1. Book your next night out
A hub for theatre, music, comedy, film, and visual arts, there’s always something to see at Brisbane Powerhouse. Planning a night out, date night, or just craving some live entertainment? Choose from a yearly program full of comedy, theatre, cabaret and live music events. View the current what's on program.
2. Eat, drink and be Mary
Looking for a place for a special celebration, a lazy long lunch or sunset drinks? Escape the noise and hustle of the city and dine riverside at Brisbane Powerhouse. Begin with drinks at Bar Alto, overlooking the Brisbane River, then move into Mary Mae’s Bar & Kitchen - cue uninterrupted river views, sun-drenched terraces, and an all-day dining menu!
3. Find things to do with kids
Brisbane Powerhouse doesn’t just cater to grown-ups — it’s also a hub of entertainment for kids. If your little one has a love for dance then Storytime Ballet (19-22 January 2023) is the show for them. This event includes a one-hour narration of The Sleeping Beauty that will have kids dancing in their seats.
4. Walk in the steps of history
Brisbane Powerhouse was constructed in stages between 1928 and 1940 and once supported the largest tram network in the southern hemisphere. After its decommission in 1971, the building became a haven for the homeless, performers, and graffiti artists, whose artwork is now known as heritage-listed aerosol art.
Join a behind-the-scenes guided tour to trace the building’s unique history and venture backstage – an area normally reserved for performers and staff.
5. Shop 'til you drop at the markets
Every Saturday morning, from 6am to 12 noon, the Jan Powers Farmers Markets brings the freshest produce to the Brisbane Powerhouse forecourt. Kickstart your weekend with a quality coffee or fruity smoothie and a loaded bagel or gluten-free treat. Wander the 100-plus stalls and stock up on fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and more bought straight from the growers and makers. Can’t wait to get home to eat? Head over to New Farm Park for a picnic!
If you're more of a night owl, get ready for the month-long Hap Wah Night Market in the Powerhouse's forecourt in March and October 2023. The market will be the ultimate destination for foodies.
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