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Valley gigs, tantalising burlesque and funny fests – the best events in Brisbane this February

Valley gigs, tantalising burlesque and funny fests – the best events in Brisbane this February

Almost missed with the blink of an eye, January (arguably the most chaotic month of the calendar) has come and gone before we could say the appropriate number of "Happy New Year's!". Don't fret – February promises to be just as jam-packed with dive bar gigs, local markets, tasty eats and awe-inducing theatre. We've put together a handy list of unmissable events happening in Brisbane this February, from homegrown comedy heroes to culture-combining festivals.


Brisbane Comedy Festival – Friday February 21 to Sunday March 22 at Brisbane Powerhouse
Boasting a four-week program featuring 85 homegrown and international acts, the Brisbane Comedy Festival kicks off on February 21 on stages and spaces in and around Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall, Newstead Brewing Co.,The Tivoli and Fortitude Music Hall. The festival shines the spotlight on top local 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. Gather your crew to giggle to acts such as Dave Hughes, Peter Helliar, Fiona O’Loughlin, Nazeem Hussein, 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
Queer Eye star and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness is landing in Brissy this February to showcase his Road to Beijing world tour. The high-energy star will bring his fabulous, unstoppable energy to this unforgettable live show, serving up a stand-up set so good you’ll have a tummy ache 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 to take over of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on Saturday February 15. Held across multiple venues with a huge 46 act large 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 and The Brightside, among others. Listen to some sweet live tunes from the likes of Tia Gostelow, Arno Faraji, Clea, Columbus, Jack Botts, Seaside, Eat Your Heart Out, TOWNS, 100, GAUCI, Dopamine, The Lazy Susans, DVNA, Dorah Jacson, Lost Goat Found, The Fools, plus plenty more!

BrisAsia Festival – Saturday February 1 to Saturday February 29
An opportunity for locals to enjoy the rich culture, traditions and an atmosphere that celebrates Brisbane’s cultural diversity, BrisAsia Festival is back for its eighth year on Saturday February 1 to Saturday February 29. The festival will showcase Asian dance, visual arts, food, music, and film, spread across venues like SunPAC, Visible Ink Youth Hub, QPAC, Queen Street Mall, Aspley Central, Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre and more. From breakdancing competitions to live concerts, and colourful cosplay events – there’s something for everyone! Check out the full line-up of fun-filled events here.

Metro Arts, with love – Saturday February 1 to Saturday February 15 at Metro Arts
Both a celebration to bid farewell to its Edward Street home and 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 12 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 of forbidden love through opera and musical numbers. The festival kicks off with a free opening night on Saturday February 1, featuring live performances, 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.

To find out more about what’s on in Brisbane, head to our Event Guide.



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