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What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

So you know how to spend your weekend in Brisbane, we have rounded up some ripper events – from enchanted gardens and outdoor cinemas to pop-up bars and festive twilight markets. Here's what to get up to this weekend ...

Stroll through this technicolour wonderland: This December, journey through The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland and prepare to be dazzled by one of Brisbane’s most magical lighting displays. Set amid winding pathways bordered by towering trees and lush foliage, The Enchanted Garden treats visitors to a magnificent evening walk, lit with the warm glow of mesmerising lights. Expect to walk through a series of shimmering gardens, a guard of delicately-lit weeping figs, and along the treetops of a twinkling rainforest. Plus, there will be food trucks doling out delicious bites in case you get hungry! For more information and to snag tickets, head to The Enchanted Garden website.

Shop under the stars at this festive twilight market at King George Square: Want to shop up a storm? Head to King George Square on Saturday December 3 from 4:00-9:00 pm to experience the one and only Brisbane-based marketplace selling 100-percent handmade goods, featuring more than 60 local designers – the BrisStyle Twilight Markets. Meet the makers during an evening stroll around the square and wander through the variety of stalls showcasing the best of locally-based designers. Admire artisanal hand-crafted goods underneath the gorgeous glow of Brisbane’s Christmas Tree and start ticking gifts off your Christmas wish list. Expect unique ranges of clothing, inspiring artworks to adorn your walls, cleverly crafted ceramics and so much more. There will even be a visit from Santa himself! For more information, head here.

Take advantage of the spring weather at these AM fitness sessions: Stretch those legs as Brisbane’s much-loved fitness series, the Medibank Feel Good Program is running free classes in South Bank Parklands (at Rainforest Green and the Piazza) and Brisbane City until December 4. Your favourite workouts are back with Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Mum & Bubs all on the cards! Get grooving at Latin Fitness, or try out the Ballroom dance classes if you feel like dancing. In the wise words of Olivia Newton-John, “let’s get physical!”. For more information, visit the Medibank Feel Good Program website.

Enjoy your Christmas shopping with a side of entertainment in The City: Enjoy shopping with a side of entertainment? Take in the magic of Christmas in Queen Street Mall with Christmas on Queen, a series of daily pop-up performances and roaming entertainment throughout the mall. Don’t miss the roving festive fun from December 3–24 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 4:30–8:30 pm during late-night shopping.

Visit this festive pop-up bar: If you love Christmas and getting into the festive spirit then this is the bar for you. In Tinseltown it’s Christmas Day, every damn day. This pop-up bar, brought to you from the Explore Hidden team, will be decked out in festive glory from trees to tinsel galore at a secret location in Brisbane. Festive bar hoppers can expect Christmas tunes, decadent drinks and of course more pudding than you can shake your cracker at. Grab your tickets here.

See contemporary art from across the globe at this breathtaking exhibition: Whilst we sit in transit and await the day we can once again globetrot to cultural institutions abroad, QAGOMA is helping us get our fill with The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10). Featuring a whopping 69 projects by emerging and established artists and collectives from across the world, this breathtaking exhibition of recent and newly commissioned art will open on Saturday December 4 and will stick around until April 25, 2022. To learn more about APT10 before you make tracks to this ace exhibition, head to the QAGOMA website.

Go see a Christmas theatre favourite: This December, the award-winning stage spectacle – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – returns to lift your spirits. Full of song, humour, love, and lashings of festive joy, A Christmas Carol is a magical, grand-in-scale production – perfect for the entire family. It’s Christmas Eve and Ebenezer Scrooge is counting down the seconds until the silliness of the season passes. Deeply entrenched in his own misery, Scrooge receives a visit from four ghosts who whisk him away on a journey through Christmases past, present and future. Here, he revisits fragments of his life and is faced with a number of choices. Redemption is his for the taking – but is Old Scrooge capable of changing his ways before it’s too late? Complete with live music, yule-tide carolling, innovative video design, lavish costumes and, of course, snow, A Christmas Carol is a must see.

See Queensland Ballet’s Dracula: It’s love at first bite. Dracula, the unearthly, seductive story inspired by Bram Stoker’s dark love story is getting new life breathed into it by Queensland Ballet. Until December 4, be taken on a journey across centuries into a dark world where true love never dies. Audiences will be left captivated with provocative set and costume design in a modern interpretation of this blood thirsty love story. Grab your tickets here.

Enjoy your favourite movies alfresco at the Moonlight Cinema: Picturesque parklands, sparkling summer starlight and fantastic food – gather your loved ones and treat yourself to a night of cinematic splendour with the return of Moonlight CinemaThis year, Moonlight Cinema is set to showcase this season’s biggest blockbusters, hottest new releases and certified cult classics in idyllic inner-city spot Roma Street Parkland. To see the full program and to buy tickets, head here.

Lap up festive goodness at these Christmas markets: For the first time ever enjoy the QAGOMA Store Christmas Design Market all weekend! Over two very special days – Saturday December 4 and Sunday December 5 – QAGOMA will be showcasing beautiful handmade goods, just for you. Celebrate the start of summer and shop small at The Finders Keepers’ first ever one-day Pop-Up Market on Saturday December 4 at Brisbane Showgrounds. Shoppers can expect to browse the best in local design, with plenty of eclectic goodies perfect to put under the Christmas tree. The best part? Entry is free!

