February’s shaping up to be a busy month for Brisbane – let’s highlight a few of the reasons why.
Date: 27 January – 19 February
The BrisAsia Festival brings fun and flavour to the whole city, with over 80 different events taking place over three whole weeks. There’s all sorts of food, music, dance shows, lectures, workshops, art installations and theatre performances to look forward to, as well as the magnificent Chinese New Year extravaganza on January 29th. Whether you fancy learning karate or immersing yourself in the colourful madness of Neon Pop, you’re bound to find something awesome.
Date: 25 February
Location: Doomben Racecourse, Ascot
Nothing beats a day at the races with the ladies, especially when there’s no actual racing to distract you from the important stuff. Sofitel Girls Day Out combines food, fashion and gallons of champagne, all in the glamorous setting of Doomben Racecourse. Expect fabulous entertainment on the main stage, a fully functioning pamper station for all your hair and makeup needs, an indulgent massage station, tarot readings, clothing boutiques, and various handsome waiters milling about and ready to serve. All in all, it doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
Date: 5 February
Location: Keong Park, Stafford
Shopaholics, get your wallets ready. On Sunday the 5th, the lovely Keong Park will be transformed into a bustling bazaar of clothing, art, skincare products, accessories, jewellery, homewares and more. Every single stall in the Brisbane Daylight Markets is run by an indie boutique or small business looking to get their unique, handcrafted wares out into the world, and it’s a wonderful way to experience the skill and creativity that Queensland has to offer. Live music will be provided by singer-songwriter Maddie McHugh, and the market runs from 9am to 2pm.
Date: 11 February
It wouldn’t be summer without a music festival – and Brisbane’s got a great one all lined up. Mountain Goat Valley Crawl pulls together five venues across two square blocks to host more than 20 exciting Brisbane bands (plus a few special guests). The acts include Moses Gunn Collective, Mallrat and WAAX, with hip hop maestros Butterfingers headlining this (completely free!) event. From further afield, Pearls, Alice Ivy, I Know Leopard and The Ocean Party are dropping in to make some noise, so it’s already looking like an instant classic.
Image credit: BrisAsia Festival