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Jameson is hosting a blockbuster festival called JJ's Place filled with live music, exclusive beer and whiskey tastings and delicious snacks for one day only at Commune in Waterloo. The best part? It's free entry, with your first round on the house for you and a mate, if you register on the site. JJ's Place promises a packed and exciting day with your pals, especially if your crew are music lovers. The festival will be raging with sets from Gooch Palms, the Delta Riggs, Sloan Peterson and Display Homes. The tunes will be flowing the entire event with FBi DJs spinning faves between live sets. The festival also boasts the launch of Jameson Caskmates IPA editions, a blended Irish whiskey finished in IPA beer barrels. The hoppy, smooth whiskey will be served up the way it is best enjoyed, with fresh lemon and tonic. There'll also be other delicious selections from the Jameson Caskmates family to try: the stout with soda and orange; the hard shandy; and a limited edition Young Henrys Irish pale ale boilermaker. Alongside whiskey tastings, you'll also get the chance to watch a live barrel charring with the Jameson master distiller and Master cooper. JJ's Place has also got great snacks to pair with all that delicious whiskey and beer, teaming up with two local legends to bring you custom plates and cocktails. Frankie's Pizza will be transporting their beloved pinball machines, serving up fresh slices, and flinging fresh apple and whiskey cocktails. Newtown gem Continental Deli
Woodford Folk Festival 2018
Wedged between Christmas and New Year, the Woodford Folk Festival is a mainstay of the Aussie festival calendar. The six-day jamboree pulls more than 2,000 musicians and artists in front of a crowd of well over 100,000 people, and come festival time, the dedicated event site, Woodfordia, becomes a thriving village. Woodford includes concerts, film, comedy, social dialogues, environmental debates, circus workshops, cabaret and a children’s festival. While the original iterations dating back to the 1980s had an anything-goes, hippie vibe, the festival has developed a more mainstream flavour. That said, its audience is as varied as its offering, with people of many orientations, nationalities and ages fronting up for an all-round good time. The best way to experience Woodford is to bag a campsite, or you can step up your comfort by checking in to the tent motel known as Tent City. Off-site options are also available. If you don’t want to commit to the full program there are day tickets available. Campfires aren’t allowed, but the organisers make up for it by creating an enormous bonfire sculpture each year that ties in to a professionally directed show of music and theatre.
Summer events in South East Queensland
During summer in Queensland it’s all systems go on fun and frivolities. The southeast corner in particular becomes a flurry of activity, including sporting tournaments, music festivals, art exhibitions and much more. As 2018 ticks over to 2019, you can watch all the tennis action in Brisbane, let your hair down at one of the country’s biggest folk festivals, and enjoy a spot of polo by the beach. Culture buffs can peruse international works of contemporary art, while sports nuts sit it out for three days at the Gabba with eyes fixed on a cricket ball. In between the formalities there are plenty of other places to chill/explore (depending on your energy levels), including Brisbane’s inner-city beach at South Bank, which makes even locals feel like they’re on holidays; the hill with a view, Mt Coot-tha; and wine trails through the Granite Belt. You can also head offshore to Stradbroke, Moreton and Fraser Islands, the latter being the world’s largest sand island, or get lost in the hinterlands behind the Gold or Sunshine Coasts. Of course, the coasts are also ripe for beachy stuff, so bring your towel and a surfboard.
Christmas in the City
Christmas in the City parades a whole program of free Christmasy events around the city in the lead up to the big day, kicking off one month before you'll open pressies. There’s 30 days on this advent calendar, where you’ll have the chance to see choirs of carolers, family-friendly concerts, visit festive food pop-ups and catch a glimpse of Saint Nick as he zooms through the city. The celebration starts at 6.30 on November 24, when the city centre will get a sparkly makeover and host a Christmas party with roaming entertainers, stage shows, late-night shopping and a banquet of food stalls. On King St, you’ll find popcorn carts, mobile cafés and food trucks serving everything from Yum Cha to pastas, burgers and gelato under a canopy of 94,000 twinkling lights. You can catch more fun between George Street and Martin Place for the rest of the countdown to Christmas. There’s choirs performing on Pitt Street Mall every Thursday and on weekends, and the fabulous Christmas tree and decorations are there to marvel at day and night. There’s a family-friendly concert series happening across Alexandria (Dec 7), Rushcutters Bay (Dec 8) and Rosebery (Dec 9), while Green Square hosts its own Christmas wonderland on December 2. Throughout the festivities, there’ll be great kids’ activities like gingerbread icing and Christmas craft, as well as appearances by popular childrens’ performers like Jimmy Giggle, Justine Clarke and Sam Moran.