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What's on in Brisbane this weekend
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What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

Christmas comes but once a year, but Brisbane's fine array of events simply doesn't take a break. Makes Santa look like a bit of a slacker, to be honest. Anyway, this coming weekend is no exception – from disco divas to Pulp Fiction pop-up bars, here are the best things to see, do, hear and eat in Brisbane from December 14–17. more

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Time to folk around – the Woodford Folk Festival returns to entertain and inspire
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Time to folk around – the Woodford Folk Festival returns to entertain and inspire

If you haven’t been to the Woodford Folk Festival, it’s almost impossible to describe it to someone else. Every year on the day after Boxing Day, tens of thousands of people flock to the paradise of Woodfordia to indulge in a constant stream of pure magic in the form of music, live art, performances, debates and more, coming together as a mini-community until it all culminates on New Year’s Day. The all-encompassing vibe may sound like a bit of a stretch, but believe us when we say this is one journey you need to take at least once in your life. more

Food
Savour the tastes of the season at the inaugural Flavours of Summer Festival
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Savour the tastes of the season at the inaugural Flavours of Summer Festival

It's a given that the warmer months generally stimulate a lot of beach trips and fun by the coast. Don't get us wrong, the ocean really is a wonderful place to be. We're just going to put something out there, though – have you ever thought of doing something really different over summer? You know, like ditching the hot sand and beachside hustle for lush greenery, fine food and relaxed vibes? Well, if you're keen to mix things up this year and escape the coast on the ultimate foodie adventure (with a champagne in hand), then round up the crew and head out to the Flavours of Summer Festival at Spicers Hidden Vale this January. more

Comedy
From cougar juice to Bogan Jesus, the Brisbane Comedy Festival is most certainly a laughing matter
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From cougar juice to Bogan Jesus, the Brisbane Comedy Festival is most certainly a laughing matter

Brisbane, it’s time to stock up on Depends and renew your inhaler prescriptions – our city is about to be overrun with those who deal in laughter for a living. From Friday February 23, the Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC will be buzzing with the collective wheezes of audiences taking in more than 70 professional acts over the month-long course of the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Offering up a bumper range of entertainment from the likes of international superstars to home-grown underdogs, the ninth instalment of our country’s fastest-growing comedy festival is pulling out all of the stops to impress. more

Music
No need to take a chance – Mamma Mia! the musical is a sure bet
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No need to take a chance – Mamma Mia! the musical is a sure bet

Whether you love it or loathe it, the fact that ABBA is one of the world’s most enduring musical acts is undeniable. From sold-out halls to shopping malls and everywhere in between, the songs of the Swedish super troopers are bloody well everywhere – despite the fact that the group was at its peak back in the 70s. It makes sense that a stage musical based on the songs of ABBA would go absolutely gangbusters on account of it has all of the building blocks to be a hit – romance, heartbreak, pure joy and more than a dash of drama. The global phenomenon that is Mamma Mia! the musical is headed back to Brisbane, sweeping QPAC in a wave of pure pop brilliance from December 26 for a strictly limited season. more

Exhibitions
Miracle on Roma Street – the Enchanted Garden returns with a stunning light display
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Miracle on Roma Street – the Enchanted Garden returns with a stunning light display

Much like moths to the flame, it’s really hard for us humans to resist the lure of a good Christmas lighting display. Whether it’s a family tradition or a happy coincidence, riding through your suburb to check out the festive adornments on your neighbours’ houses is one of those wholesome activities creates a sense of childlike joy and instant nostalgia. Well, we’ve found a little something that takes that feeling to the highest level – returning to the Roma Street Parkland from December 8–17, the Enchanted Garden sees the grounds light up in a twinkling technicolour display that will captivate your senses. more

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Take the sting out of your silly season with Skygate and DFO Brisbane’s festive offerings
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Take the sting out of your silly season with Skygate and DFO Brisbane’s festive offerings

As December 25 draws perilously close, we are becoming very aware of just how much has to be done to prepare for the big day. If you’re anything like us, the holidays come with mixed emotions – it’s pretty much a cocktail of pure joy, excitement, stress and anxiety garnished with a serious flexing of time-management skills. While we can’t really solicit advice on how to avoid your great uncle’s annoying questions at Christmas lunch, we can provide help in other areas to take some of the sting out of the season. DFO Brisbane and Skygate have your silly season covered – from the shopping to the food and even the entertainment, this is shaping up to be one easy breezy Christmas. more

