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Coming up - lots of events for January 2020. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 3, 4 and 5 for more events.  

  • This year, AUSTRALIA DAY is on Sunday, 26 January and the AUSTRALIA DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY is on Monday, 27 January 2020. Discover things to do in Brisbane this Australia Day long weekend from Saturday, 25 January to Monday, 27 January 2020. Enjoy AUSTRALIA DAY AT SOUTH BANK on Sunday, 26 January 2020, from 2.00 p.m. to 7.40 p.m.
  • For the ultimate AUSTRALIA DAY experience, families are guaranteed a ripper of a time on the beach at Redcliffe. Bring a picnic blanket and fold-up chairs, find the perfect spot, and relax as you watch the kids play in the water and sand. There will be something for everyone from beach activities to food trucks and live music at Suttons Beach, Redcliffe, on Sunday, 26 January from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • If you want to unwind after a busy week, there’s no better way than to kick back and enjoy TWILIGHT JAZZ BY THE RIVER. At this free event, watch the sun set over the Brisbane River and enjoy the city lights and smooth jazz, with delicious canapés and bar available onsite at The Queensland Maritime Museum Park, 412 Stanley Street, South Brisbane, on Friday, 31 January 2020 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • For two weeks only, visitors to the World War II Gallery at the ANZAC SQUARE MEMORIAL GALLERIES can see a colourful Venetian glass mosaic created by DON ROSS. Featuring 140,000 hand-cut glass enamel tiles (mixed with soil from World War II graves) this is a powerful tribute to those who served. Head for ANZAC Square to view the mosaic and other treasures from NOW until Tuesday, 28 January 2020.
  • The Brisbane City Council and people who organise THINGS TO DO IN BRISBANE DURING THE HOLIDAYS have been busy. It's that time of year – everyone is tired, the kids are ready for a holiday, and you just want to get the family out of the house. There are heaps of great day out options right here in Brisbane – some are ticketed and many are free. Check out the detailed entry to find out what you can see and do across Brisbane during January 2020.

 

The Event: AUSTRALIA DAY IN BRISBANE

Date and time: Sunday, 26 January 2020 and Australia Day Public Holiday on Monday, 27 January 2020. AUSTRALIA DAY AT SOUTH BANK on Sunday, 26 January 2020, from 2.00 p.m. to 7.40 p.m.

Venue: Around Brisbane and at the South Bank Parklands, Corner Ernest Street, Stanley Street and Grey Street, South Brisbane. If you have any general questions about South Bank, contact the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on (07) 3029 1797.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. For more information about what’s happening, go to https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/brisbane/whats-on/festivals-and-celebrations/australia-day-at-south-bank. Find information on opening hours for Council car parksroad closureson-street parking and AUSTRALIA DAY public transport.

What’s happening: This year, AUSTRALIA DAY is on Sunday, 26 January and the AUSTRALIA DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY is on Monday, 27 January 2020. This Australia Day long weekend in Brisbane from Saturday, 25 January to Monday, 27 January 2020, go for a ride on our many bikeways, head out on the water, enjoy a picnic in your local park, explore Brisbane's bushlands and reserves, cool off at a Council pool, or watch the Australia Day fireworks display at South Bank Parklands. 

Enjoy AUSTRALIA DAY AT SOUTH BANK on Sunday, 26 January 2020, from 2.00 p.m., with fireworks at 7.30 p.m. Share: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email. It’s FREE. Relax and celebrate the laid-back Aussie lifestyle with festivities on the sprawling lawns of the South Bank Parklands. BYO picnic or indulge in delicious takeaway hampers from River Quay Fish, The Jetty, Popolo and Aquitaine.

Hear free live music in the spectacular setting of River Quay at Sunday Social on the Green. Performances from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. include Birdman Randy and The Ivory Street Preachers as well as special guest DJs celebrating with smooth sounds and upbeat anthems.

