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Brisbane is bursting with entertainment options for weekend pleasures. These activities in November are some of the best free choices to enjoy our city without punishing your paywave card. As Santa begins loading the sled and jackets are tossed aside beneath summer's energising glare, there are choices for couples, kids, locals and interstaters with a balmy selection of indoor and outdoor highlights, all free.
Bring your appetite to the Paper Plate Supper Club at 119 Lamington Street, New Farm for Brisbane's best street food. Treat yourself to Thai Green Curry, slow-cooked pulled pork, Turkish Gozleme, German pretzels and Japanese dumplings. The dinner bell rings from 5pm – 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 3pm – 7pm on Sundays throughout November.
Sunday 27 November - From 3pm – 8pm in Pine Rivers Park, the annual Christmas Carols feature local school, community and dance groups entertaining families before the marquee performance at 7pm. Visit Santa's Village or bounce inside the over-sized snow globe. Between carols, children can try the activities in the workshops while parents browse the twilight markets before the spectacular fireworks display to end the evening.
3 November 2016 – Run away to the circus at Little Stanley Street Lawn with performers guiding children with games, sing-a-longs, and training imaginary animals beneath a fantasy Big Top. Roll up from 9am – 1pm.
(by The End of the Line Festival)
5 November 2016 - The End of the Line Festival is an outdoor celebration on Jurgens Street, Woolloongabba with live bands, including Banff, Major Leagues and Fraser A. Gorman, dancing, and projected art in the ultimate free block party. Enjoy festival treats from the food trucks and seek refreshment from the bar in the park or the surrounding restaurants on Logan St.
Friday 25 November - As the sun sets, officially begin the Christmas festivities with the lighting of the Christmas Tree in King George Square. Carolers will entertain families and Santa may stop by to take requests.
27 November 2016 - Chill out in the Museum of Brisbane on Adelaide Street with this guided meditation session, led by Buddhist nun Venerable Miao Lai. Feel calmness as your attention is focused on the present moment, releasing anxiety and providing a method for daily mindfulness and enhanced well-being. Follow the link to book.
Sunday 6, 13, 20, 27 November 2016 – Relax for Sunday Sessions on the River Quay Green with the smooth tunes from our best musicians, playing from 2pm – 5pm beneath the warm spring sunshine. Past performances have featured Birdman Randy and Parasol.
Sunday 6, November 2016 – Step back in time at the Celtic Festival of Queensland for a fun discovery of our Celtic heritage. Browse for an historic memento, taste Celtic treats and beverages and try Celtic dancing as traditional bands and massed pipes play throughout the festival.
Sunday 6, 13, 20, 27 November 2016 – Try anti-trivia with Majority Rules, a Q&A session where the audience explore our modern-day morals with confronting questions posed to a local comedian and his musical sidekick in the most absurd game show in Brisbane. Join the fun from 6pm at Fish Lane.
Saturday 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2016 – Start the weekend with a quick session of aqua aerobics at The Boat Pool, South Bank Parklands. The exercise starts at 9.30am, led by a qualified instructor. On Thursday evenings at 5.45pm, prepare for the weekend dance parties with a session of Zumba. On the nearby Little Stanley Street Lawns.
13 November 2016 – Get on your bike at the InspireCycle Open Day at the fitness centre at 76 Commercial Road, Teneriffe. Defy the laws of physics with AntiGravity Fitness, ride in the BikerBarre cycle studio while upbeat music fuels your efforts. at Little Stanley Street Lawn with performers guiding children with games, sing-a-longs, and training imaginary animals beneath a fantasy Big Top. Roll up from 9am – 1pm.
From 5 November 2016 - Contrived Circumstances in the Spiro Grace Art Rooms at 255 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill explores cricket's powerful influence upon Australian history and culture. This series of allegories paintings by Yannick Blattner melds themes of 'cultured' art and 'uncultured' sport to offer insights for lovers of either world.