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Brisbane's New Year celebrations are the perfect start to a long month of free events, activities and exhibitions. If your 2017 resolution is to save more cash, try these ideas for financially-free fun.
Saturday, 28 January, 5 10pm Chinese Lunar New Year at Chinatown Mall in Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with lion dancers, pyrotechnic displays, history dance and music, Chinese cultural workshops, market stalls and a spectacular parade. Discover the fascinating aspects of Asian cultures during the most important day on the Chinese calendar.
Sunday, 8 January, 9:30am 11:30 Meet Australian Wildlife at Boondall Wetlands on 31 Paperbark Drive. Meet our native neighbours, including snakes, frogs, birds and lizards, learning about their unique traits with an experienced guide. Children can also join in, borrowing binoculars and joining the hide and seek trail or marvelling at the art totems.
Saturday, 7 January, 11:30am 1pm Learn to Skate at the Walton Bridge Reserve, 25 Glen Affric Street, The Gap. 10 17 year olds can learn the tricks to safely master their skateboards, helping them fulfil dreams of X-Games glory (or have a fun afternoon at a skate park with friends). Click here to book.
Saturday, 7 January, 28, 4 5pm Twilight Yoga at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Practise yoga in beautiful natural surrounding as the sun sets, led by an instructor and nutritionist. Bring your yoga mat and set up on the Administration Building lawn.
14, 15, 20, 21 January 2017 BBL Cricket - Brisbane Heat Home Games at Allan Border Field and the Gabba. Feel the excitement of fast-paced cricket with the Women's Big Bash League and our best local players smashing 4s and 6s with the bat and shattering stumps with the ball. Cheer for our Aussie reps, including Holly Ferling, Beth Mooney, Delissa Kimmince and Jess Jonassen. Matches on the 14th, 15th and 21st begin at 10am. The first ball is bowled on the 20th at 1pm.
Daily from 11am Australian Open Tennis Live Streaming at the Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Road. Relax with music, cocktails and tennis at the Canadian Club Racquet Club. The party atmosphere continues throughout January, culminating with the live broadcasts of Grand Slam tennis on giant screens overlooking Moreton Bay.
Sunday, 1 January New Year's Day Fun at Victoria Park, Herston Road, Herston. After the kids have enjoyed the jumping castle, playground and games, play a family round of 18 hole putt-putt before enjoying lunch at the bistro with seasonal dishes and wood-fired pizzas. To start 2017, kids eat free.
Monday, 9 January, 9 10am Self Defence for Females at Perrin Park, 56 Josling St, Toowong. Hopefully you'll never need to use it, but this class will give 10-17 year old girls the confidence to assess dangerous situations and respond carefully to reduce risk. You'll learn to kick, strike and release. Call David on 0410 645 552 to book.
14 January 6pm Exhibition Opening Night of In Daylight and Distance at the ArtWorld Studio Gallery on 28 Bodalla Street, Norman Park. Join Chris Sullivan for his first exhibition of Australian landscape and seascape paintings. Chris has a unique talent for capturing the tranquillity of these beautiful natural settings.
20 January 12.30pm Meanjin - Birth of Brisbane Presentation at the Museum of Brisbane, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City. Brisbane River, also known as Meanjin, was home to over 5000 Aboriginal people in the 1820s. After the Moreton Bay penal settlement was established in 1825, Brisbane's CBD slowly developed. Join a museum curator, exploring the stories and artefacts of Brisbane's creation, becoming Queensland's capital on the Meanjin.
26 January 2pm Australia Day in Redcliffe at Marine Parade. Celebrate our national day at Suttons Beach with live music, lamington eating competitions, beach cricket and volleyball, giant Jenga and fireworks at 7.30pm.
Friday 27 January, 6pm, Sunday 29 January 10am The Wild, Wild Rose Grace Chang at SunPAC on 470 McCullough St, MacGregor. See the songstress of Hong Kong cinema, Grace Chang, in the alluring 1960 film The Wild, Wild Rose. Hong Kong's unique status in Asia, mixing east and west, old and new, regional and urban, is captured in this evocative piece of cinema. At 10am on Sunday, you can see Grace starring in Our Dream Car from 1959. To book, click here.
26 January 10am Australia Day in Victoria Park at Herston Road, Herston. Test your skills with the kids on our national day with tug-of-war games, sack races, putt-putt golf, a jumping castle and a playground. Cool down with free ice-cream from 10am 11am before enjoying lunch in the bistro.
27 January 5am 7.45am Morning Meditation with Tibetian Monks at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands. Set the alarm clock for an inspirational beginning to your day with meditation guided by Tenzin Choegyal in beautiful, natural surrounds as the sun rises. At 7am, a yoga session suitable for all skill levels will energise the body to match your state of mind after a series of melodic mantra recitations. Click here to register.
Saturday and Sunday 7, 8 January 10am, 2pm, 4pm Music By The Sea at Sandgate and Brighton. Join the festival of music with performances in the Sandgate Town Hall by Australia's most talented classical, folk and jazz artists, including Jane Rutter, Paul Grabowsky AO, Melody Pool, Kip Winter and Yarwah. Free performances by the Sandgate Trio, Tawny, Tin Star and Jordan Brodie are hosted in the Matthew Thomas Cafe, Cardigan Bar and ElecTea Vintage Cafe.
Saturday 28 January, 10am Easy Thai Tastes at Kenmore Library, 9 Brookfield Rd. Learn the tricks to prepare traditional Thai favourites, including Narm Phrik Ong (tomato and herbs with pork) and Khanomjeen Sao Narm (vermicelli with various toppings and pork-coconut milk soup). Call the Library on 07 3407 0258 to book your place.
Sunday 29 January at 8am Tai Chi Qigong at Robinson Park, 221 Fairfield Road, Fairfield. Practise the gently flowing movements of Tai Chi, refreshing mind, body and spirit with centuries-old moving meditation. There are also sessions on Monday 30 Jan 7.30am at Northshore Riverside Park, 76A Parkside Crct, Hamilton and Tuesday 31 Jan 8am at Sherwood Arboretum, 57 Dewar Terrace, Sherwood.
26 January 7.30am Australia Day in Bribie Island at Brennan Park. Begin our national day with a free big breakfast on the beach, listening to local bands performing all day. Relax in the sun, swim in the blue water, have your face painted, browse the food and market stalls or play beach volleyball and cricket. Stay cool with the ice-cream eating competition before cheering during the 7.30pm fireworks spectacular.
Sunday 1 January Genesis by William Robinson at the William Robinson Gallery, 2 George Street. Take an artistic history lesson with William and his hundreds of works using ink, watercolours and graphite to create paintings and lithographs of our rainforests and seascapes. Allow his ingenuous multidimensional technique to draw you into the frame.
Wednesday, 4 January, 2 4pm Movie - The BFG at Sunnybank Hill Library. Roald Dahl's childhood favourite tale of Sophie, a young girl, and her giant friend, has been adapted for the big screen by Stephen Spielberg. Phone Sunnybank Hills Library on 07 3407 0571 to book.
Friday, 6 January, 10 11.30am Movie - Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts at Garden City Library. While Snoopy sails skyward to battle his nemesis, Charlie Brown and his friends begin an epic adventure to return home. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to book.
Saturday, 14 January, 1012pm Movie - Paddington at Carindale Library. Adapted from Michael Bond's children's novels, the loveable bear with a craving for marmalade arrives in London to search for a new home.While Snoopy sails skyward to battle his nemesis, Charlie Brown and his friends begin an epic adventure to return home. Phone Carindale Library on 07 3407 1490 to book.