Complete your experience with the colourful AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS DISPLAY at 7.30 p.m. For the best vantage points head to the Clem Jones Promenade, the Cultural Forecourt, or remain at River Quay. NOTE that the South Bank Parklands is an alcohol-free space on Australia Day, including the usually licensed areas of River Quay Green, Picnic Island and Riverside Green. Restaurants and bars with liquor licenses at South Bank will be serving alcohol inside their establishments.

 

The Event: AUSTRALIA DAY IN REDCLIFFE

Date and time: Sunday, 26 January from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Venue: Suttons Beach, Redcliffe.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. For more information, go to the website at https://www.visitmoretonbayregion.com.au/whats-on/australia-day-in-redcliffe.

What’s happening: On Sunday, 26 January 2020, Aussie-themed festivities and free family fun will take over Suttons Beach, Redcliffe, for the ULTIMATE AUSTRALIA DAY. Families are guaranteed a ripper of a time at the beach. Bring a picnic blanket and fold-up chairs, find the perfect spot, and relax as you watch the kids play in the water and sand. Children will have plenty to do with a number of free games; there will be thong throwing, beach cricket, beach volleyball, sack races and dino-egg and spoon races.

From beach activities to food trucks and live music, there really will be something for everyone, including the Lamington Eating Competition – back by popular demand. The Redcliffe stage will host a huge array of live performers, including popular and talented bands. The celebrations will finish with a bang with some spectacular fireworks. Grab your spot on the beach early to see the display, which will be held over the ocean at 7.45 p.m.

 

The Event: TWILIGHT JAZZ BY THE RIVER

Date and time: Friday, 31 January 2020 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Queensland Maritime Museum Park, 412 Stanley Street, South Brisbane.

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: Unwind after your busy/boring/tiring week by the Brisbane River with smooth relaxing jazz music at the Queensland Maritime Museum. Join with family and friends for this must-see Friday night event! Kick back and watch the sun set over the Brisbane River from the Queensland Maritime Museum and enjoy the city lights and smooth jazz with delicious canapés and bar available onsite. This event is part of the Bands in Parks program. 

 

The Event: VISIT THE ANZAC SQUARE MEMORIAL GALLERIES – SEE THE COLOURFUL VENETIAN GLASS MOSAIC CREATED BY DON ROSS

Date and time: Viewing the glass mosaic is ON NOW and runs until Tuesday, 28 January 2020. Opening hours for the Memorial Galleries generally are Monday to Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Open on Sundays from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Closed on Saturdays and public holidays. The Anzac Square Parklands are open 24 hours daily.

Venue: The Anzac Square Memorial Galleries are centrally located in the Brisbane CBD. Go to https://www.anzacsquare.qld.gov.au/plan-your-visit to plan your visit, and https://www.anzacsquare.qld.gov.au/memorial-galleries to start your journey.

Ticket price: Admission is FREE.

What’s happening: Embark on an interactive journey from the First World War to today inside THE ANZAC SQUARE MEMORIAL GALLERIES – a free exhibition curated by State Library of Queensland. Visitors of all ages can now delve deeper into Queensland's military history than ever before – exploring the extraordinary true stories of courage, resilience, sacrifice and duty that underpin the Queensland war experience – before taking time to reflect in the tranquil parklands.

For two weeks only, visitors to the World War II Gallery can SEE THE COLOURFUL VENETIAN GLASS MOSAIC CREATED BY DON ROSS. Featuring 140,000 hand-cut glass enamel tiles (mixed with soil from World War II graves) this is a powerful tribute to those who served

Opened in 1930, Anzac Square is the State War Memorial of Queensland and a significant public and historical site dedicated to the men and women who have served their country in conflict and in peace since the Boer War. Located in the centre of Brisbane, with the spectacular Shrine of Remembrance and Eternal Flame burning at its heart, Anzac Square provides permanent recognition of those who fought and died in the service of our nation.

In 2013, the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council recognised the need to undertake an extensive program of works to maintain, restore, protect and respectfully enhance Anzac Square to ensure its continued use and relevance for current and future generations.

Group visits to Anzac Square Memorial Galleries are welcomed and encouraged. Gain a richer understanding of the Queensland war experience on a free, one-hour guided tour. Tours start 10.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. Book a school or group tour online athttps://www.anzacsquare.qld.gov.au/plan-your-visit/group-visits.

