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The Best Things to Do in Brisbane This Week

Hit up the CBD's Christmas celebrations, catch 'Love Actually' with a live score and get your ogre on at a 'Shrek' rave.
By Concrete Playground
December 05, 2022
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Play Moves

    Museum of Brisbane's latest free exhibition is filled with art you can interact with.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Not On Your Rider Xmas Extravaganza 2022

    Brisbane's IRL music game show gets festive, with special guests Robert Irwin, Kate Miller-Heidke and Trent Dalton.

  • Food & Drink

    Christmas Lane

    Rocklea's weekend market is getting festive every Saturday up until Christmas.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Musical Bingo 2022

    Put your music obsession to good use as Shady Palms' regular bingo nights.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    4ZZZ's 47th Birthday Party

    The Double Happiness, Ethan Enoch, PhD and Sali Eri are helping 4ZZZ celebrate 47 years on the airwaves.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Palace Cinemas' $8 Movie Club Tickets

    Palace's Brisbane cinemas are treating cinephiles to a week of discounted tickets.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Still Life Now

    Spanning far beyond bowls of fruit, this GOMA exhibition explores the still-life tradition, its evolution and its reflections on existence.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Still Lives

    Filled with must-see movies such as 'Flux Gourmet', 'The Death of Mr Lazarescu' and 'The Lobster', this free GOMA film program muses on life, death and transformation.

  • Food & Drink

    Summer at Wet Deck

    W Brisbane's pool bar is celebrating summer with drinks and bites to eat inspired by Central and South America.

  • Food & Drink

    Festive High Tea

    W Hotel is serving up festive-themed cocktails over high tea right up until Christmas Eve.

  • Food & Drink

    Fat Noodle's Tenth Birthday

    To mark a decade of heroing Asian fusion dishes, Executive Chef Luke Nguyen is serving up a limited-edition celebratory menu filled with old and new favourites.

  • Food & Drink

    Fun in Pizzopoli

    Lune is joining forces with its sibling wine bar Butler for a day of pizza pastries and Italian natural wines.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: Australian Carnage Tour

    The iconic Australian musicians are bringing their latest tour to the Convention Centre for one night only.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Zoo OG All Stars

    Regurgitator, Butterfingers, Resin Dogs and Screamfeeder all on the same bill? Find a more Brisbane lineup.

  • Food & Drink

    IKEA Christmas Dining Experience

    Put a Swedish spin on your festive season with three-course Christmas dinners at IKEA's Brisbane stores.

  • Food & Drink

    Spritz Garden Pop-Up

    Until the end of summer, Lutwyche's Crown Hotel is turning into a regency era-inspired, spritz-slinging English garden.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Zoo Turns 30

    Ann Street's beloved music venue is marking three decades of gigs with with a huge slate of shows featuring 100-plus artists.

  • Food & Drink

    $9.95 Schnitzel Tuesday

    Tuck into $9.95 schnitzels one day a week at The Bavarian.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Monster Fest 2022

    Australia's touring genre film fest is back with another lineup of weird, wild, strange and surreal movies.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Strange World

    Taking a journey to the centre of an otherworldly realm, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 61st film is heartfelt, urgent and visually stunning.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Nutcracker — Queensland Ballet

    Queensland Ballet's seasonal tradition returns, complete with sentient toys and dancing snowflakes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Shrek Rave

    Be an all star at this 'Shrek' party — there'll be Smash Mouth sing-alongs, 'Shrek'-themed drink specials and free green glow sticks.

  • Travel & Leisure

    West End Christmas Twilight Market 2022

    West End's regular markets are getting festive for one big — and jolly — Friday night.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mister Organ

    New Zealand filmmaker David Farrier has done it again, chronicling another story so wild that it can only be true — and this one started with an antiques store’s car park.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Redcliffe Christmas Twilight Market 2022

    Shop your way around the Redcliffe jetty this festive season.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Seriously Red

    Paying tribute to the one and only Dolly Parton, this Australian comedy follows a plucky impersonator swapping the nine-to-five for playing her idol.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Gasworks Christmas Design Markets 2022

    Shop for fashion, homewares and other festive gifts at this eye-catching Brisbane spot.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Violent Night

    Casting David Harbour as a kick-ass Santa is a gift, but this festive action-comedy pilfers too many of its parts from other, better films.