Drink spritz by the riverside: From Wednesday through to Saturday, the Aperol Spritz Pop-Up at Eagle Street Pier will be doling out refreshing beverages (with a little help from Italian-inspired spuntino and pasta joint COPPA), banger bites and Euro-summer vibes in spades. Along with plenty of Aperol Spritz, the pop-up will be serving up a sizzling selection of bar snacks made by the COPPA team including fresh oysters, artichokes served with herbed aioli, 18-month prosciutto, Moreton Bay bug arancini, prawns with ‘nduja aioli, and rosemary and parmesan fries served with aioli. Fatcow Steak & LobsterRico Bar & DiningFratelli Famous and City Winery will also each have an array of bar favourites, small plates and nibbles available to order direct to the pop-up bar, so it’s safe to say you won’t be leaving hungry. To learn more, head to the Eagle Street Pier website.

Jump aboard this historical boat tour: Perfect for history buffs, learned locals and curious culture seekers, the Tides of Brisbane boat tour looks to recreate the success of Museum of Brisbane’s beloved on-land walking tour programs. The three-hour journey promises to deliver a treasure chest of fun and fascinating tales of Brisbane River life married with some pretty fantastic views of The City. Setting sail from City Botanic Gardens, this fact-filled boat ride glides past the shimmering skyline, as well as convict-built structures, historic landmarks and eye-catching feats of engineering. Tours will be running every Sunday from 3:00 pm to 6:00pm from November 3 until December 19. Grab your sailor’s hat and get ready to hop aboard by grabbing tickets here.

See Van Gogh’s masterpieces brought to life: Looking for some arty fun this weekend? Make tracks to Van Gogh Alive at Northshore Brisbane. The team at Grande Experiences has created a multi-sensory experience boasting light, colour, sound and fragrance – each employed to transform the works of Vincent Van Gogh into engaging interactive pieces. Visitors will experience the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh’s most famous paintings at Van Gogh Alive’s SENSORY4 Gallery, where a moving classical score will soundtrack your journey. The exhibition will also feature a life sized representation of ‘Van Gogh’s Bedroom’, a mirrored room complete with hundreds of sunflowers (perfect for Instagram selfies) and a gift shop and cafe. Read more about Van Gogh Alive and book a ticket here.

Get an up-close peek at Michelangelo’s greatest works: If you’ve ever been lucky enough to set foot in the Sistine Chapel and gaze wondrously at the frescoes that decorate the building’s interior, you’ll agree when you say there’s nothing quite like it. From Wednesday October 27 to Wednesday January 5, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition will be on display at The Ice Cream Factory in West Village, giving locals a never-before-seen look at the High Renaissance artist’s most famous works. The impressive showcase sees the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel reproduced using high-definition photos and a special printing technique, giving visitors the chance to take in every brushstroke and colour of Michelangelo’s 34 frescoes. Click here to book in your visit!

Indulge in pizza and prosecco at this riverfront spot: Ease yourself into the weekend a little early at Eats & Beats on Thursday nights at Will & Flow. For just $20, you’ll enjoy any pizza of your choice with a glass of prosecco. Mouth-watering pizza variations include pepperoni with pomodoro and mozzarella, chicken with bacon, onion, pomodoro sauce, basil pesto aioli and mozzarella, beef with bacon, pepperoni, barbecue sauce and mozzarella, and many more. This is the perfect place to start winding down towards the end of the working week.

Try Moreton Bay bug croissants at this riverside bar: When warm weather returns, so too does Customs House’s hugely popular pop-up party spot the Moët & Chandon Rosé Garden – this year is no exception. The riverside terrace at Customs House is now home to a cluster of open-air floral domes (each adorned with seasonal blooms) big enough to fit ten guests each. Much like previous iterations, the Moët & Chandon activation will include a menu of mouth-watering delights (hello, Moreton Bay bug croissant) and a beverage list of crisp wines. To learn more, head here.

Enjoy frosé slushies at this Sunday sesh: Tickle me pink! Sundays just got a whole heap better as beloved sipping spot City Winery is bringing back its frosé slushies. Every Sunday from 2:30 pm, guests are invited to soak up the beautiful spring weather whilst sipping on delicious Gerler Frosé and enjoying cracking live music from the likes of renowned local saxophonist Ryan Livings. For those looking for a bite to eat, there’ll be a fresh oyster shucking station and the talented City Winery Chefs will be hosting a street-side barbecue with a number of tasty treats. Sundays at City Winery kicks off from 2:30 pm every Sunday, with no bookings necessary. 

Paint your own panna cotta at this art-inspired high tea: Brisbane is bringing a creative twist to high tea with a new art-inspired ‘Eat Your Art Out’ high tea at Living Room Bar at W Brisbane. Guests can flex their creative muscles to paint their own panna cotta, and indulge in delicious themed desserts like cherry chocolate profiteroles, Valrhona chocolate mousse tart, pomme verte mousse and lemon myrtle scones. Savoury delights include warm confit duck pie, lobster tarts, creamy truffle egg, vegan scallops and wagyu beef with pumpernickel and cream avocado. The Eat Your Art Out High Tea is available Fridays to Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Make a booking here.

Test out your mini-golf skills on this Christmas putt putt course: We hope you’ve been practising your putt putt skills, as Christmas Putt Putt is popping up at Victoria Park until December 31. Tees the season for a jolly good time at this magically decorated course, which features holes including Frosty’s Fairway, Gingerbread Village, Elf City and Santa’s Runway. Make a booking here.

Shop up a storm at these weekend markets: If you’re eager to stroll through some stalls and stock up on some fresh fruit and veg, check out these markets happening this weekend – Riverside MarketsJan Powers Farmers MarketsDavies Park MarketCarseldine MarketsSaturday Fresh MarketSunday Discovery Market and the Redcliffe Markets. For delicious dinnertime eats, Eat Street Northshore is on for your snacking pleasure on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, events may be subject to be postponed or cancelled at the last minute. We do our best to remove cancelled events but be sure to check the organiser’s own event page for the most current updates.

Want more? Head to our comprehensive Event Guide for all of the fun around town where you can search by category, date, location and more!

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

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