Food and Drink
We hope you enter this weekend with an empty belly, Brisbane – more room for all of the amazing food on offer! Thursday afternoon sees the stunning Customs House launch its next seasonal pop-up bar in the form of Tanqueray Terrace – think gin, killer views and decadent bar bites. The Brisbane Showgrounds are going to come alive with live bands and hundreds of brews for the Beer InCider Experience on Friday and Saturday, while other rad Friday night happenings include the Spring Break Car Park Party at Quincy’s and the Food Truck Fest out at Shorncliffe. Saturday is similarly packed – The Bavarians kick off six weeks of massive Oktoberfest celebrations, Jungle Bar celebrates its fifth birthday in tiki style, and Kennigo Social House is hosting a Cheese and Wine Masterclass. Cap it all off on Sunday when Libertine launches its Ginside Out sessions – the perfect ending to your week.
Arts and Culture
As usual, Brisbane’s culture scene is positively booming. Brisbane Festival continues with its smorgasbord of entertainment – from gin-soaked cabarets to powerful theatre, there is plenty going on. Take a look at the full program here. Thursday sees The Hatpin opening for a strictly limited season at the Spring Hill Reservoir, or you can head to Urban Paradise Gallery to catch the opening night of Ham Solo (Jackson Hambridge’s latest solo show). Those who like all things astro should head to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium from Friday night to check out the opening of Tales of a Time Traveler, or take a journey to Hobbiton when the first Lord of the Rings film plays at the massive outdoor cinema at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Sweet tooths, some huge news this weekend – the hotly anticipated Sugar Republic is open from Sunday at Valley Metro, so get your best poses down-pat at once.
Strap yourself in for a killer weekend of live tunes, Brisbane! Friday night is a total whopper – catch superstar Vance Joy at the Riverstage, legends DZ Deathrays 10-Year anniversary show at The Tivoli, Nice Biscuit at The Zoo, Don and the Mobsters at The Milk Factory, Lewis Fautzi at The Brightside, Twin Folds at Black Bear Lodge, SixFtHick at The Bearded Lady and an evening with Hazel Mei, Amela and Alexander William at Bloodhound Bar. Phew! Save some energy for Saturday’s effort – there’s Even at The Zoo, The Long Johns at The Bearded Lady, Jhené Aiko at Eatons Hill Hotel, plus Bloom Parade at Bloodhound Bar. Finish your weekend on the right note with Destroyer at The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent (thanks, Brisbane Festival) and Band of Dawn at Black Bear Lodge.
Festivals and Community
There is a lot of action happening in Brisbane’s festival and community sector this weekend! Prepare for an explosion of colour and positivity on Saturday when the Pride Rally and March goes down Brunswick Street, followed by the amazing Pride Fair in New Farm Park. You can geek out when Oz Comic-Con hits the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday and Sunday, or go on a little roadtrip to check out the stunning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers when it kicks off on Saturday. Head to the Chinatown Mall on Saturday to witness a true display of tradition when the Chinese Moon Festival takes over the area – hello, dumplings and dragons!
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