Food and Drink
Bust out the stretchy pants, Brisbane – this weekend is time to eat your way around the city. First of all, South Bank is coming alive with the bounty of the state on Saturday and Sunday for Regional Flavours – taste your way around the best of Queensland’s producers all in one spot. Speaking of two-day affairs, Welcome to Bowen Hills is at it again with the Dimmy and Dumpling Festival, which is exactly as described. Dip your toes into the weekend pool on Thursday with a Beer Degustation Dinner at Four Points, or savour the flavour of the season with the Truffle Hunting Dinner at Gianni’s Kitchen. Friday and Saturday are all about making malt memories when the Queensland Whisky Expo hits The Brisbane Club, and Sunday is a real treat with Tengdahl presents Secret Garden at Detour and Kerbside Kitchen at Fat Dumpling.
Arts and Culture
Brisbane’s culture club is thriving as always, so dive right in! Cinephiles are in for an absolute treat – the Queensland Film Festival kicks off at various locations on Thursday, plus the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival commences its run at the Palace Barracks Cinemas from Friday. La Boite Theatre’s year continues to sizzle with the premiere of Lysa and the Freeborn Dames on Saturday, plus you can catch the inimitable Tash York’s killer new show Adulting at Metro Arts on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. If you’ve been meaning to check out Egyptian Mummies at the Queensland Museum, consider nabbing a ticket to the next After Dark session this Friday night – evening artefacts, hello! Those keen for vintage vibes can head along to The Bowerbird and the Bride at Old Government House all weekend. Also, consider this your final warning – be sure to head to the Brisbane Powerhouse to catch the World Press Photo Exhibition before it finishes up on Sunday.
Though Splendour may be happening down south, there is still plenty of sonic action happening in Brisbane this weekend. Kick things off on Thursday night with some local flavour in the form of The Emerald Ruby at The Milk Factory, or go all out and head to QPAC for The White Album Concert featuring Chris Cheney, Tim Rogers, Phil Jamieson and Josh Pyke jamming to The Beatles (there is also a show on Friday night). Speaking of Friday, rage into the weekend with Between Kings at The Triffid, Aerials at The Foundry, plus Tape/Off at Bloodhound Bar. Saturday continues the ripper gig run with the legendary Obie Trice playing an intimate show at The Back Room, TOTTY hosting a little Christmas in July show at The Foundry, a rad Cream tribute show played by The Honey Sliders at The Triffid, plus Johnny Cash the Concert at The Tivoli. If you’re in the mood to groove, Black Bear Lodge is being transformed into a groovy haven on Friday and Saturday for the Brisbane Mod & Soul Weekender – be sure to pack your dancing shoes.
Festivals and Community
The community sector is going off in Brisbane this weekend – head out and enjoy all it has to offer. Saturday is jam-packed – King George Square will be overrun with proud Scots for International Tartan Day, Doomben Racecourse will come alive for the Triple M Rocks Tattersall’s Race Day, you can catch a spot of Grindhouse Wrestling at The Zoo, plus the Elephant Hotel is staying up late for an All 90s All Nighter. Fitness fanatics can get amongst Jetty2Jetty taking place on Sunday, and those with a racing streak will be delighted to note that the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint is bringing high-octane action to the suburb from Friday to Sunday. Ink lovers can see some of the best artists from all over the country when the Australian Tattoo Expo takes over the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday to Sunday – sorry mum. If you’re up for a little roadtrip, head out Warwick way – the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival has just kicked off and turned the town into a buzzing hive of activity.
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