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10 cool things to do this January in Brisbane City

It’s the beginning of a new decade – which always means new possibilities and often leads to reflecting on the past year or 10. If you made a promise to yourself to get fit or move your body more in 2020 and beyond, we have a few free or low cost ideas below to kick start your journey. On top of that it’s still the school holidays so we’ve added a few fun ways to distract the kids, plus we know where to hear living legend Daryl Braithwaite play The Horses on Australia Day. Read on to discover the 10 coolest things happening in Brisbane City this month.

Moonlight Cinema

Moonlight Cinema entry

Until end of March, Roma Street ParklandKick back on a beanbag under the stars and catch a blockbuster flick, family favourite or rom-com with your friends, family or partner this summer. Taking over part of Roma Street Parkland until the end of March, we think January is a prime month to go. There’s everything on the big screen – blockbuster hits Ford V Ferrari or Joker, plus stacks of kids movies (perfect for the holidays).

Fatboy Slim

January 25, Riverstage
We've come a long, long way together, through the hard times and the good. It’s time to celebrate him, baby. We have to praise him like we should…. Responsible for some of the biggest hits of the last few decades, don’t miss the chance to see the revered DJ and prolific producer live. Fatboy SLim's latest arena shows step things up with detailed visuals to elevate his hit tunes.

MOB Kids: Summer Fun

Dates throughout January, Museum of Brisbane
The Museum of Brisbane’s huge summer program for kids continues in January. All month the interactive museum is running free and cheap activities for kids of all ages that take inspiration from the current exhibition, High Rotation. Some highlights include the Kids Fanzine Project with Jeremy Staples on January 11, the Silent Disco on January 18, and the Screen Print Wall Banners on January 21 & 23. Bookings recommended.

Yin Yoga & Intention Setting Workshop

Stretch Yoga

January 31, 5.30-7.30pm, Stretch Yoga
Kick off the new year with good intentions. Stretch Yoga are running a special one-off workshop in its Margaret Street studio. This workshop isn't about goal setting or writing lists, planning or plotting or trying to control the future. Stretch just want you to answer one simple intention: How do you want to feel in 2020?

Tai Chi Qigong

City Botanic Gardens

January 28, 12.30-1.30pm, City Botanic Gardens
If you’re looking for an easy way to add more movement and fitness to 2020, why not try adding a workout to your lunch break? Mix it up at the City Botanic Gardens where Brisbane City Council put on a number of free fitness workshops. This Tai Chi one will be a great kickstart – it works with both your body and mind and will help you feel relaxed, refreshed and calm. 

Tee off at Holey Moley

Every day, Wintergarden, Queen Street Mall
Ready to kick putt? Holey Moley recently swung open the doors on a new golf club inside the Wintergarden centre on Queen Street Mall. There’s nine holes to putt your stuff with names like ‘Drop it Like It’s Slot’. Sounds like the perfect excuse to get the kids out of the house or distract yourself from a self-imposed digital detox, because #newyearnewyou. 

Ride The Horses this Australia Day

January 26, Treasury Casino
Spend Australia Day watching singer Daryl Braithwaite play his smash-hit The Horses live. Better yet, the gig is free. Yes, that's the way it's gonna be, little darlin' – a totally FREE gig. The Treasury Casino & Hotel is hosting the man, the myth, the legend in its new sports bar. In fact, they’ve put on a line-up for the entire Aus-Day long weekend.

Latin Friday Nights

Friday nights, from 8pm, Reddacliffe Place
Intending to get fit in 2020, but hate the gym? Have you tried dancing? Every Friday night, Latin beats and dancing feet take over Reddacliff Place where a passionate crowd of visitors and locals shake their hips with frankly astonishing style and grace. If it’s your first time, you won’t want to miss the 8pm dance lesson. The DJ plays fun, fresh and modern Latin music that the young at heart will love.

Aperitivo Afternoons

Monday-Friday, 4-6pm, Ciao Papi!, Howard Smith Wharves
Do you have fond memories of summer afternoons in Italy spent sipping Aperol and snacking on free nibbles? Relive those slow, magic evenings on the water in Brisbane at Ciao Papi! The Italian diner is encouraging us to embrace aperitivo culture, so with any aperitif purchase you’ll receive complimentary Italian snacks. Only Monday - Friday between 4-6pm. 

City Sounds

The City Sounds

All month, Friday-Sunday, Queen Street Mall & surrounds
Australia’s largest and longest-running free live music program takes over the city every single week. Expect to hear anything and everything from jazz and funk to electro and indie ringing out from Queen Street Mall, Post Office Square, Reddacliff Place and other locations in the CBD. 

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