Discover what's on this January and February in Brisbane

Brisbane and surrounds are serving up a blockbuster month of entertaining events involving fantastic festivals, spectacular sport, extraordinary exhibitions, sensational stage productions and a whole lot of fabulous food.

January

The xx in Brisbane | 17 January 

British indie trio The xx are returning to Australia after playing packed up performances internationally and nationally at Splendour in the Grass 2017. Be treated to their unique and dreamy sound with hits including I Dare You, On Hold and Say Something Loving. 

The Little Mermaid | 17 – 20 January 

Join Ballet Theatre of Queensland as they perform the much loved fairy-tale, The Little Mermaid. With exquisite sets and costumes, Queensland’s finest young dancers will enchant both the young and young at heart at QPAC. 

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show | 17 January – 4 February 

The world famous rock ‘n’ roll musical follows squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they’ll never forget – buy your tickets now. 

Summer Up late | 19 January 

Explore summer exhibitions Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow and Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images after hours at this year’s Summer Up Late at GOMA.

Gillette One Day International | 19 January 

Cricket

Sense the tension when Australia and England face off in the second Gillette One Day International at the Gabba. 

Summer Days at the Workshops Rail Museum | Until 21 January 

See mammals large and tall, insects big and small, real life steam trains, diesel locomotives and more during the summer holidays at The Workshops Rail Museum.

Foo Fighters | 25 January 

Bringing their recently released ninth studio album Concrete and Gold, Foo Fighters are ready to rock Suncorp Stadium with DZ Deathrays. 

Australia Day | 26 January 

Grab your sunscreen, thongs and best Aussie flag for a day of sun, pools and BBQs when Brisbane stops work to celebrate Australia Day. 

Brisbane Heat Double Header | 27 January 

Brisbane Heat

Watch the woman take on the Sydney Thunder before you cheer the lads on against the Melbourne Renegades in this year’s double header at the Gabba. 

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum | Until 28 January 

Discover who the gladiators really were, where they lived and how they trained through artefacts, interactive games and displays. Archeological treasures including pieces of the Colosseum and original armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii give an insight into their lives and tell the unknown stories of these arena heroes.

Adam Devine – Weird Life Tour | 29 January 

US comedian and actor Adam Devine is bringing his latest live stand up show Weird Life Tour to Brisbane. Having featured in a number of Hollywood films, The Pitch Perfect actor is bound to have you in stitches. 

Medibank Feel Good Program | 30 January – 28 March 

Feel Good Program Class

Medibank Feel Good Program returns with a series of free outdoor fitness classes set amid the beautiful surrounds of the South Bank Parklands. Classes include yoga, cardio, bootcamp, active kids and more. Check out the full program here.

February 

OperaQ’s Reprise | 3 February 

In response to GOMA’s exhibition of images by Gerhard Richter, Reprise delves into the history of song with a particular focus on German tradition. Revel in old classics by German greats including Schubert, Richard Strauss and Henze as well as a new score written in response to the exhibition.

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show | Until 4 February 

The world famous rock ‘n’ roll musical follows squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they’ll never forget – buy your tickets now. 

Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images | Until 4 February

QAGOMA is opening the first substantial Australian exhibition of works by the German artist Gerhard Richter, who is widely recognised as one of the world's most influential living painters. 

Mammia Mia Musical | Until 5 February

Relive the story-telling magic of ABBA’s greatest hits when QPAC brings Mamma Mia to Brisbane. Following the traditional story-line, can Mia sort through her mother’s past three lovers to discover her father before the big day?

Superbowl – Big Screen on the Green | 5 February 

Catch the biggest sporting match in the world on the largest screen in the southern hemisphere at Eagle Farm Racecourse. 

Brisbane Global Rugby Tens | 9 & 10 February

Rugby fans and over 300 star players will descend on Brisbane for two days of rugby heaven for the Brisbane Global Tens. Featuring all Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby clubs, as well as four elite teams from Pau, Fiji, Samoa and Japan, rugby fans will be treated to a host of activities leading up to and during the event.

