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.
Food and Drink
There is plenty to feast and sip on around Brisbane this weekend, so loosen that belt buckle! If you’d prefer your Christmas to be more plant-based this year, check out this vegan Christmas lunch cooking class at Nutri Hitt on Thursday. Caxton Street fave Seymour’s Cocktails and Oysters is turning one on Friday night, so the gang is celebrating Big Easy style with blues, summer cocktails and a ‘greatest hits’ food menu. For some real flavour, head to All Inn Brewing Co. on Saturday for its Latin American Street Party – think mouth-watering eats, delicious beers and salsa for days. Speaking of beer, brand-new brewery Which Craft Beer is opening its doors for the first time on Friday night for punters to have a taste. Finally, you can combine your love of dressing up as Santa with your love of booze for Saint Nick Day at The Bavarian Chermside on Saturday – be sure to wear your festive finest.
Arts and Culture
Time to get those pinky fingers out because it’s about to get arty up in here! It’s your last weekend to check out the saucy A Very Naughty Christmas at Brisbane Powerhouse before it finishes up on Saturday – some are already sold out so get in quick. Newmarket Village is being transformed into a movie paradise for its For the Love of Film event, which will see a Pulp Fiction pop-up bar, Gelato Messina $5 shake stand and a bunch of other goodness. Bloom presented by Circa Zoo is happening at the Judith Wright Centre from Wednesday to Friday to bring tiny bendy humans to the stage, and the New Globe Theatre is hosting a killer 80s vs 90s music video party on Friday night. There are a few tickets left to Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker at QPAC, which is running until Saturday, and the Moonlight Cinema is still set up in New Farm Park for your outdoor movie-watching needs.
If the constant stream of carols is about to drive you spare, fear not – here are the best non-Christmas related gigs happening around Brisbane this weekend. Thursday night starts with feel-good vibes at The End when The Dollar Bill Murrays and All Inn Brewing Co. launch their award-winning Bill F. Murray Malt Liquor to raise funds for Support Act, and the rad times continue with the likes of Paradise Lost at The Triffid, Kllo at Woolly Mammoth and Slum Sociable at The Foundry. Save some energy for Friday night shows from !!! (that’s Chk Chk Chk to you) at Woolly Mammoth, plus Mount Liberation Unlimited at The Foundry. Saturday night goes from hard rock to hip-hop and back with The Bennies getting buzzy at The Triffid, Yelawolf throwing down a set at The Tivoli, Letters to Lions taking on Black Bear Lodge and the massive Easyfever Tour paying tribute to The Easybeats at Eatons Hill Hotel. Finish things up on Sunday with a huge A Day on the Green showing from KC and the Sunshine Band, Village People and Sister Sledge at Sirromet, catch The Human League getting down at The Tivoli, or stay local with The Sinking Teeth playing an intimate show at The Bearded Lady.
Grinches, look away now – here are our top picks of the festive events happening around Brisbane this weekend! A Very Laneway Christmas is still coming in hot with some seriously schmick shopping inspo, with the very cool Aster and Lilou popping up for the week. The positively huge South Bank Christmas Village pops up as of Saturday for around-the-clock festive vibes, complete with a beach cinema and massive range of market stalls to enjoy. The Small Batch Christmas Market at Wandering Cooks on Saturday is the perfect opportunity to pick up some thoughtful gifts, and you can head to Sandstone Point Hotel for its annual Christmas Carnival and some fun by the water on Saturday. Don’t forget, you can still catch The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland if you’re in for a touch of magic.
Bloom image credit: Joel Devereux