Snow, skates and sleds return to King George Square for the new Skating At Festival
It is an irrefutable fact that Brisbane winters are an absolute delight. We would never ever complain about our amazingly comfortable season, but sometimes we can’t help but wonder what it would be like if our town went all frosty on us – kind of like how Ariel has a sweet life under the sea but craves a taste of that land-based life. Well the good news is we don’t have to go making a shady deal with a sea witch to quell our curiosity and desire – the beloved Winter Festival has undergone a makeover and re-emerged as the Skating At Festival, bringing a heady dose of après ski vibes to King George Square from June 16 to July 9.
If you’ve never been in the city during Skating At Festival, allow us to paint you a mental picture – the usually sparse concrete expanse of King George Square is turned into an actual mother-heckin’ ICE RINK. That’s right – you can get your skate and sled on in the great outdoors, all while a snow machine is blowing frosty flakes all over the place. We’re not going to lie – it’s a downright magical time. There is also this wild ice slide that allows you to race through the rink on a rubber tube, adding to the fantasy that you are in fact an extra in a movie scene at the Rockefeller Centre (except you sub The Rock with City Hall).
For those who prefer to watch gleefully from the sidelines as the more inexperienced skates go a over t (we’ve all been there), there is plenty to keep you occupied in the makeshift European-style winter village. If you can get past the intoxicating scent of the Lipton Chai tent, follow your nose to the likes of Del’s Burgers by Delfina’s Bistro, Bobby’s Wood Fired Pizza, Quality Turkish Food, Strudel Haus, German Dog House Sausages and The Calamari King just to name a few.
Entry to the Skating At Festival is free, but you’ve got to book tickets to get your skate and sled on – pick them up here.