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What's on in Brisbane this weekend
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What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

We are creeping closer and closer to the weekend, friends! So you can make the most of your couple of days off, we have rounded up the best things happening in and around the city from comedy festivals and decadent fondue sessions to sizzling stage shows and street wide food fiestas. Keep reading for a few more ideas ... more

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Feisty femmes and cliffside concerts – five must-see events at BLEACH* Festival 2021
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Feisty femmes and cliffside concerts – five must-see events at BLEACH* Festival 2021

Ready your glad rags – BLEACH* Festival is back and she's ready to party! This year, the Gold Coast's pre-eminent multi-day arts and cultural event is celebrating its impressive ten-year milestone with a jam-packed program of art, live music, cabaret, theatre, dance and stories across four main hubs including Burleigh Heads, the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Southport and Mudgeeraba. As an extra-special treat, there will also be performances in the cultural corridors of HOTA and Dust Temple in Currumbin. This year's festival runs from August 12–22 and whilst we firmly believe the entire festival program is well and truly worthy of the spotlight (you can check that out here), we’ve cherry-picked our top five must-see events that are well worth the drive down the M1 for. more

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Beachside beats and picnics in the woods – NOOSA alive! is delivering a world-class roster of entertainment
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Beachside beats and picnics in the woods – NOOSA alive! is delivering a world-class roster of entertainment

There's no doubt that Noosa is one of Queensland's most dazzling destinations, so you really need no excuse to take a well-deserved trip there. Throw annual performing arts festival NOOSA alive! into the mix and now you have even more reason to fill your car with petrol, set the GPS and prepare to enjoy all that the scenic town has to offer. From July 15–24, this show-stopping festival will be taking over Noosa with must-see gigs, picnics in the woods, spine-tingling acts, fairy-tale-esque high teas and much, much more. Here's a small sampler of what's on offer ... more

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Peaks to Points Festival celebrates Brisbane's natural wonders
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Peaks to Points Festival celebrates Brisbane’s natural wonders

Brisbane is brimming with natural beauty – from our river to our creek and everything green in between. If you and your brood consider yourselves curious outdoorsmen or amateur adventurers, then gear up and get ready to explore Brisbane's backyard at Peaks to Points Festival. Hiking into our city this July, the two-week celebration will spotlight the natural areas on the south side of the Brisbane River – from Flinders Peak in the west to the points of Moreton Bay – with more than 50 family-friendly events. more

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Calling all night owls – enjoy Brisbane after dark with these twilight activities
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Calling all night owls – enjoy Brisbane after dark with these twilight activities

Whether you love hanging out under the stars, dinner dates are your favourite activity or you moonlight as a vampire (hey, who are we to judge?), Brisbane offers plenty to do after the sun sets. If you're looking to witness how the city sparkles after dark (that's not from the inside of a bar), we have done the hard yards for you and rounded up some super-fun nighttime activities – from jam-packed food markets to twilight kayaking tours. more

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Join literary icon Kate Morton for a captivating evening of conversation at Museum of Brisbane
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Join literary icon Kate Morton for a captivating evening of conversation at Museum of Brisbane

If you've ever browsed the fiction section of your local bookstore, you've most likely set your eyes on a copy (and probably taken home) of one of Kate Morton's novels. Avid readers are well acquainted with Kate's literary prowess, with her critically acclaimed titles The Lake House, The Distant Hours and The Clockmaker's Daughter filling a spot on many book shelves around the world. Now, one of Australia’s biggest literary exports is back in our river city for a very special conversation at Museum of Brisbane on Friday April 30, and you could say we're more than just a little bit excited. more

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Wacky trivia, weird experiments and wonderful gigs await inside World Science Festival Brisbane's The Nucleus
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Wacky trivia, weird experiments and wonderful gigs await inside World Science Festival Brisbane’s The Nucleus

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're well aware (and very excited) that World Science Festival Brisbane is returning to Queensland Museum from March 24–28 for five days of experimental magic. Just a short stroll from the museum is where curious minds will come across The Nucleus, a lounge-room-meets-laboratory that will be full to the brim with brain-tingling happenings. Here's a closer look into some of the weird and wonderful events that will be popping up inside the festival's designated hang-out spot ... more


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It's our birthday – and you get the presents! Win the ultimate Winston Quinn Gin party pack to celebrate nine years of The Weekend Edition
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It’s our birthday – and you get the presents! Win the ultimate Winston Quinn Gin party pack to celebrate nine years of The Weekend Edition