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival | 10 February 

Boasting an epic lineup of new and established acts from around the world, Laneway is bringing your summer soundtrack to life with performers including Anderson .Paak, Mac DeMarco, Billie Eilish and many more. 

BrisAsia Festival | 10 February – 4 March 

BrisAsia's program of theatre, dance, food, film, talks and visual arts provides a wonderful opportunity to discover and celebrate Asian cultures in Brisbane.

Yayoi Kasuma: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow | Until 11 February 2018

Gracing the world with her artworks since the 1950s, Yayoi Kusama has emerged in the 21st century as a distinguishable figure of contemporary art. The exhibition includes a range of works from early painterly experiments to large-scale installations of her later career. 

Brisbane Bullets | Start 17 February

Looks like the Brisbane bullets are back and here to stay with the locals throwing their support behind the team. Head along for a high-energy game before the season ends on 17 February.

Moreton Bay Region Lunar New Year | 17 February 

Come along to celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Dog with a program featuring traditional music and dance, mouth-watering traditional Asian food, Chinese Dragons, cultural displays, activities and workshops. 

Robbie Williams | 20 February 

Robbie Williams is back with a hit-laden set spanning his entire career. Hear pop favourites including Angels, Let Me Entertain You, Come Undone, Kids and Feel. 

Disney Aladdin | from 20 February 

With breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 300 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast – catch the magic of Disney’s Aladdin on stage when it arrives at the Lyric Theatre in February. The musical production includes all your favourite Disney songs and some additional new music. 

A Night with Cam & JT: Cameron Smith & Jonathon Thuston Testimonial Match (Cowboys v Storm) | 23 February 

Experience the rivalry in this head on clash between Cameron Smith's Storm and Jonathon Thurston's Cowboys in a pre-season game at Suncorp Stadium.

Ball Park Music @ The Tivoli | 23 & 25 February 

Brisbane based Ball Park Music will be touring the country after their recently released single Exactly How You Are received an ecstatic reception from fans and triple j. 

Brisbane Comedy Festival | 23 February – 25 March

Matt Okine

International and national headlining comedians will take over the Brisbane Powerhouse (and spill into Brisbane City Hall) for the 2018 festival. Expect more laughs than ever with over 65 comedians across the two venues.

Queensland Reds | 23 February - 14 July 

Show your colours and get to Suncorp Stadium to support the Queensland Reds this season. The boys need all your support behind them as they tackle some tough competition.

Queen & Adam Lambert | 24 February 

Celebrating the 40th anniversary since Queen’s biggest-selling studio album, Adam Lambert will be the front-man for Queen as they perform some of rock n rolls greatest hits including We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Kisaragi-Sai Festival | 24 February 

Experience the many facets of Japanese culture and society with a range of Japanese music and dance, martial arts, Bonsai, market stalls, artist demonstrations, exhibitions and children's activities.

Brisbane Beer Fest | 24 February 

Enjoy a day out with thousands of passionate beer lovers wanting to experience the ultimate day of beer at Queensland’s largest beer fest. 

Recurring events and exhibitions

Mao's Last Dancer The Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin | Until 29 April 2018

Li Cunxin's story has been told many times but it's never been told like this. The exhibition at Museum of Brisbane will feature never-before-seen interviews of Li's colleagues and family, original objects and documents from Li's personal archives and footage of Li at the height of his career.

Knockoff | Every Friday

Fridays just got funny at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you’ve been a fan of our comedy on Sundays, we encourage you to knock off early for a chance to start your weekend with a good laugh and a cold beer. A variety of local and Australian comedians will be bringing you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations on these Friday evenings.

100% Brisbane | Until 2019

This landmark exhibition also invites you to have your say and contribute to this incredible self-portrait of the city. 100% Brisbane will not only change the way you think about museums, it will change the way you think about Brisbane.

City Sounds | Various gigs weekly

City Sounds is Australia's largest free live music program, presenting local and touring bands and artists throughout Brisbane.

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