Valley gigs, tantalising burlesque and laugh fests – the best events in Brisbane this February
Almost missed with a blink of the eye, January (arguably the most chaotic month of the calendar) has come and gone before we could guzzle the correct amount of cocktails and canapes. Don’t fret – February promises to be just as jam-packed with dive bar gigs, local markets, tasty eats and thirst-inducing tipples. From homegrown comedy heroes to culture-combining festivals, here are some unmissable events happening in Brisbane this February.
Brisbane Comedy Festival – Friday February 21 to Sunday March 22 at Brisbane Powerhouse
Boasting a four-week program featuring 85 acts across four hilarious weeks of fun and frivolity, the Brisbane Comedy Festival kicks off on February 21 with a bevy of Brisbane talent and emerging superstars who will be taking over stages and spaces in and around Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall, Newstead Brewing Co. and for the first time, The Tivoli and Fortitude Music Hall. The festival again shines the spotlight on top Queensland talent including Mel Buttle, Steph Tisdell, Becky Lucas and Matt Okine, local collectives Act/React, Brisburned and Politics in the Pub, and the dazzling return of a ‘90s icon – Agro with Jamie Dunn. Grin, giggle and guffaw with a slate of national comedy heavyweights such as Dave Hughes, Peter Helliar, Fiona O’Loughlin, Nazeem Hussein, Geraldine Hickey, Gen Fricker, Rosie Waterland, Frank Woodley, Sammy J as well as Paul McDermott and Steven Gates. Buy your tickets here!
Jonathan Van Ness – Thursday February 20 at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Emmy-nominated television personality, podcaster and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness, is bringing his Road to Beijing world tour to Brisbane in February 2020. The Queer Eye star will bring his fabulous, unstoppable energy to this unforgettable live show, serving up a stand-up set so good you’ll be doubled over with stitches from laughter. It’s all inspired by his ongoing attempt — and lifelong obsession — to become a figure-skating prodigy just in time for the next Olympics in Beijing. Secure tickets early to avoid missing out!
The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl – Saturday February 15
The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl is back at it again, for a fifth annual take over of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on Saturday February 15. In 2020 The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl will be held across nine venues with a whopping 46 acts on the line-up. The ‘Crawl is one of the biggest free music events in town, taking over venues including The Foundry, Black Bear Lodge, Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage, Barbara, Blutes, The Elephant Hotel, The Valley Drive-in, Greaser and The Brightside promising Brisbane’s best free-for-all is only getting bigger and better. The full line-up is as follows: Tia Gostelow, Arno Faraji, Clea, Columbus, Jack Botts, Seaside, Eat Your Heart Out, TOWNS, 100, GAUCI, Dopamine, The Lazy Susans, DVNA, Stellie, FeelsClub, Nelipot, Future Haunts, Kurilpa Reach, C O L T S, Akurei, daste., Down For Tomorrow, Papaya Tree, Flora Link, Chakra Efendi, Blue Velvet, Red Entries, Regular Band, The Oogars, Chitra, Catalano, Hot Coffee, Briskey, Elko Fields, Great Sage, Harmon, Midnight Fuckboys, Olivia’s World, Flag Duty, Melaleuca, Chillingworth, BLUSSH, Dorah Jacson, MARLOE., Lost Goat Found and The Fools.
BrisAsia Festival – Saturday February 1 to Saturday February 29
Traditional and contemporary Asian art and culture combine for the month-long extravaganza that is BrisAsia Festival 2020. BrisAsia Festival will be back for its eighth year from Saturday February 1 to Saturday February 29, held across multiple venues around Brisbane showcasing Asian dance, visual arts, food, music, film and more. From breakdancing competitions to live concerts, and colourful cosplay events – there’s something for everyone! The festival is an opportunity for locals to enjoy the rich culture, traditions and an atmosphere that celebrates Brisbane’s cultural diversity. There will be heaps of events as part of this year’s vibrant program, spread across venues like SunPAC, Visible Ink Youth Hub, QPAC, Queen Street Mall, Aspley Central, Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre and more. Want to peep the fun-filled activities that are in store for BrisAsia Festival this year? You can check out the full line-up here. BrisAsia Festival is one of thousands of festivals, events and markets Brisbane City Council helps to deliver each year.
Metro Arts, with love – Saturday February 1 to Saturday February 15 at Metro Arts
A love letter to the past and a promise for the future, Metro Arts, with love is mixing theatre, cabaret and art installations for a two week festival from February 1 to 15. The twelve days of festival craze includes That’s What She Said – the thought-provoking final work of Sue Benner, Ephemera – a theatrical, 40-channel video installation, Mothlight – a constructed space within which physical prowess is tested and the inner psyche investigated and Forbidden Romance: A Love Cabaret – where Brisbane City Opera explore the turmoils and tantrums of forbidden love through the all-time favourites of opera and the modern musicals. The festival kicks off with a free opening night on Saturday February 1, featuring shows, a licensed bar, DJ’s, art and more. Check out the full festival program here.
Hungry for more? You can always check out our Events Guide for a killer selection of the best events in Brisbane any time. We also have a handy round-up of all of the best things happening in Brisbane every single weekend.