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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
September 10, 2019
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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
September 10, 2019
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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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HUNT DOWN FREE BREWS FROM A KOMBI

The working day is done, and you and your other half are ready to relax with a cold one. On Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11, if you head to Eagle Street Pier, you can also sip a couple of brews for free.

From 4–8pm each day, the inner-city spot will play host to a beer keg-filled kombi, which'll be pouring free samples. You'll both be sipping Helios Brewing Company's finest beverages, and each person can grab two freebies.

The giveaway is part of an Australian road trip by hotel chain Four Points by Sheraton, with the kombi hitting the road, travelling around the nation and sharing the brews.

You'll also be able to meet local brewers, enter a competition to win a trip to New Zealand, and score a special beer and wings deal at Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane if you're still feeling thirsty — or hungry — afterwards.

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UNDER $20

SPEND A DAY SURROUNDED BY ADORABLE PUPPIES AND KITTENS

Want to be surrounded by cute critters, and potentially give one a good home? Want to support the rescue groups and welfare organisations that help look after creatures with nowhere else to go? The RSPCA's annual Big Adopt-Out offers all this, plus that great feeling you get when you're helping a good cause. Basically, it's the nicest way an animal-loving couple could spend a Saturday — Saturday, September 14 from 9am–2pm, to be specific.

More than 300 mousers and pooches of all ages will promise to make your heart melt, with dedicated pavilions for both cats and dogs. That said, kittens and puppies aren't the only drawcard. Expect food trucks and live entertainment, aka perfect ways to help pass the time while you're deciding which new pet to take with you. Expect vet advice and products to purchase too, ideally for the fresh addition to your family.

Entry is via a gold coin donation on the day, with adoption prices varying depending on the rescue group. Don't forget to pre-register if you're serious about heading home with a four-legged cutie — and if you're bringing your own woofer along to meet their new friend, you're more than welcome to, although they'll need to spend their time in the onsite doggy daycare while you're perusing the adoption area.

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UNDER $50

PICNIC IN THE PARK WHILE LISTENING TO JAZZ

Spring is here, and that means having a picnic is one of the best things you can do in Brisbane. The sun is almost always out, the grass is typically quite the shade of green and we've got plenty of parks just begging for you to visit.

Combine all of the above with a historic site, pop-up bars and jazz and you have Newstead House's Parkside Sundays. It'll take over the venue's stunning lawn from 12–6pm on Sunday, September 15, then return monthly.

The chilled kind of daytime hangout we all need every now and then (or maybe even more often), it's the type of event to bring your best picnic blanket to, plus your special someone, and some cash for something to eat and drink — and then let the event take care of the rest. There'll be live jazz tunes to set the mood, a range of food and plenty to sip.

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UNDER $100

HEAD TO A SEAFOOD AND BEER FESTIVAL

With breweries seemingly popping up on every corner, it's no wonder that Brisbanites have an appetite for a few cold ones. And given the city's close proximity to plenty of waterways, it's no surprise that we're rather fond of seafood either. Sure, Brissie residents like other things as well, but we're particularly fond of spending entire days devouring drinks while eating the ocean's finest bounty.

Waves & Haze is you and your favourite person's latest opportunity to do just that, with Bacchus Brewing Co in Capalaba throwing a free one-day festival from midday on Saturday, September 14. It'll be pouring its own New England-style IPAs, including old faves, some newbies, and tipples to enjoy on the spot and take away.

There'll also be live music to keep everyone entertained, Ballandean Estate Wines if you need something other than a brew, and the other part of the beer and seafood equation: the seafood. If you like oysters, mussels and prawns, then Mussel Brothers will have you covered.

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ONE BIG BLOWOUT

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EMBRACE THE FUN AND FRIVOLITY OF THIS RISQUE CABARET

Alright, guys and dolls, ready yourselves for a night of risqué cabaret that's sure to get your heart racing. This Brisbane Festival, the Courier-Mail Spiegeltent will channel all the glitz and glamour of 1920s Paris during a fully immersive burlesque extravaganza. With toe-tapping jazz, beguiling burlesque, circus tricks, side-splitting comedy and amazing music, Blanc de Blanc Encore is the kind of party that would make Jay Gatsby jealous.

If you attended the first iteration of Blanc back in 2016, you'll remember the infectious fun and frivolity which ensued. If not, you'd best get a ticket this time around. Taking place until Saturday, September 28,  the show will feature some big international names, including singer Vanessa Renee Jordan (Postmodern Jukebox), aerial artist Reed Kelly (Cirque du Soleil) and Spencer Novich, an award-winning clown who's performed all over the globe.

Take date night to cheeky new heights, treat your partner to a night of edge-of-your-seat theatre and get set for an evening of captivating cabaret. But if you're a little sensitive, you might end up clutching said pearls — nudity is involved so consider this your warning.

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Top image: Blanc De Blanc, Jacquie Manning.

Published on September 10, 2019 by Concrete Playground

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