What’s on in Brisbane this weekend
It’s around this point that most of us will be in one of two camps – coasting along on the maximum vibes of back-to-back long weekends, or cursing our inability to plan ahead when it comes to sorting out strategic leave from work. Don’t sweat it, fam! We’ve got one last three-day leisure opportunity coming our way thanks to Labour Day, so don’t waste it – from rods and rockabilly to 90s house parties, we’ve scoped what’s on in Brisbane this weekend from April 27 to May 1.
There’s nothing quite like a long weekend to bring out the party people, and the abundance of festivals happening in Brisbane is a testament to this. Get your greaser on when Rods & Rockabilly rolls into the Hamilton Hotel on Saturday, or scope some of the country’s best bands (plus shotgun weddings by a dodgy Elvis) at The Blurst of Times in Fortitude Valley on Saturday. The hotly anticipated Stones Corner Festival returns on Sunday to celebrate the best of Brisbane’s food and entertainment scene, and serious revellers can head to the Biscuit Factory Block Party at The Brightside on Sunday for ultimate rave vibes. On a more peaceful note, you can check out the Festival of Tibet at the Brisbane Powerhouse from Wednesday to Sunday, and the Buddha Birth Day Festival will be spread around South Bank from Friday until Sunday.
There were a few shows this weekend that were so hot that they sold out (looking at you The Whitlams/Butterfingers/The Wombats/Dan Sultan), but we have the scoop on sonic goodness you can still nab tickets to. It’s a good weekend for hip-hoppers – your mate and ours Fatman Scoop is headlining the killer RnB Fridays Party out at Eatons Hill Hotel, Pez is dropping rhymes at Woolly Mammoth on Friday and The Triffid is playing host to dedicated hip-hop festival Scenario on Sunday. Feeling classical? Head to Fever Pitch at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday, get your culture on and head out to Ballandean for Opera in the Vineyard on Sunday and check out QSO’s Gershwin! Bernstein! America! at Brisbane City Hall on Thursday. Get messy with Dwarves at Crowbar on Sunday, Helmet at The Brightside on Sunday, Screamfeeder at The Zoo on Friday and The Darkness at Eatons Hill Hotel on Thursday. If you’re making the trek to Townsville for Groovin’ the Moo on Sunday, please drive save and give Laura Jane Grace a high-five from us.
Food & Drink:
We hope you’ve recovered from your Easter binges, because there’s lots of food-related goodness going on in Brisbane this weekend. Kick it off with sky-high eats at The Charming Squire’s Wings and the Wheel event on Thursday, then brace yourself for the return of Eats & Beats stopping in at Berrinba Wetlands Park on Friday. The legends from Little Clive are hosting a pop-up paella night on Friday, and new kids on the block Mongrel are taking over the Naïm kitchen with Peruvian delights come Saturday. Wear your stretchiest pants for bottomless dumplings at Dumpling Republic on Saturday, and max out your good vibes when the first Vegan Day Out takes over South Brisbane on Saturday and Sunday.
Arts and Culture:
It’s a truly mixed bag in Brisbane’s cultural scene this week, and that’s how we like it. Might we start by saying that there is a huge ’90s house party happening at The Flamin’ Galah on Saturday, complete with themed drinks such as butterfly clip bombs. The Spanish Film Festival is kicking off at Palace Centro Cinemas on Thursday to bring us all kinds of Euro goodness, you can learn the ins and outs of fine fragrance making at a perfume masterclass at the New Inchcolm Hotel on Saturday, and it’s your last chance to catch Untapped at QPAC before it finishes up on Saturday. Christopher Doyle’s Litany exhibit is opening at The Culprit Club on Friday night, Riverlife’s huge annual Cinco de Mayo party is set to heat things up on Sunday, and you can get your geek on when the video game and pop culture market sets up shop at Shady Palms on Sunday. If you’re ready to fall in love (with fashion) be sure to head to the CAMILLA warehouse sale at Brisbane Showgrounds from Friday until Sunday, where you can pick up some amazing finds.