Discover what's on this November & December 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. Check out what events spring has sprung below.

November

Wonderland Festival | 22 November - 2 December

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.

Christmas in the City | 25 November – 25 December 

Australia’s most extensive free Christmas program takes over Brisbane’s centre each December. Join the city for free festive fun at the annual parade, light projection shows, markets, fireworks and cinema series.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards | 29 November 

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.

Moonlight Cinema | 29 November - 31 March 2019

Moonlight Cinema is Australia’s favourite and largest outdoor cinema. Watch advance screenings, summer blockbusters and cult classics under the stars in one of Brisbane's most iconic inner-city green spaces, Roma Street Parkland, all summer long.

The Wombats @ Riverstage | 30 November

English pop heroes are returning to Brisbane with their latest album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life and will be performing both their new hits and old classics this November. 

Lighting of the Christmas Tree presented by St. George Bank | 30 November

Start of the festive season in Brisbane City when the Christmas tree lights up King George Square on Friday 30 November. 

December

The Society Summer Series | 1 - 22 December

Celebrate the beauty of Summer with free-flowing Chandon sparkling wine, house beers and wine and delectable charcuterie stations at Brisbane’s most gorgeous rooftop bar – The Society Rooftop on Saturday evenings during December.

Carols in the Reservoir | 1 - 23 December

Are you ready for a new season of Carols in the reservoir. The people of Brisbane love carols, and what could be more mystical about celebrating Christmas than celebrating in the Spring Hill Reservoir, being serenaded by world-class performers singing traditional Christmas favourites with Carols in the Reservoir.

Shania Twain – NOW Tour | 5 - 6 December 

With five GRAMMY Awards under her belt, beloved Canadian queen of country pop, Shania Twain will be gracing the Brisbane Entertainment Centre with her talent. This tour is in celebration of her third consecutive #1 Album.  

Christmas Actually: La Boite Theatre Company | 6 - 8 December

Starring Queensland’s first lady of song Naomi Price (The Voice Australia, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Christmas Actually delivers all the hits from beloved holiday classic Love Actually wrapped up with a sprig of holly and The Little Red Company’s trademark comedy and charm.

A Christmas Carol | 7 December

This December, Charles Dickens’ classic tale of compassion, forgiveness and redemption is brought to magical life in a brand-new adaptation by award-winning theatre company, shake and stir.

Meeanjin Markets | 7 & 8 December 

Meeanjin Markets is the largest ever Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artisan market and cultural festival.This two-day event is a great opportunity to buy authentic indigenous products direct from the artisan. The markets are a free event with an exciting program of cultural dance, music, artisan workshops and the delicious flavours of native Australian foods.

Gold Lotto City Hall Lights | 7 - 24 December

The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights return with an enchanting, brand new story of an Aussie Christmas with an international twist. Showing nightly from December 7 to 24, the custom designed animation wows crowds every fifteen minutes between 7.30pm and midnight.

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory | 14 December 

Come see your Brisbane Roar take on the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League Champions, Melbourne Victory. This is the first time we will see Japanese football legend Kesuki Honda grace the field of Suncorp Stadium in Victory colours.

Museum Twilight Market @ The Workshops Rail Museum | 14 December 

Combining quality handmade market stalls, food vendors, a licensed bar, a free craft workshop, childrens entertainment, live music and AUD10 torchlight tours of The Workshops Rail Museum, the Museum Twilight Markets are a great event for the whole family!

Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker | 14 - 22 December 

the nutcracker

Christmas isn’t officially here until you see Queensland Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. With the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky and lavish sets and costumes, Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker is a must-see Christmas treat.

Carols by Twilight | 14 - 23 December

We wish you a merry Christmas – and one filled with joyous song! South Bank Parklands’ Carols by Twilight makes River Quay its home from 6-8pm. There’ll be Cigany Weaver, SCAT and the Queensland Show Choir to name just a few. All sessions are free to watch.

Christmas Parade presented by David Jones | 14 - 23 December

The annual Christmas Parade presented by David Jones will march its merry way through the Queen Street Mall and Albert Street right into King George Square. The parade will take place at 7pm until 7.30pm every night, so there’s plenty of opportunities to see the amazing glowing floats light up little faces.

Christmas Cinema | 14 - 23 December

The Christmas Cinema springs to life at 8.15pm nightly, offering a smorgasbord of free, family-favourites that will add a twinkle to your eye and make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Unfurl on River Quay’s inviting lawn, surround yourself with tasty snacks, sip on a cool drink and welcome in Christmas the relaxing way.

