What a year it has been. With less restrictions in place and the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to discover the amazing things happening in and around Brisbane. We’ve rounded up some exciting events and activities for you to enjoy with your friends, family and loved ones. Whether you’re an outdoor person or a fan of the arts, there is something for everyone.
See Van Gogh Alive in The Grand Pavilion
When: 26 October – 23 December 2021
Where: The Grand Pavilion, Northshore Brisbane
Are you ready to step into a world where Van Gogh comes alive? Prepare to transcend time and space as you accompany Van Gogh on a journey through the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise. These are places where he created many of his timeless masterpieces. At Van Gogh Alive you don’t just look at his paintings. You step inside them and feel the power over 3,000 inspirational images surrounding you. From start to finish, visitors are surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound, and fragrance, an ‘unforgettable’ multi-sensory experience. Don’t forget to see the exact recreation of Van Gogh’s famous painting of the Café Terrace at Night.
Victoria Park’s Christmas Putt Putt
When: November 5 – Dec 31
Where: Victoria Park, 309 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006
Back again following its huge success in 2020, Victoria Park’s Putt Putt is transformed into an enchanting Christmas wonderland. You really don’t have to be a golfer to have a good time on Frosty’s Fairway, Gingerbread Village, Santa’s Runway and Elf City, together with some of the old favourites from last year. You can make this outing as fun or as romantic as you want as you have a hit under the lights.
An American in Paris
When: January 8-30, 2022
Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC
This four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical tells the entrancing story of a young American soldier and a beautiful French girl. Set against the iconic backdrop of the most romantic city in the world, the musical brings the enchantment of Paris alive on stage. You’ll enjoy popular songs by George and Ira Gershwin, “I Got Rhythm”, “But Not For Me”, “S Wonderful” and more.
The Horizon Shores Boat & Adventure Show
When: November 19-21, 2021
Where: d’Albora Horizon Shores Marina, halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast
Whether you’re an adventure seeker or just love the outdoors, this massive outdoor boating and adventure show caters to everyone. While you enjoy the boat show, have some cold beverages and mouth-watering food at the Sparkling & Seafood VIP Bar and Fisherman’s Beer & BBQ Bar. Kicking off the festival is a Friday Night Market with Jetpack Fireworks Show (photo), food trucks, and live music.
Love Actually In Concert
When: December 18, 2021
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
If you have seen this all-time favourite featuring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, and more, you’ll know is super heart-warming. Now you can experience the ultimate romantic comedy with live orchestra as Queensland Pops Orchestra performs the hit soundtrack live with the film being projected onto a massive screen.
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
When: October 27, 2021–January 5, 2022
Where: South Bank’s Gallery of Modern Art
For the first time, West End’s West Village will be welcoming Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in the form of life-sized versions the stunning art that has made the Vatican cathedral a must-visit. 34 pieces have all been created using a printing technique that emulates the look and feel — and detail, colours and brushstrokes. Unlike the Van Gogh digital exhibition, this really is the next best thing to seeing the real thing on the other side of the globe.