The day was March 8, 2012. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, Brisbane was thriving – and we welcomed The Weekend Edition to the world. It's been a non-stop nine years since – we've uncovered hundreds of new restaurant openings, attended countless events, launched The Pop-Up Hotel, collaborated with some incredible local businesses, even survived a pandemic – and there's still so much to come. But we don't need to tell you all of this. You know The Weekend Edition, you love The Weekend Edition, so on our ninth birthday we want YOU to get all of the presents! To celebrate nine delicious and exciting years of The Weekend Edition in Brisbane, we've teamed up with our pals at Winston Quinn Gin to give one lucky reader the ultimate party pack. more

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Snap that flower field pic at Sunshine & Sunflower Day
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Snap that flower field pic at Sunshine & Sunflower Day

When life deals you a drought, grow sunflowers and they will come. This is what a farming family in Kalbar has done, and the result is a one-day celebration of flowers and family-friendly fun. Gather your gang and get ready to go road-tripping on Saturday March 27, and make sure to stop and smell the, uh, sunflowers at the inaugural Sunshine & Sunflower Day. more

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QAGOMA will get your motor running with these high-octane motorcycle events
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QAGOMA will get your motor running with these high-octane motorcycle events

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably well aware that our little river city has become a mecca for all things motorcycle these past few months. It's all thanks to QAGOMA's world-exclusive The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire exhibition, which is showcasing the art, design and history of the iconic two-wheeled vehicle. Now, the gallery is cranking up the momentum on this awe-inspiring spectacle and is introducing a roster of virtual events, an outdoor festival and an evening full of tales from the road. more

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Sizzle, spark and spice – where to celebrate Lunar New Year in Brisbane
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Sizzle, spark and spice – where to celebrate Lunar New Year in Brisbane

One of the best parts of living in Australia is the huge mix of cultures that we have going on here. Many other countries have brought their customs and celebrations to our shores, giving us even more reasons to learn about and appreciate our global community. One of the most significant events on the world calendar is Lunar New Year, a time when people from Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese backgrounds celebrate the lunar calendar ticking over into a new year. Come Friday February 12, we will officially welcome the Year of the Ox – here are the best places around Brisbane to celebrate. more

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Super-cute date ideas to impress your crush this Valentine's Day
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Super-cute date ideas to impress your crush this Valentine’s Day

Loved up couples, listen up! Valentine's Day has finally arrived, with the romantic occasion landing in our hot little hands this Sunday February 14. Whether you plan on spending it with your special someone, a single mate or you've accidentally scheduled a Tinder date (whoops, good luck buddy) we've got a few activities up our sleeves that are sure to impress. Here are some out-of-the-box date-night ideas for this Valentine's Day when a dinner and movie just won't cut it ... more

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Grow your green thumb at West Village's gardener workshop
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Grow your green thumb at West Village’s gardener workshop

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to cultivate a green thumb and tend to your garden with some extra attention, then we know of a workshop that you should add to your calendar. On Saturday February 27, West Village is digging up a wealth of plant knowledge to deliver a class that will leave you with some Costa-level gardening skills. more

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Wisdom, wonder and wild experiments – World Science Festival Brisbane reveals its jam-packed 2021 program
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Wisdom, wonder and wild experiments – World Science Festival Brisbane reveals its jam-packed 2021 program

After spending a lot more time indoors last year tackling some science experiments of our own (banana-bread making counts, right?), you could say we are more than ready to let the professionals teach us a thing or two. Put aside the bunsen burners but not your childlike curiosity, folks, as World Science Festival Brisbane returns to Queensland Museum from March 24–28 for five days of pure wonder. Through thought-provoking conversations with iconic scientists, huge inner-city spectacles and engaging demonstrations, you'll discover how the world works in ways you never knew. more

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These glow-in-the-dark SUP tours are your next nighttime adventure
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These glow-in-the-dark SUP tours are your next nighttime adventure

The Gold Coast's picture-perfect beaches, scenic waterways and sandy stretches offer a wide variety of water-based activities. There's surfing, kayaking, swimming and for the folks that just like to relax, cat-napping in the sun. If you're searching for something a little bit different to get up to during your free time, we have found one recreational enterprise that will blow your socks off (quite literally, because you won't need them) – glow-in-the-dark SUP tours. more

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Get moving and groovin' with free fitness classes at West Village's Wellness Week
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Get moving and groovin’ with free fitness classes at West Village’s Wellness Week

"New year, new me" is a mantra we usually tell ourselves to help us hop on the health bandwagon come January 1. The beginning of the year is typically filled with plenty of exercise classes, green juices and trying to avoid anything that contains too much sugar. Though, usually by mid-January, our will power starts to slip (and so do our hands into a bag of chips). To help you keep the momentum going, West Village has partnered with Goodlife Health Clubs Australia for a Wellness Week filled with fun workouts and nutritional workshops – from bootcamp and yoga to informational sessions and beyond. The bonus? It's all free! more