Food and Drink
It’s a damn fine weekend to be a foodie in Brisbane – let’s eat! First of all, massive foodie and produce fest Regional Flavours is taking over South Bank on Saturday and Sunday – so head in to taste our state on a plate. Throwing it back to Friday night’s gastronomic offering, you can indulge in A Night in France at Eagle Farm Racecourse or perhaps A Journey to the Granite Belt with La Petite Mort at Eden’s Table. Saturday is stellar for feasting – a Chicken and Beer Festival is taking over Welcome to Bowen Hills, you can drink up at Brewski’s big Belgian Biere Fest, or sample the finer things at a Cheese and Wine Masterclass at The Alliance Hotel. Save room for Sunday – indulge in free (yes, free!) prosecco sorbet in honour of La Macelleria Teneriffe’s fifth birthday, or get (sensibly) giddy when Blush by Effervescence takes over Hanworth House.
BONUS: Christmas in July
As previously mentioned, this cold snap definitely lends itself well to winter warmers – and a bunch of Brisbane venues are getting on board this weekend. On Friday you can head to White Lies Brewing for ugly sweaters and a Chrissy feast, or hop along to The Sunset Social in West End for mulled wine and choirs.There is even more action on Saturday – Munich Brauhaus is hosting a 90s-themed party (also with ugly sweater vibes), the Carseldine Markets take on a festive spin, and Hellbound is going the other way to celebrate Krampus with mulled wine and metal tunes.
Arts and Culture
Brisbane’s culture sphere is popping off this weekend – get out and experience it. The inimitable author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson brings his wit and sass to Brisbane Powerhouse for one night only on Thursday. Cinephiles and Nordic fans will delight in the knowledge that the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival returns to Palace Cinemas from Thursday, while outdoor movie-lovers can scope the American Express Openair Cinemas at the brand-new location of the City Botanic Gardens from Friday night. Those who need a funnybone tickling can head along to Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday or Saturday to catch Sammy J’s new show Major Party, or for something completely left field you can suss out Grindhouse Wrestling at The Zoo on Saturday. Feeling creative? Be sure to keep an eye out for photo opps – the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards are currently running and you could win rad prizes for participating.
Got a hankering for some live tunes this weekend? Brisbane’s gig scene has more than got you covered. You can dip your toe in the water with FeelsClub at The Foundry on Thursday, then dive full steam ahead into Friday with Circles at The Zoo, The Angels at The Triffid, Poolroom at Heya Bar, Mecha Mecha at Woolly Mammoth, plus the first of two performances paying tribute to the Women of Woodstock at Brisbane Powerhouse (there’s another performance on the Saturday night). Speaking of Saturday night, there are loads of shows to take advantage of – the legendary Robert Forster plays an intimate gig at Old Museum, an acoustic tribute to Lou Reed at The Triffid, Magnus doing a thing at Woolly Mammoth, Between Kings getting it done at The Foundry, plus a rockin’ Queen tribute show at Eatons Hill Hotel. For an all-day affair, the Pullen Vale Folk Festival at John Sprent Reserve in Moggil on Saturday will chill you right out.
Festivals and Community
For all of your festival needs, Brisbane is the place to be this weekend. You can adorn your residence or pick up inspo at the Reno Home Show at Brisbane Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, or go hunting for treasure at the Albion Antiques and Collectibles Fair at Kedron-Wavell Services Club from Friday to Sunday. If you have a pooch that could use a day out, take them to RSPCA Wacol for Snow4Dogs from Friday to Sunday – they can frolic and play while you get endorphins knowing you’re helping raise funds for a great cause. Seeking some family-friendly fun? The Triple M Rocks Tattersall’s Race Day at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday promises to be a rockin’ day out, while Gasworks & Chill is a nice free option for chilled-out Saturday arvo vibes.
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