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20° & CLOUDY ON TUESDAY 31 MARCH IN BRISBANE
By Concrete Playground
March 10, 2020
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Five Brisbane Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
March 10, 2020
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Tired of the classic movie and dinner date night combo? Us too. That's why we're always on the hunt for new things to do, scouring the city for not-boring Brisbane activities — ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond done-before beers at the pub. Whether you're taking someone on a second date or doing your 100th with your significant other, we've got some killer (and, yes, cute) ideas for dates to go on this week, no matter how much money you've got to spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You're welcome.
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END YOUR WORKING WEEK WITH FREE LAUGHS

Feel a hankering for some chortles at this year's Brisbane Comedy Festival, but don't have the funds to fork out for any of the event's international acts? Trying to squeeze in as many laughs as possible into you and your special someone's lives in general? Keen to finish your working week with some giggles?

All of the above situations are catered for at BCF's Knockoff. It's similar to Brisbane Powerhouse's old free comedy nights, except that those gigs now take place on a different day — and it's perfect for kicking off the weekend in the funniest way possible.

This free Friday night comedy show runs from 6pm each week until March 20, and will play host to some of the biggest up-and-comers in comedy (so, down the line, you can say you saw them when they were starting out). Just head on down to the New Farm spot and prepare to get your funny bone tickled.

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UNDER $20

BROWSE FOR LEAFY, COLOURFUL GREENERY

Every year, when autumn hits, Brisbane's plant aficionados (and plant-loving couples) come out in force. Tending to your garden is a year-round pursuit, of course — whether your patch of greenery spans a whole backyard, a few pots on your balcony or that plant in your lounge room that needs a bit of love. But autumn is when the Brisbane Garden and Plant Expo holds one of its twice-yearly get-togethers.

For two days at Rocklea Showgrounds, more than 100 stalls will be selling plants and garden-related products, with both native and non-native varieties up for grabs. Folks in the know will also share their expertise across a series of talks — and if you're into edible plants, they're well and truly covered as well.

Food stalls, a plant creche to mind your purchases, and live entertainment are all also on the agenda, with the expo running from 9am–8pm on Friday, March 13 and 9am–4pm Saturday, March 14.

Tickets cost $8.50 for a day pass per person.

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SIP DOWN $5 MARGARITAS

In case you and your other half missed the news, southeast Queensland is now home to its first TGI Fridays, with the American eatery setting up shop in Robina late last year. The chain's mozzarella sticks and potato twisters have probably just rocketed to the top of your must-eat list, which is understandable — but until Friday, March 29, it's the $5 margaritas that'll likely tempt you to make a trip to the Gold Coast.

No matter what time of day you drop by, you'll only have to hand over a prawn — and you'll nab a cocktail in your choice of four flavours in return. Classic margs are available, of course; however your tastebuds can also sip down mango, blood orange, and strawberry and coconut varieties.

You will need to sign up to TGI Friday's rewards program to score the super-cheap price, which you can do by downloading the app. Otherwise, those vivid-hued margaritas will set you back $10.

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COSY UP TO CUTE CRITTERS OVER A FEW BREWS

For the past two years, Semi-Pro Brewing Co has been whipping up beers in East Brisbane. For the same amount of time, it has also been hosting just the kind of events that go down extra well with a cold one — such as puppies and pints sessions, bricks and beer nights, and Halloween parties.

To mark its big milestone, the Manilla Street venue is celebrating, obviously. And it's doing so in its typical style. There'll be beer. There'll be bites to eat. And, to you and your favourite person's delight, a there'll also be a petting zoo.

Head by from 10am on Saturday, March 14, and you can sink brews with one hand while petting an adorable critter with the other. Cute shenanigans are what second birthday parties are all about, after all — but this one also involves beer.

Brews-wise, you'll be able to knock back pints of a special concoction made just for the occasion. As for what kind of beer it'll be, well, that's part of the surprise.

Entry is free, with the shenanigans turning into a block party. Notorious EAT will be on food duties — and, because March in Brisbane is all about beer, the event also forms part of Brewsvegas.

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UNDER $100

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GET SUPREMELY CHEESY

Once a year, Portside Wharf gives Brisbanites an extra-cheesy reason to stop by. That'd be Cheese Week — which has evolved from a one-day pop-up to eight whole days of cheese specials, all by the Hamilton waterside.

Whichever eatery or retailer you and your date choose, you'll find cheese on the menu — and in different ways, too. Think cheese platters, three-cheese pastas, four-cheese pizzas, mozzarella sticks, cheese-slathered nachos, lamb cutlets with roquefort blue souffle, cheese naan and cheesecake. There's even cashew cheese as well.

The whole precinct is getting into the cheesy spirit from Friday, March 13–Friday, March 20, including Belvedere Bar and Grill, Byblos Bar, Gusto da Gianni, Hello Harry and even Dendy Cinemas.

Folks keen to embrace the classic pairing that is cheese and wine can do so at a one-night tasting event at Mr and Mrs Jones, too, with tickets costing $25. And if you think that cheese goes better with beer, Sense of Taste is hosting an evening just for that as well — plus meat — with tickets costing $50.

Published on March 10, 2020 by Concrete Playground

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