The weather is beautiful and it’s a New Year. The days are long and all of a sudden you’re drowning in free time. So, what should you do? Thankfully, Broadsheet has you covered. Plaster craft classes, walking beer tours, hip-hop dancing: whatever your interests, here are some of the best summer events and activities Brisbane has to offer.
Music by the Sea Festival
Soak in the sounds of jazz, classical, folk and world music at Music by the Sea. Now in its 20th year, on January 6 the festival takes over heritage-listed Sandgate Town Hall (renowned for its acoustics). World-class performers include Francis Gilfedder, Oi Dipnoi, Bungarribee, and Andrea Vettoretti and Massimo Scattolin.
January 6 – adult tickets $115, concession $95.
Craft Beer Walking Tour
Beer-brewing is a hard craft to get right. A good brew has unique characteristics and flavour to distinguish it from others. The Craft Beer Walking Tour takes you to three different pubs in the Milton-Paddington area, each renowned for its specialty craft beers. You’ll get to sample tap beers while learning about brewing processes and how each establishment has earned its reputation.
January 13 – tickets $69 per person.
Grab a bunch of buds and spend the night reclining under the stars at Moonlight Cinema in New Farm Park. Flicks in January include everything from classics such as The Breakfast Club to Hollywood blockbuster Thor and advance screenings of films such as Steven Spielberg’s The Post. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are also welcome. There’s a licensed bar on-site which will also be peddling street food including margherita calzones and Nutella waffles – but you’re more than welcome to bring your own picnic hamper.
Moonlight Cinema runs until March 4 – adult tickets $17, concession $15.
Plaster Fun House
Cafe by day and dive-bar by night; Southside Tea Room is known for its retro, eclectic interiors and artsy evenings, including Plaster Fun House. Sip on wine or beer and chow down a burger while painting a plaster statue of your choice: skull, mermaid, batman or bulldog. Glitter optional.
January 6 – tickets $20.
Mao’s Last Dancer the Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin
A great opportunity to learn the story of Queensland Ballet artistic director and Australian icon Li Cunxin, who was born into extreme poverty during Mao Zedong’s Communist regime in China and rose to become an international ballet star. This Museum of Brisbane exhibition features never-before-seen interviews, personal artefacts and performance footage.
The exhibition runs until April 29 – adult tickets $12, children $9.
Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at GOMA
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has become an icon over the last 60 years for her perception-bending installations, and eye-popping abstract and pop art. Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow is GOMA’s latest superstar exhibition, and explores almost five decades of the 88-year-old artist’s work. It includes Kusama’s early paintings in post-war Japan and more-contemporary sculptures and mirror room installations, while exploring her conception of space and relationship with the body.
Until February 11 – tickets are free.
Groove Therapy Dance Classes
No mirrors and no bright lights – Groove Therapy is all about the vibe and a boss sound system. It’s the anti-dance-class dance class; a no brainer for those who dream of the d-floor but have no rhythm. Located in Woolloongabba, it’s your low-stress entry into hip-hop.
January 1 and 8 – tickets $20.
The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
For kids, The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will take over Queensland Performing Arts Centre, transporting guests to a world inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Put on your party hats and let Play School’s Monica Trapaga and circus troupers entertain you with acrobats, circus, singing and dancing.
January 13 – tickets $25 to $55.
Summer Up Late
Cool down and chill out after hours at GOMA’s Summer Up Late. An evening of DJs, dancing, sensory tours and art featuring national and international performers Lupa J, Laurel Halo and DJ Black Amex. Tickets include exhibition entry to major exhibitions Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images and Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow.
January 19 – tickets $20.