  • Travel & Leisure

    BrisStyle Handmade Christmas Markets 2022

    Forget machines — everything at this huge festive market is made by hand.

  • Food & Drink

    Christmas Sunset by the River Vegan Markets

    Queensland Vegan Markets is getting festive by twilight at Portside.

  • Food & Drink

    Festive Season at Hyatt Regency Brisbane

    Celebrate this festive season with one (or many) of the stand-out events at the five-star Brisbane hotel.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Love Actually' in Concert 2022

    Revisit the classic Christmas-themed British rom-com with a live score.

  • Food & Drink

    Take the Wheel

    On the first Wednesday of every month, you can tuck into creamy pasta served straight out of a parmigiano-reggiano cheese wheel.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Handmade Market 2022

    Forget machines — everything at this monthly market in Queensland Museum's Whale Mall made by hand.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Not On Your Rider 2022

    This music game show takes place live, featuring different musicians each time — and you can play along.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Christmas in Brisbane 2022

    Brisbane's month-long Christmas celebrations across the CBD and South Bank include a tinsel tavern and festive jazz lounge.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Menu

    A culinary thriller-slash-black comedy with bite, this Ralph Fiennes- and Anya Taylor-Joy-starring cinematic dish is savage, savvy and slickly satisfying.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    The 'The Shape of Water' and 'Pan's Labyrinth' director's stop-motion take on the beloved 19th-century Italian tale might just be the most magical yet.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bones and All

    Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell play cannibal lovers road-tripping through America's midwest in this evocative and exquisite film from 'Call Me By Your Name' director Luca Guadagnino.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

    For his first movie in seven years, Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu ponders the weight of being a filmmaker in a feature both spectacular and indulgent.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    She Said

    Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan lead this powerful newspaper drama, which follows the journalists who broke the Harvey Weinstein story.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Greenhouse by Joost

    Step inside one of Joost Bakker’s most ambitious zero-waste projects yet: a fully sustainable, recyclable home in Melbourne’s Federation Square that grows all of its own food.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Garden Brunch

    Your Saturday plans now involve 90 minutes of bottomless spritz teapot cocktails in a regency-inspired garden decked out with wisteria and ivy.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Air' at GOMA

    Expect an exhibition that works to peel back the layers of the invisible, ethereal element that life cannot exist without.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Christmas Twilight Pop-Up Markets

    This northside marketplace is spreading seasonal cheer across its 100-plus stores — and its indoor greenhouse — twice this festive season.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Brisbane 2022–23

    Moonlight Cinema is back for another huge summer of cinema under the stars.

  • Food & Drink

    Kumokumo Souffle Pancakes Pop-Up

    Pop-up Japanese joint Kumokumo is bringing its super-fluffy soufflé pancakes to Brisbane.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Enchanted Garden 2022

    See one of Brisbane's most popular spaces in a completely new light.

  • Food & Drink

    Woodfired Fridays

    This is exactly what your Friday afternoons need: $15 woodfired pizzas in the Treasury Hotel courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    Ballistic Beer Yoga 2022

    Spend your Thursday nights stretching and sipping beer — in a brewery.

  • Food & Drink

    Vinyl Nights and Sushi Sets

    James Street's Sushi Room is pairing DJ-spun disco and funk tunes with set menus on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Summer Cinema Sessions

    Brisbane's riverside CBD brewery is improving your Tuesdays with free flicks in its Barrel Hall.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Millie Lies Low

    There's nothing false about this astute and hilarious NZ comedy about faking it till you make it in a social media-ruled world — or about Ana Scotney's exceptional performance.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Victoria Park Christmas Putt Putt 2022

    Victoria Park's Christmas-themed mini golf course is back to fill you full of festive cheer.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Tides of Brisbane Boat Tour 2022–23

    Hit the water from the City Botanic Gardens to spend two hours floating past historic landmarks.

