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Steam Train Sunday

Steam Train Sunday

Sunday, 5th March 2017 - Sunday, 3rd December 2017
Travel through Brisbane on a historic steam train and relive the splendour of a bygone era, passing through city stations on your journey aboard vintage carriages. Passengers are free to move between carriages, take in the sights from the charming carriage balconies, wave to onlookers and relax with the gentle sway of the steam train. Trips are approximately one hour and depart and return to Roma Street station. The trips are enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Digital Futures Lab

Digital Futures Lab

Saturday, 22nd April 2017 - Sunday, 5th November 2017
Discover the Digital Futures Lab in the SLQ Gallery, a free interactive experience which is part studio, part game space, part exhibition. This immersive space is designed to make you think and maybe even look twice. Discover smart cities and digital bodies, real life robots and risky algorithms. Immerse yourself in virtual worlds, learn mindfulness from a machine, and share your dreams and predictions for the future. Check out the latest techie gadgets, have a virtual reality experience or control a computer with your mind.
Jan Powers Markets Brisbane Powerhouse

Jan Powers Markets Brisbane Powerhouse

Saturday, 16th July 2016 - Sunday, 17th December 2017
Almost 30 years ago an idea was born that was to change Brisbane. Foodie, commentator and city doyenne Jan Power decided to forge the first Farmers Markets, putting pay to her passion for fresh produce, and her commitment supporting farmers and their livelihoods. The first Jan Powers Farmers Markets came to colourful and loud life at the Brisbane Powerhouse site; and today, almost a full generation later, Brisbane is a city indelibly inked with love for Farmers Markets. Jan singularly pushed City regulations again and again to sow the seed of Farmers Markets, and educate Brisbane of the provenance of…
Powerkids: Little Artists at Play

Powerkids: Little Artists at Play

Tuesday, 31st January 2017 - Tuesday, 9th January 2018
Join the Brisbane Powerhouse every Tuesday, during the school term, on the Turbine Platform. In this space, anything is possible. Little Artists at Play is a creative play workshop series for children aged 0-5 years and their parents and carers. Bring your kids along to take part in multi-art experiences led by internationally acclaimed artists from Imaginary Theatre. Each week the host artist will collaborate with the group on unique and engaging activities. From theatre and visual art to dance, music and digital media, there will be something to inspire everyone. From October–January, join them for Day Dreams and spend…
The Story of Brisbane

The Story of Brisbane

Wednesday, 1st March 2017 - Wednesday, 14th February 2018
Come on a walk around Brisbane Powerhouse with award-winning actors Therese Collie and Tim Mullooly as they tell the fascinating story of Brisbane as captured in the words of its great writers– from Steele Rudd to David Malouf, from the defining poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal to the songs of The Go-Betweens and more! Against the backdrop of the Brisbane River and with Brisbane Powerhouse at the heart of the narrative, The Story of Brisbane is packed with anecdote, humour and information as it celebrates the many wondrous ways writers have seen our city. Accompany Therese and Tim as they transform…
Knockoff

Knockoff

Friday, 3rd March 2017 - Friday, 5th January 2018
Down tools, gather your friends, knock off and start your weekend with a good laugh at Brisbane Powerhouse. Fridays just got funny at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you’ve been a fan of their comedy on Sundays they encourage you to knock off early for a chance to start your weekend with a good laugh and a cold beer. A variety of local and Australian comedians will be bringing you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations every Friday. Brisbane’s own ImproMafia performs on the last Friday of each month with improvised comedy. If you like your comedy free, funny and…
Brisbane International

Brisbane International

Sunday, 1st January 2017 - Sunday, 7th January 2018
Brisbane International presented by Suncorp has established itself as a highlight of Queensland's summer events calendar. Queensland tennis fans experience first-hand, the excitement as some of the biggest names in world tennis descend on Queensland Tennis Centre, turning on eight days of heart-stopping action and entertainment. Previous Brisbane champions include Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt, Victoria Azarenka, Grigor Dimitrov and Kim Clijsters. Who will be crowned champion in 2018?
Didgeridoo Jam

