Food and Drink
Good lord, Brisbane – the food and drink gods are smiling upon us this weekend. Dip your toes into the weekend revelry pool on Thursday at the Osbourne Hotel when it hosts the stunning Pepperjack Four-Course Dinner (hello, wine matching). Saturday is positively packed with tasty morsels – first of all, the Sunnybank $2 Food Trail returns to provide a taste of Asia’s best for the mere price of pocket change, the Montpelier Beer Mixer organised by Green Beacon Brewing is taking over a warehouse space on Montpelier Road with brews and chews galore, and you can indulge in some competitive wine tasting (yes, it’s a thing) at Baedeker for Out of the Bottle. Get classy on Sunday when gin haven Covent Garden celebrates all things British and botanical with a Wimbledon Garden Party, or dedicate your Saturday and Sunday to everyone’s favourite salty treat when Welcome to Bowen Hills sizzles for its Bacon Festival.
Arts and Culture
It’s a damn good weekend to be a culture lover in Brisbane! First of all, the highly anticipated light installation from James Turrell will light up GOMA for the first time on Friday night, illuminating the building in custom brilliant colour. Queensland Theatre’s latest triumph Good Muslim Boy is opening at QPAC from Thursday night, and in similarly exciting fashion the internationally successful Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opens on Friday night at QPAC. If you have something to get off your chest, consider checking out the amazing Rachel Burke’s Apomogy exhibition – this cathartic and cute number opens at the Redland Art Gallery on Saturday. For something seriously spectacular, Grease – The Arena Experience is heading to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre for two performances only on Saturday. Hint: prepare your best singalong voice.
Gigs on gigs this weekend, Brisbane! Get a little pre-vibe going on Thursday with shows from AGWA at Black Bear Lodge, Louis Baker at The Milk Factory and Rebel Yell at The Foundry. Friday night is a time to party – Rare Finds celebrates Gold Member and High Tropics at Black Bear Lodge, Justin Heazlewood plays an intimate set at Avid Reader and Sweater Curse will tear up The Foundry. Save some energy for Saturday night’s offering – there’s a huge benefit show for local legend Spencer P. Jones at The Foundry featuring 6fthick, HITS and more, the most Aussie band ever The Chats bring the ruckus to The Zoo, Tumbleweed blow into The Triffid and Ladysmith Black Mambazo get rhythmic at The Tivoli.
Festivals and Community
It’s a big one for Brisbane’s festivals and community sector this weekend, folks! First of all, don your finest red dress and make tracks for Bedford Park on Saturday because there will be a whole troupe of Kate Bush impersonators gathered for The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever (which is exactly what it sounds like). If you want a taste of the Latin life, head along to the annual Colombian Street Festival when it takes over GPO and Ballow Street for 12 non-stop hours on Saturday. For some wholesome family fun, the Samford Show is the place to go – the Samford Showgrounds will be overrun with rides, fun fair activities and cute animals. Channel your inner eco-warrior when the Peaks to Points Festival kicks off all over Brisbane on Saturday, or step back in time at the annual Abbey Medieval Festival on Saturday and Sunday at Abbeystowe.
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