Best of Brisbane’s Events This January

Best of Brisbane’s Events This January

Thursday January 1st, 2015

Music and performing arts runs through the veins of the people of Brisbane, so it’s little wonder there’s always something happening in Brisbane. Notable Brisbane folk include musician Kate Miller-Heidke, opera singer Lisa Gasteen, and bands Powderfinger and The Veronicas. As well as musicians and artists, Brisbane pumps out some great sports people and when you look at what happens around the city each month, it’s clear to see where they get their inspiration.

Here’s a peek at some of what’s happening in the world of arts and sports this January:

Day Out with Thomas – Dino Dig

Spend a day with Thomas the Tank Engine and dig for dino bones in the huge sandpit. Everybody’s favourite Fat Controller will be on hand to read stories, and the Thomas Play pit will provide hours of entertainment with hundreds of track pieces and building tools.


When: 26 December – 1 February

Where: Workshops Rail Museum

The City Sounds

Each and every weekend, The City Sounds commits itself to bringing the best of Brisbane’s music scene to some of the city’s most iconic squares. Listen to the sounds for free, and in January enjoy live acts such as The Rooftops, Cheap Fakes and Felicity Lawless.


When: 1 – 31 January

Where: Queen Street Mall, Post office square and Reddacliff Place

Giggle and Hoot & Friends

Kids will love this gigglicious live stage adventure that sees Jimmy Giggle, Hoot, and friends like the Bananas in Pajamas dance, sing and juggle their way out of trouble.


When: 3 – 11 January

Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

For the ultimate dinosaur experience, check out Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, a fully interactive display of some of history’s most famous dinosaurs. Children get the opportunity to get up close and personal, pat, and even feed the dinosaurs.


When: 3 – 11 January

Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Brisbane International

Take a seat by the mens courts and watch world famous players, such as Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic, battle it out. Or check out the women’s singles and be awed by players such as Sam Stosur, Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova.


When: 4 – 11 January

Where: Queensland Tennis Centre

The Illusionists 1903

Take advantage of the special $199 family package and take the whole family to see The Illusionists 1903. They will transport you back to the golden age of magic, conjurers, and silent film stars. A world premier, this larger than life production is sure to take the world by storm, starting in Brisbane.


When: 4 – 11 January

Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Monster Family Film Fest

From the 5 -26 January, the State Library of Queensland will show a large range of G and PG rated movies in the family cinema. Cost is free, and movies include some ferocious family favourites.


When: 5 – 26 January

Where: State Library of Queensland

The Wind in the Willows

Everybody loves the classic story of the Wind and the Willows, and now is your chance to see it come to life on the stage. Starring Play School’s Luke Carroll, Kenneth Grahame’s rollicking tale of four woodland creatures with have both children and adults laughing.


When: 7 – 17 January

Where: La Boite theatre Company

Music by the Sea

Music by the Sea is a chance to sit back and enjoy some classical, folk, jazz and world music within the heritage listed gem that is Sandgate Town Hall. See what the superb acoustics can do for some of the world’s finest music.


When: 9 – 11 January

Where: Sandgate Town Hall

2015 ALPG Pro Am

Unique to Brisbane in 2015 is the ALPG Pro Am tournament, with an expected field of 50 lady professionals. The event is open to both men and women with an AGU handicap.


When: 12 – 13 January

Where: McLeod Country Golf Club

Thriller Live

Direct from London’s West End is a spectacular show that celebrates the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Listen and bop along to hits, such as Billie Jean, Beat It and, of course, Thriller.


When: 14 – 25 January

Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Krank: Pacific Percussion and Drumming in the Park

Does your teenager want to try their hand at drumming? Now is their chance, as the Berrinba Park Wetlands are hosting a free percussion drumming workshop for 13-17 year olds.


When: 17 January

Where: Berrinba Park Wetlands

A Darling Affair

A Darling Affair is Brisbane’s biggest wedding expo, and features a visual feast of market stalls that will make your jaw drop. Get to know every part of the wedding industry, from the cupcakes and canapes to live music and decorators. Vendors are hand-picked by the experts to ensure only the very best are there.


When: 17 January

 Where: The Old Museum, Bowen hills

RSPCA Adoption Day

If you love the idea of rescuing a forgotten pet, head to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centre for the RSPCA’s inaugural Pop Up Adoption event. Find dogs and cats from all over the state that are looking for a new home and enjoy great food, kid’s activities, demonstrations and more.


When: 17 January

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Future Beauty Up Late Presents Shonen Knife

As part of the exhibition Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is curating a series of Friday night events that include Shonen Knife in January. Think fashion, music, DJ’s, and Japanese-inspired food.


When: 23 January

Where: GOMA

Horrible Histories

Get to know some of Britain’s most horrid history with characters such as Richard the Lionheart, Queen Boudicca, Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin. It’s the horrible history of Britain with the nastiest bits left in.


When: 30 – 31 January

Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

This legendary indie folk festival has propelled some very famous acts into the limelight, and the 2015 lineup looks set to do the same. Acts include: Agnes DeMarco, Dune Rats, Little Dragon and Vic Mensa, who will help set the scene alongside markets, local art, and great food.


When: 31 January

Where: St Jerome’s Laneway

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