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The 7 Best Things To Do In Brisbane This November

The 7 Best Things To Do In Brisbane This November

Brisbane’s getting hot and heavy under its purple jacaranda coat, but there are lots of cool ways to celebrate impending summer this month. Join the Bowie parade and drench yourself in glitter, cosplay with the best of them at Supanova, take in the carnival delights of Wonderland, or visit an old Brissie fave for a river-side picnic.


In Russia, film watches you

Russian Resurrection Film Festival returns to bring the best works by Russian filmmakers, from remastered classics to award-winning new cinema. Opening night screens yet-to-be-released thriller Icebreaker (what a great way to break the festival ice, guys), along with food, drinks and live music. Highlights include Love in the USSR, Cannes favourite The Student, and Russian blockbuster Flight Crew. Russian Resurrection runs from November 2 to 9 at Event Cinemas Myer Centre.

Lead the boardroom


Brisbane’s newest board game café and bar has taken over the corner of Latrobe and Given Terraces on the trendy main drag in Paddington. Club Sosay has a library of over 500 games, from Hungry Hungry Hippos to Ticket to Ride. And yes, they’ve got all those Cards Against Humanity expansions you lack the space and budget to collect. Settle in for the long game; there’s a varied menu available (with lots of vegan and gluten-free options) and full bar. Club Sosay is open Wednesday-Sunday at 2 Latrobe Tce (cnr Given Tce) in Paddington, Brisbane.

Photo: Club Sosay/Facebook

Girls on film


Griffith Film School hosts a festival of films by Australian women directors, including Look Both Ways, Black Panther Woman, Feeling Sexy and The Dressmaker. Spot a very young Noni Hazlehurst (from Playschool, of course) in Waiting (1991). There’ll be nibbles and drinks on offer too. The festival runs from November 4 to 6 at Griffith Film School Cinema.

Photo: The Dressmaker

We can be heroes (just for one day)


The stardust will fall like snow over New Farm for the inaugural Bowies Down Brunswick fundraiser. Dress as any of the Man Who Fell to Earth’s incarnations and meet outside New Farm Cinemas to take a Ziggy-marks-the-spot treasure hunt along Brunswick Street and mall, where participating venues will be serving up Bowie-themed treats, drinks and experiences. Your (minimum) gold coin donation goes directly to the Cancer Council. Take your protein pills and put your helmet on for Bowies Down Brunswick, from 5.30-7pm on November 5.

Go Supanova


As if Thor filming in the Brisvegas CBD wasn’t dazzling enough, more stars are on their way as Supanova pop culture convention blasts off this month. Snap a pic with Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Jason Mewes (Jay of Jay and Silent Bob) and Holly Marie Combs (Charmed), along with famous faces from Game of Thrones, Dr Who and even Aussie childhood fave Cheez TV. And don’t forget to grab autographs from the talented writers, artists and voiceover actors behind your favourite comics and cartoons. Supanova runs from November 11 to 13 at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Photo: Jay Mewes

New Farm, old favourite


Nothing beats a picnic by the river at New Farm Park. Wander down from the Valley or hop on a City Cat to cool off the in shade of the park’s famous Moreton Bay Figs and jacarandas. Here you’ll find Brisbane’s coolest (and ever-expanding) adventure playground – complete with sleeping dragon – where you can climb, swing, sway and explore, whatever your age. If you’re lucky, the sprinklers will be on for a refreshing sun shower. New Farm Park is open all year round and is free to enjoy.

Photo: Tourism Queensland

Down the rabbit hole


A carnival to celebrate Brisbane’s sultry summer nights, Wonderland lights up the Powerhouse with cabaret, comedy, and physical theatre. Experience a labyrinth of mirrors, check out some old-fashioned sideshow magic (and see how it’s done), and shimmy into sparkling burlesque revues. Our picks are a rare return of Sandro Colarelli’s The Lady in the House of Love, cybernetic circus act Undertone, and Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary’s heart-stopping Mills and Boom! There’s also a labyrinth of seemingly infinite mirrors to get lost in. Wonderland runs from 24 November to 11 December at Brisbane Powerhouse.

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