Didgeridoo Jam

Sunday, 3rd July 2016 - Thursday, 7th December 2017
Every first Thursday night of the month from 7pm to 10pm they have their Didgeridoo Jam at Didgeridoo Festivals HQ in Bellbird Park. Come in and have a jam or bring a blanket and relax, kick back and listen to a mix of instruments combined with the Didgeridoo. They are a didgeridoo community with a unique gathering of instruments surrounded by gum trees and friendly wildlife.
Christmas Express

Christmas Express

Sunday, 11th December 2016 - Saturday, 9th December 2017
Join Santa on a festive return steam train journey to historic Grandchester station. Departing at 10 am from the Museum platform, enjoy a 2.5 hour journey through the scenic countryside. When you arrive at Grandchester station, see the steam locomotive turned around for the journey home. Bookings are essential and passengers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Departs and returns to The Workshops Rail Museum platform Departure time: 10 am Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
Museum Twilight Markets

Museum Twilight Markets

Friday, 17th February 2017 - Friday, 15th December 2017
The Museum Twilight Markets is Ipswich's newest event destination! Combining quality handmade market stalls, food vendors, a licensed bar, a free craft workshop, children's entertainment, live music and torchlight tours of The Workshops Rail Museum, the Museum Twilight Markets are a great event for the whole family! Torchlight tours will be running throughout the evening at a cost of just AUD10 per person. Limited spots are available with bookings available on the night. Presented in partnership with BrisStyle.
A Room for Wild Animals

A Room for Wild Animals

Saturday, 25th February 2017 - Sunday, 26th November 2017
Get up close to 20 taxidermy specimens including big cats, bears and deer. In this Ipswich first, these large specimens have been pulled out of the Queensland Museum vaults so we can learn more about them. Today they speak on behalf of their living relatives, teaching us about wildlife diversity around the world, and invite us to think about animal habitat protection and conservation. The exhibition features a lion, tiger, jaguar, cheetah, polar bear, brown bear, black bear, moose, buffalo, deer and antelope. Included with Museum entry.
Grandchester Express

Grandchester Express

Saturday, 8th April 2017 - Saturday, 30th September 2017
Get on-board this return steam train journey to historic Grandchester station. Add Museum entry and make a whole day out. During this two and a half hour return trip, passengers have the option to disembark at Grandchester station and explore the grounds, watch the locomotive be uncoupled from its train and ran around for its return trip. Bookings are essential and passengers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Departs and returns to The Workshops Rail Museum platform. Departure time: 10am Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
19th and 20th Century Works

19th and 20th Century Works

Saturday, 18th March 2017 - Sunday, 14th October 2018
View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery’s collection of 19th and early 20th century fine art and folk art, as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich’s heritage. Visit the upper level to see exceptional works such as the mid-19th century cedar sideboard crafted by George Dowden for the Cribb family’s historic Ipswich residence ‘Gooloowan’, Australian paintings such as Frosty morning by key Australian landscape painter Elioth Gruner, and the exquisite Australian wildflower tea service designed by renowned Australian botanical artist Ellis Rowan. Image: Elioth Gruner Frosty morning 1915 (detail) | Oil on canvas on board, 29.2…
St Andrews Day Dinner Pipe Band Competition

St Andrews Day Dinner Pipe Band Competition

Friday, 2nd December 2016 - Friday, 1st December 2017
You will become judge and jury of who is the Gold Coast's best Pipe band duo at the St Andrews Day Dinner Pipe Band Competition, set over a four course meal you will enjoy pipe tunes from 11 duos, accompanied with drummers, as they parade through the Hotel. You be the judge who is best. Tickets include a four course meal, and all the best in Scottish Tradition. Booking essential.
Burns Supper

Burns Supper

Wednesday, 25th January 2017 - Thursday, 25th January 2018
Greeted by a lone piper to celebrate the great Poet Robbie Burns at the Burns Supper. Be part of Burns night with traditional Scottish fare whilst they address the Haggis. There will be three courses beginning with Cullen Skink soup, mains of Haggis with neeps and tatties, and finish with Bread and butter pudding. An evening of tradition awaits.
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