Well, well, well. The second month of 2015 is here and boy-oh-boy has this year impressed us mightily already with the epic list of things to do in Brisbane.
February is all loved up with new rooftop bar launches, theatre, art and music shows, food festivals, degustations, and Valentine’s Day dinners, plus a heap more.
Get your pens poised, read on and start scribbling in that calendar all the glorious things to do in Brisbane this February!
Shen Yun | 3rd–4th February
The world’s best classical Chinese dancers will be calling QPAC home for two days as they bring 5,000 years of Chinese history to life through dance and performance. Accompanied by a live orchestra, Shen Yun is colourful, elaborately costumed feat of acrobatics, dance and music. Tickets available at QTIX.
Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room | Throughout February
Hugely popular, and buckets of colourful fun, Yayoi Kusama’s not-just-for-the-kidlets interactive exhibition is kicking on until April. Get down to GoMA to sticker your heart’s delight before it’s too late!
Institute of Modern Art 2015 Program Launch + 40th Birthday | 5th February
40 is the new 30, and the Institute of Modern Art is staying up late to prove it. With a huge year of exciting exhibitions scheduled, the IMA is celebrating their cool-cred, and history as Australia’s oldest and most fervent supporter of contemporary art. The launch of 2015 exhibition program—and their Thursday night, Open Late series—starts at 6pm, and is presented by the IMA’s Executive Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh.
The program launch will be followed by the inaugural lecture of a series of talks running throughout the year titled What Can Art Institutions Do? with special guest Anne Barlow of Art in General. More info available here.
Carnaval Party & Parade | 7th February
West Ends street’s will be filled with the sounds—and moves—of Brazil as Rio Rhythmic’s annual Carnaval celebration takes over in a flurry of samba and sequins. The action kicks off from 5pm Saturday at The Motor Room with free samba and forró lessons for anyone that needs to brush up on their moves before the party is taken to the street, helped along by the ‘bateria’ drumbeat. Call 07 3844 1824 for more info.
e’cco Bistro Valentine’s Day Lunch | 14th February
Normally closed for lunch, e’cco Bistro is opening its heart, and its doors, with a loved-up three-course lover’s day menu this Valentine’s Day. We hear their romance-inducing hazelnut ice cream sandwich is on the menu. e’cco is also open for a la carte dinner as usual on the night, but book now or risk a very disappointed Valentine.
Circa Beyond | 14th Febraury
Tumbling and flipping extraordinaires, Circa are taking their thang to the ‘burbs with a new show about the line between humans and animals, madness and sanity, logic and dream at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre. It’s a surreal and fantastical look at the things that make us human, set to an eclectic backdrop of show tunes, electronica and ballads, and blends various dynamic circus acts. Get your tickets before they sell out.
Eagles Nest Brisbane Rooftop Bar Launch | 15th February
There’s a flash new rooftop bar in Brisbane, where the views are spectacular, and the Champagne is on ice. Like, actually poured over ice. Sitting atop The Point Brisbane hotel in Kangaroo Point, Eagles Nest Brisbane has partnered with Moet & Chandon to serve up the first ever ‘over-ice’ Champagne, the Moet ‘Ice’ Imperial. Available for functions throughout the week and to the public on Sundays, we predict this is going to be the coolest Sunday sesh’ spot in town very shortly.
Longtime’s Dan Hong Degustation | 17th & 18th February
Thai food has had a hip-to-be-cool makeover of late, and we are loving it. Brisbane trendsters Longtime have nailed the casual bar vibe while still serving up a super-refined version of this ubiquitous cuisine. In honour of this newfound niche, Dan Hong (of El Loco, Mr Wong and Ms G’s fame) has created a 10-course degustation to rock your Thai-loving socks off. Email Longtime to book.
Taste of Asia | 21st February
Part of the BrisAsia Festival—which runs at various locations around Brisbane from 6th February to 1st March—Taste of Asia is a delicious celebration of our fair city’s melting pot cuisine, and the cultures that have helped create it. This tasty festival will feature two open-air masterclasses and a long table feast with a smorgasbord of Asian food to choose from. The best bit? Admission is completely free! Head to Reddacliff Place between 4pm and 9pm to sink your teeth into some yummy fare.
Cobb & Co. Have A Go Festival | 21st & 22nd February
Traditional skills and crafts are hip now, and if you can’t make something with your own two hands, you might be the only one so get your act together, and have a go. Cobb & Co. Museum in Toowoomba is giving you the chance to do just that with their annual Have A Go Festival featuring workshops and demonstrations of some of the ‘lost’ art forms like millinery, bee-keeping, jewellery making, copper foiling and heaps more. Over two days, we think if would make an ace road trip activity so why not make a weekend of it? Mini-workshops can be purchased ($20-30) here, or call 07 4659 4900 for more info.
James Street Yoga Party at lululemon athletica | 22nd February
Caring and giving is at the core of lululemon’s existence, and this month they’ll be doing what they do best by hosting a yoga party aimed straight at the heart chakra. Joining forces with the charity 'I Can, I Will' the event will raise awareness and money the charity’s work with special needs children.
Kicking off at 5.30pm with a yoga class and live music, the local community has thrown their support behind the event—everyone from The James St Initiative, Brisbane MINI Garage, Gerard's Bar and Hive café have jumped on board to supply food and drink for the evening.
The event is 100% giving, so each person decides what to donate for the class, food and drink and all proceeds will go towards funding the programs put on by 'I Can, I Will'.
Brisbane Comedy Festival | From 24th February
If laughing and a great night out isn’t your jam (why so serious?) then don’t bother buying tickets to Brisbane Comedy Festival because this side-splitting, laugh-out-loud Brisbane event doesn’t take prisoners when it comes to having a good time. Australian and international acts—this year’s bill includes the likes of Wil Anderson, Fiona O’Loughlin, Ronny Chieng, Matt Okine and Celia Pacquola to name a few—will call the Brisbane Powerhouse home for one hilarious month. Tickets available from Brisbane Powerhouse.
Pappy Van Winkle Appreciation Night at The Gresham | 26th February 2, 2015
Don’t miss out on your chance to sample some of the world’s rarest whiskey: the famous Pappy Van Winkle. This epic whiskey evening is hosted by ‘That Bourbon Guy’ Scott Christie, and is sure to be a sell out. If you’re a lover of whiskey this is a Brisbane event not to miss. Find all the details here.
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