What's on in Brisbane
Updated: 22 November 2021
As the silly season fast approaches, Brisbane’s events calendar is heating up. Read on to discover what’s on – there’s everything from Christmas festivities, interactive exhibitions and international ballet to Black Friday Sales and music festivals and of course, the return of The Ashes and The PGA Championship.
BLACK FRIDAY | 26 NOV
Queen Street Mall is the place to be this Black Friday shopping weekend, the only place you can shop until 9pm, with over 1000 at your fingertips, and incredible offers up to 60% off from 26-29 November. Pop up events will be held to celebrate the Black Friday Weekend, include a book signing by Trent Dalton.
CHRISTMAS IN BRISBANE | 26 NOV - 24 DEC
Christmas in Brisbane is back with another action-packed program to make the most out of the silly season. Throughout November and December there will be a host of fun events and activities for all ages popping up around The City and South Bank.
ENCHANTED GARDENS| 1-23 DEC
Roma Street Parkland will welcome back Brisbane's largest interactive lighting display, The Enchanted Garden, for a spectacular new sensory experience running 1-23 December.
VODAFONE ASHES SERIES | 8 - 12 DEC
Summer equals long days, warm evenings and of course the return of the Ashes. Tickets are on sale now for Australia vs England at The Gabba.
THE 10TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART | 4 DEC – 25 APR 2022
The landmark tenth edition of QAGOMA’s flagship exhibition series, ‘The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) takes a fresh look at contemporary art from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
QUEENSLAND BALLET'S THE NUTCRACKER | 16 DEC – 23 DEC
Be captivated by a magical Christmas Eve story, featuring a dance by the Sugar Plum fairy and a Waltz of the Flowers in the Land of Sweets. Share the festive tradition with family and friends as Queensland Ballet brings the loveable characters of The Nutcracker to life.
VAN GOGH ALIVE | 29 OCT - 24 DEC
Prepare to transcend time and space at the multi-sensory Van Gogh Alive exhibition. Take the journey through the life and times of the prolific painter including his journey through the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he created many of his timeless masterpieces.
Book your ticket.
OPEN SEASON - The TIVOLI & PRINCESS THEATRE| NOW – DEC
Reignite your love of live gigs, the Tivoli team brings you Open Season – a stellar lineup of artists and musicians handpicked to perform across both The Tivoli and the recently opened Princess Theatre.
MEDIBANK FEEL GOOD PROGRAM SOUTH BANK | NOW - 4 DEC
Prepare for summer with Medibanks Feel Good Program free fitness classes held at South Bank Parklands from now until early December.
Whether you’re after gentle, flowing exercise to soothe your mind and body after a busy day, or something high-energy to really get your heart racing, there’s something for everyone. All classes are guided by fully qualified instructors from Goodlife Health Clubs.
To view the timetable, click here.
CHRISTMAS PUTT PUTT| NOW – 31 DEC
Victoria Park Putt Putt are decking the halls (or the putting green) in anticipation of the silly season. From 5 November – 31 December, the venue will be spruced with Christmas decorations and special activities, including feature holes - Frosty's Fairway, Gingerbread Village, Elf City and Santa's Runway!
APEROL SPRITZ POP-UP | NOW - 18 DEC
Be transported to Capri with an Aperol Spritz pop-up bar at Eagle Street Pier. Kick back and relax in the sun-filled bar whilst sipping on Aperol cocktails expertly mixed by COPPA, and feast on bar snacks served by some of Brisbane’s favourite restaurants at Eagle Street Pier
The new year is fast approaching and the social calendar is filling up so make sure you book ahead for these upcoming major events to secure your tickets!
AUSTRALIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP | 13-16 JAN
Australia’s most energetic golf tournament, the 2021 Australian PGA Championship is returning to Royal Queensland Golf Club from 13 to 16 January 2022. A stellar list of Australian players are expected to compete for the Joe Kirkwood Cup.
THE INAUGURAL AUSTRALIAN WPGA CHAMPIONSHIP | 13-16 JAN
Major champion Hannah Green will headline the inaugural Australian WPGA Championship as 24 of Australia’s best female golfers compete for the Karrie Webb Cup to be staged alongside the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS | 8-30 JAN
The ravishing musical An American in Paris comes to QPAC for its keenly-awaited Australian premiere in January 2022. Hailed as a tour de force for its inventive choreography, the four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical tells the entrancing story of a young American soldier and a beautiful French girl, set against the iconic backdrop of the most romantic city in the world.
ROAD TO MAGIC MILLIONS DAY | 1 JAN
Doomben Racecourse are kicking off the 2022 season with a bang, hosting an exciting lineup of live racing worth a total of over $1.2 million, including the Group 3 Magic Millions Vo Rouge Plate and Magic Millions Raceday wildcards.
BALLET INTERNATIONAL GALA | 26 – 30 JAN
Experience the world premiere of the Ballet International Gala (BIG). In an Australian first, BIG will feature principal dancers from The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Astana Opera, Queensland Ballet as well as Queensland-born alumni of The Paris Opera Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet.
