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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
December 03, 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
December 03, 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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WANDER AROUND A DOG-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS MARKET AND FESTIVAL

Decking Latrobe Terrace with boughs of holly? That's Paddington Christmas Festival's job come 4pm on Friday, December 6. Once again, the street's retailers are combining for a one-night seasonal market that'll boast in-store festivities and a range of outdoor stalls — all the way down to Given Terrace, actually.

Vintage clothes, doughnuts and dumplings are just some of the items on offer, plus negronis, wine tasting, ham tasting and everything that Paddington usually boasts. Expect the area's bars and restaurants to get right in on the fun, adding their dose of festive cheer. And, yes, there'll be entertainment and a petting zoo as well.

The highlight? Other than getting your gift shopping done early (just don't let your date see what you've bought), it has to be the doggy Christmas market. You'll be able to pick up a whole heap of pet accessories and gifts (and stuff for pet-loving humans as well).

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PADDLE ALONG THE BRISBANE RIVER (AND ENJOY A PICNIC AFTERWARDS

It's the winding brown snake that Brisbanites see every day. We drive over it, we speed along it in CityCats, and we stare at it from bars and restaurants. Fancy paddling your way through it with your significant other, too? Even better — fancy hitting the water for $5 each?

With New Farm Park now home to the New Farm Park River Hub, cruising the river recreationally has become a whole lot easier. That's one of the main ideas behind the new addition — aka encouraging folks to kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard their way along the waterway. And to celebrate that fact, Brisbane City Council is joining forces with Vertec Adventure to host 90-minute-long Kayak Eco Adventure tours that won't drain your wallet.

Bookings are essential; however for $5 per person, you can get paddling in a two-seat kayak as part of a guided experience. All kayaking and safety equipment is provided.

Sessions run at 8am and 9.30am on Sunday, December 8. If you're feeling hungry afterwards, Mary Mae's beneath Brisbane Powerhouse is doing hampers from $25 filled with fruit, cured meats, cheese and crackers.

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DANCE TO HIP HOP IN BRISBANE'S SHIPPING CONTAINER HANGOUT

For the past few years, the One Day crew has been hitting the road, bringing its famous daytime block parties to live music venues around Australia. Now it's time for another round, with DJs from the beloved Sydney hip hop collective bouncing back to Brisbane for a One Day Sundays session on December 8.

Taking place at — and taking over — X Cargo, One Day Sundays will see the One Day crew team up with local DJs and artists as they roll through the Fortitude Valley shipping container hangout. Expect food, booze, live graffiti and a whole bunch of hip hop, with Nerve, Jesswar, Creed Tha Kid and Iiiconic all playing live, plus Sir Likwish, Cheq and Y2X on the DJ bill.

Tickets are on sale now, starting at $15. That's a cheap day out with your special someone — and bring your wallet to grab a few drinks, as well as a bite to eat. Making shapes is hungry and thirsty work, after all.

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SING ALONG TO THE 'LOVE ACTUALLY' SOUNDTRACK

This Christmas, all you and your favourite person need is love — and a festive little cabaret that showcases all of the hit tunes from Love Actually. It's the way to celebrate the season when you're not watching the seasonal favourite flick with a live orchestra, or just leaving it on repeat at home. Yep, that's Christmas Actually.

Created by the folks behind Rumour Has It and Lady Beatle, and starring Naomi Price (Ladies in BlackBeautiful: The Carole King Musical), Christmas Actually features all of the tracks that've become synonymous with this merry time of year — including Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You', naturally. To help belt them out, Price will be joined by fellow vocalists Stefanie Caccamo (BeautifulThe Carole King Musical), Luke Kennedy (The Voice Australia) and Tom Oliver (Velvet).

There'll even be more than one nativity lobster, plus a jolly mood and a whole room full of festive cheer. That room is La Boite's Roundhouse Theatre, where Christmas Actually plays until Saturday, December 7.

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TRY TO SOLVE A MYSTERY ON BRISBANE'S STREETS

True crime and Cluedo collide when CluedUpp comes to Brisbane. The interactive detective game is coming our way on Saturday, December 7, bringing the classic board game to life on the streets of the city — with a slight twist.

The outdoor adventure will take you and your mystery-loving squeeze back to 1960s London to solve the double murder of the famous Kray twins. While the Kray twins were very real, very notorious British gangsters, they were not murdered IRL, just in this murder mystery.

Forget Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the study — this event will bring you and your friends closer to reality and out onto the streets to solve the case. The game will kick off at a secret Brisbane location between 10am–1pm and, depending how good of a detective you are, will finish sometime before 5pm.

The best news of all, however, is that the event is dog friendly — and there are prizes to be won by both human and canine detectives.

All you need to play is some friends and your phone. Dressing up as 1960s gangsters is encouraged, so you can really get yourself into character. A ticket will set you back $67 per team of six, but you only need two humans to play. With only 100 teams available, get in quick for your chance to solve the mystery.

Published on December 03, 2019 by Concrete Playground

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