaurant in the Delicious 100 list. And look, deservedly so. ZA ZA TA is our favourite spot in Brissy for a plant-based feast. The food is immaculate, as are the cocktails.
They’ve just launched a new autumn menu too, with Middle Eastern-inspired mezze plates including Beetroot Kibbeh Nayyeh with Smoked Yoghurt and Charcoal Cracker, Eggplant Schnitzel with melted Tahini, Gribiche, Fennel and Lemon, as well as Bloom Providore Mince stuffed Squash with Chraime Broth and Warrigal Greens. Yum!
19. Experience a Candlelight concert
Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations never before used for this purpose in Brisbane. Discover the music of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Warner Bros and more at St. John’s Cathedral this month under the gentle glow of candlelight.
More info here.
20. Learn how to make pasta from scratch at Salt Meats Cheese
At the Pasta Masta class at Salt Meats Cheese in Newstead, you learn how to make fettucine from scratch, decorate and devour your own cannoli, as well as eat pizza and drink wine in between class time.