Here are some things happening in and near Brisbane this weekend, from indoor fun to epic eats, and more.
1. Help celebrate Riverbar & Kitchen’s 10th anniversary with Birthday Suit Margaritas and more
From Thursday, December 8 until Sunday, December 12, Riverbar & Kitchen is celebrating their 10th birthday with a menu full of specials, including tequila-infused tipples, delicious eats, and of course the spectacular views over the river. The main anniversary festivities will take place over the next four days, however, the menu will be available until the end of the month.
We’re talking Birthday Suit Margaritas, Cakearitas with 100s and 1000s around the rim, as well as cupcakes for those who book during the birthday shenanigans this weekend.
2. Build your own gingerbread house at this Christmas-themed high tea
From November 24 until Christmas Eve, W Brisbane’s Living Room Bar is throwing festive high tea experiences, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails such as a Frangelico and macadamia nut number as well as festive bites like gingerbread mousse, vanilla nutmeg scones and more. You’ll also get the chance to build and decorate your very own gingerbread house.
3. Grab some unique handmade gifts from the VEND Christmas Markets
Across the indoor marketplace and the outdoor pop-up, Vend is one of the bigger Christmas Markets in Brisbane with something like 150 shops to choose from. This includes their greenhouse so you can stock up on plants for presents as well.
Kids will be well looked after with a free face painter on the premises as well as the kids playground now open. Live music will keep everyone entertained and so to will the best-dressed Christmas costume competition where a $100 Vend voucher will be up for grabs.
The café, which is licensed, will also be doing a bunch of Christmas dinner specials.
When: 5–9pm, Saturday 10 December
Where: 1768 Sandgate Road, Virginia
4. Find your next favourite drop at this new wine bar in the city
If you consider yourself a wine enthusiast, then you’ll want to check out this new bar and eatery on Adelaide Street. Home to 96 different wines dispensed from Enomatic wine dispensing machines, Wineology is definitely one to check out. To pair with your drop of choice is a European tapas menu.
5. Interact with the art at Museum of Brisbane’s ‘Play Moves’ summer exhibition
When it comes to art, Brisbane is in no shortage of awe-inspiring exhibitions. Neighbourhood Earth just recently opened, then we’ve got a dinosaur exhibition to look forward to next year. To add to the list is Play Moves, a new summer exhibition hitting Museum of Brisbane from Friday, December 9, 2022 – Sunday, April 16, 2023.
Play Moves features a series of six interactive experiences, where you as the viewer can engage with the art through touch and immersion.
6. Score a free SodaStream mocktail at this Mount Gravatt pop up bar
Take a refreshing break from your busy shopping at Westfield Mount Gravatt. From Thursday, December 8 until Sunday, December 18, SodaStream will be slinging free fizzy cocktails including Blackcurrent Virgin Mojito, Apple Fruit Punch, and Summer Orange Refresher.
7. Relieve pent up stress with a spot of axe throwing
Pick up an axe at the Lumber Punks venue, visualise your target and unleash the fury one throw at a time. Whoosh and thwack goes the wood and our worries.
Admittedly, there is a certain knack to successful axe-throwing. You need to impart just the right amount of spin so that the blade strikes the bullseye first, which does require a fair bit of trial and error.
8. Head to Burpengary to see one of the best Christmas light displays in town
Just north of Brisbane, you’ll find one of the most spectacular Christmas light displays in town. With Christmas-themed decorations as well lights covering the whole house, this Burpengary East abode is absolutely worth checking out along your hunt for Christmas lights.
12 Bedarra Crescent, Burpengary East
5.30pm – 11pm, November 20 – January 1
9. Catch an outdoor flick at Moonlight Cinema
In Brisbane, Moonlight Cinema returns from Thursday, November 24, 2022 to Sunday, February 19, 2023. You’ll find it in the Amphitheatre at Roma Street Parkland. The movie schedule for this weekend includes Mrs Harris Goes to Paris on Friday night, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish on Saturday night, followed by Top Gun: Maverick on Sunday night.
10. Get messy and have fun at Queensland’s first paint splatter room
Get covered in colour at this new paint splatter room near Brisbane. Sometimes the best way to de-stress is to let go and get messy, and the Splatter and Splash Room in Stapylton is a choice place to do just that.
Located just 40 minutes south of Brisbane, the paint-filled room is housed inside DIY Invasion, an art workshop hub with a whole lot of offerings.
11. Treat yourself at this souffle pancake pop up
Open from Wednesday ’til Sunday from November 23 – January 29, this pancake pop-up will have you biting into signature souffle pancake varieties such as Black Sugar Boba, creme brulee, Biscoffee, a honey and butter number, as well as the Uji Matcha, which is topped with matcha cream and a red bean paste. Our mouths are watering just thinking about them all, to be honest.
12. Become immersed in the Neighbourhood Earth exhibition
Developed in partnership with NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center and the US Space and Rocket Center, Neighbourhood Earth offers an in-depth look into space exploration and beyond with models of iconic spacecraft, family-friendly hands-on activities, a full-size replica of a section of the International Space Station (perfect for some space selfies!), and more.
The interactive exhibition—designed to delight families, students and little future astronauts alike—explores the solar system and our place in it, the journeys we’ve embarked on and what’s next on our missions of discovery. Tickets are now on sale!
13. Nestle among the jungle at this new rooftop restaurant
We love our rooftop bars here in Brisbane, which means we can never really have enough of them, right? To add to the list, we have Soko Rooftop in Fortitude Valley, which has just opened above the Jubilee Hotel.
Dine inside with the lush green interiors, or soak up the sunlight on the balcony under the striped umbrellas. Fourteen storeys high means glorious cityscape views. But that’s not the only thing Soko is serving up.
14. Sink a beer from the new three-storey BrewDog venue
Since opening their first Aussie brewery in Murarrie a few years back, Scottish beer brand BrewDog has become a powerhouse in the city’s craft beer scene. What, with their punk-inspired brews and riverfront tap house covered in street art. Now, BrewDog has expanded to its second Brisbane outpost: a three-level venue in Fortitude Valley. It officially opens this Friday, November 11.
15. Sweat it out at this free community run club
Start Saturday off with a sweat at this free run club in South Brisbane. They meet at 15 Manning Street at 5.50am every Saturday morning for a run, followed by breakfast. So if you wanted get fit and meet some likeminded people, be sure to check out Run Club. They also give out $10 breakfast vouchers to the most improved and encouraging.
16. Hit the dancefloor in Brisbane’s new disco nightclub
Fortitude Valley has scored a new nightclub with a light up dance floor and a whole lot of disco music. Superfly Disco is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, so why not kick the weekend off with a night out a new venue?
17. Catch waterfalls in the Gold Coast hinterland
Luckily for us, the Gold Coast Hinterland has some of the best waterfalls in Queensland. Waterfalls are best visited after a bout of rain, and we’ve had a fair few of those lately, so now might just be a prime time to catch the hinterland falls in all their glory.