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11 Excellent Things To Do This Weekend In Brisbane

By Erin Curtain - 07 Dec 2017


We have hit that point in the year: Christmas leave is so tantalisingly close that we can almost taste it in the humid, sunscreen-scented air. We're daydreaming at our desks about all the amazing things we could do with our time off, most involving either sun and sand or an overwhelming amount of air conditioning and Netflix. For those whose holidays might be further out of reach, this list of events will provide a much-needed distraction from both the daily grind and the constant beckoning of Christmas and New Year’s. Take some time for yourself this weekend and attend any/all of these events – you deserve it!

Thursday 7th December

12 Tragic Beers Of Christmas

If you love to get holly and jolly with a cold schooner of beer, Fritzenberger is holding your dream event. This Thursday they are launching their 12 beers of Christmas! Beer Tragic have gathered a dozen of their favourite beers from local breweries for you to cheers to the festive season. Best part? $1 from each sale goes to charity, so let’s raise a glass to a good cause!

When: 6pm–10pm, 7th December
Where: Fritzenberger
For more information, click here.

A Very Naughty Christmas

Brisbane Powerhouse is upping the ante this Christmas with a show that isn’t for Santa’s nice list. A Very Naughty Christmas is a cabaret that will entertain you far more than carols with the fam ever could. Check out their preview this Thursday for the raunchiest Christmas you have ever seen, putting a spin on the holidays you’d wish you thought of before.

When: 7th–16th December
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

Friday 8th December

City Hall Lights

It’s that time of year again! Brisbane is decking the halls and pulling out all the stops this Christmas, continuing their annual tradition of lighting up City Hall. This year there will be a brand new light projection show on the iconic building, running every 15 minutes from 7.30pm, every night from the 8 December until Christmas. Make sure you catch this one, it promises to be one hell of a show. 

When: 7:30pm–12am, 8th–25th December
Where: Brisbane City Hall
For more information, click here.

Frozen Summer Treats At Forever New

Instead of just heading to Forever New for an outfit for your work Chrissie party this Friday, head here for the treats. At their Brisbane CBD store, you’ll be able to get your mits on these delish champagne pops by, well, POPs—just make sure you get there quick because these things will run out damn fast. Oh, and you obviously have to be 18 or over to pick one up, but you already knew that didn’t you?

When: Friday 8 December, from 5pm
Where: Forever New, Brisbane CBD
Cost: Free

The Nutcracker

Queensland Ballet is bringing back the ultimate Christmas fave with their production of The Nutcracker starting this Friday. I think we can all agree there is something incredible and somewhat nostalgic about the ballet, and The Nutcracker is the pinnacle of those dreamy, childhood feels. Join Clara on her magical adventure through the Land of Sweets and experience the majesty and romance of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet once again. 

When: 8th–16th December
Where: QPAC
For more information, click here.

Cascade Twilight Races

Everyone loves a summer race day, but let’s be real, who can be bothered rocking up in a three-piece suit to watch a two-minute race in the blaring hot sun? Brisbane Racing Club has the answer, hosting their Cascade Twilight Races at, you guessed it, twilight and matching it with a casual dress code. Now you can enjoy all the fun of the races in summer without sweating like a mofo. 

When: 12pm–8pm, 8th December
Where: Doomben Racecourse
For more information, click here.

Christmas Movies In The Park: Elf

Is there anything better than snuggling up with a Christmas movie to feel the festive vibes? Only issue is, if you don’t have air conditioning snuggling is simply not an option. Luckily Roma Street Parklands is changing all that, hosting yet another movie in the park so you can watch the classics with a balmy breeze. This Saturday it is Elf on the big screen, and if you forget to pack your own sugar loaded spaghetti, there will be plenty of food trucks to cater to you on the night.

When: 7pm, 9th December
Where: Roma Street Parklands
For more information, click here.

Saturday 9th December

Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols

If you're looking for a show full of Christmas cheer, you can’t go past the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols. Put aside the fact that you aren’t really sure who our mayor is and grab a spot to lay down a blanket and be blown away by the night’s entertainment. Australia’s renowned singers will be singing your favourite holiday tunes, and we know you can’t wait to sing along and belt out the high notes to ‘All I Want For Christmas’. Make sure you arrive early; the event is free and there are only so many spots!

When: 4pm–9:30pm, 9th December
Where: Riverstage
For more information, click here.

The Cotton Club: Cabaret & Electroswing Night

This weekend is a great one for cabaret with The Cotton Club putting on one impressive line-up. They are taking you back to the 1920s for a Gatsby party featuring everything Baz Luhrmann could ever dream of, including fire twirlers, burlesque acts, circus performers, and dancing girls to really make the night spectacular. Stop by for a drink and dress to impress in your most Gatsby-esque duds.

When: 6:30pm–10pm, 9th December
Where: The Sideshow
For more information, click here.

One On One: Paul McCartney

The legend himself, Paul McCartney, is hitting Brisbane on his Australia and New Zealand One On One Tour. He will be playing through his entire musical career, from pre-Beatles, to the Wings, all the way up to his most recent endeavours with the likes of Rihanna and Kanye. By far one of the most successful and influential singer/songwriters of our time, seeing McCartney live is definitely one to cross off the bucket list!

When: 9th December
Where: Suncorp stadium
For more information, click here.

Christmas Succulent, Cacti, And Gift Market

A pop-up succulent and cacti sale is hitting Woolloongabba this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited. Not only are these plants trendy AF and darn near impossible to kill, they also make great gifts leading up to the holiday season, so this is your perfect opportunity to stock up! There will also be soy candles for sale courtesy of Stag Studio, as well as gorgeous prints by the Soul Echo, and some cheeky terrariums. That's Christmas sorted!

When: 8am–1pm, 9th December
Where: 13 Lucinda Street, Woolloongabba
For more information, click here.

Sunday 10th December

Alt-J In Brisbane

Wrap up the weekend with yet another rollicking concert, this time of Alt-J. This indie rock band has come a long way from their humble beginnings in Leeds, England, with their massive hit Breezeblocks spending what felt like forever in the charts and putting them on the map. You can check them out this Sunday night at Riverstage. 

When: 7:15am, 10th December
Where: Riverstage
For more information, click here.

Image credit: Elf

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