Food and Drink
It’s a good thing that it’s Queensland Beer Week because we have a feeling there will be a lot of beers consumed this weekend. Friday night is a great time to start, with Gold Coast brewery Lost Palms launching its beer at Zero Fox with a little shindig. You can also head along to the first-ever Spring Hill Summer Nights, taking over the Two Donkeys breezeway with pop-up bars, delicious eats and loads of entertainment. Saturday is jam-packed – the Brisbane northside coffee tour is happening from North Lakes to Clontarf, All Inn Brewing Co is celebrating its relaunch and releasing tinnies for the first time (yass!) with a party at the brewery, and Sandstone Point Hotel will host its delightful Oyster Festival. You can wrap up your weekend on Sunday at Downey Park with a food truck picnic, because who doesn’t love food trucks? If you haven’t heard the news yet, please note that rad vegan Mexican restaurant Bad Hombres has popped up at Alf’s Place and this is its first weekend trading.
Arts and Culture
Fly your culture flag and get around the best of Brisbane’s arts scene this weekend. Sad news in the form of Spiro Grace Art Rooms closing its doors, but be sure to swing by on Saturday afternoon to send her off in style and check out the final exhibition, Placement. Church is hosting the rad gig poster exhibition Outta Tune for one night only on Friday so don’t miss out! If you love a laugh, The Wine Bluffs is heading to Brisbane Powerhouse from Thursday to Saturday to poke some fun at wine wankers. You can book in for a first look at Louis Theroux’s latest doco Heroin Town at New Farm Cinemas from Friday, and the Palestinian Film Festival is running at Palace Centro Cinemas from Friday to Sunday. Opera in the Reservoir is back for a November season at the Spring Hill Reservoir from Friday to Sunday, plus the stunning Landscape – Mapped by Noel McKenna opens at Queensland Art Gallery on Saturday.
Holy smokes, it’s gigs on gigs on gigs this weekend in Brisbane! Get a head start on Thursday night with Wu-Tang legend GZA at Woolly Mammoth, Too Many Zooz ironically performing at The Zoo, Stella Donnelly doing her thing at The Milk Factory, and Banff playing a smooth set at Black Bear Lodge. The two biggest goers on Friday are definitely Take That at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, as well as The Ultimate Wild Tour (featuring throwback stars like Fragma and DJ Sammy) at Eatons Hill Hotel. Closer to the centre of town you can catch Confidence Man at The Triffid, Tim Rogers at the Old Museum, Idylls at Woolly Mammoth, Tinpan Orange at The Foundry, and the Blood Sweat and Beers tour (led by Angry Anderson) at Chardons Corner Hotel. Saturday is packed with goodness in the form of Frazey Ford playing the Old Museum, The Stems tearing up The Triffid, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress at The Tivoli and the massive Gizzfest at Brisbane Showgrounds.
Festivals and Community
As we mentioned earlier, the YES vote for marriage equality has got us all kinds of excited. You can imagine that plenty of safe places and spaces will be participating in celebrations, so keep an eye on the Australian Marriage Equality Facebook page to see where official events will be popping up. In other news, TAFE Queensland is showcasing the next generation of movers, shakers and innovators at its CRE8 showcase on Thursday night, plus you can throw your support behind saving the beloved Coorparoo Bowls Club on Sunday afternoon at its benefit fundraiser. This week also sees Bakery Lane and Winn Lane transform into a festive wonderland for the beginning of A Very Laneway Christmas, where you can catch the ILMA by Sundholm Style pop-up (this is the first of five up until Christmas – yippee!). There will also be live tunes from 12:00–2:00 pm, so swing by and make a dent in your gift list.