Australia's favourite pop-up winter festival has had a change of name for this year and will be bursting forth after it's warm weather hibernation as Skating At Brisbane Winter Festival in our home town. And it will once again be brightening up the drab King George Square from Friday 16 June to Sunday 9 July.
Unlike Brisbane's other winter school holiday event — Snow4Kids — this one isn't just about the kids, it's for all Brisbaneites, young and old. And it's slap bang in the middle of the city, making it accessible for all. So go nuts: get together with your friends for an after-work outing; take the kids for a special school holiday activity; try some team bonding with your work colleagues; or impress your date with your moves on the ice (or not).
With the change of name the festival's concentration is firmly on the skating. There's nowhere else in Brisbane where you can have the kind of outdoor skating experience that people take for granted in Europe and North America. The huge outdoor rink will be accompanied by colourful lighting and music that will pump up the volume and the fun factor, regardless of age or skating ability.
Skating is suitable for kids aged three and over.
Sessions are timed (45 minutes) and begin on the hour.
Prices vary depending on dates, method of purchase and age. Tickets range from $10 kids aged 3 to 7 ticket (non-peak online purchase) up to $30 adult ticket (peak box office purchase).
Ice Slide Apart from the skating you will also be able to enjoy some ice racing on the giant Ice Slide, where you can slip and slide your way through the icy course on inflatable tubes that you can rent on-site.
The Ice Slide is suitable for kids aged four and over.
the Ice Slide is not time-specific
Prices vary depending on dates and method of purchase. Tickets range from $5 single ride ticket (non-peak online purchase) up to $15 three ride ticket (peak box office purchase).
Food and Drink Working up a thirst or a yearning for some munchies with all this exhilarating fun will be no problem. As with all winter sports après-ski (French for after skiing) is an important part of the package. Brisbane's love affair with food trucks will continue with a number of trucks taking up residence for the festival. Del's Burgers by Delfina's Bistro, Bobby's Wood Fired Pizza, Quality Turkish food, Muggachinno's Strudel Haus, German Doghouse Sausages and The Calamari King will add a definite European vibe and flavour to the proceedings.
Image from event website
When: Friday 16 June to Sunday 9 July
Times: Monday to Thursday from 10am to 8pm; Friday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm; Sundays from 9am to 8pm
Where: King George Square, Ann St, Brisbane
Tickets: Available online here by choosing a date and session time or at the box office at the venue. From Monday 19 to Friday 23 June is considered non-peak and prices are cheaper.