If it hasn’t already, Brisbane Powerhouse should make your bucket list of things to see and do in Brisbane ̶ you’ll need more than one visit! The former power station is now a hub for Brisbane’s thriving arts and cultural scene, with New Farm and the Brisbane River in its backyard. From markets, events, live music and theatre to dining destinations and the annual roars of laughter at the Brisbane Comedy Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse has something for all ages and interests.
Just for laughs
From Friday 22 February til Sunday 24 March, the whole family can laugh out loud at the 2019 Brisbane Comedy Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse. Bursting at the seams with a line-up of the funniest comedians in the country, there are shows for die-hard comedy fans, kids and the chance for young comedians (in Years 9 to 12) to pick up the microphone in the Class Clowns comedy competition.
Hit the high notes
The former power station brings new electricity to the city with a bustling line-up of music, theatre and live performances each month. See award-winning Shôn Dale-Jones in his one-man-shows, Me & Robin Hood and The Duke, and Luke Kennedy’s From Johnny to Jack – an ode to Australian icon John Farnham.
Start date night with a leisurely dinner before watching Australia’s finest classical guitarists, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, onstage with Wolfgang Muthspiel, or catching the iconic musical comedy duo Scared Weird Little Guys in their first shows in almost a decade.
Early bird catches the worm
If you’re an early riser, grab your biggest shopping tote, hop on a CityCat to New Farm and make your way to the Powerhouse Farmers Markets on Saturdays. Fuel up with a fresh baked croissant and coffee before hunting and gathering fresh produce and gourmet treats for the week ahead. Better yet, pack a picnic blanket and enjoy a fresh food spread in the beautiful New Farm Park next door.
Enjoy Brisbane’s great outdoors
Brisbane Powerhouse shares the spotlight with New Farm Park, making it the ideal location for a Sunday afternoon catch up with friends and family. Gather the troops, pack a frisbee and while away the hours amongst the roses. There’s plenty of room for the kids, and you, to burn off energy too. Head to the playground, score a match point at the New Farm Tennis Courts or strap on your sneakers and hit the pavement, walking from New Farm Park to Teneriffe or through the city to South Bank.
Whether it’s an afternoon by the rose garden, a cultural feast at Brisbane Powerhouse or dinner and drinks with the girls, leave the car at home and explore this Brisbane precinct with handy access to CityCat, CityCycle and major bus routes with plenty of spots to stop along the way.