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Jingle all the way to the ‘burbs – Christmas events happening around Brisbane
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Jingle all the way to the ‘burbs – Christmas events happening around Brisbane

Now that December has rolled around, our festive sensors have gone into maximum overdrive. The Myer Christmas windows are up, the giant tree in King George Square has been illuminated and we can hear carols around every corner we turn. Why should inner-city folk have all the fun? There are a number of awesome community Christmas events happening around Brisbane’s suburbs this year, so with some help from Brisbane City Council we’ve rounded up a few that you should pop on your list. more


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Exhibitions
From rags to riches – explore the life of Brisbane dancing icon Li Cunxin
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From rags to riches – explore the life of Brisbane dancing icon Li Cunxin

If you’re not familiar with the story of Li Cunxin, allow us to fill you in. This amazing man triumphed over adversity to emerge as a cultural icon of his generation, overcoming an upbringing in poverty-stricken China to become a worldwide ballet star. His complex and tumultuous history is as broad as it is fascinating, which really helps to contextualise just how incredible his achievements are. Opening on Friday December 1 at the Museum of Brisbane, Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin gives us an in-depth look at Li’s life and times as one of the most important dancers of his generation. more

Community
Add a touch of waterfront luxe to your festive season with A Sanctuary Cove Christmas
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Add a touch of waterfront luxe to your festive season with A Sanctuary Cove Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, Sanctuary Cove certainly doesn't do things by halves. The thriving precinct already has a reputation for throwing some sterling seasonal celebrations, so it comes as no surprise that the return of A Sanctuary Cove Christmas was something we keenly marked in our calendars. From Monday December 11 to Friday December 15, the luxury master-planned community will be overtaken with jolly vibes and loads of free family-friendly fun. more

Food
Interstate date – get a taste of Melbourne in Brisbane for one night only
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Interstate date – get a taste of Melbourne in Brisbane for one night only

There’s a reason that so many of us Brisbane folk have a big ol’ raging crush on Melbourne – it’s just a really bloody awesome city. Whilst we will always have love for the sunshine state, it doesn’t stop us from drooling over the art, music and food from Victoria’s proud capital. If it’s been a while since your last interstate sojourn, we have some exciting news for you – Melbourne is coming to us! On Wednesday November 29, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall will be transformed into a micro-version of our coolest southern sibling for Melbourne After Dark. more

Fashion
Calling all night owls – one of Brisbane’s biggest shopping precincts is staying up late!
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Calling all night owls – one of Brisbane’s biggest shopping precincts is staying up late!

For many of us nine-to-fivers, late-night shopping is something of a divine miracle sent from the heavens as a small reprieve from the hell of trying to cram everything into lunch breaks and weekends. With Christmas approaching at an anxiety-inducing rate, it’s important to be aware of everything we can do to save both time and money. This is why we practically jumped for joy when we found out that from Thursday November 23, Skygate and DFO Brisbane will be easing our festive woes with some late-night trading action. more

Fashion
Saddle up for a luxurious soiree at the Tattersall’s Celebration Season Race Day
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Saddle up for a luxurious soiree at the Tattersall’s Celebration Season Race Day

Folks, we are galloping towards Christmas at a lightning pace – the champagne is flowing, the gift hunting has commenced and our fanciest frocks are coming out of retirement for the influx of fabulous summer soirees heading our way. What better way to celebrate the incoming festive season than with a party to end all parties? The Tattersall’s Celebration Season Race Day heralds the end of the racing season as well as the beginning of all things Christmas, taking over Doomben Racecourse on Saturday November 25 for a touch of high-class revelry. more

Markets
Give the gift of handmade this year with help from Brisbane’s best Christmas markets
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Give the gift of handmade this year with help from Brisbane’s best Christmas markets

Whether you like it or not, Christmas is approaching flat out like a lizard drinking. You may think planning in November is premature but we can assure you that December 25 is going to sneak up on you like a ninja if you don’t get your act together ASAP. One of the best places to shop for festive fare is at your local markets, where you can pick up plenty of unique and handmade goodies to please everyone on your list. Luckily, Brisbane is bursting at the stocking seams with high-quality Christmas markets – here’s our pick of the bunch from now until the main event. more