  • Design & Style

    Neighbourhood Earth

    An immersive, multi-sensory adventure awaits at Brisbane's premiere of this intergalactic exhibition.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art

    Explore new eye-catching artworks by 19 Queensland artists and collectives, all for free, with a focus on women, people of colour and LGBTIQA+ creatives.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Scorsese Season

    Explore the iconic director's filmography on the big screen, including 'Taxi Driver', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed' and more.

  • Food & Drink

    Chandon Spritz Garden at Customs House

    Spend an afternoon sipping sparkling wine with orange bitters — and tucking into citrus-poached Moreton Bay bug croissants — by the river.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mary Poppins

    Everyone' favourite nanny is floating into QPAC's Lyric Theatre.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Westoria

    West End is getting a new Friday night market with stalls, food trucks, performances and fire twirlers.

  • Food & Drink

    $2 Taco Tuesday

    This lively chain of Tex-Mex bars is slinging cheap tacos one night a week.

  • Food & Drink

    Two-for-One Gyoza Plates

    Double your dumpling fix for the same price every Tuesday at Harajuku Gyoza.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Play/ground

    Thirty-seven artworks have taken over the CBD's light boxes, banners and outdoor display cases — and some are being projected at Howard Smith Wharves, too.

  • Food & Drink

    Vici Italian Bottomless Grey Goose Brunches

    Kickstart your Sunday with three hours of vodka spritzes over an antipasto platter.

  • Food & Drink

    Sundaze 2022 at Will & Flow

    See out the weekend with spritzes and grazing platters on top of the river.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Thursday Night Jazz Club

    Pair more than 100 different rums with silky tunes every Thursday night.

  • Food & Drink

    $25 Dumpling and Martini Saturdays

    This South Brisbane favourite is pairing drinks and dumplings for just $25 every weekend.

  • Food & Drink

    Beats and Eats 2022

    Overwater bar Will and Flow is livening up Thursday nights with pizza, sparkling and DJs — all for $20.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Palace Cinemas' $9 Student Saver Day

    The cinema chain is treating students to $9 tickets every Wednesday.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Disney: The Magic of Animation

    Explore the Mouse House's huge animated catalogue via more than 500 original paintings, sketches and drawings.

  • Food & Drink

    Brisbane Brunch

    Howard Smith Wharves' rooftop bar is saying cheers to Sunday boozy brunches — complete with two hours of champagne cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    $1 Oyster Thursdays

    Slurp down $1 oysters every Thursday while soaking in city views.

  • Food & Drink

    One-Cent Wings at Beerhaus

    Tuck into cheap chook pieces in Bowen Hills every Thursday night.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane

    With artwork dating back two centuries, this city-focused exhibition surveys pieces that've captured Brisbane and its changes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Museum of Brisbane's Public Art Walking Tour 2022

    Spend an afternoon exploring Brisbane's stunning outdoor art.

  • Food & Drink

    Sundays at Byblos

    Pair cocktails and Mediterranean bites by the river every Sunday.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Acoustic Wednesdays 2022

    Improve your Wednesday with free live tunes over a brew in this leafy beer garden.

  • Food & Drink

    Rita's Bottomless Brunch

    Margarita jugs and tacos are on the menu every Sunday in Teneriffe.

  • Food & Drink

    Cheese Wheel Wednesdays 2022

    Eat creamy pasta scooped out of a wheel of cheese every week.

  • Food & Drink

    Triple T Tuesdays

    Spend your Tuesday night tucking into tacos, drinking tequila and playing trivia at Bloodhound Bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Gin Brunches 2022

    Sip gin cocktails, sangria and Pimm's cups over a shareboard brunch.

  • Food & Drink

    Yum Cha and Champagne Sundays

    Dumplings, prawn rolls and bubbles, right by the river.

  • Food & Drink

    Sundays at City Winery

    Sip frosé slushies, hit up the oyster bar and listen to live tunes at Brisbane's inner-city winery.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Imaginaria

    A multi-sensory playground with light-filled mazes and inflatable bubbles is taking over South Bank.

  • Food & Drink

    Sky-High Sundays

    Brisbane's latest rooftop bar is serving up soda cocktails, Mediterranean-inspired dishes and R&B tunes every Sunday.

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