Tired of the classic nightly movie and dinner combo? U.S. too. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new things to do, scouring the city for non-boring activities in Brisbane – ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond the beers made before. at pub. Whether you’re taking someone on a second date or making your 100th with your partner, we’ve got some awesome (and, yes, cute) ideas for dates this week, no matter how much money you have. spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. Please.
SPEND TWO GREAT NIGHTS DANCING TO ASIAN POP
If you live in Brisbane, you’ve heard all about the city’s ties to Asia; we’re hosting the Asia-Pacific Contemporary Art Triennial, which is currently honoring the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art for the tenth time, and we’ve also hosted the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, after all. Since 2013, the BrisAsia festival has also been on this list, paying homage to the many cultures originating from the continent.
Still scheduled around Lunar New Year – and running until Sunday 20 February this year – the 2022 program offers another mix of traditional and contemporary Asian arts, channeled into events across Brisbane. And for the last weekend of the festival, he’s offering something that will get you and your loved one moving: two evenings of Asian pop.
On Friday, February 18, the Aussie K-Poppers United Concert will feature local dance crews and plenty of K-pop tunes, all taking over South Bank Square starting at 5:30 p.m. Then, on Saturday February 19 at the same place, BrisAsia is organizing a big summer party from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. And, good news for your wallet, entry to both is free.
LESS THAN $50
EAT YOUR WAY AT A NIGHT FOOD MARKET
Strolling through a market while the sun is shining is all well and good, but there is something more appealing about nighttime variety. Taking place every Friday and Saturday night in North Brisbane – and returning for 2022 too – BITE Markets fits the bill. And, it serves a lot of food, because that’s what all night market visitors really want.
The bi-weekly setup has over 20 “flavor makers” on its lineup, all trying to keep you and your other half in check. Craving a big pile of pasta? Sweet treats in the form of chocolates, donuts, gelato, shakes and poffertjes? Bao, bubble tea, baked potatoes, German sausages and wings? They’re all on the menu, with Doin’ Donuts, It’s a Wing Thing, Shakes and Bakes, Slide Wayz and Wurst-Meister coming to North Harbor to launch their wares.
A shipping container setup like Hamilton’s Eat Street – complete with landscaping and a food court – BITE Markets showcases local talent, so get ready to feast on meals from the best producers, makers of local foods and artisans.
Held from 4pm to 10pm every Friday and Saturday, the huge gathering of foodies calls a patch of Nolan Drive in Morayfield home. Admission is $3 for adults, dogs are welcome – and for those driving north, there are over 600 on-site parking lots.
SQUEEZE IN A LAST FILM STARLIT IN ROMA STREET PARKLANDS FOR SUMMER
Brisbane picnic hampers have had quite a workout during the pandemic, but one of their biggest moments to shine always comes during drive-in cinema season. Indeed, when Moonlight Cinema sets up its outdoor screen in Roma Street Parkland each year, it’s officially time to combine cheese, snacks and outdoor movie watching.
The summer stalwart has been screening films since late November, but ends its run in Brissie on Sunday, February 20. So you and your loved one have just a handful of chances to see a movie under the stars in lush green surroundings – or to make a last moonlight visit until next summer.
This week you can take a ride Gucci Houseof Lady Gaga with Bad Romance, make your way into Spider-Man: No Coming Homeevoke horror-comedy nostalgia with Ghostbusters: Afterlife or enjoy lively singing with Sing 2. And, because every couple needs more Keanu in their lives, the season ends with the “whoa!” The Matrix Resurrections.
LESS THAN $100
PLEASE YOUR BEAUTY IN A DESSERT-THEMED ARTISTIC POP-UP
How much do we all love desserts? Count the paths. If you and your favorite person both have a sweet tooth, then you obviously love to eat everything from chocolate ice cream to donuts and cakes. Being very fond of food festivals dedicated to such delicacies is also natural. And, over the past few years, you’ve probably fallen in love with extremely photogenic pop-up installations dedicated to candy and its many sibling desserts – getting a sugar rush a wink and an Instagram post a la times, clearly.
Brisbane has hosted Sugar Republic’s eye-catching spaces more than once, so it’s time to get your cravings flowing at another dessert-themed pop-up: The Chocolate Factory. This one comes from the folks who recently brought a step-by-step version of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes to town, and it’s making its first Australian stop at Toombul Shopping Center from Thursday 17 February.
If you or your date’s name is Charlie — or Augustus, Veruca, Violet, or Mike, or even Willy — you’re basically meant to hang out in space. Everyone else can live their Charlie and the chocolate factory dreams too, of course, though it’s primarily a feast for the eyes (and it’s officially nothing to do with that beloved book or the films it spawned).
Here, you’ll find a Gingerbread Town, Cupcake Room, Bubble Gum Room, and Marshmallow World within the larger Chocolate Factory setup. Expect the walls to be decorated as if they were made of something Hansel and Gretel would love, dustings and icing are a big design feature, pillow shapes galore – and a ball pit , because it’s still part of those facilities. The chocolate factory will also ask you to earn ingredients in each room to play games, provide plenty of places to take those pictures (of course), and let you bounce on a cupcake-shaped trampoline.
HURL AX SET
If you and your partner have a little (or a lot) of pent-up energy and are looking for another outlet to help ease it, here’s an option: Maniax, the Brisbane Ax Throwing Association, organizes dates you nights of Valentine’s Day. until Friday February 18.
The Newstead joint is hosting two-hour public sessions that will cost you and your other half a total of $100 to throw hatchets — and let you do something different to mark the occasion. In addition, this prize also includes a canned beer, wine or spirit each after to celebrate.
For the uninitiated, Maniax gives you the chance to safely throw a sharp piece of steel attached to a flimsy handle and compete with your partner and/or friends to see who has the most Viking blood running through them. Throw those axes, sink a target, then cool off after all the hatchet excitement with a drink with your significant other.
Posted on February 14, 2022 by