Want to know what’s going on in the Valley this month? Our Events Guide has everything from weekly happenings to monthly exhibitions and one-off special occasions.
While we’ve listed what’s currently happening in the Valley here, it’s a good idea to check directly with the individual operators, official websites and social media for the most up-to-date trading hours and info.
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Arts and culture

Discover the latest exhibitions in the Valley’s galleries and art spaces. This month, #Ozpop by Darwin-based artist Franck Gohier continues until 19 December at Mitchell Fine Art. The Institute of Modern Art hosts the long water: fibre stories exhibition, Fields projection and Infractions video installation and The Churchie Emerging Art Prize until 19 December. At Art from the Margins, In Her Hands is the current collection of artworks from 7 December to 15 January, and the group exhibition, Summer Hang, will be on display at Jan Murphy Gallery until 11 December.
For hands-on craft, there’s the new Wickham Street studio for Montana Art Project, which is hosting Valley Pop-Up Acrylic Pouring classes on Friday and Saturday nights until 12 December. You can also register for workshops such as Alice Nightingale’s Wednesday night and Saturday morning Social Sewing Classes, or book into the Christmas Wreath Workshop with Helena Rose.
Explore more art here
Music and comedy

It wouldn’t be Christmas without carollers, so keep an ear out for festive tunes with Council Christmas Carols in the Valley. The roving singers will wander Brunswick Street and Chinatown malls and pop up in McWhirters and the Laneways to bring some lunchtime festive cheer between 12pm and 2pm from Wednesday to Friday from 9 to 18 December.
For non-seasonal tunes, check out the gigs going on in December at The Fortitude Music Hall, The Outpost, Black Bear Lodge, The Wickham, Woolly Mammoth and The Zoo. Black Bear Lodge hosts Greatest Hits on 10 December, The Jensens on 11 December and Saint Lane on 19 December as well the ongoing Sunday Service live music lineup on Sundays. The Zoo also has a jam-packed schedule of local music acts up until the end of the year, including launches for Lost Goat Found, Liam Brimble, Perve Endings and Jack Botts.
Brissie acts at Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage and Ivory Tusk in December include KOTA the Friend on 11 December, The Wayward Suns on 13 December and Elegante Burlesque on 19 December. You can also catch local live music every Friday and Saturday at The Sound Garden.
Laugh along with Brissie comics at Comedy at Black Bear Lodge on 2 December and Aussie comedian Tommy Little at The Fortitude Music Hall on 16 and 17 December. Don’t miss Trivia Thursdays, Live!@The Wickham and Social Sundays at The Wickham for trivia fun and live tunes weekly.
Find more music and clubs here
Food and wine

Looking for new hotspots to wine and dine in the Valley? Nasi & Mee is a newly opened Malaysian canteen for pickups and delivery options only out of Stone & Copper restaurant on Brunswick Street. This is the real deal for legit halal Malay curries, rice and noodle – order online to get your fix.
The Prince Consort is the Valley’s newest gastropub. Located in the former Elephant Hotel, you’ll find a menu of satisfying parmys and burgers plus share plates and more substantial meals such as wagyu rump and slow-roasted lamb shoulder. Look out for 400 Rabbits Cantina and The Yorke Suites coming soon to The Prince Consort Hotel master quarter.
Read about the Valley’s newest restaurants here
Markets and shopping
Don’t forget to source your Christmas presents from local artists and makers in the Valley. Little Concrete Jungle has a pop-up shop at 3/57 Brunswick Street, open Wednesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The brainchild of local maker Michelle Richardson, you’ll find an array of concrete pots, homewares and handcrafted jewellery.
Market-goers won’t want to miss the festive edition of the Valley Laneways Markets with A Very Laneway Christmas taking over California, Winn and Bakery lanes on 10 and 12  December from 3pm to 8pm. You can also grab your gifts at the Forge Forward Mini Mall on 10 December 5-9pm with local makers, artists and designers showcasing their wares in store.
Browse more local fashion retailers here


Image source: The Prince Consort Hotel

– December 2020