Visitors to the Square are welcome to leave an enduring symbol of remembrance – such as a poppy, laurel wreath or message inside the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries – to honour Queensland-associated battalions, regiments and other units.

As ground zero for the State’s key commemoration events, Anzac Square and Memorial Galleries attract thousands of people from across the country each year, looking to uphold the spirit and traditions of the ANZACs including on Australia’s two major days of remembrance.

REMEMBRANCE DAY marks the anniversary of the Armistice, which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on 11 November, Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11.00 a.m. in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts and in appreciation of their sacrifice.

ANZAC DAY marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War – the landing on Gallipoli. Each year on 25 April, Australians gather at dawn to remember those who served and died in war and on operational service past and present. Watch a video at https://www.anzacsquare.qld.gov.au/commemorate.

 

The Event: IT’S HOLIDAY TIME AND THERE ARE THINGS TO DO IN BRISBANE

Date and time: ON NOW and continues during January 2020.

Venue: Across Brisbane.  

Ticket price: Some events are FREE and some are ticketed – check out the websites to find out what’s happening and how much it costs.

What’s happening: The Brisbane City Council and people who organise THINGS TO DO IN BRISBANE during the holidays have been busy. It's that time of year – everyone is tired, the kids are ready for a holiday, and you just want to get the family out of the house.

While there are some excellent family day trips from Brisbane, there are also heaps of great day out options right here in Brisbane. Try this list of things to see and do along the banks and bends of our river city and foreshore.

Glide in the sunshine: If getting out on the water in the daylight is your thing, try out these free and low-cost kayak eco adventuressailing and kayaking sessions, and kayak explore paddles. Make sure you book in for the sessions and check the event information for any conditions. If you're an ‘old hat’ on the water, choose your own river adventure using one of Council's public river and recreation hubs, boat and canoe ramps and pontoons.

Hunt for public art: Challenge the kids to an urban treasure hunt to find Brisbane's wonderful public art. The colourful, creative, public art across Brisbane is worth a dedicated day out and you get to enjoy both the art and explore Brisbane's streets and laneways at the same time.

While you're hunting for art, check out the ever expanding street art collection on traffic signal boxes, walls, pillars and bridge structures across Brisbane. If you'd like to walk a curated trail, check out the four public art trails. The Art and the River Public Art Trail is popular and has 12 installations to spot between the Maritime Museum, South Brisbane, and the Thornton Street ferry terminal at Kangaroo Point.

Gaze at sparkling city lights: Do you remember the magic and wonder of staring at a sparkling city skyline when you were a kid? It's an easy feeling to recreate when you catch a CityCat at dusk and watch the golden twilight sink into a glittering night.

Council's CityCats run regularly between the University of Queensland, St Lucia and Northshore Hamilton and weekend travel is free for kids up to 14 years when they touch on and off with an orange child Go card. The newly upgraded Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park along River Terrace is also a dazzling spot to enjoy the Brisbane City skyline while enjoying a barbecue.

Chill to tunes: Your hunt for public art may lead you into the ever-vibrant Fortitude Valley. On the first Saturday afternoon of every month until February 2020, they're putting on free live music in the Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls with the Valley Fiesta Spring and Summer Program. Chill out to the tunes with the family.

Whether you're a kid or a ‘kid at heart’, feel free to dance!

If a band in the park is more your style, check out our upcoming Bands in Parks events. There’s lots to choose from in parks all over the city. Pack a picnic and a blanket and relax to the sounds of local bands.

Ride our beautiful bikeways: Grab your bikes and helmets and a Riding in Brisbane guide and explore our ever-expanding network of bikeways. If you need inspiration, check out bike rides to try for casual and family rides. If you don’t have a bike, you can hire a CityCycle if you are 17 years of age or older. Whether you choose to ride through wetlands, along the river, through a forest, or along the foreshore, getting the family bike gang together is a cheap and fun day out!

Related links: Check out these links for more information about what to see and do in Brisbane. 

 

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