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8 Unmissable Events Worth The Trip To Brisbane

By Annabelle Allpass
1st Dec 2022

A crowd dancing in front of the main stage at Wildlands festival

The city of Brisbane is getting a little overlooked as of late, and we simply won't stand for it. With so much going on, we can't help but get excited at the prospect of a weekend getaway. Whether you're a culture seeker or a thrill junkie, the city of Brisbane has it all for you.

Here are all the events worth the trip up to Brisbane. 

Mary Poppins

Lyric Theatre | Until January 15 

You know us, we love a musical. Mary Poppins has landed on the Southbank shores, and we couldn't be more excited. The pracitcally-perfect all-ages night out, head to the Lyric Theatre to witness some of Australia's most talented performers retell the story we all know and love. Head over here for tickets. 

Imaginaria 

Next To The QLD Maritime Museum | Until Feb 2023

Originally hailing from Melbourne, Imaginaria is where your ultra-cool art friend is unplugging and hanging out any given day of the week. You can't help but draw parallels between Imaginaria and Tokyo's infamous teamLab Borderless exhibition. Thanks to being nestled right in the city, this interactive technological wonderland is easy to visit. Head here to book now. 

Disney: The Magic Of Animation Exhibition 

Queensland Museum | Until January 2023

Calling all Disney fans, almost 100 years of nostalgia is on display at the Disney: The Magic of Animation, now open at Queensland Museum. Stacks on stacks of original sketches and artworks have journeyed from Hollywood to Southbank for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most iconic animations of all time from movies like The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Frozen, Moana and Encanto. There's even also a sneak preview of some unreleased Disney animations. Head  here to secure your tickets. 

Embodied Knowledge At GOMA

Queensland Art Gallery | Until January 2023

As eclectic as they come, Embodied Knowledge is a constantly evolving focused survey of new work by Queensland artists. The current group of works highlight the voices of women, people of colour and LGBTIQA+ artists, all closely connected to Queensland. It's only on display until January 22, so don't hesitate to head to Southbank for this free exhibit. 

Imaginaria 

Next To The QLD Maritime Museum | Until Feb 2023

Originally hailing from Melbourne, Imaginaria is where your ultra-cool art friend is unplugging and hanging out any given day of the week. You can't help but draw parallels between Imaginaria and Tokyo's infamous teamLab Borderless exhibition. Thanks to being nestled right in the city, this interactive technological wonderland is easy to visit. 

Air At GOMA

Gallery Of Modern Art | November 26—April 23

GOMA is Brisbane's shining beacon of culture, and their latest exhibition, 'Air', is no different. Taking over the gallery's entire ground floor, the exhibition will be a journey through the invisible, ethereal and vital element, reflecting on awareness of our shared atmosphere as life-giving, potentially dangerous and rapidly warming.

Good Things Festival 

Brisbane Showgrounds | December 4

Punks and punk-adjacent beings, rejoice, Good Things is the perfect place to kick off the summer party season. Heavy hitters like Deftones, The Amity Allfiction and Tism are on the lineup this year, as well as the headliners Bring Me The Horizon. We'll see you on the barricade. 

Wildlands Festival 

Brisbane Showgrounds | January 7

If it's one thing Brisbane knows how to do, it's a festy. From Wildlands to Good Things and Jammin Festival, expect hospitality the Brisbane way—familiarly approachable vibes with an ever-present undercurrent of excitement and debauchery at every turn. Catch mega stars like KAYTANDRA, Aitch, Benee, Remi Wolf and Denzel Curry at Wildlands—secure your tickets here.  

Jammin Festival

Eatons Hill Hotel | February 5 

Jammin Festival is the biggest reggae party in the nation and is finishing off its 3-day tour in Brisbane. The lineup boasts a stacked selection of artists like Sean Kingston, Kolohe Kai, Fiji, Rebel Souljahz, Sons of Zion, Steel Pulse and Maoli. It's all going down in February next year, but cop your tickets fast—they're sure to sell out.  

So with so many incredible events on the agenda, what are you waiting for? Head to Visit Brisbane and get booking your next getaway. 

Editor's note: this article was produced in partnership with Visit Brisbane. Thank you for supporting the partners who make Urban List possible. To read our editorial policy, click here.

Image credit: Wildlands Festival via Instagram

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