THE LONG SUNSET | 12 FEB
Head to the lush surrounds of the Scenic Rim for a new boutique regional music event featuring iconic Australian acts, Angus and Julia Stone, Ball Park Music, Babe Rainbow and Hatchie.
Brisbane Cycling Festival | 24 MAR – 14 APR
Gear up for 2022! The line-up is shaping up to be pretty epic with the return of the Tour de Brisbane, AusCycling Track National Championships, Festival Village, Active Lifestyle Expo plus the addition of the Oceania Championships.
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO SEE & DO:
BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL | NOW – MAY 2022
The Brisbane Comedy Festival 2021 is back after postponement earlier in the year. Over the coming months, Brisbane will be hosting massive Australian Comedians, including Wil Anderson, Judith Lucy, Christian Hull, Peter Helliar and Fiona O’ Loughlin. There is still time to get your tickets!
VIEWPOINTS: CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHY | AUG - FEB 2022
Experience contemporary Aboriginal community life first-hand, through the lens of renowned Aboriginal photographers, Michael Aird, Jo-Anne Driessens and Naomi Hobson. All three photographers’ collections capture the urban and regional experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Queensland, as well as significant events and anniversaries.
WINE & FOOD PAIRING EXPERIENCE | NOW
Learn about how to pair food and wine like a guru! Hosted by a City Winery team member, attendees will enjoy a four-course shared menu paired with matched wine. At each course, an experienced team will discuss the complimenting food and wine combination.
BIG HEAD TRIVIA | EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT
The Sound Garden in Fortitude Valley has teamed up with Young Henry and The Big Head Trivia guys to host Thursday Night Trivia! Book your table and access exclusive deals and fun themed nights, including Game of Thrones Trivia.
THE 80S – REDCLIFFE MUSEUM | NOV 2021 – MAR 2022
Brisbane was the place to be in the 80s with Expo 88 and the Commonwealth Games. Revisit the fun and fabulousness of the 80s and the incredible growth which occurred in Brisbane during this time. Try your skills playing classic video games, dress up in the fashion of the time, test your trivia knowledge and share your best 80s memories.
MOËT & CHANDON ROSÉ GARDEN | SUMMER
Head to Customs House to enjoy the iconic champagne house’s range of classic and contemporary creations, a premium selection of pink, white and red wines, and a vibrant menu of seasonal nibbles on the riverside terrace.
CITY SOUNDS | NOW
Free live music by local performers in The City? Sounds like City Sounds. Check out the gig guide here.
AL WEIWEI, BOOMERANG 2006 | NOW - Jan 2022
Be spellbound by ‘Ai Weiwei’s Boomerang 2006’, an immense object made of 270 000 crystal pieces that fill the soaring space of the QAG’s Watermall.
MUSEUM OF BRISBANE | NOW
Our teller of Brisbane’s stories, the Museum of Brisbane, has reopened with the launch of The Storytellers free exhibition, which uncovers Brisbane’s histories, myths and tales through fact, fiction, interpretation and creative narrative as told by nine of the city’s top wordsmiths. It features stories by Victoria Carless, Simon Cleary, Matthew Condon, Trent Dalton, Nick Earls, Benjamin Law, Hugh Lunn, Kate Morton and Ellen van Neerven.
Explorers can also rejoice - the Clock Tower Tours and Brisbane City Hall Tours have recommenced, as have new walking tours of the city.
SOUND SOCIETY | FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
Sit back and relax while tuning into the smooth vocals and unique sounds of Brisbane’s celebrated up and coming artists, surrounded by panoramic parkland views. Pack your own spread or purchase a takeaway bite from the surrounding precinct eateries.
BRISBANE CITY MARKETS | WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS
Chose from a premium selection of farm-fresh produce, premium local meats, artisan goods, trawler direct seafood, authentic baked goods and more right in the heart of Brisbane City - Wednesdays at Reddacliff Place, Thursdays at Cathedral Square.
BRISBANE TWILIGHT CRUISE | THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
Enjoy this fabulous sunset cruise on the Brisbane River with Mirimar Cruises. Receive a complimentary cocktail on boarding and take a leisurely cruise to the Brisbane Powerhouse where a welcome drink, appetizer and backstage tour await before a return cruise amid the dazzling city lights.
URBAN PRODUCE MARKET | LAUNCHES 22 AUGUST
A new produce market featuring the region's small growers and producers who supply Brisbane's top restaurants will pop up at Wandering Cooks in South Brisbane each Saturday. Thai Hoa Grocer, Oxley's Neighbourhood Farm, The Falls Farm, West End neighbour Little Acre Mushrooms and Spring Lakes Farm are just a few of the producers serving up their wares.
JAN POWERS FARMERS MARKETS | SATURDAYS
Make tracks for the Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday mornings where you'll find fresh produce, handmade products, artisan wares and delicious food.
BRUNCH WITH BITE | SUNDAYS
You'll be on Cloud Nine with Cloudland's Brunch with Bite, a decadent brunch hosted by spicy drag performers.
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