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.
CATCH SOME FREE LIVE TUNES
Is your lunchtime missing something? When the working day is done, does your evening need some extra fun? Will free live music solve both situations? On Thursday, June 21, the Queen Street Mall will boast plenty, with free gigs held outside the Myer Centre, outside the Wintergarden and in Post Office Square.
Grab your partner and head into the city centre at 12.30pm and 4pm to add a soundtrack to your day. On the bill: Kabuku Kombi, Sweet Boheme and Shannon Sol Carroll at lunch, and then Kingfisha and Two Tears in a Bucket in the afternoon. And there'll be chairs set up outside the main stage so that everyone can get comfortable.
While giving the city the gift of music needs no excuse, the event forms part of Make Music Day. A global initiative, it sees musicians in more than 120 countries take to open spaces to sing, strum and play.
TAKE YOUR DOGGO — AND DATE — TO A CONCERT FOR CANINES
Eight years after premiering her Music for Dogs piece at the Sydney Opera House, artist and musician Laurie Anderson is heading back to Australia to stage another Concert for Dogs — a gig that doesn't just let humans bring their four-legged friends along, but serves up melodies, frequencies and riffs have been composed specifically for pooches. Taking place on Sunday, June 24 at the Gold Coast's Home of the Arts, the 20-minute show combines low-decibel violin, vocals, keyboards and electronic sounds into a symphony certain to get puppers' tails wagging.
Only held a handful of times before — including in Sydney, in New York's Times Square and in Brighton, England — the event is open to all doggos, although they must play nicely with others and be kept on a leash. For both hounds and humans alike, the concert will be followed by Anderson's Heart of a Dog, her astonishing documentary tribute to her own furry BFF — and to all of dog kind.
Entry is free, although you'll need to make your way down to the Gold Coast, obviously.
BEND, STRETCH AND TRY COUPLES YOGA
There's an international day for everything, it seems; however only one celebrates the joys of bending, stretching, meditating and bliss. Yes, that'd be International YogaDay — which actually takes place on June 21 each year, but is being celebrated a few days later at the 2018 Brisbane Yoga Day Festival.
On Sunday, June 24, the Forgan Smith Front Lawns at the University of Queensland will become the least stressful place in the city, and offer up the most chill way to spend your Sunday. There'll be yoga, obviously, plus everything from music to vegetarian and vegan food to markets as part of a series of world-wide celebrations.
When it comes to the main attraction, expect to improve your well-being through regular asanas, breathing and relaxation exercises, and even an on-site meditation booth. Or, try something different with glow-in-the-dark yoga, tribal flow yoga dance and partner yoga. We'll give a sun salutation to that.
TAKE YOUR TASTEBUDS TO GREECE
Paniyiri has already been and gone for 2018, but it's not the only Brisbane festival celebrating all things Greek. Across the weekend of Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, Riverland is saying "opa!" to Greek food, drinks, music and dancing — and plate smashing.
Specifically, you can expect to feast on Greek Street Kantina's gyros, souvlaki and grilled haloumi, as well as its chicken or lamb-loaded fries. And, you can expect to sip Mythos Hellenic lager, ouzo and cocktail jugs. Pair all of the above with a watery view, and it's the closest you and your favourite person will come to soaking in the Mediterranean air without hopping on a plane.
As for the Greek band, zorba dancers and broken crockery, that'll happen between 2–5pm each day. Greek Festival Weekend runs from midday until close on both days, with free entry, although you'll need your wallet for whatever Greek treats you intend to devour.
PUT YOUR SKATES ON
Brisbane's idea of cooler weather might be much milder than most, but you and your date can still slide across ice in the centre of the city in our warm part of the world. From June 22 to July 15, King George Square will become a winter wonderland thanks to the return of the Skating At Brisbane Festival.
With the event back for another year, all of the frosty fabulousness Brisbanites know, love and won't find anywhere else in the CBD is back too. That includes ice skating, obviously, but also ice sliding, rides, music, food and more.
Plus, the lineup of events includes not only regular ice skating, but a romance-themed 'date and skate' night each Tuesday, as well as an 'Ice Ice Baby' disco evening every Thursday. And as part of both, you'll be able to sip on $10 espresso martinis.
Last year, the food offerings included German sausages and gluhwein (aka warm, mulled, spiced wine), so prepare to really feel like you're abroad. Entry to the area is free, but you'll have to pay for all of the fun stuff, with the fest open from 10am–9pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am–11pm on Thursday and Friday, 9am–11pm on Saturdays and 9am–10pm on Sundays.