Welcome to the Buddha Birth Day Festival

Friday, 4th May 2018 – Sunday, 6th May 2018

Be a part of the festival

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This year’s Buddha Birth Day Festival is set to see over 180 events spread throughout 13 locations around the Southbank Parklands with the creation of six villages. Stroll down the Path of Wisdom from the Southbank Piazza to the Cultural Forecourt and marvel at the Peace and Happiness lanterns that hang from the Arbour as you meander through the Buddha Birth Day Festival villages.

Spiritual Village

Visit our Spiritual Village at the Southbank Piazza and participate in the Bathing Buddha ritual which runs throughout the day or pop by in the evening to make a light offering for world peace.

Cultural Village

Explore our Cultural Village at the Rainforest Green as it transforms into our biggest Lumbini Garden display to date and then move onto the QCon lawn for a unique tea chan experience.

Wisdom Village

Curious about Buddhism? Get your questions answered at our Wisdom Village and come to one (or more) classes at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. The learning opportunities are endless!

International Vegetarian Food Village

For the food lovers, our International Vegetarian Food Village at the Cultural Forecourt will be a feast for the senses. Smell the aroma of vegetarian cooking and taste the various Eastern and Western cuisines on offer.

Meditation Village

Walk through the Rainforest Green to the Liana Lounge and find your inner peace at our Meditation Village. Under the guidance of a Buddhist Venerable, a series of meditation sessions are on offer for the beginner to the advanced.

Fun Village

Our Fun Village located near the BRISBANE sign will be abuzz with activities for the children. Adults can even tap into their inner-child and join in the excitement too.


Since 1997 the Buddha Birth Day Festival has grown into one of Queensland’s most prestigious cultural events attracting in excess of 200,000 visitors and is now recognized as the largest annual Buddhist Birth Day Festival in the world. This year the Buddha Birth Day Festival is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary at The Parklands at Southbank.

We continue to showcase the diversity of Australia’s multicultural society, as visitors can enjoy a relaxed environment surrounded by a range of displays, entertained by a variety of performances and experience many cultural customs and activities and vegetarian food. It is a Festival for everyone, regardless of ages, religious or cultural backgrounds.

Path of Wisdom


Spiritual Village


Knowledge Village


Meditation Village


Cultural Village


International Vegetarian Food Village


Fun Village



2018 Buddha Birth Day Festival celebrating 22 years in the South Bank Parklands


The Southbank Parklands, South Brisbane, Queensland


Friday May 04 – Sunday May 06, family friendly event open daily from 9:00am to 9:00pm


Free entry!






Over 200,000 Annual Visitors

Over 180 Events

Over 400 Performers

Iconic Event of Queensland

Signature Event of Brisbane

Queensland’s Largest Multicultural Festival