What's on this week | 20 November - 26 November

By the time this week ends, there’ll only be 35 days left for 2017. If the meaning of life isn’t enough to make you celebrate the year that’s been, these events around Brisbane might be. If you can’t find something in this list, why not explore the rest of our events calendar?

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Ending Monday November 20 | Floressence at the Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Artwork by some of Queensland’s leading botanical artists and illustrators will be on display at the Botanical Artists' Society of Queensland’s annual exhibition, Floressence 2017. More than 140 artworks by 36 artists will be on display, featuring Australian and exotic, flowering and non-flowering species, birds and butterflies. Kids free, concessions $2, adults $3.

End Monday November 20 | Art with Altitude at Mt Glorious Community Hall

Art with Altitude is back! This annual exhibition has gone from strength to strength since it first began in 2015, and showcases the exceptional and varied work of the artistic communities of Mt Glorious and Mt Nebo. The exhibit works features including jewellery, ceramics and glasswork, acrylic and watercolour paintings, fine drawing and photography, and fine woodwork.

Tuesday November 21 | Politics in the Pub: State Election Special 

With the election fast approaching, Politics in the Pub will put you in conversation with local McConnel candidates. Panelists will include ALP candidate and standing member Grace Grace, LNP candidate Jamie Forster, Greens candidate Kirsten Lovejoy, and Social Alliance candidate Kamala Emanuel. Plus, it’s a pub, which means drinks are readily available. 

Wednesday November 22 | #SnapBrisbane

Brisbane City landscape

Wednesday, 22 November is the day to #SnapBrisbane. Join the 24-hour social media celebration that captures what we love about where we live. Simply snap a photo, hashtag #SnapBrisbane and share on social media. 

Wednesday November 22 | Movie Night: The Castle @ Aether Brewing 

How’s the serenity you say? Well when you combine chips, burgers and beers with an Australian classic, Aether Brewing’s serenity is off the charts. Grab some mates and settle in for a fab Wednesday evening with Darryl Kerrigan and his infamous quotes. 

Wednesday November 22 | Meraki End of Year Fashion Parade

Celebrate the TAFE Queensland’s budding talent at the End of Year Fashion Parade for graduating fashion students. With displays, folios and a runway show, bring your friends, family, buyers and collaborators to discover the future of fashion. 

Thursday November 23 | Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Celebrate the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the vast Asia Pacific region at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The awards will recognise and celebrate the best films of the region and the people who contributed to making them.

Thursday November 23 | Lorde at Riverstage 

After what seemed like forever, Lorde has finally graced us with her second studio album that has already topped charts with singles Green Light, Perfect Places and Homemade Dynamite. Her compelling vocals and stage presence make this concert a highly anticipated event – grab tickets while you still can! All tickets $99.90

From Thursday November 23 – November 27 | The Ashes – Australia vs England


Can the Aussies win the Ashes back from England on home soil? The First Test is set to be held at the Gabba over five days. Hopefully a Brisbane summer will wear the English out. Kids from $10, Concession from $23, Adult from $30 and Family from $65

From Thursday November 23 – December 3 | Wonderland 2017 

Showcasing burlesque, circus, cabaret, music, comedy, poetry, theatre and variety shows from both international and Australian artists, Wonderland is set to take over Brisbane Powerhouse once again. 

What's on this weekend

Friday November 24 | Rugby League World Cup Semi Final

World Cup 

Over five weeks from October to December, the best players and teams from around the world will descend on Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for the Rugby League World Cup. Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will play host to a semi-final match, which is sure to be a thrilling spectacle.

Friday November 24 | We Are Born At Sunset

Enjoy a passionate evening of tangos and fados when the Elton Bastos Duo present in full their acclaimed album, Essencia Urbana at the Old Museum. This is a gala event for the consummate appreciator of classical contemporary music with a demonstration of vibrant Argentine tango by dance sensations Jose Camean and May Carreras. 

From Friday November 24 – November 28 | League of Giants 

Giants are descending on Brisbane to celebrate the Rugby League World Cup. Fourteen larger than life rugby league players representing the participating nations in the Cup are coming to George St for the semi final weekend. With each “player” standing three metres tall, it’s a great opportunity for Rugby fans to get amongst their favourite players. 

From Friday November 24 – December 2 | Wasteland

Flipside Circus returns to Brisbane Powerhouse this November with a tale of potential, hope, resilience and survival as the performers recycle and reuse discarded items to reimagine circus and what our future could be if we were besieged by mountains of rubbish. Flipside Circus never underperforms, so expect amazing aerials with ground and tumbling routines. 

