As if the city wasn’t exciting enough already, Brisbane also attracts a wide variety of quality acts from all over the world.

If you’ve been thinking about having a short or long holiday in Brisbane, but haven’t quite been able to figure out when the best time to go would be, we’ve got a solution for you.

You should choose a time that coincides with one of the following performances!

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour

For all you fans of the King of Pop out there, this is a not-to-be-missed show! While Michael Jackson won’t actually be making an appearance (for obvious reasons), you’ll definitely feel his presence. That’s because the late-and-great star’s music and unique style of dance have been expertly captured by the talented bunch at Cirque du Soleil.

Almost 50 dancers, acrobats and musicians from around the globe have joined forces to put on this stunning performance, which is being directed by none other than Jamie King. You’ll witness visual splendour and musical magnificence, and will definitely be left wanting more!

At the moment, tickets are on sale for October 2 through 6 for performances at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. So, you’d better organise your Brisbane CBD car rentals now!

Leonard Cohen

If October isn’t a great time for you to drop everything and head off your Domestic or Brisbane International Airport car hire into the sunset, you may want to postpone your visit to Brisbane until November. That’s when Leonard Cohen will be lighting up stages across Australia, anyway.

Leonard Cohen hasn’t visited Down Under since way back in 2010, and he’s definitely been missed. He will be performing all of your favourite songs – such as the sensational “Hallelujah” – with the help of his glamorous nine-piece band. You may recognise one or two familiar faces among these talented musicians, including Sharon Robinson, Roscoe Beck and the Webb Sisters.

There is only one performance taking place at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, and it’s on November 30. We suggest you purchase tickets now and take yourself and your significant other on an exciting pre-Christmas trip!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

If you’re hankering for some family friendly entertainment and a walk down memory lane all in one, you can’t do better than Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

This musical, based on Ian Fleming’s famous story that was also made into a film starring Dick Van Dyke, contains ‘Truly Scrumptious’ songs that both you and the kids are bound to love. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a multi-million dollar extravaganza and has garnered rave reviews during its time as the longest-running show at the London Palladium.

Word on the street is that it also holds a world record for having “the most expensive stage prop in the history of British theatre”.

It will be showing at the Lyric Theatre from November 19 until December 8. So, grab the kids, buckle and prepare for an unforgettable few hours with everyone’s “fine four-fendered friend”!

Jimmy Barnes: Welcome to the Pleasure House

Finally, if you’re in the mood for some sensational home-grown talent, you’d better make sure you’re at the Eatons Hill Hotel on September 28. That’s when Scottish-born (but Australian-raised) rock star Jimmy Barnes will be delighting the ears and touching the hearts of his many, many fans.

The tour is named after a brand-new song he’s written, which will be performed alongside other hits such as “Working Class Man”. If you’re not familiar with Jimmy Barnes’ husky tones, here’s the perfect opportunity to remedy that unfortunate fact.

So, pick a performance (or two) and book that trip to Brisbane. See you soon!