Food and Drink
Folks, it’s a great weekend to be a food-lover in Brisbane. First of all, we’re just a little bit excited that Belles Hot Chicken is setting up shop at Welcome to Bowen Hills from Friday to Sunday, especially seeing as the precinct is hosting its first-ever Chicken Nugget Festival on Saturday and Sunday. In a similar neck of the woods, the Bavarian Beerhaüs is hosting a weekend of massive celebrations for its grand opening – think brews, chews and hula hoops. You can sip more than 50 tasty drops when the Laneway Vineyard lands at The Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, or you can live your carefree tummy fantasy when the Gluten Free Expo takes over the Brisbane Convention Centre on Saturday and Sunday. Cheese-lovers can indulge in fine French fare when the Fromage Laneway pops up at West Village on Sunday, or get a bit fancy when the Treasury Brisbane Ladies Oaks Day lands at Doomben Racecourse. Go out with a bang on Sunday when Lefty’s plays host to an Indie Spirits Tasting, or go down the more wholesome route with a food truck picnic at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens.
Arts and Culture
As usual, Brisbane’s culture club is positively brimming with things to see and do this weekend. The ever-fabulous MELT Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse is sadly drawing to a close for another year, but you’d best believe it’s going out with a bang – you can check the full program of events here. Speaking of last weekends, the sterling Anywhere Theatre Festival finishes up this weekend – take a look at the shows still running here. QPAC will be playing host to some exciting events – the double bill of Carmen and The Firebird starts on Friday night, and Queensland Theatre’s latest offering The Longest Minute commences its season on Saturday. It’s also your last weekend to catch some killer flicks as part of the Curious Affection film program at GOMA – we’d suggest heading in on Sunday for the Blade Runner double feature.
If you’re crying over missing out on tickets to the sold-out Big Pineapple Music Festival, fear not – there are plenty of other juicy gigs happening to sate your musical appetite. Get a head start on your weekend this Thursday with Totally Mild’s new album tour at Black Bear Lodge, or hop along to The Foundry for the UQRTC Fundraiser featuring Nice Biscuit, Asha Jeffries and more. Friday night is kicking it into overdrive with Augie March at The Zoo, Carmouflage Rose at Black Bear Lodge, Xander Holmes at The Milk Factory, Tex Perkins at QPAC plus Remi headlining the massive Coors Block Party at The Brightside. Spend Saturday listening to Seether at Eatons Hill Hotel, Jeremy Loops at The Zoo, Paul McKenna Band at the Old Museum or even The Angels at Hamilton Hotel. Save some energy for Sunday because The Squeeze mini-festival is hitting The Triffid – catch headliners Lime Cordiale and Bootleg Rascal MCed by comedian Aaron Gocs.
Festivals and Community
While us The Weekend Edition folk will be testing our kayaking and karaoke skills at Death Valley Fun Camp this weekend, there is still plenty of goodness going around if you didn’t snag tickets. Start your weekend off right by checking out some rad local businesses when the Street Fiesta takes over Bakery Lane on Friday night to launch new tenants Urban Gallery and Destacarse Boutique. You would be barking mad to miss the NewBARKet Dog Festival at Newmarket Village on Sunday – think of all the cute dogs! If you’re down to get a little further out of town, head Samford way for Dayboro Day on Sunday – it’s basically a huge community street festival that’s fun for the whole family. This weekend is also your last chance to check out Gigs & Picnics in the City Botanic Gardens, so head along on Saturday for some live music and food-truck fare.
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