From Friday November 24 – December 16 | The Society Summer Series

Take advantage of the sunny Queensland weather with flowing bubbles and sparkling cocktails at Eagle Farm Racecourse’s popup rooftop bar. Here for a good time, not a long time, don’t miss out on a trip to The Society Summer Series. 

Saturday November 25 | Lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree

Lighting of the Christmas tree in Brisbane City

You know Christmas is approaching when Brisbane City’s Christmas Tree is lit. Gather in King George Square to watch the lighting spectacle, meet Santa and special guests and watch a special Christmas performance to bring in the festive season. 

Saturday November 25 | Casablanca 75th Anniversary 40s Night w/ swing class

Metro Arts is diving back into the 1940s to celebrate the renowned and multi-award-winning film Casablanca. Settle in with popcorn and enjoy the film, because after, take part in a swing class held by Corner Pocket Swing to truly immerse yourself in the roaring forties dance era. Tickets are $15 + booking fee. 

Sunday November 26 | The Nightingale 

QPAC never stops giving, especially when it offers a one night only performance by coloratura soprano Alexandra Flood and Southern Cross Soloists. Take a glimpse into the musical world of nature’s genuine night songstress, The Nightingale, that treats the audience to musical visions from dusk till dawn. Students $25, Concession $44 and Adults $59.

Sunday November 26 | Brisbane Vegan Markets 

Brisbane Vegan Markets are capping off 2017 with a Sunday twilight market serving all your plant-based goodies. Munch of a vegan delight while your wander the stalls and eye off the cruelty-free clothing and cosmetics and interesting charities. 

Sunday November 26 | Bark and Brews 

Your furry little friend is invited along for an afternoon of canine fun at The Brightside. Settle into the beer garden with Lucky Egg fried chicken and a crisp brew, while your pupper enjoys the large off leash area – don't forget to snap this moment with professional dog photography happening throughout the arvo. 

Ending Sunday November 26 | Walkley Press Photo Exhibition at ABC Brisbane

See the biggest stories of the past year through the lens of Australia’s best photo journalists at the free Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition at ABC Brisbane.


Until December 2 | Medibank Feel Good Program Free Yoga at the South Bank Parklands

The Medibank Feel Good Program

Find zen with this series of free yoga classes at the southern end of the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank. All classes are free and bookings aren’t required – just show up and grab a spot. Liable to wet weather though so keep an eye on the sky.

Until December 2 | Disruptive (Ill) Logic by Robert Andrew at Metro Arts

Disruptive Ill Logic by Robert Andrew

Using refined mechanical logic to erode and expose assimilation-based cover ups, this exhibition addresses the disruptions and corruptions that colonialism has brought to the artist, Robert Andrew, and his family. Free in the Level 2 Gallery of Metro Arts.

Until December 3 | The Wizard of Oz at QPAC

Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, this stage adaptation contains the beloved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, starring WICKED’s leading ladies. Tickets $49.90

Until December 3 | Scenes from a Marriage at the Playhouse, QPAC

Scenes From A Marriage

Johan and Marianne seem like the ideal couple. But when Johan admits to sleeping with another woman, he detonates the first bomb in what will become a ferocious battle. Real-life power couple Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King, Jack Irish, A Place to Call Home) and Ben Winspear star in this darkly comic autopsy of love. From $33.

Until December 16 | Beautiful one day, fruit salad the next at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

Curated by John Armstrong, Beautiful One Day, Fruit Salad the Next! is an exhibition by Queensland artists who, by happenstance, discovered some relationships between their works. Entry’s free.

Until January 21 | Do You Bee-lieve? at Old Petrie Town

Somewhere over the rainbow and deep in the heart of a mysterious enchanted forest, an astonishing event is to take place, being the dream-like wedding of two love-struck dragons, Mr Trufflewafflepuff and Ms Lulu Lovebug, the likes of which you have never seen before. Kids $5, adults $10.

Until February 3 | Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images at QAGOMA


Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images will be the first substantial Australian exhibition of works by the German artist, widely recognised as one of the world's most influential living painters. Over 90 works spanning five decades of Richter's practice include some of the most compelling and enigmatic pictures of the 20th and 21st centuries, and reveal the unparalleled influence of the artist on contemporary art.

Adults $18, concession $16, members $14, children $8.

Until February 11, 2018 | Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow at QAGOMA

Yayoi Kusama

Co-curated with the National Gallery Singapore, this vibrant exhibition surveys the work of leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A wild and wonderful journey through significant moments in Kusama's career, the exhibition explores over seven decades of the artist's practice through more than 70 works.

All Week | City Sounds

City Sounds

Support local artists and attend the City Sound acts around Brisbane with artists including Georgia Fields with the Andromeda String Quarter, The Firedrakes, the Michael Knopf Trio, Elska, Killed by Drone, Sweet Boheme and O’ Little Sister.

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