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Dragons, date nights and the divine Bette Midler – here’s what’s on in Brisbane this weekend

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As Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day take over Brisbane, February festivities are finally in full swing. This weekend boasts a jam-packed agenda of foodie fare, spectacular shows and loads of laughs. Here’s what not to miss in Brisbane from February 8 to 11.

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Brace for belly laughs – Brisbane is stacked with unmissable comedy shows this weekend. At Brisbane Powerhouse, Australian theatre legend Catherine Alcorn brings her award-winning tribute to Bette Midler to Brisbane. This musical event promises plenty of song belts and brash comedy as Catherine effortlessly embodies Miss Midler. Described as absolutely hilarious, The Divine Miss Bette is a fun-filled concert experience of phenomenal music and comedy.The Walrus Club is ringing in Valentine’s Day this year with a comedy show of love-themed laughs. Walrus without a Walentine is the Sunday night must-do for both singles and couples – with a pizza even included in your ticket price. Unwind at this underground speakeasy with a few tipples and this V-Day-themed comedy show.Theatre and live shows
QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre farewells Rent: The Musical this weekend before its seasons of love head down south. With a heart wrenching story of twenty-somethings navigating love, identity and change during the AIDS crisis and an award-winning soundtrack of original rock music, this modern musical classic is not to be missed.

At the Concert Hall, you can experience Jersey Boys – reimagined. This semi-staged concert production strikes the balance between the musical and the tribute acts. Modest sets and simple staging let this show put the spotlight on the story and music to celebrate the group’s pioneering skill, craft and talent. Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will win the hearts of musical, live orchestra and theatre fans alike.

Around the river, retreat to the land of flamboyance and extravagance at Hamilton’s The Pink Flamingo Spiegeland. Home to burlesque, acrobatics and revue, get ready to be captivated by one of the pavilion’s three world-class performances. The Vegas-style comedy Suave will wow you with aerial antics and awe-inspiring acts whilst the titillating theatre of Ripped is an ab-solute riot.  In the vein of Paris’ Crazy Horse ClubLa Teaze promises a cabaret reimagined with provocative, pulse-racing performances. Pick your poison and prepare for a night of cheeky chaos.

This Thursday, James Street Middle-Eastern eatery The Green is launching its Dark Green Dinner Series – an after-dark soiree which boasts a seductive setting and wood-fired fare. Savour The Green’s famed menu of seasonal produce, traditional favourites and unexpected combinations at this sit-down feast of abundance – inspired by the dinner party.

Across the river, European-inspired haunt Bar Francine continues its Meet the Wine Maker series. Taste wines from the acclaimed Ravensworth winery and talk with the vintner who brewed the bottle. Along with your free tasting, sample some of Bar Francine’s delicious small plates and unwind in the unbeatable ambiance of this moody wine bar setting.

Lunar New Year
In celebration of the Year of the Dragon, find power and prosperity across the city with these community festivities and heavenly banquets.  This year, Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park are ringing in the Lunar New Year for the 30th time, and it’s going all out in honour of this milestone. Discover endless engaging activities taking over Sunnybank Plaza like Chinese calligraphy, Chinese silk embroidery and traditional craft classes. If all that craft works up an appetite, take a food discovery tour and catch the lion and dragon dance performances, Chinese orchestra performances, Tai Chi demonstrations and more.

Treasury Brisbane’s Lunar New Year line-up will have you stepping into the new year with power and prosperity. Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Fat Noodle’s New Year banquet for $88, and devour this pan-Asian institution’s most famous plates. The precinct Lunar New Year-themed cocktails are the perfect pairing with your delicious dining experience. Finish your evening with a wander to the Wishing Tree or a dance with the roaming lion (performing this Friday to Monday).

Brisbane’s best pan-Asian eateries are celebrating the Lunar New Year with flavour-filled feasts of delectable dishes. This Friday and Saturday, the roaming dragon will even be making a special guest appearance at some of Brisbane’s most famous locations. Dance into the new year with this traditional entertainment at award-winning restaurants like Donna ChangStanley and Southside, with the lion and dragon set to perform whilst you dine.

Date ideas
With just a few sleeps left until Valentine’s Day, this weekend marks the perfect occasion to toast to you and your boo. If the usual dinner outing isn’t cutting it this year, there’s plenty on offer to spice up your V-Day routine with romance reinvented.

Take in these final summer evenings with an open-air flick at Moonlight Cinemas. Complete with an Aperol bar stirring the drink of the summer and the Connoisseur lounge of indulgent treats, Moonlight Cinemas is hosting A Week of Romance from February 7 to February 14. Get ready to gasp, laugh and swoon at all our favourite chick flicks taking over the big screen for the perfect casual date night outdoors.

Relax and recover with a session at the Red Hill wellness centre Vikasati. With infrared saunas, ice baths and more, a couples sanctuary session at Vikasati lets you reset – together. Complete your soak with a trip to the in-house cafe for a health tonic or elixir and ascend to a new level of wellness god.  Since there’s finally sun on the forecast, unwind this weekend by the river with a picnic hamper from Mary Mae’s. In the adorable vintage-inspired basket you’ll find an artisanal charcuterie board and a luxe blanket, with the option of wine as well. Set up under one of the heritage trees of New Farm Park and have yourself a dreamy date enjoying the outdoors.

A wander through one of Brisbane’s world-class museums is the perfect way to spend a weekend. At the QAGOMA precinct, the stories of your childhood have come to life with the acclaimed Fairy Tales exhibition featuring a curated collection of artwork, artefacts and fashion. Make it a date with a trip to the Australian Cinémathèque and catch its program of fairy-tale-themed films. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this weekend is screening Wild at Heart (1990) and The Princess Bride (1980). In the same precinct, the Living Patterns exhibition explores art in its most simple form – with a collection of artworks on colour, shape and form. Discover works of leading Australian artists and traverse different mediums and perspectives in this exciting exhibition. Across the river, Museum of Brisbane’s current exhibition is  blooming with colour, beauty and artists – taking on the timeless muse of the flower.  Rearranged: Art of the Flower features a bouquet of artworks that consider the floral still-lifes in both traditional and new ways.

This weekend, start your Saturday with a stroll through your local market and stock-up on fresh produce, food trucks feeds and more. Hit up – Riverside Markets, Kelvin Grove Village Market, Jan Powers Farmers MarketsCarseldine Markets, Nundah Farmers Markets and the Redcliffe Markets. If you’d rather press snooze, savour all this market goodness at Eat Street Northshore – open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Events may be subject to be postponed or cancelled at the last minute. We do our best to remove cancelled events but be sure to check the organiser’s own event page for the most current updates.

Want more? Head to our comprehensive Event Guide for all of the fun around town where you can search by category, date, location and more!

To find out more about what’s on in Brisbane, head to our Event Guide.

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