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12 Epic Events To Put On Your Calendar In January

By Kristen Foster
29th Dec 2019

Whats On Brisbane January

Well, well, well 2020 is finally here. New year, new decade, new you… right? Time to get on top of those new year’s resolution and 2020 bucket list. We are about to tackle the hottest month of the year, so it is only fitting that you know the most entertaining and frankly, coolest events happening in Brisbane this January. 

Water at GOMA

Goma’s much-hyped new exhibit ‘Water’ explores the vital element which sustains all forms of life on Earth. Featuring a vast, rocky riverbed created by Olafur Eliasson that uses over 100 tonnes of rock to recreate a running stream, the exhibition also includes a room full of suspended rings that you can swing through created by American artist and choreographer William Forsythe, Cai Guo-Qiang’s brilliant blue waterhole surrounded by animals and an actual snowman.

When: 7 December 2019–26 April 2020
Where: GOMA, South Brisbane.
Find out more here.

Kurios Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque Du Soliel’s newest show, KURIOS: Cabinet Of Curiosities, will be swinging into Northshore Hamilton to tell the story of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension to reinvent everything around him until his life flips upside down. With a cast of 47 internationals artists filled with world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, hand-puppeteers, yo-yo wizards, clowns, actors and musicians, this is an extraordinary acrobatic show filled with twists and turns that you will not want to miss.

When: 29 January–9 February
Where: Northshore Hamilton
Find out more here.

Australia Day Slip ‘N’ Slide 

Round up the family and head to Sandstone Point Hotel this Australia Day where the iconic Moreton Bay pub will be unrolling a whopping 50-metre slip ‘n’ slide. Enjoy the day with live tunes, an Aussie lamb barbie, ice cold drinks at the bar and a lamington eating competition, while cooling off by dipping in some big pools and slippin’ down a number of small slides as well as the beast.

When: Sunday 26 January
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, Moreton Bay
Find out more here.

5K Foam Fest

Tackle your 2020 fitness goals by kicking off the year with the 5K Foam Fest. Featuring 22 obstacles full of foam, water, mud and good vibes, the Foam Fest will have you getting wet, dirty and having so much fun that you will forget you are even exercising. Mud pits, inflatable waterslides and 2.5 million cubic feet of foam will be filling up Sirromet Wines so grab your semi-fit friends and go head to head to see who can come out first at the muddy finish line.  

When: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January
Where: Sirromet Winery, Mt Cotton 
Find out more and get tickets here

Shipping container pool at X Cargo 

Stay cool this summer by dipping into X Cargo’s pop-up shipping container pool, the summer-only addition to their outdoor bar area. Relax in one of their Bali-inspired cabanas or daybeds, take a dip in the pool, be entertained with DJ’s spinning tracks and enjoy sipping on delicious cocktails in the sun all summer long. Seminyak beach club vibes right here in Brisbane, thanks to X Cargo’s newest addition. 

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: X Cargo, Fortitude Valley 
Find out more here

Holy Green Music & Arts Festival

If you’re an alternative, indie pop & rock lover, Holy Green is returning this month and is the festival that you will not want to miss. Over the Australia Day long weekend, thousands of music fans will come together and enjoy their favourite local and international artists at Eatons Hill. Bastille and Aussie icons, The Jungle Giants will be headlining the day, as well as performances from Meg Mac, Winston Surf Shirt, Running Touch, Young Franco, Owl Eyes and Adrian Eagle to keep you jamming out throughout the day.

When: Saturday 25 January 
Where: Eatons Hill Outdoor
Find out more here.


Priding itself on the one day, one stage and zero clashes music festival, FOMO is back again for 2020 with their most epic line up yet. Party together while listening to someone of the world’s biggest artists including Brockhampton, Kaytranada, Lizzo, Madeon, Jax Jones, Giggs, Rico, Nasty, Meduza, Chillnit, Whipped Cream, Dombresky, Ninajirachi and A Boogie Wit Da Hoddie. Everyone will be talking about it, don’t miss out.

When: Saturday 4 January
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds
Find out more and buy tickets here.

Lifeline Bookfest

Book lovers unite because Lifeline is bringing Brisbane’s biggest bookfest to you, kicking off on January 18. Across 4.5 kilometres of tables, over a million books will be available to browse, purchase and enjoy across 10 massive days—all to raise money for Lifeline. Not into books? Don’t worry, you’ll also find comics, magazines, records, stationery, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games, sheet music and more.

When: 18–27 January
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Find out more here

Brisbane International

Game, set, match! Brisbane International is coming to Brisbane once again to kick off the tennis season and give you the epic matches that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Naomi Osaka and many more world champions will be hitting the local turf ready to claim their victory. The week will even include the Brisbane debut of tennis superstar Venus Williams. Round up your crew, there will be loads of energy and a slew of food and drink stalls at the ready for you all to enjoy. 

When: January 3–12
Where: Queensland Tennis Centre, Tennyson
Find out more here.

The Book Of Mormon

After a sold out season in 2019, The Book of Mormon is returning to Brisbane this January once again. The international sensation and proclaimed funniest musical of all time follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. If you missed out on this outrageous musical comedy in 2019, now is your second chance to see this season. 

When: 3 January–14 February
Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Find out more here.

Fatboy Slim

‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat' to the revered DJ Fatboy Slim. The prolific producer is well known for some of the biggest 90s dance music, but his uncomparable energy is what makes his live shows truly iconic. Making his epic return to Riverstage, the UK artist will be supported by 2manydjs (aka David and Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax) and local support acts who are yet to be announced.

When: Saturday 25 January, 6pm–11pm
Where: Riverstage, Brisbane CBD
Find out more here


Brace yourselves, Queensland Museum has been overrun by its terrifying new exhibition filled with a horde of arachnids for ‘Spiders: The Exhibition.’ 200 spider specimens are now on display at the museum, as well as 12 live spiders to get up close and personal with, including tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders (if you dare). You will even be able to take a peek into the insides of a spider using 3D scanning technology and step into the web of a net-casting spider for a next level Instagram pic. 

When: 6 December—4 May
Where: Queensland Museum, South Bank
Find out more here.

Moonlight Cinema

Whether you opt to re-watch a Christmas classic or a new release blockbuster, the Moonlight Cinema is here to take your next movie night up a notch. Ditch the Netflix this month and nab a bean bag chair for an evening under the stars instead—this year they’ll even deliver an espresso martini right to your seat. 

When: 14 December–29 March 
Where: Roma St Parkland, Brisbane CBD
Find out more here.

Want to make good on that resolution to shop more sustainably this year? Find Brisbane’s best markets to hit here

Image credit: GOMA 

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