Must-dos at South Bank to start 2019

2019 is brand new year and with it comes plenty of new things to do! Don’t miss these pearlers at South Bank.

APT9 2018

APT9 

Daily through to end of April

The hugely ambitious APT series returns to QAGOMA this summer, bringing significant art from across the Asia Pacific to Brisbane. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight. Featuring more than 80 artists and groups from over 30 countries, APT9 challenges conventional definitions of contemporary art with never-before-seen installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs and video from both emerging and established artists as well as Indigenous communities.

Brisbane Bullets 

Various dates in February

Prefer to watch your sport live, rather than inside a teeny-tiny electronic box? The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is home to some Brisbane Bullets games, our national basketball league team. The season runs over summer months, so you can still catch a fast-paced game of b-ball in February.

World Science Festival Brisbane Street Science

World Science Festival

20-24 March

Taking over the Cultural Forecourt, as well as many locations in the South Bank Cultural precinct, the 4th annual World Science Festival Brisbane explores and celebrates the entanglement of science and art through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical and cinematic experiences, interactive workshops and engaging demonstrations. In 2019, World Science Festival Brisbane will once again ignite new and challenging discussions about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for adults and children alike. Keep your eyes peeled for the lineup of free activities and ticketed discussions as the event draws nearer.

Tour de Brisbane 

14 April

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series at the Tour de Brisbane is your chance to line up against your age group and see exactly how you stack up. The mass-participation ride on Sunday 14 April will start and finish at South Bank, traversing fully closed roads through the city, across the river (more than once!), and over Mt Coot-tha. 

Regional Flavours Picnic Patch 2018

Regional Flavours

20 and 21 July 

Prepare yourself for the deliciousness of Australia’s largest free food and wine festival. Located right here in our own backyard, Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail is an annual foodie extravaganza held at South Bank Parklands. It features a market with more than 80 fresh produce stalls, demonstrations from celebrity chefs and cooks plus more.

QPAC 

Year-round

From the sublime to the ridiculous, QPAC is hosting a blockbuster line up of shows this year. Starting with Jersey Boys in January and The Australian Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland in February; the laughs continue with Book of Mormon from March; then Queensland Ballet’s world premiere of Dangerous Liaisons in March and April; and one-night only with jazz legend Branford Marsalis in May. 

Coco Bliss South Bank

Eat 

Year-round

South Bank is a popular place to eat - breakfast lunch, dinner or snacks. Venture in and try one of the new eateries that have opened – Coco Bliss healthy treats, Yellowfin fresh seafood and the Emporium Hotel cafes, bars and restaurants. A little further down the road is the Fish Lane precinct, with plenty more casual and funky dining options. For those who like the classics, there’s plenty of ol’ faithfuls to enjoy along Little Stanley Street, Grey Street and River Quay. 

parkrun 

Every Saturday

If you’re more of a solo exerciser, then perhaps the weekly parkrun gathering is for you. Every Saturday morning at 7am, runners gather in the Parkland to do a 5km loop including along the beautiful riverfront Promenade. Racing only against yourself, you can run in a friendly group or blaze your own path and get into ‘the zone’.

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