Here are my personal suggestions on what’s hot in Brisbane this summer and ways to celebrate the Australia Day long weekend.
1. Listen to Triple J’s Hottest 100 all weekend
Triple JJJ has decided to make the diplomatic decision to move this event from Australia day proper to the 4th weekend. The good news with this move is that you can party all day Saturday and recover Sunday. Or do it all again on Sunday with songs from 100 to 200. For full details about triple j’s hottest 100 weekend.
2. Southbank Local Bands and Fireworks
The official website for Australia day lists South Bank as the place to hang out with friends and family. There is a program of local musical talent from 11 am to 8 pm featuring Andrea Kirwin, The Fergies, Bearfoot, Hollow Coves, and a fireworks display at 7:30 pm.
3. Brisbane Racing Club’s Australia Day Race
Get trackside and experience the exhilaration and excitement of live racing at Doomben Racecourse this Australia Day.
Long summer days and warm summer nights are what Brisbanites live for. Chill out, slow down and kick back. We got you…
With a relaxed dress code, live racing, exquisite food and drink, and live entertainment after the final race you will have the ultimate day out.
The Australian Day Race will be held at Doomben Racecourse.
General admission entry is FREE with packages starting at $15.
4. Covent Garden Ginuary
If you are a fan of gin or cocktails, head to the Covent Garden for their Ginuary.
Covent Garden’s hosting a party to start the epic long weekend with a spectacular cocktail event, dedicated to exploring the different varieties of our favourite spirit.
The event will be held on 25 January 2018 running from 6 pm. Tickets are $39 per person and available online at the Covent Garden Ginuary webpage.
5. Australian Open Finals tennis live on the Big Screen
A garden party is coming to Eagle Farm Racecourse this January.
Join us for a Pimms on the lawn while taking in all the action of the Australian Open tennis finals, streaming live on the biggest screen in the Southern Hemisphere.
Live music, gourmet food offerings, giant lawn games and more!
Early Bird General Admission tickets are available from $5 for 2 people – including complimentary Pimms on arrival.
Held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January 2018 and featuring Women’s Singles Final, Men’s Doubles Final, Mixed Doubles Final and Men’s Singles Final.
Full details on watching the Australian Open tennis live on the big screen on the green webpage.
6. Watch the Brisbane Heat
Watch the woman take on the Sydney Thunder before you cheer the lads on against the Melbourne Renegades in this year’s double-header at the Gabba.
The Brisbane Heat website has full details on booking your ticket.
7. Picnic in a Brisbane park
Keep it laidback and get some screen-free time at one of many public parks in Brisbane. You can search on the Brisbane City Council website for parks with barbeque or dog-friendly areas.
Do you have any traditions for the weekend? How will you spend the time off?