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 FebruaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: Queensland Performing Arts Centre
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 JanuaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: McLeod Country Golf Club
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 JanuaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: GOMA
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 JanuaryWhere: 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 JanuaryWhere: St Jerome’s Laneway