2024 Barrio Fiesta Brisbane Set to Shine at Rocklea Showgrounds

The Filipino community across Australia is gearing up for a vibrant celebration of the 126th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day on the 12th of June 2024. 

With Filipinos being the fifth-largest immigrant group in the country, events are planned throughout all states and territories, showcasing the rich culture and heritage of their homeland.

On the 9th of June 2024, Rocklea Showgrounds will host the highly anticipated 2024 Barrio Fiesta Brisbane. This well-known event among Filipinos will feature a full day of festivities showcasing Filipino culture, music, food, and community spirit.

Photo Credit: Facebook/ BarrioFiestaBrisbane

Queensland Events

However, Queensland is set for a diverse range of festivities to mark the Filipino celebrations.

Kicking off the festivities is the Bayanihan Festival on the 1st June 2024 at the Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct in Kingston. The Filipino Australian Brisbane Society Inc., which is hosting this event, promises a day full of cultural performances, food stalls, and activities.

Photo Credit: Facebook/  FilipinoAustralianBrisbaneSociety

Following this is a more formal affair: the 126th Philippine Independence Day Celebration on June 1st at the Pullman Cairns International Grand Ballroom in Cairns. The Philippine Cultural Society of Carins, Inc. is responsible for organising this gala event.

Photo Credit: Facebook/ PhilippineCulturalSocietyofCarins

The weekend of the 8th and 9th of June has a packed schedule. On 8th June, the Pasasalamat (meaning “thanksgiving”) event will be held at the Auditorium in Meridan Plains.

Event NameDate & TimeLocationHost
Bayanihan Festival01 June 2024, Saturday, 11 am – 6 pmKingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct, Kingston QLDFilipino Australian Brisbane Society Inc
126th Philippine Independence Day Celebration01 June 2024, Saturday, 6 pmPullman Cairns International Grand Ballroom, CairnsPhilippine Cultural Society of Cairns, Inc.
Pasasalamat08 June 2024, Saturday, 5:30 pmAuditorium, 70 Springs Drive Meridan Plains QLD
2024 Barrio Fiesta Brisbane09 June 2024, Sunday, 9 am – 5 pmRocklea Showgrounds, Rocklea QLDBarrio Fiesta Brisbane

National Festivities

Across the rest of the country, similar celebrations are planned. The Australian Capital Territory will see the Philippine Independence Anniversary Ball on the 15th June, while New South Wales will hold the Philippine National Day Ball on12th June.

In the Northern Territory, a special event will be held at Parliament House, hosted by the Honourable Ngaree Ah Kit MLA, Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

Victoria offers a range of events, including a dinner dance in Warrnambool on 1st June, a gala and anniversary celebration in Melbourne on 8th June, and a grand fiesta at the Queen Victoria Market on 30th June.

Western Australia joins the celebrations with a ball in Perth on 8th June and a separate celebration in Mandurah on 1st June.

Tasmania will round out the national celebrations with The Grand Filipino Festival on 8th June.

This year’s Philippine Independence Day promises to be a vibrant and diverse celebration across Australia, showcasing the important contributions Filipino communities make to the cultural tapestry of the nation.

Published Date 07-May-2024