Comedy
Sizzling and salacious – Wonderland Festival returns to add some debauchery to your summer
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Sizzling and salacious – Wonderland Festival returns to add some debauchery to your summer

We all know that Brisbane summer is a truly magical time despite (or sometimes because of) the heat – the days get longer, the nights get steamier and people tend to go a little bit loco. As we emerge from our winter hibernation with a renewed sense of confidence, we’re suddenly in the mood to play. Best to embrace the change, yeah? From November 23, Wonderland Festival will take over its spiritual home of the Brisbane Powerhouse for 11 hot and heavy nights of pure entertainment. Check your inhibitions at the door, people – things are about to get wild. more

Film
The Sanctuary Film Festival brings us world-class cinema with all of the red carpet trimmings
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The Sanctuary Film Festival brings us world-class cinema with all of the red carpet trimmings

Have you ever been holed up on the couch after pulling a sickie just so you could watch the Oscars live from the Dolby Theatre? Are you the sort of person who has IMDB bookmarked? Have you ever disowned a friend for posting spoilers on Facebook? Sounds like you're a movie buff, and as a movie buff we've found something that is bound to get you all kinds of excited. Sweeping through Sanctuary Cove for two jam-packed days from November 21, the third annual Sanctuary Film Festival will be bringing a bumper program of live entertainment, interactive workshops and more movies than you can snap a clapperboard at. more

Exhibitions
Children of the revolution – CRE8 unearths the next generation of innovation
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Children of the revolution – CRE8 unearths the next generation of innovation

It’s a widely accepted fact that those with big dreams are the ones who hustle the hardest. We’re living in an age of what seems like endless possibility, which is the perfect breeding ground for great things to happen. When this ambition is fostered and given a platform to flourish, the world is gifted with mind-blowing creations and innovations. The next generation of trailblazers has arrived and they are here to show you what they’re made of. Landing at TAFE Queensland on Thursday November 16, CRE8 is an all-in sensory extravaganza set to delight and inspire. more

Food
Pimm's, pho shooters and party times – the Christmas cocktail soiree turning tradition on its head
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Pimm’s, pho shooters and party times – the Christmas cocktail soiree turning tradition on its head

When it comes to Christmas, most of us have our own little traditions that we like to stick to. While there’s nothing wrong with the tried and true, adding a little extra kick to your end-of-year proceedings can take things to a whole new level. Who’s to say you can’t have it both ways? Treasury Brisbane is hosting its first-ever Christmas Cocktail Soiree, taking over the Treasury Hotel Courtyard on Friday December 8 for an evening of pure festive revelry – with some twists thrown in for good measure. more

Dance
People power – Circa takes it to the physical limit with Humans
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People power – Circa takes it to the physical limit with Humans

For us laypeople, it’s not uncommon to see circus performers doing their thing and immediately think it’s some kind of witchcraft. Just how the heck do these people move the way that they do? While it may not be entirely natural to most, it is indeed possible. Us human beings are capable of all sorts of amazing feats when set with a challenge of seeing how far we can go, and one ensemble that proves this is Circa. Tumbling into QPAC from December 6–9, Circa’s Humans is a heart-stopping display of pure physical prowess that shows us just how far our species can push our bodies. more

Food
Secret society – the dreamy pop-up rooftop bar you’ll be hanging out at this summer
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Secret society – the dreamy pop-up rooftop bar you’ll be hanging out at this summer

One irrefutable fact about us Brisbane dwellers is that we love a good rooftop bar. Why wouldn’t we? The vibes are high, the views are fab and the temperature is perfectly balmy – it’s the ideal setting for summer sippin’. The only thing more irresistible than the lure of a good rooftop party is making said party a limited-time deal – our curiosity and crippling fear of missing something rad make these pop-up events a must-try. We’ve got the good word that one of these blessed affairs is coming to Brisbane for a fleeting visit! Running from November 24 to December 17 at the Brisbane Racing Club, The Society Summer Series is popping up with drinks, tunes and canapes for days. more