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This Weekend in Brisbane

By Gabbi Johnston - 03 Dec 2015

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What time is it? Summer time! And based on the weather so far, we’re in for a hot one! Pull out your shades, dust off your hats, and unpack your sundresses, this weekend we’re celebrating all that is summer!

Open the champagne for the festive season at Sofitel’s Pop-up Soiree, or feel a little bit fancy at Stokehouse’s Oyster Hour with their champagne and oysters combo. Make sure you also get to Garden City for FREE Donut Boyz donuts when they open this weekend too!

Once the sun drops, and it cools down a little bit (only a little – we know how you are, Brisbane weather), get yourself to any of the many annual Christmas markets that are opening for the month.

Here are our picks of the best things to do in Brisbane this weekend that celebrate all that is summer!

Thursday 3rd December

Everingham + Watson POP UP

Liz and Suzie, the brains behind the Everingham + Watson design brand, are making a return to Brisbane in their POP UP shop this month! They’re taking over the old Cher Cher La Femme shop in Paddington, and bringing all their explosions of colour and style with them.

When: 2nd – 21st December
Where: 2 Latrobe Tce, Paddington

Australian PGA Championship

Think you don’t like golf? Think again. The Australian PGA Championship is hitting RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast this December, and it’s going to be bucketloads of fun. A kids day on 1st December and bars and viewing platforms at the end of the course, plus a special Ladies High Tea, it’s a great way to welcome in summer. Make a long weekend of it and book one of the amazing accommodation deals and have some fun in the sun on the ‘Golf Coast’.

When: 3-6 December (Kids Day is on 1 December)
Where: RACV Royal Pines Resort
Tickets: Tickets available here

Friday 4th December

Pop Up Soiree

Get your after work drinks sorted at Brisbane Sofitel’s exclusive pop-up Soiree Rooftop Bar. With 180 degree views of the city, and cocktails cool enough to ease even the hottest summer days, the pop up bar will only be around every Friday for the remainder of the month. Check it out before it returns to its VIP access-only state.

When: Every Friday until 18 December
​Where: Sofitel Brisbane Central  

Brisbane Bandits Home Series

Take us out the ball game! Brisbane's very own ballers, Brisbane Bandits, are revving up for their next home series at Holloway Park with all the usual b-ball fun. Food trucks (Sushi Neko, Oi Taco, Bella BBQ, NY Slice, How We Rolls), icy cold brews and beverages, and some amazing atmosphere as the Bandits hustle on the road to finals glory. 

When: 4-6 December
Where: AFA Stadium, Holloway Field in Newmarket 
Tickets here

Oyster Hour at Stokehouse

To celebrate Queensland’s unique summer lifestyle, Stokehouse Q is launching oyster hour every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout Summer, featuring a glass of Verve Clicquot Ponsardin French champagne an natural oysters prepared by Chef Richard Ousby and his team. Yes, that is chef-prepared oysters and wine, every weekend, all summer.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 12pm throughout summer
Where: Stokehouse, Southbank

Saturday 5th December

Aperol Spritz Summer Sessions at Jamie's Italian

Brisbane’s designated home of the fab Aperol Summer Sessions is (no surprises) the home of delicious Italian food, Jamie’s Italian. Pull yourself up a cosy seat at the bar, order a classic Aperol Spritz for $10 and kick off a relaxing long lunch or dinner the right way. Enjoy the weekend vibes from Friday to Sunday, 11:30am till 10:30pm.

When: 19th November to 23rd December
Where: Jamie's Italian

Donut Boyz Opening in Garden City

Free donuts! Got your attention? Donut Boyz is opening in Westfield Garden City, and for their opening weekend the first 100 single donuts will be free! So get there early to celebrate the launch of sugary goodness on the South side.

When: 5th and 6th December
Where: Donut Boyz, Westfield Garden City

Sunday 6th December

Wonderland Food Markets at The Powerhouse

Be entertained, amused and seduced at the Powerhouse’s end-of-year party, Wonderland. Complete with a cavalcade of burlesque, circus, cabaret, music, comedy, poetry, theatre and variety shows filled with international and Australian artists, the Powerhouse will have everything you need for a good night in Wonderland. The festival also spills into the outdoors with nightly Wonderland Food Markets by Jan Power and Bamboozled performance tents filled with a wide-ranging menu of bite-sized entertainment.

When: 3rd-20th December
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse 

Don't Miss Out

Southbank Christmas Markets

Our favourite Southbank Markets being tinsel-ified and Christmas carolled. Along the cobbled streets of Stanley Plaza, twinkling decorative lights and the pine fragrance of Christmas trees will make the perfect backdrop for the Christmas-themed markets, whose stalls are also gaily adorned in their best yuletide decorations.

When: 11th-23rd December
Where: Stanley Plaza, Southbank

Wandering Cooks 'Small Batch' Christmas Markets

Our favourite Wandering Cooks are putting on a very special Christmas Market – a chance to make present giving a little more local and delicious this year. Spread over two nights, you can sneak in a bit of late night shopping at Wandering Cooks, grab one of our hampers or stocking fillers plus a couple of surprises like honey and honeycomb from Bee One Third. Between shopping, have some dinner from a range of food trucks and a cheeky beer or wine at the bar!

When: 9th and 16th December
Where: Wandering Cooks, South Brisbane

Midsummer Night's Dream NYE Party | Regatta Hotel

This year, Regatta Hotel are putting on a New Year's Eve party to remember. Fashioning a 'Midsummer Night's Dream' theme, the entire venue will be transformed into a magical forest (secret pixie den included!). Revel in a 4-hour premium beverage package plus canapés, DJ sets, roaming entertainers—even facepainting— to see you into 2016 in style! 

When: 31 December
Where: Regatta Hotel

Tickets: Tickets are $135pp, go to regattahotel.com.au/what's-on-brisbane for full details

LEGO Brickman Experience in Brisbane

Australia's largest LEGO exhibition The Brick Man Experience by Ryan McNaught heads to Brisbane's Convention & Exhibition Centre showcasing some amazing LEGO constructions including Ryan's biggest ever Star Wars LEGO build, a QANTAS A380, a quarter scale LEGO Ferrari and the world's largest LEGO flower. Ryan is the only LEGO Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of only 12 Certified Professionals in the world, has, for many years, pieced together some of the world's best LEGO displays.

When: 10 - 22 December, 2015
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tickets: Get yours here 

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

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