Christmas Gift Market | 14 - 23 December

A ribbon of cheerful stalls weaves their way through South Bank this December, each offering a trove of unique trinkets and treasures. While wandering, you can also snack on tastebud-tempting market-fare. All stalls are open from 3pm to 10pm daily.

QAGOMA Christmas Design Market | 15 December

Nearly 50 independent craft and design artists will feature at the market, to be held outside the Gallery of Modern Art at South Brisbane from 9am to 4pm. The QAGOMA Design Market is the place to find a wide variety of high-quality handmade objects and gifts—ceramics, jewellery, homewares, paper products and more!

Brisbane Heat Season 2018 to 2019 | 19 December - 8 February

The Brisbane Heat are ready to deliver massive hits, classic catches and plenty of wickets this summer with another explosive season of the KFC Big Bash League! This season will be bigger and better than ever with seven home games including five at The Gabba and two on the Gold Coast.

Christmas Fireworks | 20 - 23 December 

In the lead up to Christmas, South Bank Parklands becomes an energetic, celebratory hub, with shimmering fireworks whizzing, dancing and bursting above from 8-8:15pm.

Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes | 22 December

The Brisbane Heat is Summer's hottest ticket and they know you won't want to miss a minute of the action at The Gabba. Be a part of the electric atmosphere, fireworks, family entertainment and non-stop action.

Christmas Day events | 25 December

Not wanting all the hassle of cooking up a storm this year? Leave it to the experts and attend one of the restaurants offering Christmas lunch. Join a cruise on the Kooaburra Queen, buffet lunch at Six Acres Restaurant, be wined and dined in Restaurant Lurleen's at Sirromet Winery or have the best view of Brisbane at The Terrace in Emporium Hotel, just to name a few.

Woodford Folk Festival | 27 December – 1 January

In its 33rd year, Woodford Folk Festival will bring more than 2000 local, national and international performers to the stage over six days and nights. With over 35 performance venues within the village, festival-goers will be inundated with concerts, dances, street theatre, circus performances and cabarets.

Brisbane International | 30 December - 6 January

Queensland tennis fans have the unique chance to experience the action close-up as the biggest names in world tennis play at the Queensland Tennis Centre, turning on eight days of heart-stopping action and entertainment.

New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular | 31 December 

Enjoy an evening of free, family-friendly fun as Brisbane’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular returns to South Bank. We've also rounded up all the best venues hosting a New Year's Eve event. Is there any better way to bring in the New Year?

Tanquerary Terrace @ Customs House | Until late December

The pop-up bar will showcase four Tanqueray Gins, mixed with a range of premium Fever Tree Tonics and a citrus pairing for a match made in gin heaven. Not to mention the menu has been designed to compliment the Tanqueray gins with key stand out dishes including the fried pumpkin flowers with goats cheese, sun-dried tomato and thyme with a preserved lemon dressing, smoked trout and sweetcorn fritters and the Moreton Bay bug milk bun with gem lettuce and cocktail sauce.

Recurring events and exhibitions

Medibank Feel Good Program | Until 1 December

Get fit for free at South Bank Parklands this Spring with the Medibank Feel Good Program. There's yoga, pilates, HIIT, energy, mums & bubs, tai chi, zumba and aqua classes that are all run by qualified instructors – feel the burn!

Monkeys: A Primate Story | Until 28 January 

Featuring 60 spectacular taxidermy specimens and articulated skeletons, Monkeys! is a unique chance to discover a collection that’s been over two centuries in the making. Ranging from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla, get to know our closest living relatives through this hands-on, immersive exhibition.

Easton Pearson Exhibition | Until 21 April 2019

Stunning patterns, luxe fabric, unique designs with exquisite detail are all indicative of Australian fashion label Easton Pearson. Brisbane fashion icons Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson have personally selected 200 garments as part of a retrospective for the Museum of Brisbane. Fashionistas don’t miss out on this one. 

2018/19 Hyundai A-League Season | Until 25 April 2019

Cheer on the Brisbane Roar as they go head to head in season 14 of the Hyundai A-League season. Captain Matt McKay and his teammates want you to be the 12th man at Suncorp Stadium and join them to #RoarAsOne!

9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art | Until 28 April 2019 


Zico Albaiquni / When it Shook – The Earth stood Still (After Pirous) 2018 / Image courtesy: The artist and Yavuz Gallery

Having been deprived of GOMA’s contemporary art series for too long, we happily announce that the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) will be available for viewing during spring and summer. Since 1993, the APT series has drawn more than three million visitors and boasts one of the world’s most significant collections of contemporary Asian and pacific art – so don’t miss it. 

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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