What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
If you can’t hear sleigh bells by now, you must be in serious denial – Christmas is drawing very darn close. The city hasn’t gone into hibernation just yet, so get out and enjoy your days of freedom! From fabulous brunches to doggy Christmas parties, we’ve found the best things happening around town on the December 13–16 weekend.
Food and Drink
You’ve got to keep that stomach prepped for all of the Christmas feasting so prep yourself with Brisbane’s best food events this weekend. Get into the festive spirit on Thursday with Tragic Santa’s 12 Beers of Christmas at Fritzenberger, where you can sample special brews from local names. Speaking of brews, Saturday is a good one for beer – Range Brewing is holding a Christmas bash complete with the launch of its first-ever Christmas brew, Semi-Pro is hosting its Christmas on Manilla Street party, and there are still a handful of tickets left to the Crooked Stave artisan beer project at Brewski. If you like to get cheesy, Le Fromage Yard is putting on its last cheese and wine event of the year on Saturday night – so don’t miss out! For something as funny as it is festive, Cloudland’s famous Drag Brunch is hosting a special Christmas edition on Sunday – meet you under the mistletoe.
Arts and Culture
Fancy a dose of culture this weekend? Brisbane has got you covered. First of all, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas because Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker has finally arrived at QPAC from Friday – don’t miss out! For a hilarious look at the year that was, check out The War on 2018 at Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday – these canny comedians won’t hold back. Podcast fans will delight to note that The Thinkergirls are making a pit stop at Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday to talk about everything from break-ups to Sunday sads. For something totally adorable, be sure to head to The Lanes on Saturday for It’s a Dog’s Christmas – you can pick up treats, snap pics with Santa and stalk all of the cute pooches. One more little treat – you know you can’t resist Love Actually, so head to New Farm Cinemas on Friday night for a screening complete with mince pies.
If carols are getting you down, give your ears a break with Brisbane’s best live gigs happening this weekend. Thursday sees Good Doogs tear up Crowbar, Japanese Wallpaper getting dreamy at The Foundry and Jess Locke bringing the power to Black Bear Lodge, followed up on Friday with Sampology at The Foundry and Boo Seeka at Southbeach Social. Saturday is full of choice acts to catch – Royce 5’9” takes on Eatons Hill Hotel, Boat Show does a thing at Black Bear Lodge, NUN takes over The Foundry, Tbish slays Woolly Mammoth, a freshly reunited The Grates will bring The Tivoli to life, plus (better late than never) the official Jungle Love afterparty hits The Triffid. Speaking of The Triffid, you can head there on Sunday for a massive line-up of free bands to celebrate Footstomp Music’s 10th birthday, or alternatively head along to Crowbar for the double-header of Pist Idiots and The Chats.
BONUS: Christmas Markets
Got some names left to tick off your list? There are some amazing local Christmas markets happening this weekend for you to take advantage of. Saturday sees the hotly anticipated QAGOMA Christmas Design Market setting up shop outside the GOMA Store for all of your beautiful wares, and the Brisbane Powerhouse will come alive with its first-ever Christmas Festival from Friday to Sunday. The Carseldine Christmas Markets are happening on Friday night, plus you can head to Christmas Lane at the Saturday Fresh Market.
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